Caroline is gluten- and dairy-intolerant. I am not. But when I needed a quick and filling lunch on-the-go yesterday, she served me the most delicious, hearty, crunchy bread that is both gluten- and dairy-free. Instead of wheat flour, it’s made of whole grain buckwheat, garbanzo bean flour, and fava bean flour. It’s filled with sunflower, sesame and caraway seeds. Toasted and topped with a tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter, this bread sustained me for several hours.
This all-natural bread mix is made by Bob’s Red Mill and is probably available in your local grocery store, or you can buy on-line from amazon here: Bob’s Red Mill Hearty Whole Grain Bread Mix Gluten Free.
Keep in mind that making bread, even from a mix, requires some attention to detail. The directions are printed on the package in fairly small print, but they are important to read and follow closely! Some key points:
The eggs should be at room temperature before starting. If you don’t have time to wait, remove the eggs from the refrigerator and place them in a bowl of warm (110°F) water for 5 minutes while you are waiting for the yeast to dissolve.
The recipe calls for using a 9×5-inch non-stick pan. Make sure to grease the pan well (and use parchment to line a ceramic pan) even though it’s “non-stick” AND make sure it’s the proper dimensions; otherwise you’ll need to adjust the cooking time.
The ingredients only need to be mixed for about 15 seconds, or until they are all incorporated. Over-mixing will cause the bread to be tough and heavy.
Smooth the batter into the pan with a wet spatula to insure an even, well-shaped loaf.
About halfway through cooking, the bread will be pretty brown. Cover it with foil at this point to avoid a burnt and dry loaf of bread.
This bread can be made in a bread machine and instructions are printed on the package.
At 190 calories/ 3.5 grams of fat / 23 grams carbs (4g Dietary Fiber, 3g Sugars) / 4 grams of protein, this whole grain bread is a very healthy alternative to store-bought bread (and you’ll never notice that it’s wheat- and dairy-free!). YUMMY!