Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Our Favorite Gluten Free Bread

I've been meaning to post this for a while. I still have not created a scratch recipe for gluten free bread. But this is our favorite gluten free mix Gluten Free Pantry's French Bread and Pizza Mix. This is the way I make it for our food limitations.

First off I will give you the ingredients for the mix: white rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, guar gum, granulated honey, salt, and Red Staf Instant Yeast (packet included). It does say "may contain traces of soy". But my son has never had a problem with it.

(Set Oven to preheat at 375 degrees. )
In my Bosch Universal mixer with batter whips attached I dump the contents of the box and yeast packet and then the following ingredients

1 3/4 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 tsp cider vinegar (if vinegar is an issue you could probably substitute lemon juice)
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 eggs plus 1 egg white

I turn my mixer on low to combine the ingredients and flip it to medium and let it run for 2 minutes. While it is running, I spray my 9X5 bread pan will Pam Olive Oil Spray. When the two minutes is over, using a ladle I carefully scoop the batter into a well greased pan. The batter has the consistency of mashed potatoes.  This is what it looks like.

Then cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place until the dough rises to touch the plastic wrap. After I pulled the wrap off the risen dough, it  looked like this.

Place in 375 degree preheated oven. And bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Turn out of the pan onto a cooling rack and let cool until warm to touch. I bag my bread as soon as it is warm and no longer hot. That keeps the crust soft. Then once it is cool in the bag, I take it out and slice it. I place plastic wrap between each slice and then freeze the bag of sliced bread. I pop a slice at a time into the microwave for 25 seconds, then flip it over and then another 10 seconds. Voila! Instant fresh soft bread!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Gluten Free Baking source

I am excited to say that Country Life Natural Foods has started carrying gluten free items, particularly gluten free oats and gluten free rice flour. And they are in a price range that we can afford! They also have gluten free all purpose flour mix (which has legumes in it) and gluten free pancake mix. Go check it out here!

Gluten Free Pancakes (Take 2)

I have played a little with my pancake recipe, thanks to my sweet sister who has been trying them out. She is helping me to know if my recipes are easily reproducible in another person's kitchen. This last time I made them I took some pictures and changed one thing to hopefully create a better product for more people.

5 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp honey
4 Tbsp oil of choice ( I use safflower oil)
2 eggs
2 cup almond milk (I like Almond Breeze unsweetened) or other milk

Mix dry ingredients together and them add wet ingredients and whisk. 

Using a ice cream scoop, ladle mixture onto hot non-stick pan or griddle. I use my electric griddle and set it at 350 degrees. These pancakes seem to do better on a slightly hotter griddle than my wheat pancakes.  The honey seems to help them brown. Flip when lightly brown on one side and bubbles pop. 

Cook and eat or freeze right away. Makes about 24 standard sized pancakes. We love these with butter and agave nectar or maple syrup or even jelly.