Living a vegan lifestyle is more important than ever, for your sake and the health of the planet. Bread, on the other hand, is the single most important food created by humanity; it’s about time we made bread compatible with the green philosophy.
There’s more because making vegan bread is not nearly enough, especially for people that can’t eat gluten. So, vegan and gluten-free bread — can it be done? It can! And the result is delicious!
Authentic bread that you can use to make toast, sandwiches, crostini, and much more. No gluten or animal products whatsoever.
We’ll start by creating our own gluten-free bread flour. You can skip this step and use store-bought gluten-free flour, but it’s a good idea to know how to make the rare flour from scratch; it’s convenient!
You’ll need white rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca starch, soy milk powder, potato starch and xanthan gum; that’s about it. Combined thoroughly, they can substitute wheat flour for any recipe.
To make the bread, you’ll need a few more ingredients. Sugar or honey, baking powder, a bit more xanthan gum, salt and a few tablespoons of olive oil to keep the dough moist and lubricated.
The thing with gluten-free bread is that it doesn’t rise as much; therefore, it’s a bit more compact than regular bread. That’s why we’re adding our baking powder and letting the dough rest for at least 40 minutes. Let it rest for more time if possible, but don’t expect the dough to double in size. Let’s check out the recipe; I’ll guide you step by step.
For the gluten-free flour (2.5 cups):
For the bread:
In a stand mixer bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine well.
Incorporate the honey, xanthan gum and olive oil. Mix until a dough forms.
Pour the dough into a clean mixing bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 40 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Flour a surface with gluten-free flour and knead the dough for ten minutes.
Line a bread pan with parchment paper and pour in the dough. Score the surface with a knife.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is cooked through. Check by inserting a wood pick.