It’s the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means don’t you? It’s Ratio Rally time again!!
This month’s Ratio Rally host is Karen of Cooking Gluten Free.
If you jump over there you can check out all the other bread offerings for this month’s rally. I will also have all the links at the bottom of this post.
When I started eating gluten-free, I first bought most of my gluten-free baked goods at the store. One taste of one particular gluten-free bread and I decided I would rather NOT eat bread than that… stuff. Ugh.
Muffins and brownies were successful pretty much right off the bat. I didn’t buy many of the gluten-free mixes as they are far too expensive!
Then I discovered Rudi’s bread at Costco. Yes, my Costco carried it as a test… but it didn’t last. Not enough folks buying it to warrant Costco freezer space. Sigh.
After some months something changed. I don’t know if Rudi’s changed their formula or if it was a change to my taste buds but all the Rudi’s breads now had an off fish-y taste. ARHG!
I dabbled a bit with making homemade bread, but was meeting with limited success.
In comes Udi’s bread. So far they taste fine, but… it is the ingredients I object to. The corn is not listed as non-GMO, they use organic canola oil but it is not good for you, there is corn syrup in the mold inhibitor, yadda, yadda, yadda. Then there is the $5 price tag for a miniscule loaf of bread. The loaf isn’t even a whole pound in weight!
They did have an interesting ‘new’ bread though. Millet Chia Bread, and it boasts a much nicer nutrient profile than the very starchy ‘white’ breads.
Still can’t get past the non-GMO corn thing though.
So I decided that a Millet Chia Bread would be an excellent thing to recreate for the Ratio Rally! I have had a hankering for some bread with texture, tooth, fiber even.
My first loaf I used too much flax-seed meal. I guess I really shouldn’t have made a Flax Chia Bread. Ick. Bread texture was fantastic though not “toothy”, the taste (other than too much flax-seed which I am not fond of) was really good. It had a beautiful rise & “real bread” holes too! This bread was moist and stayed that way for at least a week left out on the counter.
Yes, you did read that correctly… left out on the counter!
This bread also toasted very nicely too!!
Yes that is a real pat of butter melting on that slice of toasted gluten/dairy free bread. Due to some healing (which will be another post) I am having much less “digestive problems” when I eat dairy! I promise I will get to that post soon. Subscribe to my feed so you won’t miss it.
My next loaf I tried using a bit less of the guar gum and… WOW! Great taste, great rise, better nutrient profile, great toast-ability, easy!
Then there is the Pumpernickel variety that just came out of the oven. I have had a request from the Patriarch for some Pumpernickel bread. Since today is our 25th Wedding Anniversary I thought this would be an excellent bread for today’s Ratio Rally.
Sourdough and Pumpernickel breads are really the only ones I still miss. This rally didn’t offer enough the time to play with a sourdough like I want to try, but I think I have hit on Pumpernickel almost-heaven! Not with the “tooth” I would like but the taste is terrific! Even the non-gluten free Patriarch said the taste was great.
My ratio? Um…
Ruhlman’s bread ratio is 5 parts flour 3 parts water plus yeast and salt. I think my ratio is close to that with the addition of eggs.
Millet Chia Bread
recipes developed by Aunt Mae of Honey From Flinty Rocks, all rights reserved
makes one 1 – 1/2 pound loaf
Weigh out in the bowl of a stand mixer:
1 ounce quinoa flakes
1 ounce Montina supplement (purchase & nutritional info at end of post)
½ ounce inulin (I buy mine at Walgreens)
1 ounce milled chia seeds (I bought mine from Azure Standard)
1 ounce whole millet
4 ½ ounces brown rice flour
3 ounces sweet rice flour
½ – 1 tsp guar gum
In heat safe measuring cup, weigh out:
4 ounce filtered water, heat to 100 degrees.
1 TBSP evaporated cane juice
1 TBSP yeast.
Mix well and allow to proof until foamy. About 5 – 10 minutes.
While that is proofing, mix liquids together:
5 ounces filtered water or milk
2 – 3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (use more oil if not using milk)
2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
2 – 4 TBSP honey
2 large eggs
Pour the liquids and the proofed yeast mix into the mixing bowl.
Mix completely on low. Beat on high for 3 minutes.
Clean off beaters and remove.
Cover bowl with a clean tea towel and let sit for 45 minutes.
Reinstall beaters and beat on high for 3 minutes.
Pour & scrape batter into a greased 4 ½ x 8 ½ glass bread pan.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cover with tea towel, set in draft free place and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes.
Cover with foil to prevent over-browning and bake for an additional 35 – 45 minutes. It should be firm to the touch when pressed… you’ll “see” what I mean when you take it out of the oven and it… ‘isn’t firm’.
Insert a thermometer into the bread, it should read 200 degrees.
Let cool in pan for 15 minutes.
Remove from pan and allow to cool on cooling racks completely before slicing.
Store in a plastic bag on the counter. Will last at least a week. On. The. Counter!
Pumpernickel Bread Variation
makes one 2 pound loaf
In the flour mix add:
2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa
zest of one large navel organic orange (1 TBSP?)
2 tsp caraway seed
1 tsp minced dried onion
½ tsp dill weed
In the liquid mixture, replace the honey with molasses.
When you grease your bread pan, “flour” the pan with organic corn meal and sprinkle the top of the batter with corn meal before baking.
What is “Montina” Pure Baking Supplement you ask?? It is a baking supplement that adds fiber and protein. In a “serving size” (3.5 ounces.2/3 cup) contain 24g insoluble fiber and 17g protein with NO fishy taste! In a search to help Montana farmers and find an alternative to wheat and barley they rediscovered the Native American Indian ricegrass plant. I’m loving this stuff! I did not use a whole serving size in one loaf of bread, so my bread’s fiber & protein profile will not be as high, but will be higher than a standard rice flour bread. Inulin is a fiber supplement.
In the course of learning to bake good gluten & dairy free bread I have learned a few things.
1) Gluten free bread will never be “big”. The size bread pan I have stated above is just about the largest one you can use with success. You can go longer, but not wider.
2) When a recipe is developed and the bread is baked using a specific pan, you will NOT get the same results if you use a pan made of different construction or size. If you have steel, ceramic, cast iron or aluminum pans you will have to experiment with baking times. But that still does not guarantee the same results…
3) Beating on high seems to ‘change’ the batter. It becomes ribbon-y or rope-y, for lack of a better descriptive. I tried to capture “it” in photos. It seems to me that it develops “cohesion” of some kind. Like gluten would develop if we were using gluten.
4) There really isn’t an “all purpose” gluten free bread. If you want a sandwich bread, that will be quite different from a toast-able bread. Gluten free sandwich bread, when toasted, is… well… quite d-r-y [cough]. Toast-able bread doesn’t make good sandwiches as it is moist-ish. So… these recipes are for toast-able bread! ;-)
Blessings, ~Aunt Mae (aka ~Mrs. R)
Other gluten & dairy free posts that may be of interest to you:
Lemon Lavender Muffins
Almond Fig Scones
Classic “Cream” Scones – gluten & dairy free
Williamsburg Orange Cake
Rice Flour Muffins
Rice Flour Muffin Variations
The Bread Ratio Rally Links:
Adina | Gluten Free Travelette Seedy Sandwich Bread
Angela | Angela’s Kitchen Our Family’s Basic Gluten Free Dairy Free Bread
~Aunt Mae (aka ~Mrs. R) | Honey From Flinty Rocks Millet Chia Bread
Brooke | B & the boy! Buckwheat-Oat Bread
Caleigh | Gluten Freek Quinoa Naan
Charissa | Zest Bakery Cherry Pecan Pot Bread, Gluten Free
Claire | This Gluten-Free Life German Vollkornbrot (Seeded Bread)
Erin | The Sensitive Epicure English Sandwich Bread (gluten-free & egg-free)
Jenn | Jenn Cuisine Gluten Free Boule
Jonathan | The Canary Files Gluten-Free, Vegan Mediterranean Soda Bread
Karen | Cooking Gluten Free! Gluten Free Sandwich Bread/Gluten Free Naan
Meaghan | The Wicked Good Vegan Vegan Gluten-Free Bread
Meg | Gluten-Free Boulangerie Ciabatta (gluten-free, egg-free/vegan)
Monika | Chew on This! amaranth skillet flatbreads, amaranth mini pita rounds
Morri | Meals with Morri No Knead Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Flatbread (yeast free/grain free)
Pete & Kelli | No Gluten, No Problem Gluten-Free Challah
Rachel / The Crispy Cook Gluten Free Chickpea Sandwich Bread
TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Gluten Free White Bread
Tara | A Baking Life Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread & Boule
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