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Gluten-Free Bread (without icky gums!)

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Gluten-free breads are usually made with xanthan gum and guar gum or other additives to help give it a texture more similar to standard bread. This bread uses egg whites and flax seeds to replace the gluten, and doesn't require any gums (which seem a little weird to me, and can be hard to find and a bit pricey). This recipe is based on one from The Herbwife's Kitchen - it's similar to a hearty wheat bread and makes awesome toast.

Note: This gluten-free cheese bread also doesn't use any gums and the finished product is light, puffy, and delicious.
 
 
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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

Picture of You'll Need. . .
Software:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole or 2%), room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
  • 3/4 cup millet flour (a few extra tablespoons may be needed depending on the size of your eggs and the humidity of the air)
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • Oil for pan (approximately a tablespoon)
Hardware:
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Coffee/spice grinder, blender, or other grinding device
  • Small loaf pan or muffin tin
  • Towel to cover while rising

Step 2: Stir It Up

  1. Mix together the egg whites and eggs
  2. Stir in milk, salt, yeast, and honey
  3. Grind flax seeds and add to the milk mixture
  4. Let stand to absorb - the mixture should become rather slimy and thickened
  5. Stir in millet flour and let stand until moisture absorbs slightly
  6. Mix in tapioca flour. The dough will be wetter than some other doughs and will be rather sticky and stretchy
  7. Cover with a towel and place in a warm spot to rise for approximately 45 minutes
Nclleeward5 months ago
Hi shesparticular
I am keen to try your bread recipe here but first wanted to ask you if I can sub coconut milk. Use Baking powder instead of yeast as I'm sensitive to it, would this turn into a disaster?
shesparticular (author)  Nclleeward5 months ago
I'm sorry, I'm not sure if those modifications would affect the outcome, but it might be worth trying!
Ok I'll give it a whirl.
Many Thanks for relying.
I'll post afterwards and let you know :)
macinsmith11 months ago
Really great recipe! I'm pleased that there is no xangthum or guar gum.

I made a few modifications to this recipe and I made it in the bread machine and it came out great. First I substituted brown rice flour for millet flour and I added chopped walnuts (about 1/2 cup). Another variation was to sub white rice flour for millet flour then added cardamum (2 table spoons), 1 tsp cinnamon and half cup chopped almonds. I also doubled the yeast.  I've made 3 batches.  First time I baked it too long (2 loaf setting).  The second and third I made it I used a 1 loaf and it came our just right.  Now I've doubled the recipe and am have it set for 2 loaf.  We'll see...

Now I'm looking for a good gluten free french bread.  Is there somewhere to get a gluten free / gum free sour dough starter?
macinsmith11 months ago
Really great recipe! I'm pleased that there is no xangthum or guar gum. I made a few modifications to this recipe and I made it in the bread machine and it came out great. First I substituted brown rice flour for millet flour and I added chopped walnuts (about 1/2 cup). Another variation was to sub white rice flour for millet flour and cardamum (2 table spoons), 1 tsp cinnamon and half cup chopped almonds. I also doubled the yeast. Now I'm looking for a french bread substitute.
hhs1 year ago
I've made this recipe 3 times already and it gets better each time! Thanks for sharing!!
The first time I followed the recipe as it is but the dough did not rise as much as I would have liked but still tasted good. The 2nd time I let the yeast bloom with the warm milk and it did rise more than the previous one. This time round as suggested by you I used warm water and sugar instead...it worked!! Also I used buckwheat flour as I ran out of millet...the bread is amazing!!
shesparticular (author)  hhs1 year ago
Fantastic!
Hi,
I tried this recipe today, and I used buckwheat flour instead of the millet. My dough didn't rise half as much as this did.. Is it because of the flour, or could there be something else? The texture itself was very nice.
Hmm, I've ever used miklet so I'm not certain. Are you certain your yeast was alive? A good test is puttibg some in warm water with honey or sugar and making sure it "blooms". Other than that if your water was too warm it might have killed the yeast. If you give it another shot please do let me know if it turns out better.
nlee131 year ago
How is tapioca flour made?
Is it the flour of cassava or the flour of its product(which looks like tiny small white balls)?
shesparticular (author)  nlee131 year ago
I'm really not sure, but I believe it is the flour of cassava. I've always been able to locate it at the grocery store.
Furballs2 years ago
I'd think you could substitute ground chia seeds for flaxseeds and get a very similar result, as they have similar properties when wet. Chia actually gets even slimier, not the nicest word, but it does absorb a LOT of water very quickly, so you might have to adjust the liquid amounts to compensate for that. In flavour it's milder than flax, so it should taste just fine. One bit of advice if I may... don't buy your flax or chia pre ground, even if it's been kept cold, it goes bad so fast it's just not worth it and eating rancid oils is a very bad idea. Buy it whole and it's easy to grind the amount you need in a coffee mill, blender or food processor. I plan to try this recipe, it sounds great !
shesparticular (author)  Furballs2 years ago
Chia is an awesome suggestion for a flax substitute, thanks Furballs!
Glad I had a useful suggestion. I use chia and flax every day in my breakfast mix up, and of the two, I prefer the chia. Milder taste and nicer texture, though of course it costs quite a bit more than flax does.
I have everything in my cabinet but ground flaxseeds. Is there a substitute for it?
shesparticular (author)  fluffydragon2 years ago
I haven't tried it, but substituting the flax and milk with egg white may work. Outside of that I'm afraid I don't have any suggestions though.
rachl0093 years ago
made it today and turned out really good!
I didn't have millet flour, so I used a mixture of sorghum and oat flour instead. And I only had skim milk instead of whole, so I used a little less and added a little melted butter :)
shesparticular (author)  rachl0093 years ago
So glad to hear it turned out well for you!
nikolardo3 years ago
This turned out breadier than 90% of the recipes my mom has used for gluten-free bread. It's fantastic.
shesparticular (author)  nikolardo3 years ago
So glad to hear it turned out well! This one also is gluten-free and doesn't use gums but it's much lighter and puffier - might also want to give it a try.
delicious
shesparticular (author)  CrusaderSerg3 years ago
Thanks!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
Way to go, you did it without any gums!
Glad to see there's a recipe like this out there. You're awesome.
shesparticular (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Aww, thank you! I think it turned out pretty alright but I'd love to see what other tweaks people might come up with.
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