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Bread Recipes

OK, time for some bread recipes!  Both of these are designed to be made in a bread machine, which will simplify your life a lot, so I hope you have one.  I got the first one from my friend Geri who has 10 kids and feeds her whole family gluten-free!  She's an inspiration to us all!

Favorite White Bread (tastes similar to English Muffin Bread) 

Beat liquid ingredients together and add to the mixer first:
3 large eggs
1/4 Cup oil
1-1/2 Cups warm water
Combine dry ingredients, then add on top of liquid in mixer:
2-1/2 to 3-1/2 Cups white or brown rice flour
1/2 Cup potato starch flour
1/2 Cup tapioca flour
1/3 Cup cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. xanthan gum
1/2 Cup dry milk
Make a well in flour mixture.  In well put 2-1/2 tsp. dry yeast.

Set machine to normal/white cycle, select desired crust color, start machine.  After mixing for a few minutes, use a rubber spatula to scrape sides (additional rice flour can be added a little at a time if it seems too liquidy).  When done baking, remove from machine and cool upright.

Isn't that a pretty loaf?  You'll notice the tops on both loaves are flat, compared to bread done in an oven.  I'm not sure why that happens, or if it's just my machine, but it doesn't affect the taste at all, thank goodness.  And it cuts into nice square pieces for toast, sandwiches, etc.  Gotta love those bread machines!

Note:  Set to dough cycle for pizza crust and breadsticks (makes a large rectangle pan pizza, and a pie plate of breadsticks).  Can also be used for hamburger buns, cinnamon rolls, or you can bake it in your regular bread pans in your oven.

I got the next recipe from a friend who was celiac and also diabetic.  He and his doctor developed this high protein bread to help with his diabetes.  I've tweaked it some since I got it :)  This is my husband's favorite bread.

High Protein Bread Flour Mixture

7 Cups brown rice flour
6 Cups white rice flour
2 Cups teff flour
1-1/2 Cups garfava flour
1-1/2 Cups potato starch
1-1/2 Cups tapioca flour
1-1/2 Cups quinoa flour
5-1/2 Cups potato flakes
1 Cup rice bran

Mix together well and store in large plastic container (I store mine in a Rubbermaid 2 gallon size container).

High Protein Bread (a heavy, dense, satisfying bread -- super toasted!)

Mix liquid ingredients and salt together and add to the mixer first:
4 Tbsp. (1/2 cube) butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 Cup evaporated milk
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vinegar
1-1/2 tsp. salt
Combine dry ingredients and put on top of liquid in mixer:
3-1/2 to 4-1/2 Cups flour mixture
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. xanthan gum
Make a well in flour mixture.  In well put 2 tsp. dry yeast

The liquid really is down underneath there!  Put the pan back in your machine and set machine on large/dark or whatever setting on your machine cooks the bread for about an hour.  Start machine.  Add more flour a little at a time until you have a fairly stiff dough, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula. 

When done cooking, turn out of pan and cool on a rack.

This is a very moist bread, so store it in the refrigerator.  If stored on the counter, it will mold in about 4 days.  In the refrigerator, it will keep for over a week. 

When it's done, if your loaf has caved in on the top, it needs to have more flour next time.  If it's doughy inside, it needs more cooking time.  If it's dry and crumbly on top, less flour.  If it raises too much and goes over the sides of the pan, cooler liquid ingredients and/or less yeast.  Don't worry, you'll eventually get to know how it should look while mixing in order to get a nice loaf. 

Note:  It's amazing how much the amount of flour mixture can vary depending on your bread machine.  My old machine used 3-1/2 cups; my new machine uses 4-1/2 cups.  My new machine actually has a gluten-free setting.  However, I've found that the regular bread, dark crust setting works better -- the bread has a nicer texture. 

If you have a disaster or two learning how to do bread in your machine, don't despair.  You can always make it into breadcrumbs to use in other recipes!

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