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Gluten Free Recipe Reviews: Bette Hagman’s Potato Bread and Honey Sourdough
Posted By yum On May 17, 2007 @ 8:56 am In Bette Hagman, Bread, Recipe Review | 4 Comments
 For the first time in ages, I finally had time to bake again. My supply of bread in the freezer was rapidly dwindling, and I was starting to use Kinnikinnick bagels as my bread for sandwiches because they were all that remained. Bagels are fine, but there’s nothing better than homemade bread. I had trouble deciding what to make, and finally turned to a book I really haven’t used much- Bette Hagman’s “The Gluten Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods.” I decided to make the Potato Bread on page 203, which calls for a blend she calls the Potato Flour Mix. Apparently it was developed for corn intolerant people and is an alternative to her featherlight mix for creating a white bread. This recipe called for one cup of sorghum along with the potato flour mix. I was intrigued, so I threw some together, let it rise, and baked it in the oven. It resulted in a pretty loaf, with an unexpectedly hard and crunchy exterior that I had never seen before in gluten free baking. I was excited to try it, and when I did, I thought the texture was really pretty good. Unfortunately, I wasn’t wild about the flavor. I gave a slice to DH with some honey and he said it was pretty good, but he’ll eat anything if you put honey on it. Hmmm. The next day when I tried it again, it was much less soft and seemed “gluten free” in texture. It also had a flat flavor from the potato starch that wasn’t especially appealing. It did seem like it would have a good texture for bruschetta, so I made some into garlic toast and added some yummy sheep cheese at the end. Doctored up, it wasn’t bad, but I think it’s one of my least favorite Bette Hagman breads that I’ve tried. I’d give it a 5/10, and probably wouldn’t make it again due to texture and flavor, although the crust was appealing. While I was baking, I also prepared Bette Hagman’s sourdough starter so that I could make some sourdough bread in the next day or two.
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