Bread; I don’t know how I would live without it. Literally, all good things are made of bread: pizza, sandwiches, muffins, and even the tiniest, crunchy crouton. So what happens if you are gluten free? A gluten-free diet excludes all products and foods that contain gluten, such as: wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (so, basically, all things bread…but don’t despair yet). The good news is that, if you love bread as much as I do and you need to go gluten-free, there are a number of gluten free bread options that you can choose from. You can even opt to make your own.
Let’s take a look at some of the best gluten free bread options out there and how you can go about making your own gluten free bread.
Best Gluten Free Breads
In no particular order, here are some of the best gluten-free breads that you can pick up at a grocery or specialty store.
- Canyon Bakehouse: Canyon Bakehouse is entitled to some bragging rights as the 2012 winners for About.com’s reader’s choice for the best gluten-free bread. Canyon Bakehouse has all different types of gluten-free bread options, such as: 7-Gran, Cinnamon Raisin, and Mountain White; giving you a wide-variety of options to meet your gluten-free needs. You can buy Canyon Bakehouse products through their website or through a health food store.
- Glutino: Glutino offers four different types of sandwich breads: harvest corn, flax seed, cinnamon raisin, and fiber bread. Their options do contain eggs, soy, and sesame. Because their products are preservative-free, it is a good idea to keep them frozen and allow them to defrost before serving.
- New Grains Bakery: New Grains provides carefully sourced raw products. They make all of their flours onsite to protect from gluten cross-contamination. New Grains Gluten-Free Bakery offers multigrain, cinnamon raisin, Italian, sourdough, and white bread options all containing yeast and eggs.
- Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery: Rudi’s bread is made from less than 10 parts per million of gluten. Their breads are baked on separate gluten-free equipment from their regular gluten-containing products. They carry 3 different types of bread: original, multi-grain, and cinnamon raisin, all of which contain eggs. Rudi’s products can be purchased online or in select supermarkets.
- Udi’s Gluten-Free: Although it sounds a lot like Rudi’s, Udi’s is completely different. Udi’s is certified gluten-free bread and is well-known in the gluten-free community. Udi’s bread contains tapioca, brown rice, and eggs. Their products are available in many different grocery stores around the world and online as well.
How to Make Gluten-Free Bread
If you have the time, patience, and materials to make your own gluten-free bread, it is a great option and idea to start immersing yourself in the gluten-free lifestyle. Plus, it is a fun and rewarding experience that you can go on to share with others.
You will need:
- 2 tablespoons of soy flour.
- 1 tablespoon of potato flour.
- ½ of a teaspoon of salt.
- 1 teaspoon of guar gum.
- 2 tablespoons of dry milk (Fill this cup with gluten free flour).
- 2 tablespoons of potato flour.
- 1 tablespoon of rice bran (Top of this cup with rice flour. However, do not fill it completely; leave it around 7/8ths of a cup full).
- 1 tablespoon of sugar.
- 1 small tablespoon of (preferably) Fleischmann’s dried yeast.
- 1/2 cup of water.
- 2 tablespoons of canola oil.
- 1 cut of gluten free flour.
- Pre heat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Have two 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch pans ready to bake your bread in.
- Take a 3 quart bowl. In the bowl, pour ½ of a cup of water that is around 105-115 degrees.
- In the bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 small tablespoon of dried yeast both in ½ of a cup of water that is around 105-115 degrees.
- Let the yeast sit and do its work for about 10 minutes.
- After the time is up, take 6 tablespoons of flour from the first cup and stir in the yeast mixture with 1 and 1/4ths cups of water. The water should also be around 105 to 115 degrees.
- Now, stir in all the flour from both cups. Also, add in 2 tablespoons of canola oil.
- After your flour is fully stirred, cover the bowl and allow the yeast to rise up to 1 1/4 inches from top of bowl.
- Stir the contents well.
- Now add in about 1 large cup of wheat starch flour and stir that well.
- All at once, divide the bread’s yeast contents into the separate pans. Bake your gluten-free bread for about 35 minutes at about 400 degrees.
- After 35 minutes, take your bread out and let it cool.
- Once is has cooled, place your bread in a plastic bag and allow it to sit overnight.
- Enjoy your very own homemade gluten-free bread!
Tips for Making Gluten-Free Bread
- You do not need to knead gluten-free bread. Instead, xanthan gum is used to help it stick together nicely.
- Do not mix the yeast into your other dry ingredients. Simply pour the yeast mixture on top instead.
- However, the dough should be mixed well.
- Do not allow your gluten-free bread to rise too long before baking. If you do, you run the risk of allowing too much air into your dough.
- Do not bake your bread too long, as it will turn out dry.
- Gluten free bread will keep best when it is stored in the fridge or freezer.
- After you bake your bread, slice it, place it into a Ziploc bag, and refrigerate it. When you are ready to eat it, microwave it for 15 to 30 seconds.
- Do not eat gluten-free bread cold, regardless of whether you have made it yourself or not. Always try to warm your bread up to make it less crumbly and give it a freshly baked taste.
With these gluten-free bread options, your love for bread will not have to suffer as your transition into a gluten-free diet. To start making your own gluten free bread today, enroll in this gluten free baking course and start cooking up deliciousness in your own kitchen.