Who doesn’t love a piece of warm, crusty French bread topped with melted cheese and/or butter? Do you remember relishing the act of dipping a slice of French bread deep into your bowl of soup on a cold winter day?
One of my favorite places to eat is Panera Bread because you can request a piece of their signature French bread with your meal. However, when you are allergic to gluten, you naturally assume that you cannot eat French bread anymore.
Is there a way to enjoy this delicious bread without violating the food diet?
Obviously, traditional French bread contains a high amount of gluten because it’s staple ingredients are wheat-based flour and gluten-filled yeast. As with other types of breads, there are two options for those of us who are gluten-free. In order to avoid being badly “glutened”, you can either purchase a pre-made gluten-free French bread mix or bake some yourself with a gluten-free flour blend.
The easiest and quickest gluten-free alternative is to use the pre-made bread mix that is certified gluten-free. Several of the leading gluten-free brands offer their own version of allergen-free French bread mix. You can find most of these in a chain grocery store, a natural food store or on Amazon. I have listed the popular brands of gluten-free French bread mix below to aid your own food shopping.
Gluten-Free Pantry Mix, French Bread & Pizza
Glutino Gluten-Free Pantry offers a plethora of gluten-free mixes for bread, cakes, cookies and crusts. Each one of their products is wheat-free, gluten-free and cholesterol-free. Also, every one of these mixes is free from artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. This mix makes a delicious, crusty loaf of gluten-free French bread that looks almost exactly like traditional wheat-based French bread.
Gluten Free Pantry Country French Bread
This mix also makes a tasty, crusty French loaf in a large bread machine. It is totally wheat-free and gluten-free. Gluten Free Pantry’s mix is also extremely versatile. In addition to a traditional loaf of French bread, you can make mini-loaves or even a large pizza crust. This gluten-free dough would really be an invaluable food item in your pantry.
Augason Farms Gluten-Free French Bread Mix
This gluten-free flour mix makes great French bread, rolls and bread sticks. This Augason Farms product contains no preservatives; however, it does have eggs and soy. The French bread mix is certified gluten-free. Plus, it is great for everyday use and food storage.
If you prefer baking bread from scratch, you should definitely consider baking gluten-free French bread in your own kitchen. There are many recipes available for gluten-free French bread. I have included one in this article below to get you started.
Gluten-Free French Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 2 loaves
- 2 cups of rice flour (white)
- 1 cup of tapioca flour
- 3 teaspoons of xanthan gum
- 1 ½ teaspoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of egg substitute (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of sugar or substitute with stevia
- 1 ½ cups of lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons of fast rise yeast
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons of margarine, melted
- 3 egg whites, beaten slightly
- 1 teaspoon of vinegar
- Melted butter, for brushing (optional)
- In the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer, place flours, xanthan gum, salt, and egg replacer (if used).
- Blend with mixer on low.
- In a small bowl dissolve the sugar in the water, and add yeast.
- Wait until the mixture foams slightly, then blend into the dry ingredients.
- Add the butter, egg whites, and vinegar.Beat on high for 3 minutes.
- To form loaves, spoon dough onto greased and cornmeal-dusted cookie sheets in two long French-loaf shapes or spoon into special French-bread pans.
- Slash diagonally every few inches.
- If desired, brush with melted butter.
- Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
Remove from pan to cool. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy Gluten Free Girl
You no longer have to be deprived of delicious, warm and crusty French bread. Now, you can enjoy a gluten-free loaf that looks and tastes so like the real thing that your friends and family will never know the difference! Being gluten-free never tasted this good!
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