It’s funny how despite there being so much more choice in today’s world, sometimes its the most basic foods that hit the spot! For me one of my most essential and favourite food is the humble loaf of bread. From a freshly buttered piece of toast to leftovers used to make a delicious bread and butter pudding,
there really are endless ways to ” Use your loaf”!
Although I generally use ready-made gluten free bread or rolls, a couple of weeks ago I dusted off my breadmaker* and since then have made several gluten-free fresh loaves using Juvela Gluten Free Mix… Oh my word, it is so quick and easy to pop together a delicious fresh gluten free loaf, I followed this recipe – I urge you, if you haven’t given it a go, to try it! You better have the butter ready when it’s all done as you can’t beat cutting of the end of the loaf whilst still warm and enjoying a tasty slice! Sorry if your New Year diet has started, but as I’m sure you have gathered I am a self-confessed foodie!!
*Ideally have a separate bread maker for gluten-free baking, if not then make sure you give the one you’re going to use a really good clean to eliminate any bits of gluten lurking, especially inside the paddle where dough can collect)
A few of my favourite quick and easy bites for lunch, tea, supper or the “butty box”
Freshly made sandwiches – I love Philadelphia and baby spinach (fabulous iron boost) on the Juvela Fresh White Bread, for a special treat I sometimes add smoked salmon. Tuna mayo is a firm favourite as well. There are so many choices for sandwiches, which is what makes them so versatile, nothing is off limits… providing its gluten free of course!
Thickly sliced toast topped with any of the following, poached or scrambled egg, beans* (I use Heinz), jam, marmalade or Nutella.
Homemade bread with soup – I love a nice chunky wedge of freshly baked gluten free bread with *soup for lunch! This picture shows my homemade gluten free bread, made in a breadmaker using Juvela Gluten Free Mix, with Baxters Carrot & Butterbean Soup
For a quick lunch, lots of ready-made soups are naturally gluten free. Baxters do make it a bit easier as they have a gluten free tick on the side of any cans that are suitable. If I have the time I try and make a fresh batch of soup, it’s a great way of using up any veg that may be hanging around in the fridge!!
Quick and easy garlic bread or pizza I tend to keep a pack of Juvela long life rolls for this, when time is short and quick tea is required! Another thing I love on these buns are the gluten-free chicken burgers from M&S with a handful of lettuce and a generous squeeze of garlic mayonnaise* – so tasty!
When your loaf is getting towards the end of its ‘best before’ date, there are a few staples that are best suited to making with an older loaf;
Breadcrumbs – I make a big batch of these and freeze them, so versatile for topping oven bakes, as well as coating or topping for fish or chicken. Also great to make into stuffing for your Sunday roast!
All this talking about food has made me hungry, so I’m off to rustle up some lunch… I’ve got a feeling it will involve bread!
Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, Gluten Free 2016!!
*Any ingredient marked with an asterisk check to ensure gluten free or look in Coeliac UK Food & Drink Directory for a suitable brand.