I’ve been making the wheat flour version of this bread for more years than I care to admit. But, there’s a reason it ‘rose to the top’ (haha) of my list to convert to gluten free. The savory herb combination of this amazing bread is perfect for your gluten free stuffing for the big day. This texture is so similar to bread made with wheat flour that you won’t feel like you’re missing a thing. But, that’s not all!!
It’s so versatile that you can eliminate the herbs altogether and have yourself an incredible white bread for your favorite sandwich. With the herbs, it is also the perfect complement for a pastrami or corned beef sandwich. That just brings me back to all those delis I miss in New York and Cleveland. And, if you’re creative, you can come up with your own herb combination – what about adding asiago cheese and fresh basil. Then you could dip it in Sicilian olive oil or put it under fresh mozzarella with home-made pesto and garden tomatoes. Oh my gosh – that sounds delicious.
Here’s what it looks like after it’s risen. I just want to caution you to preheat your oven to 375F to coincide with when this bread has risen to it’s full height. My oven, although I love it, takes a long, long time to get to temp. I’ve been caught a few times where I had to wait for the oven after the full rise and I could see the dough starting to deflate a bit and lose height. Still good, but I like perfect.
I’m usually standing by that loaf waiting for it to cool so I can slice it and slather it with salted butter, of course. It takes everything I have to stop at one slice. I usually hurry up and get it in the freezer so I resist the temptation to eat the whole loaf.
**And you may be wondering what Psyllium Husk is. It’s this indigestible dietary fiber that helps bind water and makes this amazing bread less crumbly. It comes from the seeds of the plant Plantago Ovata from India or Pakistan. You are probably more familiar with it as Metamucil, but you will want to buy this in a plain, unflavored powder form; on line or at a local Health Food Store is probably your best bet.