Monday, March 25, 2013

Gluten-Free French Bread Recipe

This gluten-free French bread truly hits the spot. It satisfies any bread cravings you may have, and you can make it in under an hour.  My recipe is adapted from Carol Fenster’s recipe in Gluten-Free 101: Easy, Basic Dishes Without Wheat . It’s a small book, but contains some great bread recipes and is well worth the price.

  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1½ cup potato starch
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum (or xanthan)
  • 1½ Tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water (105 – 115 degrees)
  1. In the bowl of your mixer, combine the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the olive oil and egg whites and mix to incorporate.
  3. Add the vinegar and most of the water. Beat for 2 minutes, adding the remaining water if needed to make a soft dough.
  4. Spoon the dough onto the pan and carefully shape with a spatula. Because the dough is soft, it will go through the small holes in the pan. Don’t press hard when shaping.
  5. If you like, you can brush the top with beaten egg white.
  6. Use a sharp knife to cut several slits in the top of each loaf.
  7. Place the pan in a cold oven on a middle rack. Turn the oven on to 425 degrees and begin timing for 30 – 35 minutes.
  8. Cool the loaves on a wire wrack before slicing.


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