Whether you are wondering what Hawaiian gluten-free bread is made from, what it tastes like, how you can use it and store it you are in the right place.
In this article, we answer all of your Hawaiian gluten-free questions.
Is all Hawaiian Bread and Rolls gluten free?
Not all Hawaiian bread and rolls are gluten-free. This is because a lot of modern recipes include the use of wheat flour, which contains gluten. However, it usually only makes up a relatively small percentage of the ingredients. The other flour used, for example, rice or tapioca flour is gluten-free.
However, the traditional recipe does not actually mention wheat. This is because that particular grain does not grow well there. Because there was little wheat available, the Portuguese who introduced the bread experimented with the local flours instead.
Corn, amaranth, quinoa, rice, sorghum and millet grew well in Hawaii. Most of which are gluten-free grains. So, weirdly most of the bread made there hundreds of years ago was gluten-friendly.
What is Hawaiian gluten-free bread made from?
There are lots of Hawaiian bread recipes out there some of which stipulate that wheat flour is used. So you should never simply pick up a loaf. It is always wise to read the ingredients list.
Gluten-free Hawaiian bread contains a combination of brown or white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, cornflour and sorghum flour. Sometimes they are all used, but some recipes only use two of these flours or starches.
What does Hawaiian gluten-free bread taste like?
Most people really like this kind of bread. Because the flours used are quite starchy it holds its shape well.
It typically has a soft and stretchy texture.
Hawaiian gluten-free bread tastes similar to bread that is made the traditional way, using wheat flour. It does not have that cloying flavour and because there is no baking powder you don´t get the chemical flavour either. Slightly sweet versions are also available.
Why does Hawaiian bread taste sweet? (not all of them do taste sweet)
Some types of Hawaiian bread taste slightly sweet because pineapple juice has been added. Hawaiian cooking is strongly influenced by the Portuguese way of cooking. They also tend to put a lot of sugar into the loaves they bake.
The sweet type is great for making savoury sandwiches. Cheese with chutney or sliced apples is a great sandwich for this type of bread.
It makes nice French toast too, and a bread pudding made with the sweeter version is wonderful too.
How long do Hawaiian rolls last?
Shop brought gluten-free Hawaiian bread or rolls will last 1 to 3 weeks unopened. Once opened they need to be used within 7 to 10 days. The same is true for homemade gluten-free Hawaiian bread.
You can make any kind of bread last a day or two longer by putting it in the fridge.
But you need to make sure it is wrapped or in an airtight container. If it is not the flavours of other foods from the fridge will seep into the bread.
Can you freeze Gluten-free Hawaiian rolls?
You can freeze gluten-free Hawaiian rolls or bread. It keeps well in the freezer. Provided it is properly wrapped, up to 3 months. It is best to defrost them at room temperature rather than heat them up.
In fact, freezing is one of the best ways to prolong the life of any gluten-free bread. You can read more about why that is and how to store gluten-free bread so that it does not dry out too fast. by clicking the link.
The fact that any kind of gluten-free bread is expensive means that you will not want to waste any of it.
Buying frozen gluten-free bread is normally cheaper. It also stays fresher for longer and there is less chance of any wastage.Overcome Food Intolerances
The texture is also better than the bread you freeze at home. Manufacturers have access to fast-freezing equipment, which means the bread is frozen far quicker than you can do at home.
The ice crystals are therefore far smaller, which means the bread does not get broken down at all. So once defrosted the texture is almost the same as that of fresh bread.
That is one of the reason´s the main manufacturer of gluten-free Hawaiian breads and rolls sell their products frozen as well as fresh.
Is it dry?
The way Hawaiian gluten-free bread is made means that it is rarely dry. More liquids are used than with traditional wheat flour bread. In addition, the structure of the types of flours normally used to make Hawaiian bread does not absorb as much moisture. It tends to be far moister than other types of gluten-free bread.
However, you do need to store it well to keep it moist. It needs to be fully wrapped and kept somewhere that is not too hot-.
If it is too warm the moisture will be wicked out of the rolls or bread. This will form condensation, which could in turn lead to mould.
Wrapping it carefully and putting it in the fridge is the best way to keep Hawaiaan bread fresh.
Can you toast or reheat Hawaiaan bread or rolls?
Hawaiian bread or rolls can be reheated, including homemade ones. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and slide them in for 3 to 5 minutes. You can toast them or make French toast with sliced Hawaiian bread, in the normal way.
It is however not a good idea to heat up a whole loaf of Hawaiian bread. It will not reheat evenly. The edges will be very dry. If you want to quickly defrost a whole loaf, put it in the microwave for about a minute, then leave it on the counter to finish defrosting.
Where can you buy the best gluten-free Hawaiian bread?
Most large supermarkets sell several brands of gluten-free Hawaiian bread. You can also buy it online or make it at home either by hand or using a breadmaker.
Here is a list of the most popular brands, along with clickable links to enable you to buy them.
- Canyon Gluten Free – buy a sweet loaf here and a frozen one here
- Most Walmart and Target stores also sell Canyon products
- Many local bakeries also regularly cook it. Some also sell online.
Cooking your own is another alternative. More and more recipes are being shared on gluten-free websites.
How much does it cost?
A packet of 6 gluten-free Hawaiian rolls costs between $10.25 and $12. Sliced loaves cost $10 to $12 each. But, you can get a significant discount by buying double packs or buying using a subscription. Typically, between 15 and 20%.