Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bread

I love bread!  I love sandwiches!  When I found out that it was best for me to stay away from gluten, bread was the only thing that I missed.  We can buy really delicious gluten-free bread here in New Zealand, but at $7 a loaf (a very small loaf) it's not something we buy very often.  I tried several recipes before this one and after a bit a tweaking, this is our go-to bread recipe.  I love this bread!  We recently had friends over for tea and I made this bread and served it.  The husband ate quite a few slices before he found out it was gluten free and he was shocked.  It's not quite the same a regular bread, but we love it!  So here is our recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free bread (it's so simple a 4-year-old can make it!).  This bread is amazing for sandwiches the first day you make it.  After that it's still delicious, if you toast it.  This recipe makes one loaf.  We've starting doubling the recipe and it still turns out great!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Tablespoons sweetener (we use honey)
1/2 Tablespoon active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water
1/2 cup + 2 1/2 Tablespoons white rice flour
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch (also called arrowroot)
1/4 cup corn flour (cornstarch)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 Tablespoons oil
2 large eggs
1/2 Tablespoon guar gum

Directions:
First, dissolve sweetener in warm water and sprinkle the yeast over the top.  Let stand to dissolve yeast.

While the yeast is doing it's thing, measure out your dry ingredients into a bowl.

Next, mix your eggs and oil into another bowl.

After the yeast has dissolved, pour in your dry ingredients.

Add your wet ingredients.

 Give the ingredients a bit of a mix by hand.

 Put the bowl on the mixer stand (you can also use a hand-held electric mixer).

Turn the mixer to medium speed and mix for 3 minutes.

Pour dough into bread pan lined with baking paper (I helped with this bit).

Smooth down the top with wet fingers.

Clean up your mess while you leave the dough to rise for one hour.

After the dough has risen for one hour, bake for 25 minutes in an oven preheated to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F for all you Yankees).  Now, behold the finished product!

Slice and enjoy!


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