I love sourdough bread. In fact, it was what I missed most when I gave up grains and sugar, and started following a healthy keto & paleo diet. Making good sourdough bread has been one of the biggest challenges I've faced when adapting traditional all-time favourites so they can be eaten on a ketogenic diet. It took some fine-tuning but I finally got the recipe I wanted.
This bread is not the first sourdough recipe I've created - there is a similar recipe in the KetoDiet app and also in my upcoming cookbook. Both use sightly different ingredients and a different cooking technique. Unlike the traditional sourdough bread, this one doesn't require several days of culturing - it takes just over an hour. To recreate the typical taste of a sourdough bread, I used vinegar and buttermilk. Also, because I used vinegar, I omitted cream of tartar which I use in most of my baked recipes. As I mentioned before, vinegar is a good alternative to cream of tartar when making gluten-free baking powder.
Compared to my other keto bread recipes, I used slightly different temperature and cooking time because these baguettes seemed to be more prone to burning - maybe due to the buttermilk.
Tips & Similar Recipes:
- For more tips on how to make the perfect low-carb loaf, have a look at this post (troubleshooting at the end of the post).
- This dough is based on the these Keto Buns (without the garlic powder, onion powder, sesame seeds and cream of tartar)
- Nut-free keto buns - include flaxmeal and coconut flour.
- Psyllium-free buns - include flaxmeal, almond flour and coconut flour.
- Flax-free, multi-purpose bread, includes coconut flour and a nut-free option.
- If you don't want to use coconut flour: Although I haven't tried it, I'd use twice the amount of almond flour or flaxmeal instead of coconut flour (1 cup of almond flour / flaxmeal instead of ½ cup coconut flour). Or you can use the same amount but reduce the water by ~ ½ cup.
Nutritional values (per baguette):
|of which Saturated||2.7||grams|
Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (8%), protein (23%), fat (69%)
Ingredients (makes 8 small baguettes):
- 6 large egg whites
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup low-fat buttermilk (180 g/ 6.5 oz) - full-fat would make them too heavy and they may not rise
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
- 1 cup lukewarm water (240 ml / 8 fl oz)
Lukewarm water in this recipe will slow down the raising effect of baking soda. I tried both boiling water and lukewarm and although it made no difference for baguettes, some people have been experiencing air bubbles / hollow insides when making a loaf. More tips on the perfect loaf are listed here.
For a paleo, dairy-free option, try this recipe instead of the buttermilk. Make sure you use a kitchen scale for measuring all the dry ingredients. Using just cups may not be enough to achieve best results, especially in baked goods. Weights per cups and tablespoons may vary depending on the product/ brand or if you make you own ingredients (like flaxmeal from flaxseeds). Psyllium absorbs lots of water. When baking with psyllium, you must remember to drink enough water throughout the day to prevent constipation!
- Preheat the oven to 180 C / 360 F. Use a kitchen scale to measure all the ingredients carefully. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (almond flour, coconut flour, ground flaxseed, psyllium powder, baking soda, and salt).
Do not use whole psyllium husks - if you cannot find psyllium husk powder, use a blender or coffee grinder and process until fine. If you get already prepared psyllium husk powder, remember to weigh it before adding to the recipe. I used whole psyllium husks which I grinded myself. Do not use just measure cups - different products have different weights per cup!
- In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, egg whites and buttermilk.
The reason you shouldn't use only whole eggs is that the bread wouldn't rise with so many egg yolks in. Don't waste them - use them for making Home-made Mayo, Easy Hollandaise Sauce or Lemon Curd. For the same reason, use low-fat (not full-fat) buttermilk.
- Add the egg mixture and process well using a mixer until the dough is thick. Add vinegar and lukewarm water and process until well combined.
- Do not over-process the dough. Using a spoon, make 8 small baguettes and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a non-stick mat. They will slightly grow in size, so make sure to leave some space between them. Optionally, score the baguettes diagonally and make 3-4 cuts.
- Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, reduce the temperature to 150 C / 300 F and bake for another 40-45 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, let the tray cool down and place the baguettes on a rack to cool down to room temperature. Store them at room temperature if you plan to use them in the next couple of days or store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Baked goods that use psyllium always result is slightly moist texture. If needed, cut the baguettes in half and place in a toaster or in the oven before serving.
- Enjoy just like regular baguettes!
Tip: To save time, mix all the dry ingredients ahead and store in a zip-lock bag and add a label with the number of servings. When ready to be baked, just add the wet ingredients!