Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Gluten Free Sandwich Bread

  • 1½ Cup Water or Milk (or Milk Alternative)
  • 4 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2½ teaspoons Dry Active Yeast 

  • 3 Cups of GF Flour (you can make your own blend or use Cloud 8 or your fav blend) 
  • 1½ teaspoons Xanthan Gum 
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • (you can add sweet or savoury seasonings to taste)

  • 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Large Eggs
  1. In measuring cup, measure & warm milk to just above body temperature - should be warm to the touch (not hot or cold). Stir in Honey and add Yeast last. Set-aside & let proof for approx. 10 minutes.
  2. Combine Dry Mix ingredients in small bowl.
  3. Combine Wet Mix ingredients in bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix just for a few seconds.
  4. Add in the proofed Yeast Mix and mix again for just a few seconds.
  5. Add the Dry Mix and beat on medium-high for approx. 3 minutes. Dough will be wet, but thick and sticky!
  6. If necessary, oil and flour your 9x5 Loaf Pan or spray with non-stick coating. 
  7. Using a spatula, scrape the bread mixture into your prepared loaf pan and set on top of your stove to proof while the oven is preheating (for 20-30 mins). Be sure to smooth out the loaf with spatula or wet fingers before proofing as the loaf will not smooth out itself.
  8. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  9. It is important not to over-proof the bread - just let it rise until the mixture is approximately double in size (20-30 minutes depending on your room temperature.) Don't let it rise above your loaf pan… or just until it crests the top. Gluten free breads do not maintain their structure and will flow over the pan or collapse if left to over-rise or over-filled.
  10. Bake for approx. 30-45 minutes. If the crust is darkening too quickly, you can cover it with foil (tent open ended) and return to baking until done. (If it helps, I usually cook mine until I get an internal temperature of 210 - 220 degrees on my digital thermometer).
  11. Remove loaf pan from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes before turning out onto your cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before attempting to cut into slices. 

Amanda's Flour Blend

- 6 cups brown rice flour 
- 3 3/4 cups quinoa flour 
- 2 cups Millet flour
- 2 cups chickpea flour 
- 4 1/2 tablespoons Xanthan Gum
- 8 tablespoons flax Meal 
- 4 tablespoons corn starch 
- 1/4 cup chia seed (ground up) 
- 3 tablespoons cream of tartar 

Adapted from here.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

GF DF Waffles (like you've had in Europe)

When we were in Europe on our honeymoon we had waffles every chance we got. We couldn't get enough of them! 
It's been years and I'm still trying to find the perfect waffles. I've stopped trying places (because most aren't GF) and have started making my own. 
I'm not sharing any of the fails (I've lost count of how many recipes I've been through!) but only this recipe; which is the closest I've gotten yet to those crazy yummy waffles we had in Europe.
  • 1 1/2 cup of almond milk (any type of non-dairy milk will work)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend (I only use Bob's Red Mill brand, see note above and below)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 blood orange olive oil 
  1. Whisk almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, olive oil, eggs, and maple syrup together.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing well until incorporated.
  4. To get a really nice sugar crunch on the outside of the waffles sprinkle a little sugar on the bottom of the waffle maker, place your batter and then add a little more to the top of the batter. It takes a little trial and error to get it just right but if you've had waffles in Europe and always wanted to make them at home this will get you that much close to how they do them.  
  5. Scoop one ice cream scoop full of waffle mixture into your waffle maker. I prefer to have "frayed" edges on my waffles so I do not fill the whole bottom of the waffle maker.  
  6. Close waffle maker and cook according to your maker's directions.
• This recipe makes 4 standard sized round waffles (see images above)
• You might consider adding a little cinnamon or nutmeg if you like those flavours in your waffles. 
• These waffles freeze very well! I pull a couple out and pop them in the toaster when I want a quick treat 
• You might need to add more or less oil/liquid depending on the flour blend you use 

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