I did it.
I successfully used yeast. I baked a loaf of bread. Gluten-free bread. Delicious, glorious bread. Without a stand mixer. And making substitutions.
I used Pamela’s Bread Mix and Flour Blend. I followed the recipe on the back of the bag but subbed applesauce for the oil (all the while thinking, “Should you really be substituting in this when you don’t know what you’re doing?!”). I also got discouraged when it said to use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment on medium for 3 minutes. I have a sad little hand mixer. I used the hand mixer until the dough was too big and sticky for the hand mixer to take it, and then I kneaded the dough for a couple minutes with my hands. No pictures of any of this process… this dough was seriously sticky and my hands were covered. I let it sit for an hour per the instructions, only to see that it had indeed risen a bit. It was supposed to raise more in the oven. I put it in the oven and hoped for the best, and the best is definitely what happened!
It is gloriously brown and crunchy on the outside, densely deliciously doughy on the inside.
And more importantly than anything else, it really just tastes fantastic. Store bought bread seems so weak in comparison. I ate a huge honkin’ slice, and then another smaller slice, both plain and still warm from the oven, and just enjoyed my creation.
And then there was breakfast this morning.
I almost cut two smaller slices, but in the spirit of go big or go home, I just cut off another delightfully large slice, topped it with almond butter and cranberry apple butter, and savored each doughy bite.
Loooook at it.
So I unofficially eliminated about 99% of gluten from my diet 2 weeks ago to see if it would help me with my gastrointestinal distress. Not only have my stomach issues calmed down considerably, but I have lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks without changing the amount that I eat or the amount of exercise I do. And practical elimination of my bloated, pregnancy-looking tummy that usually presents itself by nightfall on a daily basis. I think I may be on to something here for myself and my own health.
Happy Monday! I wish everyone a productive and lovely week.