Alright, this one is for you, my friends. So many of you have been sick lately and have asked for bread suggestions that I just had to jump on this. To be honest, I have been avoiding this part of what I do. Gluten free baking only really gets the best of me in two areas: brownies and yeast bread. But since I love y’all so much… and I may also really want a grilled cheese on homemade bread for myself… I figured it was time to face my fears. And so this gluten free French bread recipe was born.
But before you think I am a master of the baked goods and just whipped it right up, let me set the records straight. I actually spent hours researching all of my old documents from culinary school. Then I went to a bookstore and researched some more. I wanted to fully understand the chemistry of bread so that I could make it work.
After tons of research I got to work in the kitchen, and I can honestly say it was not a nightmare. Understanding a few simple but necessary components of gluten free baking (which I thought I understood before) I was able to get the perfect gluten free French bread recipe out of my efforts.
I’ll save the full list of ingredients for the recipe, but here were some of the key game changers: First of all, gluten needs a little bit of extra help with structure. Adding egg whites to the recipe helped about a thousand percent. A classic French bread recipe wouldn’t have egg whites, so I obviously wasn’t thinking of that before. Another thing that made a huge difference was realizing how much an acid (vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, etc.) could help with getting the bread to rise without losing its structure. I chose apple cider vinegar because we love it and have it on hand. Finally, I realized something I had been missing all along. Gluten free bread dough, in order to come out right, should have the consistency of pancake batter. My mind was blown. Every time I tried in the past, I ended up with a loaf of bread hard enough to kill someone. Why? Because my batter was so thin that I always thought I was doing something wrong. I kept adding more and more flour until I basically had a brick with a crunchy shell around it!
I won’t keep going on because I know you want to get to it with this gluten free French bread, but stay tuned for more mind blowing gluten free tips in the near future.
For now, get yourself in the kitchen and whip up a loaf of gluten free French bread. Enjoy it with butter, honey, jam, or whatever you want!
Failproof Gluten Free French Bread
Here's What You Need
- 1 1/2 c almond flour
- 1 c arrowroot starch (may be labeled flour)
- 1/2 c tapioca flour
- 2 pckg instant, rapid rise yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 3 egg whites, large
- 2/3 c warm water
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
Here's What You Do
Prepare a small bread loaf pan with parchment paper or by greasing with olive oil. Either way works, but I use parchment paper.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (This includes yeast).
Add olive oil and egg whites, and mix until just combined. Slowly mix in water, honey, and apple cider vinegar. The dough should be the consistency of pancake batter. Do not try to thicken it.
Pour bread dough into prepared bread loaf pan, then place in cold oven.
Turn oven on to 400F. Bake for 40 minutes (up to 45 if you are in high altitude).
Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
Serve and enjoy!