Grain free bread making

IMG_0297 - CopyAlthough man cannot live by bread alone, it’s pretty tough to live without it!  It would be great if I could just stop at the grocery store and pick up some grain free bread, but I haven’t found any nearby.  There is a company in California that will ship you bread, but it’s a bit pricy and paying $10 for a loaf of bread is way out of my price range.  I felt like I had no choice but to make my own.  I started with the gluten free recipes that came with my bread maker.  I thought that I might just be able to substitute grain free flour and boom I’d have bread.

I was wrong!

After almost 5 months of baking bricks, doorstops, and crumbly loaves, I think I’ve got a recipe that I can live with.

My Guidelines for Grain Free bread:

  • Must be able to slice into ½ inch slices
  • Must resemble grain based bread in appearance and taste
  • Must stand up to the grilled cheese test, toaster test, and French toast test.
  • Must be a recipe I can make in my bread maker
  • Should not use too much almond flour (bad for autoimmune diseases like endometriosis & arthritis)
  • Should not taste too “beany”, “almondy”, or “coconutty”
  • Should absorb liquid like grain based bread so I can use it for bread crumbs and stuffing
  • Should use ingredients that require minimal prep.  No use of extra appliances to prepare ingredients.
  • Should cost less than $3 per loaf to make.

 

Yes, I want it all!  I want grain free bread that I don’t know is grain free!  I want to feel normal!  I’ve been working like crazy for the last 5 months, adapting recipes, trying different flours, and I did it!  This week I cracked the recipe for grain free bread that meets nearly all of the above criteria!

Ingredients:

1 ½ c Milk,  Almond Milk, or coconut milk

¼ c olive oil (if using coconut milk or whole milk omit oil)

4 eggs

1/4c honey

1 3/4c of my grain free flour blend *

1 Tablespoon yeast

2 ½ teaspoons xanthum gum

1t baking powder

1tbaking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Directions:  Add wet ingredients to pan.  Top with dry ingredients, sprinkling yeast on top.  Use gluten free course on bread machine.  Bread is ready in 2 ½ hours!

*my grain free flour blend: 1 c coconut flour, 1c almond flour, 1c tapioca flour, 1c white bean flour,

11 thoughts on “Grain free bread making

    • Hi Liz,
      Thanks for stopping by baby steps and tears! I would mix it all and let it rest for about half an hour, then kneed it and let it rise for 90 minutes. ON oven temp? hum…I know my recipe bakes for 70 minutes but on the temp, I’m not sure. To try this the first time, I’d consult another recipe and use the temp it suggests. I’ll try and give the conventional recipe a go after the 4th of July. If you make the recipe before then, please let me know how it goes. All the best to you in your grain free efforts!
      Love,
      Catherine

  1. Thanks Catherine,

    I will give it a try and let you know how it turns out. I’m still working with the grain free past recipe!!

    Liz

    • Hi Liz,
      I find that the bread recipe comes out lighter if I used 2 1/2 cups of flour or even 2 1/4 cups. I still need to work on baking the recipe without the bread maker. I’ll try and work on that within the next few days, as I’m almost out of bread and it seems like a good time to give it a go. Please do let me know how your loaf turns out. Happy baking! Love, Catherine

      • Hi Catherine,
        I was just wondering if you had a chance to try baking this bread in the oven. My bread machine doesn’t have a gluten free bread setting, so I’m thinking it won’t work in the bread maker I have.

        Looking forward to hearing from you, thanks!

          • Thanks for the link, Catherine. I don’t have all the ingredients yet, but I’m planning on making an order through Vitacost or Well.ca soon.

            Have you ever tried making croutons from this bread (like for a Caesar salad)?

          • Absolutely! I made croutons for bread pudding. Just slice the bread into cubes, put the cubes on a cookie sheet and roast at 350 for 5-10 minutes per side. Depending on the flavors you’d like you can brush them with butter, olive oil, or refined coconut oil, and then sprinkle with herbs. I hope you enjoy them! Here’s a coupon for vitacost. You’ll save $10 off your order: http://goo.gl/Kycwgm If you’re unsure what to order, here’s a link with some suggestions for stocking your grain free pantry! Happy baking and please stay in touch! Love, Catherine

    • Hey Stacie,
      Thanks for stopping by! I am so glad the bread recipe worked for you. Did you use the recipe for the bread machine, or the conventional oven?

      I usually put the ingredients in my bread machine and forget about them until the smell of freshly baked bread reminds me. That way even when life gets busy, I still have allergen free bread ready to go. I use it every morning to make a breakfast sandwich with dairy free cheese and Canadian bacon. Happy baking to you!
      Love, Catherine

      P.S. Once you have the ingredients for the flour blend, you might want to look at my pasta recipe. It makes a couple of pounds in just and hour and is as delicious as the bread is. 🙂

  2. I love the convenience of using my bread maker. It does not have a gluten free setting. Have you or anyone else made your breads in a bread maker that does not have the gluten free setting? I really don’t want to go the oven method. Jackie

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