Gluten-Free Bread Recipe Just in Time for the Holidays
I love bread, so when my husband and I switched to a gluten-free diet this summer, I was worried that I could not stick to a no bread, cookies, crackers or pie regimen.
We survived the first few weeks snacking on nuts, cheese, protein bars and Cheetos (no gluten, yeah!). What we should have done, though, was to educate ourselves on all the gluten-free options available before starting the plan. I was surprised what we found at our local store, maybe not in a fancy section labeled “gluten-free,” but on the lower shelf in the regular product areas.
I really missed toast in the morning, so one of the first things we learned how to make was gluten-free bread. There are a lot of gluten-free breads commercially available and keeping a loaf or two of that in the freezer is handy, but my husband really missed using his bread maker. So he started experimenting with different recipes and very soon he produced a pretty decent loaf that, while not exactly like Wonder bread, makes very yummy toast for breakfast or a tuna sandwich.
If you’ve never used a bread maker, you are missing out on one of the best inventions ever to hit the kitchen. Literally, you throw in the ingredients (including the yeast), push the button and walk away. That’s it! In about 2 hours you’ll pull out a golden brown, crusty loaf of deliciousness that you will want to attack with a stick of butter and a knife.
There are a lot of gluten-free flour choices and we’ve used them all with success. You can usually substitute them cup for cup for regular flour in any recipe. You will need a couple of new ingredients like xanthan gum or guar gum, but just ask if you can’t find them in the baking aisle at your grocery store.
Here’s the recipe we use for gluten-free bread. Next month I’ll share gluten-free holiday baking recipes, including pie crust. Enjoy!
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Gluten-Free Bread Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup milk (or soy milk)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups rice flour (or any other gluten-free flour)
- 2/3 cups brown rice flour (or any other gluten-free flour)
- 1½ teaspoon xanthan gum or 1½ teaspoons guar gum
- 2 teaspoons fast rising yeast or 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Yield: One, 2-lb loaf, 10-15 servings
- Put all wet ingredients into the bread machine’s baking pan according to your bread machine manual.
- When adding the dry ingredients, spread the flour around so that it covers all of the liquids underneath. Add the yeast last.
- Use a basic bread setting, medium crust.
- Makes one, 2-lb. loaf.