I don’t remember how many experiments were needed that I was satisfied with this recipe. I just can say many, and maybe some more. All I wanted was a really simple recipe for easy gluten-free low-carb bread made from ingredients you can find from almost every grocery store, or at least every health food store. A bread, which is easy to vary and makes a nice base for sweet and savory toppings alike.
Finding the best ratio between these simplest ingredients took looong time. Luckily my toddler and my husband loved most of the results, so did my parents whenever they happened to visit us and I was in the mood for baking (well, I’m always in the mood for baking…) I bet you’ll like this simpler than simple recipe, so enjoy!
I always bake this bread in a small loaf pan since the bread doesn’t rise much and I prefer a high bread anyway. If you use normal-sized (9 × 5 inch = 23 × 13 cm) loaf pan the bread will be quite flat. Another option is to double the recipe for the normal-sized pan, however then the baking time is longer, approximately one hour. I haven’t found small silicone loaf pans (except from Amazon). The bread pan I use is ceramic and I’ve found it from the nearest store. Anyway, I really prefer silicone pans, the bread releases so much easier from them.
In case you don’t have a silicone loaf pan which usually doesn’t need greasing, it’s good to butter the glass or ceramic loaf pan generously with melted butter or with some other fat, like coconut oil in case you don’t tolerate dairy. Extra virgin coconut oil suits well for this. Also extra virgin olive oil is worth trying in case you don’t use butter. It might give its characteristic flavor to the bread, so if you use sweet toppings it might not be the best option. (And usually, when I grease a pan with olive oil, it just makes the bread stick harder to the pan…) Sprinkling almond flour on the butter or coconut oil helps even more that the bread will nicely pop out of the pan, but usually I’m so lazy that I don’t bother with that, I just grease the pan with softened butter and that’s it! Works well (usually…).
Unlike my other low-carb bread recipe for Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, this 1-2-3 Bread is a bit crumblier. It does hold nicely together and it’s nicely moist, but you cannot slice that thin slices than from the Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, which is one of my most loved recipes, like this one here!
I’ve tried a few different brands of almond flour when developing this recipe. The best results I got with Bob’s Red Mill. Unfortunately it’s not organic and I cannot find it very easily. I’ve also tried normal fat organic almond flour and other normal fat non-organic almond flour both of which I found from the nearest grocery store. Unfortunately I’ve got no idea about the brands. All I know is that the organic almond flour comes from Spain and non-organic from the USA. Both of them were working pretty well for this bread. I also tried organic fat-reduced almond flour from Ölmühle Solling, but that didn’t work very well; it left the bread flat and too dense. I think it’s because the flour is very fine, so if you use very fine almond flour (like Honeyville), be prepared to use just half of the amount for this recipe. However, coarse almond flour, like Bob’s Red Mill, works best here.
This simple bread doesn’t have any added salt not only because I wanted it to suit both sweet and savory toppings, but also because I wanted to make it child-friendly. Even I usually use unrefined sea salt which is healthy, I don’t want to fill up my toddler with too much salt anyway. If you prefer bread with a salty touch, please feel free to add some unrefined salt, a half a teaspoon or even one full teaspoon, depending on the salt you use and the preferred saltiness. Unrefined sea salt and Himalayan salt tend to be milder and more elegant when it comes to the taste. I always find table salt too aggressive tasting! Moreover, it lacks all the minerals unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt has, so I never use it. Oh yes, and a few drops of liquid stevia or a tiny amount of other natural sweetener, like erythritol, enhances the flavors even more.
Another reason to make the recipe so simple is, that it’s easy to add some extras, like spices, herbs, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, flavorings, or even sweeteners depending on the mood and the purpose of use. How about banana bread? Dried or frozen cranberries and orange flavor? Chopped walnuts? Sun-dried tomatoes and olives? Zucchini? Pick your favorites and use your imagination!
And of course, last but not least, a simple recipe is easy to remember. Just 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 cups almond flour and 3 eggs. 1-2-3 and there we go!
Do you have a recipe for a favorite bread you bake over and over again? Do you prefer plain, simple bread, or do you stuff your bread with all kinds of nice stuff?
|Nutrition information||Protein||Fat||Net carbs||kcal|
|Entire loaf:||73.0 g||133.0 g||23.8 g||1585 kcal|
|Per slice if 10 slices in a loaf:||7.3 g||13.3 g||2.4 g||158 kcal|
|Per slice if 15 slices in a loaf:||4.9 g||8.9 g||1.6 g||106 kcal|
|Per slice if 20 slices in a loaf:||3.7 g||6.7 g||1.2 g||79 kcal|