One of Audrey's favorite lunchtime meals is sandwiches. I have successfully made a pretty tasty gluten-free loaf; however, it contains sorghum flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and yeast...all ingredients she shouldn't have. So imagine my delight when I found an ebook with a recipe for sandwich bread. And according to the recipe, my resulting sandwich bread would look like this:
Looks like normal bread, right? And not just normal but delicious, right? The ingredients - eggs, butter, salt, coconut flour...well, it occurred to me that for those ingredients to make bread, it would probably take a miracle. Or perhaps some act of science I am yet unaware of since I haven't been baking this way for longer than three days. But I thought maybe the eggs would make it puff up. Or maybe there is some type of natural leavening property to coconut flour.
I decided to give it a try.
Now tell me, does this look like the photo above?
I'm no Rachel Ray, but COME ON! I'm not so incompetent in the kitchen that I would screw it up this badly. Honestly, when it came out of the oven, I thought, No biggie. This may not work for a sandwich, but we can enjoy this as a snack this afternoon. Um, no. It is the driest "bread" I've ever had in my life. It went in the trash. Yep, 6 eggs, expensive grass-fed butter, and equally expensive coconut flour...in. the. trash.
I was still determined to feed my little girl sandwiches for lunch, so I did what I should have done in the first place: I googled "whole new mom sandwich bread". Whole New Mom is my go-to gal for most things, including homemade skincare products and now Candida-friendly recipes.
Through my search, I found the following recipe:
Grain-free Sandwich Bread
1 c. cashew butter (or almond butter)
4 large eggs, separated
1/2 - 2 T. honey
2 1/2 t. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. almond milk
1/4 c. coconut flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1. Preheat oven to 300. Place a small dish of water on the bottom rack. Prepare a greased 8.5x4.5 bread pan.
2. In a mixer, beat the nut butter and egg yolks.
3. Add honey, vinegar, and milk to butter and egg mixture and mix.
4. Combine coconut flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
5. With a hand mixer, beat egg whites until peaks form.
6. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix thoroughly.
7. Add egg whites to mixture and mix until combined but be careful not to overmix.
8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes. Do not open oven until 40 minutes have passed. 9. Loaf is done when toothpick inserted in the middle is clean.
10. Allow to cool 20 minutes before removing from pan. Then allow to cool an hour before cutting.
(Original author: Danielle Walker from Against All Grain)
And...drumroll...this bread turned out much more like bread. Different but bread.
A couple of notes:
**Nut Butter - the recipe called for cashew butter. Peanuts are a no-no on a Candida diet. Something about peanuts molding easily. Or something. Anyway, I knew I had some cashews in the pantry that I could make into cashew butter myself. But they had clearly been neglected for awhile, and ew! I think I know what moldy nuts are now. Not like the green mold you see on bread, but they were a little bit furry. Yuck! I already had some almond butter in the fridge and had to make a bit more to equal a cup.
Making your own nut butter is so easy! You just put the nuts in your food processor and let it go until the nuts turn to butter. Almonds take awhile longer than peanuts...usually about 15 or 20 minutes. And you may need to turn your food processor off mid-process because the food processor tends to get really hot, and you don't want it to burn out!
**Coconut Flour - coconut flour and almond flour both are very expensive! So far, I have been spending a small fortune buying Bob's Red Mill brand at the grocery store; however, Honeyville Grains carries both items in bulk and for a much more reasonable price. PLUS they only charge $4.49 for shipping! I have ordered wheat from them many times. I think they are currently out of stock on the coconut flour, but hopefully they will get more soon.
Anyway, Audrey and I both enjoyed our sandwiches on our Second Attempt Bread...
...and we enjoyed the bread - topped with some unsweetened cinnamon butter - again for a snack in the afternoon!