Easy Gluten Free Bread

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I have tried a variety of recipes for Gluten Free Bread it has to be said …. all with varying degrees of disaster!  I am a lazy cook by nature.  It needs to be fairly basic with not much brain power required.  It needs to be quick and easy.  I need to have the ingredients in the cupboard or readily available at the local shops.  Yes … I’m sure the sour dough, gluten free bread is delicious and very edible however I am almost guaranteed to forget about feeding the starter and it is way too much thought needed by me in advance of actually getting to eat.

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Fresh out of the oven!

Then low and behold a miracle occurred!!  Yes … I’m fairly easy to ‘wow’ when it comes to food.  While down at my local organic shop the other week I noticed a recipe sheet for Gluten Free Bread that seemed to tick most of my boxes.  Mix, cook and eat all on the same day. 🙂  Turns out it is also a pretty good loaf of GF bread too!

Thought I would share it here for you all to try and let me know your thoughts.  It lasts for a few days pretty well if stored in an air tight container.  I even tried freezing a few slices to toast at an even later date with success and without it all falling apart on me.  Sorry to the original recipe writer as the shop didn’t source it and then I have done my usual adaptations.

Gluten Free Bread

Makes 1 loaf

  • 1 Tbsp Dried Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 Cup White Rice Flour
  • 1 Cup Buckwheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Chickpea Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour
  • 8 tsp chia seeds
  • 8 tsp boiling water
  • Sprinkle of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil

– In a large bowl whisk the water, yeast and honey and leave for 10 minutes to activate.

– Add all dry ingredients apart from chia seeds and mix well

– Mix chia seeds and boiling water then add to bread mixture with the oil.

– Mix well and pour into a lined bread tin.

– Leave to rise for 10-15 mins.  It doesn’t rise much on baking so if you want a bigger loaf then leave it to rise longer before cooking.

– Bake at 170 C for 45 minutes.

-Enjoy!!

Hope this finds you happy, healthy and enjoying some warm bread. 🙂

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz

Palm Oil Free Bread

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A few years ago the kids and I got to reading about orangutans and the way that their habitats are being destroyed as the rainforests are cut down for wood and the land is cleared to grow palm oil, an ingredient in lots of foods. These actions, combined with baby orangutans being taken for pets, means that these animals are currently endangered and have a real chance of extinction if humans do not change our behaviours.

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My Basic Bread…. no palm oil in sight and only 3 ingredients.

After watching  a few mini documentaries about this the kids decided that if we stopped buying foods with Palm Oil in them it would help the orangutans by lowing the demand – even if ever so slightly.  So the label reading began at each supermarket shop and we avoided buying anything with Palm Oil or unidentified vegetable oil in it very successfully. The children were happy to go without things they had before if it had palm oil in it and would actually ask about the ingredients more often than not. With the information we had, we were doing a pretty good job……. then, as often happens, new information came to hand in the form of Auckland Zoo’s Palm Oil free shopping list (NZ shopping).

With this handy document we have now realised that Palm oil is often hidden (aside from the unidentified vegetable oil) within many foods through the use of scientific names and numbers.  Our shopping today didn’t change that much thankfully due to our preference for packaged food with minimal ingredient lists which I can also understand however the big one for us was our  bagel treat.  It seems that the bagels and pizza bases we normally get, both GF and regular, aren’t Palm Oil free for sure and so while I await an email reply from the manufacturers about the source of their additives we decided to try alternatives that were on the Palm Oil free shopping list.

The choices however weren’t exactly huge or ideal either for different reasons.  Looks like I may be practising a new skill soon 🙂  So I thought this may be a good time to offer my basic bread recipe again so that if any of you wanted to make a change in your eating behaviours and at the same time create change in the world you had an easy, cheap and yummy alternative to bread at least.  This recipe is for one loaf and only has 4 ingredients – water, yeast, flour and a little bit (honestly I’m not one for lots of kneading and hard work) of  manual labour.  You can find it here on my recipe page.

Until next time… I hope this finds you happy, healthy and living the life you dream of.

Arohanui

Y

www.becominghealthy.co.nz

 

A couple of recipes

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After a weekend away with the family and not getting back to tea time this evening due to road closures I thought I would do a quick and easy post on here with a couple of easy recipes.  I have modified these as we have been sugar free – remember that I still use fresh fruit though 🙂 – and in our attempts to limit the additives in our lives.  The first one is the Ugly Muffins recipe which I posted on my recipe page.  I have changed this one to a GF version which even himself eats so all good there 🙂  The second is the bread recipe I use to make our loaves every couple of days for those who aren’t GF in the house.  I am an extremely lazy cook it has to be said, again, so these recipes really are easy to fit into your daily lives.  Enjoy.

Ugly Muffins – The GF version 🙂

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You need:

4 ripe bananas ( I usually use our frozen ones which have quite a bit of liquid with them)

1 finely diced apple with the skin left on

2 Tb olive oil

2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cup cornflour

1/4 cup ground almonds

1 egg

1/2 tsp mixed spice

1/2 tsp baking power (I make my own 2 parts cream of tartar, 1 part baking soda, 1 part arrowroot)

1/2 tsp baking soda

– mix everything together till well blended.

– grease muffin tins (we used the mini muffin kind) and put mixture into each ‘muffin’ space

– bake at 180 C for around 15 mins or until cooked.

Basic Bread – makes one loaf

You need:

2 cups tap hot water

2 cups white flour

2 cups wholemeal flour

1/2 tsp dried yeast

– Put water into a large jug or bowl and add the yeast without stirring. Leave until it is ‘bubbly'(usually just a few minutes)

– mix yeast and water then add flour in.

– mix initially and then give a quick knead on a floured bench until all the dough is cohesive.  You may need to add more flour if the dough is sticky (this can depend on the type of flour used)

– put dough back into the bowl and cover.  Leave to rise for 2 hours

– Give the dough another quick knead on a floured bench and shape into a loaf.

– Put loaf shaped dough into your floured loaf tin.  Cut into the dough along the top – 1 x length-wise and 5 x width-wise

– Bake at 200 C  for 40 mins (from a cold oven) or until golden.  Turn out to cool on a rack and cover.  The base should sound hollow when you tap it.

Arohanui

Y

http://www.becominghealthy.co.nz