Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Gluten Free Baguette Bread




Before going gluten free I had been known to make a meal out of bread. Well, bread, olives, hummus, etc. I could eat bread everyday. I always had digestive issues but never thought it was the gluten. The more bread I ate the more uncomfortable I was. I cut out gluten and felt better, I also found out I was allergic to yeast which the bread was not helping with. I didn't miss the bread all that much because I knew it would lead to stomach discomfort. Every so often, I get this urge for a really good loaf of bread. Until now, I did not have one that was gluten free but tasted good enough to satisfy the craving, I did try some gluten free baguettes but they usually contain yeast and any recipe I tried that didn't have gluten, dairy or yeast was not that good so I just rather do without. If I'm not going to thoroughly enjoy my food when I eat it, I'm going to eat something else that I enjoy. When I saw this Easy French Bread recipe from Iris from The Daily Dietribe's 5-Ingredient Monday's I had to give it a try. It was gluten, yeast and dairy free and looked amazing. I doubled the recipe and made two loaves one using the white rice flour as the recipe calls for and another loaf using millet flour. Do yourself a favor and don't do this! The millet version was not good.

This was easy to make and came out really good. What I really liked is how simple it was to do. It took about 15 minutes to make the loaf and then 40 minutes in the oven. Certain times I really need to have bread ready on short notice, like when we are going to a restaurant and my kids want bread when everyone else has it. This would be great to whip up in 15 minutes and let it bake while you are getting ready to go out. Then it will be ready to go with you.

Ingredients
I used this recipe with rice milk and olive oil.

Directions
Grease a baking sheet with olive oil. Mix your milk and apple cider vinegar in a bowl and set aside for a minute. Add the psyllium husk and set aside for 5 minutes. While your waiting mix together your flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add your oil and applesauce to your wet ingredients and stir. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and start to stir until it begins to form a crumbly dough. Start kneading with your hands until a smooth dough forms. (It was very crumbly and I started to worry that something was wrong, but keep kneading and it comes together just fine).



Shape into a baguette and lay on baking sheet. Brush top with olive oil and bake for about 40 minutes until lightly browned.


4 comments:

  1. Love that you tried it with millet flour even though it didn't work out. At least now we know! And the simplicity of the recipe is what I like too. Thanks for posting your results, Christine!

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    1. I was hopeful about the millet version, it rose so nicely! When I went to move it, it just broke apart. It didn't hold together at all. I still tried it to see if it at least tasted good and it had a strange aftertaste.

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  2. Yay for French Bread success! :-) That's great news, and like Iris said, it's great to rule out millet as a possible flour to use in this recipe, too. ;-)

    Shirley

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  3. can you substitute something for the psyllium husk? we are limited at our health food store. not sure if they would have it.

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