Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread: by Nicole HunnI am rating this cookbook 5 stars. It is more involved than her previous 2 cookbooks but just as straightforward and easy to follow. One thing that jumped out at me is that the recipes in this cookbooks take time. For those of us who use her previous cookbook Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, Quick and Easy: 100 Recipes for the Food You Love--Fast!that focused on quick and easy recipes that may be a shock. Good bread takes time. Many of the recipes in this cookbook are going to have a proofing time of 12 hours up to 5 days.
Another major difference with this cookbook is that she uses more than just a basic all purpose gluten free flour in most her recipes in this cookbook. She several different blends of flour: gluten free bread flour, high quality all-purpose gluten-free flour, make it simpler all purpose gluten free flour, basic gum-free gluten free flour, whole grain gluten free flour, and gluten free pastry flour. These seem easy to mix with just a couple of things added to your basic all purpose gluten free flour. Which flour blend you use depends on the recipe you are making. This was slightly disappointing to me because I could not jump right in and start making some of the recipes. I need to order a couple of things in order to make the bread flour. There are some recipes towards the back of the cookbook that do use a basic all purpose gluten free flour.
The cookbook is simple to follow with some photos. Each recipe does not have a photo but there are quite a few in the book. There are quite a few photos in the section of the book where she illustrates shaping the dough which I greatly appreciate. I have made the recipe for Glazed Yeast-Raised Donuts found in the book but I used Better Batter with not addition in place of the Gluten Free Bread Flour and they were delicious. I bet they would be even better if I have made the bread flour that the recipe calls for....oh well, what can I say I am a kitchen rebel!
The back of the book has some resources to help you figure out where to get some of the things mentioned in the cookbook. It also has a wonderful index which I find myself using all of the time in her previous cookbooks.
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These 13 gluten free quick bread recipes for everything from banana, cinnamon swirl and cranberry to zucchini and pumpkin. Not every muffin can be a quick bread, but these get the job done! Gluten free quick breads are not exactly like cake and not like cupcakes either. Cakes and cupcakes are, technically, quick breads. Well, you can free country! But there is something super satisfying about serving yourself a thick slice of a quick bread. I always like my slice with a generous smear of butter, even though I never put butter on a muffin.
Try to avoid making any substitutions the first time you make a gluten free bread recipe, especially one which is unfamiliar to you. If you have chosen a recipe that you can only make with substitutions, select another recipe. Whenever a reader tells me that they are having trouble with a recipe, my first question is always whether they have made any substitutions. Some may work, but many will not. And early failure will make it very hard to stay motivated. The easiest gluten free bread recipe to begin with is the recipe for the Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread recipe from my first cookbook.
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Everything I have done in the kitchen since I started baking gluten-free nearly 10 years ago has been leading up to this book, this bread, these methods. There will be a whole lotta hoopla over the next few months designed to get you as excited as I am about this book. First off. You should totally pre-order Bakes Bread. Here are 5 Good Reasons:. It is designed by the industry to give retailers time to unpack the boxes and get the books on the shelves. Online retailers like amazon need less time for all that jazz, so they ship faster.
This soft and tender bread bends and squishes, and has a lovely bakery-style crust. When I nailed the recipe for this gluten free bread way back in , I knew lunch would never be the same again. In the very best way. When the first edition of the very first Gluten Free on a Shoestring cookbook came out, I was downright terrified that someone would take it upon themselves to post this entire recipe online, without permission. The horror!
Ever since the publication date of Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread , I have been baking my way through the book over and over and over again. Not only has it helped me compile a comprehensive list of answers for the Gluten Free Bread FAQs that have come up and I expect to come up , but honestly? Usually, once I put a cookbook to bed, it takes me a while to start going back to cook and bake from it for my family, for fun. But bread is different. For a couple reasons.