Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gluten-Free Challah Bread

The Bread monkey is on my back again. (A.K.A Taylor). Time to get out my creative side and get a dinner bread made gluten-free that she can be happy with. I am going to try making:
Challah. I adapted this recipe from another blogger "I am gluten free". I had to change it up for our tastes. But I would highly recommend anyone try this recipe that is gluten intollerant. Yummy bread.

Usually Challah is braided. But seeing how I can't use regular processed flour, That is not going to happen here. Traditional challah recipes use a large number of eggs, fine white flour, water and sugar. As you can see this recipe is prepared differently for the Gluten challenged people out there. But the taste is all there and well worth the prep time.

Ingredients:
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water (120 degrees)
1 ½ cups cornstarch
¾ cup white rice flour
½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup tapioca flour
3 tablespoons almond meal
1 tablespoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons potato flour
¼ cup butter, melted
¼ cup honey
4 eggs + 1 extra egg yolk (at room temperature)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Add yeast and sugar to warm water. Stir until frothy.
2. Sift together cornstarch, white rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, almond meal, xanthun gum, salt, and potato fllour and poor in a heavy duty mixer (Kitchenaid).

3. With mixer running, add yeast mixture, then add melted butter and honey.

4. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until blended.

5. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes – batter will look like pudding.

6. Spoon batter into greased 9” spring form pan or 9x5 inch loaf pan.

7. Smooth top surface of batter I did this by spraying Pam on my clean hands and spreading it by hand.

8. Cover pan with plastic wrap sprayed underneath with Pam type spray so it won’t stick to batter as it rises.

9. Let rise in warm place for about 45 minutes.
10. Using a fine serrated knife, cut 4 diagonal lines across top of bread about 1/8 inch deep to allow the steam to escape.

11. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Cover with foil after first 20 minutes then take it off for the last 25 minutes.
12. Transfer to wire cooling rack, rub top with butter while it’s still hot.
Yum