Lunchbreak: Gluten free artisan bread

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Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois

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Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Baking Revolution Continues with 90 New, Delicious and Easy Recipes Made with Gluten-Free Flours

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www.gfbreadin5.com

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Ingredients:
6 1/2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour
1 Tbs granulated yeast
1-1 1/2 Tbs Kosher salt
2 Tbs sugar or honey
3 3/4 cups lukewarm water (100F or below)
cornmeal or parchment paper, for the pizza peel
egg white wash (1 egg white plus 1 Tbs water) for top of loaf

Directions:
Whisk together the flour, yeast, salt, and sweetener in a 5- to 6-quart bowl, or a lidded (not airtight) food container.  Add the water and mix with a spoon or a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with the paddle.     Cover (not airtight), and rest at room temperature until the dough rises, about 2 hours.  The dough can be used immediately after rising, though it’s easier to handle when cold. Refrigerate in a lidded (not airtight) container and use over the next 10 days. Or freeze for up to 4 weeks in 1-pound portions and thaw in the refrigerator overnight before use.

On Baking Day

Dust the surface of the dough with rice flour, pull off a  1 -pound (grapefruit-size) piece, and place it on a pizza peel prepared with cornmeal (use plenty) or parchment paper. Gently press and pat it into a ball-shape, using wet fingers to smooth the surface. Allow to rest for about 60 minutes, loosely covered with plastic wrap or a roomy overturned bowl. During this time, the dough may not seem to rise much, which is normal.  Preheat a baking stone near the middle of the oven to 450°F (20 to 30 minutes), with an empty metal broiler tray on any shelf that won’t interfere with rising bread. Dust the top with flour, and then slash, about ½-inch deep, with a wet serrated bread knife.     Slide the loaf onto the hot stone. Pour 1 cup of hot tap water into the broiler tray, and quickly close the oven door. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until richly browned and firm. Allow to cool completely on a rack before eating.

Flour

6 cups White rice flour
3 1/4 cups Sorghum flour
1 3/4 cups Tapioca flour or starch
1 1/4 cups Potato starch*
1/4 cup Xanthan gum or ground psyllium husk
*Don’t substitute potato flour

The ingredients must be very well mixed, otherwise the xanthan gum or psyllium will not be evenly distributed and your loaves will be inconsistent. Whisk and mix the ingredients in a 5- to 6-quart lidded container. Finish by picking up the container and vigorously shaking until the flours are completely blended.

Adapted from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François. © 2014 by the authors and reprinted by permission of Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, LLC.

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