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Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread Recipe

No gluten? No problem. Come learn how to make gluten-free sourdough bread at home - which is even more simple than wheat sourdough! This recipe creates a wholesome homemade GF loaf that is full of small air bubbles, soft and spongy in texture, slices beautifully, toasts to superb crunch, and holds together well. Basically, you’re about to bake the perfect companion for avocado toast.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Ferment & Proofing Time8 hrs
Course: Side Dish, Sourdough
Keyword: Gluten-free baking, Gluten-free bread, Gluten-free sourdough, Gluten-free sourdough starter
Servings: 1 loaf of bread

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Lined banneton bread basket, for shaping and proofing dough
  • Kitchen scale
  • Cast iron combo cooker or dutch oven
  • Bread lame for scoring (optional)
  • Tea towel
  • High-heat oven mitts
  • Thermometer
  • Liquid measuring cup

Ingredients

  • 110 grams active gluten-free sourdough starter
  • 450 grams total GF flour - we use 175 grams of organic brown rice flour, 150 grams of millet flour, 100 grams of sorghum flour, and 25 grams of buckwheat flour
  • 3 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 10 grams salt - sea salt, kosher salt, or Himalayan salt is preferred over iodized table salt
  • 1.5 to 2 cups filtered water, room temperature and filtered/non-chlorinated (*see water notes below)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Instructions

  • Before making the dough, be sure to feed your sourdough starter at least twice, allowing it to reach peak activity level.
  • Combine all dry ingredients (flours, salt and psyllium husk) in a mixing bowl.
  • Add wet ingredients (starter, water, and optional honey). Mix with a utensil first, and then you may want to use clean hands to thoroughly mix further. Or, use a stand mixer.
  • Form the dough into a fairly smooth ball, and set it in the bottom of a bowl. No need to knead the dough, or perform "stretch and folds" as you would with gluten-based sourdough.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth. Set it aside in a location that is as close to 75F as possible to "bulk ferment" for 3-5 hours.
  • After an average of 4 hours of bulk fermentation at room temperature, gently transfer the dough into a flour-dusted (and potentially cloth-lined) banneton proofing basket of choice.
  • Cover the banneton with a damp lint-free towel. You can leave it at room temperature for another hour (optional) and then move it to the refrigerator, or just refrigerate immediately after transfer.
  • Move the banneton to the refrigerator to cold-proof the dough overnight (7 to 12 hours). Leave the dough in the fridge until immediately before transferring to hot pre-heated baking pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. If you’re using a dutch oven or combo cooker, place it in the oven to preheat for one hour.
  • After an hour of preheating the baking pan, use the cutting board trick (see Note 2 below) to carefully transfer the cold dough out of the banneton and into the hot combo cooker or dutch oven. Score the top of the loaf with a bread lame while it it is still on the cutting board if desired.
  • Bake the loaf covered for 60 minutes, and then remove the lid and bake for an additional 5 minutes uncovered. (See Note 3 below)
  • Once done, immediately remove the finished sourdough loaf from the oven and combo cooker and place the loaf on a wire rack to cool.
  • Let the sourdough bread loaf sit at room temperature for several hours before cutting. The steam trapped inside is important moisture to retain!
  • Enjoy!
  • Store the finished gluten-free sourdough bread wrapped in a dry lint-free cloth towel, and then inside a brown paper bag. Toasting or lightly broiling the bread helps revive stale bread that is a few days old. Freeze some while still fresh (the first day) if you do not think you'll be able to finish the loaf within 3-4 days.

Notes

 
  1. WATER RANGE: 2 cups of water works well for the brands and types of flour we used, and for our climate. However, some people have commented that the dough was too wet. Start on the lower end of the called-for water and work your way up as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
  2. To transfer the dough from the banneton to the hot combo cooker or dutch oven, try this trick: Place a piece of parchment paper (cut to just larger than the banneton and loaf) on top of the banneton and exposed dough. Then place a cutting board on top. Holding both the cutting board and banneton, flip the whole thing over. Lift the banneton away, leaving the dough ball sitting on the parchment paper and cutting board. Carefully slide the parchment paper into the combo cooker or dutch oven. 
  3. If the bottom of your loaf seems to brown more than you'd like, try adding an empty baking or cookie sheet to the empty oven rack directly below your combo cooker or dutch oven. It deflects some of the heat away from the bottom of the loaf, reducing burning or browning.