How can we combine the pleasure of a burger with a tasty and vegetarian alternative? Try these Gluten-free vegetarian burgers with soybeans and bell peppers.

It is important to remember that burger buns are normally made with butter and milk, so don’t forget to pair this type of bread with a good source of fibre, like these soybean burgers that contain plenty of colourful and tasty vegetables, and a mayonnaise prepared without eggs and dairy products that you can flavour to taste. I was given the recipe of this mayonnaise by my friend blogger Cristiana Curri and I must say that it can be adapted to any preparation, both sweet and savoury!

A nice characteristic of these burgers is that they can be cooked both in a frying pan and in the oven depending on the time available and the desired to turn on the oven. Furthermore, you can always make extra to store in the freezer, ready for unexpected snacks with our children’s friends and schoolmates.

Gluten-free vegetarian burgers with soybeans and bell peppers

17.38g carbohydrates per 100g (about 7.7g carbohydrates per burger)

 

Ingredients for 12 burgers with soybeans and bell peppers

  • 200g cooked soybeans (I soaked them the night before starting from about 70g dried soybeans, which I cooked for 1 hour)
  • 200g red bell pepper
  • 85g leek
  • 1 egg
  • 30g breadcrumbs**
  • chopped parsley, chilli pepper, paprika, marjoram, salt and pepper
  • 12 small burger buns (you can prepare them using the recipe of Brioche braid increasing slightly the salt, or my recipe of Panini per hamburger with Massimo zero flour)

Ingredients for the egg-free mayonnaise and to complete

  • 100g high oleic sunflower oil
  • 50g soy milk*
  • paprika
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • leaves of lettuce

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation of burgers

  1. Chop the leek and put it in a non-stick frying pan with a dribble of oil; add the red pepper cut in pieces and cook the vegetables until soft. When almost ready, add the cooked soybeans and flavour with spices and salt to taste. Put everything in a food processor and blend to a mixture (leave some pieces inside). Allow to cool down, then add egg and breadcrumbs and mix well.
  2. You can cook the burgers in two ways: in a frying pan or in the oven. To cook them in a frying pan, grease it a bit with olive oil and use a metal ring of the desired shape to form the burgers putting a tablespoon of mixture inside the rings. After a minute, remove the rings and complete cooking the burgers on both side. To cook the burgers in the oven, shape them using a metal ring directly on the baking tin lined with slightly greased parchment paper, then bake the burgers in a convection oven pre-heated at 180°C for about 15 minutes.

Preparation of vegetable mayonnaise

  1. Pour the soy milk in a tall glass and blend with a hand blender pouring the oil in a trickle. Complete adding salt and paprika to taste.
  2. Assemble the burgers cutting the buns in half, putting the soybean burgers, the mayonnaise and lettuce.

Burger di soia e peperone

Version with gluten of Burger with soybeans and bell peppers

Replace the gluten-free buns with standard buns, whereas no adaptation is necessary for burgers and mayonnaise.

Our needs are a constant challenge, especially when it comes to bread because gluten-free and wholemeal bread are hard to find on the market: so here is my favourite recipe for a crispy gluten-free wholemeal bread that will win you over immediately.

One ingredient I can no longer do without is chia seeds, in my case Salbachia, a type of light-coloured chia, which you will barely be able to make out in the finished dough, but which will give the inside of the bread a nice, even texture and prevent it from crumbling, as often happens in gluten-free bread.

If you really want an extraordinary result, bake the bread in a cast iron casserole dish, I use my inseparable Le Creuset: the crunching of the crust of the bread will be music to your ears!

If you have time to spare, also try the low-yeast version of the Crispbread casserole.

Crispy wholemeal bread

52.49g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients for 2 loaves

  • 700g water
  • 600g flour mix for bread, brand Nutrifree**
  • 240g wholemeal flour mix for bread, brand Nutrifree**
  • 60g wholemeal rice flour*
  • 60g buckwheat flour*
  • 40g light-coloured chia seeds* (soaked in 100g water)
  • 30g extra virgin olive oil
  • 25g brewer’s yeast
  • 10g salt
  • rice flour for dusting
  • oil for brushing (only for oven baking, without casserole)

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Put the chia seeds in a bowl and cover them with 100g water; stir them occasionally and after about 15 minutes a thick mucilage will have formed.
  2. Place all the flours in the bowl of a planetary mixer.
  3. Dissolve the brewer’s yeast in the 700g water and gradually add it to the flours in the planetary mixer while mixing at medium speed. Also add the chia mucilage and continue stirring. After 5 minutes, add the oil and salt and stir for another 5 minutes.
  4. Place the dough on a cutting board lightly dusted with rice flour and, with the help of a dusting of flour, flatten it slightly to form a kind of rectangle. Let the dough rest for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough in half, wrap it lightly to form a kind of cylinder and place it to rise in a slightly elongated bamboo bread basket. Cover it with a tea towel and let it rise for at least 1.5 hours in a warm place. If you bake the bread directly in the oven and not in a casserole dish, I recommend dividing the dough into 4 loaves, which you can either let rise inside round leavening baskets or in a bowl lined with a lightly floured cloth napkin.
  6. If you bake the bread inside a casserole dish, place it in the oven and preheat to 230°C. When the oven has reached temperature, remove the casserole dish from the oven carefully, flip the bread into it, close it with the lid and bake for 45 minutes. After this time, remove the lid and leave in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
  7. If you bake the bread directly in the oven, preheat the convection oven to 200°C, turn the bread onto a baking tray covered with baking paper, brush the surface with extra virgin olive oil and bake for 45 minutes (the 4 loaves) or 1 hour (the 2 long loaves).
Le 4 pagnotte di pane integrale

The 4 wholemeal bread loaves

Version with gluten of Crispy wholemeal bread

Replace the Nutrifree bread flours with two wheat flours, and mix them with about 600g water.

Are you in the mood for something tasty, fragrant and irresistible? Try this bread loaf with sausage and asparagus, perfect for a snack or to bring cheers to a meal.

You can also replace the asparagus with another seasonal vegetable, making sure to cook it lightly before inserting it into the bread, as baking it inside the dough may not be enough to get it perfectly cooked.

Use this dough also to make delicious gluten-free wholemeal rolls: they will be perfect for stuffing later or for scooping up the sauce in a meat dish, such as Gulash.

Bread loaf with sausage and asparagus

34g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients for the dough

  • 420g flour mix for bread, brand Nutrifree**
  • 350g water
  • 60g buckwheat flour*
  • 40g extra virgin olive oil
  • 12g brewer’s yeast
  • flour for dusting
  • salt

Ingredients for stuffing

  • 250g sausage*
  • 200g fresh or frozen asparagus
  • 100g white wine
  • 70g caciotta-type cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • lemon rind
  • chili
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Place the Nutrifree flour and buckwheat flour in a planetary mixer. Start mixing by pouring the water in which you have dissolved the brewer’s yeast. Mix for a few minutes, then add the extra virgin olive oil and continue mixing for at least 5 minutes at medium speed. Finally add salt, mix for another 2-3 minutes, then place the dough on a Teflon cutting board lightly dusted with rice flour and let it rest for the time needed to prepare the filling.
  2. Place the asparagus in a non-stick pan with a little extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and cook.
  3. Crumble the sausage in a non-stick pan and brown it with the fennel seeds; deglaze with white wine and when it has evaporated, season with a grating of lemon zest and a pinch of chilli pepper; cook then remove from the heat.
  4. Roll out the bread dough to form a rectangle of approximately 45 x 25cm. Lay the asparagus in the centre of the rectangle forming a horizontal strip up to about 2cm from the side edges, cover with the sausage and top with the pieces of caciotta cheese. Fold the rectangle in a wallet shape over the filling and seal the ends.
  5. Brush the loaf with beaten egg, sprinkle with poppy seeds and leave to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours or until doubled in volume.
  6. Bake in a convection oven preheated to 200°C for 50 minutes.

filone di pane con salsiccia e asparagi

Version with gluten of Bread loaf with sausage and asparagus

Replace the Nutrifree flour with an equal amount of wheat flour and reduce the amount of water to obtain a firm dough.

Who can resist gluten free Focaccia with lentil flour? At home, it finishes right away because it is good, soft, fragrant and more blood sugar-friendly than classic Focaccia. Watch how to prepare it!

I love focaccia because it is easy to cut into portions, freeze and stuff quickly in the morning before school even just out of the freezer: that way, by break time, it will be perfect to be enjoyed.

The addition of lentil flour helps reduce the glycaemic index of the focaccia and gives it a golden, slightly orange colour that is very pleasing to the eye. Serve it stuffed with whatever you like or enjoy it plain: whatever solution you choose, it will not disappoint you!

If you love focaccia, also try Gluten-free Buckwheat and corn focaccia.

Focaccia with Lentil Flour     

43g carbohydrates per 100g

 Ingredients

  • 400g water
  • 250g gluten free bread flour mix, brand Schär Mix B**
  • 250g gluten free bread flour mix, brand Fibreban Farmo**
  • 200g milk
  • 100g lentil flour*
  • 30g extra virgin olive oil
  • 17g brewer’s yeast
  • 10g salt
  • extra virgin olive oil for spreading the focaccia and for the emulsion
  • coarse salt
  • oregano
  • water for the emulsion

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Pour water and milk into a food processor or thermomix and dissolve the brewer’s yeast in it.
  2. Pour the flours into the processor with the liquids and mix, adding oil and salt until a smooth, creamy dough is obtained.
  3. Pour the mixture onto a baking tin covered with parchment paper, pour a good amount of oil on the surface to help you flatten out the dough using your hands, lightly sinking your fingers in to give it the typical focaccia appearance.
  4. Let rise for about 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in volume. Sprinkle with a grinding of coarse salt and dried oregano.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes in a convection oven preheated to 200°C.
  6. Let the focaccia cool and brush the surface with an emulsion of water and a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

focaccia con farina di lenticchie

Version with gluten of Focaccia with lentil flour

Replace the gluten free flour with 500g wheat flour and reduce the total amount of liquid (water and milk) to 420g instead of 600g.

Are you short of time, but fancy something tasty and versatile? Mini buckwheat breadsticks will be a delightful surprise. Watch how to prepare them on my YouTube channel!

Very few ingredients, quick and easy to prepare, you can use them as an aperitif or to make the bread basket even richer, perhaps by combining them with some Buckwheat and corn focaccia.

The base is a brisè crust whose flavour is enriched by blended sesame seeds that allow us to reduce the amount of salt contained, but let’s not forget that these are buckwheat mini breadsticks that contain butter, so let’s not eat too many… as they are irresistible!

Finally, sesame seeds are rich in calcium, as well as containing Omega 3 and Omega 6, so they are good supplements for lactose intolerant people and to prevent osteoporosis.

Mini buckwheat breadsticks   

carbohydrates 49.7g per 100g

Ingredients

  • 130 g gluten free bread flour mix, brand Nutrifree**
  • 60g buckwheat flour*
  • 80g butter
  • 40g water
  • 1 egg white
  • 20g sesame seeds
  • 1 pinch of salt

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation of Mini buckwheat breadsticks

  1. Put the sesame seeds in a blender and blend to a flour.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients: the sesame flour, bread flour and buckwheat flour, a pinch of salt, the cold butter in small pieces, the egg white and the water and stir to obtain an even mixture.
  3. Form a ball with the dough, wrap it in cling film and place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Take pieces of dough and form them into cylinders 1cm in diameter, cut them into pieces 3-4cm long and lay them on a baking tin lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the breadsticks in a static oven preheated to 180°C for about 20 minutes.
I mini grissini al saraceno pronti per essere gustati come stuzzichino

The mini buckwheat breadsticks ready to be enjoyed as appetisers

Version with gluten of Mini buckwheat breadsticks

Replace the gluten free flour with 150 g bread flour and reduce the amount of water if the dough is too soft.

Yoghurt flat bread means homemade bread, which is one of the most satisfying preparations: what could be nicer than the fragrance of bread baking that fills the room? But we don’t always have time to let bread rise and bake it for 45 minutes or more. Try this simple:

Yoghurt flat bread made with baking powder and wholemeal flour.

So a convenient, homemade bread, ready in minutes: we only need 30 minutes to let the dough rest, which is the time needed to set the table, dress the salad and serve the other courses or ingredients with which to top our flat bread. And besides being able to prepare it with and without gluten, this wholemeal version is also very diabetes-friendly thanks to fibre content and yoghurt, which slow down the absorption rate of carbohydrates.

A bread from the Orient

In the cuisine of many Central and South Asian countries, as well as in the Middle East, flat and rounded types of bread are prepared that are suitable for meat, fish and vegetable dishes in small pieces, making them easy to eat as street food.

One of the most popular types of these breads is Naana bread made famous by Indian restaurants all over the world. It is served hot to accompany other dishes and seasoned with butter or ghee (clarified butter used in this cuisine) as well as being flavoured with spices and herbs.

For convenience, it is nowadays prepared using baking powder and yoghurt in the dough instead of water to make it softer. And while in India they use the characteristic clay oven called Tandoor, the oven used to cook tandoori chicken, perhaps the best-known Indian dish outside its country of origin and always present on the menus of these ethnic restaurants, we will use a simple non-stick frying pan with a thick bottom.

In this video recipe you can see how to prepare the wholemeal yoghurt bread and I suggest you serve it in the Emilian way, therefore with some of the products of this land such as Squacquerone cheese and Prosciutto di Parma, but when you have a moment of time I invite you to try it with some meat and vegetable dishes accompanied by curry and spice sauces that will certainly make you travel with flavours at this time when physically doing so is still rather difficult.

Focaccina allo yogurt farcita

Yoghurt flat bread ready to be enjoyed

Wholemeal yoghurt flat bread 

38.32g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients for 12 pieces

  • 400g fat free Greek yoghurt
  • 300g gluten-free wholemeal bread flour mix, brand Massimo Zero**
  • 100g brown rice flour* (you can also change the proportions and make 350g Massimo Zero Bread Mix** and 50g buckwheat flour: the dough will be darker and easier to roll out)
  • 8g baking powder*
  • aromatic herbs to taste
  • dried cherry tomatoes to taste (optional)
  • salt
  • dusting flour**

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Mix the flour with yoghurt, baking powder and a pinch of salt until smooth.
  2. Cover it with cling film and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 3 parts and flavour one part with chopped herbs, a second part with dried tomatoes to taste and leave the third part plain. Finally, divide the dough into 4 pieces of each type, form them into balls, then roll them out with a rolling pin to a thickness of 3-4mm.
  4. Heat a non-stick frying pan or a smooth griddle. When it is hot, place the bread on it and cook it on both sides until brown, with darker bubbles scattered on the surface.
Cottura della focaccina

Cooking the bread

  1. Serve the bread with toppings to taste. And if you like flat bread and have a little more time available, try also potato patties.
Focaccine allo yogurt con Squacquerone,Prosciutto di Parma e rucola

Yoghurt flat bread with Squacquerone cheese, Parma ham and rocket

Version with gluten

Replace the gluten-free flour and rice flour with 400g of wholemeal wheat flour and mix it with 350g of fat free Greek yoghurt.

Stuffed baguettes are a great idea not only for a picnic, but also for a lunch at work. Unlike what you may think, a sandwich can be healthy and complete, as well as tasty, as in this recipe full of fresh vegetables. These Stuffed picnic baguettes are therefore a solution for young and old, and for all tastes!

If you decide to take them for lunch at the office or for a picnic and you don’t have time to prepare fresh bread, you can freeze the loaves and stuff them as soon as they have softened slightly after taking them out of the freezer, so when it is time to eat them, they will still be soft and fragrant.

The other feature I love about stuffed baguettes is that they have a hearty and succulent filling, but because of the way they are prepared, they are easy to transport and store and the risk of dirtying the basket or other container you put them in is reduced.

And the stuffing? Have fun, dear friends, this is just one idea among thousands possible!

Stuffed picnic baguettes

65.81g carbohydrates per 100g unstuffed baguette

Ingredients for the baguette starter dough

  • 400g water
  • 330g flour mix for bread, brand Caputo Fioreglut**
  • 170g wholemeal rice flour*
  • 5g brewer’s yeast

Ingredients for the baguette dough

  • 200g flour mix for bread, brand Nutrifree**
  • 110g water
  • 50g buckwheat flour*
  • 40g milk
  • 10g brewer’s yeast
  • 10g salt
  • brown rice flour* for dusting
  • extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for stuffing

  • 9 slices of Primosale cheese
  • 9 lettuce leaves
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • tuna in oil (optional)
  • salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil to taste

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

    1. Knead the ingredients for the starter dough to obtain an even mixture; place it in a large bowl, cover it with cling film and place it in the refrigerator to rise for 12 hours.
    2. Take the starter dough and mix it with all the ingredients for the dough; knead well, if possible in a planetary mixer, then cover again with cling film and leave to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
    3. Place the dough on a lightly floured cutting board and divide it into 9 pieces.
    4. Flatten each piece into a rectangle of about 10x15cm, roll it from the short side to form a cylinder; brush the mini-baguettes with extra virgin olive oil.
    5. Let the mini-baguettes rise for another 30 minutes, then bake them in a convection oven preheated to 200°C for about 35 minutes.
    6. Let the mini-baguettes cool down and prepare the avocado sauce. Put the pulp of a ripe avocado in a blender, add the juice of half a lemon, a small tuft of chopped parsley, salt and pepper, then blend to a smooth, even sauce.
    7. Take the mini-baguettes, cut them in half, remove the crumb from both halves and start stuffing the lower half of the baguette.
    8. Come tagliare le baguetteCome svuotare le baguetteBaguette svuotate pronte per essere farcite
  1. Put a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on the lower half, a pinch of salt, a grinding of pepper; form a layer with a slice of tomato, cover it with the avocado cream, place a slice of Primosale on top, put another layer of avocado sauce and a slice of tomato.
  2. Now take the top of the mini-baguette without crumb, lightly drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil and flavour with a pinch of salt and a grinding of pepper. Cut a slice of lettuce into strips and compress it well inside the baguette cavity; if you decide to put tuna fish, place it on top of the lettuce; close the mini-baguette and seal it with a string or foil so that it is tight.
  3. Let the mini-baguettes rest tightly sealed until ready to eat, when you can cut them in half to see the contents and be able to bite into them easily.

Baguette farcite

Version with gluten

For the starter dough, replace the Caputo flour and rice flour with a bread or pizza flour and mix it with 275g water; for the dough, replace the Nutrifree flour and buckwheat flour with 100g water without adding milk.

 

Brioche braid means above all breakfast, surely the most important meal of the day because it allows us to recharge the energy we will need to tackle the tasks ahead.

There is therefore nothing worse than limiting it to a quick coffee or tea, without accompanying it with the right amount of nutrients. It is true that sometimes you don’t feel like eating as soon as you get up, and this also happens to children during the school term if we wake them up early and have to constantly urge them to get ready quickly so as not to be late for the bell to ring.

And if at the beginning of 2020 we did not have to fight with our children to wake them up before 7 a.m., there was still the struggle to convince them to eat a good breakfast so as not to arrive at 11 a.m. hungry and desperately seeking forbidden foods… at least the forbidden in our house where industrial snacks, whether sweet or savoury, are an absolute taboo: forgive me, but this is one of the rules on which I am immovable!

If you want help with this, I would say that the Brioche braid is an excellent ally! Who can say no to a lightly toasted slice of fragrant pan brioche with a smooth layer of jam? Probably no one, not even the most stubborn no-breakfast people.

Then prepare it in the shape you prefer: single-portion mini buns (note that in this case you will have to reduce the cooking time to 20-25 minutes) or the braid I explain in the recipe, which you can cut into slices, once cooked and cooled, and store perfectly in the freezer until a few minutes before consumption. Thawed briefly in the microwave, then toasted, your brioche bun will be as good as freshly made.

Have I convinced you? See here how to prepare the recipe. You will see that your day will be ‘as good as bread’!

Brioche braid     

44.71g carbohydrates per 100g without granulated sugar

 Ingredients for the starter dough

  • 250g gluten-free flour mix for bread, brand BiAglut**
  • 200g low fat milk
  • 25g brewer’s yeast

Ingredients for the dough

  • 300g gluten-free flour mix for bread, brand Nutrifree**
  • 120g low fat milk
  • 100g butter
  • 40g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 10g salt
  • granulated sugar*

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Dissolve the brewer’s yeast in lukewarm milk and add it to the flour in a bowl or a food processor, mix until a soft, smooth dough is obtained. Shape into a ball, cut a cross on the surface and let it rest in a bowl covered with a tea towel until it has doubled in volume (approx. 1 hour in the oven at proving temperature or 1.5 hours in a warm place).
  2. When this starter dough has risen well, in a second bowl or in the planetary mixer, place the remaining 300g of flour and start mixing; gradually add the soft butter, 1 whole egg and 1 yolk (keep the egg white to brush the surface of the brioche), the starter dough, salt, sugar and start adding the milk until it is completely incorporated.
  3. Put the dough on a floured cutting board, cut the dough into 3 equal parts and form a long cylinder from each piece and finally twist the cylinders to form a plait that you will place in a large non-stick mould. Brush the surface with the egg white you set aside and leave to rise for about 1-1.5 hours, brushing occasionally with egg white.
  4. When the braid is nice and swollen, brush the surface again, top with granulated sugar to taste then bake in a static oven preheated to 180°C for about 35 minutes, covering the surface with foil to prevent it from becoming too brown.
Treccia di pan brioche pronto per la colazione

Brioche braid ready for breakfast

Version with gluten of Brioche braid

Replace the gluten-free flour with a conventional flour of your choice, also multi-grain or wholemeal, and reduce the milk used for the dough to 80-100g

 

I had promised you a journey into gluten free bread, so the must stop is this Flaxseed dark bread. In addition to using a preparation rich in fibre and sunflower seeds, I thought I would also add flax seeds to benefit from all the qualities they contain. Taking care of oneself by eating good bread seems a good solution to me.

Flaxseeds are rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, promote the expulsion of LDL cholesterol and promote the synthesis of HDL good cholesterol, thus preventing the onset of cardio-vascular diseases. They also help control triglycerides, keeping arteries clean and regulating blood pressure. And finally, they contain vitamins B, vitamins C and E, minerals and essential fatty acids: in short, real natural food supplements.

The important thing to emphasise is that in order to be able to digest flaxseeds and thus reap their full benefits, it is essential to break and/or blend them as their extremely hard outer part makes it impossible to digest them if swallowed whole.

At this point, let’s start kneading and wait for the house to fill with the unmistakable fragrance of freshly made bread. Watch the video recipe here.

Le pagnotte di pane nero con i semi di lino

The loaves of dark bread with linseeds

Flaxseed dark bread  

40.37g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 450g gluten free wholemeal bread flour mix, brand Massimo Zero**
  • 370g water
  • 40g linseeds* (soak in 100g water)
  • 20g extra virgin olive oil
  • 17g brewer’s yeast
  • 5g salt
  • brown rice flour* for dusting
  • extra virgin olive oil to brush the surface

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Soak the linseed in 100g of water, let it soak for about ten minutes and whisk it lightly.
  2. Pour the dark bread mix into the bowl of the planetary mixer, add the blended flaxseeds then mix for a few minutes at low speed.
  3. Dissolve the brewer’s yeast in the lukewarm water and pour into the planetary mixer. Mix at medium speed for about 5 minutes, then add salt and oil and mix for a few more minutes. When the dough is smooth and homogeneous, stop the planetary mixer and place the dough on a lightly floured cutting board.
  4. Again with the help of a little brown rice flour, flatten the dough slightly and let it rise, i.e. pre-rise, directly on the cutting board for about 15 minutes.
  5. With the help of a rasp, divide the dough into two parts, lightly roll each half to form a sort of cylinder and put it to rise in a rising basket in a warm place for about 1.5 hours.
  6. Once the bread has risen, tip the two loaves onto a baking tray covered with baking paper or a perforated silicone mat. Brush the surface with extra virgin olive oil, make a cross cut and bake in a static oven preheated to 230°C for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 200°C, then bake, leaving the bread in the oven for a further 35 minutes, checking the bread because the baking time varies slightly depending on the oven.
  7. Remove from the oven and let the bread cool before cutting it.

Version with gluten of Linseed dark bread

Replace the Massimo Zero wholemeal bread with Petra 9 flour or QB Multicereale flour and mix it with 300g water instead of 370g.

During National Coeliac Disease Week, I couldn’t help but share a recipe for a wonderful gluten-free assortment of white bread, the food that is the main challenge in the daily lives of those who cannot eat gluten.

My choice went to a fibre-rich preparation, Preparato Universale per prodotti da forno Massimo Zero, because fibre is a valuable ally in controlling blood sugar levels when we consume gluten free bread, which is generally high in carbohydrates and low in fibre.

While the presence of fibre in the mixture is very useful from a nutritional point of view, it makes it slightly ‘harder’ to work with, so having a kneading machine or robot at hand makes the task easier and ensures really good results.

This is precisely why I thought that sharing a video recipe could be extremely useful to prepare a tasty bread without any difficulty. So enjoy viewing and cooking!

Assortment of white bread  

44.19g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 500g gluten free multi-purpose flour mix, brand Massimo Zero**
  • 240g water
  • 240g milk
  • 50g mixed seeds* (to be soaked in 50g water)
  • 40g extra virgin olive oil
  • 17g brewer’s yeast
  • 5g salt
  • brown rice flour* for dusting
  • extra virgin olive oil to brush the surface
  • water to soak the mixed seeds

Preparation

  1. Put the mixed seeds in a small bowl and barely cover them with water, then let them rest while you knead the bread so that they completely absorb the liquid.
  2. Shake the bag of mix well before pouring it into the jar of the planetary mixer, then run it for a few minutes at low speed with the flour mix alone.
  3. Dissolve the brewer’s yeast in warm water, pour it into the planetary mixer and add the remaining water and milk. Mix at medium speed for about 5 minutes, then add salt and oil. Stop the planetary mixer to detach the dough from the sides of the pot and run it at high speed for a few seconds so that the oil is perfectly incorporated into the dough. When the dough is smooth and homogeneous, stop the planetary mixer and remove half the dough by placing it on a lightly floured cutting board.
  4. Add the seeds to the remaining dough in the planetary mixer and mix at high speed so that they are fully incorporated.
  5. Shape into loaves or braids of the desired size (I formed 4 loaves with the white dough and 5 braids with the dough with seeds), differentiating the shape according to the type of dough. Brush the surface with extra virgin olive oil and leave to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours or in the oven with the proving function for about 1 hour and fifteen minutes.

Shaping the dough

  1. Bring the oven to 200°C, brush the surface of the bread with oil again and bake. Let it bake for about 40 minutes, keeping an eye on the baking time, which varies slightly depending on the oven and, above all, the size of the bread.
  2. Remove from the oven and let the bread cool before cutting it.
  3. Portate il forno a 200°C, spennellate nuovamente la superficie del pane con olio e infornate. Lasciate cuocere per circa 40 minuti tenendo controllata la cottura che varia leggermente in base al forno e, soprattutto, alla pezzatura del pane.
  4. Togliete dal forno e lasciate intiepidire il pane prima di tagliarlo.
L'interno dei panini

The bread crumb