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September 20, 2010

Rosemary & Sea Salt Gluten Free French Baquette

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While I do take pride in making some pretty darn good glutenless baked goods (if I do say so myself), it’s truly rare that a gluten free bread is SO tasty that even I can’t walk away from it before scarfing down multiple slices!   The original recipe for this French-Italian loaf comes from my favorite (so far!) Gluten Free Cookbook: Annalise Robert’s Gluten Free Baking Classics.  I’ve amped it up by adding Rosemary and Sea Salt into the mix, and the result is nothing short of addictive!

   

I’ve mentioned before how much I love Rosemary.  It’s a key ingredient in my Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Cream Pasta.

I also keep a pretty decent “stash” of Rosemary on hand.

This bread starts with one of Annalise Robert’s (aka The Food Philosopher) Bread Mixes from her cookbook.

It’s a pretty simple mix, based on Millet and Sorghum flours and a few starches.  I make the mix ahead and store it in a labeled ziploc freezer bag, with the proportions written right on the bag so that I don’t have to look up the recipe each time I need to replenish my supply. 

I measure the flours right into the bag and whisk together.  If you have a sensitivity to corn, you can just increase one or both of the other starches to compensate, with like results.

Incidentally, this is the same flour mix used for my go-to Gluten Free Pizza recipe.

The Millet Flour gives the bread a slightly nutty taste. It’s not as fluffy a bread as a gluten-containing version may be, but it’s got great texture nonetheless and even more importantly, it has a fabulously crunchy crust!  You won’t be able to keep your hands off it!

Let’s get cooking. 

The recipe below is doubled, so you’ll get two nice long loaves with these proportions.

You’ll need:

 4 Cups Bread Flour Mix A (See photo above)

2 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 3/4 tsp Salt

8 tsp Sugar

2 pkgs Instant Dry Yeast (NOT quick rise)

4 tsp Olive Oil

2 Cups Water, heated to 110 degrees

2 heaping Tbsp Dried Rosemary

Non-stick Cooking Spray (be sure it’s gluten-free!)

What to do:

Spray French Bread Pan with non-stick cooking spray.  The pan is not optional!  Gluten-free doughs spread quite a bit while rising and you really need the structure the pan provides.  I found my French Bread Pan really inexpensively on Amazon.  I also got my Italian Bread Pan at the same place.  You can pick up Annalise Robert’s cookbook there as well and if you spend $25, they often have free shipping. 

You’re supposed to also lightly dust the pan with rice flour.  I forgot this step and panicked the whole time this was cooking, but it slid effortlessly off of the pan anyway.  Whew!  Don’t be a rebel like me, though – follow the instructions! :-)

Place all dry ingredients (except Rosemary) into a large mixing bowl.

Combine well using whisk or beater attachment of mixer.

Add Water (110 degrees) and Oil.

Mix until just combined, then scrape down bowl with spatula.

Mix on high speed for 3 minutes.

Add Rosemary by crumbling into bowl between fingers.

Mix on high for one more minute,then spoon into pan into two long loaf shapes.

Wet a spatula with warm water.

Use spatula to smooth the surface of the dough in the pan.

It doesn’t have to be perfect.  Just perfectly imperfect!

Let rise for 30-40 minutes until about doubled in size.  I use an overturned Rubbermaid container as a “Proofer”.

Pretty clever, huh?

Preheat oven to 400 degrees while bread is rising.

Five minutes before placing dough into oven, place a pan filled about 1″ with water onto bottom rack of oven.

And don’t you dare even start with how dirty my oven is!!  I’ve been much too busy working and cooking and scrapbooking and blogging – emphasis on working –  to do anything about it!!! 

Sprinkle surface of dough with lightly ground sea salt and then coat lightly with non-stick spray.

Bake on middle rack in oven for 40 minutes, then remove bread from pans and place loaves directly on middle rack for another 5 – 10 minutes to crisp up the bottom crust.

Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

This bread is awesome spread with Walnut & Basil Pesto sitting beside Roasted Garlic Cream Pasta, with a side of Marinated Tomatoes and Basil.   Mmmm,  Mmmm Good!!!  This is a definite “must try” recipe, so please make this and tell me if you love it as much as I do!

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