Baking Gluten Free Bread: Millet Oatmeal Bread

oatmealbread2 Baking Gluten Free Bread: Millet Oatmeal Bread

For years after going gluten free I avoided bread. I was almost too embarrassed to admit to readers that I just didn’t have a gluten free bread recipe. I went completely without bread until we moved to Raleigh. It was here that I discovered Whole Foods Bakehouse Gluten Free Sandwich Bread. For a long time, I really liked it. You kinda had to at $4.99 a loaf. Then one day I decided I couldn’t stand it anymore and decided that I had to make my own gluten free bread. I received a gluten free bread machine for Christmas from my mother (here it is at Amazon) and was determined to create my very own gluten free loaf. Well the fact is I am intimidated by the machine. It is still on my counter in all its glory waiting to be used. My mistake was reading the comments under the great post, First Loaf in my Gluten Free Bread Machine at Karina’s Kitchen. I thought making bread in a bread machine would be easier rather than harder. I am sure it can be, but I decided after reading all those complicated “do’s” and “don’ts” about making gluten free bread in a bread machine that I wanted to bake a loaf of gluten free bread in the oven first. So I had a plan but I needed a recipe. There were some beautiful gluten-free loaves out there. My problem was that sandwich bread really should be tailored to your specific tastes and dietary preferences. I wanted a loaf that did not have cornstarch or bean flour in it. I also wanted my gluten free bread recipe to feature at least three whole grain flours. This is what I came up with- and I truly understand why everyone’s gluten free bread posts have the words ‘finally’, ‘cry’, and ‘at last’ in them! This recipe is a staple so I can’t guarantee that it won’t change with time, so if you try the bread please leave suggestions, tips, and alterations for me to learn from as well. This is the best gluten-free bread I have had and that is why I am posting the recipe. The best part of this bread is the flavor and texture. The big con of this recipe may be the expense of the ingredients (i.e. certified gluten free oat flour, etc). I am sure there are less expensive gluten free flours you could use out there. It is still less expensive than buying a loaf though!!!

oatmealbread Baking Gluten Free Bread: Millet Oatmeal Bread

GLUTEN FREE MILLET OATMEAL BREAD RECIPE

1 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup certified gluten free oat flour (you can pulverize oats in a food processor to make oat flour) *If you are sensitive to oat flour, try quinoa flour

3/4 cup millet flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1/3 cup arrowroot starch* you can substitute cornstarch if you need to

1/3 cup sweet rice flour

1/4 flax seed meal (you can’t taste it and it adds fiber)

1 Tablespoon xanthan gum

3 eggs

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 packet active dry yeast+ 1 tsp granulated sugar for proofing yeast

1 Tablespoon molasses

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

4 Tablespoons butter or butter substitute, melted

1/4 cup plus 1 cup heated water (I heated my water to 120 degrees to proof the yeast)

DIRECTIONS:

Make sure all your dry ingredients (and eggs!) are at room temperature. Grease the bottom of a 10 inch loaf pan or two 8 inch pans. Heat the oven to 200 degrees and then turn off. In the bowl of your stand mixer (I used my paddle not my dough hook for this recipe), sift together the dry ingredients. In a separate medium bowl, mix eggs, molasses, vinegar, and melted butter together. Heat your water for proofing the yeast. I recommend 120 degrees. In a small prep bowl, stir together your active dry yeast and one teaspoon of sugar. Add 1/4 cup of the heated water to the yeast mixture. Let the yeast sit for 10 minutes. It should be foamy and active! If not, start over with another packet of yeast. Once your yeast is ready, add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Then add the yeast mixture. Then slowly add your water (should still be warm) to achieve the right consistency in your batter. Since different brands, flours, measuring techniques act different I do not recommend just blindly dumping in the rest of the water but adding gradually instead. The dough should be like very stiff cake batter. I beat my dough on high for about 15 minutes in my stand mixer. If you accidentally add too much water simply add a little rice flour until you achieve the dough consistency you are after. Put the dough in your prepared pan and place in oven to rise for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. You can put plastic wrap or a towel over the pan. My house is much too cold right now so I put mine in the oven so that the dough can rise. Once the dough has risen to the top of the pan, bake the bread for 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until internal temperature reaches 190 degrees. As you can tell, I am big on thermometers.

Makes a delicious loaf of bread that is eaten in no time. My bread is always consumed within 2 days so I don’t know how long it lasts. I would not refrigerate this bread ( it might get soggy), but I would slice and freeze it for later use.

Notable Helpful Links to this post:

Gluti Girls- Go here to see how she made this gluten free bread in a bread machine.

Gluten Free Gobsmacked- Kate made this bread here using quinoa flour and agave nectar and has suggestions about pan size substitutions.

This recipe is dedicated to Jennefer who asked for a gluten free oatmeal sandwich bread. I hope this recipe leads you closer to that perfect slice of gluten-free bread!

Check out my other gluten free bread recipe with 25 bread baking tips!

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