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Another Loaf…

March 3, 2013

A new loaf

A new loaf

Arggh!! It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I am so sorry!! Life just gets in the way and unfortunately blogging just doesn’t pay as well as being on the dreaded mouse treadmill…. anyway….

It seems that it is a relentless pursuit to find “the” best recipe for a bread substitute when eating grain free. I go through stages of experimenting, giving up, researching, experimenting, giving up…..who am I kidding? For a bread lover (and previous baker) nothing beats the REAL flavour and texture of an artisan sourdough hand-crafted bread. Fullstop. Why do I continue to try for that elusive equivalent? Because, sometimes you just need a vehicle for something, say; a homemade jam or dip or pate…. sometimes, you just get that craving for bread and want to satisfy that craving, or sometimes, there’s a certain stubborn person who just won’t let it go!!!

I have made previous bread recipes here and here, which are yeast free, grain free & gluten free. Whilst they are OK, they just don’t compare but I think I have cracked it this time.

Using psyllium powder again, this loaf just seems to work. It has a nice crunchy crust and is dense but has a light texture due to good bubble formation of the leavening agent. I do miss working with yeast and I will try this with yeast next time. I have also been experimenting with konjac flour (glucomannan), which I will try instead of the psyllium too.  This loaf lasts very well, staying moist and slice-able in the fridge for up to a week. I get a better result dividing the dough into 2 and baking 2 smaller loaves. Feel free to add more seeds or interchange the sesame seeds for something else. I used sesame to keep the dough a lighter colour but you could easily use any other seeds for a different flavour.

1 teas salt
70g coconut flour
1 teas rapadura sugar (optional, I use Natvia)
sesame seeds for sprinkling
45g psyllium powder (must be powder)
2 teas baking powder
1/2 teas bicarb soda

250g very hot water
6 large egg whites

2 tabs apple cider vinegar

Add all the ingredients to the TM in the order as listed and mix for 10 seconds on SP 6.
Knead on interval speed for 1 minute to firm up and come together. Divide in two and shape into loaves with wet hands and sprinkle with seeds. Slash the top a couple of times – this helps with even cooking and allows steam to escape.  Bake in a 170°C oven for 40  – 50 minutes. Allow to completely cool before cutting.
This bread is filling as coconut & psyllium are ALL fibre!
6 Comments leave one →
  1. benita may permalink
    March 15, 2013 10:59 am

    Don’t mind me, I just found my ground psyllium on the bench, looking much better now. LOL!

  2. benita may permalink
    March 15, 2013 10:56 am

    Are you meant to replace the tapioca with something else, my mix is very runny, certainly not thick enough to shape into a loaf? I also couldn’t find psyllium powder, I ground the husks in my thermi for 30 seconds to make into a powder, would this also be why it is not thickening up?

    • March 17, 2013 1:36 pm

      I grind them for at least a minute – it makes a difference!

  3. February 26, 2013 9:26 pm

    D’oh, I used up my coconut flour in another batch of Cinnamon Pumpkin Slice! Time to make some more coconut milk then!!!

    • February 28, 2013 3:43 pm

      Do you ever buy your coconut flour or do you only use your Channa from your milk?

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