Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gluten Free Crunchy Bread

crusty bread on board

When was the last time you sunk your teeth into a decent crunchy gluten free bread? 

crusty bread french toast

With its crunchy crust and chewy interior, this bread is perfection straight out of the oven.  The leftovers make great french toast the next morning. Did you know that french toast is called "Lost Bread" in France?  That's because it's typically made with old bread, usually baguette slices--ah, such delicious practicality!

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crusty bread slices

Crusty Gluten Free Bread (makes one round loaf)
This recipe is based on the French Baguette recipe featured in a 2008 issue of Living Without magazine.

1 cup garbanzo bean flour
3/4 cup arrowroot starch
3/4  cup tapioca starch
1/2 brown rice flour 
2 tsp xantham gum
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp GF dry yeast

1 1/2 cups barely warm water
1 tbsp olive oil

Oil + Cornmeal for the pan and dish

  • Oil a pyrex or ceramic 2 qt casserole round-dish 
  • In a mixer, combine the first 8 ingredients and mix at low speed for a few minutes while you prepare the wet ingredients (olive oil+water) in a small bowl
  • Keep the mixer on and pour the wet ingredients into the dry. When the batter forms, increase the speed to medium  and mix for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the batter to the pyrex or ceramic dish and cover with a clean kitchen towel.  Keep in draft-free area and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.  Place a medium bowl filled with water on the bottom rack of the oven.  Oil a cookie-sheet and dust with cormeal.  
  • Invert the bread onto the prepared cookie-sheet and place in the oven.
  • After 15 minutes, very carefully remove the bowl of water from the oven and dump the content in the sink.
  • Continue baking for another 15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the internal temperature reaches 200F.

Printable Recipe


    ♥peachkins♥ said...

    Perfect French Toast, Alexa!

    Usha said...

    The bread looks wonderful and just perfect !

    Sophie said...

    I have never eaten gluten free bread but yours looks amazing!!

    Now, I will have to make it,right?

    Ramya Vijaykumar said...

    Hey Alexa, the bread is a beauty the pic tells that the crust is crunchy havent made bread with brown rice flour sounds interesting am bookmarking this!!!

    Marysol said...

    Just between you and me, I couldn't care less how healthy anything is, as long as it looks good (I eat with my eyes first). And that bread, and French Toast, both, look pretty darn good!

    And is that TJ's grade B maple syrup I see?
    I love that stuff, with or without french toast, but I'd rather carb it. :-)

    buy r4 karte said...

    I am really eager to try this out this weekend. I think it will be really interesting to see how my kids find it. I'm sure they will love it.

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