Master Recipe from Gluten-Free ABin5

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread Master Recipe | Gluten Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

In 2007, when our first book hit the stores, I had never heard of celiac disease or gluten intolerance. In the past 7 years I’ve had quite an education on the subject. It all started here on the website. People were writing in to say they loved our method, but couldn’t eat wheat. There were many, many requests, so Jeff and I set off to develop recipes that fit our fast and easy method but used flours that were gluten-free. We’ve put gluten-free breads in all of our books since then, but they were just small chapters among a bunch of wheat filled recipes. It seemed unfair to the folks who couldn’t eat wheat to buy a book filled with recipes that didn’t suit their needs, so we decided to write a book for them. Last week Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day came out and we are thrilled to share the Master Recipe with you here.

We’ve had great feedback from our original gluten-free recipes, but we wanted to simplify the method even more. That meant developing two flour mixes that all our recipes are based on, so you just have to mix the flour once for many loaves. You just mix up a big batch of our Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix and/or our Whole-Grain Gluten-Free Flour mix and you’ll be able to quickly mix and bake all 90 gluten-free artisan bread recipes in our book. (We’ve tried commercial flour mixes, but haven’t found one that is as tasty, nor do they produce as nice a texture. If you have a brand of GF flour that you like to use, give it a try, but you may need to make some adjustments, so we recommend making a small batch to make sure you like the results.)

We also wanted to provide recipes that are mostly vegan (no eggs) and dairy free. Because eggs are a leavening ingredient, we do like the Master Recipe made with eggs for a lighter loaf. In fact, we find that the dough made with egg whites is the lightest of all the options. You can also use an egg substitute if you choose not to use eggs. And as always with our method, you save time by mixing a large batch and storing it in the refrigerator, pulling off dough to use as you need it.

Master Recipe from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

The following recipe is our Master Recipe from GFABin5 made with egg whites, but you can make the same recipe with whole eggs, egg substitutes or without any eggs at all.

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Gluten-Free Master Recipe from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day on page 64, and the egg variation can be found on page 73). For a video of this recipe’s steps that’ll open in a  new window, click here):

6 1/2 cups (2 pounds 3 ounces / 990 grams) flour mixture #1 from our book, which is reprinted at this link. We tested all our recipes with Bob’s Red Mill unblended flours, not their gluten-free flour mixtures.

1 tablespoon Red Star Active Dry or Quick Rise yeast (not Red Star Platinum, which isn’t gluten-free)

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt

2 tablespoons sugar or honey (we find that the gluten-free dough needs the sugar to brown nicely, although it is optional)

4 egg whites, plus enough warm water to equal 3 3/4 cups (*see picture below) – if you don’t want to use eggs, then just use 3 3/4 cups water.

To mix the dough:

Master Recipe from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

*Put 4 egg whites in a large measuring cup, fill the cup with water until you have 3 3/4 cups liquid.

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In our GFABin5 we suggest using a Stand Mixer with the paddle attachment for the smoothest dough and ease of mixing. You can still do the mixing in a bucket or bowl, as we recommended in our past books, but it will take a bit more effort to get a really smooth dough.

In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add the yeast to the flour mix #1. We tested all of the recipes with both Active and Quick Rise yeast from Red Star and find that they work equally well in our stored gluten-free dough. You can’t use their Platinum yeast, since it contains trace amounts of wheat, but we love it for our wheat breads.

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Add the Kosher salt to the flour mix. You can add more or less salt, depending on your preference.

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Blend all the dry ingredients for a few seconds.

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While the mixer is on low speed, slowly add all the liquid.

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Once all of the liquid is added to the mixer, turn it up to medium-high speed and let it blend for about 1 minute.

Master Recipe from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

The dough will look and feel like soft biscuit dough.

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Transfer the dough to a 4+ quart Food-Storage Container. The dough will rise some, but don’t expect it to double in size.

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Cover the container, but it shouldn’t be airtight. I poke a very small hole in the lid (you can see it in the exact center of the above lid) to allow the gas from the yeast to escape. If you don’t poke a hole…

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…then you will want to place the lid on the container, but don’t snap it all the way shut (see above photo). Don’t allow too much air to get into the bucket or the dough may dry out.

Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for 2 hours. If your kitchen is cool, it may take 2 1/2 to 3 hours. You can use the dough after the initial rise or refrigerate the dough for about 5 days (10 if you don’t use eggs).

Master Recipe from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

When you are ready to bake, sprinkle some GF flour on a piece of parchment. Dust the surface of the dough with more flour.

Master Recipe from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Scoop up a 1-pound piece of dough. Store the rest of the dough in the fridge for up to 5 days if using egg whites, or 10 days if you only used water. That’s where our method saves you time–all your subsequent loaves are made from pre-mixed, stored dough that will develop sourdough flavors as it ages.

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Unlike our wheat dough, this will not have any stretch when you lift it out, it will just break off.

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Place the dough on the parchment and shape it into a ball. It may not be smooth at this point.

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Using wet fingers, smooth out the surface of the dough. Creating a smooth surface also seems to help trap the gas from the yeast and improve the rise of the bread.

Cover loosely with plastic and allow to rise for about an hour. If you are using fresh dough, then just 30 minutes.

Preheat oven with a Baking Stone to 450°F. It is very important that your oven be hot enough, so use an oven thermometer to check the actual temperature. If you are using a thick Baking Stone, this can take 45 minutes or longer. Put a broiler tray on the bottom of the oven, which will be used to catch water to create steam in your oven.

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Once the dough is ready (it may not rise much while resting), dust it with more flour and slash the top with a serrated knife.

Slide the loaf onto the preheated baking stone, add 1 cup water to broiler tray to create steam and quickly close the door.

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Bake the loaf for about 45 minutes or until nicely browned.

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Allow the loaf to cool to room temperature before cutting into it. The gluten-free artisan bread will be quite gummy if you cut into it before it is totally cooled. Using a sharp serrated Bread Knife is the best for cutting this loaf.

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If you don’t finish the loaf in one or two days, wrap it well and freeze it for another time.

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This gluten-free artisan bread also makes wonderful toast the next morning, and you can use up the remaining dough over the next 5 days (if you used egg whites), or 10 days (if you only used water).

See also our Gluten-Free Frequently-Asked Questions.

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313 thoughts on “Master Recipe from Gluten-Free ABin5

  1. I’ve made the Mixture #1 from the book, then the Master Recipe. Both of the loaves I’ve baked have come out gummy in the center. 1 lb to 1.25 lb of dough, baked as instructed, then once at a lower temp but longer time. Pretty in appearance, nice crust but not edible. I can send photos. Help

    1. Hi Ken,

      What binder are you using? Xanthan or psyllium? Are you making any flour substitutions?

      Can you eat eggs? If so, did you try the egg white version?

      Do you have an oven thermometer? It could just be a matter of temperature and needing more time to bake through. If you make a loaf that is larger than one pound, you will need to let it rest longer and bake longer. If you are baking on a stone, be very sure that it is preheated thoroughly, or it can bring down the temperature of the oven. Baking in a Dutch oven can help with rise and baking as well.

      Thanks, Zoë

      1. Zoe – thanks for your reply. Using Xanthan and no flour substitutions. Have no tried the egg white version.

        And, I did not bake on a stone, but on a stainless steel sheet with parchment paper, with the cup of water as directed for steam.

        An oven thermometer? No, at least not yet. So, I take it that with these results I should simply bake it longer and let it rest plenty of time, maybe 3 hours.

      2. Hi Ken,

        Yes, I would bake it a bit longer. It is crucial, especially with gluten-free breads that you allow them to cool or they will seem under baked and gummy.

        Thanks, Zoë

  2. Do you suggest any changes to the rest time or cooking if you use a proofer and convection oven to cook with. I usually drop my temp down by 25 degrees but find that in the convection oven that the water does not last. Any suggestions for the amount of water that I should use?
    Thank you.

    1. With our very moist GF dough, I worry that convection might crisp and over-brown the outside before the crumb is fully baked. Result might be gumminess. It’s OK if the water “doesn’t last…” The intention there is to create a moist environment in only the first third of baking or so, not the whole duration.

      Dropping the temp down might fix my concern about interior under-done-ness.

  3. I made it without egg whites and though I like the flavour, I found it too dense and would like to make a lighter loaf. Could I add perhaps 1 or 2 egg whites to the dough that is already mixed and in my fridge?

  4. How could I adjust the baking for a dutch oven instead of a baking stone? I’ve seen similar recipes in which the bread is baked lidded for most of the baking time, and then the lid comes off towards the end. Would that work with this recipe?

      1. Hi Zoe,

        Thanks for the reply. I am using Blend #1. Although I have been using oat flour instead of the sorghum. So if I subbed out some buckwheat flour, would you suggest 1/2 oat and half buckwheat? Have you ever tried the buckwheat? I am rather new to the GF world (not celiac but definitely gluten sensitive). I have found that when I pull off a bit of the dough to make a fresh loaf, I add about another 1/4 tsp of yeast to get a less dense final product. Any tips you can send my way are appreciated!

      2. Hi Jenn,

        I have not tried buckwheat in this mixture, so I would start with a small batch and make sure you like the results. It does have a strong flavor, so I’d start out with a small portion and then increase if you like it.

        Cheers, Zoe

  5. I’ve made Mixture #1 from the book and am also having problems with a gummy interior. I am also following the recommended size (1 lb to 1.25 lb) and I have let the bread rest for up to double the time recommended, but still no change in the gumminess of the interior. The exterior always looks great, and there is a thick crust, but the interior crumb really needs some help.

    Advice on what could be going wrong?

    1. Hi Gail,

      Did you try the version with eggs? It tends to be less dense. Are you using xanthan or psyllium? Do you let the bread cool completely before cutting?

      Thanks, Zoë

    2. Hi, there! I use Mic #1 as well. I don’t use eggs and I sub out oat for sorghum flour. I have recently started adding just an extra bit of yeast for the rise just before baking. Maybe a 1/4 to 1/3 tsp. I figure the bread had to come to room temperature anyway and I have seen an improvement in texture. Not quite as dense.

  6. I’ve made this several times and the dough is very very wet. should I cut down the water amount? I am using cup4cup as I do not like mixing my own flour.

    1. Hi Carla,

      Unfortunately, I have never had great luck with any commercially available flour blend with our bread recipes, so this will require some experimenting. You can try reducing the water, but I would make small batches until you get a result you like. The closest I have come is with Better Batter brand, but even that required some tweaking.

      Thanks, Zoë

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