Monday, February 7, 2011


Bread is probably the hardest gluten free food to get use to.  Before having a gluten free house, I loved to bake bread.  I baked bread a couple times a week during the winter.  My favorites were:  whole wheat bread, graham bread and nisu, which is a Finnish sweet bread flavored with cardamom.  Little did I know that those were slowly killing my family. 
I no longer bake bread.  I tried at first, sure that I would eventually find a recipe that would work.  Gluten is what binds the bread so gluten free bread is difficult to make.  So many batches of bread went into the garbage or if it was edible it was not meant to be sliced.  If the humidity in the house is up, the bread flops,  if is down the bread flops.  I just finally got tired of wasting time.
I buy bread in bulk.   Usually our freezer has a variety of bread in it.  Noah is allergic to rice so he eats a different kind of bread than the others.  The others like raisin bread for morning and whole grain for sandwiches.   Last week the freezer ran out of bread.  The order for more won't be delivered until Thursday.  Aliina and I went to the grocery store in Rhinelander on Saturday to get bread.  It is shocking to see the price of gluten free bread in the store.  We paid $6.59 for one loaf of bread.  Now it is a very small loaf.  Not nice and fluffy like Brownberry.   We picked up three different types of bread and a bag of bagels.  I should appreciate being able to buy one loaf at a time because before I order in bulk I like to have an idea for whether it is something my family will eat.  The cost at a store like Trig's in Rhinelander is outrageous though.  May have to drive to Madison next time we run out of bread.  Now Woodman's grocery store impressed me!  I will post about them someday.
I have been searching for a gluten free nisu recipe.  If I ever find one, my family will be pleased.


  1. Hello---I was wondering what recipes you tried for the GF Nisu...what type of flour have you tried? Thanks!

  2. Ever try something like this? We love them:

  3. To make a nisu substitute I added cardamom and sugar to my bread machine loaf. I use Pamela's bread mix for the bread machine. It tasted good, I missed the braided loaf. My kids don't know the difference though.
    I am going to try the cinnamon rolls tomorrow. I have sorghum flour, I tend to substitute that for rice flour when I can.