After a handful of requests for gluten-free, rice-free sourdough bread I began experimenting and a new book has been born: The Art of Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking: Rice-Free Edition. While my original book, The Art of Gluten Free Sourdough Baking, is based on rice sourdough starters, this book, so far, is based on two very strong starters. The techniques are the same but the ingredients are different.
One of the starters is a buckwheat/sorghum mix and the other is plain teff. The breads coming from these starters continue to impress me. From the buckwheat/sorghum starter I have created a Multigrain bread that uses teff and amaranth flours. The flavor is complex from the many grains used. Another bread from that starter, Tapioca Bread, is substantial yet light enough that one mother is able to use it for sandwiches for her young son.
The teff starter, which emerged after accidentally buying 35 lbs of teff flour, has fostered 2 rather amazing breads: Teff Buckwheat and Teff Coconut. My intention was to create a sweeter bread without any added sweeteners beyond 1 teaspoon of stevia powder. I added a small amount of carob plus a small amount of maca to both of these breads and the result was astounding! Mildly sweet and very comforting. I noticed the sweetness increases as the days go by. (sourdough is known for the taste to build over time). The texture is simultaneously thick and spongy. They toast beautifully giving a nice crunchy crust while retaining sponginess within the crust.
I had heard about baking with Maca from a woman at a raw food potluck. It has a naturally malty aroma which blends with the natural sweetness of the carob. Together they blend into a very heady aroma that reminds me of some foreign spice market.
Both of my books are “living books” as I am still adding recipes and techniques to them as they are perfected. These updates will be emailed and are included in the cost of the book. These new rice-free starters and recipes will also become part of my original book.
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The Art of Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking: Rice-Free Edition