Anyone who's gone gluten free knows the bread is...well, expensive! I was shocked when I went to buy my first loaf of rice bread for my child, the loaf was small. It was really, really small, and cost me over $5.00! I knew then and there that I was far too cheap to be buying GF bread every week! So I started googling recipes. I've baked bread before, it's somewhat intimidating because of all the kneading. Bonus of GF baking? Less kneading! I found this recipe on Carrie's site and decided that since it had two of Paulo's favorite things, honey and oatmeal, it was a perfect first choice. I made it last weekend. It was really, really tasty. The only modification I needed to make was a sub for the eggs. Since Paulo is also egg free right now I did a little research here and found out that 1/4 cup of silken tofu can sub for one egg. The honey oat recipe calls for two eggs so I used 1/2 cup of the silken tofu in it's place. Karina, on Gluten Free Goddess also recommends adding a little extra leavening, i.e. 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, if you go the tofu route.
|My first attempt at baking my own GF bread|
I will say mine looked more like bread than the rice flour bread I've been buying! The loaf did not last long, it was delicious with a little vegan butter and jam.
I had a dilemma though. Tomorrow I'm hosting a billion people to celebrate my son's 15th birthday. Yikes! 15!! We're doing the usual American fare, grilled dogs and burgers. I've looked at the GF buns at New Seasons, I was not impressed. They looked bland. They're made from tapioca flour, which I've heard mixed reviews about. And they are insanely expensive. Over $1 per bun! Obviously I will need something to put my baby boy's burger on so I turned back to Carrie's recipe and turned it into buns.
|Isn't it cute? Sort of looks like a cookie.|
|The final product just waiting for a juicy burger!|
There we have it, diving headlong into the world of gluten free bread baking. Indulging my inner Betty Crocker. I love homemade bread. I have fond memories of the bread my mother would make when we were at school. We'd come home to big fat slices, still warm, covered in butter. Food is love, I hope my son feels that when he eats his burger tomorrow on my homemade bun!