Intro: Low Carb Bread
The code has finally been cracked on how to enjoy a delicious sandwich without all the pesky carbs. Both your pants and your taste buds will enjoy learning this secret for how to make low carb bread!
Step 1: The Original Slice
= 19 grams.
Step 2: Removing the Carbs
Although laser cutters do not posses actual magic, what they can do is magical to me! I had fun using one to remove carbs from my slices of bread.
I started by cutting a simple cardboard jig to register the slices for the hole cutting. First, I tested two different bread slices, and then continued with the classic square style on the right.
Here's the order of laser cutting business:
1. Adjust the attached Adobe Illustrator 'jig' file to fit the perimeters of your bread slices so that they would sit inside the square or rectangle, touching on all four sides. If you'd like to make more than one or two sandwiches, I'd recommend adding two more rectangles so that you can cut more slices at once. Also adjust your canvas size to match the bed size of your laser cutter.
2. Cut your jig(s) out of a clean sheet of cardboard.
3. Lay down a piece of clean paper under the jig so that the bread slices don't touch the laser bed. (I was just testing this idea out, so I didn't worry about it here.)
4. Use the 'hole' file (adjusted to your particular bread slice) next. It took 3 vector passes to cut the circles all the way through my bread.
5. Before removing the slices from the jig, do one vector pass of the diagonal '1:2 cut' file (again, adjusted to your particular slice of bread). This is meant to cut a line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of each slice, about half way through the bread. This will keep the bread from tearing when cutting your sandwich in half. If you don't plan on making a sandwich, ignore this step.
If you don't have access to a laser cutter:
Use a large straw to cut holes out of your bread slices. (cookie cutter style) Just keep in mind that if you're going to use your slices to make a sandwich, you'll most likely want to cut them in half, so be sure to leave a space diagonally (or vertically) clear of holes. Once you've created all the holes you'd like to, use a serrated knife to get the cut line started.(About half way through the slice) This reduces the risk of the structurally compromised slices tearing once they're filled with ingredients
Step 3: The Transformation
Once you have successfully cut the circles into your bread slices and removed the little hole bits, you can weigh one of those slices again and see the difference! I ended up removing 5 grams of carbs per slice!
Step 4: Build a Guilt-Free Sandwich!
With your new low carb bread, you can make tasty toast, French toast, or delicious sandwiches! - which is what I decided to make.
I used mustard only to help keep the calories down, and built up from there.
Step 5: One Sandwich, Two Halves
Because the holes in the slices make them more likely to tear when the sandwich is cut in half, I had you cut a diagonal starter line through both pieces, so that once you go for it with a knife, that is less likely to happen. The other thing that will help prevent tearing, is building your sandwich in halves (like pictured). Apply your ingredients to each half separately so you don't have to cut through them, only the bread, reducing the amount of necessary knife vigorousness.
Step 6: The Cut
When it comes time to make the cut, gently hold down both sides of the sandwich and place your serrated knife into the diagonal starter cut. Gently cut through the rest of the top piece and any stray ingredients. Then make sure your knife meets up with the diagonal cut line on the bottom piece as well.
Step 7: Lean, Light, & Oh So Tasty!
Not only is your low carb bread sandwich great for the waste line, It's super fun looking!!
It's also a great thing to share on April 1st... ; )