The low-carb saga continues

I made another bread experiment. This time I used coconut flour only because I was curious how it behaves. I’ve read about it and found out it’s very dry and you need to add a lot of eggs. So I beat 6 eggs, added some salt and 3/4 cup coconut flour. Before even mixing everything, I turned around to grab the baking powder. I didn’t look at the dough for 10s and when I got back to it everything had turned into a massive lump stuck to the whisk. I had to knead in the baking powder – not a very efficient thing to do. The dough was crumbly and soft, but smelled nice. I baked it for 40 min or so and it didn’t puff up much.

IMG_9189I probably should’ve baked it in a different tin, but I don’t own any and won’t be buying one soon due to storage problems. Also, I like the flat bread, it’s really good for sandwiches.

IMG_9195The coconut bread is very dense and heavy. It tastes nice, but you can’t enjoy it on its own because it absorbs moisture very fast. It is a good vehicle for hummus, though.

IMG_9201I’m not sure I can toast this. I used the almond flour bread in the sandwich maker and it behaved well, but I had to make sure the crust didn’t burn before the cheese melted. I also put a slice in the toaster and it turned out softer in the centre instead of drying out. The crust was nice and crunchy, though. I will see if I can use the coconut bread similarly.

I think the baking time needs to be adjusted. Both breads had a nice crust, but the inside was slightly too moist. Or maybe there’s another problem, I can’t really tell.

I prefer the quark based bread – tastier and much more satisfying. I will probably increase the amount of coconut flour in that recipe. On the bright side, they were both edible.

Low carb bread

There’s this annoying social pressure to eat carbs. Because potatoes are full of vitamins,  aren’t they?! And rice is full of fibre. Or from time to time your friend just feels like eating something sweet. Also, this is tradition, we’ve been eating like that for ages!! How about we have some pasta tonight? And so on and on… There are moments when you can’t say no and moments when you’re too weak to say no.

Or the worst conversation possible – “I want to eat tasty food and be happy.” Yeah, I used to say the same thing and I hate myself for that. That’s not an excuse to indulge in crappy food that makes you fat. It’s only a good reason to choose your meals carefully. Now I want to be pretty and healthy. And by pretty I don’t mean anorexic model skinny. I mean strong and lean and looking gorgeous in that Karren Millen dress I found on sale and never got to wear because I started eating carbs again.

Since my meals have turned into something social, I have to be prepared, because the people around don’t seem to give a damn about low carb. The favourite pastime is pita and hummus so I’m looking for a bread recipe.

I found some interesting ideas on the T-nation forum and the peanut flour recipe seemed very appealing. I didn’t have any peanut flour, though, so I had to improvise. I am going to write down exactly what I did for future reference, but the recipe still requires some improvement.

  • 250 g quark/cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 eggs + 1 egg white (I happened to have that lying in the fridge)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground walnuts ( or as much as your hand can grab from the container)
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt

I mixed the quark (I used this brand because it doesn’t taste like cream cheese spread or thick yoghurt.) with the oil and added the eggs one by one. The mixture looked nice and smooth and this gave me hope. Then I added all the dry ingredients. I used a nonstick baking tin so I brushed it with a little bit of sunflower oil and added the dough. I baked it for 50 min at 160°C (fan oven).

It smelled great and looked really nice. I should’ve taken a photo as soon as I got it out of the oven because by the time I ran upstairs and grabbed the camera, the bread collapsed a bit.

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I was afraid to cut the first slice. It looked too nice to be true. The texture turned out a bit spongy and moist for a bread. It would be perfect for cake, though. A bit of xylitol and some blueberries could turn this into a real treat.

IMG_9177I’m definitely making this again. I would like to adjust the quantities and play with the consistency of the dough. The taste is very similar to bread and you can’t feel the cheese or the coconut.

The best part –  the carb lovers liked it too. Although my housemate ate it with condensed milk. 😐

Awesomeness

I’ve had my 2nd session in the new gym this morning. I was so eager to get there it didn’t matter my brain wouldn’t really function on a Monday morning. There’s something about that place. Although not the best gym for sure, it somehow motivates me to push myself more, to finish all the exercises correctly and increase the weights as much as possible.

The people around also seem more aware of what they should do. I’ve seen good technique and supersets. Ok, I’ve also seen a skinny guy bench pressing and I nearly tripped on his feet because they were hanging midair. I wanted to say something, but I realised he might not appreciate it so I went on.

The best part of the day has to be the 2m tall massive black guy doing 180 kg squats and screaming like hell. I missed that. Watching awesome people train is always inspirational. He tried 190kg as well, but I didn’t see it. I was on my final set of Tabata front squats. I could hear it, though, and by the sound of it things weren’t going well. I was tempted to drop my bar and shout at him or something. However, I was afraid spontaneous cheering might not have the desired outcome so I continued my exercise.

I’m really destroyed now. I had to cycle into town and I left my bike at a shop for minor repairs. Walking back home wasn’t nice at all. I have to pick it up this evening too. Hmm…