Garlic bread is a great addition to any gluten-free pasta dish, chili or stew, or even a delicious meat sandwich (steak is a classic!), but when you’re buying gluten-bread from the grocery store, it can get expensive. Besides, you can’t beat home baking with this homemade bread machine variety of garlic bread.
Your bread machine will do most of the work for you, and all you have to do is enjoy! You’ll want to give yourself a bit of time before dinner goes on the table though, because you’re actually going to be baking this twice. The whole process should take about three hours.
Bread machines from different manufacturers may need to be used in different ways, so make sure you’re familiar with your machine before using it. You need to know the order in which your manufacturer recommends ingredients be placed, and how to set the machine. Check out this machine; it has a special, gluten free option.
There are two different ways you can go about making your garlic bread, depending on your preference. You can either: a) have the bread machine simply mix the dough for you without proofing or baking so that you can make baguette-shaped garlic bread, or b) have the machine bake the bread completely and apply your garlic spread to each individual piece.
The first option will give you garlic bread that is crusty on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, while the second will give you more of a garlic toast. Either way, you’ll have tasty garlic bread that your family will love.
Ingredients (makes one loaf)
2 cups rice flour
½ cup soy flour
½ potato starch
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon xanthan gum (or psyllium husk)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup honey
1 ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
¼ cup olive oil (or the oil of your preference)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 – ½ cup olive oil, for drizzling
1–2 cloves of garlic, minced
a) To make soft baguette-shaped garlic bread:
- Add the bread ingredients (all except the olive oil for drizzling and the garlic) to your bread machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Set it to mix and knead the dough and proof it for about 45 minutes to an hour (until the dough has doubled in size).
- When the dough is ready, take it out of the bread machine and punch it down on your workspace. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll your dough into a long, thin baguette shape and set it aside with a damp cloth over it to let it rise for another 20 minutes. When it is ready, place it in the oven for about 40 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown on the outside. Leave the oven on if you intend to serve your garlic bread right away. Set it to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When the bread has cooled, slice it in half lengthwise. Drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle the minced garlic evenly over both pieces.
- Place the two halves of the baguette face-up on a baking sheet and place back in the oven to toast for about 10–15 minutes.
- Slice up the baguette and serve it while it’s hot.
b) For easy, crunchy garlic bread
- Add the bread ingredients (all except the olive oil for drizzling and the garlic) to the bread machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Set it to its regular bread-making setting and allow it to bake the bread all the way through.
- When the bread is ready, take it out of the bread machine and allow it to cool until you can handle it easily. Set the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice your loaf of bread to your desired thickness, and place them on drizzle olive oil and sprinkle the minced garlic evenly over each piece.
- Set the baking pan in the oven and allow your garlic bread to toast for about 10–15 minutes until the bread has reached your desired crispiness.
- Serve your fresh garlic bread hot.