4/18/2013

Gluten Free Bread Recipe

 --Edit 4/19-- I made this again with three slight changes. I used 2 whole eggs instead of 3 egg whites. It seems less wasteful and the results were even better. I also used apple cider vinegar instead of regular white. I accidentally used a lot more than was recommended, but it was still delicious. I greased the pan with olive oil spray, and the bread came out a lot easier.--

I found this recipe and it seemed to have some good reviews. I followed the recipe almost exactly. I tried to use my mixer, but it kind of sucks. I really need a Kitchenaid stand mixer. It is on my list of things to buy. Despite the crappy mixer, I made it work. Here is what I did:

2 cups rice flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons fast rise yeast
2 tablespoons butter
3 egg whites, beaten slightly
1 teaspoon vinegar

If you check the original recipe you will see that I left out the xanthan gum. I found that gums give some people bloating issues and aren't necessary for most gluten free baking. I don't even buy them. I also used REAL butter (of course) and skipped the egg sub because it seemed like a weird thing to use (and it's not something that I buy.) Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly, which is something that I rarely do. I mixed the flours and salt together first. Then I mixed the sugar into the water and added yeast. I let it sit for about 5 minutes then I put it all into the mixer plus the egg whites, butter and vinegar and mixed on "high" for a while. Fortunately Josh was home to separate my eggs for me. I am not very good at that. I need to add "egg separator" to me things to buy list. I guess one of the kids is getting egg yolks tonight, I wouldn't want to waste them. Organic eggs are expensive. My crappy mixer made a huge mess all over my kitchen, but everything seemed to mix together okay. I only had a normal loaf pan, so I used that. It seems like many other people who commented on the recipe did the same thing. I let the bread rise for 25 minutes and then baked at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

THE VERDICT:

It smelled good, so that gave me some hope. It looked.. well, not so good. I did grease the pan with coconut oil, but apparently I didn't do a very good job. I practically needed the jaws of life to extract the bread from the pan. After doing all of that, it didn't LOOK pretty.. but it tastes good! It tastes like plain white sandwhich bread. The only other gluten free bread that I have tried was Udi's, it was good, but not $5 for a small loaf good. I'm not really sure what this cost to make, but even though most of the ingredients are organic I'm sure it was MUCH cheaper than that. I will definitely make this again. Next time I will grease the pan better, and I might end up trying a few new things. I will definitely update here when I do!
See? It was STUCK.

2 comments:

gwensans said...

Thank you for sharing. I will have to try this. I as well hate using egg whites it seems like such a waste especially coming from someone who loves them! I just tried Bavarian's gluten free breads and they were delicious! Do you have any favorite GF premade brand breads? I don't really like to bake..

Amy and Meagan said...

@gwensans - The only gluten-free premade bread that I have tried is Udi's brand. I really didn't mind going without for the first few months, I just seem to crave it more being pregnant. The Udi's brand was really good, as are their other gluten free foods. I had to buy it frozen so it's obviously not as good as fresh. You may have more options depending on where you live. We liked it but it wasn't really worth the expense to buy on a regular basis. My husband (who is not gluten free) ended up eating most of it, he thought it was good! He did think this recipe was better though!

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