Growing up in Moldova, I was responsible for buying bread, daily. This was my chore. Fresh bread would get delivered at Five in the afternoon and I had to get to the store a few minutes before or it would be gone.
The bakery itself was located only 3 blocks away, right outside my grade school. I know because I’d often sneak out of my classes to get myself a warm soft булочка (bun).
So when the clock would turn 4:45 pm, my bestie and I would leave the dolls with our friends and head to the Bread Store – Хлебный. Our parents would each give us 12 Копеек (12 Kopecks,) the exact change for one white loaf. By the time we’d get home, my loaf would look like swiss cheese – I’d eat all the soft insides and bring back the “whole-y” crust. My dad would get really mad at me – bread was the main food group in our family and, now, we’d be out of bread until tomorrow at 5 pm. The next day, history repeated itself. For years. Until finally my parents gave me enough money to buy two loaves.
Note on psyllium powder: it sometimes shifts the color of the baked goods to purple. If that happens to you (like it did to me with this batch), don’t sweat it – it won’t alter the taste or texture.
This bread toughens up a bit and forms a crispy crust when left uncovered. If you like it soft and bread-like, keep it in a bag.
- 1/2 cup unflavored egg white protein powder
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1/2 cup unsweetened smooth almond butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Combine the egg white protein, psyllium husk powder, salt, and baking powder in a small bow. Mix
- In a different bowl, combine the nut butter, egg yolks, and almond milk and beat until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix again
- In a third bowl (I use my KitchenAid mixer for this,) beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Fold the egg whites into the rest of the mixture gently until smooth. Pour into a lined (or silicone) 9×5-in loaf pan
- Bake for 45 min. Cool and serve
It’s winter and I enjoy chasing bread down with warm tea. I like it so much that I have over a dozen different teas at home – the newest addition is Equal Exchange Earl Grey that I get at Imperfect Produce