I’ve been cooking. Seriously. No kidding.
I’ve been trying to find a decent low carb bread recipe. I’m craving French bread. The really hard stuff that makes you think you’ve broken a tooth. Or the kind that you make foot long sandwiches from. I can’t EAT French bread or any kind of bread, which is why I started on this quest.
Let me tell you something right up front. There is nothing, nada, zilch, zip that can take the place of real bread. However, if you’re like me, eating real bread is tantamount to a death sentence (let’s be honest here, just between friends. It’s not really a death sentence. You just WISH you were dead after about a day or two of the symptoms of eating real bread. Nuff said, right?)
So, off I go in search of something that might be semi-palatable. Oh, the exploits I could share with you. No pictures. I was too embarrassed by all the bowls and other messy kitchen paraphrenalia. Let me, instead, set the scene with words. First, however, remember that low carb bread baking is a pain and is more difficult than regular bread, because you have to substitute two things: sugar, which is absolutely vital for the yeast in yeast breads and flour, neither which you can eat on a low carb food plan. Here’s are my experiments so far:
- “Oopsie bread.” Made with cream cheese and eggs. Here’s a recipe for this one: http://www.food.com/recipe/oopsie-bread-497736 I would totally follow the recommendation and make this with psyllium seed husk AND using parchment paper on the cookie sheet. Oh, and a word to the wise. Some psyllium seed husk powder will turn your oopsie bread a pretty shade of purple. (Mine were a lovely shade of violet.) I’ve been recommended to use this brand of psyllium husk powder.
- “Low Carb Sandwich Bread.” Not a bad recipe, but the crust falls off of the rest of the bread. Still, it doesn’t crumble as badly as some of the other concoctions I’ve made in the past few days. Here’s the recipe for that one: http://acleanbake.com/low-carb-sandwich-bread/
- “Soul bread.” Good grief, I practically drained my bank account for all the weird ingredients this one requires. It really is a science experiment. It uses whey instead of flour, for example. I haven’t made it yet because all the fancy dancy ingredients aren’t here yet. I’ll let you know how it turns out – I’m really looking forward to doing this one, since it’s supposed to be the closest to “real” bread and it’s only 1 carb per slice.
- “The Diet Doctor Bread.” I have never had as much fun with cooking as I did this recipe. The recipe states that you have to moisten your hands and make the dough into little balls (or whatever shape you want). Picture beige balls the size of ping pong balls. I didn’t have the light on the oven while they started cooking, but when I went to check on them imagine my surprise. I had made BOOBS! I mean, I just had to take a picture. They blew up about five times their size and turned dark brown. I think next time I’m going to back off some of the baking powder and only mix a little water in at a time. Here’s the Diet Doctor recipe: https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/the-low-carb-bread Oh, and my bread didn’t look anything like the pictures on his website, but I am trying again.
So how about you? Ever try to make low carb bread? Have any great recipes you’d recommend?