Gluten and Dairy free bread has improved quite a bit over the last few years and the variety that is now on offer is great. However, products that have to remove ingredients for allergies, then need to substitute them with other things to enhance the flavour.
The best tasting bought bread we have come across is Genius triple seeded sandwich loaf , but at £2.80 a loaf compared to a normal loaf of that size around £1, it isn't cheap. As with all bought products there are quite a few additional ingredients to help keep the product fresh. So I decided to experiment for myself.
Well I had a lot of disasters, ranging from powdered gravel, to a rock you could use as a door stop. What did help was the purchase of a bread machine, this has saved me so much time. Bread machines don't need to cost a fortune, mine was from Aldi and at £19.99 didn't break the bank. Once you have a machine, there will be no stopping you, there are so many different recipes to experiment with, you won't know where to start.
This recipe is based on the ingredients on the back of Doves Farm free from gluten white bread flour, which as usual I have slightly adapted.
This will make a medium size loaf in a bread machine. I wouldn't make a large loaf as it does not contain any ingredients to preserve it, meaning it will only stay fresh for a couple of days. At around £1.27 a loaf it's certainly cheaper than shop bought (not taking into consideration of the cost of the bread machine).
You can add any kind of seed to this which will add to the nutritional value as well as flavour. I use Poppy and Sesame seeds, both are a good source of Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. Poppy seeds also contain Potassium and Sesame seeds contain Vit B6 and Copper.
2 Egg Whites
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cyder vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp Sugar
380 ml of quite warm water
500g Doves Farm free from gluten white bread flour
2 tsp quick yeast
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp poppy seeds
- Place egg white and water in a bowl a whisk until frothy.
- Add oil, vinegar, salt and sugar and whisk again.
- Place in the bread machine and gradually mix in the flour.
- Sprinkle the yeast on top and bake on the Quick setting and if there is an option of light, medium or dark, put it on dark.
- My machine has a setting that allows you to add fillings to your bread about 30 mins in. If this is the case add the seeds at this point.
- I like to leave the bread in the machine for about 15 mins after it has finished cooking.
- Place on a wire rack to cool, then place in an air tight container to help to keep it fresh.