On Saturday I officially graduated being a intermediate gluten free to a pro gluten free chef! Ladies and Gentlemen, I made Gluten Free Bread! It was soft, puffy, and tasted like normal bread! Some of you have already crossed this milestone and I am now pleased to say that I am here with you! After a year and a half of brutal and horrible dinners and snacks that could be used to stone someone, I am now well trained in the art of Gluten Free.
I used a recipe from Gluten-Free Goddess to make a beautiful Focaccia Loaf (I just didn’t put tomatoes on mine)
Tomato-Garlic Focaccia – Italian Flatbread Recipe
1 cup sorghum flour
1 cup potato starch (not potato flour!) or tapioca starch
1/2 cup millet flour or certified GF oat flour
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cloves garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons each: chopped rosemary, thyme, basil
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 1/4 to 1 1/3 cup warm water (at 110º F)
A pinch of raw sugar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey or raw agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon mild rice vinegar or lemon juice
1 free range egg, beaten, or Ener-G Egg Replacer, mixed
A dusting of GF cornmeal
Note: You’ll need sliced fresh garlic and tomatoes for topping. Instructions:
Turn on the oven briefly- just to warm it; then turn it off.
Whisk together the flours, starch, xanthan gum, sea salt, garlic, and herbs in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, proof the yeast in warm water and pinch of sugar.
When the yeast is poofy, pour the mixture into the dry ingredients. Add the olive oil, honey, vinegar, and egg or egg replacer.
Stir to combine. The dough should be sticky- it doesn’t really feel like typical wheat bread dough- more like a thick muffin batter.
Scoop the dough into a 9-inch cake pan dusted with cornmeal.
Using wet hands pat and shape the dough into a rounded loaf.
Top with sliced tomatoes and fresh garlic; sprinkle with extra herbs, if you like, and a little coarse sea salt.
Place the pan into the warm oven and allow it to rest and rise for 30 minutes.
Turn on the oven to 375ºF.
Once the oven is 375º put the timer on for 20 minutes. Bake until golden and firm- from 25 to 35 minutes. When you thump it, it should sound hollow.
Remove from the pan as soon as you can handle it, and cool on a wire rack. Slice with a sharp bread knife.
This is a real favorite of ours and it took a few tries before really perfecting it. I think I even posted an older recipe but I think this is how we’ll do it for now on! Now depending on how big your family is or if you want leftovers adjust the measurements to what works for you. Honestly it’s really hard to mess this on up! Try to use coconut oil to add a sweet flavor to the dish. Hope you enjoy it!
1. Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor blend up the GF rolled oats and spices. Don’t be afraid to blend up more if needed. The mix should be close to powder consistency.
2. Crack and beat your eggs in a medium sized bowl. Take your rolled oats mix and lay it on a large plate or pie dish (pie dish works the best because it’s deep enough that your mix doesn’t get all over the counter)
In a large pan add the coconut oil.
3. Put your chicken, beaten eggs, oat mix and large pan in a line. This is key so that you don’t spread your mess around the kitchen.
4. Take your first chicken and dunk it into the eggs. Make sure it’s well covered in egg goo. Then transfer chicken from the eggs to the the oat mix. Coat the chicken well. Then move chicken into the pan. Repeat till pan is full.
5. Sauté the chicken at a medium high heat till outside is brown. Add more coconut oil if needed.
Transfer chicken to a deep cooking dish. Cover the chicken with the shredded mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Place in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
Serve with your favorite veggie, gluten free pasta, or gluten free garlic bread (Udi’s hotdog buns work the best!)