Gluten Free Artisan Sourdough Bread (and How to Turn Any of My Breads Into Sourdough)

It’s finally here y’all! We’ve made the gluten free sourdough starter and this gluten free artisan sourdough bread is just one of many wonderful uses for it!!

gluten free sourdough bread

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My husband has to remind me to slow down and take a breath when I find a new method of gluten free baking. Or a new (to me) ingredient that makes things more extensible (psyllium husk, for example). My brain starts going a thousand miles a minute because I want to make ALL THE BREADS!!!

I have to learn to stop and focus on one thing at a time. But it’s so hard because even though I wanted to post this earlier, I put it on a back burner. Not because I hadn’t actually baked it yet (I think I’m up to about 10 or more loaves of sourdough). But (kinda by accident) I found such a wonderful improvement to my croissants recipe that I HAD to share it with y’all!

Anywho, I know I’m super late in posting this sourdough bread, but that’s just how I am. I do NOT want to hurry things along just to get them on the blog because it’s the right time. It’s very important to me to test and retest recipes to make sure they’re as perfect as I can get them before sharing them with you. But I promise, this one is well.worth.the.wait!

side split gluten free sourdough

What IS Sourdough Bread?

Sourdough bread is a bread made without any commercial yeast. Instead, the yeast is substituted with a live fermented culture of flour and water, also known as a sourdough starter.

When I think of sourdough bread, I’m transported to a local restaurant (Baker’s Crust) eating a sandwich on their freshly baked sourdough without a care in the world. Slightly tangy, chewy textured, and a nice crisp crust, their sourdough was so good I could have eaten it plain.

Could we possibly have that same taste and texture in a gluten free sourdough? All things are possible in the gluten free world now (I’m convinced after perfecting my gluten free croissants!), so why not something as “easy” as sourdough?

After taking my first bite of my first loaf of sourdough, I shut my eyes for a minute just to savor the flavor and the chew. It’s like I was back in Baker’s Crust eating that same bread again. Then I opened my eyes and looked again at the bread I had just made.

I was in an alternate reality because it sure looked just like the bread from that local restaurant, not at ALL like a gluten free version. And the texture was spot on with what I remember! Isn’t it crazy how memories of food we used to eat can stick so vividly in our minds, especially because we can no longer have those things?!?!

I promise you’re going to love this bread, and any other breads you decide to make sourdough. Once I made one loaf, I was addicted and couldn’t seem to stop baking ALL THE SOURDOUGH!!

Tips for Making Gluten Free Artisan Sourdough Bread

When first starting my venture into the gluten free sourdough world, I knew the best recipe to begin with was my gluten free artisan bread. It’s easy enough to make and it already has a good crust and nice texture.

But the first thing I needed to do is research, research, research. I knew nothing about baking sourdough, gluten free or not! And once I understood a little more, I started experimenting. And here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way:

  • Gluten free sourdough bread isn’t as involved as its gluten-filled counterpart. What I mean by this is there is a lot of stretching and folding with the dough when making regular sourdough bread. That doesn’t work for gluten free dough (there’s not enough stretch). So the hands-on time is exactly the same as in any of my bread recipes (very minimal).
  • Sourdough takes longer to rise. I usually let most of my dough bulk ferment for roughly 2 hours. When making sourdough, however, this may increase to 3-4 hours (or more).
  • Adding a tiny amount of baking soda (1/4 to 1/2 tsp per batch) prior to shaping and proofing gives the open crumb you might be looking for. It’s not absolutely necessary–the bread is phenomenal without it–but if you’re dead set on the open crumb, this works wonders!
top view of artisan sourdough in black Dutch oven

Timeline for Making Sourdough

  • The night before you plan to start–discard all but about 1/3 of your active gluten free sourdough starter and feed it 100 grams of whatever flour you’ve been feeding it and 100-120 grams of water (tap water is fine). Stir to combine and set on the counter until the next morning.
  • The next day–mix the dough ingredients together using one cup of the starter. I’ve tried it in the stand mixer, as well as by hand. I’ve found the stand mixer to work better, but if you don’t have one you definitely can make great bread without it. Cover the dough and put it in a warm, draft-free area to rise until almost doubled in size, which could take 3-4 hours or longer.
  • That afternoon or evening–place the risen dough in the fridge. This isn’t done in normal gluten baking, but for us (gluten free) it’s so much easier to shape when chilled properly. I like to let mine hang out in the fridge at least overnight, but sometimes I’ll leave it go for days (7-10 days). The longer you leave it, the more sour it will taste, so be aware.
  • The following day–baking (and eating) day!!

To Use a Dutch Oven or NOT To Use a Dutch Oven

I had tried baking bread in a Dutch oven previously, but it never really got to the height it did when I used the hot water technique in a shallow pan (see my original gf artisan bread post). But for sourdough, I really wanted to try it.

I bought myself this 5 quart fairly cheap Dutch oven and set out to bake a great loaf of gf sourdough. And it did NOT disappoint!!!!! Maybe it was the temperature I used or maybe it was the size of the Dutch oven, but I am totally SOLD on using this method for boules! If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can always use the shallow pan hot water technique.

Shaping Gluten Free Sourdough

We’ve arrived at the best part of the sourdough making process–shaping and baking!! This is one of my favorite parts of any bread making process. We finally get to see the transformation from flour and water to an extraordinary loaf of tasty and beautiful bread!

Take the dough out of the fridge and drop it onto a well-floured surface to knead briefly. I know this sounds counter intuitive because we just developed all of this fermentation. But remember, we’re baking gluten free and things don’t always work the way they do in the gluten world.

I tried shaping the dough with and without kneading it first. The best results happened when I kneaded it briefly to get it into a smoother, more uniform loaf. But if you don’t feel like kneading and want more of a rustic finished loaf, skip this step.

You can shape this bread directly on a piece of parchment or use a banetton (like this one here). You can also place your bread in a bowl that’s been lined with a flour-dusted tea towel. Cover the bread with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free area to rise until noticeably larger, but not doubled in size. It should be nice and puffy looking.

shaped round loaf of artisan sourdough before baked

While your dough is at the end of its rise, get your Dutch oven with lid (if using) into the oven. Or use a baking steel and place a shallow pan on the bottom shelf. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Baking Gluten Free Artisan Sourdough Bread

Once you’ve scored, or slashed, your bread, you need to get it into the oven quickly. If using a Dutch oven, open the oven door and carefully lower the bread, parchment and all, into the Dutch oven. Be careful not to burn yourself. Immediate cover it with the lid and close the oven door.

If using a baking steel and shallow pan, quickly place the loaf, parchment and all, onto the baking steel and pour hot tap water into the shallow pan. Shut the oven door.

Bake the sourdough in the Dutch oven with the lid on for 40 minutes. Remove the lid and continue baking for another 20 minutes. If using the baking steel, bake the bread for one hour.

Remove your beautiful loaf of sourdough from the oven and allow it to cool completely before cutting.

multigrain nut and seed sourdough bread cut in half
Gluten Free Cranberry Nut and Seed Bread

How to Turn Any of My Breads into Sourdough

This gluten free artisan sourdough bread is just the beginning to a whole new gluten free world. There are many other breads that can be made using a sourdough starter instead of yeast with simple steps:

  • Use 140 grams of gluten free sourdough starter as a replacement for the yeast in the recipe.
  • Reduce the flour in the recipe by 70 grams and the liquid in the recipe also by 70 grams. However, if adding anything else to the dough, such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc, don’t reduce the water content at all. I like to pre-soak my nuts and seeds overnight so they don’t soak up much of the water in the dough, but I still leave the liquid content the same as some water will inevitably be lost.
  • Add more time to bulk fermentation, as well as proofing. Sourdough always takes longer to rise than instant yeast.
  • For more of an open crumb, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda when kneading the dough before shaping. It’s not conventional, but we can’t always do the conventional thing when baking gluten free.
sandwich made on sourdough with turkey, cheese, and avocado

Hopefully your starter is bubbling away and you can begin to make your wonderful gluten free sourdough loaf soon!

gluten free sourdough bread

Gluten Free Artisan Sourdough Bread

It's finally here y'all! We've made the gluten free sourdough starter and this gluten free artisan sourdough bread is just one of many wonderful uses for it!!
Print Recipe
Coursebread
CuisineAmerican
Keywordartisan, bread, Gluten Free, sourdough
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Rising Time6 hours
Servings1 loaf
AuthorKim

Ingredients

Instructions

  • The night before you're ready to make the dough for your bread, discard all but about ⅓ of your starter and feed it with 100 grams of whatever flour you've been using and 100 grams of water (or a splash or two more to make a thick pancake-like batter). This will vary depending on the size of your starter, but your goal is to have enough active (mature and ripe) starter to equal 140 grams when making the dough the next day.
  • The next morning, in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients (including 140 grams of the ripe starter), beating on low until well combined. Increase the speed to medium high and mix for 5 minutes. If mixing by hand, mix vigorously for 5-7 minutes.
  • Cover the dough and allow it to rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, about 3-4 hours (sourdough always takes longer to rise). Place the risen dough in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The next day, remove the dough from the fridge and turn it out onto a well-floured surface. If using baking soda, add ¼-½ tsp to top of dough and begin kneading dough until smooth.
  • Form into a round and turn over into a floured banetton basket or in a floured tea towel-lined bowl, or shape into a round on a square of parchment paper. Cover and allow it to rise until puffed and noticeably larger, but not doubled in size, about 2-3 hours.
  • Towards the end of the rising time, place Dutch oven with lid (or baking steel or stone and shallow pan) into the oven and preheat it to 500° F for 30 minutes.
  • When the dough has finished rising, carefully flip it out onto a sheet of parchment paper and slash (score) it with a lame or sharp serrated knife. Open the oven door, carefully place the loaf in the Dutch oven, parchment and all, and replace the lid. Alternatively, slide the loaf, parchment and all, onto a baking steel or stone and pour one cup of hot water into shallow pan. Immediately close the oven door and drop the temperature to 450° F. Bake the bread for 40 minutes. If using a Dutch oven, remove the cover and continue to bake for another 20 minutes. If using baking steel or stone, bake the bread for a full 60 minutes.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool before slicing.

Notes

**Starter is mature when it predictably rises and falls.  Ripe starter is starter that’s been fed within the past 12 hours.  
***Using a very small amount of baking soda gives the bread a more open crumb.  If using, make sure to fully blend it into the dough before baking.  
DISCLAIMER:  The reason I created my own flour blends is because I could not obtain the results I wanted with flour blends that were available in stores, online, or from other gluten free bloggers.  My recipes have been developed to be used with my own bread flour blend that I created after painstakingly testing for, in some cases, YEARS to develop what I believe to be a superior gluten free bread like no other.  If you do not use my gluten free bread flour blend for this recipe, I cannot speak for the results you will obtain.    While store bought blends may give you a satisfactory result, they may NOT give you the results intended in my recipe. 



123 thoughts on “Gluten Free Artisan Sourdough Bread (and How to Turn Any of My Breads Into Sourdough)”

    • I don’t know anything about bread machines, so I can’t say for sure but I bet it would do just fine 🙂

      • Hi Kim, I am not sure how to start a new comment, but what I am wondering is, my dough is very runny. It is more like pancake batter. Suggestions?

          • I did. Does altatude affect consistency? Maybe I didn’t add the correct amount of flour or too much water. It happens sometimes…hahah..I will try again.

          • It may, Heather. I wish I knew more about high altitude baking. I’m crossing my fingers it works next time 🤞

  • Kim, I just wanted to confirm that after preheating the dutch oven at 500F, you drop the temperature down to 450F once the bread is added. You mentioned it in the video, but it’s not in the written recipe. Actually, this is the first time I realized you had videos on your blog because it seems my ad blocker had been hiding them from me all this time! 🙁 I’m so very excited to see you posted this recipe, as I have been experimenting with GF sourdough baking the past few months with lukewarm results, and I know this will be fantastic because I have NEVER had a bad recipe from you! So thank you so much!!!!

    • Thank you for catching that, Colleen!! Yes, you do drop the temp down to 450 as soon as you put the bread in the oven.

      If you want to see all the videos you missed in one spot, check out my Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBIMroJp0URZoYGbTilnVSg

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Colleen! I hope you like the sourdough 🙂 It has now become my favorite bread I make 😋

      • Thanks for sharing, I never get the videos either so I will definitely check out your YouTube channel!

      • Thanks for getting back to me so quickly (this morning is baking day, yay)! I just subscribed to your YouTube videos channel as well so I can easily find your videos in the future. May I ask what size banetton you use? I bought a 9″ round thinking that was a standard size (ironically it’s the same one you have linked above), but it is too big inside of a gallon-sized ziplock bag.

          • I’m so sorry, Colleen! I had the wrong banetton link on my Youtube video. Thanks for catching that! However, no need to buy another one. You could just use plastic wrap to cover yours. It doesn’t have to be in a ziplock bag.

  • I can’t wait to try this. I’ve made the GF Artisan bread and cinnamon rolls.and it was delicious. I have switched to mostly GF and it is helping my arthritis a lot. I also have several extended family members with celiac. Have you tried sourdough with your rye bread recipe? That was the next recipe I planned to make.

    • I haven’t tried any other recipes for the sourdough yet, but plan on it as I love using it! I need to try the rye bread soon, though. That and bagels/pretzels 🙂

    • Sure! It makes a pretty large loaf, though. You’d definitely have to adjust your baking time, probably to close to double the time.

      • I decided not to double it and just make it more often so we eat it fresher. I was wondering if it would be possible to add cheese and herbs to make a savory bread with this recipe.

          • I was thinking about doubling this recipe and baking it in my very large cast iron pot. My friend loves the bread, and asked that I make her a loaf with fresh dill. Any thoughts on how much dill and when I’d add it?

          • Oooh, dill sounds so good!! If you’re doubling the recipe, I would go with at least 1/4 cup but maybe even 1/2 cup. And I would probably add it at the kneading stage.

            Please let me know how it turns out 🙂

  • FANTASTIC! I made my bread today (tagged you on Insta) and my sister and I are amazed! I’m so happy! Thank you, so so much!

  • Made this sourdough bread for my picky teenage grandson and he LOVED it! Thank you so much for the recipe – you don’t know how many recipes I’ve tried that hasn’t passed his taste test!!!!
    He asked if I could make hamburgers with this recipe as he hasn’t had hamburger in a bun for a very long time! So can I make the dough into buns and what changes do I have to make?

  • I have made the bread with your flour recipe and starter. I had to let the bread rise for 6 hours the first day. The dough was back to normal size when I removed from the fridge the next day. Was this to be expected?
    On the bake day I let the dough rise for 4.5 hours. There was some rise but not a lot. The bread tasted good but I feel it may be heavier than it should be and made a small loaf. I used my cast iron Dutch Oven pot to bake the bread.
    Have I done something wrong?
    Thanks

    • Hi, Chris! It sounds to me like your starter wasn’t active enough. It is normal for the dough to fall after being in the fridge overnight. Did you get any oven spring at all (the initial rise in the oven)?

      • Hi Kim.
        My initial rise after many hours was very good. More than doubled. After kneading the following day I had minimal rise. When baking I had next to no rise.
        If my starter isn’t active enough how can I fix it?
        Thanks

        • Oh, okay. Maybe it’s not your starter then. I’m wondering if you’re not allowing it to rise long enough for the final rise. Also, I’ve found that some failures with my breads are because the proofing area isn’t warm enough. Here’s what I do: I have a “warm” function on my oven. I think it goes to about 170 degrees. I turn that on and allow it to warm up very briefly (like a minute) and then turn it off before placing the bread in the oven to proof. After one hour, if still not looking like it’s doing anything, turn the oven on again to the warm function and quickly turn it off. I’ve noticed that with gluten free baking, the proofing temp needs to be higher than with normal gluten-filled baking.

          I’m crossing my fingers that you’ll find success, Chris! I’m so sorry it hasn’t worked for you yet, but I’m confident it’ll happen and you’ll be left with a glorious loaf of gluten free bread 🙂

    • Hello! I built my GF starter 3 weeks ago and it is ready for baking! I want to make this bread but have a question: your recipe calls for 1 C of active starter. And then says discard all but 1/3 of it when using it. So are you saying to take 1/3 C of starter and feed that the 100 grams of flour and water in the evening? Thanks in advance for the help. I also just created 5 C of your flour blend so I’m ready to go! 😉

      • Sort of. I reworded my recipe to hopefully make a little more sense. I’m stating to discard all but about 1/3 of your starter the night before and add 100 grams of flour and 100 grams (or a little more) of water, all done the night before. The goal is to have enough of your starter the next day to equal 140 grams. So if your starter is huge and you don’t want to discard all but 1/3 of it, then discard however much you’ve been discarding when you feed it. When I wrote this recipe, it was based on using my own starter recipe. I do understand, however, that everyone has different starter sizes so I’m rewording this to accommodate.

  • Hi Kim, made my first loaf of Sourdough Bread yesterday and it turned out awesome. I had never made any type of sourdough bread before. Thank you once again for all these wonderful recipes and flour blends. I had given up on all of the GF flour blends that where commercially available and just started researching how to make my own when I found yours, thank you for the hours and days of research I know you had to do to come up with a blend that gives us something that most people will never know the difference between wheat and GF. I have been baking since I was 7 and love the way the house feels and smells on a baking day. I’m ecstatic to have that back once again. You’re the best, keep rocking out these amazing recipes. 🦋🌞

    • Oh my gosh, Shari! Thank you SO much for your kind words!! I’m so glad you’re able to enjoy baking again and I’m happy to be a source of gf recipes for you 🙂

  • Hi Kim! So excited to make this bread! For the starter, do you know roughly how many grams 1/3 of the starter should be? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Madeline! I’m sorry, I don’t. It all depends on how much you’ve fed it throughout and how much its risen and how much has been discarded. I don’t think anyone’s starter would weigh the same as another’s. What are you trying to do? Maybe I could help figure it out?

      • Hi! So I’m just looking at Step 1 of this recipe and wanted to be exact with how much starter I have currently and how much I should have for the recipe! Thank you!

          • I also really don’t understand the wording of this step and the video didn’t help. I don’t understand why it says to discard all but 1/3 of your starter when everyone’s starter size be a different size? Like if I have 3 cups of starter that would be 1 cup, but if I have 6 cups it would be 2 cups…

          • I see your point. This is based on my starter recipe, but it really doesn’t matter in the final recipe. As long as you have 140 grams of the starter for the recipe, you’re good. So if you have a very large starter like you said, just discard whatever you would normally discard before feeding it.

          • I’ve reworded it. This recipe was based on using MY starter recipe. If you have a larger starter, all I’m saying is to discard whatever you would before you feed your starter, and to do this the night before making the dough. The goal is to have 140 grams of the starter to add to the dough the next day.

  • Yes! I made the recipe with the dough hook! This was the best bread I have ever made!!! Thank you so much Kim!! Last question lol…. when doing your starter, I’m looking to make bread without xanthan gum. Can you use your own all purpose flour blend ? (Xanthan free blend or replace it with psyllium husk?) or do you have a certain blend Xanthan gum free you would recommend? Thank you so much for all the help! 🙂

    • Yay!!!!! I’m so glad you had success, Madeline!

      When making the starter, you could certainly use the xanthan gum free blend (mine or any other you might find). And you can also use psyllium husk as a replacement in my bread flour for the xanthan gum. 🙂

  • The first time I made this recipe, it said 240g of starter (about 1 cup). Now it says 140g (1 cup) but I’m still using 240g or else I would only have about 1/2 cup. Does that make sense?

    • Hi, Catherine! I’m so sorry that I’ve made it so confusing. I actually had someone ask me about the 240g because in the video I say 140g and it was supposed to be 140g, so I changed it on the recipe to 140g. However, if for whatever reason yours is working great using 240g, so I’d just stick with it.

      I hope I haven’t made it even more confusing, haha!

    • Same thing happened to me! 140g measured half a cup and didn’t rise at all so I’ll try the 240g since that worked for you. Thanks!

  • I have been baking GF bread for 14 years and this bread is one of the very best; certainly the best sourdough bread that I have made. I believe the secret to successful baking is the flour/protein blend. For those who live at 4300 feet above sea level: the initial rising time took 8 hours and I had to keep the dough in an oven that I would periodically warm up for 45 seconds at 170F. In step 4, sprinkled 1/2 tsp of baking soda on top of the dough before lightly kneading the bread. Letting the cooked bread cool completely is also necessary to avoid the weird GF gummy consistency. Thank you for the wonderful bread recipe.

    • Thanks so much, Nicole!!! And thank you for the high altitude baking tips, which will be very helpful to other bakers living at high altitude 🙂

  • I had a quick query! Is the refrigerator step necessary? I have a very mature starter. I sub additional starter for some of the flour and water. If I am pleased with the sourness of the dough on the first rise, does the dough need that extra time? Thank you much!

    • Hi! The refrigerator step is necessary to be able to shape the dough easily. Without it, you’ll have a very sticky mess on your hands. Having well chilled dough makes it so much easier to shape. This may not be true for gluten-filled dough, but for my gf bread recipes it is one of the main steps that helps with shaping.

    • @blakewalsh-what flour did you use for your GF starter? I’m starting to experiment with gf starters and need all the help I can get!

      • I used random flours. I made about 4 starters in a 3-4 week period, just for testing purposes. One I started solely with buckwheat flour, one with sorghum, one I think with a mixture of white rice and brown rice, and another I think was made with teff. Once they got going with lots of bubbles, I then added white or brown rice flour for maintaining until I was ready to bake.

        Hope that helps! Good luck 🙂

        • Hi Kim! I am so excited to try making this Gluten Free Artisian Sour Dough Bread! I’ve never made bread from scratch and I absolutely LOVE Artisian Sour Dough! One of the things I love & appreciate most about your post is your specific ingredients & brands that have worked the best. What specific flour and brand has made the best starter for you?

          • Hi, Amy! I like so many of them, but I think my favorite was the one I started with sorghum flour and ended with brown rice flour. The sorghum was Bob’s Red Mill and the brown rice flour happened to be Authentic Foods Superfine Brown Rice Flour, but I think the Bob’s Red Mill brown rice flour would also work perfectly fine in this application 🙂

  • I made this sourdough last week and it was super! I have been cooking/baking GF for the last 11 years and I’m very particular about what I actually park on and make again and again. Your website is a treasure trove that I haven’t seen in all these years! Thanks for offering well crafted breads for those of us who are bread deprived. I am wanting to make this bread to sell and am wondering if there’s any way I can eliminate the whey? I actually used collagen in mine, since my husband is DF and it was what I had on hand! But it’s so costly to use, so I’m wondering if I can substitute it for coconut powder/milk powder or eliminate it with any sucess?!!

    • Hi, Laura and thanks for the kind words!!

      I do have some substitution suggestions right on my flour blends page for using something other than whey. However, I wouldn’t suggest eliminating a protein powder altogether because protein is what I feel makes my bread recipes successful, along with the other ingredients in the flour blend. Check my flour blends page for the other substitution suggestions I have listed 🙂

      • Thank you for the reply. So are you saying the night before use 140g starter, add 100g water and 100g flour to that then the following morning use that as the ripe starter in the bread recipe?

        • Basically, but don’t get so caught up on the exact numbers. As long as you have at least 140 grams of ripe starter the next morning, you’re good.

  • I am having an issue I have tried this recipe three times and followed it to the letter. My starter is active and bubbly and I still can’t get this to rise hardly at all. What else can I try because I love the flavor I’m just not quite sure what else to do. Would love your help!

    • Hi, Dawn! I’m sorry you’re having issues with the sourdough. It can be a finnicky bread, especially considering everyone’s starter is different.

      A few things to ask: did you substitute anything in my bread flour blend? If not, sometimes I find that people just aren’t making their proofing area warm enough. What I like to do is turn my oven on to the “warm” function, which I believe is at 170. As soon as it comes on (I have a gas oven so I can hear when that happens), I turn it off and put the dough in the oven. It’s nice and toasty in the oven, which most people think is too warm but I’ve found it perfect for gluten-free proofing. The dough won’t rise all that much for either the bulk fermentation or the final rise, but should definitely get a lot of oven spring. Have you tried using the baking soda? That also helps.

      I hope these tips and tricks help, and I’m crossing my fingers you’ll be in gluten free sourdough heaven soon 🤞

  • Hi! After adding psyllium husk powder my dough later turned a light purple color. Is this from the psyllium husk? I am proofing now and going to bake anyway. I’m going to make another loaf tomorrow and omit the husk. Any thoughts? Thank you!!

    • In ordering psyllium powder/husk online, if you read product reviews, some brands have people commenting that the psyllium turned their baking products purple.

  • I am new to sour dough bread. I made your recipe and now am ready to knead and bake the Artesian loaf. When I removed the bowl from the refrigerator I noticed a pink hue to the outer skin. I checked the starter – there is no pink hue here. I refrigerated in a metal bowl. Could that have impacted the color? Should I throw away and start over?

    • Oh, wow Martha. I’m not sure, but I would have to say it very well could be a reaction. I honestly would start over completely. That totally sucks and I’m so sorry you have to start over, but I just wouldn’t trust it.

  • Hi there! I’m hoping to add in kalamata olives, rosemary, and roasted garlic- at what point in the process would it be best to mix these in?

    • That sounds so good, Danielle!!! I would say to mix them in with a spoon or spatula after mixing the dough in the mixer, before the first rise.

      Please let me know how it turns out 🙂

  • I live in Australia where your gf bread flour is not available so I use the one by Jeff hertzberg mixing enough for 10 days and have used your instructions for the rest but it is a little flat and needs to rise a bit more may it be because it is only around 13 degrees average can you confirm my recipe and I will Get there

    • Unfortunately, it’s probably flat because of the flour mix. I do have affiliate links for Australia for the flours needed to make my flour blend, so you should be able to find most, if not all, of those flour components in your area. I don’t actually sell my flour blends pre made. I offer the recipe for you to make them yourself.

  • First try with this recipe after making your starter. I use the oven for proofing like you do and when I checked it after 3 hrs on the second rise, I noticed the dough had split in a giant x shape on the round loaf (made in cast iron skillet). Have you ever had your dough split during the rising? I did add the 1/4tsp baking soda, but maybe not enough kneading to incorporate?

    • Yes, my dough has split before. It’s usually indicative of over proofing in gluten free baking. I would begin checking at 1 hour and every hour after that. However, it should still be a very great tasting bread!

      • Oh, it was some of the best gluten free bread I’ve ever had, period! Just had a very rustic look lol. Thank you for this recipe, I’ve despaired over making good bread in the past and your recipes really boosted my confidence!

  • Hi Kim, this may be a silly question, so I apologize in advance. I love making gluten free sourdough and I love your flour blends, thank you for all the research you put into making your recipes! Do you by chance know if I can bake this low and slow instead of hot and fast? My pathetic oven has been having trouble maintaining high temperatures.

    • I don’t know for sure, but my guess is it wouldn’t work at all. The bread needs that (at least) initial blast of very hot temperature to create the oven spring before the crust sets. I feel if you were to bake it on low the crust would set before it had a chance to rise and you’d be left with essential a brick.

  • Hi there! I’m sorry, I’m so confused about a few things.
    1. Why all the discarding? Where are we discarding it to and what are we doing with what we discard?
    2. Is there a rise and fall to the starter itself ? If so, how much of a rise is expected?
    Thank you for all your efforts with gluten free baking!

    • Hi, Amy! The reason for the discard is that if you don’t discard, your starter will take over the entire jar and possibly spill out the top. Each time you feed the starter, it’s going to grow. It will continue to grow and expand to measures far greater than your jar can probably handle. If you happen to have a very large jar and want to skip discarding a couple of times, that would probably be fine, though. I wouldn’t get into the habit of not discarding, however.

      I usually just trash my discard, but there are so many websites out there now that have great recipes for using some of your discard, such as this one here: https://www.theclevercarrot.com/2020/10/sourdough-discard-101-recipes-faqs-answered-pancakes/

      Yes, your starter will rise and fall. How much is dependent on how much flour you begin with and how much you discard and feed it. See my post on gluten free sourdough starters: https://www.letthemeatgfcake.com/gluten-free-sourdough-starter/

  • I just made your sourdough bread for the first time and it is excellent! I can’t stop eating it. I struggled making the starter and threw the first batch out. I was thinking of throwing the second batch out too, but discovered that my house was on the chilly side and that was the problem. So I put the jar on a towel on a heating pad, and that did the trick! It took two weeks for the starter to be ready, but it turned out great. Now I want to try all your recipes. Thanks so much!

    • That’s awesome, Bev!! I am also addicted to this bread. And that’s a great tip for using the heating pad!! Thanks so much 🙂

  • My bread is not rising. I am using a mature starter (over a month old now) made from brown rice flour. When I’m mixing the bread initially, the dough doesn’t seem as soft as yours in the video, it that the issue? My oven has a proofing setting so I’m putting my dough covered in there for 8hrs and its not doubling in size. Any suggestions?

    • Were there any substitutions in the dough or the bread flour blend? If you watch my video, you’ll see the dough itself doesn’t rise a whole lot. It’s just noticeably puffy. I would just go ahead with the next step. You’ll see the most rise from when it hits the hot oven.

  • This was only the second time I’ve tried to make bread completely from scratch. I read the recipe and watched the video a zillion times. My starter matured for over 3 weeks. My starter is 100% sorghum flour. My bread flour is your recipe. I was very careful to do everything just as you said/did. No substitutions.
    It rose beautifully during both proofing sessions. It looked perfect going into the oven. I was so excited!
    And then…the final end result…I was so disappointed! It did not rise at all during the bake. The crust was so hard I literally had to saw it to cut it. The inside was a bit dense. The only sourdough flavor was in the dough right by the crust, and that was not real distinct.
    What did I do wrong?
    I did stir my starter before I added it to the mixing bowl. Could that have caused the problem?
    Help please! Now I’m scared to make any bread.
    Btw, my first bread from scratch was your English muffin bread, that turned out a little dense, but worked well for my Thanksgiving stuffing.

    • Oh no! I’m not sure, Denel, but together we’ll figure it out. Did you put it in a covered Dutch oven or use a shallow pan for steam? The steam is very crucial in the recipe. If you can, please email me at [email protected] and give me some more information, including if you can give me brands of flours that you used to make the bread flour blend. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.

  • Shallow pan for steam. It was a stoneware pan. Does that matter? Also, the pan was completely dry when I pulled the bread out. Is that normal?
    I used a baking stone from Pampered Chef to bake the loaf on the center rack. My water pan was on the rack 2 levels down and to the right of the baking stone.
    I will email you. I have gotten nearly all my ingredients from your links. (You should be making at least some money for all your hard work…hehehe)

    • Haha! I do make a little bit with the product links, so thank you for that!

      Hmmm. I wonder if the stoneware pan soaked up all the water maybe? I’ll await your email to try to figure this out 🙂

  • Kim, this recipe is incredible! Love it love it love it. Just finished baking it earlier today. Delish. I even made adjustments for a second loaf (before the original was even done with the first rise), including cocoa powder and extra honey for a lovely chocolate taste. Both turned out well. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe, this will replace the gluten bread i consume, i love it that much 🙂

  • So far so good. Making my first loaf of sourdough now. Should be done in about 15 minutes. My only question is how dark should the outside look? Mine looks very dark, almost burned looking. Is it supposed to be that way? I have it cooking in a dutch oven but my lid has a crappy knob that can’t deal with temps above 350 so I just left the lid off but I did make sure to put a cup of water in a shallow pan when I put the loaf in the oven. I’m just not sure if I did anything wrong, I’m such a newbie at this !

  • Outstanding recipe! I’ve also made this with Authentic Foods superfine brown rice flour, which works just as well. I find I need a little more water, maybe my starter is less liquidy.

  • This sourdough bread turned out pretty good. The dough and then the bread itself had a pink tint to it.. why would that be?

    • Did you happen to add the baking soda? I just had another reader say that she had brown streaks in hers and I wondered if it’s from the baking soda not being mixed in properly.

  • I made this and I wish I’d taken a picture! My spouse, who is NOT GF, tore through this! Liked it way better than all the GF store bought breads. I did too! I used to bake bread all the time, but as my gluten sensitivity increased, my inability to simply even breathe while playing with gluten flour ended my bread baking hobby. Finally diagnosed officially with NCGS, I’d come kicking and screaming to the GF bandwagon. But this has completely changed my perspective. Now, my first attempt wasn’t perfect, but I was able to recognize my errors (thanks to rereading the commentary), not letting the dough sit for long enough, too impatient with getting it baked, failing to fight off the urge to cut into it piping hot, I recognized my errors. Regardless, it was good enough to keep my spouse coming back for seconds (and thirds!) and I feel a rekindling of my bread baking passion. *THANK YOU*. Round two is resting, I’m going to be patient this time and give it the time it deserves. Hopefully this time I’ll get a picture! Oooh! I hadn’t tried the Dutch oven method before, and despite my nervousness, it came out beautifully! All my bread pan methods for GF bread failed miserably so this method is definitely a keeper! Thank you!

      • Round two came out even better. I’m absolutely in love with this recipe! Now, my starter is starting to fizzle out, so I’ve gotta go back and research before attempting to make another batch, but, I’m hooked! Thank you!

  • I need some help figuring out what happened with this bread! I made a 10 cup batch of your bread flour, using the exact ingredients you listed, no subs!

    I followed the process and had a nice mature GF starter made from brown rice.

    I got a good initial rise.

    After storing it in the fridge overnight I kneaded it with a rounded 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for about two minutes. It shaped up nicely and I placed it in a floured round banneton for the second proof. It puffed up nicely.

    I scored it and baked it and it came out of the oven looking exactly like yours in the photos. Gorgeous banneton marks and a nicely opened up x shaped score.

    Waited 3 hours to let it cool. great texture, nice little plentiful fermentation holes, but when I sliced it the entire loaf is tunneled through with streaks of brown. It almost looked like a marbled rye bread! What the heck?! The taste and texture are good even where I see the brown marks, but what is this??!! What caused this?! because even thought this is a nice loaf of GF bread, I know my kids won’t eat it with these marks!

    • That is puzzling. The only thing I can think of is maybe the baking soda didn’t get completely mixed in and it reacted with the alcohol in the sourdough. If you make it again, either try leaving the baking soda out completely or making sure to thoroughly mix it in. I found this thread from The Fresh Loaf where the person had a similar problem. See what others have said: https://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/14626/help-brown-spots-bread

      • Yep, I’m sure that baking soda is the culprit after reading the link – thank you for sharing that! I will try it again without the baking soda. I’m also thinking about turning this into a caiman raisin swirl loaf. I want to try adding soaked, drained raisins and cinnamon sugar before shaping and final proof in a banneton. I thought I might gently flatten the dough and try a sort of lamination of the raisins and cinnamon, then roll it up and tuck the ends under to shape it into a batard. I might even sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the top before I score, but I hope the sugar won’t burn in the high heat of the dutch oven. FYI, I threw a couple of ice cubes into the bottom of the hot dutch oven when I placed my loaf inside and I got an incredible rise and even some blistering on the exterior crust!

  • Bread tastes great but I am not able to get it to rise as much as I would like. I fed my starter the morning of making the dough and waited for it to rise before combining as it seemed most gluten recipes follow that but I noticed your recipe doesn’t mention that. Is the idea that it gets fed and rises once it’s all combined in the mixer?

    • How long did you wait for it to rise? My recipe calls for feeding it the night before (many others do this as well) because you want it to be at peak rise and be very active and “ripe” before using it in the recipe. If you don’t give it enough time to become fully active, you won’t get much of a rise. In my recipe, the very first step is to feed the starter the night before, so I’m not quite sure what you mean when you say my recipe doesn’t mention that?

      • Thanks for the reply Kim, sorry I wasn’t very clear in my question, I did feed it the night before but by morning time it has already risen and fallen. So I fed it again in the morning and let it rise 3 hours which is about the time it was taking me to get a peak and then i put it in. I didn’t realize that the starter could still be peaking after such a long time so I thought maybe I just missed a step of feeding it again in the morning but I must be doing something wrong if it has fallen by morning,

        • Hmmm. That is a head scratcher. Try feeding it double the amount the night before and see if it sustains its rise by the next morning.

          • I figured out at least one big mistake I made, I clicked the link for the flour blend and scrolled down to the first recipe which is the all purpose flour, not the bread flour. 🤦‍♂️ It still tasted great and had some rise but I’ll let you know if that fixes my rising problem.

  • I made my first sourdough loaf from your recipe Kim. So pleased with it how it turned out. I too had streaks of brown through the outer edges of my loaf, due, I guess, to not working in the baking soda well enough. BUT, my dough was SO sticky I could hardly manipulate it at all to incorporate the baking soda. It did not look like the dough pictured on your website. Can you tell me why my dough might be so sticky? Could hardly get it off one hand without the complete glob of dough clinging to my other hand.

    • Hi, Margo! First question, did you use my bread flour blend? If so, did you substitute anything within the blend itself?

    • Yes, I used your bread flour recipe as directed. The only thing I was unsure of was whether to use the dough hook or the beater in my stand mixer. After making the bread I came across your video and you were using the dough hook. This is the only thing different that I think I did. Unless my starter wasnt really ready but I worked on that for 15 days and I did get a good rise in my loaf.

  • Hi Kim, is it essential to have a 5 quart Dutch oven or would 3.75 do ( this is the size I already have)?
    I’d love to use this method over the water pan one, if possible without buying something else.

    Would a round covered 5 quart Pyrex dish work instead of a Dutch oven?

    • I think the 3.75 size would work. It’s the ones that are bigger than 5 quart that I think would cause your loaf to spread out and not rise up 🙂

  • This was my 3rd time making this bread. The crust was very crunchy & hard to slice the first two times (I checked the temp of my oven and it was fine), so I adapted the timing a bit by baking it completely covered for 50 minutes and uncovered for 10. I also put in 3 ice cubes between the parchment and the cast iron when I put the loaf in. AND, I used pea protein instead of the whey isolate since I needed it DF, and it was perfect!!! Thank you, Kim, for this amazing recipe!!

    • That’s awesome, Marla, that you were able to adapt it to your needs!!! Adjusting the covered baking time could be something that’s required for dairy free. Thanks for informing me so I can add your info to the recipe for those who also need to be dairy free 😍😍😍

  • Thank you so much for the GF flour recipes! They’ve made a significant difference in GF baking for me(I bake GF for my daughter who is gluten intolerant) . I did substitute potato starch with arrowroot since she is staying away from nightshades as well. I’ve made a few things including this sourdough bread,,, it was incredible!

  • OMG Kim, you are my lifesaver for real sourdough bread (the crispy crust alone had me squealing with joy!)…..if I didn’t know it was gluten free, I would never have guessed! I jumped right in and kept my dough in the fridge for 7-days before baking, as I really love the sour of sourdough. But I’m just curious, had you ever tried not refrigerating it in your many tests getting to this point? Wondering if just leaving it on the counter would speed up the souring process (okay, maybe I’m just being impatient and want to bake it quicker). Or is your main purpose of the refrigeration strictly so it’s easier to knead?
    I will advise I didn’t have the “milk” powder when creating your GF flour blend, so winged it by adding coconut milk when making the dough (a little at a time until I got the consistency of the dough in your video).
    I did find I had a “gummy” problem when cutting…but that was entirely because I just couldn’t wait any longer to try it. But when the rest of the loaf had finally cooled, it was perfectly amazing! THANK YOU KIM!

    • Awe, thanks so much, Nicki! You’re too kind 🙂

      The main reason I refrigerate it is for the ease of kneading. When you say milk powder, did you get the correct flour blend? My only flour blend that uses dry milk powder is my all purpose one. The bread flour blend uses whey protein isolate, not milk powder. That could be why you got a gummy texture as well.

      • Okay, apparently had a not-so-Swift moment there because I used your all purpose blend!(???!!) Wow, if it was amazing with the “wrong” blend, it’s going to be to-die-for with the right one! Thanks again Kim!

  • Just finished making a loaf and love it. I’m wanting to try some 2oz rolls with this recipe now. Any idea on what I should alter the cook time to?

  • Do you have a good sourdough starter recipe or guide? Ive tried twice and can’t get a starter going!

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