The hardest part about adopting a gluten free diet is parting with bread. Especially if you love bread. All Gluten free breads are not created equal. You either love it or hate it, and the process to find the one you love is like looking for your soulmate, a never ending adventure full of trial and error. It tastes great but then the texture is off, or the texture is perfect but the bread tastes like… well.. it has no taste. This could make a gluten free diet rather depressing. These long conquests of finding the perfect gluten free breads are over. More and more small businesses are taking the challenge in baking the perfect gluten free bread.
First off, look around your city for a local bakery. Small businesses and small mom & pops bakeries will usually take special orders and will work with you to make a perfect gluten free bread. Who knows, they may even like the challenge in creating something new if they haven’t already. Larger companies manufacture large quantities at a time, so they probably won’t give you the time of day. Small bakeries usually cater to their customers and might have gluten free options already since it’s growing in popularity.
Try to make your own at home. Making bread is so easy. It just takes time and patience. You can buy a bread maker for under $100 but baking in a regular pan is really easy. You can make bread out of most gluten free grains. Try making these gluten free breads:
- 2 tsp. honey
- 2 1/2c. luke warm water
- 2 Tbsp dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp flaxmeal
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 2 tap alt
- 1 C millet flour
- 2 C cornmeal
<2 C oat flour
Add honey to lukewarm water and sprinkle yeast over surface. Let soak. In a separate bowl combine flaxmeal with 6 Tbsp of warm water and let it soak for 10 min. It will become a egg like consistency. Then combine flaxmeal and oil. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine salt and flours. When yeast is activated, add it to the flaxmeal mixture. Then stir into the dry mixture.
Pour batter into an oiled 9×9 pan. Leave in a warm place for 30-40 min. until the dough has risen by half as much. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 min. or until bread is brown on top.
Gluten-free Honey Oat bread as seen on: Yammie’s Gluten freedom
- 3 1/3 cups oat flour (or 4 cups of gluten-free oats plus more for the top)
- 2 scant tablespoons yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup corn starch (or tapioca flour)
- 1/2 cup rice flour (white or sweet white rice flour. Brown rice would probably work to but I haven’t tried that yet)
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 eggs
If you’re using whole oats, blend them in the food processor until they’re pretty fine (as fine as you can get them). Meanwhile combine the yeast and water and let sit for a few minutes. Add the oil, honey, starch, flour, xanthan gum, and oats and beat until combined. Add the salt, cinnamon, and eggs. Beat for a few minutes until fluffy. Pour into a well greased 10 inch loaf pan and allow to rise for about 45 minutes until doubled. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Sprinkle the top of the risen loaf with some more oats and cut a few slits in the top with a serrated knife. Bake for about 45 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.
If baking is not your style. Try making a gluten free order from Deland bakery. Their Gluten free bread is to die for. The texture and taste is just like regular bread and does not leave you feeling bloated. It’s easy to digest and delicious. Choose from varieties like banana nut bread, oatmeal raisin, millet, and many more. You will not be disappointed.