Monday, February 9, 2009

Low Carb GFCF Breads

Low Carb Basic Flax Meal Focaccia Bread

This "focaccia" is baked in that style - flat on a sheet pan, and then cut up into whatever sized pieces you want. It works for toast, sandwiches, and other bready uses. It is "rough" in texture like heavy whole grain breads. Since it isn't made with wheat, it doesn't have the same kind of grain as wheat breads, but the carb in flax is almost all fiber. Flax is very useful on a low carb diet, as well as being amazingly good for you."

35 min | 15 min prep

SERVES 12

* 2 cups flax seed meal
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1-2 tablespoon sweetening power from artificial sweetener
* 5 beaten eggs
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/3 cup oil

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Prepare pan (a 10X15 pan with sides works best) with oiled parchment paper or a silicon mat.
3. Mix dry ingredients well - a whisk works well.
4. Add wet to dry, and combine well. Make sure there aren't obvious strings of egg white hanging out in the batter.
5. Let batter set for 2-3 minutes to thicken up some (leave it too long and it gets past the point where it's easy to spread.).
6. Pour batter onto pan. Because it's going to tend to mound in the middle, you'll get a more even thickness if you spread it away from the center somewhat, in roughly a rectangle an inch or two from the sides of the pan (you can go all the way to the edge, but it will be thinner).
7. Bake for about 20 minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top and/or is visibly browning even more than flax already is.
8. Cool and cut into whatever size slices you want. You don't need a sharp knife - I usually just cut it with a spatula.
9. At 12 servings, each piece of bread has less than one gram of carbohydrate - .8 to be exact - plus 5 grams of fiber.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (57g)
Recipe makes 12 servings
Calories 184
Total Fat 16.0g 24%
Total Carbohydrate 5.8g 1%
Dietary Fiber 5.1g 20%

Very Low-Carb Hamburger Bun!

It sounds crazy, but the end result is amazing! This makes a wonderful hamburger bun, it tastes like a whole wheat bun. It's very sturdy and holds up well with all the juiciness of a hamburger with all the fixings. Note: you may need to add more ground flaxseed/flaxseed meal--the consistently of the "stuff" pre-microwaved should be thick and sort of pasty, like brownie batter, not liquidy.

6 min | 5 min prep

SERVES 1

* 2 tablespoons of melted butter
* 1/2 pinch salt
* 1 extra large egg
* 4 tablespoons flax seed meal
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1. Mix all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl or container.
2. Put the bowl/container in the microwave and nuke for 1 minute or until center is set.
3. It will billow up in the bowl.
4. Leave it in the bowl for another minute then turn it out on a cooling rack and let it cool.
5. Once it has cooled take a long bread knife and slice the bun in half and make your hamburger as usual.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (116g)
Recipe makes 1 servings
Calories 439
Total Carbohydrate 9.1g 3%
Dietary Fiber 7.6g 30%
Almond Herb Bread

Ingredients
  • 2 cups well ground almonds
  • 3 eggs (whites)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted CF margarine
  • handful of herbs of your choice chopped in food processor
1. Beat egg whites until peaks form.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients by hand.
3. Add egg whites to other ingredients and mix well.
4. Put into a prepared bread pan or pie plate.*
5. Bake at 325 F (163 C) until top is browned and inside is as dry as it will get without top burning. (If it's still moist inside you can slice when ready to eat and toast it slightly on each side.)

Poster's Notes: Using the bread pan will yield a taller bread but sometimes the inside remains a little moist. If it's still moist inside you can slice when ready to eat and toast it slightly on each side.

If one is making the almond meal at home, grind until nut butter consistency- choose you're consistency depending on what your stomach can handle.

Use fresh basil and parsley, to make it spicier add a glove of chopped garlic and 1/4 onion or adjust the herbs and spices to your own preference. .................................

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