Allergy Free Focaccia for Amy Green’s Baby Shower

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My sweet friend Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten Free  and her lovely husband Joe are having a baby! Any day now, they’ll be adding a little one to their already loving and warm household.  By the way she nurtures those beloved dogs, not to mention her tens of thousands of loyal followers, I know Amy is going to be the best mom in the world!  In honor of her soon-to-be-born baby, some of us in the food blog world decided to throw her a baby shower, virtually.  Thanks for organizing the party, Hallie and Maggie!

Gluten Free Vegan Focaccia

Makes 1 square 9-inch bread 

This rustic flat bread is great served with white bean dip or dunked in red sauce. It’s also wonderful dipped in olive oil. Be sure to serve it warm.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°F)

1 teaspoon agave nectar

1 (1/4-ounce) packet rapid-rise yeast

3 ½ cups Gluten-Free Bread Flour Mix (see below)

1 tablespoon xanthan gum

1 tablespoon salt

¼ cup olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

 

1. Combine the water, agave nectar, and yeast in a large bowl. Mix well. Make sure the yeast is completely dissolved.

2. Whisk together the flour mix, xanthan gum, and salt.

3. Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture in two batches and mix well for about 1 minute, or until the dough is coming together.

4. Spray a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with baking spray or grease with vegetable shortening and dust with cornmeal, tapping out any extra.

5. Transfer the dough to the pan, using a rubber spatula. Use a frosting spatula to smooth down the surface and coax the dough into the corners of the pan. Cover with a folded dish towel or cloth napkin. Place the pan in a dishpan and pour hot water to come two-thirds up the sides (or just fill your kitchen sink basin). It may float, but don’t worry, that’s fine. Be sure to fold your cloth so it’s not dragging in the water. Let the bread rise for 1 hour. I generally replace the hot water with new hot water after the first 30 minutes. Check it periodically to make sure it’s still quite warm.

6. After the dough has risen for 1 hour, use your fingers to gently make dimples all over the top of the bread. Return the bread to its warm bath to continue rising while you preheat the oven.

7. Preheat the oven to 450?F. Once it’s heated, pour the olive oil over the top of the bread, brushing lightly with a pastry brush to distribute it evenly. Sprinkle the top with the coarse sea salt and rosemary. Bake for about 22 minutes, or until golden on top. Transfer to a cooling rack, turn out of the pan, and let cool for about 15 minutes before slicing.

 

Gluten-Free Bread Flour Mix

Makes 6 cups

1 1/ 2 cups millet flour

1 1/2 cups sorghum flour

2 cups tapioca starch

1 cup potato starch

 

Combine all the ingredients in a gallon-size zipper-top bag. Shake until well blended. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Focaccia and Gluten-Free Bread Flour mix recipes reprinted with permission from The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook: How to Bake Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, and SesameCopyright © 2009 by Cybele Pascal, Celestial Arts, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Photo credit: Chugrad McAndrews.

(Please note that all my recipes are completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at Amazon.com. If you have trouble finding something, let me know and I’ll help you find it.)

SAFETY NOTE: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns before consumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.

For other fantastic Gluten-free and Sugar-free treats coming your way to the baby shower, check out the other party guests below. Everyone is cooking up something wonderful!

Congratulations, Amy and Joe!

xoxo

Cybele

22 Responses

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  2. Alta says:

    This looks scrumptious! Would be perfect for nibbling at a shower. Amy will love it!

  3. Cybele says:

    Thanks, Alta!

    Now I’m going over to visit everyone else’s posts.

  4. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Cybele,
    What a wonderful Focaccia and a great addition to the shower table. I will really enjoy this recipe. It’s been fun cooking with you for Amy’s Baby Shower.
    Miz Helen

  5. Cybele says:

    Thanks Miz Helen, just cruising around now.Off to visit your post! What a pleasure!

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  8. Kim says:

    Oh wow! This bread looks fabulous!! I will be giving this one a try for sure, Cybele! Awesome recipe

    • Thanks, Kim! Getting ready to take a tour of everyone else’s posts. It’s my son’s bday today, plus launched new site. So much on my plate. About to grab a tea and look through the recipes, tho.

      xo
      Cybele

  9. andrea says:

    I love this bread…with sea salt and rosemary on top, I would just about swear that it is as yummy as that bread they serve at Macaroni Grill! But this bread won’t make anyone’s tummy sick!

  10. Danielle says:

    looks delicious! What a fun idea! Congrats to Amy :)

  11. Cybele! Thank you so much! I love your recipe – can’t wait to try it! And in the middle of all you have going on – I don’t know how you had time to do this, too. Tell your son I said Happy Bday & please let me know about the new site – would love to help share it.

    Much love,
    Amy

    • cybele says:

      Hi Amy! So happy to be a party guest! Can’t wait to see you all in April. Best of luck with everything to come.

      xoxo
      Cybele

  12. Maggie says:

    I LOVE and really miss foccacia so I will definitely be making this, thanks for another fabulous recipe Cybele. Your site looks gorgeous! Thanks for fitting this in despite all that you have going on this week :)

    • cybele says:

      Maggie, thanks so much for including me. Still working out the kinks on the site. All my fractions have disappeared so my recipes are full of question marks! Eeek.

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