It’s about time i documented my bread failures, so anyone tempted to try a recipe or two doesn’t make the same errors i did. I should point out now that i had a pretty big win this morning – Loaf 3 for those interested…
Loaf 1: Coconut bread
There are an armful of recipes for bread made with coconut flour out there, and what hit me first is the amount of eggs used in them! I’ve since found out that pretty much all the recipes involving coconut flour use a ridiculous amount of eggs because the coconut flour is a) very absorptive, and b) can produce dense/dry goods. When i mean a silly number of eggs, i mean half a dozen eggs for every 100-120 grams coconut four – talk about a protein rich combination! For more tips and facts on coconut flour, i found this website useful:
The recipe i went for in the end was from the following website, but being a bit wary, halved all the ingredients for a smaller loaf, skipped the honey and used the ghee option as a substitute butter…
Looks pretty good huh?! Shame it tasted disgusting and VERY oily (in my opinion!) – one bite and it got put straight in the bin… onto the next one:s
Loaf 2: Zero-carb flax bread.
Zero-carb?! That’s right! Let me expalin…
What i didn’t know before embarking on this Lyme diet adventure (adventure is DEFINITELY the right word here!!) is that fibre is technically a carbohydrate. What i did know is that fibre cannot be digested by the body, so comes out ‘the other end’ unchanged. What this means is that the amount of carbohydrate in a food that can be attributed to fibre can essentially be taken away from the total carbohydrate content. Think nutritional info on food packaging – this is for 100 g of strong white bread flour:
Protein 12.1 g
Carbohydrate 68.6 g
Fat 1.4 g
Fibre 3.1 g
We take the total carb content of 68.6 g, minus the fibre content of 3.1 g, which gives us a net carb content of 63.3 g. Easy! It just so happens that because of the ingredients of this next bread, it has equal carb and fibre gram-age, giving a net 0 g in carbohydrates. The bread recipe can be found here:
A little on the dumpy side, but i was excited nonetheless! It tasted soooo damn eggy that the smell actually put me off, was no better when i tried to toast it either – one slice and it got put straight in the bin… onto the next one:s
Loaf 3: One minute muffin.
There’s that common saying ‘3rd time lucky’. In this case, it was true… i found this recipe quite by accident and was intrigued – 50 g flax meal, 1 egg, 1 tsp oil, 1/2 tsp baking powder (salt, stevia, cinnamon etc to taste…) – combine in a coffee mug and zap for 1 minute (on high) in the microwave:
Now this one toasted really well! I see this as easily being savory or sweet depending on your mood – you could add some chopped nuts, coconut flakes, seeds or stevia and dried apricots (which i’ve just discovered despite being fruit, has a surprising low GI of around 31). I had it as a breakfast muffin this morning (savory with olive oil spread), but reckon it would make a good replacement for sandwiches in the lunchbox!