Baking Gluten Free Bread … in Minnesota! (Plus a Giveaway)

Baking Gluten Free Bread … in Minnesota! (Plus a Giveaway)

Baking Gluten Free Bread with the Winners

Somebody Really Did Win!

This is us! Well, the winners and me. From the Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread Big and BIGGER Giveaway. Left to right, above: Me, Hilma Cooper (the actual winner!) and Anneke Krall (the winner’s lovely daughter). I thought you might like to see what we did, and how it all went. It happened in Minnesota. In January. I went from cold and snowy New York … to colder and even snowier Minnesota. ‘Cause I’m that kind of girl. And since I couldn’t decide whether posting this would make you feel happy (yay! for the winner!) or mad (thanksfornothing, Nicole, I didn’t win and thanks for reminding me), I’m just closing my eyes and jumping in. That, and adding in another Giveaway of 2 signed copies of Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread. Woohoo! This is gonna be a dead simple giveaway.

Terms of This Signed Book Copy Giveaway

  1. Leave a comment below (saying whatever you like, as long as it’s polite!) and you’re entered. Done. Comments on Facebook don’t count. Emailed comments don’t count! Just sign in the Disqus in one of the many ways it allows, and comment away. Hopefully about something related to gluten free bread? I dunno.
  2. Giveaway ends Sunday night, February 9, 2014. Like, before I go to bed. And I’m no night owl. Sorry about the Morning Person thing. It can be very annoying, I know.
  3. Signed books go out from my local post office on Monday (okay, Tuesday at the latest if I have any trouble getting winners’ addresses).

**ETA: The giveaway has ended! The winners have been emailed! If you didn’t win, don’t worry. I’ll do another signed book giveaway very soon!**

Lean Crusty White Gluten Free Sandwich Bread from GFOAS Bakes Bread

How The Day Went

Here’s what we did: 3 loaves of Lean Crusty White Sandwich Bread (page 43 GFOAS Bakes Bread). They took forever to rise. Hello! It’s really cold and dry in Minnesota in January! So, we had to be super patient. Ask Anneke what happened. Okay fine I’ll tell you: I just kept saying, “It’ll be fine. Just hang on.” And … it was! Read the Bread FAQs. All true.

Anneke was totally prepared. She had a big batch of the Bread Flour from pages 8-9 (want a calculator to do the math for you? go here). And lots and lots of 2 liter proofing buckets of gluten free bread dough proofing in the refrigerator, most for 2-3 days.

Baking Gluten Free Pizza from GFOAS Bakes Bread

We made lots and lots (and lots!) of pizza for lunch. It was fabulous. She shaped rolls…

Shaping Gluten Free Hoagie Rolls from GFOAS Bakes Bread

This is all pictured in Chapter 3 of Bakes Bread, and you should know that Anneke was pretty nervous. But she was a total pro! She just had to relax and trust herself. You don’t need my 2 old lady dishpan hands there with you. You have the step by step photos in the book. And you have my voice in your ear. Well, at least you have however you think my voice sounds from the way I write. Or something like that.

Gluten Free Bread Baking and Proofing

We had bread in the oven (look! the 3 loaves from above) and rolls proofing on the stovetop. It was like a regular day in my own house!

Baking Gluten Free Bagels from GFOAS Bakes Bread

Oh, right. We also made bagels (that’s Donia with Anneke’s mom—she and Anneke are friends and she traveled 7 hours by car to hang out with us, too! Jennifer came, too, but she stayed far away from the camera). Anneke’s family ate them speedy quick, hot out of the oven. With butter. Like you’re meant to do.

Baking Gluten Free Bread from GFOAS Bakes Bread

Anneke’s mom, Hilma, did so many dishes, and I did comparatively so few, that my horrible dishpan hands actually started to heal a bit. We worked from 7:00 am (really!) until about 6:00 pm. The children (not pictured, but trust me they are adorable!) were kind and helpful and well-behaved. Amazing. And mother and daughter are comfortable and respectful around one another in a way that I can only dream of for when my children are grown. *sigh*

Some Free Recipes From The Book

Don’t have your copy of Bakes Bread yet (whatcha waiting for?)? Here are 4 recipes from the book (below) to get you started. You know, to convince you that it really does work and it really is a Gluten Free Bread Revolution!

[If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know the drill with the clickable collage, but just in case—hover over each photo for the recipe title, then click the picture to open a new window with that post and the entire recipe]GFOAS Bakes Bread Recipes

Let’s Bake Together, You and Me

Oh, right! I almost forgot: Would you like to Bake Gluten Free Bread Together? I can’t afford to pay for another trip across the country, I’m afraid (none of this was sponsored—it was all on me, so that I could do it my way, without having to pander to one brand or another). But I would be willing to hop in the car and travel a reasonable distance (say, about 200 miles in any direction from New York City?) if YOU (yes you!) would like to organize a Gluten Free Bread Baking Class for me to teach. My time will be free. The rest is up to you! To reach out, leave a comment below letting me know that you’d like to organize a class, or contact me through the form on the blog. We’ll bake whatever bread recipes you like, and you and your friends and acquaintances can take it all home!

Thank you, Anneke for hosting such a wonderful day, Hilma for being such a gracious winner, and Donia and Jennifer for coming from far and wide to bake with us!



P.S.  Don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of Bakes Bread by leaving a comment below! Giveaway closes Sunday night, and books go out right away. Want to organize a gluten free bread baking class? Let me know!

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  • Talacocheta
    February 10, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Being new to the gluten-free world, this cookbook would be perfect!

  • Teena Brosdahl
    February 10, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    I really miss baking, I haven’t baked since I found out I am gluten intolerant. It’s hard to know the flours to use and scared of wasting money. I could really use the book to help me with getting back to what I loved to do bake and cook

  • Tasha
    February 10, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    I am a newbie as well. I would love a cookbook.

  • Tina Price
    February 10, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I’m a newbie at all this…the cookbook would be a big help

  • Stacy Holloway
    February 10, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    I would love to win this book for my father. Thank you for your GF wizardry!

  • Christie Morgan Ison
    February 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    I already have the bread book, but I’d love to give it to a GF newbie. I’m teaching GF classes at our local culinary school. Oh, how I wish I were within your 200 mile radius, or I’d let you take over the one I have coming up about breads! ;) Which recipe would you recommend we do, since it’s a one-time class? I’d like to send them home with rolls for Easter, but not sure which recipe to use (from your original book or GFSBB).

  • Janah Fowler Trent
    February 9, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    I would love to win!!

  • Karen
    February 9, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Would love to try & win your book as I am newly GF. Thanks!

  • Rebecca C
    February 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I would love a copy of your book! Your recipes are amazing! Keep on sharing! Thank you!

  • Kim H
    February 9, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Would love a copy of your newest book! I have your first and use your blog frequently. I just recently made your yeast free pita breads for gyros.

  • KimDonavan
    February 9, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I am dreaming of making one of the yummy recipes. Thank you!

  • Becca
    February 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Gluten Free since July 2013. Just now looking into real baking :)

  • Dannkr
    February 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I am a very frustrated bread maker because I LOVE yeast bread, great texture, and whole grains. It is next to impossible to find a decent GF bread, until now. I am brand new to your blog but have been gluten-free for 5 years. I am ordering your cookbook and plan to try some of the yummies I’ve seen on your Facebook page. Please keep blogging!

  • Holly Sorokach
    February 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Making bread always intimidated me, until I had my twins. One of my twins has Autism with a Gluten sensitivity. I am now on a mission to fearlessly make bread that she will eat, as well as the rest of the family!

  • ashleighlynch
    February 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I’ve made a couple gluten free breads but i am afraid of the yeast breads, i really want to learn how to make them!

  • Kelsea Nixon
    February 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    I would love to try this!

  • Danielle Vasquez
    February 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Would love to try making my own gluten free bread!

  • Sonya Hooper
    February 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Always amazed by how wonderful everything looks! Looking forward to trying the recipes!

  • amanda
    February 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    I would love this. Its hard to find cook books with yummy recipes in it. Ive loved all the recipes I’ve made form your blog I know I’d love your book!

  • Karen Martin Pennington
    February 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I can’t wait to try the gluten-free bread recipe! I so miss having bread in my newly diagnosed gluten-free life!

  • Mary
    February 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    New to Gluten free, as my health now requires it. These photos look really good. I am hoping I can learn how to cook gluten free foods.

  • emaegf
    February 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Yum! No better way to stay warm in our cold Minnesota winter than baking fresh bread with nice friends to share with…

  • Shonna Gage
    February 9, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    These breads look awesome & delicious!

  • HeartTenderizer
    February 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Thanks so much for your instructions.

  • Marisa
    February 9, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Love baking bread…especially during this particularly snowy and cold NY winter!

  • Terri Perkins
    February 9, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Thank you for your blog and cook books. I always send my friends to your blog when they become GF.

  • Paige Smith
    February 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Love the recipes. Still learning my way GF as a celiac and these help. Thanks!

  • Lauren F
    February 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I hope you haven’t fallen asleep yet and I’m entered :)

  • Azure
    February 9, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    How have I never found this website before? Can’t wait to try out the recipes!

  • Laura
    February 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    I have to bake my own GF breads because store bought loaves are too petite. A slice of cheese is larger than a slice of Udi’s plus $6 a loaf gets expensive.

  • Peggy Gerber Payne
    February 9, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Looks very interesting. Cant wait to try some of these recipes. Thanks. :)

  • Lorraine Schallock Barrett
    February 9, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I can’t believe I didn’t find this website sooner. I’ve been eating gluten free for 9 months because I’m breastfeeding and my daughter is highly sensitive. Once she’s done I’ll have to be careful since it’s been so long for me eating foods with gluten AND we just found out a few months ago that my husband is sensitive. All of the breads and bread mixes you find in the store are just gross. I wish I would have found this sooner because I’m still trying to figure out foods I can make, but I guess it’s better late than never. It’s healthier for you anyway

  • Megan
    February 9, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Hershey, PA (The Sweetest Place on Earth) is only 161 away from NYC according to MapQuest. A spring/summer class here could be combined with a family trip to Hersheypark :) How many people would we need to gather for a class?

  • Jennifer Cody
    February 9, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I just have to add…. Oh my goodness! I have been missing the mother load! Wow! I just subscribed and I know I’ve been way to busy. I’ve totally missed out up until now on your blog! I’m so excited. I’ve only had my iPhone since Mother’s Day and I’m often forgetting how great a resource it is. I’m rarely on a computer. One question is your cookbook available on Nook? Well thank you again!

  • Murphys Law
    February 9, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Ooooohhhh! I would love to win a copy of your book. I work in a small cafe, trying to convince the owner to add a gluten free menu. Will most certainly be talking you up to my GF friends for a visit. How would you feel about WA state (in the summer when it’s beautimus, and the moss grows slowly ;-) Playing plenty with your recipes altering them to milk/egg free. Loving the results! Thank you so much for all the effort you put in! ;-)

  • Jennifer Cody
    February 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Hi! I’m I’m very glad to have received a post about your book. A dear friend introduced me to your recipes and I’m very thankful. I have a lot of trouble with inflammation and eating gluten free is a huge help. It’s been a long road and trying to find yummy bread. I’m so encouraged by the photos above and that the kids loved it too! I’m excited to bring gluten free foods to my entire family. The title on a shoestring was a great pick! It caught my attention. Thank you for all of your hard work and the gift of free recipes.
    Happy baking!

  • Debbi K.
    February 9, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book! I would LOVE to host a party but I’m in Maryland, sounds like too far??

  • Holly Condict
    February 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I love your facebook posts, and I would love a copy of your book

  • Suze
    February 9, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Bread… The one thing I probably miss most of all.

  • van
    February 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I would love a copy of your latest book!

  • Dawn Strandburg
    February 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    awww I have your GF on a shoestring quick and easy.I would love to get your new book!

  • Pearl
    February 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Too bad I don’t live closer…if you thought Minnesota was cold come a little further north to Manitoba, Canada. We’re having the coldest winter on record or the last 100 years; something like that. Baking bread might help warm up the house!

  • Sandra Larsen
    February 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    I would love to win this book. The whole family has recently made the switch to GF to support my husband and his need to be GF. I use to bake everything from scratch. But my GF baking could use a little help.

  • Christin
    February 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Love your recipes!!!!

  • Lilia Garcia Broguiere
    February 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    My daughter is gluten-free, milk-free, and I’m trying hard to avoid wheat for health reasons. I would love to try some of these recipes – they look so easy and delicious!

  • Jennifer Markey Peterson
    February 9, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    My daughter is now GF and it has been very hard to find a bread she likes. Can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

  • Jen
    February 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Initially going gluten free is very hard, your book really helped me! I plan on getting the bread book as well (even if I don’t win)! Thanks for helping me go a cheaper route!!! : )

  • Dianne Willis
    February 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I just baked your English Muffin Bread. It is wonderful! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work.
    I would love to win your latest book! I bought your Quick and Easy book – love it! Thanks again.

  • Melanie Borst
    February 9, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to win! :)

  • Ginny Parker
    February 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I was diagnosed with celiac a year ago. After trying gluten free bread I stopped eating bread as the smell, taste and texture are repulsive to me.
    A couple of weeks ago I stumbled onto your blog … I was intrigued by your precise well tested bread recipes. I was also totally intimidated by the thought of baking my own bread…. I didn’t think I had the patience or “knack” for it. And I also have an irrational fear of yeast. However as I spent more time reading your blog I began to believe I could do it so I bought your bread book, read and re-read the recipes and stocked up on all recommended tools/ingredients. I made the dough on Weds. gave it the long rise and baked the Lean Crusty White Bread today. It worked!!!
    Crusty, tangy delicious gluten free bread that I actually baked (with the help of your book, your blog and your video on shaping)!
    Nicole – you are the bread goddess!! Thank you for all your hard work!! I can’t wait to bake my way through your book.

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