GLUTEN FREE SAFFRON & WALNUT BREAD
How to Make Gluten Free Saffron & Walnut Bread
PREP TIME: 120 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
What makes bread taste so good?
1) A flour that's sticky enough to hold an air pocket so that it rises.
2) Condensed milk, butter, or a combination or oils and salts that enrich the flavor of the grain.
- Activate the yeast by mixing the yeast with the milk and a teaspoon of sugar. Let sit for fifteen minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the Saffron by heating it on a plate over boiling water to dry out the threads. Pulverize in a mortar and pestle and pour 1/4 c hot water over, letting it steep for 5 minutes. Chop the walnuts and put in a bowl and add 1/4 c hot water. Set aside.
- First Rising: Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a bowl. Then add the saffron, butter and yeast and mix thoroughly. Knead until the dough is soft but not sticky. Roll into a ball and place in a greased bowl and cover for two hours or until it has doubled in size.
- 2nd Rising: Add walnuts. Knead for two or three minutes, flatten, and roll into loaves and place in a breadpan. Cover and let rise for two hours, or until it has doubled in size. This second rising makes the dough all the more digestible.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes on 400.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Offering of Bounty
Gluten Free Saffron Walnut Bread evokes the wholesome abundance of home. A fresh loaf, sitting handsomely atop a rustic cutting board, is sure to entice your family and friends with its sweet, nurturing aroma. Historically, the availability of nourishing and hearty grains like sorghum indicated a plentiful harvest and promised a winter without hunger. This buttery bread, combining nutritive millet and sorghum flours, affirms the rich generosity of nature and reassures your body that it will make it through chilly fall days. Saffron, an ancient symbol of abundant bounty, infuses this artisan loaf with a rich, golden hue. A thick slice of this warm bread, fresh out of a conventional or wood-fired oven, pairs well with a pat of melting butter (or ghee!) and honey, and may just make you feel like coming home and getting cozy around the fire hearth on cold days.
Warming walnuts rebuild strength after a hard day of work and restore heartiness to the deeply deficient (while adding a satisfying crunch to the mix). A hearty hunk of this bread broken straight off the loaf bestows the vigor and power of an unshakable oak tree, while rebuilding vitality. Saffron when baked with milk and ghee creates a nourishing reproductive tonic for both men and women and is among the few special herbs that stimulate the release of oxytocin, the "tend and befriend" hormone. The whole milk and butter in this recipe are bound to relax, strengthen, and ground those lucky enough to be offered a nurturing slice.
Warm Your Soul
In the fall, we retreat from the outdoors for refuge in the warm kitchen. As days grow shorter and our sun exposure dwindles, your skin starts to lose its glow. Walnuts warm up the body, encouraging good circulation as the days get colder. The abundant oils in this recipe soothe dryness and add an extra layer of warmth. A hunk of bread reminds you of grandma's sweetness, warming up your belly and heart, bringing a satisfied glow of happiness to your cheeks.
Relax Your Tired Mind
This Saffron & Walnut Bread pacifies your burdened mind, allowing you to release your troubles for a few moments of sweet reprieve. Breaking bread is a quintessential way to settle down and relax with friends and loved ones, or even just slow down for a quiet moment alone. This calming recipe offers the grounding, warming oils of walnuts and cooling luxury of saffron as a balm for your nervous system.
Light for Delicate Digestion
Sorghum is lighter than wheat flour, and thus much easier to digest. Its flavor is delicate enough as not to overwhelm the subtle tastes in this recipe. Aromatic saffron also has strong blood-moving qualities that support good digestion. Xantham gum, a natural plant-based thickener, replaces gooey gluten in this gluten free recipe and won't bog down your digestive system like wheat can.
WHAT IS GLUTEN FREE SAFFRON & WALNUT BREAD?
This "bread" is free of gluten, using Millet Flour and Sorghum Flour instead of traditional wheat flour. Soothing to the mind and palate. Anya Sapritsky found this idea baked by David Bouley, refined french chef of Tribeca, NYC (https://www.davidbouley.com).
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GOOEY
ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ASTRINGENT
The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SATTVIC
Lactose, , Tree Nuts
Lactose is a sugar found in milk derived from galactose and glucose. It is difficult for many people to digest.
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Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
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Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.
LEARN MORE ABOUT INWARD
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUNDING
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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It's millet flour!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 09-05-14
Sounds lovely. What milk substitutions will work? Can coconut oil be used instead of butter. I have a dairy sensitivity.
- valerie jones 11-19-19
Coconut oil will work. We have not tried a milk substitute, but I would guess coconut milk would work.
I was so excited to try this bread that I made a special trip to purchase all the ingredients as listed (including saffron...$$$!). I was so disappointed. The dough barely rose (yes, the yeast was very active), and the flavor was sour. I'm not a stranger to baking yeast breads, nor to gluten free baking, but I'd never made a gluten free yeast bread before. After this fail, I started researching other gluten free yeast breads, and it seems that the rules are very different, e.g. only one rise for gluten free breads, and the recipes I found all have baking powder and baking soda in addition to the yeast. I'm wondering if anyone tested this recipe before posting?