It is DAY 24 of Gluten Free Baking With KitchenAid and we break gluten free bread today with the beautiful Amy Green from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Do NOT miss making Amy's gluten free baguettes, they are SENSATIONAL! Yes, you CAN enjoy a fabulous baguette whilst living a gluten-free lifestyle!  These gluten free baguettes are PERFECT! They have a crusty outside and soft springy inside with a delightful flavour that is dairy free and sugar free as well! These baguettes would be fantastic for making gluten free bruschettas, serving with soup and salad, or for serving with some olive oil or your favourite dips! Basically, anything! I served them with a trio of roasted beetroot dip, muhammara, and raw vegan cashew dip and my guests were in PIGGY HEAVEN! 

So, who is the lovely lady who created these sticks of gluten free heaven? The busiest woman alive, that's who! I have honestly thought to myself more than 100 times, "WHEN does this woman sleep?" It is quite remarkable what Amy achieves! I discovered Amy's wonderful blog when I first joined the blogosphere a few years ago, and we officially became connected when she and Maggie Savage invited me to be a regular contributor to their fantastic new website, The Balanced Platter. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity, and have been incredibly grateful for this inspiring community of gluten free ladies ever since.

I had exchanged hundreds of emails with Amy, but was so excited to meet her in person, and see her SHINE as the co-founder of the first ever Nourished Food Bloggers Conference a couple of weeks ago. It was a RAVING SUCCESS and Amy was just as lovely as I imagined. I was touched by her desire to help others, which is really what drives all of her work. 

After struggling with weight issues her entire life and enduring endless yoyo diet and bingeing cycles, Amy found the answer to happiness and healthy self-esteem embracing a gluten free and refined sugar free lifestyle since 2004, which has seen her eradicate her constant food cravings, migraines and depression, as well as maintain a 60 pound weight loss! She now shares her recipe triumphs and personal joys on her blog in the hopes of inspiring others to live with the food freedom that she now enjoys, and inspiration is something she does in spectacular fashion. Amy's gluten free, sugar free recipes are absolutely delicious, but beyond that, she cultivates a real sense of community through her wildly popular Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays linky, where anybody can stop by and share their healthy recipe every week. 

In addition to this, you learn from Amy's personal experience with her ingredients and substitutions pages. If you live in the Dallas area, you could also go and take one of Amy's fabulous gluten free cooking classes! If you are living a gluten-free lifestyle and don't know this woman, you need to! She is a star on the rise, and the world is sitting up and taking notice! Amy has been a guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Good Morning Texas, Fox 4 News Dallas, Talk 980 Radio USA, is the Healthy Choices columnist for Easy Eats Magazine, and has been featured in Living Without, Clean Eating Magazine, Reader’s Digest Canada, D Magazine, and The Plano Profile.

Amy's fantastic book, aptly titled Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free: 180 Easy & Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less, is packed with over 180 fabulous gluten free, sugar free recipes, 140 of which have never been published on her blog. Each recipe includes a “Quick Tip” and many recipes contain options for making recipes dairy-free. There is also a fantastic Kitchen Guide which includes gluten free ingredient information, appliance and utensil tips, as well as product resources. My well-loved, dog-eared copy enjoys pride of place in my gluten-free kitchen! 

Make these gluten free baguettes and check out the amazing Amy Green. You will NOT be sorry. Thanks for sharing this fabulously versatile gluten free bread recipe with us! You ROCK!  

***I am, of course, linking this post to Amy's Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. Go check it out and share what YOU are making today! 

For more information about this recipe check out Amy's original blog post.
Learn more about Amy Green at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free.
Follow Amy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Pick up a copy of Amy's first book, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free.

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Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Baguettes

  • 3 cups (369 grams
 Amy’s Basic Flour Blend
  • 2 1/4 tsp (7 grams)
 xanthan
  • 1 Tbsp (12 grams)
 palm sugar
  • 1 packet (7 grams) dry instant yeast

  • 1 1/4 cups (289 grams) warm water

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) canola oil

  • 2 extra (113 grams) large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 1/4 tsp (7 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 tsp (5 grams) apple cider vinegar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare a baguette pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper if desired. 
  3. Whisk together the flour blend, xanthan gum, palm sugar, and instant yeast, and set aside.
  4. Put the water, eggs, oil, and vinegar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix until combined. 
  5. Add the dry ingredients except the salt and mix on low until incorporated.  Increase to medium high and mix for a minute. 
  6. Turn off, add the salt, and mix for two minutes more.
  7. Divide the dough into two equal portions.
  8. Use wet hands and a rubber spatula to form each portion into a long baguette-like shape right in the well of the lined pan.
  9. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 - 60 minutes.
  10. Put one oven rack in the center of the oven and put a pizza stone or baking stone on this rack (baking stone is optional but helps create a crusty loaf). Place the second oven rack directly below. Put a baking sheet on this rack.
  11. Thirty minutes prior to baking, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  12. Just before baking, dust the top of the loaves with Amy's Basic Flour blend.
  13. Use a sharp, serrated bread knife or a lame to score each loaf 5 times at an angle.
  14. Toss 4 or so ice cubes onto the baking sheet below the pizza stone. Put the baguette pan directly on top of the pizza stone.
  15. Bake for 15 minutes, and then slide the loaves onto the pizza or baking stone.
  16. Bake another 5 - 10 minutes until bread reaches an internal temperature of 205 degrees F and has become a nice golden brown on the outside.
  17. Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
  18. To store, wrap with plastic and keep at room temperature for up to 3 days. 
  19. Freeze any leftovers for use later. YUMMO! 
  20. Yields 2 loaves.
     

For more information about this recipe check out Amy's original blog post.
Learn more about Amy Green at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free.
Follow Amy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. 
Pick up a copy of Amy's first cookbook, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. 

Tips!

Easily Remove Cakes from tins

If you leave a cake too long in a greased tin, it can be difficult to remove. A really easy way to ensure a cake slides right out of a greased tin is to run the bottom of the tin over a very low flame on the stove top. This will melt the fat that was used to initially grease the tin and the cake will slide right out.

You know you’re killing me here with Amy’s bread recipe. I don’t know how many times I’ve drooled over it on her website. I just keep thinking it’d be a disaster if I replaced both the bean flour AND the eggs. I could be wrong but they both give structure to the recipe, don’t they. It is an absolutely gorgeous loaf though.

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My friend, Maggie, from She Let Them Eat Cake, made this into a vegan loaf - here is the link:

http://www.sheletthemeatcake.com/2011/03/simply-sugar-and-gluten-frees-perfect-bread/#.T5bvJ46BvH8

She doesn’t use bean flour, either.

Hope that helps!

xoxo,
Amy

OH, Thanks Amy.
Maggie ROCKS!
I will put this link the body of the post!
Now, EVERYONE can enjoy your wonderful bread! WOO HOO!

Thanks so much for featuring my bread, Tess! it’s so much fun to be a part of this event!

I wish I would have had more time at Nourished to spend with my girlfriends! It was an amazing day. :)

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ThankYOU for being a part of this event, and for sharing your INCREDIBLE bread!
These really are the BEST gluten free baguettes I have ever had! Just AMAZING!

I am so excited about trying this bread.
I have missed amazing baguettes since I went gluten-free. Amy’s website is fantastic.
Thankyou again.

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Oh goodie!
This bread will be a LIFESAVER for you.
Yes, Amy’s site is AMAZING.
SOOOO many great gluten free, refined sugar free recipes to enjoy. OINK!

That helps a ton! I’ve been drooling over my computer so much it’s waterlogged. Thanks, Amy!

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Ever since going gluten free, I’ve suffered from a lack of great bread. Baguettes, especially, seemed like a lost joy. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I’m thrilled to be able to partake again!

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Oh Scott - you will be in HEAVEN with these!

This recipe looks delicious! I’m always on the lookout for tasty gluten-free bread recipes!

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LIsa - these baguettes are TO DIE FOR!!!!!

Amy, your baguette looks fantastic! Glad to see I’m not the only one using instant yeast. I really love its results. Keep writing those sugar-free cookbooks. There is such a strong need for your niche. You’re an amazing!

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Thanks, Carla!!

We don’t eat bread very often but wow this recipe sounds healthy and delicious.

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SO easy and SOOOOO good!
Seriously, the BEST gluten free baguettes I have ever had! Enjoy :)

It is - and it’s something you could serve a non-gluten-free person without them noticing a thing. Enjoy!

Are you sure you want this recipe out?! You could make a mint on this!  Or someone else could!  Baguettes are just simply a fav amongst ...like ...everyone!  And now their healthy!!!  thanks!

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Ha! Amy is ALL about sharing and helping people. Check out her book, purchase a copy, and support her that way where she DOES make money! AMAZING recipes!

I guess you are right but then I’d have to start a bread company for everyone to enjoy this delicious loaf and today I am happier blogging. :) Have fun baking!!

Good Gluten Free bread is hard to find! Thank you for sharing. My fussy GF husband will thank you too I am sure :-) Can’t wait to make this on the weekend.

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Olivia - you will DIE!
These are SOOOOOO good!
You would NEVER know they were gluten free.
I smell a very happy little piggy hubby!
Amy ROCKS!

My husband loves this recipe, Olivia. It makes delicious bruschetta!! Sometimes I surprise him with a fresh loaf of bread and a big antipasto platter on Friday after work. For some reason men love homemade bread.

OK, So I made the baguettes and they were FANTASTIC! This is my new favorite gluten free bread recipe. Thankyou Amy. Thankyou Tess.

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Oh, I am SO pleased!
Yes! These baguettes ROCK!
THANKYOU Amy :)

I am thrilled!!!! Isn’t a good loaf of bread the best?? Have fun with this - there are so many delicious things to do with it.

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