Easy Gluten-Free Bread
Soul soothing and perfect to pair with a bowl of whatever piping-hot soup you plan to make next, homemade bread is heaven on earth. Rediscover the joy of baking and celebrate Homemade Bread Day this November 17 with this incredibly easy Homemade Gluten-Free Bread that you make in your bread machine.
Specialty bread can be very expensive, and depending on your needs, it may be even harder to find one you like that doesn’t contain one allergen or another. This recipe is so easy, versatile, and economical that you can make many loaves for a fraction of the store bought kind. Best of all, it’s delicious enough to serve to anyone who’s not gluten-free. Slices heated in a warm oven get crusty edges and a warm chewy center. Slathered with butter or dunked in a good olive oil, it’s everything you remember about bread.
This bread will not disappoint. It can be made free of anything you choose and will turn out perfect, no matter what you modify. Use the flax egg option with Earth Balance and omit the honey to make this vegan. I never add honey and it always turns out fine. The flour I like best is Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour. It does contain xanthan gum, so be sure to omit that.
Check on your bread about 10 minutes into the mixing cycle. It should look like a heavy cake batter and you may need to scrape down the sides of your bread pan with a spatula. My older bread machine does not have a gluten-free setting, so I use the “basic” mode to knead for 25 minutes and rise for 65. Then I remove the pan, cover it to keep it warm, and switch the machine to “quick” mode. After the 8 minute knead cycle ends, I reinsert the pan and let it bake for 70 minutes. You can check the website for your machine to see if they have gluten-free instructions or you can override your machine for a 20-minute mix, 1-hour rise, and 1-hour bake.
Easy Gluten-Free Bread
(vegan, dairy-free options)
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk (for dairy-free use coconut, cashew or almond)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (for dairy-free use Earth Balance or Smart Balance)
- 2 eggs, beaten (or egg substitute equal to 2 eggs)*
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your flour contains)
- 1 3/4 teaspoons rapid yeast/instant yeast (such as Fleischmann’s Bread Machine Instant Yeast)
Combine milk and butter in a microwave safe measuring cup and heat until butter melts. Pour warm milk and melted butter into bread pan, then add eggs, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Add flour, salt and xanthan gum. Hollow out the center of the flour and add the yeast. Select gluten-free setting; press start. Remove from pan and cool before slicing. Enjoy!
Store unsliced and airtight at room temperature or refrigerate.
*for 2 flax eggs: combine 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed meal with 6 Tablespoons of water and stir well. Let sit 5 minutes or more.
– adapted from mamaknowsglutenfree.com