This gluten-free sandwich bread is soft and delicious.
Not words you’d ever associate with any gluten-free bread, right???
It’s also a prime example of patience and perseverance because it took me a long time to get this right. A very. Long. Time.
My first attempt at making gluten-free bread was mediocre at best, and at first, I was quite excited about it.
But as I looked at it more, I realized it resembled a brick.
And oddly enough, it was heavy like a brick.
And if you ask my family, it was like eating a brick.
Okay maybe not. No one lost their teeth eating that very first attempt at gluten-free bread. 🙂
But were we excited about it? Not particularly. Did we finish the loaf? Uh…no.
And I could have given up.
But I didn’t give up and my family is so glad I didn’t!
It wasn’t easy making that first loaf, having to figure out all the ingredients only to have it come out like something that could be used as a doorstop…or a paperweight.
What I wanted to achieve was gluten-free bread that someone on a gluten-free diet would love. I wanted to create a real, soft, squidgy bread and prove, once and for all, that gluten-free bread doesn’t have to be dense, dry, and crumbly. Just about every gluten-free bread we ever bought was like cardboard…and they wouldn’t brown in the toaster. What is that all about??
There are actually some gluten-free bread mixes out there that produce a decent loaf of bread. However, I didn’t always want to rely on a pre-packaged mix if we wanted bread, and they aren’t very affordable. Once I was able to develop this recipe, I never looked at a bread mix again!
I have made this bread several times and I never tire of watching a mix of basic ingredients transform to a beautiful loaf of bread. And then to have that bread be all soft and squidgy like “real” bread is incredibly satisfying and fulfilling.
Who’d a thought it was possible, right?
I certainly had my doubts, but I’m glad I didn’t let my early failures deter me from getting to this result! And I have to say that my family was incredibly patient as I worked through each attempt, having to eat every single iteration. But it paid off and now my family likes my bread more than the gluten-free bread mix I used to buy! I call that a total success!
If you haven’t tried making your own gluten-free bread yet, or if you haven’t eaten any good gluten-free bread, you have to give this recipe a try! I’ve done all the research and work and you’ll be amazed at how it’s just like “real bread”! 🙂
Soft Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
- 1 tsp whole flax seed
- 1 tbs sunflower seeds
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and stir together with a whisk; set aside.
- Combine milk, eggs, olive oil, and honey in mixing bowl; mix well.
- Add dry ingredients to the milk and egg mixture and mix for 1-2 minutes. A paddle attachment, dough hooks, or hand mixer beaters will all work with this dough.
- Pour or scoop into a parchment-lined loaf pan. Make level with a spatula.
- Scatter whole flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds on the top of the dough.
- Gently press seeds into the dough with wet fingers or the back of a wet spoon.
- Let the dough rise in the loaf pan in a warm draft-free location for about 1 hour (check at 45 minutes). Bread dough should be no higher than 1/2" above the edge of the pan. (see note below)
- Preheat oven to 350 deg F (180 C). The bread dough will be slightly "jiggly".
- Drape a sheet of foil loosely over the pan and bake for 35 minutes. This will prevent the top from overcooking and over-browning. (This is an optional step)
- Remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Bread is done when the internal temperature taken with a thermometer is over 200 deg F (93 C). A temperature reading close to 210 deg F is even better (98 C).
- Remove from oven and let bread rest for 3-5 minutes.
- Using parchment, lift bread out from the pan and set on a rack to cool completely.
- Let cool completely before slicing.
- Volume Measurements:
- 2 1/4 cups tapioca starch
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbs brown rice flour
- 3/4 cup sorghum flour
- Please note that gluten-free recipes work best with weight measurements because they are more precise than volume measurements. Gluten-free baking requires more precision and can be less forgiving than baking with regular all-purpose wheat flour.
- These volume measurements were made from spooning each of the flours into the measuring cups/spoons (so they are not packed) and leveling them off.
- The volume measurements are approximate. Make slight adjustments to the recipe as needed, adding a bit of water or a bit more tapioca starch or brown rice flour to achieve the correct dough consistency.
- You can substitute the milk in the recipe with water or nut milks without any problem.
- I add the active dry yeast directly to the dry ingredients without proofing.
- If you want to proof the yeast first, you can test it in 1/4 cup of the warm milk/water with the honey before adding it to the dry ingredients with the remaining 1 cup of warm milk/water.
- You can use the same amount of instant yeast in place of the active dry yeast, but the bread may take less time to rise. Check how much the bread has risen after 30 minutes.
- In case I wasn't too clear in my description, the dough for this bread will not be like your typical wheat-based bread dough which you can actually handle. The dough will be more like a thick batter that you have to scoop into the pan. Do not worry if you see this as it is normal for some gluten-free bread recipes to be like this! Just scoop or pour the dough into the pan, even it out, let it rise, and then bake!
- Topping the bread with seeds is completely optional and can be skipped.
- I let my bread rise in the oven with only the oven light on. I then carefully remove the bread to preheat the oven before baking.
- Covering the bread with the foil is an optional step. If you do not use foil, you will have a slightly browner crust, but still perfectly good.
- Let the bread cool completely before slicing to avoid any gumminess.
- Store any leftover bread in a sealed bag or container for 2 days on the counter. If keeping for longer, keep bread slices in the fridge or freezer and then reheat in the toaster.
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This post was originally published on May 21st, 2017, republished in November 2018 with new photos, instructional photos, slight recipe modifications, and updated recipe notes. Ingredient List and Recipe Notes were updated August 2nd, 2020.