Hi Neha, my recipe uses baking powder and not baking soda. I think this is the reason why your bread had a funny taste. Baking soda is much stronger than baking powder (I think twice as strong). The xanthan gum helps improve the structure of the bread – almond flour bread is a little more fragile than wheat bread because of the lack in gluten. But your bread will still work without the xanthan.
Reading all of these and I may be able to help with some of the issues people have. As far as doubling the recipe, works great for me, just have to increase the temp to 425 to start, first 10 minutes, then drop to 325 for the remainder. Higher start temp gives it the jump you need, lower temp after gives it the ability to bake without burning. Milled flax seeds add a slight bit of unnecessary oils, not much, but oils work best with normal flour. Try whole flax seed on top instead. I have been making this bread alot lately with no issues, I hope no one gets shys away from this recipe because of poor results, just keep trying. You will be glad you did.
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I just started the keto diet and being Malaysian like you its so hard to give up the good ol Malaysian carb laden food like the karipap(which is my fav). So stumbling on to your blog is heaven sent. I am so going to try this karipap out. Thank you for making this keto friendly. Im gonna keep following your blog to see if you manage to ketofy(is this even a legit word…lol) any more Malaysian food.