Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gluten Free Millet Bread

Notice how these last two posts are about bread?

I love bread.

I mean, really, really love bread.

It just makes feeding kids so much easier...after all, when I'm in a rush or all else fails, you can slap on some nut butter  or whatever and call it a quick breakfast or lunch. 

So, I am always on a quest to make healthier breads.  Bread doesn't have to be just a conduit to hold the good stuff...it can be a nutritious part of the meal itself.

So, I've been experimenting and developed a bread that doesn't use any rice flour at all.  Now, I have nothing against rice flour really, but it's certainly not the healthiest gluten free flour out there.  In fact, I'm a bit perplexed about why so many gluten free recipes feature rice flour.

Anyway, I came up with this recipe for bread, which doesn't use any rice flour at all.

It uses millet, sorghum, tapioca and a small amount of arrowroot starch.

It has a very distinctive flavor..but a good one.  The texture is perfect for sandwiches or toast and butter.  

It's awesome in that it can be sliced really thin for sandwiches.. and I do hate thick slices of sandwich bread.

And, it's super easy.   Just mix a few ingredients, let rise, and then pop in the oven.

Gluten Free Millet Bread
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon xanthan gum
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water.
Combine yeast with warm water and 1 tsp sugar in a small bowl.  Let sit until yeast becomes frothy on top of the water.

In another bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, apple cider vinegar and oil.  Add this to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Stir in the yeast/water and mix by hand at least 50 times or until well blended.

Using wet fingers, spread onto a greased loaf pan and allow to rise for 2 hours or until the dough rises to the top of the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until done.

Enjoy your gluten-free millet bread!

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