Sunday, May 30, 2010

Gluten Free Focaccia Bread

A friend asked that I blog about some favorite gluten free recipes. I will do this over the course of the next few weeks. To be honest, I think that we found it is easier and less expensive to avoid trying to imitate "real" bread. My son, who needs this diet,  mainly eats meat and dairy and fruits and vegetables.  He yearns for pizza and donuts and the ability to eat whatever/ whenever the most.  However if you have young children, that is difficult for them. They need to not feel so different.  When you are older, you have to just deal with the fact that you are.  The good thing is that foods are labeled better than they were 10 years ago when we first started dealing with this issue. Many restaurants now have gluten free menus.  Famous people are making gluten intolerance and celiac disease more mainstream. The public and medical community are more informed.  There are many more choices available.

I have several older cookbooks by Carol Fenster that are "from scratch" bread recipes that are all very good. My son says this bread is pure deliciousness, lacking the grainy aftertaste of most recipes. It actually makes the entire house smell good!

GF Focaccia Bread

3/4 c. warm water
1 tsp. sugar
2 large eggs
2 T. olive oil
1/2 t. cider vinegar
1 1/2 t. dry yeast
1 c. brown rice flour of sorghum flour
1/2 c. tapioca flour
1 t. unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 t. xanthan gum
1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1/2 t. onion powder
3/4 t.  salt

1 1/4 t. Italian Seasoning
1/4 t. salt
1 T. olive oil

Combine all bread ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Beat with electric mixer, (regular beaters, not dough hooks) for 2 minutes.  Dough will be soft and sticky.  Transfer to greased 11 x 7-inch nonstick pan. Cover with aluminum foil and let rise in warm place for 30 minutes or until desired height.  
Preheat oven to 400.  Sprinkle with topping ingredients.  Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.  A sprinkle of parmesan cheese is optional.  Make 11 x 7 inch loaf.  Serves 6


  1. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.
    I have been looking some good gluten free bread recipes... I'm going to try this. Thanks!

    Hope your holiday weekend was glorious.

  2. Going to give this a try, thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for the recipe. Although I make regular sourdough bread for most of us, gluten free bread is also needed sometimes for visitors.


  4. Thanks!!!!!!! you're a rockstar!


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