Gluten Free Fragrant Sweet BreadPrint Recipe
- 4 cups gluten free pastry flour
- 1/2 cup organic white sugar
- 16 g ground Mahlep
- 2 tbsp melted organic Ghee
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp honey
- dash of sea salt
- 4 cardamon pods, seeds removed
- 1 beaten large egg
- 1/4 cup almond slices
- Dash of cinnamon
In a bowl place the lukewarm water and mix with honey, sprinkle yeast on top and let sit for 10 min
In a separate large mixing bowl place the flour, sugar, mahlep, salt, and seeds from the cardamon pods and give it a stir. In a small bowl beat the egg and have it handy.
Add the yeast mixture to the flour and begin to knead by hand for 3 minutes, slowly add about 3 tbsp of the beaten egg ( leave 1 tbsp for brushing before baking).
Meanwhile in a cup heat the Ghee in the microwave for 20 seconds add that to the dough and knead for another 5-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and well incorporated
Let the dough sit in the large mixing bowl for 30 min and preheat the oven to 350 F
Parchment line a baking sheet and take the dough out of the bowl, form into a large rectangular shape and use a pastry brush dipped in the reserved beaten egg to brush on the top of the bread loaf
Add with almond slices on top and sprinkle cinnamon before baking for 30 min
Shut the oven and let cool in oven for 10 additional minutes before removing
If you dont have dietary restrictions and can use regular flour, then please do so as the texture of the bread will be much fluffier due to the gluten in wheat. If you decide to go that route just remember to knead about 5-10 minutes longer to activate the gluten molecules in the dough so it can rise to its full potential.
Here is a trip around the world wrapped into a bread. Cardamom from East Africa, honey and salt from Europe, Mahlep from the Middle East, ghee and cinnamon from Asia, flour from Italy, and water from the USA. For those of you who do not hoard spices into your checked bags on your journeys, besides the fact that your missing out, all products can be found locally with the exception of the Mahelp, but Amazon has a solution for that amongst other things.
This is not a typical bread as it has sugar added and the spices used are typically associated with the sweeter side of life. The cardamom seeds are left whole in the recipe so it resembles a bit of a game of hide and seek, you never know if the slice you got is going to have them or not. Top it with butter and honey for a divine breakfast and then because you just can’t have enough, have it accompany coffee or tea .