This is grain-free, nut-free, coconut-free, gluten-free (obviously) and has the crust and elasticity of the real thing. It can be shaped into a traditional baguette shape or enjoyed as sandwich bread if made in a regular loaf pan. You can also bake into hamburger buns by using mini springform pans. It's so versatile! And easy! Without further ado I present to you...
Real Deal Grain Free Crusty French Bread:
1/2 cup warm water (about 100-110 degrees)
2 tablespoons - maple syrup
1 package Red Star Quick Rise or Active Dry yeast
4 eggs - beaten (about 230g out of the shell)
1 1/3 cup (180g) Otto's Cassava Flour
1 1/3 cup (180g) Arrowroot flour
1 tsp salt (we use Redmond Real Salt)
4 tbsp butter
If using Quick Rise yeast: add directly to dry flour mixture below. If using Active Dry Yeast: Combine the warm water (about 100-110 degrees) and maple syrup together and then sprinkle yeast on top. Set aside to get frothy. When it has doubled it is ready. Should take about 20 minutes. If it stalls out pop it in your oven set to warm.
Sift or stir together Otto's Cassava Flour, arrowroot flour and salt. Add slices of butter to the flour mixture and incorporate until crumbs form. I usually do this with my hands.
Add beaten eggs, water, and maple syrup (or if using Active Dry yeast, add frothy yeast mixture) to flour mixture. Mix just until it all comes together well. You can use a Kitchen Aid, or a wooden spoon and a little elbow grease.
Let rest about 5 minutes if you can. It becomes a little easier to work with a few minutes in. Your batter will be sticky either way though. Flour your hands well to handle. When a thin layer of flour coats the outside of your dough it becomes way, way easier to work with. You can then split and place on a well-floured parchment and shape into a 2 baguettes (I prefer to bake in this baguette pan here: bit.ly/smallbaguettepan - I love it!) Slit the top 3 times lengthwise once safely in your baguette tin. If you don't have a baguette tin the loaf will spread out during baking and not keep the round baguette shape. It will still be tasty though!
Alternately, you can put it right into a greased and floured loaf pan (8x4 works great) for sandwich bread, or shape into a ball with a coating of flour on the outside to make a Boule/Country round loaf, or put in mini springform pans for crusty hamburger buns.
Remember to grease and flour your pans, whatever shape you choose, and dust with more flour.
Allow to rise, covered with a kitchen towel, in a warmish place for 20 minutes if using Quick Rise Yeast. If using Active Dry yeast allow it to rise for 40-45 minutes. Set a timer. In summer, if our air conditioner is blasting, we turn our oven on warm, let it heat up and then turn it off. Bread rises well in there. Usually the kitchen countertop is sufficient though. Don't let it rise too long otherwise it might fall during baking and/or have too many holes develop internally. (Don't worry though, it'll still taste good!)
Bake in a preheated oven set to 350-400. (I do 350 for sandwich bread and 400 for crustier baguette loaves.) 20-25 minutes if making baguettes, 30-35 minutes if making into a sandwich loaf) remove from oven when done and immediately take out of pan and allow to cool on a rack. If it stays in the loaf pan while it cools it will lose its nice crust and get soft. If that happens though pop back in the oven directly on oven rack for a few minutes to crust back up.
If you have leftovers that are stale, run your loaf briefly under some water and pop in a hot oven till the crust has crisped back up.