Gluten Free Sally Lunn Batter Bread
3 cups (420 g) Gluten Free Bread Flour*
1 2/3 teaspoons (5 g) instant yeast
1/8 cup (25 g) sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons (8 g) kosher salt
1 1/4 cups (10 fluid ounces) warm milk (about 95°F)
6 tablespoons (84 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs (120 g, weighed out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
*BREAD FLOUR NOTES
- 1 cup (140 g) Gluten Free Bread Flour, as discussed more fully on pages 8 to 10 of GFOAS Bakes Bread, contains 100 grams Mock Better Batter all purpose gluten free flour (or Better Batter itself) + 25 grams whey protein isolate (I use NOW Foods brand) + 15 grams Expandex modified tapioca starch (for Expandex resources, click here).
- For a calculator that helps you build the flour without math, please see my Gluten Free Flour page.
- If you would like to use Ultratex 3 in place of Expandex, please see #6 on my Resources page for instructions.
- For nondairy protein powder replacements for whey protein isolate, I recommend rice protein isolate or pea protein isolate. You must increase the liquid to 15 fluid ounces. I discuss nondairy alternatives in more detail in on pages 10-11 of GFOAS Bakes Bread.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease well an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan and set it aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, place the bread flour, sugar and yeast, and whisk to combine well with a separate, hand held whisk. Add the salt and whisk again to combine well. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the milk, butter and eggs, and beat with the paddle attachment until the dough is smooth. It will be very wet. Scrape the dough into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a wet spatula, piling the dough a bit higher toward the center. Cover the loaf pan with oiled plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free location to rise until the highest part of the dough rises about 1/2 inch above the sides of the pan (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours). Remove the plastic wrap from the loaf pan and slash down the center of the loaf at a 45° angle and about 1/4 inch deep with a sharp knife or lame.
Place the loaf pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake until the loaf is golden brown all over, registers 185°F in the center on an instant read thermometer, and sounds hollow when thumped on the bottom (about 45 minutes).
Remove from the oven and immediately cover the pan with the loaf of bread still inside with a tea towel. This will ensure that the thick crust of this enriched bread is tender when cool. Allow the loaf to sit, covered, for 30 minutes before removing the towel and transferring the loaf to a wire rack to finish cooling. Slice and serve.