Vegan, Gluten Free Cinnamon Bread

Today I am happy to have my sister write another guest post highlighting yummy cinnamon bread. Hope you enjoy!

I have a health condition that requires me to be gluten free along with several other dietary limitations.  Now before you go and feel sorry for me, don’t; navigating a gluten free world has become a fun challenge for me over the years.  I recognize that this is fun for me, but not always so fun for my wonderful husband who is admittedly addicted to his gluten.  He loves his breads, french toast, muffins, or whatever flour-filled morsel he can get his hands on.  I don’t deprive him of all gluten haha, but I have slowly been making efforts to lessen the amount of gluten in his diet.  Plus, I’ll admit, I am great at resisting just plain breads, but it becomes increasingly more difficult to resist pumpkin bread or say, cinnamon bread if it is around the house all the time.  In order to avoid temptation and satisfy my husband’s gluten-hungry palate    I decided to try making this bread that I felt might bridge the gap between two worlds.  Did I mention my husband LOVES cinnamon!?  Naturally, when I saw this recipe on Sheletthemeatcake I had high hopes it’d be a success.  It did not disappoint and was gone within two days. Move over gluten-filled breads!

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Gluten free breads can often be intimidating to people because many recipes require that you go out and get several different types of flour, mix them yourself, then add them to the recipe.  Well, you may consider me lazy, but I  just use an all purpose GF baking mix found in most grocery stores.  I usually use Pamela’s pancake and baking mix but this time I used Bob’s Red Mill.  After tasting the bread, though still good, I would highly suggest sticking with Pamela’s if you can find it.  Plus Pamela’s is rice based while Bob’s base is garbanzo beans and if you’re anything like me garbanzo bean flour is just too heavy for a delicate digestive system.

It’s important that you follow the instructions on this bread implicitly.  This includes starting your yeast and flax mixture exactly as directed.  I know, I know, it’s no fun to follow the rules in baking, but trust me you won’t regret it.  Once you have mixed your flax/water mixture and your yeast mixture the rest of the recipe comes together as any other bread would.

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Tips: I found that using Maple, agave nectar was a very complimentary accent to the cinnamon flavor and is a little lighter than using straight maple syrup. The flour measurements from the recipe, when combined,  adds up to 3 1/2 cups of the all purpose GF flour.
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Note: The streusel (pictured above) does not look like what a normal streusel would. Don’t worry, once poured over the bread and baked, it hardens a bit and creates a gooey center.  The recipe calls for grapeseed oil but next time I think I will use coconut oil as I think it would add great flavor to the bread.  This bread tastes wonderful warm with coconut oil spread over the top.  I dare you to just eat one piece!
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Cinnamon Bread

1 ½ cup hot water

2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast

5 tbsp ground flax in ¾ cups water

3 tbsp maple syrup/honey/agave

2 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp sunflower oil/grapeseed oil

1 cup quinoa flour

1 1/4 cup sorghum/millet flour

¾ cup potato starch

½ cup tapioca flour

1 tbsp xanthan OR guar gum

1 ½ tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

½ cup cane sugar/coconut sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

Streusel

½ cup cane sugar/coconut sugar

4 tsp cinnamon

½ cup sunflower oil/grapeseed oil

Heat water and pour into your mixing bowl. Add yeast and allow it to proof for 5 minutes.
Add the ground flax to the 3/4 cup of water. Stir and let sit while the yeast is proofing.
When the yeast and water mixture has proofed add oil, honey, flax mixture, and vanilla.

In a medium-sized bowl, thoroughly combine the dry ingredients (I usually do this while my yeast is proofing). Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes (if you’re lucky you have a KitchenAid mixer to do this for you!). I usually stop my mixer once to wipe down the sides.

At 5 minutes you will have a fairly wet batter – not your typical bread dough. Remember! It’s gluten-free bread we’re working with here.

Prepare streusel by combining the cane sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Add the sunflower oil and mix well.

Divide half of the batter between two oiled bread pans (8 x 4 inch). Spoon half of the streusel mixture onto each half-filled pan (you might want to wet your fingers in order to help you spread the batter around a little).  Using a fork, spread the streusel around lightly pressing into the batter.   Top streusel with remaining bread batter (again, wet your fingers to help you spread the batter around the pan).  Pour the remaining streusel over the two pans and use a fork to spread the streusel around.  Let the loaves sit covered for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 1 loaf for 50 – 60 minutes (check at the 45 minute mark since oven temperatures can vary so much). The second loaf should go into the fridge covered until it’s ready for the oven. Refrigerating will slow down the yeast. You don’t want it to over-proof.

Use a knife or a cake tester to check loaves for doneness. You want something that will go right to the bottom of the loaf to check for wet ingredients.

Let the finished bread cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes.  Remove from pans and let sit until cool.  Store in a plastic bag for 3 days on the counter.  After 3 days, slice and freeze (I highly doubt there will be any cinnamon bread left by this point).

NOTES:
Don’t cook two loaves at the same time.
Try rotating your loaf at the 25 minute mark 180 degrees.

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