Beckon’s Gluten-Free Bread

A few weeks ago Lyn innocently asked me, you used to make bread right, she knows I don’t like to bake (to exact) she also knows I have a hard time refusing her wants and needs. So she asked for some gluten free seed bread. This is a wicked heavy bread and I gave it a good try, after a few weeks she finished it and is hinting about another loaf. To keep impulse munching down we cut in slices and froze. You know what it is like with fresh bread.

Ingredients

To Make the Night Before:

  • 1 cup Cup4Cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup flaxseeds
  • ⅓ cup white sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dill seeds
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 5 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ cup cornmeal

To Make the Day of:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup Cup4Cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray

How

Step 1

In a large glass bowl, combine the flour with all the seeds and the cornmeal. Stir in 2 1/4 cups water. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let sit overnight, 8 to 12 hours.

 Step 2

The next day, in another large glass bowl, whisk the yeast and the honey into 2 tablespoons warm water (100° to 110°). Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

 Step 3

Scrape the overnight mixture into the bowl with the yeast mixture, and add the flour and the salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir until well combined, about 1 minute. (The mixture will be thick.) Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let sit until mixture lightens in texture, about 1 hour.

 Step 4

Spray a 9-by-5-inch nonstick loaf pan with cooking spray. Scrape dough into prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm area just until dough reaches the top of the pan, about 1 hour.

 Step 5

Preheat the oven to 350°. Bake loaf until golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Let cool before slicing. (Wrapped airtight, this bread will keep for over a week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.)

Tips

Use the Right Flour: “Cup4Cup is my favorite gluten-free blend,” Tompkins says. “For texture and flavor, mix in cornmeal or another gluten-free flour, like oat or teff.”Rise it Twice: “I go with the same process used in Danish rye breads,” Tompkins says. “I let the dough rise twice — in a bowl and again in the loaf pan — which really lightens up the loaves.”Add Lots of Seeds: Pumpkin, sunflower, fennel, mustard, sesame, and dillseeds add a nice complexity.”Soak the seeds overnight,” Tompkins says. “This keeps them from being too crunchy.”

Tips Recipe by Tamra Tompkins, pastry chef at Beckon in Denver.

5 thoughts on “Beckon’s Gluten-Free Bread

  1. I’m usually bad with yeast, but thought I’d give this a try. Still failed 3 times!!! to get yeast to foam even after watching several videos and reading several articles. Unfortunately, there is no more yeast to be found in my city at this writing. I didn’t want to waste the overnight mixture so tried a supposed fair substitute – baking powder. Bread didn’t rise at all, is very, very heavy and too hard to slice without breaking. Those chunks of bread taste great, though. Who knows how long it will be before I find any yeast. What are your thoughts on using sour dough starter to replace yeast in this recipe?

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