Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Vegan Teff Sandwich Bread Recipe

Years ago I posted the very popular Best Teff Sandwich Recipe.  That recipe uses xanthan gum and eggs, which some people can't do.  Here I have developed a recipe that's xanthan gum free, egg-free, and vegan.  Check out the Artisan Teff Bread Recipe if you'd like to use my bread flour blend.

Vegan Teff Sandwich Bread Recipe

Mix time: 10 minutes
Rise time: 1.5-2 hours
Bake time: 45-55 minutes

In a medium bowl, mix together:

200g (1 1/4C) teff flour
100g (3/4 C) sorghum flour
75g (1/2 C) tapioca flour
75g (1/2 C) potato starch
24g (2 Tbsp) sugar
6g (1 tsp.) salt

Set this mixture aside and in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer whisk together:

520g (2 1/3 C) warm water
30g (1/3 C) whole psyllium husk
2g (1 tsp.) yeast

Set aside 50g (1/2 C) of the flour mixture and put the rest of the dry ingredients in the bowl with the wet ingredients.  Blend with a paddle or dough hook on your stand mixer, or blend with a wooden spoon, until the dry ingredients are incorporated.  The dough will be wet, sticky, and shaggy.

Let the dough rise, covered, for about one hour.

After the first rise, blend in the rest of the flour that you set aside.  Pat the dough out into a square or rectangle. I usually place it on parchment paper or wax paper for this step for easier handling.

Roll the dough into a log.

Tuck the edges of the log under and place it in a greased bread pan or pullman pan.

Let the dough rise, covered, for 30-45 minutes, or until a finger dent stops filling in quickly.  Pre-heat your oven to 450° F mid-say through this last rise.  Bake at 450° for 45-55 minutes, or until it sounds hollow when tapped with the knuckles.  Turn the bread out to cool on a wire rack.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Molten Mug Cakes in 30 Seconds

Sometimes you just need a chocolate treat.  This recipe, adapted from a recipe on A Beach Cottage, was just what I was looking for: used ingredients I already had, was easy to whip up in one cup, and had single serving portions.  The molten center didn't hurt.

To make it quick and easy, I have given the ingredients in volume measurements.  It mixes up really fast, then cooks even faster.  It's the perfect recipe for one or two people (full disclosure: I made one for my boyfriend, then ate both servings myself.  Then I made another one later that night.)

Molten Mug Cake Recipe

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Artisan Teff Bread Recipe

One of the most popular recipes on this blog is The Best Teff Sandwich Bread Recipe.  This was one of the first bread recipes that I ever created.  I thought I'd follow that up with a recipe for a rustic, artisan loaf with teff flour using all the bread-making techniques I've learned since the beginning.  This bread is really soft and spongy.  It's a little more dense than the regular bread, but in a nice, substantial way as whole grain breads often are.  Check out the boule bread recipe for more tips and photos of the process.

Artisan Teff Bread Recipe

makes one 2-lb round loaf
Mix time: 10 minutes
Rise time: 2-3 hours
Cook time: 35-45 minutes

Mix in the bowl of your stand mixer or whisk together by hand:

520g (about 2 1/4 cups) warm water, 110-120 degrees
30g whole psyllium husk (or 20g ground psyllium husk)

Monday, August 24, 2015

I Love Book Lists!

Did you know that Gluten-free Gourmand is a huge sci-fi fan?  I've been seeing a bunch of interesting book lists floating around the internet lately, and decided to create one of my own.  Enjoy my picks for Top 33 Science Fiction Classics!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

5 Best New Gardening Tips

These gardening ideas might not be strictly new - but they were new to me this year, and my garden is happier for them!  They save my soil, my back, and my time.  This year my garden is better than ever.  Here is what worked for me:

1. I got a long-handled trowel.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Earliest First Tomato of the Year!

I try to record the first ripe tomato in my garden every year.  This year is a record - June 30th!  It's not even July yet, according to the calendar.  The thermostat on the other hand says differently.  It has been blazing hot in Portland, and it's not looking to let up any time soon.

To put this recent heat wave in perspective, I'm usually craving some sun and a hot day on June 30th.  It's usually still reliably 65°f and rainy right about now.  Fourth of July weekend is the first moment a Portlander can expect to see the sun - and she really looks forward to it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cochinita Pibil in the Slow Cooker

One of the things that I promised myself after returning from Hiatus 2015 was that I'd figure out how to make Cochinita Pibil.  It's kind of a regional specialty in the Yucatan and all the restaurants compete for the title of "Best Cochinita."  So I made it yesterday for the first time.  Here's the method:
Chicken Pibil
1. Go to a cute Mexican store.  I chose Mercado Don Pancho on Alberta because it's like a portal to another world.  Why spend so much money on a plane ticket when you can just go to the Mercado and be instantly transported to another country?  There I purchased a small package of Achiote for

Monday, March 16, 2015

Deluxe Pastry Flour Blend

Use this pastry flour blend for all pie crusts, pastries, and waffles, or as an all-purpose flour.

GF Pastry Flour Blend

150g white rice flour
50g sorghum flour
25g tapioca flour
25g potato starch
4g (1.5 tsp) xanthan gum

Mix thoroughly.

Total: 254g or a little less than 2 cups

If you want a different amount of flour, you can multiply the amount or use these percentages:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sourdough Pancakes

When I was growing up, my dad loved cooking sourdough bread.  Every Sunday he'd make sourdough pancakes with some of the cast-off starter.  They were amazing - kind of tart, but still kid-friendly because I loved them.  My dad had gotten the sourdough recipes from some neighbors growing up in the country.  Here's the original recipe he got typed up from the List family:

I had to change a few things for the gluten-free version, but they are just as light and fluffy and tangy as I remember from the old days back home.

Monday, February 23, 2015

One-Step Sourdough Bread Recipe

I've been baking quite a bit of bread lately, and I thought it was high time to share some new bread recipes.  Almost a year ago I posted a very popular recipe for a traditional two-step, 24 hour sourdough bread.  I love that recipe, and I think that it makes a really delicious, sour bread.  However, sometimes I want my bread to come out less sour, or I just don't have the time to do the two-stage sourdough process.  This is the recipe I use for a bread that only takes one rise - then it's shaped and baked.

1-Step Sourdough Bread Recipe

First mix: 10 minutes
First rise: 6-12 hours
Bake time: 45  minutes

Whisk together until blended in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a fork: