Sainsbury’s Free From Panettone Style Loaf Cake

Ingredients

Raisins, Rapeseed oil, Caster sugar, Rice flour, Potato starch, Water, Maize flour, Mixed peel (Orange peel, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Lemon peel, Sucrose, Citric acid, Sulphur dioxide), Tapioca starch, Glycerine, Maize starch, Dried egg, Mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate, Dried egg white, Disodium Diphosphate, Potassium Hydrogen Carbonate, Flavourings, Rice starch, Orange zest, Xanthan gum, Carboxymethylcellulose, Potassium sorbate.

Not suitable for customers with an allergy to nuts due to manufacturing methods.

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I don’t buy a lot of supermarket Free From products because they are nearly always unsuitable for the Allergy Brothers, but this just had to be tried.  I can take or leave mince pies, stuffing, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and almost all the rest of the gluten-riddled seasonal treats, but I was really mourning the absence of Panetonne this Christmas.  This is a pretty good substitute.  It has the richness of Panettone, despite not being made with butter.  However, it definitely doesn’t have a Panettone style texture.  Regular Panettone has a light, fluffy texture because it is made from risen dough.  The Free From version has a much denser texture that is closer to sponge cake.  Like a lot of Free From foods, it’s nicer if you don’t compare it.  Is this a good approximation to panettone?  Ish.  Is it a nice, rich, Christmassy cake?  Yes.

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