This loaf of homemade gluten-free bread is made from my homemade sourdough starter. It’s soft, puffy, and moist. It’s healthier and tastes much better than the store-bought ones.
In my last post, I shared with you how to make gluten-free sourdough starter with 2-ingredients. Have you tried that yet? Are you eager to move on to making the best homemade gluten-free bread possible?
After my last post on gluten-free sourdough starter, I had requests for instructions on how to make GF bread from it. So, today’s post is all about why you should make it at home and how to make it. It’s going to be your favorite homemade gluten-free bread. I know it!
Have you struggled with making a loaf of vegan, gluten-free bread that is soft, puffy, and moist?
I sure did. Ever since I started my gluten-free baking journey, I have been struggling with trying to make a good loaf of bread that is fantastic for sandwiches. My homemade breads (both vegan and non-vegan) were always quite dense and crumbly. There were times I just threw in the towel and used store-bought gluten-free sandwich bread for sandwiches.
Why should you make homemade gluten-free bread?
Short answer is it’s much healthier and tastes much better.
Store-bought gluten-free sandwich bread is definitely convenient. However, after trying different brands, I found they are either too salty or have too much of those empty calories that are definitely not good for our bodies. If you can’t tolerate xanthan or guar gum that we found in almost every store-bought gluten-free loaf, you definitely should make your own bread at home.
How to make the best homemade gluten-free bread?
Whether it’s vegan or not, the key to make the best homemade gluten-free bread is using homemade sourdough starter. This is an age-old forgotten method. It has now been resurrected to reign once again as the king of the bread basket.
Some have just accepted that there GF bread is always going to be dense. Some bloggers claim to have found a way to make soft textured gf bread that tastes and smells like a real loaf. However, it usually comes with a very long list of tips and instructions.
Although this recipe is simple, there is no fast way to make this homemade gluten-free bread. Don’t get discouraged. Your bread is going to taste a million times better. It’s absolutely worth it.
Fermentation is biochemical reaction that happens between live bacteria and flour dough. It takes time for the bacteria/yeast to react with the carbohydrates, proteins, and fibers in the dough. Food industry offers us a fast way to make bread by using packaged instant dry yeast. However, using active dry yeast doesn’t solve my problem with homemade gluten-free bread.
I used my sourdough starter and homemade all-purpose gluten-free flour mix (gum free) for this recipe. After the dough ferments at room temperature overnight (12-16 hours), I added a little bit of baking soda. This step neutralizes the sourness that was produced during the fermentation. The fermentation occurs evenly throughout the dough so there are almost no dense spots like you get with active dry yeast. The taste of this bread brought back many good old memories.
Sidenote: My mom and grandma used to make steamed wheat buns using sourdough starter. They would always save a piece of dough as starter for the next batch. They taught me that adding baking soda will remove some sourness from the fermented dough. Simple chemistry in the kitchen goes a long way!
Although I haven’t tried any store-bought all-purpose gluten-free flour mix with this recipe, I’m sure it will work beautifully. It will be on my experimenting list.
I hope you’re eager to start your first batch of homemade gluten-free bread. I’d love to see and hear about what’s going be the best homemade gluten-free bread you’ve ever made.
- 1⅔ cups water
- 50 grams homemade sourdough starter
- ½ to ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons water
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
- Combine water and sourdough starter in another bowl and mix well. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients mixture. Use a clean hand to knead the dough. It should form a soft dough.
- Let the dough ferment at 70-76 ℉ for 12 -16 hours. After the fermentation, the dough should be softer and have somewhat of a sour smell.
- Preheat oven to 450 ℉.
- Mix baking soda and water in a small bowl. Add the mixture into the fermented dough and knead to mix well. This will neutralize the acid and take away some of the sour taste of the dough.
- Lightly grease a loaf pan (I use a glass 9” x 5” x 3.5” loaf pan) and transfer the dough into the pan. Smooth the surface of the dough with a damp hand. Insert a knife on top of the dough ½ inch deep and cut the dough lengthwise so the hot steam will escape from the gap instead of creating random cracks during baking.
- Spray the surface of the dough with canola oil and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven. Reduce the temperature to 400 ℉. Bake with the foil on for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 40 minutes until the bread is golden brown.
- Remove the bread from oven and transfer the bread onto a cooling rack to completely cool before cutting.
- This recipe may work with other kinds of all-purpose gluten-free flour mix. You may need to adjust the amount of water added into the dough.
- The first batch of sourdough starter may not turn the fermented dough very sour, so use only ½ teaspoon of baking soda when using the first batch of sourdough starter.