Oh the quest for tasty gluten free bread continues. Missing rye bread has been one of the tougher things to deal with as I loved it back in my pre-celiac diagnosis days. FYI: Rye flour has gluten in it and no other flour will give you the actual taste of rye. Caraway seeds in the bread do help but to get rye flavor? I found but one solution: rye flavor powder. Yeap; such a thing exists. Sold only by one company as far as I can tell; Authentic Foods. You get a small shaker the size of a bottle of spices for about $6 but the kicker is the $8.99 shipping charge.
I hemmed and hawed for a long time (read two plus years) but finally chose to pay it. I did get a bag of gf lemon cake mix which did not increase the shipping charge and was reasonably priced plus hard to find at a grocery store. Still this was pricey; just under $21 for those two items plus shipping. I asked myself, will this rye bread be worth this cost for just a small bottle of flavoring?
The recipe I used came from Annalise Roberts’ Gluten-Free Baking Classics, Second Edition. I made it just according to the recipe which uses her bread flour mix. It is composed of several flours including brown rice flour, tapioca flour and potato starch as well as millet. I already had some in my freezer. Bing bing bing, the recipe is very straightforward, nothing tricky. I let it rise in my 8.5 x 4 inch metal bread pan and baked it. Not much rise in the oven but it didn’t fall either!
The flavor and texture were outstanding. I used half the caraway seeds as it seemed like a lot. Next time I plan on the full amount just to see how it tastes. This bread gave me back my rye. Now, I did see a few comments on the Authentic Food’s related selling website: http://www.glutenfree-supermarket.com/p-48-rye-flavor-all-natural-ingredients.aspx. People quarreling whether this could possibly be gluten free. I used it, I found it not to make me ill and therefore I feel it is less than 20 ppm of gluten. It is labeled gluten free and for my purposes it seems to be just that. Nuff said by me on that issue. I know folks who will argue on this topic for hours but I am comfortable with the safety of this product and will buy it gain when I run out.
I suggest that if you are missing rye bread this recipe is exactly what the doctor ordered! I was and now I have back my rye bread. So can you. Just fork over your cash and get that powder! I suspect you could put it in any basic gf bread recipe and if you want the bread seeded; add them too. The recipe book is widely available; Amazon, Ebay, book stores; only $4 on Ebay! I use many, many of these recipes and this is definitely a keeper cookbook you will turn to over and over again. It’s the source for my flaky pie crust, cookie crusts, muffins, cookies, quick breads, wickedly great brownies and very tasty Irish soda bread. It is fairly inexpensive. If you are going to bake gluten free it is a must own cookbook. The muffins and brownies are very easy and always turn out great. I can’t recommend it enough.
Time for some gluten free rye toast…had some the other day with my breakfast eggs. Yumm!