Today I’m sharing this healthy gluten free bread recipe.
It was created by Tina, the chef extrodinaire at Percys Country House Hotel here in Devon.
A few years ago I wrote about her incredible hotel and ability to cater for an endless list of dietary requirements.
Seriously, nothing is too much trouble for Tina.
If you have a restricted diet then Tina will be able to cater for it, and with love and passion.
Tina is a big fan of my wholegrain gluten free flour blends. She stocks the flour to sell but also uses it in her own gluten free baking…
“The wholegrain gluten free ‘Fairy’ flour blend created by Vicki Montague is simply brilliant. Not only does it deliver superb and very consistent baking results, it is flavoursome, nutty, delicious and, being wholegrain, healthy too!
I do love buckwheat, in my opinion a very underused ingredient. It is actually an Asian plant of the dock family, producing starchy seeds. When milled into flour, these seeds add great flavour – traditionally used for blinis, (buckwheat pancakes to accompany caviar), Vicki has harnessed the great potential of these seeds in her flour blend.
Teff and sorghum also add a depth of flavour.
I thoroughly recommend these two flour blends and would also like to say to any coeliac, whether recently diagnosed or not, that you won’t find anyone anywhere more dedicated that Vicki who is prepared to offer invaluable advice and help others in their quest to overcome dietary restrictions.
Being diagnosed with coeliac disease is not the end of the world, it is the beginning of an entirely new and exciting one.
You may be able to find a less expensive gluten free alternative flour to bake with, but you are far less likely to achieve the same amazing flavour!”
Along with wonderful food, you can be guaranteed one other very special treat when visiting Percys.
Within their 50 acres of land, Percys between Dartmoor and Bodmin has wild beavers living in the river.
Years ago when I went to stay I saw the evidence of these industrious creatures, but not the actual animal. It is fascinating to see how much work wild beavers do.
They were absent from England for at least 500 years and now Devon has become a hot spot for them with a colony living on the River Otter not far from where I live.
If you’d like to stay at the hotel and see the beavers yourself then Tina is generously offering £100 off a 3 night stay booked online up until 31st October. All you have to do is enter KITTS when you book online here.
Anyway, Tina has created this bread recipe with my wholegrain plain flour blend.
It’s nutty from the sunflower seeds and delightfully moist and light with the inclusion of egg white. My flour blend adds wholegrain goodness, protein and fibre.
Tina, being a chef, creates recipes that feed way more people than the average household would require. I’ve therefore divided the recipe she gave me by four.
This creates one small loaf of bread that bakes perfectly in my recommended loaf tin.
It’s the perfect tin for gluten free bread because it’s tall and narrow.
Gluten free bread doesn’t have the structure of ‘normal’ bread and therefore needs supporting as it rises. If the bread rises above the tin, it generally leads to an overflow rather than a nice domed top.
This loaf tin prevents this because it is tall enough to allow the bread to rise but not overflow.
You can see the dome on the top of the bread which is often hard to achieve with a gluten free loaf.
Tina’s recipe is all measured in grams, including the egg white.
I used just over one medium egg to get the 63g required. Separate the eggs and then weigh out 63g. Use the leftover egg yolks and white in a scrambled egg or omelette. Alternatively add them to a cake to add extra richness.
Make sure you Pin the recipe so you don’t lose it:
And here it is. Tina’s healthy gluten free bread recipe:
Healthy Gluten Free Bread
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soya-Free, Nut-Free, Sugar-Free
- 125 g Sunflower seeds
- 225 g Warm water
- 63 g Egg white
- 250 g Free From Fairy plain gluten free flour
- 5 g Xanthan gum
- 5 g Sea salt
- 9 g Allinson Easy Bake yeast
- 38 g Olive oil
Place the sunflower seeds and water in a bowl to soak and set aside
Separate the eggs into two bowls. Then weigh out 63g of egg white into a large bowl and whisk until it forms peaks
Add the flour, xanthan gum, salt, yeast, olive oil and seed and water mix to the egg white and beat well to combine
Line and grease a 1kg loaf tin (I recommend this one) and scrape the mixture in
Smooth the mixture so that it is even on top
Cover with a damp cloth and leave until doubled in size, or reaching the top of the tin. This will depend upon the warmth of your house but it took around 1.5 hours for me
Pre heat the oven to 185 degrees C/165 degree fan/ Gas mark 4.5
Place the risen dough into the pre heated oven along with a tray of boiling water. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden
Allow to cool on a wire rack before eating