First Attempt at Paleo Bread

Last night I had an itch to cook something new. Since I have not been to the grocery store in a while and will be going tomorrow, I had to use what I had on hand. That is how I decided to make my first attempt at Paleo friendly bread. This try was Jalapeno Bacon Bread, yum! I had the flour, the eggs, baking soda, etc. so I was ready Freddy. I am sorry for not taking pictures as I went along, I thought about that as the batter was baking in the oven, but there is always next time!

I started out by preheating the oven and preparing the bacon and jalapenos on a baking sheet covered with foil. This just helped by containing the mess and making clean up much easier. The recipe called for fresh jalapenos, but all I had on hand was the ones in a jar, so I used those instead. I hope they do not have sugar or anything unPaleo in them…

Once I had the bacon and jalapenos in the oven and cooking (turning after 5 minutes and cooking for another 5), I turned my attention to making the batter. I am calling it batter because it was the consistency of cake batter, not really dough. I whisked the ghee, eggs, and water together until mixed thoroughly. Then I began to add coconut flour to make the batter thick and ooey gooey and was combined well.

Once the bacon and jalapenos had been removed from the oven and cooled, I diced them up. The recipe called for them to be placed in a food processor, but why dirty up another machine? I just simply cut them up with a pair of kitchen scissors. I folded those into the batter.

I then greased a baking dish with ghee, added the batter to the pan, smoothed it out, and baked at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

The result was a nice, brown and crispy bread. The bread was thin, it did not really rise, and actually shrunk a little in the pan while it was cooking. The texture was slightly eggy, since there were six in the batter, but it still turned out delicious. The taste was almost like cornbread to me. This would be a nice bread to have when you fix a big pot of Paleo friendly chili. I will be making this one again for sure! Below you will find a picture of the end result ~ my Jalapeno Bacon Bread! I call this a success.

Jalapeno Bacon Bread

Getting Started ~ Paleo? Are you sure?

So I have tried lots of diets. Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins, counting calories, you name it and I have tried it. My most successful attempts were with counting calories and Atkins. Something about being strict and ridged was easy for me, and made sense. I could not cheat my way out and eat whatever I wanted. I had to have some kind of structure, and those diets provided it for me. Now I am trying something new. After talking with several doctors, I have decided to try the Paleo plan. I do not want to call it a diet, because I want this to be a lifestyle change. I can do without bread, that is not a problem, and I can do without some of the other things called for, but cheese. Oh, cheese. You will be sorely missed. So far, I have been doing the Paleo method for a little over a week and a half and have lost about 10 lbs. I weigh in on Friday, so I will find out how much I have lost exactly. Pretty exciting! So far I have lived off of tuna, salad, bacon, eggs, hamburger in some form or another along with fruits and veggies. As you can see… I need to hit the grocery store ASAP! I did get in the mail Friday almond flour, coconut flour, palm shortening, maple sugar, cacao powder, Herbes de Provence, and maybe something else. I cannot wait to get cooking! I hope to go to Sam’s this weekend and pick up some coconut oil and a few other staples. I got a few Paleo cookbooks in the mail and I cannot wait to get started on cooking from them. I will post a review once I have made a few of the recipes found in the pages. One is a Southern cuisine cookbook, so you know I am super excited about that one. On the menu for Friday are Mini Chicken Pot Pies. These look and sound delicious and I hope they become one of my new favorite comfort foods. The recipe does not sound difficult and the picture looks gorgeous. The instructions do call for small mini pie tins or small oven safe bowls, but I plan on using one large pie plate. Look forward to some pictures soon.

I know I said I could do without bread, but tonight I am going to try a new recipe. I am going to try Jalapeno Bacon Bread from Paleo Bread Cookbook. I ordered this simple book full of bread, muffin, pancake, and waffle recipes from amazon for $6.99. It has been a great resource and has given me lots of ideas. Later, I may try the Cinnamon Rolls recipe with the cinnamon and honey glaze. That would make a yummy Saturday morning treat!

I hope with this blog I will help you find new recipes to try, hear back things you have tried as well, and offer words of encouragement. Cannot wait to share this journey with you!