Gluten free Bread | Vegan & healthy

Gluten free bread

Gluten free Bread | Vegan & healthy

The word Bread immediately brings to one’s mind a white coloured soft loaf made with processed wheat flour. A flour that is devoid of all the nutrients. Ever since Gluten intolerance came into light, this white soft bread has been replaced by Gluten free Bread, that is the most in demand today.

A variety of healthy, gluten-free alternative flours exist for people avoiding gluten for some health reasons. Many gluten-free flours have more nutrients than others, making them healthier choices to include in your diet.

Baking with Gluten free flour is a challenge. It’s gluten that gives bread its elasticity and cakes their lightness. You just cannot replace the white processed flour with gluten free flour on 1: 1 basis. Mainly because the Glutenous flour consists protein and starch. On a very few instances can you bake with one single gluten free flour. However, for the most part, you have to combine 2 or 3 flours together in the right amount to make a flour mix that will work for gluten-free baking.

Pl refer to my post on Gluten free Flour mix 2 for full details for the flour mix I made finally for baking a bread.

Gluten free Bread

If you have been baking white bread regularly, you sure have to unlearn few things. First is to remember that the process is different. Secondly, that you cannot knead gluten free flour as you do whole wheat or refined wheat flour. Its texture is different. When you first look at the dough, you might feel, oh, this cannot be a bread dough. But keep all your doubts apart and go ahead boldly 😉.

You might make mistakes. The first time I baked with different mix, I pulled out an ugly looking sunk bread that was half baked. 😊 After a lot of trials and errors, I can proudly say, I have been successful in baking a decent looking bread finally. Would try to improve this with different combination of flours and will keep posting.

 

Notes:

  1. I have used Instant yeast that can be added direct to the flour without having to proof. If you are using active dry yeast, please add to the warm water with sugar and allow it to rise.

2. Use my homemade Gluten free flour mix 2 for this bread. There are 2 options. You are free to choose whichever is convenient to you. Both work out well.

3. The slices of this Gluten free Bread taste very heavenly when you toast them. I even cut few slices into small cubes, just mixed a tsp of coconut oil, spread on a baking sheet and baked them. The result was the best tasting croutons that can go with your soup for dinner. Try it.

Bread toast and Croutons

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Homemade Gluten free Bread | Vegan & Healthy

this Gluten free Bread is baked with homemade gluten free flour mix that is healthy, delicious and nutritious
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, International
Keyword: Gluten free, flour mix, Sorghum flour, jowar flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, White rice flour, gluten free, homemade, vegan, dairy free
Servings: 1 Loaf
Author: Rama G

Ingredients

  • Gluten free Flour mix 2 Mix 1 of 500 gm OR Mix 2 of 3 cups
  • 2 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • 1½ tsp rock salt
  • 2 tsp yeast (Instant / active dry yeast)
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 2½ to 3 cups warm water
  • 1½ tbsp any oil

Instructions

  • Mix the flour and salt
  • Dissolve sugar in warm water
  • If your yeast is not instant, then add the yeast to warm water with sugar and proof it till it rises
  • If your yeast is instant add yeast, psyllium husk and salt to the flour and mix well
  • Make a well in the centre and add oil and sugar water and mix to a dough with a spatula
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper along the length leaving extra paper at the edges. This step makes it easy to lift the bread from the pan without sticking to it after it is baked
  • Fill the dough in the loaf pan and even out the surface
  • Sprinkle flax seeds and sesame seeds on top (optional)
  • Cover with a with cloth and keep in a warm place for 2 hours or till the dough rises to the top
  • Once the dough rises, bake in a preheated oven at 200˚ C for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • The bread is done if a skewer inserted comes out clean
  • Remove from the loaf tin and cool on a wire rack
  • Slice once completely cooled

Video

Notes

  1. Baking time differs from oven to oven. Adjust accordingly
  2. Water quantity may differ due to flour quality. Adjust till you get a sticky thick dough, 
  3. Slice the bread only after it is completely cooled. 
2 Comments
  • Deepti sachdeva jethwani
    Posted at 13:28h, 05 October Reply

    5 stars
    Awsome!
    I am definitely going to try this,
    Can I use, coconut sugar or jaggery instead of cane sugar?
    Also I am new to bread baking with yeast, so please explain, when you say if not instant yeast.. ‘Proof it till it rises’
    Thanks once again.

    • ramag
      Posted at 20:30h, 05 October Reply

      Thanks Deepti

      Yes you can use coconut sugar for sure. I have tried it successfully.

      As for yeast, there are certain brands which can directly be added to the flour mix. My pack had such instructions.

      But I guess, in India, what we get is active dry yeast which needs to be dissolved in warm water with sugar for sometime till you see bubbles on top. You can check the instructions in the packet and go accordingly.

      The water should be lukewarm. Neither too hot nor too cold for the yeast to activate. Secondly, the yeast feeds on the sugar to activate and rise. So mix you sugar and yeast in part amount of lukewarm water and keep aside in a warm place. You can keep it in your oven (not hot oven) or microwave. Check if it bubbles or risen after about 15 minutes. If it does not, then you need to replace your yeast. Or your bread will not come out good. I’ll send you a pic of yeast mixture in your mail box. Pl check.

      Hope I have answered your doubts. Please keep me updated.

      Love,

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