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Making grain free bread without a bread maker…

I’ve been making grain free bread for nearly a year now.  There have been lots of mistakes, or rather many of my loaves of bread were more similar to bricks than to actual bread.  As a result of all this, I now have a recipe that tastes like it’s made from white flour and requires a minimal time commitment from me because it’s made in my bread maker.   Now that I’ve got a recipe that works well in my bread maker, making grain free bread is no longer a challenge; it’s just a part of life.  One which I really couldn’t live without!

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Unfortunately, not everyone has a bread maker.  But, everyone with a grain allergy should be able to make affordable grain free bread regardless of whether or not they have a bread maker.  A blog follower named Liz asked how she could use my recipe but bake her bread the conventional way.  Good question!

After some research through my old high school cook books, some of the bread maker cook books I derived my recipe from, and the manual that accompanies my bread maker, I felt like I was ready to go.

Ingredients:

1 ½ c Milk or Almond milk

¼ c olive oil

4 eggs

1/4c honey

3c of my grain free flour blend *(insert link here)

1 Tablespoon yeast

2 ½ teaspoons xanthum gum

1 teaspoon salt

When making bread using conventional baking techniques patience is necessary, and since most of you know that patience is not my virtue, this was a good opportunity for me to learn some.   Thanks to some help from my kitchen timer and the resources I used, it only took one attempt to get it right!

Here’s what to do:

Heat milk to between 100 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. (I microwaved the milk in a 1 quart glass bowl for 1 minute). Stir in honey.  When honey is dissolved, sprinkle yeast over the top.  Let stand for 5 minutes.  Whisk in olive oil and eggs.

Doesn't look like much, but this yeast, oil, milk, and honey mixture is the base of my grain free bread.

Doesn’t look like much, but this yeast, oil, milk, and honey mixture is the base of my grain free bread.

In a separate bowl mix remaining dry ingredients.  Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients ½ cup at a time.  If you have a stand mixer, I highly recommend you use your dough hook on setting two or 3 while doing this.

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After dough is well mixed, knead for 10 minutes on medium/ low speed.  If you don’t have a stand mixer, it may be difficult to knead the dough on a floured board initially.  You may want to continue stirring the dough in the bowl until the xanthum gum gives the mixture a dough like consistency.

Once dough is kneaded, place dough in a greased loaf pan until it doubles in size.  My dough took about 1 hour to rise.

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Bake dough at 300 degrees for 1 hour.  To check for doneness, insert a knife into the center of the bread.  The bread is done when the knife comes out clean.  Slice bread when cool.

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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,