I have found that with gluten free bread you need to be gentle and not over mix it or knead it. It makes it tough, heavy and crumbly. I have tried several different flour combinations and although several of them worked and tasted okay...they weren't tasting like "regular bread". I am a huge fan of cassava flour (not the same as tapioca starch). You can find it online but I usually get mine at the Asian market since I have one close by and the cost runs about $11 for 4 pounds. I am new at using the cassava flour but so far I am just loving it. The texture is similar to wheat flour. I would rather go without bread than have a version that just doesn't hit the spot. I like the consistency that quinoa flour brings into the bread but too much of it will make the bread taste "earthy". I limit the quinoa flour to a maximum of 1/4 cup in this recipe if you like to use it. (I know some of you just love sorghum and quinoa flours in bread but I like them if I can't TASTE them. I'm not a fan of "earthy" tasting bread. I also don't care for coconut flour in my bread unless I am going for a sweet bread. It is too sweet and the texture tends to be crumbly or heavy. Again, this is my personal preference. If you like it that way you can certainly add those flours but the texture and flavor will not be the same as the one I am bringing to you today in this recipe).
I took this bread to Thanksgiving and didn't tell anyone it was gluten free until it was gone. Everyone loved it and only a couple of us were gluten free. Everyone thought it was soft, airy, fluffy and tasted just like regular homemade bread. My mom used to make a bread similar to this (not gluten free) when we were growing up. I believe it was from a Gold Medal flour cookbook that she got free with sending in labels. Anyway, it was the BEST bread and she used to make it and serve it with beef stew and other soups. I LOVED that bread. This bread reminds me of that one from my childhood. Nothing like sitting inside on a snowy, cold day while eating a bowl of beef stew and homemade bread. Of course...that is when I lived in southeast (Appalachian) Ohio. I don't have snow days here in Arizona unless we venture to the northern part of the state which has snow in the winter....sometimes!
Gluten Free Honey Oat Sandwich Bread Recipe:
- 2 cups Cassava flour (you can remove 1/4 cup of the cassava flour and add quinoa flour but if you add more quinoa flour than that it will start tasting earthy).
- 1 1/3 cup oat flour (Put oats in your blender or food processor and until flour texture then measure out 1 1/3 cup after you have it ground pretty fine)
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour or white rice flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca starch (you can substitute potato starch or corn starch but NOT potato flour or corn flour. They are not the same texture).
- 2 tablespoons active yeast
- 1 1/2 cup very warm (not boiling) water
- 1/4 cup oil (I used canola oil since it is a neutral tasting oil)
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of REAL honey (don't cheat yourself and get the honey blend that is mixed with corn syrup. Nope. Yuck. Use the REAL honey. It is worth it in this recipe. Trust me!)
- 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 eggs (I used large brown eggs)
|Mixing the dough/batter|
|Dough rising under a clean dish towel|
|Ready to bake|
|Baking in oven|
|Cooling down before we eat it|
|Ready to slice|
|This is the one I took to my mom's house for Thanksgiving.|
|Just the way I like it. Warm & dripping with honey. Yummy!|
Oh yeah...I almost forgot. If you have any leftovers it will taste fantastic making French Toast. Deliciousness with warm butter and real syrup or use it to make bread pudding. Keep in mind if you screw up a batch of bread and the texture or flavor isn't perfect you can cut them into cubes and dry them out. I use them as croutons or crush them for coating chicken. I rarely waste my gluten free rejects unless they are completely hopeless. I usually find a way to recycle them into something else. It is the Appalachian girl in me. Waste not.
Have a great weekend and try some of this delicious homemade bread with your dinner this weekend. It also makes great sandwich bread if you're feeling like a sandwich.
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