Low-carb holiday bread

Low-carb holiday bread

This sumptuous (and it IS sumptuous) loaf of bread will be met with cheers around your holiday table. Orange and anise seed create an aroma that’s so enticing, that it’s an actual holiday gift to yourself!

Low-carb holiday bread

This sumptuous (and it IS sumptuous) loaf of bread will be met with cheers around your holiday table. Orange and anise seed create an aroma that’s so enticing, that it’s an actual holiday gift to yourself!
USMetric
22 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) 475 ml (230 g) almond flour
  • ½ cup (123 oz.) 120 ml (50 g) coconut flour
  • 13 cup (123 oz.) 80 ml (50 g) sesame seeds
  • 13 cup (2 oz.) 80 ml (55 g) flaxseed
  • ¼ cup (113 oz.) 60 ml (40 g) ground psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¾ tbsp ¾ tbsp ground cloves
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp ground bitter orange peel
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp anise seeds
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground cardamom (green)
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 6 6 eggeggs
  • 1 cup 240 ml sour cream
  • 3 oz. (6 tbsp) 85 g (90 ml) cream cheese
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Instructions

Instructions are for 22 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Mix all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix eggs, sour cream, and cream cheese in a separate large bowl.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture in a well-greased and paper-lined loaf pan about 9 x 5" (23 x 13 cm). Bake in the lower part of the oven for about 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Take the bread out of the oven, and remove it from the pan, and place on a rack to cool completely.
  6. Serve the bread with butter and your favorite festive toppings.

Tip!

This bread tastes best fresh or toasted. Slice the bread you don't finish the same day as baking it and keep in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer where it keeps for at least a month.

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36 comments

  1. S Miller
    Have a nut allergy. What is recommended to replace almond flour? Thanks
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  3. Jeanne A.
    What can I substitute for the psyllium husk?
  4. Xander
    Step 3 says to stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until smooth. It doesn't get smooth because there is so much of the dry ingredients. Hopefully it will still turn out well.
  5. Fiona
    My family really enjoyed this. Really filling too.
  6. Amma
    2 tbsps of ground clove seem a lot, is it a typo? I followed the recipe and my dough has a bitter after taste. Hopefully the baked bread will taste better.
    Reply: #9
  7. Ayesha
    @Amma, this recipe will only require 2 tbsp of the seasoning. So you will have some seasoning left to use later.
  8. Caren
    Is it 5 tbsp flaxseeds or flaxseed meal?
  9. Megan
    Is 2 tbsp's correct? That does seem like a lot of cloves.
    Reply: #10
  10. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is 2 tbsp's correct? That does seem like a lot of cloves.

    The recipe only uses 2T of the seasoning blend, so you will have some extra left over. You won't use the whole 2T of cloves in the recipe.

  11. Nicki
    I thought that flax seeds were not healthy?
    Reply: #12
  12. James
    Flax seeds are quite healthy. They have a great omega profile and a ton of fiber.
  13. Jamie
    Should the texture be very soft?
  14. Annie
    So good! My favorite LCHF bread recipe! I make a "neutral" version by removing the mixture of spices, so it's perfect to replace bread for all occasions! Thank you :)
  15. 4aip48
    Dominant spice flavor is cloves. Tasty. Next time I might add a bit of cinnamon.
  16. Linda
    What size is the loaf pan that is recommended?
    Reply: #17
  17. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    What size is the loaf pan that is recommended?

    According to our recipe team, 9x5 is the standard for the base recipe here. Thanks for asking!

  18. JacquiC82
    I made this perfect last night, although I didn't use a spice mix I used Onion and Garlic powder instead. Tastes lovely .BUT... I placed a plastic tub over the loaf overnight while it was still hot from the oven. So today it is moist. Is there a trying I can do to dry it out? I toasted a couple of slices and it was good.
  19. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor
    Toasting will be the best option to dry it out. The tip section recommends slicing it and storing in the refrigerator or freezing what you will not consume in a week.
  20. lvhewitt913
    Is it possible to make this with non dairy sour cream (like made from coconut milk) and cream cheese (like made from cashew milk)? We have a dairy allergy in the family.
    Reply: #21
  21. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Is it possible to make this with non dairy sour cream (like made from coconut milk) and cream cheese (like made from cashew milk)? We have a dairy allergy in the family.

    The recipe has not been tested with those ingredients, but I believe they would work. Let us know if you try it.

  22. Elaine Free
    Is it ok to make the recipe without the anise seed and can I substitute ordinary orange peel for bitter orange peel? Thanks in advance
    Reply: #23
  23. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Is it ok to make the recipe without the anise seed and can I substitute ordinary orange peel for bitter orange peel? Thanks in advance

    The flavor profile will be a little different with the changes you noted, but it would not impact the backing process. Let us know what you think about those changes.

  24. Cirũ
    Has anyone reduced the amount of cloves successfully yo avoid bitter aftertaste?? Curious if 0.5 or 1 tsp ground cloves would work.
  25. Una
    What on earth is 1/8 of a tablespoon for the 5 person recipe??? I live on my own so don't want sdome thing for 22 people! Ha, ha! Can't we have a weight instead or at least a smaller spoon - teaspoons more accurate and more consistent on size all over the world than a tablespoon? I have no idea how big your tablespoon is either. Weird and confusing recipe. Sure it must taste nice but just looks like a very foreign recipe to me with such measurements.
    Replies: #26, #27
  26. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What on earth is 1/8 of a tablespoon for the 5 person recipe??? I live on my own so don't want sdome thing for 22 people! Ha, ha! Can't we have a weight instead or at least a smaller spoon - teaspoons more accurate and more consistent on size all over the world than a tablespoon? I have no idea how big your tablespoon is either. Weird and confusing recipe. Sure it must taste nice but just looks like a very foreign recipe to me with such measurements.

    If you scale a recipe and end up with unusual quantities, you can round up or down to get to a measurement that makes more sense.

  27. Gwenn
    Una, in the USA, 1 tablespoon is equivalent to 3 teaspoons (or 9 half teaspoons)
    So you can safely use 1/2 tsp for 1/8 Tbsp.
    I have calculated, using flour as reference for powder ingredients, that it would be about 1 gram.
    Hope this is helping!
  28. Gwenn
    Sorry for my mistake : I should have write "6 half teaspoons" not 9! So it would be a little more than 1/2 tsp.
  29. Daniela
    I really liked this recipe. It tastes like a soft cake with a crust. I added hemp seeds and chia seeds. I did not use the spices. I will make again for sure!
  30. Honeymay
    Love this recipe thanks. I leave out the orange peel, (hate it), and the spices and make a regular loaf of bread out of it.
    It tastes like sour dough bread! I add myself some active yeast to it to give that "yeasty" bread flavor. I also don't use coconut flour (allergic) and sub psyllium husk for that and use ground flax seed. I sprinkle black sesame seeds on the top before baking
    and bake it about 40 mins.
    Reply: #31
  31. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Love this recipe thanks. I leave out the orange peel, (hate it), and the spices and make a regular loaf of bread out of it.
    It tastes like sour dough bread! I add myself some active yeast to it to give that "yeasty" bread flavor. I also don't use coconut flour (allergic) and sub psyllium husk for that and use ground flax seed. I sprinkle black sesame seeds on the top before baking
    and bake it about 40 mins.

    I am glad the substitutions worked for you!

  32. michelledelaney1
    I have been looking for a nice bread recipe and this one is great. I leave out all the spices and left the rest as is. Turned out better than I had expected and will definitely be making it again.
    Reply: #33
  33. Charlotte Zwart Team Diet Doctor

    I have been looking for a nice bread recipe and this one is great. I leave out all the spices and left the rest as is. Turned out better than I had expected and will definitely be making it again.

    Thank you for sharing your feedback!

  34. Kerrie
    How much is 1 serve ?
    What can I have this with
    & how much ?
    Reply: #35
  35. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How much is 1 serve ?
    What can I have this with
    & how much ?

    This recipe makes 22 servings. You can enjoy it with any of our keto or low carb meals.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/meals

  36. elmore_d
    On your wheel chart, while net-carbs on the wheel itself are green, the key shows them as being kind of peach.

    I think it's time to let your web designer to go to lunch.

    ;-)

    Reply: #37
  37. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    On your wheel chart, while net-carbs on the wheel itself are green, the key shows them as being kind of peach.
    I think it's time to let your web designer to go to lunch.
    ;-)

    The key does show as yellow, which is because this is a moderate low carb recipe. This article should help explain further! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/how-low-carb-is-low-carb

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