Friday, 20 November 2015

Gluten Free Comparisons...

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I thought I would show you the comparison between bought and homemade GF bread, and bought and homemade GF pastry products, as that is what I have baked so far.

Bought GF white bread:
Maize Starch, Water, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Humectant: Vegetable Glycerol; Psyllium Husk Powder, Yeast, Stabiliser: Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose; Ground Golden Flaxseed, Free Range Dried Egg White, Rice Flour, Dextrose, Iodised Salt: Salt, Potassium Iodate; Fermented Maize Starch, Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Iron, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Folic Acid.

Home made bread:

Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Maize Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Xanthan gum, linseed, salt, milk, egg, butter, vinegar, honey, yeast.

Obviously I can't add the 5 vitamins that they have added at the end of their list.

Same bread brand bought pastry: here

Margarine (Palm Oil, Water, Rapeseed Oil, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Salt), Tapioca Starch, Maize Starch, Water, Egg, Stabilisers (Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum), Salt, Rice Flour.

Another brand bought pastry: here

Maize Starch, Margarine [Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Water], Emulsifiers: (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Esters of Fatty Acids, Polyglycol), Salt, Antioxidant: (Ascorbyl Palmitate, Extracts of Tocopherols), Aroma, Acidity Regulator: (Citric Acid), Colour: (Beta-Carotene)], Lard, Rice Flour, Water, Pasteurised Whole Egg, Glucose, Whey Powder (Milk), Potato Starch, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Salt.

UK brand pastry P & P here:

Rice flour, potato starch, gram flour, non-hydrogenated vegetable margarine (palm oil, rapeseed, water, salt, emulsifier: E471), water, egg, xanthan gum, disodium diphosphate, sodium hydrogen carbonate.

Home made pastry:

Gluten Free Plain Flour, butter/fat, egg, Xanthan Gum or linseed, salt, Orange zest.

Quite a difference isn't there? The UK brand seems to only be available via post if you don't live near the shop and the P & P is quite high. The other 2 brands can be bought in the supermarkets though you have to hunt to find them. Personally, I am not sure I would want to use them.

If working full time and can't do with the faff of making either product, then yes, I can see why you would buy them. Being at home, and if I was GF, I think I would want to try making them and hope I got better at it with each try.

If you have other allergies such as dairy, gum or are vegan, you would be making them as well.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.


  1. I wonder if you could ad the vitamins by crushing a vitamin tablet into your bread mix before you add the liquid ... just an idea :-)

    1. It did cross my mins but we decided against it ours are bright red and don't know if adding as well as taking one daily would be too much.

  2. There is nothing better than homemade bread! Greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

  3. I wonder if companies have to add vitamins to products because they are stripped out by over processing. Personally, I believe that minimally processed, homemade foods contain more of the vitamins we need anyway.

    1. Probably very true and we do try to make as much as we can.

  4. Oh YES Mrs Armstrong - you have written just what I was thinking! Dc you have no need to add vitamins - who on earth would bother??? You eat a good diet, and your bread is full of naturally good stuff. You have no need to make up for anything that isn't there! But jolly good comparison tables, thanks. And potato starch! By coincidence I have just begun to take some each day to help with insulin resistance. Good stuff, carbohydrate which isn't absorbed into the system. Jolly interesting if you are in to that sort of stuff. I'd never heard of it before. Toodle-oo! Hope you are prepared for the Winter Weather which approacheth!

    1. A step too far methinks, adding vitamins. Winter weather is here and trying to squeeze its way inside!


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