Ok, so I kinda fell in love over the weekend with a couple of new recipes I came up with. Now, down’t get me wrong, I had a couple of failed experiments, but then…I just had a symphony of perfection happen with other recipes. There’s no doubt about it–I totally pulled-off some cool stuff all by my lonesome in the past couple of days. One of my favorites: Gluten-Free & Vegan French Bread. It’s like REAL bread. Not gooey, not dry…just perfection in a loaf. I can’t wait to make it again this weekend…
See, I specifically made this loaf of Gluten-Free & Vegan French Bread to bring to my mother-in-law’s house to have spaghetti Saturday night. The thing is, I went gluten-free, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the world had to. No, my husband certainly didn’t and there’s no way my mother- and father-in-law did, so I try to make things as easy as possible for them. Especially when they’re cooking us dinner. So, I brought my own bread and, instead of having spaghetti and meatballs, I had a meatball sandwich with my bread…brilliant, easy and kind of fun.
The thing is, I just love those meatballs my mother-in-law makes (I think if they had gluten in them, which they do not, I’d have to forgo being gluten-free just to have some meatballs). And there was no way I was turning them down. I just had to find a creative solution. And that I did, my lovelies. Because a meatball sandwich was awesome. A-W-E—S-O-M-E. That good.
Gluten-Free & Vegan French Bread
- 3 cups gluten-free flour blend (I used Bob's Redmill Baking flour blend)
- ½ tspn salt
- 1 tblspn sugar
- 1½ tblspn instant bread machine yeast
- 1 tblspn olive oil
- ¾ cup aquafaba (yes, that's bean juice)
- 1 tspn cider vinegar
- 1 cup warm water
- Do not preheat oven.
- Mix try ingredients together in the bowl of your stand mixer.
- Add wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Place dough in a pan and generally shape it (I know it's a little too wet to do too much, but try).
- Using a sharp knife, cut slits in the top at 3-inch intervals.
- Place in the cold oven and turn it on to 425-degrees.
- Allow to bake for 30-40 minutes, or until crust has reached the desired golden-hue.
- Remove from oven.
- Allow to cool to the touch.
- Slice and serve to your crazy-hungry guests!