Gluten-Free Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Video

GF boule from gluten-free artisan bread in five

(photo by Stephen Scott Gross)

(video by Sarah Kieffer)

Many of the folks who are baking from Gluten-Free Bread in Five Minutes a Day have asked:

  1. What’s the dough supposed to look like?
  2. How do you handle such unstructured dough?
  3. What’s it look like when baked?

Click on the “play” button in the video image above to see Zoe showing all that, using the Master Recipe from the book (the egg-white version, though you can make a version without egg). About stand mixers: We’ve had best results with our gluten-free recipes when we’ve used a stand mixer. Hand-mixing works too, but you really have to go a long time to make it nice and smooth. We have lots of experience with the 5-quart KitchenAid stand mixer. You can use the 6-quart or larger capacity, but we’ve found that those large models have a harder time mixing gluten-free dough.

You’ll notice that Zoe used Red Star Quick-Rise yeast, which is gluten-free (so is their Active Dry Yeast product). Gluten-free bakers can’t use the Red Star Platinum product, which has dough conditioners derived indirectly from a wheat protein–so it has a trace of gluten.

More on gluten-free bread-baking in Gluten-Free Bread in Five Minutes a Dayor on our Gluten-Free FAQs page.

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24 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Video

  1. I have your first 3 books … I am in the process of moving to grinding my own flour from whole grains… Wheat berries, corn etc … This is due to the less effect of glucose, hubby is type 2 diabetic & sprouted wheat does wonders for diabetics…. I am hoping you both will address home milling some time soon… Have you thought or discussed this … (Fingers crossed). Luvs Bin5

    1. Only indirectly, in a post I did a while ago, so check that out:

      In general, our readers tell us that the wheat berries they can get are highly variable in their mosture content, density, or bran content, so the water has to be adjusted per batch of flour, or at least, by supplier. For most of our readers, that’s going to be a bit complicated. But I thought it was delicious. My guess is that Zoe and I will not be testing with home grinding equipment anytime soon.

  2. RE gluten-free bread. I read on my (british) active dry yeast instructions that the yeast should be reactivated before use. Is this not really necessary provided I follow the rest of your instructions? It has not risen much at all, as far as I can see, but I see that you say only some rising will take place before baking. I am not sure whether to throw this all away or bake it and see. I have never made a loaf of bread that didn’t taste downright disgusting (overpoweringly of yeast) and think I may have rumbled that it’s because I never follow the yeast instructions on the packet. What to do?

  3. I just read your book a little more carefully and now I have watched the wonderful video above, so I know that pre-mixing the yeast isn’t necessary and I can see that rising before baking really isn’t an issue. forget my previous email. thank you!

      1. I went ahead and baked and out came a beautiful baguette. When I stopped squealing I wrote a review for your book on amazon uk. I am very excited to have access this site and your book. I’m going to go an do another victory dance now. Thank you!

      2. So glad to hear this kmac, and thanks for the review. So when is that publisher of ours going to sponsor a trip to the UK? Haven’t been in 8 years, not happy.

        Wishful thinking, I’m afraid, publishers are having authors do less and less touring. But stop by anytime, we’re here. Dance indeed…

  4. I’d love to win a superpeel. I’m really enjoying playing with the dough. The more experience I have, the more fun I’m having.

  5. How wonderful that you have a gluten free book now. I have been using your original book for quite a few years for ALL my bread needs but my daughter has been reacting to something lately and it may be gluten. I am going to get this new book to try and help her but I am sure it won’t hurt the rest of the family either….

  6. Thanks for the video. It helped a lot. The first recipe I tried with the G.F. mix # 2 turned out quite thick & heavy. I used the recipe for the whole grain loaf on page 103. I threw it out. Today I am attempting the mix number 1 & the master recipe. My question is to size of loaf. When I measure out a pound of the dough mixture it is only the size of a small orange I would guess or the size of a roll. After watching your video it looks like your loaf is quite a bit larger so as you say it doesn’t rise much & I can see that for myself I made it larger but it is still smaller than what I envision a boule to look like if purchased from a bakery. Anyway, I have left it the somewhat larger size (a larger sized grapefruit) & it is resting at the moment. I am leaving it for 90 mins. Can you help me with the size it should be? Most of the pictures appear to be bigger but it is hard to tell. It states in your G>F> book that the dough mix should make up 4 loaves & it looks like mine will make more at this rate of size I am doing.
    Help me please. I so long for this to work!

    1. If you’re weighing, and you know your scale is accurate, then you have exactly what we have–though we find that 1 pound (on our scales) makes a ball about the size of a grapefruit. Sometimes the pictures exaggerate the size in your mind’s eye, because of the way the pictures are cropped (the way they cut out the visual background). If your final result has a texture you like, it’s working well–just make slightly larger loaves– if you want a bigger loaf, use 1.5 pounds.

      1. Hi Jeff
        Thanks for your speedy reply! My loaf turned out pretty good. It has a dense texture & a different taste. I can’t decide if it tastes sour or bitter or what. Also, even with the larger loaf that I made it still doesn’t make a full slice of bread that you could use for a sandwich. Is that what it is supposed to be like? My loaf ended up being approximately 6 inches in diameter & 1 3/4 inches high. Does that sound right? My oven didn’t register hot enough either on my thermometer so have to have it checked out. I couldn’t get it to register at 450 degrees. It got to 400 & then went back to 300 & I finally got it to 400 again. The bread tasted pretty good though.
        One more thing– How large can you make the loaf without ruining it?

      2. Sounds like you’re getting too much spreading rather than upward rise. You can try “drying out” the dough a little, in other words, use a little more of the flours next time. Just a little, a couple tablespoons or so. But if you’re trying to make sandwiches, I have a feeling that you’re going to be happier with a loaf-pan bread, which limits the sideways spreading. The loaf-pan method is on page 85, use the two pounds of dough that we specify and you should be able to make sandwiches out of that.

        We didn’t test super-large loaves with gluten-free, fearing that the limited rise you get with GF would be even more compromised when a lot of loaf is pressing down from above. Try two pounds and see what you think.

  7. Hi. I have all the ingredients and excited to make this bread. However, I don’t have a stand mixer. Is it possible t mix by hand and get the same results? Thank you

    1. Well, you won’t get the same results, but it’ll work, worth a try. The mixers really emulsify these ingredients better, which helps get a lighter result.

      1. Ok, so i got a stand mixer. I have done the recipe to the letter for both master mix and then the sandwich bread in the loaf pan. I’ve made 2 master mix batches and the only variation i’ve made is cutting the 2 TBS of sugar to 1. While my whole family really likes the flavor of this bread, the loaf bread doesn’t rise and comes out fully baked just as i put in in. So typically I fill a loaf pan half way and then bake and the bread rises to the top of the pan to create a nice bread. This goes in at half (the 2 lbs) recommended and comes out the same, at 1/2 a loaf. I’m very discouraged. I’ve proofed it for 2 hours, I’ve refrigerated, I’ve softly placed the dough in the pan, I’ve watered the top, cut the slit. Why isn’t this giving me sandwich bread …. the necessity in our house with 3 young boys. As you know all the above explained has taken waaaay more than 5 minutes a day. I look forward to your solution.

      2. Forgot the most important question: which of our GF recipes are you using (which book, which page number)?

      3. My apologies. I am writing on the gluten free bread in 5 minutes a day post. So i assumed you had appropriate context. To be exact, based on above post and resource, I purchased the Gluten free Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day book and secured a stand mixer based on your above recommendations. I made the master recipe on page 60 and then the Crusty White Sandwich Loaf on page 85.The loaf doesn’t rise and comes out dense. The only adjustment I am making from the recipe is 1 TBS sugar and 1TBS of salt vs the 2 TBS and 1 1/2 TBS salt in recipe. I am excited to hear your fix. Maybe baking powder or soda? Maybe more yeast? thanks

      4. When you say “doesn’t rise,” do you mean that you’re getting zero hole structure when you cut the loaf and look at the cut edge? I’m guessing you’re seeing hole-structure, but you’d like to see more. Here’s what we recommend:

        When you mix up your Master Recipe, do the variation on page 73, but use the egg-white version, not the whole eggs. That was definitely the best rise. So you may ask, why isn’t that the basic recipe? Well, we made an executive decision to keep the basic recipe vegan, because here on the site, there’s interest in that. But as we say on page 73 and 74, the egg versions (especially egg white) rise better. If you can eat eggs, I think you’ll be pleased.

        If not–stay away from big loaves in loaf pans, try the basic boule shape (page 69)–there’s less bulk weighing down the loaf.

        Hope this helps. While we’re at it, you could try to do the salt and sugar exactly as we do. I’m not guessing that’s going to make a lot of difference. Same for more yeast. Don’t know about soda/powder, we don’t use them.

        Oh, one more thing–are you using xanthan, or ground psyllium husk? They both work, just want to be sure you’re using one of them. And take a look at the paragraph at the bottom of page 53…

      5. Ok thanks. I’ll give this a go. I lowered the salt bc otherwise my family thought the bread was too salty. We don’t like sweet sandwich bread either. I’m using the Xanthan as well. … more to come. Thanks for your quick reply. I am on a mission to have tasty home made gluten free bread for our family.

  8. Hi there. We’re in round two of working on perfecting a round loaf. I tried this when the book first hit the shelves, wanting to go gluten free, not needing to, and failed big time, so I set it aside. I now realize after watching the video in the kitchen that I didn’t mix anywhere near well enough.

    Now our family has all been diagnosed with varying degrees of wheat/gluten/ allergies, so we’re trying again out of necessity. My 21 year old college kid is trying this time, and so far his first two attempts at the basic recipe have looked fantastic, but are wet in the middle (we’re ok with dense, but not so much on the gummy wet). He is fanatical about weighing ingredients, so we know that isn’t the issue. We’re thinking it might need to be mixed more yet (5qt KitchenAid), so we’re mixing a batch right now.

    We’re all allergic to egg, so we really appreciate the vegan version, but wish we could get the results of the egg version that you talk about. Any wild guess if the flax substitute for egg might help? Suspect that you haven’t tried it so you can’t say, but thinking you know a lot more about baking and might be able to speculate.

    And yes, we are using all products by Bob’s, having to use the Amaranth instead of the Sorghum as we haven’t found it at Target or Cub and haven’t had a chance to go to Whole Foods yet.

    Thanks, and looking forward to perfecting the loaf.

    1. We’ve advocated flax as a swap, but I really don’t think it’s going to lighten things in this case (you can try though).

      Sorghum might be a little better, but I don’t think that’s it. One thing you might try–some folks prefer the ground psyllium husk to the xanthan.

      Longer baking time at a lower temp (and have you checked the temp with something like )?

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