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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Brown Bread


This simple allergy-friendly loaf makes an excellent sandwich bread but also stands alone as terrific toast. Gluten-free beer adds a deep flavor and helps it rise in the absence of yeast. This recipe is quick and easy and pairs well with most anything.

1 cup Chinese rice flour
1 cup millet flour
⅔ cup potato starch (not potato flour)
⅓ cup sorghum flour
1 tablespoon + 1½ teaspoons baking powder
1¾ teaspoons salt
¼ cup granulated sugar
2½ teaspoons xanthan gum
12 ounces gluten-free beer
Ice for a water bath in the oven*
3 tablespoons olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour, millet flour, potato starch, sorghum flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and xanthan gum. Pour in the gluten-free beer and mix the batter with a spatula until it is thoroughly combined; the batter will look more like cake batter than bread dough. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a knife.

3. Meanwhile, gather 2 cups of ice and enough cold water to fill a 9x13-inch metal baking pan halfway. Place the baking pan on the bottom of the oven and place the bread pan on the middle rack of the oven.

4. Bake the bread for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven and, using a pastry brush, brush the top with the olive oil. Return the bread to the oven and bake for another 35 minutes or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.

6. Store any leftover bread, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, refrigerated, for up to 5 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.

Each serving contains 146 calories, 2g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 997mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 2g protein.

*TIP The water bath in the bottom of the oven is an old baking trick that keeps the bread moist while simultaneously providing even baking and allowing the loaf to brown.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook (Lyons Press) by Elizabeth Gordon.


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