Not satisfied with finding a method to make low-carb crisp that works, I today also made my first attempt at baking a low carb high fat bread. This is a recipe I found at a blog called Free The Animal, where after several attempts a bread replacement has been perfected.
Not sure I agree, after my first attempt, but it certainly is a very good start!
What I am after isn't something that necessarily tastes and feels like bread (I think that's impossible), but something that has exactly the opposite texture of crisps: spongy, porous and supple, and can act like a healthy vehicle for mopping up sauce! And I do miss a fluffy carrier of sandwich fillings. Lettuce leaves just don't cut it...
Look at this, it certainly looks the part:
I definitely need to practice though, as the bread I made came out a bit underbaked, and icnredibly oily.
Not surprising, given that there's 250ml of coconut butter in there, but the picture at Free the Animal looks so much better than my result!
Where his bread has risen and seems to stay that way, mine collapsed completely after cooling. Rather than a nice convex bread shape, it went limply concave which didn't look too appetizing...
Next time I will add some more lemon juice, reduce the amount of coconut butter (perhaps with as much as half just to see what happens), add another egg and up the nut content. Adding some coconut or almond flour like in this low carb waffles recipe, or some protein flour could be another way to make it more bready.
Flavour wise it is very neutral, perhaps with a hint of eggy savouriness. Replacement for bread it aint, but it is certainly porous enough to soak up sauce!
And here's the recipe for eggplant mozzarella LCHF sandwiches:
Tasty bread, LCHF bread if you don't want the carbs
Cooked or smoked ham
Salt and pepper
Start with slicing eggplant, one large slice for each sandwich. Brush lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in your oven at 220C grill, 4-5 minutes on each side or until they start going light brown.
Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes and mozzarella.
When the eggplant is done, assemble the sandwiches placing first a layer of ham on the bread, then the eggplant, add some mozzarella, drizzle with a teaspoon of pesto, and finish with the sliced tomatoes.
This went incredibly well on top of the LCHF bread, resulting in a really rich, tasty, satisfying sandwich. Very much a calorie bomb though, and packed with healthy fats, so keep in mind not to eat as much of this as you would if it were actual bread. Fat has twice the calorie content of carbohydrate, remember?