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Ironic Baking.

Earlier this week, Birdzone asked if we could bake some bread.  (We’ve been baking bread for her since she was very small, avoiding gluten for the first 15 months of her life and becoming gluten-free bakers, after a fashion, for a year or two.)  Now, thanks to a bread machine that makes baking bread easier, we whip up random recipes.  Birdy likes measuring the flour and whisking the eggs, and the bread machine makes it easy to dump in the prepared ingredients and watch the magic (slowly) happen.

Examining the basket of almost-overripe fruit on the kitchen table, we decided to make a play for apple-banana bread, per her request.  (“Mom, can we take those gross bananas and make banana bread?  And add an apple that’s not as gross?”)

The recipe we made was a version of this one at All Recipes (a site I frequently look at but infrequently follow through on), only we doctored it up a bit:

ingredients:

2 cups gluten-free all purpose baking flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
3 mashed bananas
1 apple, diced

directions.

*  Since we baked this in a bread machine, we didn’t need to preheat the oven.  Instead, we just plugged in the bread machine and prepped it for the “gluten-free” setting.

*  In a big bowl, we combined the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together and mixed it up.  We didn’t mix it gently because Birdy was doing most of the stirring, so I also can’t guarantee that all of the ingredients stayed in the bowl.  The countertop was a bit dusty when she was done.

*  In a separate bowl, we whisked together the eggs and apple sauce (the original recipe called for butter, but we usually sub in applesauce instead), and then dumped the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ones.

*  Then we mashed the eff out of those bananas and added in the diced apple bits.  (“Why didn’t we mash the apple, Mom?” she kept asking me, because she wanted to take a Sledge-O-Matic to it a la Gallagher.)

*  Once everything was combined, we shuttled the mix into the bread machine pan and let it stir-then-bake for the assigned time.  When it was done, it was very dense and moist (ew word, but appropriate) and tasted awesome.  The addition of the extra fruit made for about 38 grams of carb per slice (ish), but it was worth it because it tasted awesome.

I’m not much of a cook when it comes to making things that are healthy, but I can bake the hell out of anything, which is sadly ironic for this PWD.  Essentially, I can cook what I would do best not to eat on a regular basis.  And this bread was a winner on that front.

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  1. “Essentially, I can cook what I would do best not to eat on a regular basis.” – This is totally how I feel! :) What does my friend love that I make? Brownies, with frosting of course b/c that is how my husband grew up having brownies. Ugh. I love desserts and it’s not good for my waistline or my blood sugars. :(

    05/29/14; 12:56 pm
  2. I looks and sounds good though! Baking is prettier than cooking on most fronts IMO.

    Is there an official gluten free setting on your bread maker? What kind do you use?

    05/29/14; 1:21 pm
  3. Wow, that looks awesome. But since you encouraged me to go back to Myfitnesspal yesterday, I dare not make it. Good for you keeping the Bird gluten free. My son and his wife keep my grandson on a near paleo diet at home, but school is tricky for them. He takes his lunches and snacks, but since it is a choice and not a necessity they don’t hold him back from the snacks that get brought in. Have you thought about how you are going to handle that with Birdzone?

    05/29/14; 2:38 pm
    • We did gluten-free for Birdy’s first 15 months, but she eats gluten now. When we’re home, we bake gf bread and use gf pasta, etc. but at restaurants, picnics, and other events, we eat whatever is there. Like you said, it’s a choice, not a necessity. And I’m grateful for that.

      05/29/14; 2:47 pm
  4. You bake bread? I am so very impressed! Looks yummy. I’ve never had a bread machine. Might have to try one.

    05/29/14; 6:14 pm
  5. Jamie #

    Hi Kerri, it was great meeting you last night at the Glu event. This is a great idea – looks like something my daughter (5) would love to make! We love to bake together, but I try to get it out of the house as soon as possible… which makes my co-workers happy too :)

    05/29/14; 9:04 pm
    • It was great meeting you, too!! (And when I worked in an office, I brought baked goods in regularly because if they stayed at my house, I would eat them. And that went south, diabetes-wise, fast. :) )

      05/29/14; 9:54 pm
  6. Looks delicious! It’s great that you two are baking together and I noticed that you’ve now graduated to “Mom” instead of the previous “mwam”. Wonderful!

    05/30/14; 12:37 am

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