Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

This gluten free sourdough bread was the second sourdough recipe I tried. While the first was edible it was a very dense bread that did not embody what I think of when I think of sourdough.

Check out my post on how to get a great gluten free sourdough starter if you haven’t already done so or don’t have one of your own.

 

Gluten Free Sourdough bread

 

The original recipe is through Cultures for Health but I of course have made it my own.

First is the fact that I have also made it dairy free so that my whole family can enjoy the bread. Second is that I have experimented with it enough now that I’m adding goodies to the bread as well as experimenting with other flours than just the three that they mention.  

I’ll share the recipes for how I’ve changed it for other loaves, but for now here is how I make my gluten free sourdough bread loaf as either a boule or a traditional loaf.

 

gluten free sourdough bread boule

 

First, you want a great gluten free sourdough starter.  I keep mine in the fridge and bring it out the day before making sure to feed it twice before I use it.  Because we have a large family and use at least one if not two loaves of bread per meal I make this in bulk(surprised right?).  This recipe will make six loaves in loaf pans of eight boule loaves.

 

 

gluten free sourdough bread boule pile

 

You will need:

  • sourdough starter
  • coconut oil(or butter if you’re not dairy free)
  • honey
  • psyllium husk(I use the powder versus the flakes)
  • ground flaxseed
  • eggs
  • water
  • sorghum flour
  • buckwheat flour
  • tapioca starch
  • salt

I use a large stainless steel bowl to mix up my bread in.  To find the amounts needed go to the site I linked to above.  I multiply the recipe times four so you use a dozen eggs and four cups of starter.

First place the starter, water, melted coconut oil mixed with the honey, and the eggs in the bowl and whisk until well combined.

Next sprinkle the flaxseed and psyllium husk powder over the bowl.  Whisk well.  Now is a key point!!  You need to let this sit for 3-4 minutes before doing anything else.  This is what makes this bread the BEST!  The original recipe says 2-3 minutes.  But, I’ve found a little longer doesn’t hurt.  You want this to gel and set up.

Now sprinkle on the flours and salt and mix mix mix.  If you let the psyllium and flaxseed set this is going to be amazing.  You can mix this some with a Danish dough whisk but then you’re going to want to knead the rest of that flour in with your hands.  Just like REAL bread!

I pretty much always let mine rise for 18 hours covered in a corner of the kitchen.

When making the loaves I dump all the flour out onto a floured surface(tapioca starch).  I knead this up a bit and then I cut the dough into six even pieces for the bread pans or eight even pieces for boule loaves.  To make sure that all the loaves bake the same and need the same amount of bake time I weigh them. Normally my six bread pan loaves are 1.7-1.8 pounds each.

Knead those individual loaves until they’re just slightly sticky. Put in a greased or parchment paper lined pan.  Let them rise again for 2-4 hours.  I like to do the longer rise unless I’m rushed for time.  But never less than two hours.

Before baking you need to slash your bread.  My favorite slash is a diagonal slash from a top corner to the opposite bottom corner.  I also really like to wet the top of the bread loaf slightly with damp fingers and press on some sesame seeds.  So yummy!

 

gluten free sourdough bread slash

 

I bake in a 400 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.  Remove and let the loaves cool for a few minutes and then put them on a cooling rack.

It’s really hard to not cut into these immediately but they will slice better if you let them fully cool before slicing.  Trust me that your gluten free sourdough bread will still be amazing if not even more amazing.  If you can’t resist and have to cut the gluten free sourdough bread while it’s still warm just cut up and eat the whole loaf.  Not that we’ve done that. . . many times. . . okay almost every time we sacrifice one loaf this way.

Enjoy!

 

sliced gluten free sourdough boule

 

I have saved a tutorial where I go through the steps in video form on my instagram page if you want to see those!  It’s saved in the highlights as Gluten Free Sourdough Bread.  You can find me on Instagram as ForHimandMyFamily

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

Sourdough! Oh sourdough! How I love thee.  But that gluten free sourdough starter proved elusive for a while.

Having a good sourdough bread has been impossible since going gluten free. I’d tried unsuccessfully several times to start my own sourdough starter to no avail. They just wouldn’t ferment up! I didn’t know why and it was very frustrating.

 

gluten free sourdough starter

I finally decided to order a dehydrated flake starter. First I got one from Cultures from Health. I tried twice with their starters and couldn’t get them to work either. At this point I’m wondering if maybe I’m just not meant to ever have sourdough again.  But I really wanted sourdough.

Then I happened upon another company who makes and sends out sourdough starter dehydrated packets. I decided to order the teff starter to try out. Prior to this I’d always been using brown rice flour because it’s cheap and what I have on hand.  I also ordered their brown rice starter but I never even tried it!

This teff starter was what I needed!

gluten free sourdough starter

 

It fermented up and I’ve been having wonderful luck baking with it. I highly recommend this starter if you’re needing a good gluten free starter to give you the sourdough experience you’re missing.

It feeds well.  Has tons of bubbles and activity and smells divine.

I followed the instructions that come with the starter for how much flake to use with how much water and flour to start the gluten free sourdough starter. 

Once my gluten free sourdough starter was established I decided to play with it a bit.  I found that for me I feed it twice a day on my counter with 1/2 cup brown rice flour and a scant 1/2 cup water.  If I put it in my refrigerator I feed it once a day when I remember with the same amount of flour/water.  But to be honest, I feed it probably two to three times a week.  You just need to make sure you give it two good feedings before you use it if you want it to be fully activated and ready to bake.

Watch for some amazing recipes coming soon!! Because I’m baking everything sourdough with my amazing gluten free sourdough starter!

Here is my everyday super delicious gluten free sourdough bread recipe that can be made as a boule or a loaf pan bread.  It’s my go to for sandwich bread.