gluten free cornmeal for sprinkling in pan and on top of dough
Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl using a handheld mixer or Danish dough whisk).
Combine the milk, water, and oil in a measuring cup and pour slowly into dry ingredients with mixer running. Use the batter/beater blade.
Once all the liquid has been added, beat the mixture at high speed for a few minutes. You can also beat the mixture by hand vigorously for an additional few minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. It's a very loose dough, almost like a batter.
Scrape the batter-like dough into the center of the bowl and cover and proof until doubled in size, 1-1½ hours.
Uncover the bowl and set it back onto the mixer with the beater/batter blade attached (or use a handheld mixer or Danish dough whisk). Dissolve the baking soda in the 1 tbsp of water and add it to the dough. Beat on medium speed for just 30 seconds to a minute, or until fully combined and the baking soda is distributed throughout.
Lightly grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan and then sprinkle the bottom and sides with cornmeal. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
Scoop the dough into the pan and use wet hands to smooth the top as much as possible. Sprinkle more cornmeal on top and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free area until it reaches the top of the pan or goes no more than ½ inch over. This can take anywhere from 20-45 minutes, so watch it closely.
Remove the plastic wrap and bake the bread for 40-50 minutes, or until it's golden on top and the inner temperature reads 190°-200° F using an instaread thermometer.
Remove the bread from the oven and place on a rack to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely before slicing. If you don't allow it to cool completely, the center will be gummy as this is a wet dough/bread.
Store the bread in a plastic bag (ziptop works well) for a few days on the counter. If storing longer than a few days, cut the bread into slices, freeze the slices on a baking sheet until firm, and then store those slices in a freezer ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Frozen slices can be toasted from frozen (but they may need a few cycles in the toaster).
***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.