I know we aren’t a strictly gluten-free website. But Tony has followed a wheat-free diet for years (for low-FODMAP), and the very idea of gluten free sourdough bread is just too cool to pass up.
Bread SRSLY is a specialty company in San Francisco (naturally) that traditionally leavens gluten free sourdough bread with wild yeast cultivated from the air and grain. Did I mention that it’s vegan and top allergen-free, too? Yes, it really is.
The photos shown here are from Bread SRSLY. I’m using their photos rather than my own because we ate it too quickly to get any good pictures and this really is what the bread looks like. The beautifully browned crust and the textural crags throughout can be seen with all of their gluten free sourdough bread products.
We sampled their current trio, starting with the Loaves of gluten free sourdough bread. It was a little on the petite side, but quite dense by weight. And though it didn’t taste overly hearty or heavy, just two slices was relatively filling. The outside has that classic crispy, crunchy sourdough crust, which I couldn’t get enough of. The inside was tender and even a little moist, requiring a good toasting to reach perfection.
I didn’t enjoy sourdough bread when living in the Bay Area, but thought my palate had refined over the years. More recently I’ve liked several loaves that were labeled as sourdough. But when I bit into a slice of Bread SRSLY gluten free sourdough bread I was shocked by the bold tanginess. Tony and Caroline were excited by how much it tasted like traditional sourdough bread. They explained that the “sourdough” breads I’ve been eating are more like tame French bread hybrids – this is the real stuff!
Though I was a bit put off at first, my taste buds quickly adapted to the true sourdough flavor. In fact, I came to enjoy and even crave those sharply rich nuances as the loaf dwindled away. It was pretty good with buttery spread, but a stronger match for bold toppings and sandwich fillings.
Like most gluten-free breads, the loaf was just a touch crumbly at times, but I didn’t have any major losses. The packaging recommended against using a serrated bread knife to keep breakage to a minimum. However, after much experimenting, I found that a serrated knife worked best, as long as I used it in a gentle sawing motion.
The Sourdough Rolls (pictured above) are bigger than dinner rolls, but a little smaller than buns. We used a couple for turkey burger buns and they worked, but with overflow. Nonetheless, they do make marvelous sandwiches, and cut like a dream. We had hoped to use the Dinner Rolls (pictured below) as little slider buns, but they are very petite. Tony still sliced them and enjoyed with a few toppings, but devoured each in just two bites.
For that true sourdough experience without gluten, dairy, eggs or other top allergens, I can’t recommend Bread SRSLY enough. That said, it is a bit of a budgetary splurge. The pricing does reflect the high-quality ingredients, hand-crafted nature, and lengthy rising time. However, they do ship nationwide with a respectable flat shipping rate. And SRSLY’s gluten free sourdough bread freezes beautifully. We were able to avoid any waste and everything toasted to perfection whether from fresh or frozen.
The Facts on Bread SRSLY Gluten Free Sourdough Bread
Certifications: I didn’t note any certifications on Bread SRSLY Gluten Free Sourdough Bread. However, they do label their products as non-GMO, use quite a few organic ingredients, and state that their facility is 100% gluten free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Bread SRSLY Gluten Free Sourdough Bread is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Bread SRSLY website at www.breadsrsly.com.