Survival Food Series: 3 Ways To Naturally Make Yeast

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Vive Le Gluten Free Bread

Soft and Delicious Gluten Free Bread
Soft and Delicious Gluten Free Bread

The first thing I learned about making gluten free bread is that I needed to set aside everything I ever learned about conventional bread making and take on a whole new mind set. The next thing I learned is that there are dozens of ways to fail at making gluten free bread. It’s important to remember that gluten free bread does not start out as a dough, but as a batter, so you must take care not to over fill your bread pan. The batter has a similar texture to cream puffs. Also, even though I detest metal baking dishes I had to purchase a 9x5x3 inch coated steel bread pan as I could never get the internal temperature of the loaf to 210 degrees, which is what is required to keep the loaf from deflating after removing it from the oven. As with all my recipes, when I find ways to improve them, I will edit my posts to reflect these minor changes. They are always a work in progress. I guess that makes me a bit of a mad kitchen chemist.

DONNA’s GLUTEN FREE BREAD

Sift together

½ Cup Brown Rice Flour

½ Cup Sweet Rice Flour

½ Cup White Rice Flour

½ Cup Potato Flour (starch)

½ Cup Tapioca Flour (starch)

½ Cup Corn Starch

1 Tablespoon Xanthan Gum

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Proof

1 ½ Cups Warm Water

1 Tablespoon Yeast

3 Tablespoons Sugar or Honey or Agave (or combination)

Mix

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons Grape Oil

1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

In large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients except yeast. Proof the water, sugar and yeast in a large liquid measuring cup. Mix eggs, oil and lemon juice in small bowl. Combine all and mix well. Use cold water on your hands to pat batter into place in greased metal 9x5x3 inch bread pan and let rise until bread crests the top of pan. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for approximately 45 – 50 minutes (times vary depending on pan size) until the internal temperature reaches 210 degrees. (Tent foil over top of bread if bread is getting too dark).

Pat Batter into Greased Pan with wet hands
Pat Batter into Greased Pan with wet hands
Let Rise until top crests the Pan
Let Rise until top crests the Pan
Bake until internal temp is 210 degrees. Cool. Slice. Enjoy
Bake until internal temp is 210 degrees. Cool. Slice. Enjoy

This recipe can also be used for 6-8 hamburger buns just divide batter evenly in greased mini cake pans and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until the internal temp is 210 degrees. Cool and enjoy. I wrap my bread in waxed paper and put it in Rubbermaid Bread Keeper to store it. I tried keeping it in the refrigerator but it seems to dry out quicker and I end up turning some of it to croutons or bread crumbs.

Mini Cake Pans
Mini Cake Pans
Hamburger Buns
Hamburger Buns

Also, I discovered, as one of my batches overflowed the sides of a pan and dropped to the baking sheet below that you can spoon the batter onto a greased cookie sheet, let rise and bake for dinner rolls/buns. Sometimes we have happy accidents!

Dinner Rolls/Buns
Dinner Rolls/Buns

As always feedback is welcome 🙂

Left over bread ends

**NOTE: Gluten free bread definitely has a short shelf life compared to the preservative filled breads you find in the supermarket, and I just abhor waste, so I’m thinking that I can try taking cutting the leftover bread ends into cubes and air drying them to use in other ways. Perhaps once the cubes are dry, tossing them with some herbed olive oil, sprinkling them with sea salt and browning them in the oven on a baking sheet for salad croutons or perhaps using them for a savory stuffing.   STAY TUNED!

Mmmmm…Smell That Bread

Figure 1 Sourdough Baguettes -recipe

Sourdough Baguettes

After some experimentation to see how Sourdough reacts to certain conditions and techniques I’ve discovered that it seems to enjoy very little attention.  Again “less is more”. The hardest part of this process for me is to let Mother Nature do her job without my interference. I’m not good with idle hands.

Here is the process I used to make my sourdough baguettes and based on the reception from my taste testers I have committed it in writing on a recipe card.  Done Deal!

In a glass mixing bowl add:

1/2 Cup unfed sourdough starter

A generous 1/2 Cup of tepid non-chlorinated water

A scant Cup of unbleached flour

Mix well and let stand at room temperature for about 12 – 14 hours. (Really…just leave it alone)

Add:

A generous 1/2 Cup of tepid non-chlorinated water

A scant Cup of unbleached flour

2 Tablespoons of sugar

1 Teaspoon sea salt or Kosher salt

Mix well and add:

1 more Cup of unbleached flour.

Mix well and pour out onto a surface that has an additional 1 1/4 Cup of flour on it and gently knead until all the flour has been picked up.

Place in a greased and covered bowl and let rise until doubled 4-6 hours. (Again…Really…just leave it alone).

When doubled or even tripled in bulk gently pour out onto a floured surface (I use a shaker filled with flour for this). Dust the top with flour and gently cut the dough in half (Don’t punch it down like with regular yeast type bread, you want the holes for texture). Gently shape the dough into Baguettes and transfer them onto a greased baking sheet. Cover with a clean dish towel and let raise 2 – 4 hrs. (this is relative to temperature and humidity in your kitchen, just be patient and peek in on it every once in a while).

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Score the Loaves diagonally with a very sharp knife. This helps them expand in the oven without cracking

Slightly mist the loaves with a food grade spray bottle filled with water.

Bake in a  425 degree preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack.

Store in a paper bag (plastic will change the crust from crusty to rubbery).