I think the photo for this delicious recipe pretty much speaks for itself. Holy, moly, it's real bread!! My wonderful husband was skeptical when he saw this bread on our kitchen counter. He wondered if I'd gone off my rocker and allowed gluten in the house. Ha, no! It tastes as good as it looks, too. They're crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Let's just say my happy home is now freakin' ecstatic!
For the basics of this recipe, I used this french bread recipe I found at The Lean Clean Eating Machine blog. I changed it by using real egg whites, real butter, organic coconut sugar, and psyllium powder. Just a little more Au Naturale Nutrition style! ;-)
Some notes on the recipe:
Is it low-carb? NOPE.
Sometimes too-low-carb isn't healthy, especially if a person needs starchy carbs after a hard workout, if they have thyroid issues, or if dealing with adrenal issues. Any foods that can spike blood sugar should be accompanied with healthy fats and proteins to mitigate the effects.
It is "paleo"? YES.... UGH!!!!
The main flours used in the recipe are white rice flour and tapioca flour. While I poo-poo grains on a regular basis because they contain anti-nutrients that rob health, white rice is the one exception. Read why in my post, A Grain of Truth - How They Wreck Health. The paleo diet is all about nutrient density. Agreed... white rice and potatoes are pretty low in that category. However, they are considered "paleo" and a "safe starch" by many experts in the nutrition community (including me) because they of their absence of anti-nutrients.
Additionally... stressing about a particular food because it doesn't follow a strict diet plan (like paleo or anything else) will also rob your health! The name of a particular diet plan doesn't really matter. We're all different with different needs. What truly matters is if your body is nourished and thriving! To read my article about food-related stress, see: The 85/15 Way of Eating: Guilt Free & Nourishing!
It is a yeast bread? YEP. Is that okay? YEP.
According to Sarah Ballantyne, PhD (The Paleo Mom) in her article Is Yeast Paleo? there are 3 types of yeast (harmful, beneficial, and neutral). The harmful kind is the type that causes candida and other infections. The beneficial type of yeast are a part of the normal, healthy gut flora and are found in fermented foods. The neutral type is what is used in baking. The dry active yeast used in this recipe is the strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This strain of yeast is found naturally in some kefir cultures and some lacto-fermented foods. It is also the strain used to make wine and beer. There is no need to avoid it in baking. Hallelujah!!!! The tiny bit of vinegar in the recipe helps the leavening action of the yeast.
Can the psyllium powder be omitted? NOPE.
The psyllium powder is necessary; it's what makes the dough gummy like gluten would. Psyllium is pure fiber. You could use xanthan gum instead, depending on what's in your pantry. I use Jay Robb brand psyllium powder. Other brands are ok, but some have a tendency to turn bread purple! It must be some chemical reaction. I'll stick with Jay Robb. ;-)
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