So, you’ve found out that you are gluten sensitive and now the only thing you think you can eat and be happy is a bullet, right? Let’s face it, life is going to change. Thanksgiving will never be the same…ever. In fact, most holidays, potlucks, get-together’s and probably breakfast, lunch and dinner, are never going to be the same. Oh, and lest I forget, no alternative grain taste as good as wheat bread. There are some things that get pretty close, usually of the cake variety, but wheat has been king for a reason — it’s just delicious. But now it has to go away, unless of course you can use Einkorn wheat, which is lower in gluten but not gluten-free.
On the positive side you are going to be manlier. For starters, you will know more about what you are eating and why; you will begin to make informed decisions about your diet. And, the longer you stay gluten-free the less inflammation there will be in your body, leaving your body to concentrate on things like producing testosterone rather than cortisol (which suppresses testosterone) which causes all kinds of manly things to happen. Also, going gluten-free is fun; it makes eating a small challenge and the little things, like finding gluten-free cupcakes on vacation, a real treat.
Gluten-Free Bread Recipe
One of the differences in Gluten-Free bread making is the consistency of the dough. Unlike traditional bread dough, which is pliable, malleable, and rather dry, gluten-free dough tends to be sticky and wet. Thankfully we don’t have to knead the dough in this recipe. Everything else follows a traditional bread making process.
- Large Bowl
- Medium Bowl
- 2 9×5 Loaf Pans
- Sturdy Spoon (Preferably Wooden)
- Large Fork (for spreading the dough evenly)
- Whisk or Beaters
- 3 Cups Milk
- 1 Egg (optional)
- 5 Tbsp. Apple Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 5 Cups Gluten-Free Flour (Such as Pamela’s or other)
- 1 Cup Millet Flour (Such as Bob’s Red Mill)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Gluten-Free Baking Powder (Such as Hain or Clabber Girl)
- 1 Tbsp. Salt
- 2 Packets of Yeast
- 1 Cup Warm Water (110-115F)
- 2 Packets of Yeast
The Short Version
If you know something about baking bread, this version is for you.
Add the yeast packets to the warm water until the Y east activates (about 10 minutes). The temperature of the water is very important so use a candy thermometer to be sure it is around 110F unless you have done it before. Combine the wet ingredients well in the Medium Bowl. Combine the dry ingredients well in the Large Bowl. Add the yeast to the wet ingredients after it has activated. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a Spoon until you have a sticky concoction. Grease and flour the loaf pans. Evenly divide the dough between the two pans and use the Large Fork to push the dough into the corners and smooth it down. A metal fork or other non-porous utensil is needed due to the stickiness of the dough.
Let the dough rise, either in an oven on a low temperature or in some other warm spot, for an hour or more. Pre-heat the oven to 400F and once the dough has risen significantly, bake for up to an hour.
If you have never baked bread or aren’t generally that handy in the kitchen, this version is for you.
Before getting started, collect the ingredients you will need.
Step 1: Preparing the Yeast
I like to use a metal bowl for this as it seems to retain the temperature of the water better than ceramic, but use whatever you have. You will need a cup of water that is 110-115F. If it’s too hot you will kill the yeast. If you don’t have a thermometer you can come close to the temperature by running water over the back of your hand. If you can only hold your hand over the water for 3 seconds then it is about right.
Add the Yeast Packets to the warm water and set aside. In about 10 minutes it should begin to look like the picture below.
Step 2: Combine the Dry Ingredients
In the Large Bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
Step 3: Combine the Wet Ingredients
In the Medium Bowl combine all of the wet ingredients. I like to use a mixer at this stage as it helps to ensure the egg and honey are evenly dispersed.
Note: Once the yeast has activated, add it to the wet ingredients and stir it in gently.
Step 4: Add Wet Ingredients to Dry Ingredients
Use a Sturdy Spoon for this step as the dough will be pretty thick. If you have a bread mixer it can be used but is not necessary. The final consistency should be clumpy, not smooth.
Step 5: Grease and Flour the Loaf Pans
Add a little oil to the loaf pans and spread with a paper towel. The add a spoonful of flour (gluten-free of course) to the pans. Rotate the pans to spread the flour, knocking them with your hands when it clumps. Finally, knock any excess flour into the sink.
Step 6: Divide the Dough into the Loaf Pans and Spread
Divide the dough evenly into the two loaf pans. Spread the dough using a non-porous utensil such as a large fork. The indentations will disappear with rising and baking.
Step 7: Let the Dough Ruse for an Hour or More
Once the dough is evenly divided, it needs to rise. Some ovens have a proofing setting which can be used for this purpose, but a warm car or spot in the house will work as well. Since the yeast is active, the dough will rise in the fridge as well, but this will take longer. I let my dough rise for over an hour.
Step 8: Bake at 400F for 45 mins to 1 hour
Be sure to pre-heat the oven first. When a bamboo skewer or long toothpick can be inserted in the middle and comes our clean, it’s ready.
Step 9: Cool on Wire Rack
You may need a butter knife to peel the edges away from the loaf pans before it will come free. Set on a wire rack and let cool. If you cut the bread too soon it may lose its form.
Step 10: Cut and Enjoy!
This is the best part! You’ll soon find out why you made two loafs!
Store Bought Gluten-Free Bread Alternatives
Articles in this series:
- Part 1 – What is Gluten?
- Part 2 – Not Your Grandfather’s Wheat
- Part 3 – Is Gluten Bad for You?
- Part 4 – Gluten Free Bread Recipe