This dairy free buckwheat loaf has saved my bacon many, many times now.
I just can’t get on with the gluten free breads in shops. To me they taste oddly sweet, artificial and the texture is all wrong. Instead of being springy like the wheatful loaves I once loved, off-the-shelf gluten free bread almost melts in my mouth (and not in a good way).
Because of these disappointing and expensive varieties, I’ve made it my quest to find an alternative to grain based bread that actually matches up. Something you could serve your wheat loving friends without them making a strange face afterwards.
I think the answer lies here, in this Hemsley & Hemsley recipe. While I find many of their recipes a little hard to tackle, mainly because they sometimes call for obscure ingredients (kelp noodles anyone?) this one is superb, and you can get everything you need in Tescos.
This recipe makes one small loaf, but don’t be fooled by the size – this stuff is seedy, it’s dense, flavourful and filling…delicious by itself – you can also add some raisins into the mix to make a sweeter version. Did I mention it’s completely dairy and yeast free too? The anti bread that tastes like bread.
You will need:
1 x large sweet potato / 1/2 a butternut squash
110g buckwheat flour (you can make this quickly by chucking buckwheat groats into a food processor and whizzing until fine)
4 tbsp arrowroot (or buckwheat flour – which is what I use)
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp lemon juice
180g mixed seeds (I use a mix of sesame, sunflower, pumpkin & linseed)
Preheat the oven to fan 180 C.
Peel and weigh out 200g of squash / sweet potato. Microwave for 5 minutes until fully cooked and then mush it up with a fork (or stick it in a food processor).
Leaving the seeds until last, mix all the dough ingredients.
With floured hands, shape into a loaf, making shallow slits in the top of the loaf.
Pop him in the oven for 40 mins until golden.
And that’s it! I really recommend picking up a copy of The Art of Eating Well, the book this recipe is from. There are some total gems amongst it’s pages and it’s especially inspiring as all Hemsley & Hemsley’s recipes are inventive whilst being totally gluten free. Rejoice!