Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GF Farmhouse Buttermilk Bread

Here, on the homestead, we are gluten-free.  We also steer clear of added sugars and do not use gums (xanthan, etc.) for binding agents.   Following is our favorite bread recipe.  We hope you enjoy this tasty bread as much as we do.  When topped with fresh butter and fruit preserves, it is like indulging in a yummy dessert (without the added sugars or calories).

Celtic Acres Farm Bread Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

Wet Ingredients
¼ cup, plus 1 Tbsp of warm water
1 cup of buttermilk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten (make sure the eggs are at room temperature)
¼ cup of coconut oil (you can also use butter, canola or light olive oil)

Dry Ingredients
2 cups of brown rice flour
½ cup of potato starch
½ cup of tapioca flour
3 ½ tsp of psyllium husks (in place of xanthan gum, ratio 1:1)
we do not use salt or sugar but, if you choose to add it:
       1 ½ tsp of salt
       ¼ cup of sugar (you can also use honey or agave)
2 ¼ tsp of active dry yeast (if using packages, this is equal to one pkg)

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Traditional Oven Method

1. Combine all of the wet, room-temperature, ingredients together, mixing well.  Set aside.
2. Combine all of the dry ingredients, including the yeast, thoroughly.   Gluten-free flours are very fine and need to be well-blended and before adding to any wet ingredients.   To insure that all ingredients are mixed thoroughly, use a wire wisk (you can also shake them all together in a gallon ziplock bag).

Dry & Wet Ingredients

3. With a hand mixer, KitchenAid or hand blender set on a low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until well blended.  Mix approximately 10 minutes.

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4. Once completely mixed, pour the batter into greased baking pans.  You can either use three 2x5-inch or one large 9x5-inch loaf pan.
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5. Allow to the dough to rise approximately 1 hour.
6. Bake at 375°F -- 30 minutes for the 2x5 inch loaf pans or 60 minutes for the 9x5 inch loaf pan
7. Use a toothpick to test to determine if the bread is done, continue baking, if needed.
8. Once the baking is complete, remove pans from the oven and let cool for approximately 10 minutes before removing the bread from the pan.
9. Let the bread cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.


Bread Machine Method

1. Combine all of the wet ingredients and pour carefully into the baking pan.
2. Measure all of the dry ingredients and mix well to blend thoroughly.
3. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture already in the baking pan.
4. Carefully set the pan back into the bread maker.

Let The Baking Begin

5. Select the gluten-free cycle (if the machine has one) or check your manual for proper settings.
6. Start the machine.
7. After the mixing action begins, scrap any unmixed ingredients into the dough with a rubber spatula, keeping along the edges and top of the batter to prevent any interference with the kneading paddles.
8. Once the baking is completed, remove the pan from the machine.
9. Invert pan and shake gently to remove bread.
10. Cool upright on a rack before slicing.






To A Life Of Simplicity
Happy Homesteading!
~ Susan & Rick
Celtic Acres Farm



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About the Author:
Susan along with her husband, Rick, are the owners of Celtic Acres Farm, an organic, self-sufficient, off-grid farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats and a pig, rescue dogs and cats, grow their own heirloom, non-gmo produce, create handmade crafts and home décor items, and strive to live a self-sustaining lifestyle while attempting to carve out that little piece of paradise where they can live free, breathe free and commune with nature.
Celtic Acres Farms is committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, while maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others. We believe that we must all lead the way to a more sustainable future while never forgetting the things of the past. 

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