Crusty Artisan Bread
This gluten free bread is my first homemade bread success since my Celiac diagnosis! Super serious business for this carb loving girl! I have made it twice in the last two weeks and our family has gobbled it up!
Crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Yum!
/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp fancy molasses
1.5 tsp quick-rise instant yeast
2 cups tapioca flour (+ 2 tsp for top)
1 cups almond flour
1 tbsp oil (olive or avocado)
1/2 tsp salt
First proof the yeast: To ensure your yeast is active and will do its job in this recipe, you'll first need to "proof" it. Mix tap-warm water (typically about 100 F), yeast and molasses together in a glass liquid measuring cup. Let sit for 15 minutes. If your yeast is active, a foam should grow and rise just above the rim of the glass measuring cup. (If it does not grow at all, your yeast is dead, and you will need to start again with new yeast. This measure is taken prior to adding flour, so you do not waste all of your flour in a recipe that will not work).
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Prep the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, add all other ingredients. Add active yeast mixture, including foam. Using a spatula, fold all ingredients together, until well combined. It will be quite sticky, like cement, and may take a little more time to combine than you think! Don’t worry it will work, I swear!
Line a 8.5" x 4.5" loaf pan with parchment paper.
Pour dough into loaf. Sift a very light layer of tapioca flour on top of the loaf. Using a knife, slice a few diagonal slits in the top of the loaf.
Bake the Bread: Place loaf pan on the middle oven rack and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Remove from the oven, let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Be patient my friend, let it sit. Remove loaf from the pan, place on a cooling rack and let cool for an additional 20 minutes. Again, be patient, the wait is worth it!
EAT THE BREAD! For best results and the softest centre, enjoy while still fresh out of the oven (after the 30 minutes of cooling). This bread is great as is, toasted or warmed. Bread stores well in a resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days in the fridge. (You won’t have leftovers!)