Friday, January 17, 2014

Turkey Avocado Bacon Sandwich on English Muffin Bread

I finally did it!  It took me 7 whole weeks, but I finally made a recipe from Nicole Hunn's newest cookbook, Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread.  I had such grand plans when this cookbook arrived.  I was going to make gluten free panettone, ciabatta, garlic knots, monkey bread, and soft Olive Garden-style garlic butter breadsticks.  Well, life sometimes gets in the way of our plans.  I received my book right after my Thanksgiving house guests left.  My "To Do" list heading into December was huge.  I had recipes to develop, blog posts to write, presents to buy and wrap, and Christmas cards to make and send, so my newest cookbook, by my favorite gluten free recipe blogger, was sadly neglected.  A blog post by Nicole today, showing pictures of bread made by her followers, finally gave me the kick in the pants I needed to try a recipe.  

I decided to start easy and make English Muffin Bread.  You can view the recipe here.  For the 3 cups of gluten-free bread flour, I used 300 grams of Better Batter Gluten Free Flour, 75 grams of unflavored whey protein isolate, and 45 grams of Expandex modified tapioca starch.

After I sampled the end piece, I decided that this would make great sandwich bread.  

I used Boar's Head Honey Smoked Turkey Breast on my sandwich.  All of their deli meats, cheese and condiments are gluten free.  You can read more about it here.  I purchase Boar's Head products from Publix.  

I was torn between Boar's Head Swiss cheese and provolone.  I decided on the provolone tonight.  

My finished sandwich contained 2 thin slices of English muffin bread, 1/2 avocado, yellow grape tomatoes (sliced in half), a generous sprinkle of kosher salt, 2 slices of turkey, one slice of provolone, and 4 slices of bacon.  It was quite yummy!  Next time I might put it in my panini press.

You can check out several of Nicole's recipes from Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread online.  Click on the names to see them.

Oatmeal Bread

Hoagie Rolls

Chocolate Bread

Olive Garden-Style Gluten Free Breadsticks

Gluten Free Hawaiian Sweet Rolls 

If you are considering purchasing the cookbook, you should check out Nicole's blog post about getting ready for Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread.  You can view it here.  This cookbook is not for the faint of heart, but if you love great bread, you should definitely consider purchasing it.  My goal is to try a new recipe every month.  When I am being lazy and craving bread, I can always fall back on Gluten-Free Girl's recipe for gluten free dinner rolls.  They are delicious and incredibly easy to make. You can view my blog post about Gluten Free Dinner Rolls here.

A final note -- I highly recommend Nicole Hunn's first two cookbooks.  You can view them here and here.


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