Here is a recipe for those who are looking for a delicious low-carb snack with their afternoon tea. The following recipe will make two baguettes. You can also add walnuts, or curry and dark chocolate to spice them up!
- 4 Eggs (0.4% carbs)
- 1.5 dl Almond flour (5% carbs)
- 2 tbsp, or 30 ml, Psyllium husks (0% carbs)
- 1 tbsp, or 15 ml, Coconut flour (17% carbs!)
- 1 dl Sesame seed (4% carbs)
- 0.5 tspn, or 2.5 ml, Salt (0% carbs)
- 1.5 tspn, or 7.5 ml, Baking powder (42.4% carbs!)
- ~1 dl Walnuts (13% carbs!)
Or, if you want something a bit sweeter you could instead add:
- 2 tspn, or 10 ml, Curry
- 50 g Dark chocolate with ~80 per cent cacao (~50% carbs!)
You can skip, or replace, some of the “high-carb” ingredients if you want to bake a bread with even less carbohydrates. Baking without baking powder also works just fine!
How to make the low-carb bread
- Turn on the oven and set it to 190°C (or 374°F)
- Whip the four eggs for a few minutes
- Mix the other ingredients separately, and then mix with the eggs
- Let the dough rest for ten minutes
- Form two baguettes with your wet hands (apply water) and put on an oven tray
- Bake them for 28–30 minutes
- Let the baguettes cool under a towel on an oven grid. (I sometimes put them in the freezer for a few minutes, because I don’t want the bread to lose too much liquid).
How to serve
Slice the bread and butter it. Put smoked ham on the walnut bread (this is a great combination!), and put some aged cheese on the curry and chocolate bread (this tastes wonderful too!). And then you must of course put the mandatory slice of cucumber on top! This is after all supposed to be a traditional British afternoon tea, but without all the sugary pastry!
These dainty sandwiches are now ready to be served. Photo: © Rickard Nygårds (www.omte.se)
What kind of tea to drink
The ideal beverage to drink in the afternoon is Darjeeling tea (but I must admit that coffee also goes very well with aged cheese). A few examples of such teas are Badamtam, Margaret’s hope, Sungma and Tukvar. The truth is that every Darjeeling tea that I have ever tasted has been quite delicious! But be aware that only about 10 million kilos are produced every year, and still some 40 million kilos are sold, so there is apparently lots of counterfeit Darjeeling tea on the market.
Heat the water to about 95°C (or 203°F) and let steep for about three minutes.
And another thing, don’t do like the British who often spoil their tea by adding milk and/or sugar!
Darjeeling tea with the perfect colour and taste. Photo: © Rickard Nygårds (www.omte.se)