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Saturday, February 05, 2011

A Simple Tuna Sandwich Using Fill'ems

A good portion of the breads we eat at home are homemade but that doesn't stop me from checking out what is new in the bread aisle.  Sometimes I even buy a new item just to see how it is supposed to taste and create a recipe clone if we like it.  About six months ago I noticed a new flat bread that was available in burger bun size except much thinner.  When I was shopping for our Christmas celebration I bought a package of 100% whole wheat Fill'ems that are elongated.

tuna sandwich using fillems
This bread choice is thicker than Greek pita but thinner than regular bread slices or buns.  It is available now in round and oblong shapes meant to replace hamburg and hot dog buns.  They come in a variety of flavours as well.  Each piece will make one sandwich but at about half the calories of 2 slices of bread.

The nice thing about this bread is the versatility.  I wasn't impressed with the price tag though at $3.50 for a 16 count package (22¢ per sandwich) verses $1.69 for a loaf of 24 slice bread (14¢ per sandwich).  I used the bread to make basic tuna sandwiches.  What I really did not like was the flavour.  This bread was sweet beyond belief!  I'm sure other flavours are not as sweet but whole wheat bread should only have a hint of sweetness that accents but not distracts from other ingredients in the sandwich.  That was a definite con for this bread.

While this may be the newest range in commercial bread offerings, I'm quickly formulating a way to make this bread at home.  I will start with a Greek pita recipe then work with that to get the shapes I want.  In perspective any yeast bread dough can be used as really this is only a shaping issue.  In fact you can even cut yeast bread dough with cookie cutters for a unique shape and I have two Pampered Chef shaped bread loaf pans.  So the possibilities really are endless when it comes to homemade breads!


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