My husband’s favorite food is bread. Seriously. When we were dating, we would walk into the grocery store and he would head straight back to the bakery section to squeeze and smell the loaves until he had found the perfect one. And then to top it off, he would have it half eaten by the time we got to the checkout! So, when we all made the move to eating gluten free, I knew I had my work cut out for me to find just the right bread recipe.
Thankfully, I have found a one that works well for our family. Well, 3 out of 4 of us anyway….Little Bit won’t eat it, but then again, she doesn’t eat most things…(more on that some other time). After searching and looking at a number of different recipes, I came across this one on Yammie’s Glutenfreedom.
I did a little tweaking to the recipe and the method (it was a little too sweet for us and The Dude didn’t want cinnamon in his sandwich bread), and there is was…a fantastic, easy homemade bread recipe!
Gluten Free Honey Oat Bread
3 ½ cups GF Oat Flour
½ cup Brown Rice Flour
½ cup Tapioca Flour
2 tsp. Xanthan gum
1 tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. dry active yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup honey
Whisk to combine the yeast and the water and let sit for a few minutes (I just whisk the yeast into the 2-cup glass measuring cup I used to measure and warm up the water). Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, rice flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum and salt. Add the oil, honey, eggs, and lastly the yeast/water mixture. Beat for a few minutes until fluffy.
Note: add the oil, then the honey using the same measuring cup. This will help the honey slide right out of the measuring cup since it will have had oil in it first.
Pour into a well-greased 10 inch loaf pan. Use a spatula for this. To get a nice, smooth top to your bread, dip the back of the spatula in water, then spread out and smooth out the dough. If the dough begins to stick to the spatula, dip it in the water again and repeat as needed until the top is smooth. Allow the dough to rise for 45 minutes or until doubled.*
*I put my bread in the microwave to rise believe it or not. I take a mug (like one I would use for my morning coffee) and fill it with water. Then, I put it in the microwave for a few minutes until it’s nice and hot. I move the mug into a corner of the microwave and stick my loaf pan in there and set the microwave timer for 45 minutes. The steam from the hot water helps to create and warm, moist environment, which is just what the dough needs to rise properly.**
**Please make sure you DO NOT turn on your microwave while the bread is rising, especially if you are using a metal pan as that could be very dangerous! Be sure that everyone in your house knows that you have bread rising in there and that the microwave is out of commission for the next 45 minutes.
While the bread is rising, preheat the oven to 350 °F. Once the loaf has doubled in size, place it in the oven and bake it for 45 minutes or until done. Remove from pan and allow to cool fully before cutting. Store in a sealed plastic bag. It will stay fresh on the counter for a 2-3 days (although it may start to get a bit on the crumbly side) or in the refrigerator for up to a week. It’s usually gone within a few days at our house though!
Leave a comment and let me know how it turns out!