Tales of the Homestead-
The Experiment of the
“Flour Free, Gluten Free, Bread”
19th September 2022
Let me start by saying, I am NOT gluten intolerant, and I do not sustain a gluten free diet (HELLLLL NO!), but my mum is gluten intolerant as well as many of my close friends being Celiac’s or Crohn’s sufferers, who follow a gluten free diet.
So, guys, this one is for you!!
I saw a short video on someone making a “flour free” bread in a blender, and thought, that looks so easy, I’m going to give it a shot!
Then proceeded to message mum and tell her all about it!
I will say, this bread does not contain wheat flour, however it does use rice.
Full recipe towards the end.
To start you off, you’re going to need your rice.
You can use just about any rice (maybe not aborio or sushi rice??). I haven’t tried brown rice yet, but it is on the list!
Soak your rice incold water, giving it a stir occassionally, for around 30 minutes. You can soak it for less, but you will end up with a few crunchy bits!
Look, you’ll still get crunchy bits, but it’s definitely reduced when the rice is soaked.
Drain your rice and add straight into the blender.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You need a really good blender for this. I used my multi-blender, which worked, but the latest batches I have used the Thermomix (ahhhhh thermonator, how I love you!!) and that was much, much better.
You’ll need a blender that can grind the rice up really fine!
On top of that, add your water, yeast, honey and oil.
Now BLEND baby!!!!!
You’ll want to pop it on high and blend for around 3-5 minutes, stopping every now and then to scrape down the edges and check consistency.
The idea is to not only grind the rice up and make a dough, but by using the heat created by blending, it will set the yeast off and start the prove!
Once blended, pour into a greased bread tin and sit in a warm spot to let rise. This dough is quite runny, but should be like a thick cake batter, so it pours quite easily. It’s definitely not designed for making rolls etc!
I let it prove to about 1/2 an inch from the top, I think I should have let it go to the actual top! But, you know, I was impatient!!
Into an oven at 200 degrees celcius (180 degrees for fan forced!) and cook until brown on top and starting to crack.
Mine took around 30-40 mins, but just keep checking. I also pushed gently on top to make sure it was solid and not gluggy in the middle.
OK, so it’s not a flash looking loaf of “Bread”, but geez I wish you could smell it!!! It’s utterly divine!!
Of course I couldn’t wait, I had to try it straight out of the oven!!
IT WAS HEAVEN!!!!!!!
Yep, definitely not your fluffy, preservative filled, mass produced, shop bought bread.
It was a little doughy, quite heavy and had a few little crunchy bits in there, but MAN!!!!!
“The flavour is amazing”
(a regular Mark statement when he enjoys something and doesn’t quite know how to describe it!!)
I did also find it a little hard to cut, though in saying that, I didn’t wait for it to cool at all!!
We had this with homemade chicken and sweetcorn soup for tea the first time I made this bread, and it went perfectly!!!
Even thought, served with a simple knob of butter was equally as divine!!
I’m planning on having a play around with a few other grains and legumes, and of course I will document them here!
This Rice Bread, still needs tweaking here and there (I’ll post any updates to the recipe!), but I say give it a go! It was honestly so yummy!!!
It even made a ripper toast in the morning (and cut easier!) covered in butter, sugar and cinnamon!!!!
I shall make you wait no longer!
Here is the recipe, though feel free to make it your own and put a different spin on it!!
Flour Free, Gluten Free, Bread
2 Cups of Rice
3/4 Cup Water
2 & 1/2 Teaspoons Dry Yeast
1 heaped dessert spoon of LOCAL Honey
1/2 Cup Oil (any oil you like. I used rice bran oil)
Then just follow the instructions above!
I think I’ll try one using herbs and garlic and see what happens!
Please, please, let me know if you try it and if you tried anything new, I’d love to hear all about it!!
I am always experimenting in the kitchen, so plan on putting up regular posts on my kitchen adventures!
Until next time…..
Live Life to the Fullest, Love Beyond Words and Laugh Like No one can Hear you!!
– Amy XX