Before I talk about the bread – which by the way I love! – I just want to point out the redesign of the site. If you’ve been here before you’ll see it’s quite different, quite colourful – hope you like it. The reason why I changed the look was because, due to an extra security layer that my hosting providers have implemented I had to change a bunch of plugins, and as I was changing the plugins I thought – why not try a different look? abitmoreveg is nearly one year old so it seems like a good time for a change. You might think it looks a bit gaudy. You might be right. But so far I’m very happy with it.
1/11/15 – The gaudiness did get a bit much hence the new dark theme 😉
One awful thing that happened though is that I can no longer access the list of email subscribers I had with the old plugin, this isn’t because I changed the plugins, this is one of the reasons why I had to change the plugins. So if you subscribed previously I’m sorry for losing your details and I’d love if you’d subscribe again. I’m definitely going to be keeping a local list of subscribers from now on.
But back to the bread…
The way this recipe came about was that I was looking for a recipe for gluten-free bread made with ground almonds and the first recipe I found was something for which I thought I had all the ingredients to hand Elizabeth Rider’s Almond Flour Bread. Except I didn’t. The recipe calls for ground flax seed. I just happened to have a packet of milled chia seed which I had picked up at my last trip to the supermarket on a whim – because I had no idea what chia seeds are. I figured there couldn’t be that big a difference between flax seeds and chia seeds. The recipe also suggest adding fresh rosemary and thyme leaves. I didn’t have any fresh and while I had dried versions of both I decided to just add dried rosemary. I don’t find much difference between dried and fresh rosemary whereas I think fresh thyme is amazing and dried thyme is very hard to taste in a recipe. Also in the original recipe cider vinegar is used but I didn’t have any so I used white wine vinegar and this worked great too. I also use less eggs, more oil and I added in water – I had to, that’s kind of an amazing thing about milled chia seed it really seems to soak up liquid like you wouldn’t believe.
Although I changed quite a lot I would never have thought of adding rosemary to a loaf like this before so I’m really glad I came across that recipe and I intend to make the original one at some point – with all the proper ingredients.
So what is chia seed? Apparently they are the seeds of a plant that is part of the mint family. They are high in fibre, good fat, protein and calcium. Also according to this article they can absorb up to 27 times their own weight in water and from my own experience I’d believe it. I think these milled chia seeds are great and I wouldn’t eat them dry but I’m certainly going to use them for gluten-free bread recipes the way they react with liquid make them a pretty great replacement for gluten – or so it seems to me.
This bread works great as an accompaniment for soups or for sandwiches but it’s definitely has a savoury taste you couldn’t pair it with nutella and bananas or peanut butter and jam. Hmm, must develop a sweet gluten-free bread recipe…
- 200g ground almonds
- 50g milled chia seeds
- 1 level teaspoon baking soda
- 3 jumbo-sized eggs
- 50 ml olive oil
- 1 level teaspoon finely ground salt
- 1 generous dessertspoon runny honey
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 dessertspoons white wine vinegar
- 175ml water
- Line a 9 x 5 inch loaf tin and pre-heat the oven to 180 C.
- In a bowl whisk up the eggs and salt and add in the oil. Whisk in the honey.
- Mix the chia seeds, ground almonds and baking soda together well. Pour in the egg-mix and combine together well.
- Stir in the water bit by bit letting the mix absorb what you pour in. When all the water has been stirred in, stir in the vinegar and mix around well. Stir in the rosemary.
- Add the mix to the lined tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 1 hour.
- When the loaf is baked take out and allow to cool on a wire tray.