Sunday, February 24, 2008
Staff of life (A Sunday Blessing?)
OK, I admit it. I MISS soft, white bread. And the occasional soft bun.
Gluten-free Steve asked me that questions for his wonderful blogging event, and I said I missed Wonder Bread.
I can honestly say I can manage to adapt ANY GF FOOD I WANT, but I have come up a big fat zero on the bread scene. Cornbread? No problem (no sugar!). Biscuits? Got it. Pancakes and waffles? Good to go. I even like my beer bread, but it isn't a sandwich bread by any stretch.
But dang it, I want a sandwich on a piece of decently soft bread.
Last week, for instance, I noticed that my colleague was eating a turkey sandwich he brought from home. It was on that Captain John Durst's bread (the butter kind, the one that is light yellow) and I honestly SWOONED over it. I can't get it out of my mind.
But I have not to this moment found a bread mix or recipe that works for me. I admire my friend Melanie who has found bread she likes to make in her Zo, and Cassandra who can make it in her machine AND in a mixer. I am envious of ALL of you who have a bread you love sitting on the counter (or in the freezer). I DO have a flour mix I like, finally. But no bread.
But I'm stumped. Help me?
Here are the parameters:
•I would buy a good loaf of bread if you've ever tasted one. I sure haven't.
•I don't have a stand mixer here, so I have to mix it with a hand mixer.
•My bread machine is 1.5 pounds, not two. So that lets out GFP mix and its derivatives.
•I have sensitivity to sorghum and oat flours. (I DO like Pamela's mix, but it has lots of sorghum, and last time I made it, I got really sick to my poor stomach).
•I need a recipe that begins X cups of gf flour mix and that uses primarily brown and white rice flour. I don't want to go out and buy millet or amaranth or whatever. Keep it way simple.
I welcome the exchange, fellow GF buddies. Let me know what you think.
Where's the blessing? I have friends I can turn to for help. HELP!
Much love, and thanks for the help!