Sunday, March 30, 2014

GREAT New Product: Breton Gluten Free Crackers

As you all know I'm gluten free as are several family members. When I discovered my gluten sensitivity both my mom and my aunt realized that they had some similar symptoms and since Celiac disease and gluten intolerance runs in families they also tried going gluten free and happily found relief in their symptoms. I have a bunch of friends all over the world that also have to be gluten free. With all these people in my life needing GF food, I am always thrilled to come across a terrific product that tastes awesome. That's the reason for this post, I tried Breton's new gluten free cracker by Dare Foods and holy cow are they GOOD!

Mom and I used to use Breton crackers as our all around goto cracker before we had to go gluten free. They were our day-to-day favorite but also the cracker we used at Christmas because we thought they were just that good. With "normal" crackers it's not that hard to find good tasting and not too hard-not too soft crackers. The problem arose when we went gluten free. Yes, there are some good crackers out there but ALL of them are HARD. They're all really, really crunchy and in fact, if you chew them wrong you can hurt your gums. We hadn't found any GF cracker that wasn't totally crunchy, like tortilla chips crunchy.

Along came BRETON GLUTEN FREE CRACKERS!! YAY!! They are exactly like the original Breton we used to  eat, the kind of melt in your mouth instead of being just too crunchy. They have a lovely flavor and come in both Original with Flax and Herb & Garlic. I have tried the Herb & Garlic and the taste is mild but flavorful. Not so much flavor that it would overwhelm the cheese or other stuff you'd put on top of it, but just enough flavor that eating them plain tastes great. In fact, I seriously had to make a concerted effort not to eat the entire box in one sitting! Happily, they are low in salt and calories, four crackers only has 90 calories and 60mg of salt. Even better, the box has 135 grams (4.76 oz) which is more than almost all gluten free cracker boxes. Nearly ALL gluten free crackers come in boxes of 100 grams. I think we paid about $3.99 (that's in Canada) but I've seen two for $5 coupons on the web so I'm thinking they are definitely a competitive price, especially counting that you get 35 grams more in each box compared to most all other GF crackers.

Now, I don't want you to think that I got a free box of crackers and I'm therefore touting them as great because they were free, hehehe. Nope, I saw these advertised and went out searching for them in the grocery stores (thankfully they weren't hard to find!). I actually LOVE these crackers and they are now our goto cracker once again. They really do taste just like the original non-gluten free Breton crackers. I just wanted to share this new product good news with all of you who are gluten free. It's so great that large companies are making a concerted effort to cater to our GF needs. Thanks Dare, your Breton GF crackers ROCK!

Oh, and here's a bonus I came across on the Gluten Free Edmonton website using Breton GF Crackers, a cool sounding recipe that I can't wait to try for Christmas!
Breton Brittle

Ingedients
:

FOR THE BASE:
  • 28 Dare Gluten-free Breton crackers
  • 1 cup butter or hard margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1 small package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions:
  1. First, you line a 9 x 13 cake pan with aluminum foil. Then overlap the crackers to completely cover the bottom, using 4 crackers across and 7 crackers lengthwise. 
  2. Combine 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of butter in a saucepan, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Carefully pour the mixture over the crackers.
  3. Bake at 400°F for 5 minutes. 
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately scatter a small bag of chocolate chips over the top. Let stand for a few minutes, until softened. Spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers and sprinkle with chopped walnuts or almonds.
  5. Now comes the hardest part - waiting for it to cool! I usually put mine in the refrigerator. Once it has cooled and hardened, just break it into pieces like you would any brittle.
Best,




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