Tried & Tested: Yeast Free Bread PART 3

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Firstly, don't start here! If you want to read all ten yeast free bread reviews then read PART 1 first, which will also lead you on to PART 2.

This challenge has had some fantastic reactions from you guys as I've been posting it on Insta Stories. Lots of questions about the breads - which ones am I trying? What's that you're eating?! And a great conversation with the fantastic Tammy at The Peppered Soul (training to be an IIN health coach, go girl!) about what yeast free bread is available across the pond in the USA. We both agreed the yeast free selection is pretty poor! 

But as great as all the conversations have been I must say this: I am getting quite sick of bread. Honestly, the things I do all for the love of blog! It's made me realise I really don't miss bread at all - people ask all the time what I miss on a yeast free diet. I never say bread. I usually say wine. Or cheese. But not bread. 

Anyway, I am soldiering on in the name of research and actually I have been pleasantly surprised with this week's offerings. Gone are the days of buckwheat, and HELLO to some proper sandwich bread. Let's take a look: 

7. The Village Bakery Try Rye - organic rossisky seeded organic 

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So this bread is featured in my little jam heart photo at the top of this post and also on Instagram. I had it for breakfast one morning with jam and it was a total winner!

I opted for Try Rye's seeded bread; the other one in the range is a much larger loaf at 800g and more 'normal' size and just plain rye. I was going to try that originally, but with the bread overload I have been experiencing I was won over by the smaller size (400g) and actually I always love a bit more texture from seeds. 

This cute little loaf isn't pre-sliced but it was a dream to cut (I am so bad at doing it straight!). It toasted beautifully and was crunchy and crumbly and had the texture of a 'real' bread. It was nowhere near as dense as the other rye breads I've tried so far and I could totally make a mini-sandwich from this stuff. Or toasted slices to dip in hummus.... yummm..... 

Verdict: 8/10. If I want a rye, I want it to be this one
Thoughts from the boy: Coming soon! 

8. Rankin Irish brown soda bread

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I am in a relationship with an Irishman and as a result I spend a lot of time now in Ireland. And one of the many (many!) wonderful things about Ireland is soda bread. 

Rankin seems to have cornered the market for Irish soda breads that you can find freely in supermarkets in the UK, so this seemed a natural one to test for me based in London. Obviously in Ireland there is a much bigger selection and many of the supermarket chains make their own (like Dunnes or SuperValu), I'm usually spoiled for choice and the boy has his favourite brand too (McCambridge, in case you were wondering!). 

So I guess I'm biased on this one. As the Rankin website says: "wonderful with soups, smoked salmon, cheese or toasted with lashings of butter." And they're not wrong, though it works perfectly well with veggie or vegan diet options too! It's great at soaking up liquids like soups or a runny egg yolk, nice crunchy crust and has a delicious flavour. 

However, it does contain wheat and therefore gluten, and also buttermilk which will affect those avoiding dairy products. So it's not suitable for all. 

Also to add to the headache there's added sugar (not an unrefined variant, just plain old refined sugar), vegetable oils and five (!!) E numbers. Wowzers. I'm sure there must be better soda breads out there with more natural ingredients. I would never demonise and say don't eat this (because that's not what I'm about here), just as part of a balanced diet with an awareness of the additives. 

Verdict: 5/10. The Irish know what they're doing with soda bread. But with this brand I really don't appreciate the additives. 
Thoughts from the boy: Coming soon!

9. Ener-G Rice Loaf

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So this Ener-G bread is harder to get hold of. I found it originally listed on goodnessdirect.co.uk but it was out of stock. I eventually got a loaf from Amazon (against my better judgement, I'm usually quite anti-Amazon) and the total cost was an eye-watering: £8.12. And that included free P&P! This had better be good!   

This bread is billed as (ready for it?): suitable for Diabetics, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet, Kosher, Lactose Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free. Wow. Is there anything left in there?! 

Well yes there is, but I'm not entirely sure I like it. I haven't eaten white bread for a long time but this bread did remind me of it - dense and sticky in texture and I found really quite bland, like it needed more salt. And actually a little hard to swallow once it was all stodgy in your mouth. 

It does have white rice flour in it, so it's not completely unrefined. I thought I'd made a boo-boo picking this one, but actually the Ener-G brown rice loaf contains yeast so it seems you can't have it all with this brand. 

I'd say if you were really hankering for an old school slice of white bread then this is about as close as you'll get to satisfying your cravings. But for that price? I'm not sure it's worth it. 

Verdict: 5/10. Pricey for what is essentially a stodgy white-bread replica
Thoughts from the boy:  Coming soon!

 

So there is only one bread left. And do you know what? It ticks ALL the boxes: yeast, wheat, dairy and sweetener free and organic! What is this mystery bread you ask? And more importantly, how does it taste? Read on here for THE FINAL!

If you haven't already, remember to check out PART 1 and PART 2 to read all the reviews.