I was all set to have a weeks, months, years long saga of the quest for gluten-free bread that would have the taste, feel, appearance of wheat, rye or otherwise gluten-y bread.
Two weeks ago I started a gluten-free sourdough starter (brown rice and water).
One week ago I made a loaf of sourdough from this recipe.
You see all the ingredients in that? Yeah, it wound up, uh, gummy.
(according to the comments, Annie likes gummy bread so I wish she had been here to eat it) It also wound up short with a fallen dome because, I guess one of the drawbacks is that gluten-free bread is, uh, short in stature and doesn’t keep a nice domed top.
This week I decided I’d try a Bette Hagman honey sourdough recipe from this book. For among other reasons, it’s one of the only recipes I’ve found that doesn’t use ricotta cheese (I don’t understand ricotta’s role in it either…), and is entirely lactose free.
Me, not being much of a baker, decided I could make it better, too. Ha! The arrogance of naïveté. So, I omitted the egg replacer, the gelatin, and subbed 1/3 cup of water for the 1 and 2/3 cup water, and after mixing everything for 3 minutes, I added 2/3 of a cup of room temperature club soda.
I plopped it in a greased pan, let it rise for an hour.
(I may have forgotten to mention the last loaf didn’t rise at all and that there was a decided lack of air bubbles in it and it was just gross. but the crust was okay!)
Now, it’s not perfect. I’m hoping that the starter will get more sour the more I use it because, frankly it wasn’t sour at all. Next time I’ll try either drastically scaling back or omitting the honey because it’s a bit more sweet than I can handle. I’m oddly encouraged by this, and hope that in future endeavours, scaling back the wet ingredients will improve ALL of the scratch baking… because every last one has been gummy. (If you’re curious, I used a gluten-free flour mix that was 3 parts brown rice, 3 parts sorghum, 2 parts potato starch, 1 part tapioca starch)
I’m just looking forward to cinnamon toast for breakfast tomorrow morning.
You know, if I had a toaster…