If you are someone who follows a gluten free diet, or are interested in giving it a try, you will definitely want to try out this recipe for gluten free bread which is the latest addition to my collection of quinoa recipes.
What is it about fresh baked bread that evokes so much emotion? For me, it reminds me of being a little girl in the kitchen with my mother. Now my mother was and isn’t a gourmet cook by any stretch. She learned to cook from her mother who was the quintessential basic southern cook.
But, one thing that my mom did do when I was very small, before life got so busy, was bake bread.
I can remember sitting at the kitchen table watching her knead the dough by hand. We would put the loaf in the oven on a cool Autumn day and head out for a walk. (Yeah, I know. What can I say, it was the 70’s. Leaving the oven unattended was clearly not the safest of options. I’m pretty sure I ran with scissors too!) Luckily, the house never once caught on fire and there was nothing quite like the smell when we got back.
Even today, the smell of bread baking takes me back to the lightness of being a little girl, with nothing more important to do than crunch leaves on a walk with my mom and enjoy warm bread from the oven piled with real butter.
I’ve actually been making quite a bit of bread lately. (And I also made this amazing quinoa pizza dough which is also gluten free!)
You may remember a few weeks ago, when I first tried quinoa bread. It was a huge success but I got a lot of emails and comments from those who must follow a gluten free diet. Some were actually outraged that I would include a bread recipe that wasn’t gluten free on the site.
At first, since I am not gluten free, this was frustrating. But then some kinder emails and comments came pouring in and that helps me to feel the frustration.
I started thinking about it, and how much those of us without food sensitivities take for granted.So, for the rest of you, please stick with me on this one. I know there are a lot of ingredients that you may not want to run out and buy if you don’t have to eat gluten free.
But, even if you don’t want to try this gluten free bread, it doesn’t hurt to learn a little more about gluten intolerance, if for no other reason that being aware of the symptoms for yourself and your family. According to Dr. Kenneth Fine, some 81% of Americans are predisposed to gluten intolerance and up to 43% may be “genetically susceptible” to celiac disease. Many people experience digestive discomfort, but skin inflammation, arthritis, asthma, allergies and brain fog can also be common.
According to Daniel Leffler, M.D., “Gluten is fairly indigestible in all people. There’s probably some kind of gluten intolerance in all of us.”
Of course, there are many people out there who dispute this and think that OTHER than those who truly have an intolerance, following a gluten free diet is actually unhealthy.
What is your take? I think I am going to plan out a week and try eating gluten free (now that I’ve already purchased many of the baking staples J) and see how it goes.
On to the recipe for gluten free bread.
This recipe has been lightly adapted from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which is a fantastic book for anyone wanting to make bread without a lot of fuss.