Here it is: the much anticipated gluten free sourdough bread recipe!
Apologies to everyone who has suffered through the various pictures of gluten free sourdough bread I’ve been posting over the past weeks; I understand it probably feels like I’m being a giant tease, but it’s been so hard to contain my excitement, that I’ve just had to share!
Pictures like this gluten free sourdough made in my Emile Henry bread baker …
or this gluten free sourdough baked in a Pullman Pan …
or this gluten free sourdough baked as a boule without a pan …
I’ve baked experiment after experiment, tweaking it here and there to account for lots of variables. The many many weeks’ long process has been painstaking, but at least we’ve enjoyed tons of gluten free sourdough lately (by the way, leftover sourdough makes an insane overnight gluten free French Toast Casserole!).
I urge you to hang in there and read through my entire post, as I outline what has worked best and what has not worked best for me. There are definitely some tricks of the trade. But let me assure you that you can (and with this recipe, you will) enjoy sourdough again!
Gluten Free Sourdough Basics
For those who love and miss sourdough, take heart! The art of making sourdough isn’t lost without the gluten. There’s still a lot of feeding, caring and waiting for the starter to mature and bloom into all its potential.
I’ve actually made so much starter that I’ve given some away to neighbors with the promise of sharing the gluten free sourdough recipe soon (not soon enough, I am aware), but I just couldn’t throw any away when I’ve tended to it for so long! It’s like a little sourdough baby and you just can’t toss it out — I care about it! It’s “alive.”
You’ll see when you make this gluten free sourdough starter; you’ll see. You won’t want to discard any of the “extra” either. It’s precious.
Some things are the same about making gluten free sourdough bread as they are with making any other gluten free bread. There’s no kneading the bread and stretching the gluten because there’s no gluten! Just follow my instructions to the letter, use my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, and sit back to watch the magic happen.
In anticipation of many questions to come, this recipe and process was developed using my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour because it works, I can rely on it every time, it’s easy, and it doesn’t taste funky or have any grit to it. If you try this recipe with another gluten free flour or blend, it really may not work, so please please please don’t even bother to try! But if you do, please don’t leave comments about how it didn’t work, because I’m telling you so before you waste your time.
Gluten free flours are tricky business. It took me two years to develop my original blend way back in 2003 (I’ve been gluten free since 1999!) and I’ve been tweaking and improving it ever since. Just because you think you can read ingredients and intuit how much of anything to use or to buy something off the shelf that sounds similar … you can’t. It won’t be the same, and the results won’t look like those pictured.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but tenths of a percentage point difference in proportions and a different brand or country of origin for any given ingredient are things that can make huge changes in outcomes. It amazes me all the time how tiny variances make big differences.
Which is why I developed my gfJules Flour to begin with. Selfishly, I didn’t want to have to make it in my kitchen every time I baked! And unselfishly, I wanted to prevent fellow gluten-free bakers (and newbies to gluten free baking) from having to mess around with mediocre flours only to achieve mediocre results. Gluten free baking — and specifically gluten free sourdough bread baking — can be so rewarding and share-worthy! You’ll see!
For more help with gluten free bread baking, in general, hop to my 18 Top Gluten Free Bread Baking Tips.
So back to the recipe at hand.
Making Gluten Free Sourdough Starter
You’ll first need to make the gluten free starter.
ONE QUICK NOTE: while most dry yeast is gluten-free, some are not. There is a new Platinum Sourdough Yeast out from Red Star which is made with both rye and wheat. DO NOT USE THIS YEAST to create your gluten free starter!
The premise behind any sourdough is that it starts with … you got it, starter.
You’ll need to be sure you have a non-reactive container to store your starter in: glass, glazed pottery, stainless steel, or food-grade plastic will work. Make sure the container is large enough to hold your starter for the duration — it will grow!
I found that transferring my starter to a bowl to mix in more gluten free flour and water and then transferring it back to jars worked for me, but you may find another method that you prefer.
You’ll also want to have some cheesecloth or muslin to cover your starter for the first week or two when it’s on the counter. The porous material will allow yeast in the air to settle on the starter and help to “feed” it.
Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe
(Note: while I have only made the gluten free sourdough starter in the measurements given below, I have discussed this with other readers and using the same proportions — but halving or quartering the recipe — does appear to yield the same results. Meaning you may make the starter with 1/2 or 1/4 of the below recipe.
Furthermore, the below recipe has been modified to reflect the notes from other readers over the past many months who have added their recipe tips from their own experimentation. Many thanks to all who have taken the time to contribute!)
Please read through all the steps below before emailing me with questions. I have made every attempt to address most issues for you, and your fellow gluten free bakers have also addressed many questions in the comments.
The number one issue is that folks feel like their gluten free sourdough starter isn’t active enough and are afraid they must throw it out. Please DON’T!
Read the tips below, but here are the best tips for re-activating your gluten free sourdough starter, listed out for you again for easy reference:
- Add another 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar.
- Add 1 teaspoon more yeast or yogurt.
- Add 1 tablespoon honey or agave, maple syrup, date syrup or coconut nectar.
- Alternate adding a whole grain gluten free flour like quinoa, teff, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, brown rice … in place of gfJules Flour. The protein and wild yeasts more likely to be present in these flours may help to re-energize the starter.
Gluten Free Sourdough Starter Recipe
Making a homemade gluten free sourdough starter can be a hugely rewarding process! Not only does starter make a lovely gluten free sourdough bread, but it can also make pancakes, muffins, cakes ... the yummy possibilities are nearly endless!
- 1 cup sifted gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (135 grams) OR 1/2 cup gfJules Flour PLUS 1/2 cup ONE of: sorghum flour; buckwheat flour; teff flour; quinoa flour, millet flour, brown rice flour
- 1 cup filtered water - room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (with "the mother" - shake the bottle)
- either 1 teaspoon gluten free dry yeast OR 2 Tablespoons yogurt (dairy-free works fine)
To make the gluten free sourdough starter, add starter ingredients to a non-reactive bowl or container made of glass, stainless steel or food-grade plastic.
Whisk together until no lumps are present and all the flour is incorporated, then set aside with a loose cloth covering the top. The room should be at least 70F, or place it in a warmer location like near your oven or in a warmer room.
Allow the starter to sit, loosely covered, for 24 hours then discard half the starter (about 1/2 cup). Add to the remainder of the starter another 1 cup (135 grams) gfJules Flour All-Purpose Flour (or 1/2 cup gfJules and 1/2 cup alternate GF flour listed above) and 1 cup cool filtered water (if your kitchen is particularly warm) or lukewarm filtered water (if your kitchen is particularly cold).
Re-cover and allow the mixture to rest for 24 hours.
At this point, the starter should show signs of activity, but if not, don't despair, and don't throw it out! Repeat the halving and discarding and replenishing step every 12 hours (or as your schedule allows) until the starter begins to bubble and rise (becomes active).
If it does not seem active after 2 days of this feeding cycle, try one or more of these things: stir in another 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar; switch to 100% of whole grain gluten free flours listed above; stir in 1 Tablespoon honey; or try moving it to a warmer location.
*Also, be sure your starter is not too thick. It should be the consistency of pancake batter, not dough.* Add more filtered water if necessary -- if the starter is too thick, it cannot bubble and grow.
Once it seems to have come alive, continue feeding the starter 2 times a day in the same way (discard + add flour and water). You can place some of the more active discards in a separate container if you're like me and can't bear to throw it away each time! Then you'll have simultaneous starters going. The discard process gives the yeast proportionately more food to digest each time it's fed, so it's a necessary part of the process.
Continue this process for 7 days OR until the starter doubles in volume or looks very bubbly and active within 6 hours after feeding. At that point, feed one more time, then allow to rest for 6 -12 hours before using. If not using for a recipe right away, or after using some in a recipe, with remaining starter, transfer to another container that can be covered and placed in the refrigerator until ready to use. If the container has a lid, DO NOT tighten it completely. Feed starter once a week if stored in the refrigerator.
As I mentioned earlier, I found it hard to part with any starter by tossing it down the drain, but traditional methods say to feed the starter and then discard all but 1/2-1 cup of starter; many times, I divided it into another container and gifted the starters to ambitious gluten free friends. You could also use excess starter (once active) for other recipes like coffee cakes, scones, muffins, pancakes ... just use your gluten free starter in place of yogurt or sour cream or even milk in many recipes!
Every time you use the starter for baking, pull it out the night before to allow it to come to room temperature and feed it again. Ideally it would be fed and sit for 12 hours before using. Once you've added the starter to your recipe, feed the remaining starter again and return to the refrigerator.
Note that you may use your gluten free sourdough starter right from the refrigerator, whether you've fed it again or not. If you have recently fed it, it will be more active, but even if not, it should still rise your dough. Allowing it to come to room temperature first will bring faster fermentation though.
Now that you have your active starter, you're ready to bake your gluten free sourdough bread!
Scroll down further in this post for the GLUTEN FREE SOURDOUGH BREAD recipe.
Key Tips for using Your Gluten Free Sourdough Starter:
- For best rise, feed your gluten free sourdough starter 4-12 hours again before using it and bring to to room temperature (if stored in the refrigerator)
- You may still use the starter stored in the refrigerator that wasn’t just fed; your loaf will have less springiness and will take a lot longer to proof.
- Using starter that is not fed a few hours before will produce a loaf with more sour flavor.
- Unfed starter can still rise the sourdough, even after two weeks in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before using, if possible.
Baking Gluten Free Sourdough — Choosing the Right Pan
As you can see at the top of this post, there are many different options when it comes to baking your gluten free sourdough bread. If you prefer to make an artisan-style loaf, no bread pan is needed.
Follow along with one reader’s VIDEO of how she made her beautiful gluten free sourdough loaf using with this recipe and this artisan method following clicking here to watch!
For that method, I found that lining a large glass bowl with oiled parchment sprinkled with more gfJules Flour was the best way to support the bread as it rose.
Once risen, I simply lifted up on the parchment and laid it out onto a baking sheet for the bread to bake.
The bread will take more of a free-form shape, but it’s really beautiful and impressive!
Using either the artisan or bread pan method, you may choose to dust the top of the loaf with gfJules Flour before baking for a more rustic look, or simply brush olive oil onto the top, or both.
I like the look of the flour with the golden finish of the olive oil in combination, so most of my loaves pictured are done that way.
Allow the dough to rise covered with oiled plastic wrap to help keep the loaf warm and moist. I like putting the loaf into a preheated 200F oven, then turning the oven off, but turning the light on. I do this with the bread rising in either the bowl or the oiled and floured bread pan.
You can allow the bread to rise here for a minimum of 1 1/2 hours or up to one day if you’re baking egg-free.
The bread won’t have risen a lot, as most of the rising happens when it’s baking.
Feel free to oil and flour the bottom and sides of the pan or use lightly oiled and floured parchment for easier removal from the pan.
After rising, cut slits in the top of the loaf to direct the rise. Since the oil and/or the flour were applied before the slits were cut, the inside of the slits will appear different from the crust and it gives the sourdough the hand-made look it deserves.
Regarding bread pans, I experimented with all kinds and sizes. My personal preference was the Pullman Pan that I used in most of these photos. The bread dough is a bit too voluminous for a traditional 9 x 5 (or smaller) bread pan; in those, this wet dough would rise high and then tended to collapse a bit, leaving some un-cooked looking areas in the center.
The Pullman Pan (mine is 12 x 4 1/2) seemed to be the perfect size to allow the bread to rise with support up the taller sides.
The time it takes to bake this bread will differ based upon the pan used and of course, on individual oven variations. I highly recommend buying an internal thermometer to take the bread’s temperature before removing it from the oven. The internal temperature should be at least 205F before removing it from the oven to cool.
How to Make Gluten Free Sourdough Taste Sour
There are three main distinguishing features of sourdough: taste; smell and texture. You might expect that the most difficult feature to achieve in gluten free sourdough would be texture, but as you can see from the photos, the artisan texture, open cell structure and crunchy crust are present in each of my loaves made with my gfJules Flour or my gfJules Bread Mix.
The smell is something that is quite noticeable from the starter. It should be tangy and rather sour smelling to know it’s really active. If your starter isn’t smelling very sour, it needs to age longer and/or be fed more.
But the sour taste was the thing that seemed to be most elusive for me in my bread experiments. That’s fine for me, as I don’t prefer a sourdough taste in my bread, but I know many of you do.
My breads came out tasting yeasty and mild, just perfect for sandwiches or dipping in olive oil and balsamic (which we’ve been doing nearly every night for weeks now!).
No, the sour taste didn’t come easily. I did achieve it when I allowed the bread to rise overnight, so if you are searching for that sour, I recommend budgeting time for an overnight rise.
I allowed my bread to rise as I described above, then placed it in the refrigerator overnight (still covered), then removed it the next day to sit on the counter to come to room temperature before baking. THEN the sour started to show through! (note: if you’re baking egg-free, leaving the dough covered in the oven turned off overnight is a good way to get that sour taste.)
Another site has recommended NOT feeding your sourdough starter again before baking with it in order to increase the sour flavor of the bread. This will also decrease the rise and will necessitate a longer proofing time, however.
If you do any experimenting of your own and find other ways to make this bread taste sour-er, please share in the comments below!
Storing Your Homemade Gluten Free Sourdough Bread
I always recommend storing your baked goods at room temperature in a sealed container, and this gluten free sourdough bread is no exception. The simple truth is that if you put baked goods into the refrigerator, they will dry out. You can put them into the freezer when they are fully cooled, but they will need to be warmed or toasted before enjoying again.
This gluten free sourdough bread is still soft and delicious after a few days in a zip top bag with the air squeezed out of it and stored at room temperature. Depending on the size of your loaf, you may need to cut it in half to get it to fit into a gallon sized bag, but other than that, it’s easy to just seal it up and grab a slice whenever you like!
If you’d like to bake a regular gluten free artisan loaf without the sourdough starter, check out my Gluten Free Artisan Bread Recipe. And of course, my award-winning gfJules Gluten Free Bread Mix works well for any kind of sandwich bread, oven or bread machine, hamburger/hot dog bun or baguette recipe! Click on the “description” tab to find links to all these gluten free bread recipes or use the search bar above.
So let’s get down to baking great gluten free sourdough, shall we?
Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Recipe
This comprehensive gluten free sourdough bread recipe explores all the nooks and crannies of how to make the perfect gluten free loaf!
Sourdough Bread Dry Ingredients
- 3 cups (405 grams) gfJules® Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cups (30 grams) cassava flour (OR buckwheat flour OR almond meal)
- 1/4 cups (30 grams) dry milk powder (OR coconut milk powder)
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. sea salt
PLUS These Other Ingredients
- 2 large eggs (OR 2 Tbs. flaxseed meal steeped 10 minutes in 6 Tbs. warm water)
- 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbs. psyllium husk powder (recommended) OR 3/4 Tbs. xanthan gum
- 3/4 cup gluten free sourdough starter (see recipe above)
- 1 1/4 cup club soda, sparkling water, ginger ale, 7-Up OR naturally gluten free beer
Bring all ingredients to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 200°F.
Beat the following ingredients together in a large mixing bowl: eggs (or substitute), apple cider vinegar, oil, sugar, psyllium husk powder and gluten free sourdough starter. Mix until smooth and thickened, approximately 2 minutes.
Slowly stir in dry ingredients or gfJules Gluten Free Bread Mix with bubbly liquid, beating with paddle attachment on a stand mixer or using a wooden spoon until the batter is smooth and all dry ingredients are completely integrated. Mix for two minutes with mixer, longer with spoon method.
Transfer dough to an oiled Pullman Pan, lightly dusted with gfJules Flour, or to oiled and floured parchment-lined pan or bowl for rising. Dust the top of the dough with more gfJules Flour and brush with olive oil for best results.
Cover with oiled plastic wrap and set inside oven. Turn oven off and turn light on.
Allow the dough to rise for at least 1 1/2 hours, or up to 3 hours before baking. Alternatively, after 3 hours, remove to refrigerator for overnight rise. If refrigerating overnight, bring the dough to room temperature before baking the next day.
Preheat oven to 350° F or 325° F convection.
Remove plastic wrap and slice the top of the dough to direct the rise, as pictured. If baking without a bread pan, pull up on the parchment to remove the dough from the bowl and place onto a baking or cookie sheet, then brush oil on any dough that hasn't been oiled previously.
If you prefer a very crunchy crust, fill a spray bottle with water and spritz the dough before baking, and again every 15-20 minutes while baking.
Bake artisan bread without bread pan for 60 minutes, then begin testing with a bread thermometer. The internal temperature should reach at least 205° F before removing to cool.
Bake loaf in the pan for 75 minutes before testing with a bread thermometer. The internal temperature should reach at least 205° F before removing to cool. If the bread is browning too much, cover with foil in order to keep baking.
Once bread is fully cooked, remove to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before removing from the pan. Allow to fully cool before slicing.
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I’ve just discovered your site and the sourdough looks wonderful. I live in N Wales, Great Britain and used to love normal sourdough till I developed IBS. I can’t see where it say how to make the starter ? Have I missed a page perhaps? This is a. Great way to keep busy now we’ve all been told to self isolate to limit the Corona. Iris spread, especially us who are a little older . Your site is very clearly laid out and the photos are mouthwatering. All the online stores here that sell GF are shut now because of demand overload so it’s always helpful to have new ways of making a GF flour blend with fours I’ve got in my freezer or flour bin. Thank you for sharing.
Hello Augustine, it’s nice to meet you (virtually)! I hope you hang in there and stay well! Making sourdough is a wonderful way to pass some of the time you’re finding yourself with due to the Corona virus, for sure. If you read up in the paragraphs above the recipe card, you’ll find the directions for making the starter. It’s quite easy! I hope you enjoy the process of making gluten free sourdough. You might also enjoy my gluten free pumpernickel bread recipe, as well! Here’s more information on gluten-free flours for you, too.
I don’t have powdered milk but have evaporated. With all the baking foods on short supply am I able to use this as a substitute ?
Also, no pysillium husk? Ok or any recommended substitutions?
Loads of thanks and appreciation for your hard work to achieve this.
However, am intolerant to starch, gluten and gums hence how can we make this sourdough starter with buckwheat flour. Ps guide. Thanks
I don’t know about the starch in the gum but buckwheat flour is gluten-free.
I am doing this for the first time and it was bubbly and appeared ready on the 3rd day. Wow! Is that possible?
Hi Hellen, I am by no means a sourdough expert — I have laid out the extent of my sourdough expertise in this article — but I experienced the same thing myself! I had days where it was bubbly and quite alive, and then several days later it appeared to have gone dormant. I was able to “wake” it back up though, by adding more “food” and then sometimes I needed to add more apple cider vinegar. It was quite the science experiment, but it was very fun! I hope you enjoy!
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Am i missing something , Where do the directions say to add the spring water? I’m assuming it goes in with the starter and egg mixture?
Hi Christine, the spring water or filtered water goes with making the starter itself. When you’re making the gluten free sourdough loaf, you’ll be adding sparkling water or a bubbly liquid of some kind. I hope that clarifies it!
So the 1 1/4 cups of sparkling water goes into the mixture with the eggs?
I often add the liquids towards the end of bread recipes so that it goes on top of the gluten free flour to keep it from flying all over the place 🙂 but yes, it goes with the liquids. Enjoy!
Hi, I’m a little confused… after making the starter, I have to feed it 2 cups of the gf flour a day for 7 days? That’s a lot of flour and a lot of starter…
Hi Michelle, that’s how chef Patrick recommended doing it, but it does make A LOT of starter! I haven’t tried it myself yet, which is why I haven’t recommended it as an option, but I don’t see why you couldn’t use half the amount of flour and water each time; I think it’s more about the ratio being correct than the total amounts. That’s what I was planning to do next time I made starter (but I still have so much! LOL!)
I’ve been successful making a starter with about half a cup the first day and then about two heaping spoonfuls for the feedings. The important thing to remember is the consistency should be pancake batter after mixing it all together.
Did you remove some of the starter at each feed?
It’s all so confusing starting out 😂
Definitely remove some of the starter at each feed … and YES it’s very confusing for all of us the first time around! If you’re on FB, please join the gfJules Gluten Free Recipe Share Group — there are tons of us on there sharing pictures, questions and answers about baking gluten free sourdough!
Have to say the don’t even bother with any flour but the proprietary blend I’m hawking is very off putting. Baking is about sharing and love and effort and time, not about chastising people for not purchasing the products you sell.
Hi Edward, I include that information because I always have people ask if they can use another blend. If you’ve done much gluten free baking, you surely know that all gluten free flour blends are very different. If I wrote a recipe, sharing it freely with people, as well as my love, effort and time, but then folks made it with a different blend and it didn’t work, I hope you can see that people would be a bit angry with me for wasting their time and effort.
I’m not “hawking” anything. I freely share my expertise, advocacy, recipes and advice on my website where you accessed this recipe. Because there isn’t another product on the market that works like mine does, people asked me years ago to start mixing it and offering it so that their gluten free baking could be reliably successful and delicious. I view that as a service, and I think my customers do too. Have a look at the hundreds of reviews on my site and see for yourself that my products have made a real difference in peoples’ lives, and for that, I feel truly blessed that I have been in a position to be able to help.
If you choose to try my recipes with a different blend, that’s of course up to you and I wish you every success. But please do not come back here and tell me that the recipe failed or doesn’t appear as pictured. That disappointment is what I try to avoid by telling people up front that my recipes were developed with my gfJules Flour blend.
Jules, I love your giving heart, and I am very grateful for your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!💜
Oh Judy, that is so sweet of you to say. I am happy to be in a position to be able to share what I have learned. Thank you for your kind words! So glad you are enjoying my recipes!
Could you provide a link to the “Filtered water” you use in the recipe?
Hi Lisa, any kind of spring water, filtered water or water from a filter in your refrigerator will work. If you don’t have those, just use regular tap water.
FINALLY got around to getting my starter going! Question…when do I start halving it when feeding? Do I do it immediately and then each time or do I wait for it to be fully active? This is where I’ve often gotten lost before…I can’t wait for some good sourdough bread again!!!
LOL Sarah, I know – it gets complicated! What I did was to keep adding and not halving until I ran out of space in my bowl, then I halved (but couldn’t part with it, so I kept it going too!) and then every time I knew I was going to use it (after it was fed and active during that week), I would add more the night before then use the starter then add more and then refrigerate. It gets rather voluminous if you don’t halve it, but I can’t part with any gluten free anything, so I have a few containers of starter in my fridge now and I’ve given a few away! As long as it is growing and smelly, it should be active.
Can’t wait to hear how you like the sourdough!
Thanks so much! I was worried I was doing it wrong for feeding and such! Yeah. I’ve got it in my largest pot, but it’s gonna outgrow it quickly at this rate. Starting to see the bubbly and it’s just starting to smell like it should. Super excited! Guess I better get some bread mix ordered and more flour. Lol.
Sounds like you’re on the sourdough train!!! ENJOY!!!
This looks so good! A couple of questions…I’ve never made sourdough, but can see myself being overrun with starter. How long does it last in the fridge between bakings? Its just 2 in our house, so it takes time to get through a loaf of bread. Also once the starter is established, it just needs to be fed once a week? It seems like it takes an awful lot of flour to get it started and GF flour is so expensive. Is it possible to make a smaller amount so it doesn’t grow to such a large quantity?
Great questions Kathy! I have only made it the way it’s written: 1 cup gfJules Flour + 1 cup water. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work if you halved it and kept the proportions the same though. And yes, after it’s “active,” you just need to feed it 1/week, but TBH I have gone longer than 7 days and it’s still worked, so …! Try it with the halved amounts and see if it gets active with the same amount of yeast to start and apple cider vinegar if need be. There just needs to be enough flour to feed the starter, so you can always add more if it’s not looking like it’s working. I hope that helps!
Turned out great (the third time). Here’s some things to watch out for:
After I put the dough into the bread pan, I was too aggressive with the spatula and compacted the dough all the way down into the corners of the pan. As a result, it didn’t rise very much.
One time I added the soda water too soon and stirred out all of the bubbles. Didn’t read the recipe carefully enough.
I used buckwheat flour all three times. Flavor is good but it gives the bread a little grayish tint. I purchased some cassava flour for the next loaf.
My sourdough starter was definitely smelling more “sour” for the third loaf. It has to be consistently fed and given time to ferment.
Everyone in my family loves this bread. Even the non-celiac folks. Can’t wait to make it again! Thanks Jules!!
So happy you stuck with it, Tim! And thanks so much for taking the time to add your notes to the comments. I’m sure it’ll help others as they embark upon this gluten free sourdough journey!
So excited about this! Thanks for you and Chef working sourdough out for us. I have baked sourdough for 20 years or so but now need to be glutenfree. This is awesome….sourdough again. Thanks!
Wonderful to hear, Lynn! I’m so happy you’re going to be back in the sourdough soon!!!
I cannot wait to make this! I have your bread mix and also your flour. The only part I am confused on is how much starter to add to the recipe. I might have missed that part but I was trying to find a measurement. I am a complete novice at sourdough bread making! Thanks so much for providing this recipe to all of us. 🙂
I’m excited you’re excited, Michelle! If you read the recipe closely (admittedly, it’s long!), you’ll see that you need to add 3/4 cup of the starter for each loaf. Hope that helps!
Hi, thank you for sharing this recipe. I have a question, ome of your methods for allowing the dough to rise is puttin it in the preheated turned off oven and: “…after 3 hours, remove to refrigerator for overnight rise. Is it ok to do the overnight rise in the fridge if I use the eggs? I am unsure as you state somewhere in the main text that this would be if baking without any eggs. Appreciate your help. Thank you.
Hi Martin, yes the overnight rise in the fridge would be best if eggs are being used. Enjoy the recipe!
Hi Jules!! I am ready to try making bread! One question, do I still use the yeast packet if using the bread mix?
Hi Kim, for true sourdough, you would not use the yeast packet that comes with my breadmix, no. Once the starter is made, you shouldn’t need it. You can keep it for other recipes, though! Happy bread baking!
Awesome! I have been searching for a recipe for this bread for many months – details are adequate,more than adequete, for a beginner.thank you so much.will let you know how I progress ( can’t start for two weeks)
I’m so glad this recipe is just what you were looking for! Enjoy, Barbara!
Oh my gosh. I haven’t had sourdough in years and this looks like the real thing! Yum.
It IS! The texture is really amazing!
LOVE sourdough and need to start a gluten free starter and play around. I had planned to years ago when we first started our sourdough but as the days when on and my gluten free sensitive tummy (diagnose change from Celiac to sensitivity almost 10 years ago after an incorrect diagnoses years before) handled regular sourdough so well I never made one.
Thank you for sharing and cannot wait to start playing.
I can’t wait to hear how you like it, as as a true Sourdough Lover!
I already have a GF sourdough starter (was purchased)… do you think that would work instead of making my own?
OH wow – lucky you! I’ve never seen gluten free starter available for purchase! You should absolutely try it! (and come back and let me know how it goes, of course!) 🙂
Happy bread baking!
I am so excited to make this!!! Can I use your original recipe flour mix that I make at home? Thanks, Erin Hoover
Hi Erin, I imagine it will work, but having not tried it for this recipe I can’t say for certain. My gfJules Flour blend is quite different from the homemade recipe, so there will be differences, but fingers crossed it works! If not, you know you can always just use the pre-mixed blend and know it will work!