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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Homemade Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

Forget about your (our) other bread recipes. They're all terrible! Nothing compares to homemade sourdough. This one is time intensive. It's a real labor of love. Of bread. It can take over 24 hours to make, & that's not counting the first couple of weeks to get the sourdough starter ripe (recipe forthcoming). However, I have not experienced a better homemade loaf. Is it it really worth it? You'll have to make it & find out.

Sourdough Bread

1 ½ cups warm water
¼ cup psyllium husk
2 tbs olive oil
2 cups sourdough starter
1 cup sorghum flour
½ cup millet flour
½ cup oat flour (or buckwheat or a combination of the two)
⅓ cup rice flour
¼ cup arrowroot flour
2 tbs coconut flour
2 tbs almond flour
⅓ cup coconut sugar
1 ½ tsp salt

The first step is to gel your psyllium husk. Add the warm water to the psyllium husk in a small bowl & thoroughly combine. In a large bowl whisk together all other dry ingredients. To this add the sourdough starter, olive oil & the gelled psyllium husk. 

Now knead the dough. Keep kneading it. Knead it some more. You can’t over knead it. It needs kneading to fully incorporate the psyllium husk gel & make a fairly homogenous dough. When you think you’ve kneaded it enough, knead it a little more. Your dough should be a little tacky but not wet. It shouldn’t stick to your hands much. If you need to add more flour, you have your choice of any of the flours in the recipe. Just add a little at a time. 

Next shape the dough into whatever form of loaf you like and set it on a greased baking sheet to rise. Cover the dough with a damp cloth & set it somewhere relatively warm where you’re confident the temperature won't fluctuate. Allow to rise for 12-24 hours. It’s a long slow process for those wild yeasts to digest your food for you. 

When it’s ready to bake, half a day or more later, preheat the oven to 400 & bake the loaf for 40 minutes. At this point you can check how done the bread is by tapping on it. It should have a hard crust & sound somewhat hollow. To finish it off, I like to set the oven on broil & give the loaf another 5 minutes or so to really develop & brown the top crust. Viola. So quick & easy. Sourdough bread.