I’ve often said on this blog that I’ve been searching for a bread recipe that doesn’t turn out like a brick or is gummy. That’s very difficult when eggs aren’t included in the recipe. Flax gel and other egg substitutes just don’t seem to work well in breads. I may, however, have finally found the answer. Here’s a bread recipe that I’ve just made, raises very nicely, is very easy to make, even with the yeast. It’s really not that difficult to use yeast, the correct temperature to activate yeast is between 98 and 101 degrees so lukewarm like baby formula. And it tastes delicious!
Grease an 8×4″ loaf pan. In a 2-cup bowl, heat in the microwave for 40-45 seconds:
1 cup non-dairy milk
When you take it out, stir it a little then test it with your finger or put a drop on your wrist. It should be lukewarm, your body temperature so if you put a drop on your wrist, it shouldn’t feel hot or cold. If it feels cool, put it back in the microwave for 5-10 seconds more. If it feels too hot, stir with a metal spoon and whisk in:
2 teaspoons date sugar
This should help cool it down but test it again. If it already feels lukewarm on your wrist go ahead and add the date sugar along with:
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Whisk in the yeast and set aside for 10-15 minutes. If your yeast/milk mixture doesn’t start bubbling (foaming) in the first 5 minutes, it’s no good, throw it out and start again.
While the yeast works, in a large bowl combine:
1 cup millet flour
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/2 cup tapioca starch (or flour)
1/4 cup quinoa flour
1/4 cup whole millet (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Whisk to combine, leaving a pit in the middle of the dry ingredients. In a small bowl combine:
5 tablespoons ground chia seeds
1 cup warm water (again test on your wrist for lukewarm)
3 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons vinegar
Let sit for a couple of minutes (3 or 4). Add to the dry ingredients and then add:
the yeast mixture
the chia mixture
Stir to combine wet and dry ingredients but be careful not to overmix or your bread will be tough. Spoon into the prepared loaf pan, pushing down the dough to release any air bubbles and gaps along the sides of the pan. Set in a warm place for 40-50 minutes or until dough reaches the top of the loaf pan.* Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the bread for 60 minutes. Remove and cool completely (3-4 hours at least) before cutting.
*I brushed the top of the loaf with avocado oil so that the top didn’t get dried out while rising. When I removed it from the oven, I brushed it again with the oil to soften the top crust which likes to crumble with this bread.