Welcome to the 9th HBinFive Bread Braid

by Michelle on April 14, 2010

This week for our HBinFive Bread Braid we made Gluten-free Bread. I have to say that this was the strangest bread recipe I’ve ever made and I’ve made quite a bit of bread! The bread did not taste badly at all and was actually good toasted with lots of butter and if we were having guests that had a wheat restrictive diet, I would not hesitate to make this bread! Mr. Tastebuds said that “it tasted better then Wonder Bread”

Like I said the taste was not that bad but the texture was dry probably due to the amount of cornstarch in the recipe. But I’m going to play around a bit and substitute some of the bean and nut flours and maybe add butter or sour cream just to see if I can improve the texture a bit. But I am certainly more sympathetic to people with Celiac Disease and food allergies now. The dough rose and baked beautifully as you can see from the below photo.

I did make some changes to the recipe. For 3 1/2 c. cornstarch I used 2 1/2 c. cornstarch and 1 c. Garbanzo Bean Flour. I skipped the xanthan gum altogether and I used Fresh Yeast.

And I made my very favorite bread, Italian Semolina, from “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” which made scrumptious Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!

Grilled Cheese…The Ultimate Comfort Food

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  • Femalechef April 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Well done Michelle……….your sandwich looks great!!!

  • Cristie April 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Michelle, I love how your bread turned out and hope you’ll post the changes and or additions you make to the original recipe. I have extended family that require gluten-free so I have the need to bake for them– just not in the last two weeks!

  • Catherine April 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Michelle the grilled cheese sandwich looks delicious! It is the ultimate comfort food!

  • Allie and Pattie April 14, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Hmmm, I’ve been checking out gluten/dairy free recipes lately- the baby boy I watch has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum and his parents are trying to go gluten and dairy free to see if it makes a difference. The one big issue with the breads is dryness
    xoxo Pattie

  • Barbara Bakes April 15, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Great photo of the grilled cheese. I can almost taste it!

  • Kim April 15, 2010 at 1:06 am

    My son is allergic to many things, wheat being one of them. We have tried a lot of gluten free flours and mixes and never really had a lot of success with them. He’s only 3 years old now, so maybe he’ll grow to like it.

    That being said, the texture of your gluten free loaf looks incredible!

  • Kathleen April 15, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Better than Wonder Bread..LOL..now that’s saying something.
    The grilled cheese sandwich looks wonderful!

  • tasteofbeirut April 15, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Your bread looks great and the recipe ingredients make me want to try making it soon! It looks pretty easy.

  • Karen April 15, 2010 at 2:31 am

    My grand daughter has Celiac disease and I have learned that it is not only the sensitivity to wheat, but also some of the ingredients used for instance, use only Worchestershire Sauce… it is gluten-free. I know this is not in bread but I am referring to other recipes. There are tons of food items that have gluten that we are not aware of.
    That sandwich looks fabulous and hope to try the bread recipe too someday. Thank you for focusing on this issue. Anyone who has Celiac disease or knows someone with it knows how challenging it can be.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

  • Joanne April 15, 2010 at 2:47 am

    I’m so excited to see what everyone made! i didn’t get a chance to bake this time around but I’ll certainly be back for the next round-up! Your grilled cheese looks awesome Michelle!

  • Carolyn™ April 15, 2010 at 4:39 am

    I hope I have worked this out right. I have only just joined and had it in my mind to make the Cinnamon Swirl Bread. Hopefully by the next challenge I will know better what I am doing and cook the right bread and from the right book LOL you will have to forgive me for my senior moments 😉

    I am very keen on this no knead type of bread cooking.

  • Mimi April 15, 2010 at 5:33 am

    “Better than Wonder bread”, that man has a way with words. The bread looks great.
    Mimi

  • theUngourmet April 15, 2010 at 6:13 am

    The sandwich looks amazing! I have been searching for fresh yeast and cannot find it around here! I have a bread book that calls for it in every recipe. I would love to find some!

  • Aparna April 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I’ve never tried making gluten-free bread because I don’t get the alternate flour and xanthan gum, etc. Your bread does look good.
    And those grilled sandwiches make me hungry. Going to have my lunch!

    I finally made the carrot bread, and it was good. Didin’t have the time to post this time, but I’ll be there at the end of the month.
    Btw, I finally got around to posting one of the jams I made. Shall be posting the rest this month!

  • My Carolina Kitchen April 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Michelle, I love Mr Tastebud’s comment – it tastes better than Wonder bread.

    This sounds like a great recipe for people that need to eat gluten free. Grilled cheese sandwiches are always a winner in my book.
    Sam

  • Brenda April 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Wonderful looking bread! I did not bake any of the gluten-free this time. I did make some rolls for Easter and will post them later.

  • Cathy (breadexperience) April 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Your gluten-free bread and grilled cheese sandwich looks wonderful. I’ve been out of town so I didn’t get the chance to make the bread for this braid. However, I did make pizza in a neat place (using HBinFive dough) so I’m submitting that post for this bread braid. I’m going to try the gluten-free bread for the next braid. Happy Baking!

  • Joanna April 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Your grilled cheese looks so fab! Yum!

    And just a note, I made my blog post before you did, so I should go back and edit my point that many people were not crazy about this dough! I’m glad some of us enjoyed it. :)

  • Joy April 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Your sandwich is gorgeous! And I’m so impressed with your loaf – it looks really good. It’s funny, mine have turned out really moist, maybe because of the gum?

  • Old Pop April 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    If this was all you could eat, it would be pretty good. I made some of your Carrot Cake Jam, and it was good on this bread toasted.

  • Kayte April 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Just plain torture to show me that grilled cheese sandwich like that when you know how much I love grilled cheese sandwiches! OMW this looks like the best ever!

  • kat April 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    It looks really fabulous!

  • Teresa Bjork April 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Love your grilled cheese! Makes me hungry for lunch :)

  • teresa April 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    they both look delicious! great job!

  • Mary April 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Kudos. You really did well with this challenge and I love your husband’s comments. The bread and the sandwich both look wonderful. How long does the bread stay fresh? I hope you are having a wonderful day…Mary

  • Fresh Local and Best April 16, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I am going to have to try gluten-free bread again sometime. I didn’t get nearly the same successful result as you did.

  • Jenny April 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Your bread looks like it turned out pretty good. It looks like bread, which is way more than I can say for mine!! And the grilled cheese looks yummy! I will have to check that bread recipe in the first book.
    ~Jenny~

  • Daphne April 17, 2010 at 5:55 am

    That grilled cheese sandwich looks amazing! I just bought ABin5 so I will definitely have to try this recipe next. I have made about 5 batches of the master recipe in the past couple weeks and we all love it. I made the Sticky Pecan Caramel Buns instead of the gluten free bread.

  • Ezzie April 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for this explanation Michelle. Due to my schedule (work, SQL classes and a political meeting here in my home) I just didn’t have time to get this one done. I’m anxious to read the other comments as well.

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen April 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I decided not to make the gluten free recipes since we have no dietary restrictions but I’m happy to know that should any of our family develop gluten intolerance there are wonderful recipes to try!

  • Carolyn™ April 18, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I turned some of the Cinnamon Swirl Brioche into French Toast this morning. I added some ginger emulsion, just a couple of drops and the flavour with some maple syrup as well was great. I have put the photos up on my blog if you want to peek. :)

  • Danielle April 20, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I skipped this assignment. your loaf looks beautiful. I while ago I had made the gluten free brioche for a friend of mine….and it didn’t rise at all LOL

  • Elwood April 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Your gluten free bread looks wonderful. I ducked this assignment. Your sandwiches looked scrumptious!

  • Danielle May 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Ok, so I broke down and did it! (a month and a half later LOL)….much much better than my first attempt. Grilled cheese is the way to go! :)

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