Gluten-Free Bread
With crusty edges, soft insides, and an appealing taste, this loaf is hands-down the best gluten-free bread that has come out of my kitchen. I think it tastes better the second day, once fully cooled. I prefer to slice somewhat thinly, toast, and then spread with almond butter and honey for an tasty twist on the classic pb&j...but it is delicious un-toasted, too. The trickiest part is determining whether the loaf is cooked all the way through as the outside will become crusty even while the inside is still uncooked. In my oven, draping with foil after 30 minutes and then baking for 15 minutes more yields a perfectly cooked loaf. The first time I experimented with this bread, however, I cut into the bottom and peaked, only to see raw batter. I stuck the loaf back in the pan immediately and kept cooking. It turned out fine. So, if it takes a try to get the time right, no worries. I think you will be glad when you get it down!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds, optional
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons rapid-rise yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten slightly
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil for brushing

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer, add the flours, xanthan gum, salt, and flax, if using. Blend on low just enough to mix well.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the honey and warm water, and then add the yeast.
  3. When the mixture becomes foamy, blend into the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the olive oil, eggs, and vinegar. Beat on medium-high to high speed for 3 minutes.
  5. Turn the mixture into a greased, 9×5 loaf pan, and spread evenly. The dough will be sticky. Brush or spray the top lightly with olive oil.
  6. Cover the dough and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 20 to 25 minutes. I wait until the dough has reached or slightly exceeded the top of the loaf pan.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester poked into the center comes out clean. After approximately 30 minutes, drape lightly with a piece of aluminum foil to prevent over-browning.
  8. Remove from pan and to a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, wrap the loaf in plastic or place in a zipper top bag and store in the refrigerator. The bread will last for over a week.

Notes

  • You may also form loaves for French bread by transferring the dough onto greased and cornmeal-dusted cookie sheets, forming two long French-loaf shapes. You could also use special French-bread pans. Slash diagonally every few inches and brush with olive oil. Baking time will be less than for one large loaf pan but will depend on the exact size of the loaf you form.

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