Monday, 25 April 2011

Genius gluten-free bread and my weekend with the grandchildren

We just had the grandchildren, their mum and the dog visit for a few days.  Fortunately it was sunny and hot - quite a surprise for April, and they played in the pool most of the time.  As I have been busy getting the house ready to sell I haven't been baking.

The kids are happy with crepes for breakfast, and are becoming expert in their handling of the classic french tools for spreading and flipping.  Because their mum was visiting, and she always wants toast, I bought some Genius Bread.  I won't eat it as the xanthum gum means I cant leave the house the next day, but I used a few slices to make breadcrumbs to make chicken nuggets.  The girls did the chopping, dipping in egg, and breadcrumbing, and ate a large portion of these baked morsels each.

The next day was windy indoors even though calm and sunny outside.  I can only conclude that their guts don't like xanthum gum much either.  The rest of the bread went out for the birds this morning, and several hours later is still untouched (still there the next day).  My own gf bread, when I throw out portions that are too stodgy due to hasty cooking, get gobbled in minutes.

The dog ate gluten free dry dog food for the first time.  I figure that she eats her food and then spends the day affectionately licking people, so switching to a gf dog food reduces the chances of me feeling unwell.  The girls father, busy working over the weekend, phoned to find out how this experiment had gone as the dog gets the runs from many dog treats and is only allowed one type of food.  Pleased to report absolutely no problems in that direction, and a bouncy and happy dog the whole visit.

I bought James Wellbeloved hypo-allergenic, no cereal kibble in three flavours.  I was surprised to see how much choice there was at our local pet store for dogs with gluten intolerance.


  1. Good luck with the selling of the house.

  2. Hiya.

    This is a long-ago post but I wanted to mention that I too have to avoid xantham gum and the Genius Seeded Loaf contains none (they use psyllium husk powder instead). I can't vouch for the other Genius loaves as I only ever buy the seeded one. Until I find my holy grail bread recipe, it's great to have it around.

    Also, Waitrose makes great gf rolls which also have no xantham gum.

    Love your blog!

    1. thanks puncturedbicycle...I obviously didn't pay enough attention when remembering the ingredients list. I tend to avoid all the gums/glues as I had such a bad experience with xanthum and am also very senstive to flax seed. I can manage the DS ciabbata rolls so now that I am now longer baking obsessively I should try your recommended breads.


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