Unless… it’s gluten-free bread. Now, I don’t know if you have ever tried supermarket sold gluten-free bread but the word cardboard springs to mind. It’s really only good for emergency toastings with lashings of butter to moisten up the arid texture. So when I spied this little number at a farm shop in North London I bought it on a whim, unconvinced it could bring me round to gluten-free bread.
Adapted from Rachel’s Allen’s Bake
450g Gluten-free bread flour
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- Pre-heat the oven to 230°C.
- Sift all the dry ingredients together.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add 350ml of buttermilk. Bring the mixture together with one hand. The dough should be soft but not sticky. Add more buttermilk if you need to.
- Without kneading, as this will create a heavy loaf, pat into a large circle then place on a baking tray. With a sharp knife draw a cross in the centre then scatter the sunflower seeds over the top.
- Bake at 220°C for 15 mins then turn the oven down to 200°C for 45 mins.
- Eat warm straight from the oven.
Makes about 500ml
450g streaky bacon, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
60ml cider vinegar
185ml freshly brewed coffee
50g soft brown sugar
60ml maple syrup
2 tsp chipotle in adobo
½ tsp cumin
- Put the bacon in a large saucepan and cook on a medium heat until the bacon really crisps up, stirring all the while to keep it from sticking. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Add the onion to the pan and cook on a very low heat. After 5 mins add the garlic then continue cooking until the onion begins to caramelise, it should take around 20 mins.
- Pour in the vinegar to deglaze the pan.
- Add the bacon back in, as well as the coffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, chipotle, cumin and some black pepper.
- The heat should be on the very lowest setting and cook for about 2 hours for the jam to reduce.
- When it’s ready, turn off the heat and pour into a sterlised jar. Keep the jam in the fridge ready for whenever you need it.