Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gluten Free Cheddar Jalapeno Bread

I'm wondering if you've all caught on yet that I love The Food Network? ;) This being so, however, I can't tell you how many times I'll watch an episode of one of my favorite shows and think to myself -- I can't eat that. It's not Gluten Free. This sucks. 

The optimistic part of me though, always chimes in and says -- No, it's not that bad. You just have to figure out what you can swap for those gluten ingredients instead! 

This in part is a large reason in why I decided to create this blog. I want people to know, especially if they have celiac like I do, that you're only a few swaps away from making that I can't eat or make that recipe into a meal that tastes just like the original.

Only guess what? It doesn't have all those processed ingredients in it, it's made fresh in your home, and you know it has ingredients in it that are safe and healthy for you to eat.


So now, the BIG question {Drum Roll!} -- How much do you want to know how to make bread?

Or better yet, how badly do you want bread around your home, so you can eat sandwiches, dip it in soups, and add it as homemade crutons onto your salads?

If you're screaming at your computer screen -- I miss it so much!! Katie, teach me! Well then aren't you glad I posted this little gem of a recipe today.

Introducing.... My GF Cheddar Jalapeño Bread


Drooling yet? Getting excited? I know I always am! :)

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This recipe is a fun little twist on how you can take an average box of Gluten Free bread mix + make it your own! :) You can add pretty much anything you want, but today I stuck with cheese + jalapeños. Why? Because that's my hubby's favorite!

Oh! And if you're wondering why I picked King Arthur for my GF bread mix of choice? It's because I've tried them ALL and I've found this brand to be the best!

Here's what the box looks like:


And now for a tip...or two...or three...
1. I follow the directions on the box and throw in my "add-ins" at the very end.

Thanks, Hubby, for being my baking assistant! 

2. I always whip up this recipe in my stand mixer first, then throw it into my bread maker. I'm sure using a hand mixer would be fine as well. This way I know everything is incorporated really well.

3. I have found this is super simple and stress free when you use a bread maker. You just drop it in there and continue on with your day. If you only have an oven to utilize, that's completely fine too!


A Recommendation:
If your bread mixer has a "Gluten Free Bread" setting, I'd recommend using that. I believe mine bakes for about 2 and a half hours on that setting.

King Arthur recommends you make the bread in 1 of 2 ways. I actually went with a third, which was the Gluten Free setting way...and it still turned out AMAZING!

I didn't add the baking powder as they suggested.


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Hubby's Rating: 2 Thumbs Up + A "Can We Make It Again" Request! 

This one will be sure to please the masses! And if you don't like jalapeños? Just take them out and make a yummy cheddar bread instead! Either way, it's delicious! 




Happy Bread Making + Gluten Free Eating! 


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