To look at gluten free recipes you would think anyone could do it but I quickly found it to be challenging and many times frustrating. I can not tell you how many gluten free loaves of bread I thread out when I first began baking and I had been baking all my life, just not GF! It is no fun throwing anything you have spent time on baking out, but even less fun when it is gluten free because the ingredients are so expensive. Hopefully, after you read this, you will be on your way to baking beautiful loaves of GF bread!
The most valuable lesson I learned when I began is there is really no need to go and purchase GF bread cookbooks. Unfortunately, I did not figure this out until after I had purchased several, but that aside, you can use any bread recipe for baking GF bread. In fact, I prefer some of my childhood favorites, such as my Mom's cinnamon rolls or my Aunt's sourdough bread, to any of the gluten free recipes I have tried!
The key to using "regular" recipes is finding an all purpose GF flour that you can substitute in the recipe. And believe me, this took awhile! Many blends that are on the market now are full of starches, which produce decent bread, but are full of empty carbs, and have no protein. The key to a good all purpose GF flour blend is one that contains small amounts of starches, that that is higher in protein, and it is awesome if you can find one that contains xanthun gum, a dough enhancer that is vital in gluten free baking .
Gluten free bread making is not like traditional bread making in that you do not need to allow the dough to have two rises. When you are mixing the bread dough you will notice that it is not the same consistency as regular dough, in fact it is more like a thick gooey cake batter! Once mixed you can just place it in a greased bread pan and let rise until almost to the top of pan and then pop in preheated oven to begin baking. Many bread machines today have a GF setting, which eliminates that second rise and cuts down on overall bread making time.
Once your bread is done, whether in bread machine or oven, you will want to remove it from the pan immediately. If it is left in the pan the crust will quickly become soggy and wet, ruining your bread, so make sure you are able to remove immediately so all your hard work does not go down the drain!
These gluten free baking tips should help make your gluten free bread making enjoyable and less frustrating.
Source by Carmen Siegfried