Who can tell it’s not wheat?

January 28, 2009 at 3:40 pm 3 comments

I've just had the most delicious sandwich!

I've just had the most delicious sandwich!

I have discovered a new grain to use in my gluten free baking! I know, I know “exotic flours” are not easy to come by but this one is worth the effort!  It’s a tiny little cereal grain called Teff that originated in Ethiopia and it makes the most delightful addition to the stand-by gluten free flours.  I’ve added it to my bread recipe (approx 1/4 the flours) and you can’t tell it’s not wheat! I’m so thrilled with the outcome.  In my kitchen I’m blessed to have a small grain mill and was able to grind my flour fresh, it even smelled like wheat when I was grinding it.  Of course there are subtle differences but I highly recommend trying it if you can purchase some. If you can’t find a local mill or health foods grocery to purchase it from you can get the flour at http://www.teffco.com/.  Surprisingly it is grown right here in little ol’ Idaho!

*I will add this note, I have notice in my research on teff that there is some debate as to wether or not it truly is gluten free. Most of what I can find shows that it is certified gluten free. I usually react quite severly to gluten even in the smallest amounts but have not had any reaction to the teff I have been using in my kitchen, neither have any of the kids.  That being said I would definately research it individually before going hog wild! It seems to be tolerable by some and not others. Because of this question I changed the title to “not wheat”.*

GOING!

Look quick before it's gone-It really IS gluten free!

Look quick before it's gone-It really IS gluten free!

GOING!

gluten free sand3

GONE!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stacey  |  January 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    No, I wouldn’t mind at all. It has really helped us to have a restaurant list to referrence when we’re trying to plan something. By the way, this sandwhich looks really good…

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  • 2. Green Key  |  January 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog through Gluten Free Girl. That sure looks like a nice sandwich bread. I’m curious about your recipe. I looked around your blog, but don’t see it. Are you willing to share it?

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    • 3. glutenfree4goofs  |  January 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm

      Dear Green Key, I am still learning the etiquite on all this! I got the recipe out of the book I mentioned in my post about sourdough; Gluten Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods by Bette Hagman. It can be purchase at Amazon. As for the recipes! I am working on some of my own originals -slowly I might add- I keep busy with the four not counting my husband! I am excited about experimenting with teff, when combined with other gf flours it gives great results. Try substituting 1/4 of the flours in a familiar recipe and I think you will be pleased. Jess- Mamma Goof

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Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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