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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.

Reader Comments (15)

Ha! I LOVE it Lexie, thanks for sharing your "flop," it made me feel not so alone in the "flop" category! And yes, prayer doesn't hurt...nor does the GF bread dance (very similar to a rain dance). :-D

I have already made Shauna's bread recipe 4 times since I got the book a week ago, and it is so easy (weight measurements are the key), my guys love it!

I haven't tried Jean's or Karina's recipes yet, but I definitely want to, can't wait to hear more about your bread experiments!


Oh Lexie! Bread is certainly one of those things that 'we-gf' yearn for. I finally found a store in my little town that carries UDI bread. They only had one type, but that was enough to get me excited! The bread I picked up did have eggs, but I will say it was still the best piece of bread I have tasted in over a year (since my diagnosis). Then dissapointment set in when I discovered that even their 'whole grain' bread was mostly starch (very little substance). Sigh. For me, the ideal would have the protien and fiber glutenous breads offer, be light and fluffy, have the sweet smell of yeast and grain, all sans gluten! Truly the 'holy grail' for some of us. If you find it, let me know! Otherwise, I am seeking as well. Hopefully, together, we will find one that works!

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSunnyB

Ha! This is what all of my bread recipes have looked like when I tried!!! Hope you beat me to finding a good one -- I'm over it! : )

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I think you are a terrific sport for showing the flop. I've had so many bread flops trying to not only cook GF, but egg free, soy free, dairy free, flax free plus a few nut allergies to boot. Lately I've felt like Lisa Douglas from Green Acres - Eva Gabor played the wife and just couldn't cook! Gosh cooking gluten free wasn't bad until all the other allergies surfaced :) I'm beginning to think it might be better for me to find recipes that give the flours/starches in grams and weigh it rather than using cup measurements.

I hope to give it a shot tomorrow once I get more yeast. Love your blog and Spunky Coconut. Best wishes, chin up - tally ho!

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Shauna's has been a success twice at my house in the past week. Can't wait to try Jean's sourdough. Made an apple cake last week that was a total flop. Still mourning the loss of my organic butter and eggs.

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCeliacs in the House

We have all been there. Just try and try again. its so annyoing though.

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoudie's mood food

LOL Lexie, I've stayed away from making gf bread for numerous reasons, the lack of visualization follow through being one of them. ;-) I'm going to give a shout out to Ali and Tom over at Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen because Ali makes breads just like you describe. Folks rave over them. So you might want to check those out rather than have to created them yourself. The other breads from wonderful blogger friends that you mentioned are also great choices. You and I have tried two of them firsthand so we can give the best kind of endorsement. :-)

Have a great weekend!

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

YES! I hear you. My visualizations NEVER come out to be true. My poor husband has suffered through many a horrible meal because my visualizations are wrong. Thanks for being transparent in this post.

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Oh Lexie, I think your bread still looks lovely! Love your son's quote! They sure do tell it like it is. Good thing they're cute! I make bread for us about once a week, my kids would be lost without their PB on toast! Good luck on your mission! xo
p.s. YAY! You have comment follow-up now!

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

It's amazing, your failed loaf looks JUST like my failed loaf!! I'm just thrilled it wasn't only me! I always worry about my baking skills when that happens! I'm going to attempt another recipe today for an egg-free loaf! I'll let you know how it goes!! :-)

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarrie@gingerlemongirl.com

I love it Lexie! See, I am so glad to see we are all in the same boat of gluten free experimentation! I have already made Shauna's bread - DELICIOUS!!! And I am planning on using the starter Sourdough packet from Jean to try out her recipe, possibly this weekend. Will keep you posted on that though! I love how we are all on the eternal perfect gluten free bread hunt! I think Shuana's and Danny's comes pretty close right now!

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim @ Cook It Allergy Free

wow what happened?

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpam devault

Wow! I should mess up more often and be sure to post about it! I had a record-breaking 12 comments in less than 24 hours : ) Hee hee!

Really, thank you all for sharing in the good laugh I had over this. Thanks, especially, to those who have commented on my site for the first time. It touches me that you took the time to say "hello." AND, it gives me the opportunity the get to know you ... and if you are blogger, to visit your site. For example today I got to visit "Granny" (though she looks too young to be a granny) at www.frommymotorhometoyours.blogspot.com. Granny is breast cancer survivior, loves riding Harley's with her best friend and hubby Steve, and is a grandma to 7 grandbabies. (And Granny ... I don't know what happened ... I think the planets needed to be in alignment for this recipe ... or maybe the moon was too full!).

So keep the comments coming ... and those who are following me (and I know you are out there), drop me a quick "hello" ... share a bit of your story. Let's keep encouraged to optimize our health by eating right with eachothers' help.

You're the best,
- Lexie

September 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterLexie

Oh thank you and GLG for posting the link here. It is nice to know that others who are far more experienced than I have flops. I had one myself this last week trying to modify an apple bread. Looked and felt like my gf banana bread, but came out crumbly. This whole cooking allergen free (my son was diagnosed with corn, soy, wheat and milk allergies this past May at the age of 5 1/2) has made me doubt my baking skills.


Hi Brooke, I saw your comment to GLG. Oh looks are deceiving. I am so impressed by your efforts to help your spirited Irish son (love that description ;). It's and adjustment, but you find your groove and move on. Nice blog BTW!


September 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

Oh Lexie- I SO SO SO can feel for you with your flop. I am sooo disheartened when I make something and just can't stand it. I cry for the money spent on all those expensive ingredients as I dump it into the garbage...sigh. But every now and again, you really get it to work and all of a sudden, it's worth it. Thank goodness for those days!


Hello my sweet friend! Exactly! I've wondered if I could write my failures off on my taxes. Hmmmm. Hope you are well.


September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

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