Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gluten Free Dark "Rye" Bread

It's gluten free time again!
I'm still on the lookout for some really fabulous gluten free baking recipes. (FYI - If' you would like to tell us your favorite just leave a comment on this post. Thank you thank you!)
I was really surprised the first time I tasted this bread. It has the mouth-feel of a yeast bread instead of a quick bread - kind of. You could totally make a sandwich with this. 
Of course, it is a little different in texture so please don't expect it to be completely like "normal" bread.
Aaaaand...I have only ever made this in a small (7 X 4) loaf pan so I don't know how it would bake in a bigger pan.  We would love to hear from you if you have tried this recipe in a bigger pan. 
We are just beginning to try our hand at gluten free baking so any tips and tricks you would like to share would be greatly appreciated. 
This recipe was slightly adapted from a recipe that one of our mom's friends gave to her. 

Gluten Free Dark "Rye" Bread

1 cup almond flour
3/4 cup ground flax
pinch salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
3 eggs
2 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup water
2 tsp maple syrup (or honey)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a small loaf pan (7 X 4) with cooking spray, set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together almond flour, flax, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
In another bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, water, and maple syrup.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Let sit 2 - 3 minutes to thicken.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. (You can see in the following photo I also made 2 teeny loaves in even smaller pans. This will also work.)

Bake at 350 for 30 - 35 minutes. (Less time if you use small pans, of course.) Toothpick inserted near center should come out clean.

Let cool for a few minutes in pan. Then run a knife around the outside and invert loaf onto wire rack. Let cool completely. 

I enjoyed this with a little bit of butter and it was also good with a little slice of meat and cheese on top. 
You can throw in a spoonful of sesame seeds or caraway seeds or pumpkin seeds or even finely chopped nuts if you wanted to. 

Don't forget to visit - My Turn (for us) and Horrific Knits for some great links!

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