Well, the Little Rubenesque Sandwiches were received with wild-eyed praise at a small house concert we hosted for Nick Jaina. However, my gluten intolerant friends, those with diabetes, and those watching their carbs looked on with sad-puppydog -longing.
Not wanting to let dietary restrictions stand in the way of people enjoying my concoctions, I discovered and tested this recipe by Elana Amsterdam. I modified the recipe slightly to achieve a less-crumbly loaf, and I also substituted pumpkinseed flour for almond flour as an option for friends with sensitivities to tree-nuts. Both versions are ridiculously tasty and satisfying and I can’t wait to continue experimenting with “bread”!
(I made my own “flour” for this. Yup. I’m a lunatic.
Totally Believable “Rye” Bread!
1 cup blanched almond flour (or pumpkinseed flour)
¾ cup brown flaxmeal
½ tsp celtic sea salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp cream of tartar
3 large eggs
2 Tbs olive oil
¼ cup water
1 tsp agave nectar or honey
2 Tbs caraway seeds (grind 1 Tbs
4 Tbs psyllium husks
4 Tbs apple cider vinegar or kombucha
4 Tbs water
Combine last 3 ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine wet ingredients.
Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and set aside to thicken a few minutes.
Prepare 2 ceramic mini-loaf pans (approx. 3”x 6”) by greasing with butter/coconut oil and dusting with almond/pumpkinseed flour.
Fold the paste that was formed by the last three ingredients into the dough and gently knead to incorporate.
Divide dough between the two pans, rounding and smoothing the top of the loaf. Bake in 350 degree oven 30-35 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before turning out, and let cool completely before slicing.
*the mini- pans are really the way to go with this recipe. This makes a dense bread that does not rise much, and a full-sized loaf resembles a sad brick.
** this bread is scrumptious on its own, or spread with soft butter; but it is not ideal for a non-grilled sandwich. The grilling with cheese holds it together and makes it suitable for the Little Rubenesque Sandwiches.
Nutritional estimates for pumpkinseed Flour “Rye” bread
Nutritional estimates for Almond Flour “Rye” bread