I really thought it was a joke when I heard about Luce’s Gluten-Free Artisan Bread mixes. I mean how could a bread mix that doesn’t require you to activate yeast, or let it proof really work? To produce an artisan loaf of bread, all you add is water, then stir, and bake, which sounds way too simple to actually work. I don’t know how they did it, but this mix produces gluten-free bread with a crispy crust and a soft, moist middle that is quite easy to make.
I have been following Luce’s for a number of years. The company started out making round loaves of sourdough bread (my favorite), but they halted production and set a new direction for the company. Now they have a line of three gluten, dairy, nut, soy, and egg-free bread mixes: Italian, Sourdough, and Holiday Spice.
Each bag of bread mix comes with: a bag of their flour blend, baking bag, parchment support sheet, rice dusting flour, and a step-by-step instruction sheet full of do’s and don’ts. Once you have warm water at 100 to 115 degrees, mix it into the flour blend until it is wet. Then, beat vigorously for 50 strokes and turn it out onto the parchment sheet and shape it into a cylindrical loaf. Dust the loaf with rice flour, slide it into the baking bag, fold the bag closed and bake directly on the oven rack.
The bread smelled so good while it was baking and I couldn’t wait for it to be done. I under cooked my loaf a little, but it still produced a crackly crust and it was incredibly soft and moist and wonderfully flavorful. I enjoyed my favorite sandwich (bologna and mayo) on two pieces of sourdough bread and felt like a kid again. I have enjoyed the bread buttered, and toasted and topped with goat cheese. The bread stays good on the counter for up to two days, so I tore off a hunk and ate it plain two days later and it was just as good.
I like that the mix is very easy to use and that you only have to add water, so it can be made whenever you get a craving for crusty gluten-free bread. It can also be mixed it by hand without too much effort, so no need for a stand mixer, if you don’t have one.
Luce’s mixes can be purchased online and they are sold in individual ($6.95) and multiple packages (2 for $13, 4 for $24.95). For those of you who live in Charlotte and Atlanta, you can sample and purchase these bread mixes at the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Events because Luce’s is participating in both as a vendor.
These are superb mixes that have to be tried to be believed!