Thursday, May 19, 2016

... of bread!

Alright. I'm finally sitting down at the computer (whaaaaaat?!) and posting the recipe to this plantain dough I've developed. This might be similar to another recipe out there, but I haven't ever seen it, so I've been working on this for awhile and now, I think, it's ready to share! Since starting the Auto Immune Protocol diet last year, I've been searching for a good pizza dough recipe. That's where this recipe started. 

With more or less coconut flour, this dough can be used for pizzas or sandwich bread (more) or muffins (less). So, here it is!

Plantain Dough
Preheat oven to 365.

-1 just ripe plantain (yellow with just a little black).
-2.5 tbsp coconut oil
-1/4 cup coconut milk
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp apple cider vinegar
-1/4 cup coconut flour (for muffins), add 3 more tbsp coconut flour (for pizza or "bread" dough)
Peel and cut plantains into large chunks.
Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
Add all ingredients except coconut flour. Mix well.

Add coconut flour and mix well. Muffin dough should be still be a bit... creamy. At this point you would add in anything you want for muffins (I've made "cupcakes" by adding raw cacao and vanilla extract - no sweeetner, the plantains are sweet enough already). Spoon into muffin cups and bake until just browned on top and a toothpick comes out mostly clean. It's been awhile since I did the muffins, but it's probably at least 20 minutes.

For dough, it should bond together well and not stick to the bowl.   
Press dough 1/4 inch thick until desired size (pizza obviously bigger than bread). The right side is to show the amount I used to press a 6" diameter piece of bread.
The whole amount will make about 3 personal pizzas or 6 pieces of bread. If you aren't making all of it at one time (not sure how well pre-made ones would heat up), the rest can go in any kind of container for use within the next few days. 
When you use it again, it may be slightly brown on the outside and look marbled when it mixes with the still yellow inside of the ball. This is ok. Might even make it look fun. As long as it smells good, you should be good to use it :)
(This is when I used it for a burger after a day in the fridge. You can see the marbling. Still tasted great!)

Anyway, bake at 365 for 18 minutes. The sides may start to brown if they are too thin, so pack up the sides so they are the same thickness as the rest of the bread. You want to make sure they are baked through and fairly stiff. 

For Pizza dough, bake for 14 minutes, take out, add toppings (I love no-mato sauce, onions, mushrooms, sausage and greens!) and bake for another 4-5 minutes.

Otherwise, sandwich it up!!

This bread is definitely sweet, so be prepared for that. I love that about it. My go to lunch recently has been a salmon or tuna salad sandwich (canned salmon or tuna mixed with celery, onions, mashed avocado, coconut milk, dill, tarragon, garlic powder, and salt). Yum, yum!

Hope you enjoy!

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