It has been a quest to find the gluten free desserts from The Country Chef Bakery Co. Exclusive to IGA stores, my local refused to stock them so I had to try and hunt them down. I got lucky when their customer service let me know that the Gladstone Park IGA stocked them. It is close to family so I had my dad go down and pick a pack of each for me. With only two gluten free items in their repertoire, The Country Chef Bakery Co. will hopefully expand in the future.
The mini profiteroles come in a pack of 20. They are a great bite-size treat and don’t look too bad. They are a little chewy, I believe this is because they are frozen. However, the pastry itself does flake and tastes good. Although, the filling to dough ratio is a little off. Which means that for a moment I think the pastry needed to be a bit sweeter before I taste the vanilla cream inside. Again because these were frozen, the cream is a bit thicker than delicate but has a great flavour and works well.
I’d definitely pick these up again even if I topped them with a bit of melted chocolate. This might help add a bit more sweetness to the pastry. They will be great for small gatherings or you could be fancy and stick them together to form a croquembouche. For the first brand on the market, these are great if you can’t or don’t have time to make them yourself. The mini profiteroles do contain Egg and Milk. They also have a contamination risk from Soy and Tree Nuts.
I had a bit of an accident with my first pack of eclairs. This accident resulted in the chocolate melting off during the defrosting period. Definitely don’t leave them upright when storing. I added some chocolate on top to fix this for photos.This pastry is a little bit airier than the profiteroles but tastes very similar. These are really well filled with a whipped cream that contrasts well with the sweet but bitter chocolate icing.
Being a bit bigger than the profiteroles these come in a pack of 6. Since they do have a limited number, these would be better for a dessert night or dinner party. Each eclair is separated by a plastic divider so I feel it would be possible to defrost one at a time too. The eclairs contain egg, milk and soy. They could possibly be contaminated by tree nuts.
You will find both varieties in the freezer aisle and they’ll cost around $8.50. To prepare each type, you need to take them out of the packet and thaw for 30 minutes at room temperature. If you have to store them in the fridge to defrost, leave them for 2 hours. The taking them out of the packet is important so that the chocolate doesn’t melt off your eclairs.
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Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.