31 May 2011


 May 31, 2011

I have said it before and I will say it again, I am not a baker in any sense of the word.  I would rather buy high quality ready-made baked goods vs. slaving in the kitchen trying to get it right.  I do however follow instructions well so will sometimes utilize gluten-free mixes to make me feel like a baker.  There are some great mixes out there but I recently received a sample of Soft ‘n Hearty Easy Roll Mix from Homestead Gluten Free here in the New York Tri-State area and figured why not give it a go.  The instructions seemed easy enough – after mixing and letting rise they just go in the oven – I mean even I could handle that.

So the other day I cracked out a mixing bowl and got to work.  All you need from an ingredient standpoint is: eggs, oil, and water.  So, I combined the included yeast packed with the warm water as instructed, waited six minutes and then added the oil, eggs, and dry mix.  A little elbow grease to stir and I divided the mixture into small rolls shapes on a foil-lined greased baking sheet (the instructions called for parchment but the foil worked just as well).  The recipe yields twelve rolls but I opted to make slightly larger rolls and the mix yielded eight.  Once on the pan it was time to let the rolls rise – which they did beautifully and then popped them into a hot oven for 25 minutes.

When I tell you that the smell was amazing that is an understatement.  The sweet aroma of fresh baking bread quickly filled the kitchen.  I really wasn’t holding out that much hope but when I opened the oven to check on them I could not believe my eyes – they were wonderfully crisp and golden and, well, looked like REAL rolls.  I removed them to cool and was still apprehensive because while they looked good – how would they taste?

Let me tell you know that these are quite possibly the best rolls I have come across and the fact that they live up to their Easy name makes them even more fabulous.  I could not contain my excitement and quickly cut one of the rolls – what’s this, this looks like soft and airy gluten-filled bread?  I smeared a dollop of butter on the still warm roll and took a bite.  Crispy and soft with an amazing subtle sweetness – in a word, perfection.

It has been one day since I made these and only one lone roll remains.  I will be placing an order this week for some additional mix because I have truly fallen in love with this mix.  I do not usually gush over products that often but these are definitely one of my new favorite things.  Do yourself a favor and check out their Web site to learn more about their mix and to order some yourself.  At just $5.50 per bag of mix my eight rolls only cost $.68 per roll (excluding ingredient cost, but even I already had them in my kitchen) – I mean if that is not value, I do not know what is.

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4 responses on “Homestead Gluten Free Easy Roll Mix

  1. Becky says:

    Wow those look amazing. Maybe I’ll actually have rolls at Thanksgiving again. Thanks for the post!

  2. Gluten Free Mike says:

    Indeed they are Becky. I was really floored but just how good they were and not being a baker in any sense of the word it took all my strength to try them 🙂 — though they were so easy, truly. As you can see, if I can make them look that good then they are definitely something special. Enjoy!

  3. Karalea says:

    I just love these Soft’n Hearty Rolls but forgot where I bought them a few years back. Can anyone tell me where to find them. Their website does not work! Thanks

    • Gluten Free Mike says:

      I reached out to the company via an e-mail address I had for them asking if they are still in fact manufacturing. I have not yet heard back but I am guessing that they might have gone out of business. I will post any updates I receive. Thanks.

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