I’ve done a lot of cooking in my day. I quickly discovered that people, no matter what their status or preferences, all enjoyed a few simple things. A well-made burger or pizza hits the spot for anyone. A well-made soup on a cold winter day is always a winner. So, you gain a few recipes in your repertoire that you can carry with you and keep people happy no matter where you go.
One of those recipes that I learned early was how to make a focaccia bread that everyone will love. A simple bread can be satisfying, and focaccia is so full of flavor and texture it is always sure to please. Though delicious, those heavy carbs are not compatible with every diet, especially a Keto diet.
Thankfully, this Keto focaccia bread recipe is a beautiful alternative to a classic recipe that is full of white flour and sugar. Utilizing some unconventional ingredients this recipe is able to produce a loaf of bread that is chewy and full of flavor. You’re going to want to keep this recipe in your back pocket to please your friends, family, and guests.
Why Does This Recipe Use Gelatin?
It may surprise most people to find gelatin as one of the key ingredients used in this recipe. It may seem strange considering the product is typically known for simple desserts for children’s parties. However, gelatin has many uses and is utilized in many cultures.
For this recipe, in particular, the gelatin is used in place for the absence of gluten – which comes from certain flours. Using gelatin as a stabilizer and thickener, the focaccia bread is able to gain a more fulfilling final texture.
A couple notes to keep in mind when making this recipe:
- Do not allow your gelatin mixture to begin to solidify while following the steps below.
- Do not add the gelatin mixture to the eggs while too hot, or the eggs will begin to cook.
- Use the exact amount specified. If you are using gelatin sheets in place of powder then typically one tablespoon of powdered gelatin is the equivalent of three sheets of leaf gelatin – though check the packaging for exact measurements.
What is Psyllium Husk Powder and Where Do I Find it?
Psyllium husk powder is an excellent source of dietary fiber that carries many health benefits for ailments such as high blood pressure or diabetes. You should be able to find psyllium at many large grocery chains or health food store. It can also be found under another familiar name, ispaghula.
Some Great Alternatives to Change the Flavor of Your Focaccia
While this recipe gives the delicious recommendation for topping your focaccia bread with fresh rosemary and sea salt, there are many options. Adding new toppings can bring new life into the bread so feel free to play around with your favorite flavors.
Here are a few ideas for Keto ingredients to put on top of your bread to make this focaccia recipe your own:
- Roasted garlic
- Black Pepper or other herbs and spices
A lovely, chewy ‘focaccia’ flavored with rosemary and sea salt.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).
- Make a gelatine egg by sprinkling the gelatine powder over two tablespoons water. Once dissolved, stir in two tablespoons boiling hot water and set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Dissolve the nutritional yeast flakes in a cup of hot water and set aside.
- Combine the coconut flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, baking soda, garlic powder and salt in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the olive oil and add in the gelatine mixture once it has cooled slightly (else it will scramble the eggs). Check the temperature of the nutritional yeast water, once that has sufficiently cooled to add to the egg mixture, whisk this in too.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and combine well. Tip the mixture into a greased baking dish (approx. 6-in x 6-in) so the mixture comes up at least an inch high. Make small indentations using the back of a chopstick and pierce with little washed rosemary tips.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean. Scatter over sea salt flakes and trim into pieces once cooled.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 3 g.
- Calories: 212
- Sugar: 3 g
- Fat: 9 g
- Carbohydrates: 17 g
- Fiber: 14 g
- Protein: 13 g