My husband and one of my sons are gluten free. We make a loaf of this bread weekly (at least) and it seriously is so simple that I have shared this recipe with lots of friends. It has changed their lives too. What is cool is that this flour can be used as an equal substitute compared to regular flour. In the next few weeks I plan on sharing the BEST BROWNIE recipe, SCRUMPTIOUS BISCUITS, CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, PERFECT PANCAKES and TO DIE FOR CORNBREAD all with this same flour. You will feel like you have died and gone to Gluten Heaven where textures are normal, tastes are divine, and baking is simple again.
If you know me I pretty much hate baking and cooking (I just like eating). Also, I am cheap. We keep to a budget and I am all about the best deal. This gluten free flour blend might seem pricey at first, but each loaf of bread comes to just a couple dollars. It is such versatile flour that you can make so much with it and save yourself at the grocery store from buying expensive, ready-made GF products (and using this flour makes everything taste normal again).
Here is what the 25 lb bag looks like as compared to my almost 2 year old. I have a Home Depot bucket in the background because after cleaning a brand new bucket out we pour the flour into the bucket and keep a measuring cup in it (the flour fills to the top of the bucket).
Here is the link to the flour on Amazon (the best price I can find). I choose Subscribe & Save and buy it with other gluten free products to get 15% off. For a 25 lb. bag of GF flour blend I spend $60. It lasts us about 3 months making lots of loaves, brownies, rolls, cookies, cakes, muffins, pancakes, waffles, and more. It goes a long way and although it isn't cheap, it is cheaper than shopping around for different gluten free flours to blend together plus xantham gum, and it feels soft and normal (like regular flour). No sandy, gritty texture.
I use it as an equal substitute to flour in regular (non GF) recipes. It makes things a little bit more dense, but sometimes that is tastier (like brownies).
3-1/2 cups Pamela's bread flour
2 large eggs
1/4 cup oil
2-1/4 tsp yeast
In a large measuring cup (I use a 4C capacity cup), pour in 1/4C of oil. Add the two eggs to the container. Fill the container up to the 2 cups mark with hot water (I just get hot tap water) and do one quick shot of another TB of water or more. Pour into bread maker pan. Add the Pamela's bread flour to the of the egg/water mix. Pour the yeast on top. Put into bread maker. Set the bread maker at 1.5 lbs and at medium color.
The reviewer also mentions these tips (which I don't do, but not bad suggestions): When the bread maker is at mix, use a spatula to scrape the sides and corners to help mix the flour in. Remove the pan right after it is done baking (do not allow to remain in the bread maker for the warm cycle after baking).
Remove from the bread pan immediately and cool on a wire rack.
Another tip I don't do, but great suggestion: Use butter to coat the outside while warm. Cool before cutting.
"Fresh from the oven (bread machine)"
This bread is so soft and is so good. We bring slices with us to fast food places and restaurants and replace it when there are no GF buns on the menu.
Delicious toasted with some butter or peanut butter (or Nutella!) too!
In fact, my sister in law who isn't GF prefers this bread to normal bread.
That is it. If you are on a gluten free diet your life is about to change. I will look forward to sharing some more recipes and pictures of other GF creations that taste NORMAL and DIVINE soon.
Also, if you are GF (or have family members who are), please ask for recipes of anything that asks for flour. Chances are I have found a yummy recipe that I can share and make your life better and easier ;).
(Oh and I am not being paid by anyone to make these statements. I just love Amazon and Pamela's bread flour that much)