Hi Amber, Yes, the baking powder and egg whites do help it rise a bit, just not as much as regular bread. It’s hard to say what went wrong, if anything. Everyone’s palate is a little different, so it’s possible you just didn’t like it, or maybe something didn’t go as it should have. It could be that the batter and whites weren’t folded together quite enough?
If I did not know that this was not bread made from wheat flour, I would not have known the difference – taste-wise. I added all of the ‘optional’ ingredients. Now, this loaf is not nearly the size of a regular loaf of bread. But it is incredibly filling. I slice it a touch thinner than 1/2 inch to make, what looks like, a finger sandwich. It satisfies my love for sandwiches and fills my up.
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect with this cookbook as it is written by a relative newcomer to the Keto Cookbook scene (though she's been around a while with her wonderful website). When the book arrived, I flipped through quickly and was heartened to see some new recipes I hadn't seen in any of the other keto cookbooks! That's a great start! Also, the front matter that talks about what Keto is and other tips, while plenty explanatory for a newbie, doesn't take up too much of the book, for those of us who already know that stuff.