Why Do People Eat Gluten-Free Bread?
People eat gluten free bread for a variety of reasons. For some, it may be due to a condition such as celiac disease or an intolerance to wheat and other grains. Others may choose to opt for gluten free bread because they believe it is healthier or because following a gluten-free diet makes them feel better overall. Gluten-free bread also provides those who are sensitive to the protein with an alternative when opting for a sandwich or toast.
More and more grocery stores and restaurants are offering gluten-free bread options, reflecting the increasing awareness of the prevalence of celiac disease and other sensitivities to gluten. Options can span from a few classic slices of white or wheat bread to wraps, seeded brown loaves, and focaccia. Some restaurants even have dedicated gluten-free sections with a variety of alternatives.
Why Does Commercially Made Gluten-Free Bread Often Disappoint?
Commercially produced gluten-free breads can disappoint because they lack the same texture and taste that traditional breads provide. Many gluten-free breads are made with highly processed starches, gums, and artificial flavorings that give them an inferior taste. Other substitutes such as nuts, beans, or other flour alternatives can be difficult to work with when baking and often don’t hold their shape well or create a soggy texture. Additionally, gluten-free baked goods usually contain fewer nutrients than those made using traditional wheat flour. This can lead to a dissatisfaction when substituting items in recipes such as sandwiches or toast.
Can I Make Gluten-Free Bread at Home?
For those looking for gluten-free bread that tastes like the real thing, making it from scratch at home may be the answer. By using ingredients such as readily available ingredients, you can create a loaf of bread with a texture and flavor much closer to traditional wheat bread than most commercially produced versions.
However, this requires a knowledge of baking techniques and recipes specific to gluten-free methods. Traditional bread recipes do not convert well with gluten-free ingredients. If you’re willing to put in the effort, though, homemade gluten-free bread may be worth it for its superior taste and nutrition!
If you’re ready to give it a try, here is my recipe for Gluten-Free Bread! You’ll notice that it doesn’t work like traditional bread dough, but don’t let that hold you back. The results will be surprisingly good.
Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Bread
Preheat Oven to 375 F. Grease one loaf pan.
(Note: I’m giving you the ingredients by weight as you’ll get better results by using a digital kitchen scale, but if you don’t have one, I’ve provided you with the approximate equivalents in cups.)
420 g (3 ¼ c) gluten free flour blend (I use Cup 4 Cup brand)
2 tsp xanthum gum (don’t add if it is already on ingredient list in your flour mix)
8 g (1 packet) instant yeast*
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
2 tbps sugar
1 tsp salt
340 g (1 1/3 c) whole milk warmed to 100 F
55 g (1/4 c) melted butter
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 egg whites
With a fork, stir together the flour, xanthum gum, sugar, salt and cream of tarter. Stir in yeast.
With a fork, mix in milk, butter, egg whites and vinegar. Mix just until blended, do not overmix.
Using a spatula, transfer dough to greased loaf pan. Smooth out top with spatula (I oil the spatula lightly first).
Place loaf pan in a plastic grocery bag and tie loosely. Let proof for 90 minutes or until double in size.
Bake at 375 F for 25 minutes, reduce heat to 350 F and cover with foil for an additional 10 minutes.
*If you’re using traditional yeast, mix it into some of the warm milk with 1 tsp of the sugar and let stand as you would for regular bread, and then mix in with wet ingredients.
There’s Nothing Like Homemade Gluten-Free Bread
This recipe creates a beautiful loaf with a nice crust and soft moist crumb. Great for eating fresh and also toasts well.
Eating homemade gluten-free bread is an absolute delight. The texture and flavor of a homemade loaf can’t be beat and the satisfaction of baking your own batch of warm, tasty bread is incomparable! It’s a great way to get creative in the kitchen while making something delicious that everyone can enjoy.
Enjoy the first warm slice of heal or crust with butter, of course, and a good dollop of honey or your favourite jam!