Gluten-Free Bread for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Bread | 51 comments

Gluten-Free Bread for #SundaySupper

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions. Do you make them? Keep them? I know lots of people are cynical about them, but I like the chance to reflect, to think how I can make my life better and happier – and it’s a very good excuse to take the leap and cross something off your bucket list.Which is what this #SundaySupper is all about. Isabel, aka Family Foodie, has challenged us to make our ‘bucket list’ recipe, so expect a raft of ambitious and delicious things from our community this week!

The recipe at the top of my bucket list is gluten-free bread. I’ve conquered gluten-free cakes and even pastry, but those areas have always been my comfort zone – bread is way out there. I think I made bread at school, and did it in a bread machine a couple of times, but it was never really something I got into. Then becoming gluten-free knocked any breadmaking ideas out of my head – after all, you can just about get away with no gluten in cake batters, but it’s pretty essential in bread, isn’t it?

homemade bread

Well, thanks to this bucket list challenge, I’ve finally rolled up my sleeves and given it a go. And you know what? It worked! Now, gluten-free bread is never going to be the same as a normal loaf – the recipe involves quite a few more ingredients and you don’t get the bouncy elasticity of a normal dough. Also, perhaps simply due to my lack of experience, it is not the most beautiful loaf of bread ever made, but it tastes good and it doesn’t fall apart, which I consider to be a success!

It’s given me the confidence now to experiment, so you can expect a few more bread recipes before long.

Gluten-free Bread

(makes 1 loaf)


400g gluten-free bread flour (should contain xanthan gum – if not you will need to add about 1 tsp)

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp caster sugar

1 sachet (75g) fast-action dried yeast

1 egg

300ml warm water

2tbsp milk

2 tbsp sunflower oil


Grease a loaf tin and set to one side.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Crack the egg into a measuring jug, then add the water, milk and oil. Mix lightly. Pour onto the flour mixture and stir together until you have a ball of dough. Transfer to the loaf tin, cover with a plastic bag (inflate so that it does not stick to the dough) and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 200C and bake for about 45 mins. Check that the bread is done by tapping the base – it should sound hollow. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool slightly.

Slice and enjoy with your favourite jam while it is still warm!

If trying out new recipes is your New Year’s Resolution, then this will make it a whole lot easier to keep – just take a look at what the #SundaySupper team have been cooking up:

Sunday Supper Specialty Breads:

Sunday Supper Main Dishes:

Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks:

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  1. Looks delicious! I just tackled my first gluten free cake. Bread will be on the list!
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips recently posted..#GlutenFree Golden Fudge Cake for #SundaySupper Recipe #BucketListMy Profile

    • Thanks Brianne! Hope it goes well for you!

  2. I have been doing a lot of GF baking but I am too scared to make the bread. Yours looks like it turned out great!

    • Don’t be scared – it was really a lot easier than I had anticipated :)

  3. Congratulations on being able to cross off gluten free bread from your list. I’ve never done any sort of gluten free baking and I can see how it could be a challenge.
    Renee recently posted..Ropa Vieja for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Renee :)

  4. Gluten free bread sounds awesome – I have been trying to do more gluten free cooking lately…maybe I should try your recipe out! :)
    Katie recently posted..Popcorn with truffle oil and asiago cheese for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • It was simpler than I expected to be, so please do give it a try!

  5. Your bread turned out lovely, Katy! I know gluten-free bread isn’t always the prettiest loaf but yours rocks!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Belgian Waffles for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. I’d eat this, and I’m not GF! Gorgeous!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Divinity ~ Bucket List #SundaySupper!My Profile

    • That is the highest of compliments, Jen! Thank you!

  7. Your bread looks beautiful! I want to switch to a lower gluten diet and would love to make this bread. Pinned!!
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..Homemade Granola Bars — #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! I hope it turns out well for you :)

  8. Yay for baking bread at home! Looks fantastic!
    Susan recently posted..Braided Challah #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I think I am going to become addicted to baking bread now!

  9. I have not yet braved GF baking. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Just added it to my bucket list : )
    Shannon @VillageGirlBlog recently posted..Faux Ice Cream With Bananas for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • It is not as scary as it seems, Shannon – hope it goes well for you!

  10. Just look at those slices, they look unbelievably tender and good! GF bread is also on my list. Great recipe!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Caramelized Monkey Bread #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you so much, Paula!

  11. It is fun trying out new things all the time. That is what I love about the kitchen. Your bread looks great!!

    • Thanks Tara – it’s what I love about it too!

  12. I am so glad your recipe was a huge success. It looks gorgeous! Happy New Year Katy!

    • Thank you so much, Isabel! Happy New Year to you too!

  13. I have never attempted much gluten free of anything. What a great bread, and big accomplishment!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Chocolate Meringue Cake (gluten free) #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Erin!

  14. This loaf looks beautiful! I love its rustic features. Yum!

    • Thanks Jennie – rustic is such a kind way of putting it!

  15. Looks very wholesome and nice ! Yumm !
    sunithi recently posted..Spicy Peanut Sesame Brittle With Honey & Coconut Oil #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Sue!

  16. Well done! GF baking is something I plan to do a bit of this year. Its great that you are officially able to cross this off your list!
    Lyn @LovelyPantry recently posted..Jamaican Blue Drawers for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Lyn! Good luck with your GF baking!

  17. That’s not bad for a first try! Looks like a loaf of normal bread. You should have seen the hockey pucks we ended up with in our attempts at normal bread the first few times. And most recipes I see call for twice as many ingredients. I think this looks like a winner!

    • Thank you!

  18. Bread to me is intimidating enough, let alone gluten-free. Kudos to you for trying and for your success!
    kelly @ kellybakes recently posted..Donuts: redux for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Kelly!

  19. I’m really impressed – the crumb on your bread looks amazing! Just like regular ol’ gluten-filled bread 😉 I’ve never baked anything gluten-free before but with the New Year and my sort-of resolution to eat better (I don’t want the pressure of saying that it’s a full-on resolution, lol), I think I’ll start with this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Brioche for a #SundaySupper Bucket ListMy Profile

    • Thanks Nancy! Hope it works well for you!

  20. Hey, as long as it tastes good, that’s a win in my book! :) Great post!
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted..Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Great philosophy!

  21. Congrats on tackling gluten free bread! Love it!
    Megan – I Run For Wine recently posted..HAPPY! runDisney and Cruise preppingMy Profile

    • Thanks Megan!

  22. The crumb of your bread looks like the perfect soft loaf! This bread is a triumph! I had no idea that gluten free bread could be so lovely. Well done!
    Stacy recently posted..Lemon Blueberry Muffins for #MuffinMondayMy Profile

    • Thank you, Stacy! It’s far from perfect, but I’ve found a way into gluten-free breadmaking now, so I’ll keep going!

  23. Yours looks amazing, and way better than my first attempt. I don’t do it much anymore these days!
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Nut and Seed Nougat (#SundaySupper Bucket List!)My Profile

    • Thank you Sarah!

  24. Oh my goodness look how well that sliced! I have never seen homemade gluten-free bread that didn’t just fall apart when cut. I am sending this to my sister-in-law who is gluten-intolerant.
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite recently posted..Homemade Falafel #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I hope she enjoys it!

  25. Great recipe to have! Thank you for sharing.
    Sarah recently posted..Orange Rum Tiramisu cake 2013 culinary bucket list #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Sarah!

  26. This looks so good! Can rice flour be used?
    Anne @ Webicurean recently posted..Savory Spinach-Filled Crepe Cake w/Cheddar Sauce #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Anne! I think you would need to use a mix of flours – in one of the recipes I looked at they recommended rice and buckwheat flour.