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The best gluten free bread, ever. Herbed and apricot cardamom.

Posted Jan 07 2009 2:56pm
Oh my goodness. I stumbled upon Sea's recipe for gluten free rosemary teff rolls. Intrigued, and itching to try out the teff flour I got for Christmas from Dana, I started out. I wanted to split the dough in half once it was made, making one half savory, to be dipped in garlic and herb olive oil, and making the other half sweet. 

When I was a kid, my mom used to get loaves of this great white bread with apricot chunks in it that I've been itching to replicate. That bread was soft and plain, but with bursts of sweet-sour apricot pieces throughout that I couldn't get enough of. I Googled "apricot bread" to get some flavor ideas, and came up with some recipe with apricots, nuts, and cardamom. I didn't have any nuts, but I love cardamom. Every year for Christmas (prior to herself and 2/3 of her children going gluten free), my mom would make a braided cardamom loaf, with large grain sugar on top. This year Dana made one using Bob's Red Mill bread mix, changing things up and adding cardamom, and it was delicious. Sorry Dana, this is what we are having next year. 

I wasn't expecting much. I've baked some decent gluten free breads before, but nothing this close to regular bread. I was blown away. Crunchy on the outside, soft and well, bread like inside. Not crumbly and stiff like other breads. Alex was blown away. I was blown away. Just to be sure, I microwaved a few this morning and ate them for breakfast with butter, and yup, still soft and bread like. Ooooh. 

Apricot Cardamom Rolls
For the roll recipe go here  and then follow my changes-

-When you heat the milk, add in a teaspoon of sugar and the yeast and let proof 5 minutes, until foamy. 
-I used 1 1/2 c white rice flour and 1/2 c sorghum flour instead of 1 c rice flour and 1 c brown rice flour.
-Chop up 3/4 c (or more) dried apricots and toss in 1 T granulated sugar, fold in right before forming balls and letting them rise. 
-When adding the dry ingredients, add 1 t cardamom and 1 t vanilla powder (or, 2 t vanilla with the liquid ingredients).
-Add the vinegar with the eggs and sugar and oil, I used regular instead of extra large eggs.
-Instead of rolling into balls (the dough is wicked sticky), I dropped balls of dough using two spoons (like you do for cookies, scooping all the dough up on one spoon and using the other to take it off and form each lump into as smooth a ball as you can)

For Herb Rolls
Same recipe, follow the directions above but add in the herbs with the dry ingredients, leave out the cardamom/vanilla and apricots/extra sugar.

-add in 1 t each of rosemary, thyme, dried onion, oregano, as well as 1/2 t of pepper and paprika. Next time I might mix in some Parmesan and maybe garlic!
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