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Delicious Gluten-free Bread? Cheese, Please!

November 26, 2012
Against the Grain's gluten-free bread gets its flavor from local, organic ingredients—including cheese.

Imagine gluten-free bread that doesn’t taste like cardboard and uses fresh, local ingredients, free of industrial formulations like enzymes or modified starches. Against the Grain Gourmet is a Vermont-based, family-run company that makes delicious, artisan, gluten-free bread products entirely from scratch, using natural ingredients you might find in your own pantry.

All of their products are free of wheat, yeast, corn, soy, rice, sugar, peanuts, and tree nuts. So what’s in there? Tapioca starch, to start. Non-GMO canola oil. Plus farm fresh eggs from Maple Meadow Farms, a family-owned producer in nearby Salisbury, Vermont. Milk from McNamara Dairy in New Hampshire. And, oh yeah—cheese.

Husband-and-wife team Nancy and Tom Cain got their start when both Tom and their son were diagnosed with celiac disease. She disliked the options available at the time and began baking her own gluten-free bread for the family; now they’re sharing her all natural, homemade product with customers across the country.

Rather than subbing out gluten for other grains, Against the Grain leaves that element out entirely, replacing grain with excellent, fresh ingredients from local producers. Their baguettes, which are chewy and moist (unlike other crumbly gluten-free breads), contain fresh mozzarella. The cheese has no added growth hormones or anti-caking agents and lends a beautifully yeasty, rich flavor. Imagine the sandwich-making possibilities!

In addition to baguettes, a variety of bagels, rolls, pizza crusts, and pizzas (with toppings like nut-free pesto and fresh, homemade sauce) are available, including a selection of dairy-free options made with coconut milk. These products can be found at Whole Foods and many health food stores nationwide.

That’s gluten-free baking we can sink our teeth into.

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