A Wonderful Gluten Free Bread

IMG_0399.jpgIt is with great joy and anticipation that I share this recipe with you today. I have been trying to create decent and palatable gluten free breads for longer than I care to remember. I have had so many failed attempts in my kitchen, the fingers on both hands aren’t enough to count. My main concern with the end product was a lack of flavor and a texture that was together too crumbly, too crunchy and too sticky. The many requests I received from you inspired me to look for more suitable flours and, about a month ago I got my hands on Caputo Fiore Glut flour, especially made for bread baking. And the bread pictured above is a result of such fortunate encounter. In case you are wondering, yes, it tastes as good as it looks! I served it to my husband and eldest son, who are used to eating my home-made wheat sourdough, and for a moment they didn’t even realize this bread was gluten free! I have trialed this recipe six times, to make sure I have the right familiarity and confidence to talk you through what to expect when using, touching and tasting it. I hope my experiments and advise are enough for you to try for yourself and succeed.

PS I would advise you go online and find out how to get your hands on this flour, as I am not sure substituting with any other GF flour would work. I have no commercial association with this brand, so I can’t be helpful in suggesting where to find it. Please note I am in Sydney, Australia. You can try searching for “deglutinated” bread flour” and see what you find.

Please remember this flour contains no gluten, which, once reacting with water and yeast is the force that makes the bread dough rise. As there is no gluten in this recipe, the dough will not rise as much as a regular wheat loaf.

This bread is very similar to the flavor and texture of sourdough. If you are after a softer type of bread (like sandwich bread or rolls), hang in there, I will start testing for those soon!


450 gr Caputo Fiore Glut GF flour

1×7 gr sachet of dry yeast

300 ml of luke warm water

1 teaspoon of  GF rice malt syrup (or honey)

1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons of salt flakes


Please note I have only included metric measurements as this is how I tested this recipe and feel more comfortable. You can try translating into oz, but I would avoid cups, as they are not precise enough for this type of preparation. 

The timing and oven temperature is based on my own home oven (Ilve). All ovens seem to vary slightly, so you may need to adjust according to your oven specifications

1. Place flour in a large mixing bowl, add yeast, rice malt syrup, oil and 250 ml of water. Use a wooden or plastic chopstick to mix ingredients together. Add the rest of the water gradually, as needed. Add the salt and mix through.

At this stage the dough looks a bit like cement, hence the use of a stick instead of kneading with your hands.

2. Once the dough is coming together, use your hands to squish it like you would with play dough. You will soon start to notice it’s becoming “kneadable”. Flour your bench with GF flour, tip the dough onto the bench and start reading until smooth. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Roll into a ball, place it back in the bowl, dust with GF flour and cover with plastic film, to rest and prove for 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

3. Once the dough has proven, tip it onto a bench, dust with GF flour and stretch the dough into a rectangle.

You will notice it will look slightly crumbly at this stage.

Fold each side into the middle, then roll into a ball. Repeat two more times. Shape back into a ball and leave to prove, smooth side down, onto a bread basket or colander well dusted with GF flour. Prove for 2 hour or until almost doubled in size. In cold climate this can take longer.

You will notice that the more you fold and roll, the more it starts resembling wheat dough. Basically we are cheating this GF flour to act like wheat flour! Also the folding and rolling will ensure you a nicer crumbs, dotted with little holes, just like wheat sourdough.

4. Preheat your oven to 250 C (480 F), conventional. Once the oven has reached the desired temperature, gently tip the risen dough onto a cast iron pot lined with baking paper. If you have proved the bread in a bread basket or colander, make sure the pattern embossed onto the dough is on top. Score the top with a sharp knife or razor. Put the lid on (make sure there are no plastic parts) and bake it for 35 minutes. Turn the heat down to 220 C (420 F), take the lid off and bake for a further 15 minutes, or until the top is a dark caramel. Bake it for a little longer, if need be. You know your loaf is cooked through if it sounds hollow when tapped at the bottom, Take the pot out of the over (please use mitts!), lift out the bread, peel off the baking paper and cool on a wire rack for 1 hour before slicing.

If you don’t have a cast iron pot, simply place the proved dough onto an oven tray lined with baking paper. Score the top with a knife or razor, put in the oven and spray the top with water using a spray bottle. Repeat the spraying after 5 minutes, This will ensure you a lovely, crunchy crust, with a little shine to it. Bake at 250 C for 35 minutes, then turn the oven down to 220 C to finish baking. Cool on a wire rack as indicated above.IMG_0647.jpg

This bread will keep for a few days, wrapped in baking paper. When slicing, always use a serrated bread knife, as the crust really needs it. When eating once it has just cooled down, this bread is at its very best! Crunchy crust and soft moist crumb. Once it starts going stale, it is lovely toasted, in fact I have just had a little jam toast using a 2-day old GF bread!


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34 Comments Add yours

  1. Hilary Warren says:

    Do you know which retails stock the Caputo Fiore Glut GF flour.
    I have been making my own GF bread for some time and I am interested to compare with your recipe.

    1. Like I said, I’m not sure how it is distributed in Australia. I found it randomly at my local store in the northern beaches. I think a google search will help you.

  2. Carmel says:

    Just spoke to a major italian food wholesaler, apparently Silvia everyone is desperately searching for this amazing flour. Cant wait to be able to buy it and make your recipe

    1. Please, let me know when you do!

  3. Mary says:

    Hi Silvia, thank you for your recipe. Leo’s in Kew Melbourne stock the flour apparently. Can’t wait to try it – when in a hurry, do you think it would work in a breadmaker? I realise this could be a sacrosanct comment! he he…

    1. I don’t use bread makers. I’m sorry I can’t help you there!

    2. Also, a bread maker would not do the folding for you… I don’t think it would work as well…

  4. Annie Rahme says:

    Hi Silvia , not sure if you could help with this … but I don’t have the sachet dry yeast instead I have instant dry yeast would the quantity be the same for the recipe ??

      1. Hilary Warren says:

        I contacted Basile Imports (1800 635 268) to ask what retailer in the ACT sells the Caputo Fiore Glut flour. The receptionist was very helpful, and I suggest that others ring them for a supplier in their area.
        For the ACT the answer was only one retailer, DeliPlanet at the Fyshwick markets. The cost is $16.99 for 1 Kg. Very expensive but I want to try it using the slow fermentation recipe that I use for my other breads including for other gluten free flours. I will report back with the results in a couple of weeks.

  5. For the inner westies, I was able to order the flour from Paesanella: https://paesanella.com.au/ – a favourite local deli and cheese maker in Marrickville.

  6. I’ve found the fioreglut flour from an online retailer in the UK – vorrei.co.uk if any of your UK followers need to know. Going to try either the sourdough style or the Turkish pide this week… I’ll let you know how it goes! X

    1. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Naz says:

    Can I use a gluten free sourdough starter in place of the yeast?

    1. Of course, if you have one! Rising will take longer though

  8. Robin says:

    Hi Silvia, Yesterday I found Caputo FioreGlut flour at my local grocery. Since it had gf wheat starch in it I thought it looked interesting so I snatched it up. 5en I went looking for bread recipes and came upon yours. My problem is that there seem to be 2 types of Caputo FioreGlut and the bags look almost exactly the same but the ingredients are quite different. My bag has the following ingredients listed: gluten free wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch, buckwheat flour, rice starch, vegetable fibers, thickener – guar. Is this the flour you used or were the ingredients different?

    Thanks, Robin

    1. Hi Robin, I am overseas at the moment and I don’t have the flour on hand, I would suggest contacting the importers, Basile Imports, as they will answer all your questions!

    2. Dennis Hayes says:

      That’s what mine has, purchased in Calgary.

  9. Dennis Hayes says:

    Developing a new technique takes work, and I’m so grateful to find your blog. I’ve tried the recipe three times so far, twice with a sourdough starter I converted over to GF, and one of those times I tried 0.25% lecithin as an emulsifier, though the benefit was not as clearcut as I see in regular AP flour loaves.

    I am wondering if you tried baking after the first prove instead? What is the benefit to the crumb of a second prove in a dough that doesn’t contain gluten?

    1. Good question. It’s more for he flavor. the longer you leave it, the more sourdough like it will taste

  10. Ginger says:

    I’ve been using this same gf flour for pizzas since last spring. I tried making a small boule with prettt good success. My hubby made thie recipe above a few days ago. Both times the bread tasted great but we can’t get it to brown. It just stays light colored. Did you do anything special to get it to brown as in brush it with olive oil? Our pizzas brown up nicely.
    FYI I live in the states and can find this flour on amazon.

    1. This bread doesn’t color as much because of the lack of gluten, however my oven gets super hot and I manage to get a little bronzing on top. Crack up the heat!!!

  11. Kelsey says:

    Can this recipe be used for pizza bases?

  12. Mary says:

    Hi, I’ve done the GF cheat sourdough bread recipe in Live, Laugh Bake twice now and both times turned out like a brick 😦 I can’t work out what I’m doing wrong.. I followed to the letter. Could it be the yeast needs to be activated in the water first? Also adding salt isn’t in the method – easy to leave out. Any ideas? thanks M

    1. Hi Mary, thank you so much for you r comment. And also for spotting the salt missing from the method! No matter how many times I and my editor read a manuscript, something always goes amiss…We have made a note of it for reprint. I am sorry to hear about your baking frustration. May I ask you which GF flour you have been using?

    2. Keith Fevola says:

      Try adding whey protein. It helps it brown up nicely. I also use malted sorghum syrup instead of the rice syrup and mix some gf sourdough starter with instant yeast.

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