The Best Gluten-Free Bread Recipe

I personally do not have an intolerance to gluten, but I know many people that do.  After many trials and tests, I hope this recipe allows many people to have that piece of bread they have denied themselves of for years.  The gluten-free, whole-grain flour I use is by Cooqi - I chose them after using several different brands and finding that the advantages with Cooqi are many.  First and foremost, it is their attention to quality ingredients, like whole grains that I have not found in the marketplace.  Second, is the tenderness of the final product.  The crumb closely resembles actual bread.  The recipe below can be halved to make a smaller loaf if you desire.

I prefer to make gluten-free bread in a machine as it keeps all the ingredients in place and allows me to go about my day without having to monitor anything.  The bread maker I choose to use is by Breville and sold exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.  After making this recipe many times, I advise you to stay present in the beginning.  After placing the ingredients in the machine, I keep the lid open and use a spatula to make sure the ingredients are mixing well - this should roughly require your attention for two minutes until it begins to knead the mixture.  At this point, you can close the lid and go about your day.

1 package Cooqi Pizza & Pita Mix (yeast packets included - you will use one)
2 cups milk or buttermilk
2 whole egg + 4 egg whites
1 tbsp. cider vinegar
2 tbsp. olive, canola or vegetable oil
2 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. xantham gum

Combine all of the wet ingredients into a liquid measuring cup and using a fork, beat to combine and break up the egg.  Pour into loaf pan that you have inserted into the bread machine.

Pour half package Cooqi Pizza & Pita mix (roughly 2 1/2 cups) into loaf pan on top of liquid ingredients.  Sprinkle with salt, xantham gum and one of the yeast packets included with the mix.

Set Breville Bread Maker to Gluten Free, select lightest crust setting and press Start.  Keep lid open and as ingredients begin to mix, use a spatula to scrap edges and corners inward to make sure everything gets incorporated.  Once the mixing changes speed and goes faster, close cover and allow the rest of the process to complete.  When finished, remove pan immediately and invert to remove loaf from pan.  Allow to cool to warm or completely, slice and enjoy.

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