After many attempts, I finally nailed Gluten Free Multigrain Seeded Bread and it was worth the wait! Soft, but hearty, and much healthier, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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Y’all. If you only knew how long I’ve been working on this bread. And the multigrain flour blend in general. I can’t even remember when I first started, but I know it was well over a year ago, probably two. I just could not for the life of me get it right, but I persevered as I always do and finally created something that was not only hearty and tasty, but also very soft and fluffy. Like, SUPER soft. And FLUFFY. Those two words require all caps! Now the world is our oyster and we can have healthier options without sacrificing what we love!
why you’ll love this bread
- It’s easy to make
- It’s healthier than all my other breads
- The texture is soft and fluffy on the inside and crusty on the outside
- You can customize the add-ins to your liking
ingredients needed to make multigrain seeded bread
- Multigrain flour blend — my all NEW flour blend, which is revolutionary and can also be customized to suit your dietary needs with multiple options!
- Psyllium husks — I like to use whole psyllium husks, but you can substitute with psyllium husk powder in a smaller ratio (see the recipe card for instructions)
- Flax meal
- Sunflower seeds — sunflower seeds are by far my favorite seed of all time. Feel free to use any seed you like.
- Pumpkin seeds — great texture and flavor, but again, use what you enjoy eating.
- Whole millet — I love how whole millet kinda “pops” like quinoa does, or what I used to love that we can’t have anymore–barley.
how to make gluten free multigrain bread
- Put all soaker ingredients in a bowl and pour hot water over. Cover and let soak while you get all the other ingredients ready.
- If desired, pre soak your psyllium husks in some of the water from the dough recipe.
- Measure the rest of the ingredients for the bread in a large mixer bowl and mix, using the dough hook, until well combined.
- Add soaker (which by now should have soaked up all the water) and continue mixing the dough for another couple of minutes.
- Cover the dough and proof it in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, 1-2 hours (this could take longer based on the temperature of your proofing area).
- At this point, you can refrigerate it for a couple of hours or shape the dough because you pre-gelatinized the psyllium husks and the dough is a little bit easier to work with. However, I still prefer to refrigerate it overnight for an even better dough texture and flavor.
- To shape, dump dough out onto a floured surface and knead to degas slightly and smooth out the dough. Shape into a boule, batard, or baguette.
- Cover and allow to rise until nearly doubled in size. While dough is proofing, place a Dutch oven with a lid into the oven and preheat it to 500 degrees F.
- Slash risen loaf with lame or sharp knife and lower it into preheated Dutch oven and replace the lid. Put Dutch oven into preheated oven and shut door. Immediately turn heat down to 450 degrees F and bake for 40 minutes. Remove lid and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before slicing.
Multigrain Seeded Bread Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use any seeds and/or nuts or even dried fruits in your soaker you’d like, as long as they weigh between 150-160g. Make sure to use some form of ground meal as about 18g of your soaker, however.
You don’t have to add flax meal per se, but you do need to add some form of ground meal. A ground meal will begin the enzyme breakdown of the seeds and nuts you use in the soaker. This just means the nutrients are released from the seeds and nuts, allowing for optimal flavor and texture. You can use any form of nut or seed and grind it to use as your meal.
Yes, you can bake the bread on a pizza steel, pizza stone, on an overturned baking sheet, or even in a loaf pan.
You won’t believe how wonderfully soft this gluten free multigrain seeded bread is, while still being hearty and crunchy at the same time.
Gluten Free Multigrain Seeded Bread
Psyllium Husks Soak
- 2 tbsp (10g) whole psyllium husks** (see notes) (1½ tbsp psyllium husk powder may be substituted)
- ¾ cup (180ml) hot water
Seed Soaker (these can be customized, but should total around 150-160g)
Soak the Seeds/Nuts/Grains:
- In a small bowl, pour boiling water over seed soaker mixture and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the dough.
Soak the Psyllium Husks (this is not necessary, but allows you to make the dough and bake the bread all in the same day)
- Place psyllium husks in a small bowl and pour hot water over. Stir and set aside to gel.
Make the Dough
- Once psyllium husks have gelled, place all dough ingredients (including psyllium husks) into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium high for a few minutes. Add the seed soaker (which by now should have soaked up all the water) and continue to mix for another few minutes. This can also be mixed using a handheld mixer or in a bowl with a good amount of elbow grease (a Danish dough whisk would help significantly if you want to mix this by hand).
- Scrape dough into a mound in the center of the bowl and cover the bowl. Allow to proof in a warm environment for 2-3 hours, or until doubled in size. Proofing time will vary based on the temperature of your proofing area.
- If you pre-soaked your psyllium husks, you may knead the dough immediately (or refrigerate it for a few hours before kneading). Otherwise, for best results, refrigerate the dough for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
- Knead dough on a well-floured surface until smooth, adding more flour as necessary to prevent stickiness.
- To shape into a boule, simply form into a round ball, pulling the dough up and under the ball and pinching on the bottom. If desired, add some seeds/grains to the counter, spray loaf with nonstick spray, and sprinkle seeds over the loaf. Place on parchment paper or put in a lightly floured banneton, smooth side down. To shape into a baguette, smooth the dough and roll into a rope shape, tapering it at the ends, adding more flour as necessary. Roll out as thick or thin as you'd like and as long as you're able to fit in your oven (make sure it will fit on your pizza steel or stone). Place it on a sheet of parchment paper.
- Place the loaf or loaves, covered loosely with plastic wrap, in a warm, draft-free area to rise until visibly puffed and slightly larger, but not doubled in size, about 1/2 to 1 hour. This time will vary greatly depending on the warmth of your proofing area and the time of year (summer loaves always proof quicker than winter loaves).
- BAKING STEEL OR STONE METHOD: Set up your oven for baking. Place a baking steel or stone (or overturned baking sheet) onto the middle rack with a shallow pan on a rack underneath. Preheat the oven to 450° F. DUTCH OVEN METHOD: Place a Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid into the oven and preheat it to 500° F. You won't need the shallow pan with steam as enough steam will be created in the Dutch oven once the bread goes in. NOTE: This will only work with boules or loaves that can fit into the Dutch oven. If you're making a longer batard or baguette, you'll need to use the first method.
- When the dough has finished rising and is visibly puffed, run a serrated knife under hot tap water and cut slits in the dough swiftly but uniformly, about ½-¾ inch deep.
- BAKING STEEL OR STONE METHOD: Fill a measuring cup with one cup of very hot water (from the tap is fine). Using a pizza peel (paddle), slide the loaf (or loaves) onto the baking steel (or stone), parchment and all. Immediately pour the cup of very hot tap water into the shallow pan. Quickly shut the oven door. DUTCH OVEN METHOD: Remove the lid carefully and carefully lower the dough, parchment and all, into the Dutch oven. Replace the lid and shut the oven door. Immediately reduce the temperature down to 450° F.
- BAKING STEEL OR STONE METHOD: Bake for about 30 minutes for baguettes, or about 40 minutes for boules, OR longer for larger boules (some larger boules can take up to an HOUR or more). If the loaves are getting too browned, you can cover them loosely with foil. The loaves will look crusty and done on the outside, but will feel somewhat light when picked up. If they feel overly heavy, they're not done yet. However, because of the added seeds and bulk, they will be heavier than my usual loaves of gf bread. If necessary, allow them to bake for another 5-10 minutes and then check again, picking up the loaf with two gloved hands. If they're still feeling overly heavy, allow them to bake for another 5 minutes and check again. DUTCH OVEN METHOD: Bake the bread for 40 minutes with the lid on. Remove the cover and continue to bake for another 20 minutes. Check for doneness as above, adjusting time as needed.
- Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool COMPLETELY before cutting (or it will be gummy on the inside).
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