Gluten-free Zucchini Basil Focaccia.. guest post for Fork and Beans. vegan GF gumfree

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This is a Glutenfree, gum free, soy free, dairy free, egg free Focaccia Bread. Oh wait, I can just say what it does have instead. Oats and brown rice flour, potato and tapioca starch, oil, non dairy yogurt, and water! Luckily for me, I topped it with some Zukes... so it fits in well with the upcoming St Pat's celebration. You can add some spinach puree instead of water to greenify the bread.


This pretty Focaccia is being guest hosted at Cara's fantabulous blog! If you havent seen what that superwoman can do.. Now is the time!
Checkout her amazing vegan and glutenfree Halloween Series for starters and then go green with envy at her St Paddy's creations!

Head on over to Cara's for the Recipe, step pictures and more or see below.

Gluten free Focaccia with zucchini and basil
gluten, soy, dairy, egg, corn, nut free recipe

Ingredients: Makes a 9 by 5 inch by 1.5 inch high loaf.
7 Tablespoons gf Oats, ground fine( a bit less than 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup brown rice flour
4.5 Tablespoons potato starch
1.5 Tablespoons tapioca starch
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons non dairy Yogurt(I used SoDelicious plain coconut milk yogurt)
2 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon active dry yeast (I used red star)
1 teaspoon raw sugar
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic(roasted or raw, I added roasted)
1/4 teaspoon dried basil or rosemary

To add on top
1-2 teaspoons evoo
1/4 teaspoon herbs of choice
Thin zucchini slices
granulated salt( sea salt or kosher)

Method:
In a bowl. add warm water, yeast and sugar, Mix well and let sit until frothy(10 minutes)
In another bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients well.
Add the dry ingredients, yogurt and oil into the yeast mixture and mix for 2 minutes until a slightly stiff battery dough is formed. See picture.
Cover the bowl and let sit in a warm place for 1.5 hours or until doubled.
Mix the batter with a spoon and if too wet, add a teaspoon or so Oats flour. The mixture after the first rise, will be like a sticky dough.(The dough should not be a flowy cake batter or a stiff bread dough. Anything in between and it should bake fine.)
Drop this dough into a parchment lined pan. Oil your hands and pat it down to the required thickness.
Cover and let rise for 35-40 minutes in a warm place.
Make some dimples on the dough lightly(you can skip the dimples since the dough is sticky andwill collapse completely under too much pressure. just make a few dents with an oiled finger if possible)
Drizzle EVOO on the dimples or just generally on the top.
Sprinkle dried herbs of choice, black pepper and salt. Place some zucchini slices(optional)
Spray water on top. Cover the pan with aluminium foil. Make 1 or 2 holes in the foil, to let excess steam escape.
(If using bread pan like me, double it up to reduce browning of the crust). Or use ceramic/stoneware for less browning.
Bake at 390 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Remove foil, remove doubled pan if using and rotate the bread.
Bake for another 12-15 minutes until required crust color is achieved.
Take bread out carefully and let cool for 10 minutes.
Best served warm. Re warm in the oven or in toaster.



If this is first time you are trying a gf bread, I recommend starting with GF Naan flatbread. Tried and tested, less ingredients and a great steamed texture. Also, if you want to replace the Oats in any of the gf breads with other flours like sorghum, stick to steaming to keep the bread less crumbly.
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36 comments:

  1. i LOVED your guest post, richa!!

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    1. Thank you Caitlin! you are too kind! a tight hug to ya! Let me know when you try the bread!

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  2. This looks SO delicious and your photos are just gorgeous! I had to pin it to the BEST food bloggers board on Pinterest! :)

    http://pinterest.com/bachelorsgrill/best-food-blogger-recipes/

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    1. Thank you Ann! Thank you for the share on fb and the pin!!:)

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  3. Came over to say hey. Just read your fantastic post over at F and B.
    and that is awesome news!

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Gigi! I know right.. we have some brilliant brains around!

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  4. you are awesome..u won me over with the mention of the recycling project! :)..glad u shared it

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    1. I just saw it today morning..had to put it in.. its so cool!

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  5. I will definitely try your GF bread soon ...I know I keep promising to myself to make it but work and other stuff takes over! I think it would be awesome as a pizza base..

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    1. no worries..:) try it whenever you can:)

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  6. This is such a neat St. Patricks' Day dish! I love focaccia and zucchini. Gorgeous, colorful dish!

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  7. I've never been a big bread eater but I used to love focaccia every now and again, particularly with rosemary, so I'm sure this would be lovely!

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    1. Thanks Hannah! I live and breathe bread.. i dont know what i would do without some:)

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  8. Very delish looking! You are really a gluten free innovator now,Richa.:)

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    1. Thanks Harini! you can replace the oats with sorghum, but then steam it, coz sorghum has no holding power:)

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  9. Wonderful guest post, but now I've looked at all the recipes I don't know what to try first. O me, O my. I love your gum free steaming method. I love all the Indian recipes. I guess I'm just in love.

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    1. Thank you Laurel! Let me know when you try anything out! I would love to hear about it!:)

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    2. I'm so glad you mentioned steaming sorghum as I can't eat oats. I probably would go with that or millet. Actually, millet sounds pretty good. So does focaccia covered with veggies and Daiya. Thank you wonderful lady.

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    3. Oats help the bread stay together, which wont work with sorghum or millet. Steaming will work well with all other flours. I used similar dough to make some pizza today.. hubbs couldnt guess that it was gf:)

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  10. WOW! This looks amazing!


    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us this week on AFW! Be sure to check back next week for reader favorites and hostess picks. Have a great week!

    Be Well,
    --AFW Hostesses

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    1. Thank you Amber! you too have a great weekend!

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  11. Oh your bread looks so moist and delicious! I love the flavor combinations:-) Hugs, Terra

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    1. Thank you Terra! Hugs back to ya!

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  12. i love focaccia! you've been on an amazing GF baking streak. i love it richa!

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  13. Incredible! You really are the master of all things yeasted. I've never attempted a real gluten-free bread like this... But now I really want to try! Very impressive, I never would have guessed it wasn't made with wheat flour.

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  14. Beautiful Focaccia!These Zucchinis in there make it look absolutely delicious and so healthy!Very very creative recipe!You sure are into making all kinds of breads,I have to try some of your awesome creations!Thanks Richa for sharing :)

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  15. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I featured your focaccia on today's Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Love :)

    http://allergyfreecookery.blogspot.com/2012/03/allergy-friendly-lunchbox-love-32312.html

    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

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  16. Great recipe and I love the zucchini addition on top! I would like to extend and invitation to share you recipe in our recipe hop. It is a weekly event beginning on Sundays at 7pm and running throughout midnight Wed. Hope to see you there!

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  17. This looks sooooo good! Only issue for me is that I'm allergic to potatoes. Would using all tapioca starch be a horrible idea? Or is there some other swap you'd suggest?

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    1. Hi Lindsey, you can sub half of the potato starch with tapioca and another half with arrowroot or corn starch. all tapioca might make it a bit gummy

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