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Well and Good: Gluten-free at FRESH

Eating gluten-free is so much easier today.  A diverse selection of fine ready-made products from breads and pastries to soups and frozen entrees are available now on grocery shelves.  In these selections the gluten-containing ingredients such as wheat, barley and rye have been replaced with blends of safe substitute grains in proportions that mimic the great flavor and texture of the original items.

A great loaf of bread is the dream of most wheat-intolerant shoppers and fortunately a wide selection of gluten-free breads, both fresh frozen and ready to serve, are available at FRESH.  But sometimes the wonderful flavor of homemade is what we need!  A friend of FRESH shared this great French bread recipe with us and we pass it along to you:

French Bread
3/4 cup white rice flour
1 Tbs sugar
2/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups warm water (110° F)
2/3 cup tapioca flour
1 Tbs dry yeast granules
2 tsp potato flour
1 tsp dough enhancer or vinegar
2 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
2 egg whites
2 tsp egg replacer
1 1/2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup dry milk powder

Grease two 14” French loaf pans or one cookie sheet. Dust with cornmeal (if desired).

In the bowl of your heavy-duty mixer, place the rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca flour, potato flour, xanthan gum, egg replacer, salt, unflavored gelatin, and milk powder.

Place the sugar in the warm water and stir in the yeast.  Set aside to foam.

Add to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl: the dough enhancer, egg whites, and vegetable oil.  When the foam on the yeast is about 1/2-inch, pour this into the dry mix. Beat on high for 3 minutes. Spoon into the prepared loaf pans or onto the prepared cookie sheet in two French bread loaf shapes.  Brush lightly with wet fingers to smooth the tops and then slash diagonally every few inches. Cover the loaves and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled (about 35 minutes for rapid-rise yeast; 1 hour for regular yeast).

Bake in a preheated 400° F oven for 15 minutes. Then turn oven to 350° F and bake 30 minutes more. Makes two 10-inch loaves.

Need help choosing from our largest gluten-free inventory in the East Texas area? Stop by the Pharmacy at FRESH and pick up our Gluten-Free Shopping Guide.