Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Our Best Paleo Bread Yet

As I have mentioned many times before, the hardest thing for me to quit along this Paleo path is wheat. I know it makes me feel tired and depressed, yet I still fall for its charms. There is nothing nicer than warm bread and butter. At the beginning of this journey I tried lots of Paleo bread recipes. Lots of them were OK, but none of them really hit the mark. I gave up and decided just to avoid bread altogether.

To be honest that's fine most of the time, but sometimes I just want bread - with no alternatives available I end up going for the wheat type - then regretting it the next day! We do buy bread in this house. BB eats it occasionally. Even though I have started buying those really small loaves, I usually throw more than half of it away. If only I could find a good Paleo bread recipe...

Well - today we have made some amazing bread. So amazing that it really satisfied me and BB said "Mummy I like your bread - it's very tasty" That's a first! So amazing too that I am slightly delaying our plans to go to the beach to write it down quick before I forget.

Paleo Bread Recipe


We roughly followed this recipe from Primal Chicken (stopping on the list of ingredients when we got to the orange essence as we just wanted a plain loaf). Primal Chicken in turn had roughly followed the Bread 2.0 recipe from Elana's Pantry. As usual though - we changed it slightly. Some bits intentionally because we didn't have the right ingredients and some bits by accident (like the oven temperature!). Whatever the reason - what we did turned into our best bread ever - so here it is.

Ingredients

Dry
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1 x 80g tub arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 generous teaspoon baking powder

Wet
4 large eggs
1 generous squirt of agave nectar
a splash of apple cider vinegar (about a dessert spoon full I think)
2 generous tablespoons natural yoghurt 

Method
  • Whisk together wet ingredients
  • Mix together dry ingredients
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix well 
  • Put the mixture into a well greased loaf tin of about 10cm by 20cm in size (it can be worth lining just the base with a piece of grease proof paper too)
  • Bake at 190ยบ for 25-30 mins
It could just have been luck - but we'll definitely be making this again. I will amend the post as we go along with any changes. For example - the oven was a bit hotter than I intended (I think BB may know something about that - I went for a shower while it was baking so I am not sure at what point the temperature went up a little), but who knows - maybe that was the secret to our success.