Due to the lack of gluten, the gluten free breads usually have a heavier, solider consistency and smaller volume compared to the standard wheat bread. Gluten, or protein, in the bread, helps the standard bread to rise and makes them soft and flexible. Psyllium husk, derived from the outer coating of the psyllium seed, is a complete natural fiber and does not contain any additives or preservatives. It is a top herb used in weight control and for general intestinal health. Psyllium is sold as whole husks and powder. Get the whole psyllium husks if have access to them. I have used finely ground polenta flour in this recipe, but other gluten free flours (teff, rice, or sorghum) will work fine too.
Gluten Free Polenta Bread with Psyllium Husks and Yoghurtadapted from here
- In a mixing bowl, mix the lukewarm water, honey and fresh yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Whisk the yoghurt, 50ml olive oil, crushed flaxseed and psyllium husks into the yeast mixture. Let stand for 2 minutes to let the flaxseed and psyllium release their gelatinous substances.
- Toss together the polenta flour and salt in another mixing bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together with a large wooden spoon until thick. Then knead the dough on a worktop to mix everything until incorporated. Return the dough to the bowl, cover and moist towel and leave for 30-45 minutes.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper. Form the dough into an oval shape, that is approximately the length of the pan, then brush with extra olive oil, cover and leave to rise for 45 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 240C/465F, uncover the dough and slash the top with a small sharp knife, sprinkle with a little polenta to give it a floured look and bake for about 40 minutes, or until golden-brown in colour. Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing.