Last week I was contacted through Facebook wondering if I could suggest any good bread mixes. It’s been about 5 years since I have made bread, so I thought I would do a product review on a bread mix that I could find at my local grocery store, King Soopers. I’ve seen Pamela’s products around and with great reviews. So, I decided to try Pamela’s Bread Mix.
Pamela’s Bread Mix lives up to its fast, easy and delicious tagline. This bread mix gives you the option to use a bread maker or an oven. Since not everyone has a bread maker, I went with the oven method. It couldn’t be easier. You combine the wet ingredients — oil, eggs and water, add the mix and yeast (which is included) and beat in an electric mixer for 3 minutes. Pour dough into a lightly greased loaf pan and let it rest for about 60-90 minutes. At 60 minutes, preheat the oven and bake bread for 60 minutes.
I found the bread to have a crunchy top and moist dense inside. The taste was a little bland plain or with a smear of butter, but for sandwiches — I think it would be wonderful. I had toast with butter and cinnamon sugar two days after I baked the bread and it was still moist. I’ve been storing in a ziplock bag on the counter. The SO thought it was good for gluten-free bread. (OH — he took me to a New York style bagel place this weekend….Torture!!! Fresh, warm bagels — the smell was amazing.)
On the back of the Pamela’s packaging, they give a few variations for the bread mix. You simply add a few more ingredients to get Three Seed Bread, Cheese Bread, Herb Bread and Cinnamon Bread. This bread mix also can make Sweet Bread, Bagels, Pizza Crust and Pie Crust.
Pamela’s Bread Mix comes in one loaf size (sold at the grocery store) or pack of 6 on Amazon for $29.07 and also 4 pound bag (pack of 3 ) for $39.07. The 4 pound bag you will need to add your own yeast and if my math is correct — it works out to be around 10 loaves for about $3.90/ a loaf. Almost comparable to a regular loaf of bread… almost.
I would definitely make Pamela’s Bread Mix again and would try one of the variations. It was nice to have toast and it be a normal size piece of bread. If you’re looking for an easy, fast bread mix, I’d give Pamela’s a try.
Update: Made Everything Bagels using the Bread Mix. They were pretty great! And I loved that I could make Everything Bagels. I can’t seem to find any store bought. I followed the package with no modifications, except the everything topping. I only ended up with six bagels using the 1/2 cup of dough instead of the seven per the package, but I’m good with six. They were delicious and crunchy when toasted. I kept a few out and froze the rest. I’ll have to post again to let you know how the freezing went. I had one bagel in the fridge for about three – four days after I baked them. Still very tasty when toasted and smeared with cream cheese. Overall, I would definitely make these again. It was very easy. It was a little time consuming since you need to let the dough rest, but it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re getting into.