Sleep is such an important part of healing and usually we are in bed by 10:30 and sleep in until 8am on weekends but it was not the case last night. I started to make Amy's gluten free whole grain sandwich bread at 8pm and anticipated using the fast bake cycle as she does. I have never ever used a bread maker and after reading the manual realized that the fast bake cycle makes the bread in about an hour.
To my surprise the fast bake button did not work and all my ingredients were already in the machine. I had pressed start and it was stuck on the normal 4 HOUR cycle which means I was up waiting for a nice loaf of bread to cook. Once it was done I was quite disappointed to see it did not rise as it should have and my loaf is half the size it should be. I left it on the wire rack to cool and went to bed.
Now don't give up on gluten free yet. As soon as I got up I checked out all the comments on Amy's blog below her bread recipe and learned that the key to the bread rising is the fast bake cycle. That said, I've got to tell you that this bread is nothing short of fantastic. Have you ever had malt bread, the round loaf growing up? That is what it tasted like to me when I toasted it and slathered it with ghee (ghee is basically clarified butter and has all the milk solids removed which contain casein that most folks are either allergic or sensitive to).
Our friends Jason and Lori have 4 backyard chickens (the first in our little town and are fighting the Town of East Gwillimbury to keep that right) and Todd is letting them in and out of their chicken coop each day for them while they are away and that means that we have the delight of the freshest free range eggs ever!
My breakfast this morning left me in sheer heaven, gluten free toast with casein free ghee and free range eggs, it doesn't get much better than that!
Now I have to go and get myself a breadmaker with the fast bake cycle and I will be sure and use almond milk with the next loaf so it is completely dairy free.
Hope you are having a great day!