Thursday, April 10, 2008

Adopt-A-Blogger: Gluten-Free Pita Bread Courtesy of Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried

For the Adopt-a-Gluten-Free-Blogger event, it was only natural that I'd choose to adopt Naomi Devlin of Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried. Naomi is a homeopath, mom, and baker from the UK. Her approach to cooking and baking feels familiar to me, because it's similar in many ways to mine. She is one of the bloggers whose recipes resonate with me the most, in her use of whole-grain gluten-free flours and nut meals, her adventurous exploration of new flavor combinations and textures, and her preference for natural sweeteners and nutritious ingredients. I love reading the blogs of cooks who are more likely to post an innovative and healthy recipe that introduces me to new flavors and textures than a recipe that's yet another nutritionally empty gluten-free clone of the usual standard American (or Western European) fare. I rarely bake these days for a variety of reasons, but Naomi's pita recipes were too tempting to pass up.

I made Naomi's recipe for Teff Pita Breads. Though I've had gluten-free falafel, I haven't had a pita bread since stopping eating gluten. It was such a thrill to take these out of the oven and see that they had, indeed, puffed up into pocket breads! (Well, about half of them did at least). They were tasty as can be, especially straight out of the oven. Over this past week I've eaten them stuffed them with hummus, with cheddar cheese, and with peanut butter, bananas and a drizzle of local honey. They were fantastic every which way.

I can't wait to try her other pitas. Here is a list of Naomi's gluten-free pita bread recipes:

Teff Pita Breads
Dark Coconut Pita Breads
Roasted Sweet Potato Pita Breads

Thanks for sharing your terrific recipes with the gluten-free blogosphere, Naomi!


Carrie said...

Those look really delicious!! I have to try them now!!

Shannon B. said...

Oh wow! I love that recipe for Dark Coconut Pita --- mmhhh. Great Adopt a blogger post and I love that you tried the pitas so many different ways -- drizzled with honey? Heaven :D

Karina said...

Can I drop in for lunch? Those look amazing! I don't suppose they're egg-free, though?

Naomi Devlin said...

They look perfect! Thanks for writing such lovely things about me - I gathered Nick and Fin to the computer to read out your post, I was so touched and proud.

Glad you enjoyed them and they worked out fine for you - always a slight worry!

Big hugs.

x x x

Catholicmommy said...

I want to try her pitas too, but I don't have a scale to weigh my ingredients... do you have a scale or did you convert it to cups?

ByTheBay said...

Catholicmommy: Yes, I used a scale. A postage scale or a food scale would work. I put a bowl on the scale and then added ingredients (subtracting the weight of the bowl, obviously).

Karina: Aw... sorry. Not so much.

Shannon B: The coconut ones look SO good!

Naomi - I'm so glad! Thanks for the awesome recipes.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to try doing a pita bread using Chia Flour. Also, maybe substitute macadamia nut oil for the olive oil, and use generous amounts of black cumin seeds (ala naan). For the sugar.. I'd like to use stevia but I'm not sure if the yeast will work with it.

Is my Frankenstein pita idea half baked?