Gluten Free French Bread

Gluten Free French BreadRecently, we’ve been getting a lot of requests for gluten free breakfast options and gluten free snacks. We’ve tried our hand at a few gluten free cookie recipes and found one [Maple Cookie Recipe] that we have actually enjoyed from the Great Gluten Free Vegan Eats cookbook created by Allyson Kramer, author of the Manifest Vegan blog. However, one thing we haven’t tried is gluten free bread.

Now, if you know our family, you know that bread is a staple in our diet. We grew up on mostly Italian food and using bread to wipe the last of whatever is left on your plate is quite a normal action in our home. So, when I recently made the switch to a gluten free lifestyle, I did so without many bumps or obstacles – except for the bread. I have found several brands of sandwich bread at Second Nature that I like so the desire to make a sandwich bread from scratch hasn’t hit me at all. What I do miss is that delicious french bread loaf perfect for dipping in a creamy winter soup, serving with cheese, or even dipping in a delicious cheese fondue.

I was hesitant to give a french bread recipe a try because, let’s face it, baking with a gluten free flour is a whole different kind of baking. But the craving for a crunchy, crusted loaf of bread with a fluffy, warm inside was too much to ignore. So I searched the internet high and wide for the perfect gluten free french bread recipe and finally settled on a Crusty French Baguette recipe by Jules Shepard.

When all was said and done, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the recipe was to make. The only modifications I made were to use a different kind of all-purpose gluten free flour that I already had on hand and I didn’t have any wooden dowels so I used foil rolled into long cylinders. The bread came out perfectly crunchy on top from the egg wash, just the way I like it, and the inside, while slightly more dense than a regular bread, was still moist and fluffy, just the way I remembered.

If you want to try your hand at gluten free cooking and baking, I highly recommend The Intolerant Gourmet and Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats as well as Jules Gluten Free blog. The cookbooks are both gluten and lactose free, but you can modify any of the recipes to add meat products if you prefer.

If you’re already living a gluten free lifestyle, or at least giving gluten free a taste, what recommendations do you have for others – recipes or general tips? Share your comments below. 

Deliciously yours,

One very grateful, bread eating, paisana

Pinterest…. Have you heard the word?

If you haven’t already heard of Pinterest, then get out from under that rock and see for your self.  Pinterest is a great website where people from all over the world are able to post or “pin” images from other websites to share with the rest of the Pinterest community. You can pin anything from fashion to recipes to home decorating ideas to a cute picture of a little puppy.  It’s basically a way to spread ideas through images.  If you see an image that interests you on Pinterest, click on it, and you will be directed to the original website that the image came from.

With your personal profile you can create “boards” for each of the categories that you pin things into the most such as Travel or Fitness.  If you come across an interesting article, photo, or diy on the internet, you can pin that link to one of your boards for your followers to see.

It’s a great way to organize your favorite things that you find on the internet and share them with friends.  Here at the Inn, we love to pin fun recipes and decorating ideas that may inspire us for our events that we host.  We also use Pinterest as a tool for following other Bed and Breakfasts and sharing ideas with them.  Check out our boards here.

Check out some of our recent Pins:

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No Knead Baguettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful Kitchens