Baking Gluten Free Bread

For people with a gluten allergy, finding food without gluten can be a major struggle, but you can learn how to bake gluten free bread at home so that it doesn't have to be eliminated from your diet.

Before you try to bake gluten free bread however, think about the purpose of the flour (the gluten): Wheat flour thickens, binds, changes texture and absorbs moisture, among other things. Know that any substitutes you use or find cannot do all of the same things as wheat flour.

When on a gluten-free diet, it's recommended that you experiment with your bread baking. Take a number of different flours (anything but wheat flour) and see which combination meets your needs the most. There are many different kinds of gluten-free flour and baking powder and you will have to test them out to see which combination works for you.

Gluten-free bread has trouble rising or holding a shape because gluten usually plays this role in the baking process. To get around this issue, try baking your bread in bundt pans, muffin tins or other creative spaces. This will help the bread take shape.

Sweet Chestnut & Millet Flour
You can use sweet chestnut flour to make bread. This flour lacks in protein, but it is a solid source of potassium, magnesium and calcium, and has a good amount of Vitamin B. Millet flour is also a great alternative to wheat flour and includes a nice array of potassium, magnesium, niacin and Vitamin B.

Because wheat usually gives bread its protein, you'll want to add protein to your gluten-free flour. Try adding some water along with some liquid egg whites.

Xanthan Gum
Xanthan gum is a great product to use when baking gluten-free products. The xanthan gum helps replace the elastic qualities that a lot of gluten-free flours lack. If you add this to your bread, it will make it less crumbly. A lot of health food stores and specialty supermarkets carry this.

You can find gluten-free products from a number of companies. Health food stores and even some large grocery stores carry gluten-free flour, among other similar products.

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