A Friday [Bread] Flop!

"Mom, your bread feels like a rock." - My son Wyatt, 4 years old, referring to this Friday flop. This loaf of gluten-free bread may look good, but it sure was not!

Some people are big on creative visualization. Athletes and artists come to mind. I think the way it works is you hold a thought in your mind and attempt to attract success with mind power. Well, I woke up this morning visualizing bread. I visualized a soft, pliable dough formed into a lovely loaf that would rise to perfection. I imagined the sweet, yeasty smell that would permeate the house. I began salivating dreaming of a luscious, gluten-free bread (is that an oxymoron) I could sink my teeth into.

[Screeching halt]

When it comes to gluten-free baking, let me tell ya, visualization doesn't work. All the visualization and the studying of the recipe I had done the night before were in vain.

I think every gluten-free chef/baker yearns to find that recipe that produces a stunning loaf of gluten-free bread. Well, this recipe was not the one. Now, I could have made an error in the process so I am not going to say which recipe I followed, but my friend Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl had the exact same experience with the exact same recipe. Needless to say, we both were let down.

On that note, I will tell you that I am making it a mission to find a gluten-free, casein-free, egg-free bread recipe that produces results and isn't overly complicated. I have some in mind to try. If you've tried them, please let me know by leaving a comment. If you have other recipes to add to this list, leave a comment and tell me where to find them and I will add them to this post/bread recipe round-up. Here are ones I plan to try:

Shauna James Ahern and the new gluten-free cookbook she co-authored with husband, Daniel

  1. Shauna and Daniel Ahern's bread recipe in their new book Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. This book was just released and already as many, many rave reviews on Amazon!
  2. Dr. Jean Layton's Basic Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Recipe. Jean put in a lot of time on this one.
  3. Karina's Delicious Gluten Free Bread Recipe. Karina truly is a talented gluten-free goddess!
  4. This one was recommended by Michelle O. Find it at Gluten Free Mommy.
  5. Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl has a vegan recipe I am dying to try. (coming 9-28-10)

As I take on this personal challenge, yeah I will do some visualization, but a whole lot of prayer won't hurt either! Wish me luck.