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25 Jul

breadstick.jpgNot everyone can eat gluten free products. Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrone, celiac and other autoimmune diseases have trouble handling gluten and for a long time had to do without some of their favourite foods like breadsticks. Today there are a variety of products that are made specially for people with gluten sensitivity.  Here is an excellent recipe I found that I hope those of you who have to eat gluten-free food would find this yummy Рsure looks yummy eh!

July 25, 2007

Recipe: Gluten-Free

Breadsticks Adapted from Joseph Pace

Time: 40 minutes

1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast

3/4 cup organic brown rice flour

1/2 cup tapioca starch (see note)

1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (see note)

1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Pinch of dried herbes de Provence

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Nonstick spray or vegetable oil, for greasing baking sheet and breadsticks

Fleur de sel or other flaky sea salt.

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl fitted with standard beaters (not a dough hook), combine yeast, rice flour, tapioca starch, dry milk powder, xanthan gum, gelatin powder, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and herbes de Provence.

Mix on low speed to blend. Add 1 cup warm water (105 to 110 degrees), sugar, olive oil and vinegar. Increase speed to high, and beat 6 minutes. (Dough will stay very soft and should not pull off sides of bowl; if necessary, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough does not resist beaters.)

2. Liberally spray or oil a baking sheet, and set aside. Put dough into a large pastry bag with a plain round 1/2 -inch tip, and pipe 12 breadsticks about 8 inches long, leaving about 2 inches in between. Spray or brush tops of breadsticks liberally with oil, and salt generously with fleur de sel.

3. Bake breadsticks 10 minutes, turn and spray or brush again with oil. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Serve warm.Yield: 12 breadsticks.

Note: Tapioca starch is available in Asian markets and specialty food stores, and xanthan gum is available in health food stores.

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