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Bread Maker Low Carb Recipe

bread maker low carb recipeFor the past year and a half, Husband has been on a kick to get himself healthier by watching what he eats and doing a combination of running and weight lifting; he’s done amazingly well and his fitness levels are really impressive. I’m usually the main cook of the household so it’s been my mission to find as many new and varied recipes to keep his diet healthy but interesting as there’s nothing worse that the same 5 chicken breast dinners on rotation when you’re trying to improve your health!

One of his main requirements is to keep his carb intake as low as possible, as new research shows that it’s not fat which causes weight problems but carbs and refined sugars, which can make eating anything bread-based really tricky. However, investing in a bread maker has really helped because it means we can make our own low-carb loaves without needing to worry about finding pre-made ones in the shops. Here’s the recipe we use:

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Low Carb Breadmaker Recipe
 
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A low carb recipe for your breadmaker
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Recipe type: Low Carb/Keto
Cuisine: Bread
Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 2 tablespoons Splenda sugar substitute
  • 1⁄3 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1⁄4 cup soy flour
  • 3⁄4 cup vital wheat gluten flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried yeast
Instructions
  1. Using a 1 pound capacity bread maker, combine ingredients according to order given in bread maker manual.
  2. Select 'light' browning setting.
  3. Don't remove bread until it is cooled.
  4. Cut into slices, and store, covered, in the refrigerator.

It’s such a simple, easy to make recipe if you have a bread maker, which is basically zero effort but yields a really decent loaf of bread without the worry about going over daily carb allowances. We tend to use erythritol as our sugar substitute because it’s a sugar alcohol and doesn’t cause a spike in sugar levels, which is exactly what you want if you’re trying to maintain ketosis in your body.

If you’ve got any questions about the recipe, using a bread maker, or just fancy a chat about ‘going keto’, please do leave me a comment below. Happy baking!

 

Bavarian-Style Pretzels

Last week, we went to Lakeside for our Build-a-Bear experience and on the way out, grabbed a pretzel each from the vendor there. Not the small, hard pretzels that you get in bags but the large, bready ones that you find in Germany, and we all loved them.

Husband has been to Germany many times and even to a few proper beer kellers in Munich where they have ladies walking around selling freshly baked ones, but he’d only ever had a pretzel at Disneyland, so I decided to have a go at making our own, so that we can have them whenever we want.

After a little research, I discovered that true Bavarian pretzels are dipped into Lye (caustic soda) before baking to get the shiny, dark brown exterior but it’s difficult to buy food-grade Lye in the UK as it’s quite dangerous and can dissolve human flesh! We discovered that you can use a bath of bicarbonate of soda and water as a substitute, which doesn’t give such a deep-brown shine but still gives a good colour and crisp, so I thought I’d give you all the recipe and method to make your own.

 
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Ingredients
1 sachet of active yeast (7g or  teaspoons)
520g self-raising flour
350 ml warm water 
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
Bicorbonate of Soda
Water
Sea Salt
2 tbsp icing sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Knob of butter, melted
 
Method

^ Heat the oven to 200c

^ Start by placing the yeast in a large bowl with 30ml of the warm water and mix until dissolved

^ Add the brown sugar

^ Sift in the salt and flour

^ Add the remaining warm water

^ Start bringing the mixture together with a wooden spoon

^ Once you have a solid mass, start kneading

^ Knead the dough for ten minutes until smooth and elastic. It doesn’t need to prove before shaping

^ Grab a saucepan and add three cups of water and 6 tbsps bicarbonate of soda and bring to the boil

^ Allow to simmer until all soda has dissolved then remove from heat and allow to cool a little

^ Cut your kneeded dough into 8 equal pieces

^ Take each piece and roll into a long snake which is slightly thicker in the middle, about 15 inches long

^ Make the pretzel shape by holding each end of the snake, crossing the lengths over each other twice and sticking the ends at if they were at twenty to four on a clock

^ Place on two baking trays lined with parchment paper and allow to stand for ten minutes

^ Take the moulded dough shapes and one by one, submerge into the bicarb solution for about ten seconds

^ Place the dipped dough onto the parchment paper, four on each tray and reshape a little if needed

^ Once all of the dough has been dipped, season one tray with sea salt

^ Bake all of the pretzels at 200c for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown

^ Brush all of the pretzels lightly with a little melted butter and add more salt to the savoury ones

^ Mix the icing sugar and cinammon in a bowl and sift over the 4 unseasoned pretzels

Enjoy while warm!

UPDATE: Carolin and Helen were true to their word below and both made their own pretzels! You can find their recipes HERE and HERE.