One of the things that I missed a lot while I was on the gluten-free diet was bread rolls. But, happily, you do not have to be in the same predicament that I was with the gluten-free diet.
It IS possible for you to enjoy delicious rolls that will not set off your gluten allergies.
It was tough for me whenever we ate out at a classy restaurant because the waiter would always bring out a basket of steaming hot bread rolls before the meal. And, of course, I would have to watch my family devour them since I could not eat them myself without getting sick for the rest of the evening.
With all of the gluten-free flours and flour blends that are available now, it is simple to make completely gluten-free rolls from scratch. You can also make many different varieties of gluten-free rolls. There are lots of recipes for making good ones on the internet.
Although I would definitely encourage you to create your own recipe one day, I have included a few recipes below to get you started. Now, you will be able offer traditional hot rolls at your next family dinner. You can even save some to take with you to eat at your next fancy dinner out.
Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 22 minutes
Yields: 12 rolls
- 1 cup sorghum flour- aka jowar flour
- 1 1/2 cups tapioca starch or potato starch (not potato flour!)
- 1/2 cup millet flour or brown rice flour
- ¼ cup of gluten-free buckwheat flour or gluten-free millet flour
- ¼ hazelnut flour and almond flour
- 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt
- 1 packet of rapid rise yeast
- 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar or sugar substitute like stevia
- 1 ½ cups of warm liquid (3/4 cup of non-dairy milk plus ¾ cup of hot water)
- ¼ cup of light olive oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ teaspoon of lemon juice or rice vinegar
- Turn your oven on and off briefly to warm it.
- Grease a 12-muffin pan and sprinkle the cups with gluten-free flour; set it aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours and dry ingredients.
- Add in the wet ingredients and beat until a thick batter forms.
- This bread dough is not puffy and stretchy like wheat-based dough, it is more akin to a sturdy muffin batter.
- Beat until smooth.
- Spoon the bread dough into the twelve greased and floured cups.
- Even out the tops using wet fingers or the back of a wet tablespoon.
- Place the pan in the center of the warmed oven to let the dough rise.
- Set your timer for 50 minutes.
- At 50 minutes, turn your oven to 350ºF. (It should come to temperature within a few minutes.)
- Bake until the rolls are golden and firm- about 22 minutes.
- Thump them with a fingertip- they should sound hollow.
- Note: If your oven is slow to heat, you may have to bake the rolls longer to cook all the way through.
- When the rolls are done baking, remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool a bit.
- Using a thin knife, loosen the edges of the rolls from the pan and ease the rolls out.
- They are tender when warm.
- Serve immediately with butter.
Recipe courtesy Gluten-Free Girl
Pull-Apart Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls
Prep Time: 45 minutes-1 hour
Cooking Time: 26-28 minutes
Yields: 9 rolls
- 2 ¾ of Gluten-Free Mama’s Almond Blend Flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons of xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon of SAF instant yeast
- ¼ cup of sugar or substitute like stevia
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 cup of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar
- In the mixing bowl of your electric mixer, mix together flour, xanthan gum, instant yeast, sugar, and salt.
- With mixer running on low speed, add in the water, melted butter (or substitute), egg, and cider vinegar.
- Mix on high speed 3 minutes.
- Spray 8″ or 9″ round cake pan or pie plate with cooking spray.
- Using a 2″ scoop or ⅓ cup measuring cup, scoop dough into 9 mounds in the pan.
- Place one mound in middle, then scoop 8 mounds of dough side by side all the way around the pan.
- Dip your fingertips into warm water and use to smooth out the tops of the rolls, continuing to wet fingers as needed.
- Cover with a dry towel and let rise in a warm place 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- During the last few minutes that the rolls are rising, preheat oven to 400°.
- Bake in 400° oven for 26-28 minutes.
- Tops should be golden brown and if you measure temperature of dough, it should measure 200°.
- Brush rolls with additional ½-1 tablespoon of melted butter.
Recipe courtesy mygluten-freekitchen.com
If you do not have the time to prepare your gluten-free rolls from scratch, you can buy them pre-made from your local health food store. Certain well-known gluten-free brands such as Udi’s and Ener-G offer great-tasting gluten-free rolls at fairly reasonable prices. Sometimes, you may find them in your own regular chain grocery store.
It is more than possible to have traditional, delicious, hot rolls in a wholly gluten-free way! Say “goodbye” to merely observing your fellow diners eating the warm buttery rolls. Now, you can relish tasty gluten-free rolls that look and taste so close to the real thing that your non gluten-free friends will be begging to eat them too!
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