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27 October, 2012

But I Don't Want to Give up Bread!

I love bread.  White bread, whole-wheat bread, French bread, I love it all.

A month ago I decided to give up gluten.  I hadn't been feeling well.  I was tired all of the time, I couldn't think clearly, was constantly having headaches, my mouth was full of ulcers, just to name a few problems. :)  I had already figured out how to make many things gluten-free for my daughter (she's been off gluten for over a year now) so it wasn't going to be too hard for me to do.

The one thing I knew I was going to miss was bread.  I had a bread recipe that I'd been making for Abby (here), but my bread machine is slowly dying and I knew we couldn't keep it up forever.  I had to find a recipe to make without a bread  machine.  I found this recipe on Pinterest for hamburger buns and decided to make it into a loaf with things I had available.  So, here is my recipe for yummy white bread.  {I like this recipe more than my other bread recipe}

Here are the ingredients you'll need:
1 cup warm water

1 tablespoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons yeast
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1 cup + 1-1/2 tablespoons potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/3 cup white rice flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 small eggs
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Step 1: Preheat oven to 1700 F (800C).  Yes, it is supposed to be that low of a temperature.  Grease a loaf tin.

Step 2:  Mix sugar in water, sprinkle yeast over the top of the water and leave this to proof.

Step 3: Mix dry ingredients together.

Step 4: Separate the whites from 2 of the eggs (keep the yolks, you will need them soon).  Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  You can use an electric mixer if you want to.  It only took me 3 minutes to do it by hand.

Step 5: Add remaining egg, egg yolks, vinegar, oil, and yeast mixture to egg whites and blend together well.

Step 6: Add egg/yeast mixture to dry ingredients and stir for 3 minutes.

This is what the mixture will look like after you have stirred it for 3 minutes.  It looks runny, but trust me, it will work!

Step 7: Pour into greased loaf tin.  Put it into the warm oven and TURN THE OVEN OFF!!!!  Let rise for 30 minutes.

Step 8:  After 30 minutes take the bread out of the oven, turn the oven back on, and heat it up to 3750F (1900C).

Step 9: When the oven has heated, put the bread back into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Step 10: Remove from oven and tip out on to wire rack to cool.  Brush with melted butter or margarine.  Let it cool for at least 15 minutes before you try to cut it.

 By the way, all of the problems I was having before I gave up gluten are gone!  Now if I could only find a good tortilla recipe that's gluten free.

26 October, 2012

Spring - Around our Yard

Yes, finally, spring has come to our side of the world.  It has been a long, cold, windy, rainy, and miserable winter.  While the rest of you were enjoying your nice, hot summer, we had just the opposite here.  The days of sun are so nice.  Here is a collage with some of the flowers that are blooming in our yard.  My husband had the computer with Photoshop so I had to use Publisher to do this.  

 This is a miniature rose bush by our back porch.  I love it!

A couple of weeks ago we dug out a really ugly plant that was growing in this planter box.  We put some cauliflower and broccoli seedings in its place.  

I've also planted some spring onions, corriander (cilantro), and basil.  One of these days we will {hopefully} get the garden dug over and plant some more things.

I love spring.

25 October, 2012

Quote for the Day

"If at first you don't succeed . . . 

try. . .

try again.