The Best Gluten-Free Bread Recipes | Quick and Easy! (2024)

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I feel like a gluten-free fraud for saying this, but since it’s the New Year, I should probably come clean: I’ve never made my own GF bread before (I like this brand, or this one). I had some mild pangs of guilt about this fact in Brazil. Every morning as I stuffed my face with pão de queijo, I thought to myself, I wonder if this is hard to make?

It hasn’t reached full resolution status, but tackling some gluten-free bread recipes in 2016 is definitely on my list, including recreating those magical Brazilian cheese rolls. (My mouth literally started salivating as I wrote that). In the meantime, though, I feel very fortunate to have some excellent advice to share with you from my friend Alexandra Stafford who, in addition to being an all-around food and photography mega talent, is my bread baking sensei.

Alexandra has been hard at work on a no-knead bread book coming out viaClarkson Potter in Spring 2017. She’s promised me there will be some gluten-free morsels to be had in there. And having tried manydoughs in the research process, she’s sharing with us one of her favorite gluten-free methods. I’ll stick a metaphorical sock (or pão de queijo) in itand let Alexandra take it from here.

I’m a long-time fan of the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day series. From the classic boules and sticky pecan rolls to the cinnamon-raisin bread and crispy pizza, each ABin5 recipe I’ve made has been revisited in my kitchen many times.

Equally impressive, I’ve just discovered, is Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, the fifth in the series, a book not only filled with 90 gluten-free bread recipes but also a wealth of information on gluten-free flours and ingredients as well as on gluten sensitivity, wheat allergies, and celiac disease.If you are unfamiliar with the ABin5 series, Jeff Hertzberg (a doctor) and Zoe Francois (a pastry chef) created a method for mixing a large vat of dough, storing it in the refrigerator, and baking off portions of the dough over the course of 10 days. Active time each day is five minutes.

During their research for Gluten-Free ABin5, Zoe and Jeff discovered that a mix of gluten-free flours produced the best tasting loaves, and they created two gluten-free flour mixes, an all-purpose blend and a 100% whole grain blend. The exact proportions for the all-purpose blend, which is the blend called for below, can be found here and substitutions for various flours can be found here. Zoe and Jeff tested all of the recipes with Bob’s Red Mill products because of their widespread availability. I used Bob’s Red Mill as well.

If you hope to make a habit of gluten-free bread baking, I highly recommend making two other small investments: 1. A digital scale, which makes mixing both the homemade gluten-free flour blend and the vat of dough a breeze. (Incidentally, I recently had to buy a new digital scale and was surprised to discover how incredibly affordable they have become. (I bought this one for $14.) And 2. A large storage vessel. Zoe and Jeff recommend this one. You can use a large bowl, too, but stashing it in the fridge may be tricky — the straight-sided, tall vessels are better-suited for storage.

Once the dough is mixed, the hands-on work is minimal. This short video is an excellent reference for the mixing, shaping and baking process. I have had great success with the master recipe — it is the tastiest gluten-free bread I have ever made — as well as with an olive variation. I have yet to try the sweet breads, but after reading that Zoe’s dad declared the gluten-free brioche the best bread he’s ever tasted, gluten-free or otherwise, it’s next up on my baking to-dos. I will be sure to keep you posted!

–Alexandra Stafford of Alexandra’s Kitchen

The Best Gluten-Free Bread

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This is the master boule recipe, to which you can add many variations! Try ¼ cup seeds and/or dried or fresh herbs, such as 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 2 teaspoons fresh) or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 teaspoon fresh). For the olive version (pictured below), I made a half recipe and added 2 cups pitted and diced olives with the water.If you like this recipe, you might also try this Gluten-Free Peasant Bread!

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes minutes

Total Time 2 hours hours 55 minutes minutes

Servings 4 One Pound Loaves

Author Phoebe Lapine


  • cups all-purpose gluten-free mixture (990 g)
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast (10 g)
  • 1 to 1½ tablespoons kosher salt (10 g)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (30 g)
  • cups lukewarm water (850 g)
  • cornmeal or parchment paper for pizza peel


  • In a 5- to 6-qt bowl or stand mixer, whisk together the flour, yeast, salt and sugar.

  • Add the lukewarm water — lukewarm water (100ºF) will allow the dough to rise to the right point for storage in about 2 hours.

  • Mix with a spoon or spatula or paddle attachment of mixer until mixture is very smooth — this will take about a minute of good stirring. Kneading is unnecessary. Transfer mixture to lidded (not airtight) food container.

  • Cover with a lid that fits well to the container but can be cracked open so it’s not completely airtight. Plastic wrap is fine, too. Allow the mixture to rise at room temperature about 2 hours; then refrigerate it and use over the next 10 days. You can use a portion of the dough any time after the 2-hr rise. Fully refrigerated wet dough is less sticky and easier to work with than dough at room temperature, but whatever you do, do not punch down the dough — this is unnecessary with gluten-free bread baking.

  • On baking day: pull off a 1-lb (grapefruit-size) piece of dough, then place it on a pizza peel prepared with plenty of cornmeal or parchment paper. Gently press the dough into a ball and use wet fingers to smooth the surface. Allow to rest at room temperature for 60 minutes loosely covered with plastic wrap or a roomy overturned bowl. The dough will not look as though it has risen much after the 60 minutes — this is normal.

  • Preheat a baking stone or Baking Steel near the middle of your oven set at 450ºF for at least 30 minutes. Alternatively, preheat a lidded Dutch oven for 45 minutes at 450ºF. If you are using the stone or Steel, place an empty metal broiler tray for holding water on the shelf below the stone or Steel.

  • Dust the top of the dough liberally with flour. Slash a ½-inch-deep cross or scallop using a wet serrated bread knife.

  • Shimmy the loaf onto the preheated stone. Alternatively, use the piece of parchment paper as handles and carefully lower the dough-topped parchment paper into the preheated pot. Cover and place in the oven. Quickly and carefully pour 1 cup of hot water from the tap into the metal broiler tray and close the oven door to trap the steam. If you used parchment paper on the steel or Stone, remove it after 20 minutes. Bake loaf for 45 minutes. If you are using the preheated vessel, remove the lid after 30 minutes, and bake for 15 minutes longer uncovered or until the crust is richly browned. Allow bread to cool completely, about 2 hours, on a wire rack.

  • Store remaining dough in the refrigerator in your lidded or loosely plastic-wrapped container and use it over the next 10 days.


For the all-purpose gluten-free mixture, you will need white rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch or flour, potato starch (not potato flour) and xanthan gum or psyllium husk. Find the exact proportions here. If you don’t want to mix such a large mix of gluten-free flour, halve the recipe. The recipe above, too, can also be halved. Once again, this short video was extremely helpful.

The Best Gluten-Free Bread Recipes | Quick and Easy! (10)If you make this, tag @phoebelapine and #feedmephoebe – I’d love to see it!

Want more gluten-free breadrecipes? You also might like this Gluten-Free Peasant Bread (No-Knead and Easy!)


More gluten-free breads to enjoy:

  • The best gluten-free pizza crusts
  • Gluten-Free Drop Biscuits
  • Gluten-free Cornbread
  • Gluten-free flatbreads
  • Gluten-free peasant loaf bread
  • Gluten-free Banana Bread

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The Best Gluten-Free Bread Recipes | Quick and Easy! (2024)


What is the trick to making good gluten-free bread? ›

Tips and Techniques to make better Gluten Free Bread
  1. Use psyllium husk powder.
  2. Let the dough rest (not exactly the same as a bulk proof)
  3. Mix or knead thoroughly.
  4. Use less yeast.
  5. Bake in a tin with tall sides.
  6. Bake for longer, often at a lower temperature.
  7. Create steam in the oven.
  8. Use the tangzhong or scalded flour method.

What is the biggest challenge of making gluten-free bread? ›

One of the challenges is that when gluten-free dough is thickened with additives like starches and gums, it becomes sticky. Some bakers dust sticky dough with flour, but that's problematic with gluten-free formulations.

What flour is best for gluten-free bread? ›

Best for Bread: Judee's All-Purpose Gluten-Free Bread Flour

The blend of tapioca, potato and corn starch, plus rice and corn flour, has a neutral flavor. The dough also has sugar and salt added, so most recipes require only adding yeast, oil and water.

Is it cheaper to make your own gluten-free bread or buy it? ›

Luckily, gluten-free bread is much tastier and cheaper if you make it at home. You can bake gluten-free bread in an oven, but if you regularly bake gluten-free bread, I highly recommend investing in a bread maker.

Which yeast is best for gluten-free bread? ›

What type of yeast should be used to bake Gluten Free Bread? Active dry yeast and instant yeast both work well and are often interchangeable. Be on the lookout for any Rapid Rise yeast that is best for one rise. For most of us that's the way gluten free bread is baked, a single rise in the tin.

Why add vinegar to gluten-free bread? ›

Apple cider vinegar or another acid lightens up the dough. You can add up to 4 Tbsp of acid for 500 g gluten-free flour. Don't worry, you won't be able to taste it afterwards. To lighten up a yeast dough even more, you can add a packet of baking powder or cream of tartar baking powder to 500 g flour.

What is the trick to baking with gluten-free flour? ›

Gluten-free flours often contain fine starches, so they absorb more liquid than conventional flour. To address this, gluten-free recipes usually call for more liquid and produce looser batters. They may also call for a larger quantity of leavening, like baking powder, to help add volume and lighten the texture.

What does gluten-free bread do to your body? ›

Since gluten-free bread is so high in fiber content, they are the friendliest foods for our digestive tracts. Therefore, the nutrients in gluten-free bread can get fully used and also encourage the production of friendly bacteria in the intestine.

Why does gluten-free bread upset my stomach? ›

Many gluten free foods contain refined starches like corn, potato and tapioca starch as well as soy, oat or rice flour. All of these can cause issues, especially symptoms of gas and bloating.

Does Bob's Red Mill gluten-free flour work with yeast? ›

It works well in recipes that call for baking powder or yeast, making it a versatile product you'll reach for time and time again. At Bob's Red Mill, we're proud of our wide range of gluten free products.

What is the closest gluten-free flour to all purpose flour? ›

Brown rice flour is about as close to a 1:1 substitute for all-purpose flour as it gets since it provides structure and a “wheat-like” flavor.

What is the best gluten-free flour for quick bread? ›

Oat flour is best for cookies and quick breads, though you can use it for other things in combination with other gluten free flours. When making yeast bread, you'll need extra yeast to make the dough rise, and other recipes need about 2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder per cup of oat flour.

What are the cons of gluten-free bread? ›

Gluten-free bread manufacturers also often add sugar, fat and salt to their products to make them taste better, Dr. Lee said. And in part because gluten-free breads tend to contain more water, fat and refined starch than wheat-based breads, they spoil and become stale more quickly.

Is there a downside to going gluten-free? ›

If you cut all gluten out of your diet, there's a risk that you could miss out on nutritious whole grains, fiber and micronutrients. Getting enough whole grains in your diet is especially important if you're at risk for heart disease or diabetes.

Does homemade gluten-free bread taste good? ›

It really is an amazing recipe if you're on a gluten free diet. It tastes and behaves just like regular bread. It's easy to make and if you follow the recipe closely, you'll get perfect bread every time.

Why is it so challenging to make good gluten free bread? ›

Gluten-free sandwich bread is one of the most challenging baked products because it relies heavily on gluten for structure and textural development. The first step is to replace the viscoelastic network.

Is there a trick to baking with gluten-free flour? ›

Gluten-free flours often contain fine starches, so they absorb more liquid than conventional flour. To address this, gluten-free recipes usually call for more liquid and produce looser batters. They may also call for a larger quantity of leavening, like baking powder, to help add volume and lighten the texture.

Why is my homemade gluten free bread so dense? ›

You may need to add extra liquid or combine different flours to achieve the proper hydration level for your dough. Incorrect Flour Ratios: Different gluten-free flours have varying levels of protein and starch, which can affect the texture of your bread. Using the wrong flour ratio can result in a dense and gummy loaf.

How do you make gluten-free dough taste better? ›

Add some almond flour: Using a small amount of almond flour in your baking can enhance the taste and texture dramatically. Due to the high moisture and fat content, it can also add moisture, and will help your baked goods to brown.

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