Gluten Free Bread Baked in the Microwave?

Sounds far out doesn’t it? When I first saw the Food Tek Minute Gluten Free mixes, I couldn’t imagine how it could possibly work. So I decided to give it a try. They provide a mix, and a mold. You add water, stir, pop it in the microwave and voila.

Food Tek makes gluten free bread, cake, and waffle mixes. I decided to test the cornbread mix, the waffle mix and the white bread mix.

I discovered after purchasing the mixes that the bread and waffle mix are one and the same but use different molds.

The process was fun and very easy. The cornbread tasted surprisingly good but the texture wasn’t fantastic. It immediately crumbled and fell apart when I tried to slice it.

I didn’t love the taste of the bread and waffle but it “wasn’t bad.” I am not willing to compromise with gluten free products though. If the taste isn’t great then I am not willing to spend the money or calories on a merely satisfactory product. The most surprising thing to me about these products was the high number of calories in each slice/waffle. Gluten free breads tend to have higher calorie and fat content as a result of the extra fat and different flours needed to imitate gluten. I was still shocked to see that one slice had 30 grams of carbs and 4.5 grams of fat.

Food Tek also produces a line of mixes for the Easy Bake Oven. I remember having an Easy Bake Oven when I was younger. While I hadn’t been diagnosed with Celiac at the time, I can imagine that mixes like these would be great fun for young Celiacs who want to use their Easy Bake Oven just like everyone else.

I salute any effort to make new and innovative gluten free products. I don’t think that these particular items will have a place in my everyday diet. But I also realize that many people with Celiac don’t enjoy baking and might find the convenience worth the price.


Lynn Barry said...

I read about these microwave dandies. Thanks for the info.
I have great luck with buckwheat pete's bread method...www.buckwheatpete. com You have to buy the recipe online. I did and have no regrets. I use it all the time. Hope you are well.

Catherine said...

Thanks Lynn, that site looks really interesting. How heavy is the bread? There is a great almond bread recipe on the Delphi forums that I love.

Lynn Barry said...

It is not that heavy. It takes time to learn the method and play with it. I had many flops at first but not anymore and I believe in it because it tastes so similar to what I remember enjoying. Almond bread...yum.