Cultured Coconut “Sourdough” Keto Bread


Well it’s official. Actually it has been official for over a month but being the introverted lady that I am I have only recently felt ready to share. After a battery of blood tests I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, which is actually quite a common Autoimmune disease amongst women over 35. I have a dear friend who was diagnosed with it about a year ago while she was in Nursing School. I was misdiagnosed upon my return from Ireland by a different practitioner and after struggling with symptoms for a couple years now I finally paid a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor whom I trust and who has helped me in the past. He also ran a food allergy panel, for which I am eternally grateful as it came back with some totally unexpected (and some expected) results. The big one on the list was ginger, which was so heartbreaking that I literally had to cry it out one night. Goodbye Thai food, Kimchi, Ginger Beer, Gingerbread and every other thing I love that has ginger in it. Which as it turned out seemed to be contained in half my pantry. My other allergies included beef, cows milk & whey, cheddar cheese, chicken egg whites and yolks, LETTUCE (what the heck?!), bananas, pineapple, tomato, lima beans (who cares, really) almonds, and mild allergies to broccoli and brussels sprouts. I already know I have severe issues with sugars any oils that are not extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil so let me tell you… going to a restaurant us FU-UN. Lol. Can you tell that was a joke? Totally not fun. I had one visit recently that resulted in literally numbing pain (as in I couldn’t feel my arm) and another result that I don’t mind talking about but most readers would find it a bit TMI. On the bright side, I can still have organic grass fed butter and ghee and now have a fantastic excuse to eat seafood, which I have missed since having a family. Yay for me!

So there you are… this will slightly change the type of recipes I will be blogging but I still plan to post some cultured things that I am comfortable feeding my family, such as my sourdough einkorn pizza crust and other non-inflammatory for normal people family friendly recipes. My kids have been begging me to create a kids cooking channel on YouTube so that may be a good venue. What do you think?

Recently I posted a recipe for Cultured Sourdough Keto Bread. This is a nut free and dairy free version of that. One of the things I have missed most on Kauffman and Keto and now AIP Keto is sourdough bread, so I did some substitutions and used coconut milk kefir to culture or “sour” the loaf.

Personally, I love the result. These breads are best toasted but they are still pretty satisfying after they have cooled a bit from baking. If you try to cut into them straight out of the oven on the other hand you will end up with a ball of goop. I recently used it to roll out for my pizza crust now that Dr. Berg’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust is no longer an option. Next time I will shape it into a crust before I let it sour but otherwise it was fantastic.

Cultured Coconut “Sourdough” Keto Bread

(Adapted from Dr Berg’s Healthiest Bread in the World)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup ground flax meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp very finely ground chia seed
  • 2 tbsp organic psyllium husk powder
  • 1/3 cup filtered or well water (no chlorine)
  • 1 cup coconut milk kefir (cow or goat milk kefir is okay if you can tolerate dairy)
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar or maple syrup (sugars are consumed by the yeast)
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil for coating

Method:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the golden flaxseed meal, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, and sea salt.

Dry ingredients.
Dry ingredients combined.

2. Place yeast and maple syrup or coconut sugar in 1/4 cup of warm water. Not too hot or it will kill the yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes until it foams if using maple syrup (12-15 minutes if using coconut sugar).

Activated yeast, maple syrup & water
Activated yeast, maple syrup and water combined with cultured coconut milk kefir.

3. Stir the finely ground chia and psyllium powder into the yeast mixture with 1 cup coconut milk kefir.  Let it stand for 1 minute to thicken, then whisk.

4. Pour thickened yeast-chia mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until thick and fully combined. The dough will be slightly sticky, but workable. Knead for 1 minute.

The wet ingredients in the dry ingredients bowl.
Kneaded dough, ready to sit to rise for an hour or culture for 8-18 hours.

5. Put kneaded dough back into the bowl coated in a bit of avocado oil. Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm spot to rise for one hour OR leave for 8-12 hours (overnight works) to “sourdough”. I left mine for 18 hours.

6. Preheat the oven at 425°F. Place a pizza stone, cast iron pan, or baking sheet in oven to preheat.  If using a baking sheet I recommend putting a silicone mat or parchment down.  It won’t stick to properly preheated cast iron or pizza stone.

7. You can divide the dough or leave it as a round (boule). Shape into a rounded boule. Brush with egg wash, if desired or spray with avocado oil.  Use a serrated knife to score (cut) the top so the bread separates where you want.

Scored dough

8. Place the dough onto the preheated stone or cooking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Individual ovens and baking times vary.  I prefer the tap test.  When you can turn it over and tap it and it sounds like a hollow door with browning on the bottom, it’s done.

9. Let it cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes. When completely cooled, slice and serve or store wrapped in a tea towel in an airtight container. If you cut into it too soon you can have goop rather than bread. I enjoy this as fresh bread with grass fed butter and Vegemite but it performs best toasted or grilled.

About 30 minutes after I took it out of the oven. Just beautiful.

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Guinness Cake for St. Patrick’s Day (grain free flours, no sugar)

No Sugar, Chocolate, Nut-free, Keto-Cycling

Yields 1x 8″ round cake, 2x 5″ round cakes or 16 cupcakes.

This cake was first introduced to me in Scotland and served up by a lanky Swedish man. I’m fairly certain the originator of the recipe was Nigella Lawson though, at least she is who I consulted for years in making it. It evolved over the years as I became more and more intolerant to wheat and then grains and sugars and I have to say this version is just as good as that first. If you can abide sugars go ahead and use 1 1/2 to 2 cups coconut sugar, but you may need to adjust the coconut flour a little. I call this cake flourless because as it’s made with Guinness it isn’t really grain free. Nor is it Paleo or Keto, but as Guinness has about 8-10 carbs per 12oz bottle that does add to the total carb intake. Let’s be real though, with only a cup in the recipe you are really only looking at an additional 0.5 carbohydrates per serving. No biggie, as long as you can handle grain. I normally cannot but I have found that my tolerance is much better when grains are fermented as in a beer or in sourdough bread or sprouted grains. So tread safely and know yourself but if you think you can handle it then this baby is WELL worth your effort. It makes a dense cake that I love best frozen, frosting and all. If you want it more dense and fudgy; I find the best trick is to turn up the heat a bit after you’ve whipped in the eggs thoroughly and let the batter “cook” a wee bit before pouring in the pan. Or you could just pour in that whole bottle of Guinness. Hey, for a beer it is pretty amazingly healthy. It is full of prebiotic fiber and it is high in iron and relatively low in calories. Don’t believe me? Read this. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

For the icing:

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180°C, and butter and line an 8 inch cheesecake pan with parchment paper. I love these pans because I can pop out the bottom, place it on the parchment paper and slice around it with a sharp knife for the perfectly lined pan. I cut the parchment for the sides a bit taller so I can “overfill” the pan and get the cake a bit taller.

Pour the Guinness into a large wide pan and then add the butter. Heat until melted then whisk in the cocoa and sugar.

Whisk in the milk kefir and then crack the eggs in one at a time, whisking them in vigorously.

Add the vanilla and whisk in the baking soda.

Last of all sift in the pea protein or arrowroot followed by coconut flour.

Pour the cake batter into the buttered and lined pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour or 40 minutes for two smaller pans like the one shown. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack. I will sometimes pull it out of the pan and pop it in the freezer for a stint to make frosting easier.

While it is cooling, we deal with the icing. Whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla, stevia and allulose and whip to combine.

Now if you are using kefir cream you will want to carefully add it in a bit at a time to keep the consistency smooth. You can get away with a cup as opposed to the heavy or whipping cream. If you whip it too hard it will curdle because it is already cultured to thickness and is just a step from becoming a lovely cheese and whey.

If using heavy cream, add it in slowly and whip until you have a light but spreadable consistency. I will sometimes need to fold it in with a spatula. Whipping cream can behave a bit differently and it is best to whip it to soft peaks first and then combine it slowly.

You can choose to make this dairy free by coconut cream and coconut butter together but as it is not very Irish to do so I have not tried it. I would recommend beating 1 cup coconut cream with 1/4-1/2 cup coconut butter and adding the vanilla and sweetener and whipping until combined.

Spread the icing over the top of the cake only so it resembles the head of a freshly poured pint of Guinness.


Honey Kefir Sandwich Loaf

(Nut-Free, wheat-free)

This is my kids (and husband’s) favorite sandwich bread.  Homemade bread gets stale quickly so I use potato and milk kefir to keep it soft.  You can use either spelt or einkorn flour.  I prefer the latter but because of it’s cost I most often use spelt.  Either Bob’s Red Mill for whole grain or VitaSpelt for a finer grain.  It is soft, nutty, nutritious and wheat-free.  They love it slathered with butter, and often with the addition of Vegemite.

Yields 2 loaves.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Preheat your cast iron loaf pans in an oven set to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a mixing bowl combine flour, salt and mix.

Make a well in the center and add honey, yeast and warm milk kefir or buttermilk and let sit for 5-10 minutes for yeast to activate.

Add your mashed potato, put on the dough hook and let it combine on the first speed until it forms a ball.  If it’s too dry, add a tablespoon water at a time.  If it’s too wet add a tablespoon of flour at a time.

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Form the dough into two oblong balls and pinch at the bottom.

Remove the hot pans from the oven and place the dough pinch side down. 

Turn off the oven and leave it open to cool while you transfer dough from bowl to pans.

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Place the pans back in the oven and let rise for 40 minutes. 

If you are not using cast iron, rub your pans with butter or coconut oil and do not heat them. Leave in a warm, but off, oven for 1 – 1.5 hours.

Bake at 385 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes, depending on your oven and whether you preheated it. Loaves are done when they are brown and slightly pulled away from the pan.

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Take out immediately and let cool a bit before slicing.