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Gluten Free Raisin Bread
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Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara
1 cup sorghum flour (127g)
1 cup potato starch (192g)
1/2 cup millet flour (60g)
2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast or 1 packet rapid rise yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 Tbsp margarine or shortening, melted
3 Tbsp honey, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp Ener-G Egg Replacer whisked with 4 Tbsp water
1 cup raisins
to cover boiling water (optional)
2 Tbsp margarine or shortening, melted or oil (optional)
If not using instant yeast, proof the yeast in the warm water (110 to 115 °F) and a tsp of the sweetener - add the yeast to the water and sweetener, stir; allow it to get poofy. If using instant yeast, it will get tossed in with the flours as it does not need to proof - and in fact won't proof and you will think it's dead and not working!
Put raisins in a heatproof container and cover with boiling water. I just chuck them in my glass 2 cup measure. This will plump up the raisins. If you like drier raisins, you can skip the plumping step.
Whisk together the dry ingredients - flours/starch, xanthan, salt and instant yeast. Do this in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients - water or proofed yeast mixture, melted fat, remaining honey/agave, and mixed egg replacer. Beat until a smooth batter forms. This will not be like a wheat based bread dough. It will more like a thick muffin batter.
Drain raisins and add, stir in to combine.
Scrape the dough into a lightly oiled loaf pan lined with parchment paper. I oil my pan, then lay in a sling of parchment that fits in the bottom and goes up and over both of the long sides, then oil the parchment. Smooth evenly using wet fingers. Place pan in a warm spot and allow to rise. Do not overproof or it will collapse on itself. If the top starts cracking, it's time to bake! I set a timer and check it around 30 min.
Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 °F.
When bread has risen, you can carefully brush it with a little melted margarine for an extra yummy and shiny crust. This was a trick that my dad always did when he baked raisin bread. He'd rub the loaves with butter when they came out of the oven. I like to do it before.
Bake on middle rack until it sounds hollow when thumped -- about 45 minutes. I like my bread crusty, so I remove the bread from the pan and return it to the oven directly on the rack for another 10 minutes. If desired, rub top crust with any remaining melted butter or margarine while it's still warm. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before slicing with a long serrated knife.
To freeze slices: place squares of waxed or parchment paper between slices, place in an airtight container or ziplock bag and freeze. You will then be able to pop out individual slices as needed.
I love this bread! It has a taste and texture as close to wheat based bread as I've had! It's very easy to make using a stand mixer and I'm done, start to finish, in 2 hours. It also freezes very well, so I just slice and freeze and pop slices as I want them. This bread is excellent toasted.
I measure my flours by weight, so I make this up as a "mix" and store it in my pantry. I weigh out the flours, starch, and xanthan gum into a ziplock bag. I make up 4 or 5 at a time so I don't have to pull all the flours out every time I want to make a loaf. I just have to gather up the other ingredients. This has the same dry ingredient base as my Gluten Free Sandwich Bread
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The original recipe called for 2 whipped egg whites in place of the EnerG egg replacer mixture. I have not tried this, but should swap out fine if you can use egg.
I often use 1 Tbsp ground flax meal mixed with 4 Tbsp boiling water instead of the Ener-G Egg Replacer mixture. Prepare this first and allow to cool while measuring the rest of the ingredients. This will add "flecks" to the bread and gives a chewier texture.
This recipe can be vegan by selecting vegan options - agave nectar or brown rice syrup for the sweetener and a vegan margarine, shortening, or coconut oil for the melted fat.
Butter and Margarine: Butter is a dairy product made from cow’s milk. Margarine typically contains milk or soy, but there are milk-free and soy-free versions available.
Corn is a common ingredient in products. Starch, modified food starch, dextrin and maltodextrin can be from corn. Consult with your physician to find out which corn derivatives you need to avoid. Many corn-free options are available in the US. Find out more about corn substitutions
There are many egg-free products and foods available to make your recipes free of eggs. Find out more about egg substitutions
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Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions
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