How to Make Gluten Free Bread: Don’t Deprive Yourself!

how to make gluten free breadBread is amazing.  Those large starchy and succulent loaves with a crispy exterior shell can make anyone want to dive in without a care in the world.  Rip into a piece of that gorgeous grain and you will likely find a pillow of white fluffy goodness that is, indeed, the most soft and gentle part of your bread’s composition.  Bread is lovely, carbohydrates are delicious, and let’s be honest; those chunks of white and gooey goodness are what make a sandwich.  So what is this gluten-free craze? Why are people turning their heads to anything found in grains, wheat, barley, or rye?  Well, it is likely that if you are on a gluten-free diet, you are either: treating Celtics disease, allergic to certain or all types of grains, or simply trying to tough it out on a low carbohydrate diet.  Whatever the case, we feel that bread should be enjoyed by all!  As such we are going to provide you with a life-saving (we think so) and fun way to make your own gluten-free bread in the comfort of your own home!   Whip out your pots and pans, and let’s get started!

Kitchen Tools

Make sure you have your tools ready before you get your ingredients out so you will not be caught off guard later!

  • Bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Metal loaf pans that will help your bread bake easily.
  • A kitchen scale that will help you weigh your ingredients.  Make sure that it will weigh your ingredients accurately.
  • An instant-read digital thermometer is a great way to test if your bread is completely baked.  You do not want to have a premature bread baby!
  • A nylon spatula is a great way to shape your bread and distribute the butter on top for a artisan looking loaf.
  • Oven mitts to keep your hands nice and protected
  • A wooden spoon to mix your ingredients
  • Plastic bags or plastic cover to keep your bread protected

Your Gluten-Free Ingredients

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of soy flour
  • 1 tablespoon of potato flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of guar gum
  • 2 tablespoons of dry milk (that you will heap with your cup of gluten free flour)
  • 2 tablespoons of potato flour
  • 1 tablespoon of rice bran (top off the with about 7/8c of rice flour)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 small tablespoon of dried yeast (we recommend Fleischmann’s brand)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 1 cut of gluten free flour

Notes:

–          To “cut” something means to mix it in so that there are little crumbs or lumps that remain in the mix.

–          To “heap” means to simply pour your dry milk over the mound of gluten-free flour.

At first, all the different types of flours, gums, and milk might get you feeling a little overwhelmed.  Do your research and get to know the different types of ingredients that you will incorporate into your gluten-free diet.  Additionally, you can feel free to go to a specialty market and speak with someone to help you better access your new dietary needs.

Let’s Get Baking!

Once you have everything out, it is time to get started!

  1. Have your two pans out ready to go.  They should be around 7x3x2 inches long.  If you just have one big pan, feel free to use that as well.
  2. Take a bowl and dissolve your 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of dried yeast into ½ cups of water.
  3. Allow the yeast to sit and do its dissolving magic for about 10 minutes.
  4. Get your 6 cups of flour ready and stir one cup of that into the yeast mixture that you have just created.  Add another 1 and 1/4ths cups of water to the mixture.
  5. Now, go ahead and stir in all the flour.  Add also 2 tablespoons of canola oil.
  6. With your plastic bag or plastic covering, cover your bread and let it raise.  Wait till it raises about 1 and ¼ inches from the top of your bowl.
  7. Once your bread has risen, give its contents a little stir.
  8. Add in the 1 large cup of wheat starch flour.
  9. Give your contents another good stir.
  10. You are almost finished!  Divide your yeast contents into your selected pans or pan and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.
  11. Watch your home fill up with the amazing smell of baked bread!
  12. Use your thermometer to test if your bread is finished.  Remember that not all ovens cook the same.  Depending on your oven, you may need longer than 35 minutes for your bread to bake fully.
  13. Remove your bread from the oven and allow it to cool.
  14. Once your bread is cooled, place it in plastic bag and let it sit overnight.

Go to bed and look forward to some wonderful gluten-free bread for the next morning!

Tips

Here are some tips to get the best out of your bread!

  • Do not let your gluten-free dough rise twice.
  • Always mix your gluten free dough well and as vigorously as you can.
  • Never double your gluten-free bread recipe.  If you need more than one batch, simply make it twice!
  • Try to avoid any substitutions for your bread on your first try, as this could just cause confusion.  Make sure you master the basics at least once before you attempt to add your own spin on things.
  • Do not give up!  Gluten-free is a different type of lifestyle and requires some getting used to.  Do not get down if your first loaf turns out a little wonky.  Keep at it!

Bread for All!

One of the best smells in any home is the smell of freshly baked bread, and being gluten-free does not mean you have to miss out on this amazing scent.  Check out Udemy’s wonderful courses on how to perfect any of your baking skills and how to apply them to your gluten-free diet!