Sunday, March 02, 2008

Gluten-Free Recipe: Orange-Nut Bread


I really had intended to post this gluten-free bread recipe back around the holidays, as it seemed a perfect sweeter-type bread for parties and get-togethers. Well, fact is, I like the bread any time, and I also didn't get around to posting the recipe until now :) This flavorful and semi-sweet bread works well as a gluten-free dessert, or simply as a snack food or treat.

Here's a link to the full gluten-free recipe: orange-nut bread over on my gluten-free / wheat-free recipe library pages.

It's similar to a panettone bread in some ways, and perhaps a bit like a kuchen (German sweet bread / cake). This recipe has lovely hints of orange and a nice bit of white-chocolate added to it. Yum! And, it also features some healthful flaxseed, while making use of the whey-protein isolate (I have blogged about here) for enhancing the texture and moistness and sponginess. The end result is just simply delicious.

I love my gluten-free diet, especially when I have gluten-free food options that are so enjoyable to consume. I really don't feel like I am missing out on anything while living gluten-free, as I have been able to replace nearly all "normal foods" (i.e., the old gluten-containing items) with wheat-free and gluten-free alternatives. This is just yet another gluten-free recipe that keeps me happy and satisfied while living without gluten!

And, it is a relatively simple bread to create too (baking-soda leavened, so nothing too complicated here). And, though the bread is best fresh-baked (like most breads), it is fine the next day. I have even placed thick-cut slices into a wide-mouth toaster to warm it back up and slightly brown the surface a couple days after baking, and that worked out quite nice too.



Hope you like it! I have some more recipes coming soon, as I start to address my backlog and get these things posted on my gluten-free blog and my recipe site for all to enjoy.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am allergic to oranges. Would this turn out ok made with lemon juice and lemon zest? I love lemon stuff. Sounds really good anyway.

thanks
Sherry

Mike Eberhart said...

I would expect lemons to yield a very similar result. Not sure if the tartness would make you want to add more sugar to compensate though. Sounds tasty, and I'm sure I'll try it myself soon enough. I love lemons, and in particular, we have a lemon-poppyseed in our recipe book I really get into.

bookbabie said...

Yum, that looks good. I used to love orange bread when I was "normal":)

Mike Eberhart said...

bookbabie,
Give it a try... it's a rather easy recipe to bake. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Are you serious???? I have had celiac for 30 yrs ( basically 55 yrs bc endo scopes were not at ANY HOSPITAL at the time) and ALL you NEW Celiacs come up with these crazy 15 ingredients that take 2 days to prepare. The celiac diet is rice potatoes, meat, vegs and fruit....simple as that!!!!! I am totally amazed at all the $^%*)*^&% blogs. GET OVER IT...we old celiacs are laughing like crazy !!!!! Been there a loooong time!

Mike Eberhart said...

Anonymous,

I let your post through my moderation simply because I can't helping thinking how much you are missing out on things in your gluten-free life. Sure, meat and potatoes can get you by. I won't disagree.

But, for the vast majority of us who still want to enjoy our breads, pizza, and other dishes of old, creative gluten-free recipes can deliver foods as good as what the rest of the population enjoys.

So, if you want to live on your few core diet items, so be it. But, why rip on the rest of us for seeking options that allow us to consume essentially the same foods as everyone else? Is someone picking on you for only eating what you choose to eat? Do what you like, and we'll all eat what we want to as well.

I also don't think you speak for many "old celiacs", or many Celiacs in general, since I know quite a few people with long-term Celiac Disease that are using my cookbook to bake cakes and the like, and are reporting back how they feel like they are finally living as they used to!

And, regarding your comment about 2 days to prepare things -- give me a break... there is rarely a single recipe that takes even over an hour to make. In fact, many of these recipes are so simple we bake them on short notice and/or in our spare time. If the recipes take YOU two days, I suggest cooking lessons. And, please, don't bother posting that my comment is rude or anything, since I'm not the one accusing all the gluten-free bloggers of wasting their time and so on. I will not allow further derogatory posts from you through.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I am getting hard edges on my bread, anyone have any ideas on how to get softer edges on this bread?

Thanks!