Our ingredient list is clean: we bake breads and biscuits we want to serve our own families
The ingredient list on Furlani products is clean. Our breads and biscuits are azodicarbonamide free. Over the last few years our master bakers and R&D team have worked hard to create cleaner ingredient labels without having the need to sacrifice on quality or taste. And other ingredient updates are in the works.
The ingredient list is free of azodicarbonamide
Azodicarbonamide (AZO) is an ingredient commonly used in commercial bakeries as a “dough conditioner” (an umbrella term for most additives other than preservatives that are added to dough). A few years ago questions about its safety were being raised. Long story short we got rid of AZO and replaced it with ascorbic acid.
Ah acid?! … it sounds dangerous but it isn’t. Ascorbic acid is safe (it’s just vitamin C) and provides our bread with the dough strength and volume needed to keep it delicious.
Dough Conditioners Have Been Replaced with Enzymes
What are enzymes?
There are countless natural chemical reactions taking place in the fermentation of the dough. Enzymes are specialized proteins that accelerate the rate of these chemical reactions. Dough conditioning enzymes are all extracted from a microbial source. The ones we use in all our products are considered vegetarian.
What do we use them for?
The enzyme amylase is added to dough to help break down complex starches in flour, into simple sugars to provide food for yeast. As the yeast grows, it releases carbon dioxide causing the bread to rise. Amylase naturally occurs in flour but often needs an additional boost to increase the speed of fermentation.
Other enzymes added to our bread include protease and xylanase. They mostly function to improve the dough strength, bread volume and softness of texture.
Our team has a few other ingredient updates in the works. We’ll tell you about them soon…
… but did you know that Furlani Texas Toast garlic bread is vegetarian? It is! It’s because we use these microbial enzymes in our bread and cheese making processes. All products under the Furlani brand are considered vegetarian. This includes Furlani Texas toast, garlic bread (loaves), breadsticks, knots, biscuits and Ann’s Biscuits. Read all about it HERE.