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Old 06-22-2010, 07:00 AM   #1
Rene' Hardee
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Paleo bread

Has anyone been able to make some sort of paleo bread? Like bake a loaf and cut it into slices for sandwiches? Up to now I have just been using green leaf lettuce for my "bread", and it has been working fine, but just wanted to mix things up a bit.
Last night I made chicken pancakes (cooked chicken breast + 3 eggs, blend and cook like a pancake) which could work as a bread substitute...
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:20 AM   #2
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Re: Paleo bread

Check around on Mark's Daily Apple, I think there is a recipe on there for some kind of zucchini loaf.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:35 AM   #3
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Re: Paleo bread

I have a simple rule I like to apply to this type of question - if you can figure out how paleo man might have done something with the technology available to him it's a fair bet that he figured out how to do it too so here's my paleo bread recipe -

1: Collect some reeds and weave them into a basket.

2: Take a stick and go for a walk in a field of tall grass knocking seeds into your basket as you go.

3: Grind the seeds between two rocks to make a course flour.

4: Mix the flour with water to make a firm dough.

5: Roll the dough into balls and flatten them between your hands.

6: Bake the flatbread on stones heated in the fire.

Making a loaf of bread using paleolithic technology would take a little more effort but it would be possible if you built a brick oven using rocks, hollowed out a large bowl then mixed the flour with water and let natural fermentation produce a sourdough. Of course this natural fermentation would also produce alcohol so if you're tempted to drink your "bread" rather than bake it congratulations, you've just invented beer!
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:36 AM   #4
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Re: Paleo bread

Probably not what you're looking for, but I consider any paleo "bread" not to be worth it. From what I've seen, you'll end up being disappointed by its consistency or its taste, and it may not hold up well for sandwiches.

I'd just dump all the "contents" on a plate and eat it. Bread is usually just a vehicle for the tasty innards anyways.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:36 AM   #5
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Re: Paleo bread

I've made pancakes with almond meal and eggs. It was dry as hell but I'm no kitchen magician. You could probably figure out how to make them a little more moist.

Pancakes are kinda like bread, I guess.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:00 AM   #6
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Re: Paleo bread

Darryl,

THat is your best post ever, or at least top 5. I being completely serious.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:00 AM   #7
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Re: Paleo bread

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Probably not what you're looking for, but I consider any paleo "bread" not to be worth it. From what I've seen, you'll end up being disappointed by its consistency or its taste, and it may not hold up well for sandwiches.

I'd just dump all the "contents" on a plate and eat it. Bread is usually just a vehicle for the tasty innards anyways.
+1. I made the griddle cakes shown here: http://www.sonofgrok.com/2009/03/the...fast-sandwich/ (wfs) one time and they did not stay together very well and didn't taste great either. If you miss bread that much, just have the real thing and get it over with. Trying to make something paleo that is not usually ends up with a less than satisfying result.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:30 AM   #8
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Re: Paleo bread

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I've made pancakes with almond meal and eggs. It was dry as hell but I'm no kitchen magician. You could probably figure out how to make them a little more moist.
Add some mushed ripe banana. I also add vanilla extract for additional flavor.

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Old 06-22-2010, 08:37 AM   #9
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Re: Paleo bread

Hey Renee:

I went through the same thing; it's more convenient to carry your sandwich between two pieces of "bread" than it is to carry a lettuce wrap. Plus, it was easier for me to transition to paleo by incorporating something that resembled old, familiar bread.

I found a recipe that uses almonds as flour at:
http://meghantelpnerblog.com/2009/03...eadless-bread/ (except for the suggestive title of the blog, wfs). I have made several loaves using this recipe. It is certainly heavier than bread, so plan accordingly. Also, it uses yogurt, which is in a "primal gray area", according to Mark's Daily Apple.

I use almond meal from Trader Joe's instead of blending whole almonds and I use all sunflower seeds instead of chia and pumpkin seeds.

Also, make sure to use grain-free baking powder. Here's a link I found to make your own (I would use the arrowroot powder and not the potato starch).
http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2010...free-corn.html (wfs)

Finally, despite the baking powder and baking soda, this loaf does not rise that much. Consider using a shorter loaf pan to get taller pieces of your "bread".

Here it is, re-posted:
Breadless Bread
2 1/2 cups whole raw almonds
1/4 cup arrowroot starch (can use potato if preferred)
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup yogurt (sheep or goat recommended)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Agave (can also use honey, or maple syrup- optional)
1/ 4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 TBS sesame seeds (sprinkled on top)
1 Tsp rock salt (sprinkled on top)

* Preheat the oven to 325.
* Grease and dust a loaf pan (I used a nonstick pan, so no need).
* Grind almonds in a food processor or coffee grinder until in a fine meal
* Sift together starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in with almond meal, and additional seeds.
* In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients- eggs, yogurt, oil, agave.
* Mix wet and dry together until there are no lumps, but donít over-mix.
* Pour into the pan and smooth the top.
* Sprinkle with sesame seeds and rock salt.
* Bake for about 45-50 minutes Ė it will be ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and feel firm when you press down.
* Allow bread to sit for about 5 minutes before removing it to a cooling rack.
* Best stored, wrapped in the fridge.

The numerous wet ingredients keep this loaf from getting too dry, and the agave/honey has a good taste.

I hope this helps.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:42 AM   #10
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Darryl,

THat is your best post ever, or at least top 5. I being completely serious.
Agreed.
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