Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

While its texture differs from regular bread, this gluten-free loaf, with its earthy, whole-grain flavor, appeals to wheat eaters and abstainers alike. For the most satisfying bite, we suggest toasting before eating. For bread crumbs (great for coating chicken) simply dry in an oven and grind.
Body+Soul, September 2009
  • Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes, plus 1 to 2 hours cooling time
  • Yield Makes one 8-inch loaf
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  • 2 tablespoons organic canola oil, plus more for pan and plastic wrap
  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 1 1/2 cups warm (115 degree) water
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup soy flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup teff flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt


  1. Brush an 8 1/2-by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with oil. Combine millet and 1/2 cup warm water in a small pan. Bring to a
    boil, remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Reserve.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk together flours, yeast, and xanthan gum. Whisk together eggs, molasses, salt, and oil. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Then beat with a paddle attachment until combined. Beat in 1 cup warm water and the millet.
    Continue beating on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. The dough will be like thick elastic cake batter, not like
    traditional bread dough.

  3. Transfer to prepared pan and spread evenly. Lightly drape with oiled plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until risen about 1 1/2 inches above edge of pan, about 1 hour and 30 minutes (once dough begins to dome, remove plastic for remainder of rising time).

  4. Reduce oven to 350 degrees. Place bread in oven, and bake until dark brown and hollow sounding when tapped, about 1 hour. Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove and cool completely. If necessary, run knife around the edge of the pan to loosen before removing.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (8)

  • MrDesigner 16 Dec, 2012

    This is one of the best gluten-free bread recipes I've made. I use a 9x4x4 pan and add 1/4 cup more water to get the bread to rise properly.

  • finman 7 Apr, 2012

    Making bread never seems to work for me making it by hand so I bought the
    Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Breadmaker as it has a gluten free program. You pay a little more for Zojirushi, but you are paying for high quality... I had to adjust the recipe somewhat but it turned out great. You can see a pic of this bread machine at www.breadmakerbargains.com if you are looking for an easy way to make gluten free bread it is worth every penny!

    Thanks so much for a great recipe!

  • CookieLou 5 Mar, 2010

    piamlee - go to Whole Foods to find these ingredients. Mount Washington is probably the closest. You can find xanthan gum there too. I use Bob's Red Mill brand and I've even found it at my local Wal Mart in AA County

  • clementineparisfrance 16 Feb, 2010

    THANK YOU for this delicious recipe! Didn't have all ingredients so change tapioca flour by regular tapioca

  • YogaJan 21 Jan, 2010

    Please change the algorithm for the "Also Try" suggestions. From the Gluten Free Sandwich Bread recipe, you are directing readers to non-gluten free recipes such as the Rosemary Bread and the Carrot Zuchinni Muffins. A newly-diagnosed Celiac might not realize the difference. Thank you.

  • piamlee 23 Dec, 2009

    FYI- Harford County, Maryland it is very difficult to even find any of the ingredients above

  • piamlee 23 Dec, 2009

    where can I find xanthan gum

  • irissa 12 Oct, 2009

    Where is the Nutritional info?!?!?!?!