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!

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Soft Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinner Rolls



  • 2 tablespoons dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups rice milk (or milk) – warm but not hot
  • 3¼ cups of gluten free flour blend
  • 3 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs– use divided
  • ¼ cup butter or non-dairy butter substitute
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Combine the yeast, sugar and warmed milk in a small bowl and whisk to dissolve the sugar. Let sit for 6 – 8 minutes or until the mixture is foamy and had increased in volume.
  2. Combine the flour, xanthan gum, salt and baking powder in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix for 30 seconds on medium-low to combine and break up any lumps in the potato starch.
  3. Add the yeast mixture, 2 eggs, melted butter substitute (or butter), honey and vinegar. Mix on medium low until combined. Scrap down the sides of the bowl, turn the mixer on high and mix for 3 minutes. You should have a very thick, smooth batter.
  4. Brush 2 standard muffin pans with melted butter (or butter substitute) or spray with gluten free, non-stick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling about ¾ full. Alternately you can use a small (#60) ice cream scoop and place 3 scoops in each muffin tin (like a clover leaf). Cover with a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm, draft free place to rise. Let rise for 35 minutes or until the dough has almost doubled in size.
  6. Beat the remaining egg with 1 teaspoon of water very well with a fork. Gently brush the tops of each roll with the beaten egg.
  7. Bake for 17 – 18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes.

    The rolls can be made ahead – bake them, let them cool in the pans, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Warm for a few minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Gluten Free Focacia Bread

We had tried this recipe last night and according to my wife this is the best bread she has had in the last two-years.
So this was a real winner.  Originally we were going to pair this with the clam chowder, but we instead paired it with a winter squash/pumpkin soup that turned out awesome as well.  We will definately be doing this recipe often.
To go along with this we did an olive oil/herb/sea salt mix for dipping

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Thai Sticky Rice

Thai Mango Sticky Sweet Rice Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)is an absolute must try! This recipe is foolproof and even budding chefs with two left hands come off smelling mango sweet. This easy Thai dessert starts with Thai sweet rice (also called sticky rice) which is surrounded by a “bath” of coconut milk, then topped with slices of fresh (or frozen) mango. If you like mangos, you’re going to love this very simple but tropical dessert. Mmmmm!
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