Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

There is something about homesteading and homemade bread that just seem to go hand-in-hand. Making homemade bread has been a ‘longtime dreamy’ goal of mine {think Little House on the Prairie dreamy}. However, when our family went gluten-free that once dreamy homemade bread making mom vision I had kind of went out the window with our new living circumstances.

Well, my friends – I did it! I finally found a homemade gluten free bread recipe that not only tastes great, it’s quick, easy, inexpensive, approved by mom, and our four little monkeys. I have tested the recipe several times to assure its success and, without fail it has worked. Now, that said humidity can definitely fool with the consistency of the dough but, in the end the result was the same – homemade gluten free bread goodness.

I have made it with a pre-made gluten free flour mixture {like Bob’s Redmill} and my own flour mixture blend {equal parts sorghum, tapioca, and brown rice flour*} While, I do prefer my own flour mixture over the store bought the result was basically the same. I personally find the pre-blended mixtures always a little bit more unpredictable as most of them contain xanthum gum.

Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 61/2 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 11/4 Tbs. Active Dry / or Quick Yeast
  • 1 Tbs. Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbs. Honey
  • 3 Egg Whites*
  • 1 Whole Egg *
  • + enough water to make 31/2 cups*

Instructions

  1. Put the egg whites and egg in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough water to the measuring cup so that it measures 31/2 cups total {your eggs will be on the bottom/ water top}
  2. In a stand mixer use the paddle or hook attachment {I have used both with success} carefully blend your flour and yeast on low. Add the salt to your flour mixture.
  3. Blend all the dry ingredients for about 30 seconds {until well blended and smooth}
  4. While mixer is on low speed - slowly add your egg/water liquid mixture.
  5. Once all liquid is added - turn on 'high' speed for 30seconds-1 minute
  6. The dough will look a bit sticky {that's ok - remember this will not be like all the dreamy bread recipes you see on TV this will look and feel more like a biscuit}
  7. Transfer dough to a food storage container with a lid - cover the container but, not air tight {I crack our lid a bit} allow the dough to sit at room temp for approx. 2-3 hours. The dough will rise slightly.
  8. You can then choose to use the dough or store in the fridge for later (stores up to 5 days)
  9. Ready to bake? Lightly sprinkle parchment paper with a little gluten free flour and dust the dough lightly as well. Scoop out 1 lb piece of dough {one batch makes approximately 3 little loaves for our family} Refrigerate the remaining dough for future use in the days ahead.
  10. *Remember this dough will not be stretchy like you may be envisioning. Place your lightly dusted dough ball on the parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for approx another 30 minutes -1 hr.
  11. Preheat baking stone in oven at 450 degrees. Put a pan of water in the bottom broiler tray or bottom rack to help create steam - thus not drying out your bread.
  12. Once the dough has finished resting - carefully slash the top slightly and slide the loaf on the preheated baking stone. I use a flexible cutting board to slide mine in the oven.
  13. Bake for 40-45 minutes {upon testing knife should come out clean}
  14. Let cool to room temp before cutting {I typically will start our bread dough at lunch to have it ready for dinner}
http://jennyirvine.com/easy-homemade-gluten-free-bread-homestead-kitchen/

We have been using this recipe for several weeks now with amazing results and I am sure you will find the same. It makes a great sandwich, toasts nicely, and stores amazingly well. The crust can be a bit hard at times but, the inside is moist and not dry like most store bought gluten free breads.

 

Let me know in the comments below if you make My Happy Homestead gluten free bread and  tell us how your family liked it.

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How to De-skunk Your Dog; Save the Tomato Juice for Your Bloody Mary

Has your Dog Been skunked? Save the Tomato Juice for Your Bloody Mary- How to de-skunk your dog, see how I do it

How to De-skunk Your Dog; Save the Tomato Juice for Your Bloody

Maximus, my 90lb Labrador retriever, has had a long standing love affair with our local neighborhood skunk. It’s not your typical Disney Romance where boy meets girl, they fall hopelessly in love, and end up living happily ever after. It’s more like a Harlequin Romance where boy meets girl who has a bit of an attitude.

She likes to tease and string him along. She’ll lure him out into clandestine meetings under the cover of pines trees in the dark of night only to snub him and spit in his eye. Or in this case, spray his face and run away.

Of course, Maximus is NOT easily discouraged and finds this whole cat and mouse chase to be quite sporting! He’ll prance right up the back door, face full of skunk oil, smiling proudly.

Well, if you’ve never had the misfortune of having your dog sprayed by a skunk, let me tell you, it is the most pungent smell in the world. The spray, which is sulfur based oil, comes from the skunk’s anal scent glands. When freshly sprayed, the odor is so strong it burns your nose and makes your eyes water. It will stick to and ruin anything it comes in contact with…clothing, rugs, couches, and dogs.

Your best bet for removal is to wash your dog while the spray is still wet.

I have been knee deep in a bathtub with a skunked dog more times than I can count. Needless to say, I’ve tried a lot of remedies.

Regular dog shampoo doesn’t work.

Tomato juice doesn’t work. {save it for your Bloody Mary}

Vinegar doesn’t work. {and is stinky too}

The hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, dish soap combination just seemed too harsh for me to even try. {My dog has allergies and sensitive skin, so I left that one as a last resort.} However, it did give me an idea…oil attracts oil.

WD40 oil will get out oily stains on fabric, so why not use an oil-based cleanser to wash my dog?

That’s where the Murphy Oil Soap comes in.

Murphy Oil Soap is a vegetable oil based cleaning product used for wood floors, furniture, and leather. I always have a bottle on hand, so I decided to give it a try. I noticed right away the rich, soapy lather. It easily covered Max’s entire body getting into the hair and right down to his skin.

For his face, I used a washcloth full of the foamy suds.{Please note: the face is the hardest to clean.} It’s typically the point of origin of the initial blast (or spray). Sometimes it even gets in his mouth. Ugh! Be aware, the face may take multiple washings.

As I rinsed him down, the oily spray washed down the drain. Max’s hair was left smelling fresh (like a newly cleaned floor) and dried without any filmy residue.

The Murphy Oil Soap didn’t dry out Max’s skin or make him itch. I’ve been using it ever since. I don’t claim to be a pet grooming expert, but I have been around the block and I know how well it worked for me and I’m quite confident it would work for you too!

So, how do you de-skunk a dog?

“Save the tomato juice for your Bloody Mary use Murphy Oil Soap.”

Even Maximus knows the drill – after prancing proudly to the back steps to let us know he’s been skunked, he does his walk of shame straight to the bathtub and hops right in.

Now if I could just get him to shower himself….

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How to De-Skunk Your Dog- Save the Tomato Juice for Your Bloody Mary

Guest Post Written By: Patrice Bushart

Taco Seasoning Recipe





Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade taco seasoning is easier to make than you might think. With just a few simple ingredients {ones you likely already have in your pantry} you can have yourself a healthy, homemade Mexican fiesta in no time.

Tacos, enchilada’s, quesadilla’s, and Mexican salad – we love Mexican food here.

Taco’s are quick, easy, and inexpensive to make – I have also found them to be amongst my favorite entertaining foods. You can make most everything ahead of time leaving little to do while your guests are over. The make ahead pre-guest prep allows for less kitchen fuss and more time visiting with friends, family, or neighbors. Why can’t every meal be as easy as tacos?

So, without further ado – here is the recipe we use at My Happy Homestead

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning DIY

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1 taco meal

Taco Seasoning DIY

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients in a medium sized bowl - combine {whisk or use a fork to blend}. Store in an airtight container or in a *mini-ziplock bag {pre-measured for future use}.
  2. *this is what we do..you can then store the pre-measured bags in one larger ziplock/container to retain freshness.
http://jennyirvine.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/

The only thing better than taco’s is a “walking taco” for lunch – quick, easy, and minimal mess!

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