Celiac Awareness Month in May 2016 is fast approaching and these amazing products are here kick off this important event than GF Jules’ line of certified gluten-free and Kosher, non-GMO and vegan flour and mixes. These products are lovingly produced in a facility free of the top 8 food allergens and the flour has been formulated to be exchanged one-for-one in any regular recipe. This is a big deal in the area of gluten free baking, which has previously been a mostly disappointing and expensive mistake after terribly textured mistake. Many gluten free flour mixtures contain mostly rice flour, which makes for a crumbly, dry texture that does not hold together well after baking.
Gluten free folks often just avoid the goods they know they cannot tolerate – completely missing out on the warm insides of a crusty hot soft pretzel. Not anymore! GF Jules so generously provided products to review and upon looking at her list of recipes, the promise of a gluten free soft pretzel hot out of the oven and steaming with that warm, soft texture and crusty shell was secured as first choice for using her flour. The recipe uses gluten free beer for flavor and while gluten free hard apple cider does make a flavorful swap for the beer; it becomes a scientific experiment in acids and bases (think elementary school volcano) when completing the baking soda dip section of the recipe. This step is crucial for that crust that makes a soft pretzel taste so good…and with all of that bubbling one can certainly lose a pretzel in the pot. The recipe only makes four, and bakers won’t want more than that at once because they are best eaten immediately – and very filling. The density is perfect; much like a regular soft pretzel – firm but squishy. The honey adds a sweetness that is enhanced by the beer and not at all overly sweet. Enjoyed with a vinegary, hearty yellow mustard bakers can adorn them with whatever topping they find most enjoyable. Delicious tip: mix approximately one teaspoon each poppy seed, sesame seed, and dried parsley, and a half teaspoon each of dried onion and garlic, and coarse sea salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the mixture over the pretzels with a little wash of beer to stick, right before baking. They will be the most tasty everything soft pretzels gluten free bakers have ever known.
Also sent was her extremely versatile sandwich bread mix. From dinner rolls to artisan bread, this thoughtfully created mixture even comes with its own yeast packet. For those who love that fresh from the oven flavor of soft, warm bread – try this delicious mix. Amazingly transformable, this baker took a chance and added about 2 cups of drained, shredded organic zucchini (preserved from last season’s harvest), 3 chopped cloves of garlic plus a tablespoon of garlic powder, a homemade blend of home dried and homegrown herbs including basil, thyme, parsley, sage and rosemary and topped the loaf with poppy seeds and a little salt before baking. The result was a soft, savory zucchini loaf that was perfectly moist (add about 10 minutes to the recipe if going this route as the zucchini adds moisture to the loaf). It was excellent toasted with vegan “butter” as a dairy free indulgence; it would have been equally enjoyable with melted (vegan) cheese or as the bread in a grilled (vegan) cheese sandwich. It was also dreamy when dipped in a flavorful cold pressed olive oil with some salt and freshly ground pepper. This finished bread also made the perfect croutons when toasted fully for salads and were the seamless addition to homemade French onion soup.
Finally, and it may seem too good to be true, but GF Jules has orchestrated a gluten free pizza dough that possibly more phenomenal flavor than the toppings themselves. Although dairy free, it has an almost creamy flavor to it intertwined with garlic and oregano. It’s not only for pizza, but also baguettes, Italian bread, focaccia, breadsticks and calzones too. As if that wasn’t enough, this dough mixture can be made twice with one small box, and contains the yeast packets needed to do so. Warmer weather is here, and grilling season has started – grilled pizza with this dough mix is possible (and tasty)! Looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? GF Jules cookie mix is the only one this baker stocks at home, along with a bag of dairy free chocolate chips to ensure quick satisfaction of those all-too-familiar cravings.
Reviews and rewards are important for consumer trust in this era of online sales and marketing. In the 2016 Gluten Free Awards, consumers voted GFJules: #1 Certified Gluten Free Flour, #1 Gluten Free Bread Mix, #3 Gluten Free Cookie Mix, and #3 Gluten Free Pancake Mix. Her website and Facebook page uphold the praise in what seems like magic, review after review from astounded bakers who are so thrilled and relieved to finally have found such product made by someone so full of heart. Keep up with tips, tricks, recipes and more on Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram.