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Soft, fresh, scrumptious gluten free sandwich bread is not an oxymoron. It’s not even a pipedream. No, it’s the very real, very achievable, yummy result of using the right gluten free ingredients and a simple gluten free recipe or my even easier gfJules™ Gluten Free Sandwich Bread Mix.
Everyone wants a sandwich … sometime. So don’t let being gluten free stop you from enjoying that sandwich because you bought dry, hard gluten free bread. When the craving hits you for a sandwich, run … don’t walk to make a delicious homemade gluten free loaf, regardless of your food restrictions.
This awesome recipe produces a loaf you can slice as thick or as thin as you like, and it may be made nearly allergy-free! I’ve given you tons of ingredient options to make this bread just the way you like it and your whole family can enjoy it safely. Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free … and higher fiber than a regular white bread, this loaf will stay moist for days (if it lasts in your house that long!). Pass the recipe along to anyone you know with other food restrictions and share the wealth!
I wrote the recipe for bread maker OR traditional oven method. If you do not have a bread maker, it is best to use a stand mixer or a large food processor with a dough blade, as this dough when made with yogurt is very thick (if using another liquid, the dough is more batter-like); alternatively, you could stir the recipe with a wooden spoon in a large bowl. No pan is even necessary; if you don’t have a loaf pan, simply follow the directions to make an artisan loaf on a baking sheet!
If you’d like to add more fiber of this bread recipe, you can always take out 1/2 cup of my gfJules™ flour and substitute with a higher fiber gluten free flour (try millet, sorghum, almond, buckwheat …). My flour should provide enough support and structure, without being too heavy, to make the recipe still taste yummy.
If you want to bake fresh bread with even fewer steps, use my easy gfJules™ Sandwich Bread Mix, and you won’t be disappointed! It turns out a beautiful artisan loaf with a nice crunchy crust, from the oven or bread machine!
And if you somehow have any slices left over after a few days, make the most delicious gluten free French Toast around! Slice them thick or thin – it’s the best breakfast around! (and so easy!)
*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.
If not using my 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.
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.
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.