And it’s gluten-free!

I’m so excited. I ordered a Cuisinart bread machine last week, and it came today. It is a thing of beauty. Just see for yourself!

Meet the CBK 100

Meet the CBK 100

I have been making this super easy no-knead bread that’s been going around the Internet for a while now, and it got me thinking a lot about bread and possibilities. Especially with my latest attempts at healthier eating, I did not want to carb out if I got a bread addiction, so I’ve been reading about gluten-free breads. Even picked up a copy of The Artisan Bread Machine (by Judith Fertig) at Half Priced Books. The book contains a hefty section on gluten free breads, though to be sure I also picked up a 5 lb bag of King Arthur’s bread flour. So it won’t be all gluten free or anything.

Because honestly, I can’t afford it. I picked up a bag of Trader Joe’s all-purpose gluten free flour, which cost me a cool $3.99 for a paltry 2.75 cups and I used all of it to make just one loaf. That was bad enough, but xantham gum, essential for gluten free bread making, was an eye-popping $12.84 a bag at my regular grocery store. I mean, you only use a tbsp at a time, or so, so it will last a while, but still. I’m not accustomed to paying $12+ bucks for anything but meat. Anyway, back to bread. Because it was victory on my first try! Here’s the proof:


That lil circle is the paddle, which it turns out you can take out after the mixing period, but I couldn’t figure it out at the time. Now I know the trick. You have to release the bread pan first.

So it took 2.5 hours to make this bread, and it comes in at 132 calories a slice if you cut the 2 lb loaf into 15 pieces, which you can. It has all sorts of yummy, unexpected ingredients like apple sauce and apple cider, which I happened to have on hand because I make apple dumplins all the time. I’d just invested in a bottle of Braggs Organic apple cider, too, so I could make paleo cole slaw (recipe and pics to come–that’s tomorrow).

Anyway, gluten free bread with this recipe is yummy, just like white bread, but a fair amount heavier. I made an open sandwich with it to reduce the calorie consumption and because honestly, as heavy as it is, one slice is all you need. Check it out!

Boar's Head ham & swiss on a gluten free slice. Could anything be more divine?

Boar’s Head ham & swiss on a gluten free slice. Could anything be more divine?

Here’s the recipe I used:

Gluten Free White Bread

2 large eggs, beaten just until blended
1 cup of water–at 85 degrees (had to warm it up in the microwave for 20 seconds)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2.5 tbsp of packed light brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2.5 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 bag of Trader Joe’s all purpose gluten free flour + 1 tbsp xanthum gum, well mixed
2 tsp Red Star active dry yeast for bread machines or break baking

I put all the ingredients in the machine in this order, and set it for gluten free. I scraped down the sides after about 10 minutes, then walked away. That is all. So easy!


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