One of my favorite gluten free mixes is Breads From Anna. She is a hidden gem in this gluten free world. I first met and tried her stuff at the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo in 2009. She is a talented and super sweet woman!
Baking without eggs is hard…I mean HARD! Eggs in baked goods provides four things when baking:
1. Structure – the egg white and yolk together tenderize the baked goods, making it moist.
2. Coagulation – converting the liquid of the egg to a solid as it binds with the other ingredients
3. Foaming – incorporating air into the batter (we can see the nice pockets of air that adds baked goods their fluff)
4. Emulsifying – helps stabilize liquids together that would not mix well together
My son cannot do eggs or eggs in baked goods. Gluten-free and corn-free baking alone is tough enough and make it vegan? HA! Yes there are egg substitute, but we are limited too. These substitutes include:
1. Flax Gel: 1 Tablespoons of grounded flaxseeds and 3 Tablespoons of hot water for 10 minutes until it gels
2. Chia Gel: Same as above, but use 1T of grounded chia seeds and 3 T of hot water
3. Applesauce: 3T of applesauce and 1 tsp of baking powder (we use Hain’s Corn-free powder)
4. Psyllium Husk Powder: 1 Tablespoon Psyllium seed husks + 2 Tablespoons water = 1 egg (the longer they sit in water the “eggier” they become)
I have tried Chia and Psyllium Husk powder of these with ok success, they are just too gummy, mainly because Breads From Anna already has Chia powder in it, which is great due to the omega content in them. I like the yeast-free bread mix the best.
Thanks to an old article in Living Without Magazine, there was an egg-free gluten free pancake recipe that used carbonated water. I tried the recipe and was pleased with the outcome. So I tried it on my next batch of bread I made. The results was amazing and the bread was gone in 4 days. Here is what I did and followed the recipe almost exactly:
1/4 cup of grapeseed oil
1/2 cup of water
1 Tablespoon of Hain’s Corn-free Baking Powder
It began to foam like this:
Then I added half of the baking mix, half can of carbonated water, mixed lightly, then added the rest of the mix and the carbonated water. Baked for 65-minutes at 375 degrees and here is what the bread looked like:
My favorite way to eat this bread is drenched in coconut oil. YUM! My daughter likes both coconut and olive and my son, well he can only have grapeseed or olive, he’ll just eat it as is and this is a gluten free bread mix you can trust.
I use the Sassafras stone loaf pan to bake my breads, which is local to Chicago! I don’t have room in my small condo kitchen for a bread machine and this was the cheaper way to go!
Oh and since Thanksgiving is coming up, be sure to order the Herbed Bread Mix, I have been using this for the last 3 years and everyone eats my stuffing up! Don’t forget her pie mix and her apple pancake, maple pancake and cranberry pancake mix…yes I am a fan!
And just wait, I have an Apple Fritter Pancake recipe using her mix that is out of this world.
Thank you Anna for making such a versatile, allergen-free bread and baking mixes that all can enjoy!