Gluten-Free Crusty Boule

Gluten-Free Crusty Boule
Makes enough dough for at least four 1-pound loaves

  • 2 cups Brown Rice Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Sorghum Flour
  • 3 cups Tapioca Flour (also called tapioca starch)
  • 2 tablespoons yeast (can be reduced but you will have to increase the rise time)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (increase or decrease to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons Xanthan Gum
  • 2 2/3 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 large eggs, whisked together
  • 1/3 cup neutral-flavored oil or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
  1. Mixing and storing the dough: Whisk together the flours, yeast, salt and xanthan gum in a 5-quart lidded Round Food Storage Container. Combine the oil, honey and water, set aside.
  2. Dump the eggs into the dry ingredients and then stir while you pour in about 1/3 of the oil and water.
  3. continue to stir while you pour in another 1/3 of the liquid.
  4. The dough will start to come together in a thick dough. Add the final 1/3 of liquid and stir until the dough is nice and smooth.
  5. Cover with the lid, but do not snap it shut. Allow it to rest on the counter for about 2 hours.
  6. Place the dough in the refrigerator and store for up to 7 days. (I have a piece in the freezer and I will report back about how that turns out once I defrost it and bake it up. Stay tuned.)

Baking the bread Total Time: 125 minutes

  1. On baking day take the bucket from the refrigerator. The dough will be quite fluffy still and you want to try not to handle the dough too much. Just like our other doughs the trick is to keep as much of the air bubbles in tact as possible.
  2. Use wet hands to remove 1-pound (grapefruit-size) piece of dough from the bucket.
  3. The dough will be quite scraggly when you take it out, just place it on a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Use wet hands to smooth out the surface of the dough. This may take dipping your hands in the water a few times…to get a nice shape.
  5. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rest on the counter for about 90 minutes. If your kitchen is very warm you may only need about 75 minutes.
  6. 30 minutes before baking time preheat the oven with a 5 1/2 quart Dutch Oven in it to 500 degrees. Be sure it is fitted with a metal Replacement Knob, the original plastic knobs can only be heated to about 400 degrees.
  7. The dough will not have grown much while resting, but it will seem a little bit puffier. Use a serrated knife to cut slashes in the dough.
  8. Remove the pot from the oven and take off the lid.
  9. Lift the bread on the parchment and VERY CAREFULLY lower the parchment and bread into the pot, replace the lid onto the pot. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. After the 20 minutes remove the lid, turn the heat down to 450 and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Once the bread is done baking remove it from the pot using a spatula.
  12. Allow the bread to cool completely before eating or the center may seem gummy.
  13. The loaf is also wonderful toasted and served with butter and marmalade. Enjoy!

Found Originally on: http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/2010/01/05/gluten-free-crusty-boule

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