Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Flying Apron Bakery House Bread

Isn't she a beauty? Not only is this bread good looking, it is delicious. One of my resolutions this year was to make more bread for my family. I figured that was an attainable goal as I made all of three loaves or so last year. I like making resolutions I can keep.

Making bread for the guys has pretty easy. I've been using The Tassajara Bread Book with great success. But I've been wanting for a good gluten-free bread for me.

At the suggestion of a neighbor, I bought a cookbook by Jennifer Katzinger Flying Apron's Gluten-free & Vegan Baking Book. Katzinger opened a Seattle bakery in 2002. Her goal was to provide healthy whole grain foods to customers. Although the Flying Apron did not start out as a completely gluten-free and vegan bakery, it evolved into that over the years.

I have not had the pleasure of visiting the Flying Apron Bakery, but thanks to this cookbook, the house bread and I are friends. The recipe was unfussy (one of my complaints of many gluten-free baked items). And the bread has a rich nutty flavor that isn't overpowering. The texture is moist and surprisingly light. I had to keep myself from eating half the loaf after it came out of the oven. Fortunately, I left a slice to dip into my warm bowl of soup. Such a treat.


  1. I'm not sure if I knew you were gluten free. My daughter is also. A couple of other good GF cookbooks for baked goods and breads are:
    Gluten Free Baking by Rebecca Reilly and Gluten Free Baking Classics by Annalise G Roberts. I'll have to look for the Flying Apron cookbook.

  2. Oh, Grace, you are in for a treat with the Flying Apron cookbook. And thank you for your recommendations.

  3. There's a new bread book out called Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which contains some gluten free recipes. Their blog includes one such recipe for a Crusty Boule which looks quite tasty : . I haven't tried it myself, but I'm a big fan of their other book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. The title is a bit misleading, but it doesn't involve any kneading, and makes a batch of dough which you can store in the fridge and pull four loaves from - very convenient!

  4. Not sure if you are still checking this, but how did you get this bread to work? I have tried baking it 3 different times, and all times it never worked. I know how to bake bread and how to use yeast. My yeast did activate and everything, but the bread never rose and was crumbly and just awful!

  5. The bread doesn't rise. It's a dense bread. I use a sharp knife to cut it because it doesn't withstand a serrated knife very well. If you like lighter breads, you might check out, although I've had very mixed success with her recipes. One of her friends did a pepita bread that was quite tasty and much lighter (it uses egg whites, I don't know if that is in your diet). I hope you find a bread that you like soon.


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