Kim is a board-certified holistic health coach, healthy living and cleanse consultant, and studied under Dr. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.
Pamela's Bread Mix Review: Gluten-Free Bagels
Some of my friends who are required to eat gluten-free foods are exploring the idea of cooking their own foods. Fortunately, learning to cook gluten-free food does not have to be intimidating, time-consuming, or tricky. And that is what Pamela's Bread Mix is all about.
Let me start off by making sure that you understand that I do not work for this company. Pamela does not pay me to write this review. This review is written with the intention to introduce you to a gluten-free bread mix that will make your life that much easier. I simply want to share with you a great product that has helped some of the people who are on gluten-free diets.
Eating healthy and cooking is hard enough. Add a gluten-free diet restriction and it can almost become impossible. Buying gluten-free foods is usually also expensive and can add up quickly. I can understand your frustration. With this pre-made bread flour mix, that is completely gluten-free, you can now whip up a loaf of bread, bagels, pizza crust, or pancakes and save some money. Foods that are freshly baked also taste so much better!
What Does It Taste Like?
Let's face it: store-bought gluten-free bread doesn't always taste fresh. In fact, gluten-free bread, in general, may taste dry or bland. That is not the case with Pamela's Gluten-Free Bread Mix. This is the best-tasting bread mix for making fresh gluten-free bread, bagels, or pizza crust at home.
If you are familiar with gluten-free bread, it is usually slightly more dense than the "normal" bread. The texture is chewy, dense, but very moist. The bagels tasted a bit on the sweeter side. That means you don't have to overdress it with an excess amount of cream cheese or butter. In fact, they taste delicious on their own.
Ingredients: Pamela's Bread Mix
Ingredients: Sorghum flour, tapioca flour, white rice flour, sweet rice flour, brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane sugar, chicory root, millet flour, molasses, honey, rice bran, sea salt, xanthan gum, active dry yeast packet.
Sorghum flour is a common flour used in the gluten-free kitchen. When mixed with tapioca starch/flour, baked foods results in better volume and texture. It also adds a natural sweetness.
Brown rice flour and millet flour both contain protein and fiber, while xanthan gum brings the dough together and gives it that lift. Xanthan gum is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and is great for cooking and baking in recipes that are restrictive of eggs, dairy, or soy.
How to Make Gluten-Free Bagels With Pamela's Bread Mix
For this particular review, I decided to make gluten-free bagels. Why? I wanted to prove to you how easy it is to use gluten-free bagels with Pamela's Bread Mix. Although I've made gluten-free bread many times, making bagels is another story. I've never even attempted to make gluten-free bagels before. So if you are a beginner at baking gluten-free goods, don't fret. It can be done and it is quite simple. Thanks to Pamela, of course!
Yield: 7 large bagels or 10 small bagels
- 1 bag Pamela's Gluten-Free Mix (comes with yeast packet)
- 1 and 1/3 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup vegetable/olive oil
- Activate the yeast by dissolving the yeast in warm water for 5 minutes.
- Combine the dry mix, oil, and yeast in a mixer. Mix the dough on medium speed for 3 minutes.
- Oil your hands and form the dough into round ball shapes. Use lots of oil because the dough is very sticky. let the dough rest in a warm area for one hour.
- Use your thumb to create a hole in the balls of dough, and drop it in boiling water for 25 seconds. Place the dough on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Quick Overview of Pros and Cons for Pamelas Gluten-Free Mix
Wheat-free AND dairy-free
You don't have to add a lot of additional ingredients
Sweet (9g sugars/slice=144g per bag)
Easy instructions to follow
Dough is sticky (make sure you oil your hands before shaping the bagel)
Flour mix is consistent
Overall, it's a good product for the money, considering how much a gluten-free diet costs. From my personal experience, finding the perfect mix of gluten-free flours can be the difference between a favorite bagel (or bread) and a disastrous treat. Pamela's bread mix has now become one of my favorite instant flour mix.
Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on November 15, 2012:
Useful to know there is a good gluten free mix out there - as you say - it is so expensive to buy the ready made breads and they are never freshly baked either.
Christin Sander from Midwest on November 11, 2012:
Having been more than underwhelmed with store bought gluten free breads, I have been reluctant to try the mixes. Your review has convinced me to give it a shot. thanks :)
Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 10, 2012:
I have seen this product in the market. Thank you for encouraging me to take the next step.