Keto Bread: From Bagels and Buns to Crusts and Muffins, 100 Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Breads for Every Meal
by Faith Gorsky and Lara Clevenger
I recently checked out a new low carb cookbook. If you’ve done any low carb/keto baking, you know what a disappointment a lousy recipe can be. Especially with low carb baking – it can get kind of expensive if you’re dumping whole batches of failed concoctions into the trash. It makes me very gun shy to try new recipes until there are some comments and feedback posted about them to reassure me this will be a worthwhile endeavor. This cookbook, Keto Bread: From Bagels and Buns to Crusts and Muffins, 100 Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Breads for Every Meal, has pleased me so far and I’m really looking forward to trying many more of the recipes within.
Keto Breads begins with your standard “baking on the Keto diet and the ingredients used” section at the beginning of the book, followed by a robust section of basic bread recipes (muffins, biscuits, loaves, buns, bagels, pie crusts, taco shells, etc.) and then there are five chapters of recipes utilizing those recipes. So, all in all, the bulk of the valuable content is in that second chapter. Not all of it though – you’ll find pancakes, waffles, donuts and more in the breakfast section, biscotti and crackers are tucked into the snack section, and cake, tiramisu and a pastry that looks an awful lot like a poptart can be found in the desert chapter.
The first recipe I tried in here was the pizza crust. It was the best low carb pizza crust I’ve ever made. It was actually fluffy, rather than dense and had a fantastic bread flavor and bite to it. The dough was also easier to work with and it makes enough I can divide it and make two meals/crusts out if it. Freezing doesn’t hurt it at all. This recipe has permanently replaced my my go-to “fathead” recipe. It’s similar, but with a few tweaks that make is SO much tastier.
The second recipe we made was the Naan recipe to go with some Butter Chicken we were having for dinner. It was very tasty too, but not really any better (and really not that different) than the naan recipe I already love and follow from Headbanger’s Kitchen. (If you haven’t checked him out and love Indian cuisine, you should hightail it over there right now. His Butter Chicken is to die for. Truly delicious!)
Keto Breads is not a thick cookbook, but what’s in here is quality, tasty, well-tested recipes. You can make them without fear of something inedible being the product of your time and money. With Thanksgiving coming up, I’m looking forward to trying the pie crusts in here with a pecan pie. Definitely worth the money if you’re craving breads and want recipes that are not going to be a waste of ingredients. Overally, I think this a great book to have in your keto/low carb arsenal and it’s found a home in mine.
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