The very best crusty and soft brown gluten-free bread. more
A good, hearty gluten free bread with a thick but soft crust is way harder to find than it should be. And as long as we’re talking about the crust of gluten free bread (or any bread) … who are these children who don’t eat crusts?
I’m pretty sure that my kid would eat your kid’s crusts. Especially if they came from this bread. Hearty and “wheat-y” with just the right amount of molasses and whole grain teff, this gluten free bread is sure to be a fast favorite. And it rises so quickly, it would have been perfect for Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy: 100 Recipes for the Food You Love—Fast! But it didn’t make it in, so you get it … for nothin’.
So consider this an extra. An extra reason to pick up a copy of Quick & Easy. An extra reason to come visit me. An extra reason to eat bread crusts.
Try it plain or like you see it here…
…with some smooooth homemade almond butter.
Or a generous spread of homemade bittersweet chocolate almond butter.
The dough is not quite as thick as some of my other yeast breads, but it’s not runny, either. A favor, though? Please pretty please read through the whole recipe before getting started. It’s worth your while.
- 2½ cups (350g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1¼ teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
- 3 tablespoons (38g) whole grain teff
- 9 tablespoons (68g) oat flour
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons (25g) sugar
- 3 teaspoons instant (or breadmaker or rapid-rise) yeast
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon (12g) vegetable shortening
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon unsulphured molasses
- 2 extra-large egg whites, beaten
- 1½ cups warm milk, about 110°F
- Grease a loaf pan that is no more than 9 x 5 inches and set it aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, place the flour, xanthan gum, teff, oat flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, sugar and yeast. Whisk with a separate handheld whisk to combine well. Add the salt and whisk again to combine.
- Add the butter, shortening, vinegar, molasses, egg whites and milk, and mix on low speed with the paddle attachment until the dough starts to come together. Cover the mixer with a tea towel and mix high for about 5 minutes. The dough should be thick, but not quite as stiff as french bread dough.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free area to rise until the dough is about 150% of its beginning volume. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Once the dough has risen, remove the plastic wrap and place the bread in the center of the preheated oven. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf is firm enough to take out of the pan. Remove the bread from the loaf pan and place it on a rimmed baking sheet. Return the bread on the pan to the oven, and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from the oven, allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.
P.S. Please do pick up a copy of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy! I simply can’t keep the blog going without your support!