I first posted this here, on my other blog. But I am trying to make sure this blog has all of my recipes. Good, bad and otherwise.
I made my first attempt at baking gluten free bread. And it went fairly well. No, it was a success, but it wasn't exactly what I hoped for. My problem is that I used my very favorite bread recipe and tried to make it GF. And I just guessed at which flours to use and how much xanthan gum to add. Because every recipe I found online is different. So that's where I went wrong. First using an already loved recipe. Even though I knew the GF bread would be different, I didn't imagine it would be quite this different. And then guessing on how to make something that I have never even tasted, let alone made, (which by the way is how I do most things in life). I also don't think that I like the GF flour pictured below. I think I can find stuff I like better. But I already own it so I will try it one more time just to be sure.
I used this recipe. It's my very favorite. But instead of regular flour, I replaced it with half GF AP flour and half GF brown rice flour and added 2 tsp xanthan gum.
It looks pretty. But it is sooo dense! I divided it into two loaf pans and wonder if it would be sandwich size-ish if I just made one giant loaf. The density is just so very different from the original recipe that I think I really need to just wise up and use an already tested GF recipe. I am not ready to just "guess" my way through recipes yet when I am not fully understanding how each of these new-to-me ingredients work.
So the conclusion is that it's good. But not as dreamy as the original recipe with gluten full flour. I am determined that there must be a better compromise though so I will keep on baking my way through the internet until I figure it out...