Gluten Free Sandwich Bread & Dinner Rolls Recipe
As we edge ever closer to Thanksgiving, many of our thoughts are turning to bread. All kinds of breads like dinner rolls and sandwich loaves for those Turkey Day leftovers, and of course, stuffing. None of us should feel deprived on Thanksgiving, no matter the dietary restriction, but invariably folks living gluten free begin to panic when considering how to tackle Thanksgiving stuffing.
Stuffing’s primary ingredient is what — bread, right? And more specifically, stale bread. So consider all those dry, crumbly store-bought frozen loaves you probably have shoved behind the frozen broccoli and veggie burgers (ok, that’s in my freezer, you think about whatever is in yours!). Those are perfect for making stuffing because they’re already stale! Use those up on your stuffing and make room in your freezer for good food!
Another option is to use this opportunity to perfect your homemade gluten free bread baking. Anything you make between now and Thanksgiving could make its way into your stuffing dish, no matter whether you consider it to be a failure or a success.
If you bake bread with that in mind, you won’t be so hard on yourself if your bread sinks or is too dry, doesn’t rise much or has a hard crust … any bread can make a decent stuffing. Really! Once you bake a few loaves, you’ll be an expert and will have worked out any kinks so you’ll be ready for those Thanksgiving dinner rolls too!
A still easier option is just to use my award-winning gfJules Bread Mix, which contains all the flours, dry ingredients and yeast you’ll need to make a great, fresh loaf.
So get in there and start baking, slice up any leftovers or “failures” and freeze them for your Thanksgiving stuffing, or at least dig through your freezer now to make sure you still have that door-stop (aka frozen bread) from the store that you can repurpose.
Give this recipe a try for from-scratch baking or try my gfJules Bread Mix if you want to save yourself a bit of shopping, measuring and mixing. Your home will be filled with the wonderful smells of yeast bread and your heart will be relieved to know you’ll be ready for Thanksgiving with much less stress!
(PS- Need a good stuffing recipe, try mine!)
Want to try another yeast bread variation? Read this article from the Patriot-News, reviewing another of my easy and delicious bread recipes!
- 3 cups gfJules™ All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
- 1/4 cup flax seed meal (or GF buckwheat; millet; sorghum or brown rice flour)
- 1/4 cup dry milk powder, dairy or non-dairy (e.g. Coconut Milk Powder) OR almond meal
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. sea salt
PLUS these Liquid Ingredients:
- 2 Tbs. honey, agave nectar or coconut palm nectar
- 1 1/4 cup room temperature liquid: EITHER sparkling water, club soda, ginger ale or gluten free beer, milk of choice (not skim) or plain yogurt*
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (not necessary when using gfJules Bread Mix)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large eggs (or 2 Tbs. flax seed meal steeped for 10 minutes in 6 Tbs. hot water)
- 1 Tbs. rapid rise or bread machine yeast, gluten-free (Red Star Quick Rise®) (Yeast Packet comes with Bread Mix)
- 1 Tbs. flaxseeds or sesame seeds, herbs or certified gluten free oats
- 1 Tbs. coarse sea salt
If not using my gfJules Sandwich Bread Mix, whisk these dry ingredients together in a large bowl: GF flours, milk powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In the large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the wet ingredients: honey, liquid of choice (club soda/gingerale/yogurt etc.), apple cider vinegar, oil and egg or flax seed and water mixture. Gradually add the dry ingredient mix in with the wet by pouring slowly into the wet bowl while mixing with the paddle attachment. Once incorporated, add the yeast granules and beat well for 1 - 2 more minutes.
If using yogurt, the dough will be very thick (much more like regular wheat flour bread dough than you may be used to with gluten free); however, if the dough seems too thick to spread into a loaf pan, gradually mix in milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough is still thick, but able to be smoothed with a spatula. If using another liquid, the dough will be more batter-like and easier to pour into the pan.
Scoop the dough into an oiled bread pan (use a dark metal pan if you like a darker crust on your bread; lighter, shiny metal or glass if you like a light crust). The pan should be at least 8.5 x 4.5 inches; 9 x 5 or Pullman pans work well.
Smooth the top, sprinkle with any toppings, then cover with a damp towel or a sheet of wax paper sprayed with cooking oil. Sit the covered dough for at least 30 minutes in a warm place like an oven warming drawer or an oven preheated to 200º F then turned off.
Remove the cover from the raised dough and transfer to a preheated convection oven set to 325º F or a preheated static oven set to 350º F. Cook for approximately 60 minutes, or until the crust is browning nicely and a cake tester or skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (internal temperature should reach 205-210º F). Remove to a cooling rack. When cooled for 15 minutes, gently remove from the loaf pan to finish cooling before slicing.
Gluten Free Dinner Roll Directions:
Prepare muffin tins or popover trays by oiling. Scoop equal amounts into each tray and smooth the tops. Sprinkle desired toppings. Cover and rise as directed above.
Bake at 350º F convection or 375º F static for 15 minutes, or until the crust is browning nicely and a toothpick inserted into the center of the rolls comes out clean (internal temperature should reach 205-210º F). Depending on how big the rolls are (muffin tin versus popover size), they may take a bit longer to cook, but test often to be sure they don't over-cook. Remove to a cooling rack.
Gluten Free Bread Machine Directions:
Baking bread in a breadmaker is simple. There are 3 steps: liquids first; then dry ingredients; then yeast. Read more tips on breadmakers and gluten free breads in my article on using breadmachines.
Bring all liquids to room temperature before adding to the machine, if possible. Whisk together the yolks and whites before adding to the bread machine with the other liquids; alternatively, allow the flax seed meal to steep in water for 10 minutes before adding. Whisk together dry ingredients and add on top of liquids in the pan. Make a small well with your finger in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the yeast.
Select either the gluten-free bread setting on your machine, or the setting with only one rise cycle and no punch-down (2 lb loaf setting). Close the lid to the breadmaker and let it do the rest!
You may want to check on the dough during the mix cycle to make sure the flour around the edges is incorporated. If not, use a rubber spatula to help the edges and corners of the pan mix more thoroughly.
When the machine is done mixing, smooth the top with a rubber spatula and sprinkle any desired toppings on top of the loaf. Close lid again to bake.
Once the bake cycle is complete, test the temperature of the interior of the loaf before removing from the pan with a bread baking thermometer – it should have reached approximately 205-210º F. If it hasn’t yet reached that temperature, either add time to your bread machine as another bake cycle of 5-10 minutes, or simply put the pan into a regular oven at 350º F (static), testing the temperature again at five minute intervals.
*While I love using yogurt as an ingredient in my breads – it keeps the crumb nice and moist for days – it is a variable in baking. Whether using low fat, fat free, soy, rice, coconut … they all have different moisture levels and viscosities. Greek yogurt is really too thick for this recipe - the bread doesn't rise much and stays pretty dense. Thus, the directions indicate the approximate amount of yogurt recommended for this recipe; depending on the yogurt used, a small amount of milk may be needed to thin this thick dough to the consistency needed to spread out in a pan to form a nice loaf. To achieve the highest rise from a loaf, choose a liquid with bubbles instead.
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
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