Genius bread – not so clever if you ask me!!! 2

I have tried to make my own gluten free bread – and the results were far from good. I can see why it is difficult. It is kind of like a meat free sausage. What makes it good is the thing you can’t use. So the results are never going to be great. However, you would think a company that calls itself Genius would have cracked the case by now. It would appear that they are finding it as much of a puzzle as me. – judging by the last few loaves I have bought. Full of holes and mostly unusable. Very frustrating – especially as it costs almost £3 a loaf.

I know they have had this problem before. Genius bread disappeared from the shelves of our local supermarkets for quite a while and I saw a message on their Facebook page about it. Apparently it was to do with the improvements they are trying to make to the bread. I have to say that I had noticed that the texture of the loaves is much better – and the taste too. It is definitely softer and more like bread. But something is not quite right, because I am still getting several slices that have huge great big holes in them. Perhaps they are working on a bagel recipe – if only!

Clearly there is something going wrong in the baking process and air bubbles are blasting holes through the centre. I know baking is a science, but if you claim to be ‘Genius’ you should be working harder at finding the solution. I really feel they need to improve their quality control too, because sending out, what I can only imagine is batch loads of unusable bread is totally unacceptable.

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My first attempt at making a gluten free, dairy free loaf! 4

I have been cooking gluten free, dairy free food for over a year now but never had the nerve to try and make my own bread. Until now. My mother in law has a bread machine and offered to lend it to me, as we have all had problems getting hold of the ‘nice’ Genius bread in the supermarkets of late. We consume rather a lot of GF bread, and waste a fair bit, as the loaves are often far from perfect and regularly fall apart – particulary the Warburtons version. So I decided I would see if it really is that hard to make good GF bread. Turns out – it is!

I followed the recipe on the side of the Doves Farm bread flour packet. It looked simple and I thought I did a good job. I know that getting your measurements is critical in bread making, so paid a lot more attention than normal. Slap dash is my usual style, but today I was like a junior scientist with all my measuring spoons and cups. I also read the machine instructions over a couple of times and felt relatively confident. It certainly seemed easy enough. Just measure out ingredients, put them all in the tin. Put the tin in the machine. Put the lid down and press the button.

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