FORMULA FOR GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR MIX
I keep this mix in a plastic bag in the fridge at all times. It is good for pancakes, waffles, cakes, cookies and for breading steaks or pork chops.
2 cups white rice flour
2/3 cup potato starch
1/3 cup tapioca flour
For yeast bread I use a different combination without the potato starch, just because I like the texture better. I make this each and every week for my granddaughter and myself. We love it! It is the staff of our life.
2 cups white or brown rice flour
1-1/2 yeast cakes, or 1-1/2 tablespoons dry yeast granules
1-1/2 cups tapioca flour
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons sugar
3-1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/4 cup shortening
2/3 cup dry milk powder
1-1/4 cups hot water
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3 large eggs
Combine flours, sugar, zanthan gum, milk powder and salt in a large bowl of a heavy duty mixer. Mix on low
just to blend. In a separate bowl, add yeast to the 1/2 cup lukewarm water with the 2 tsp. sugar added and let dissolve. Melt shortening in the 1-1/4 cups of water in microwave or a saucepan.
Pour shortening mixture and vinegar into dry ingredients and blend on low. Add eggs and beat a few seconds
after each egg is added. Add the dissolved yeast and beat at highest speed for 2 minutes.
Place the mixing bowl, tightly covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place and let rise until dough has doubled, approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. This will depend on how warm the room is.
Return dough to mixer and beat 3 minutes. Spoon dough into 2 small greased loaf pans or put a few spoonfuls in greased muffin tins to bake as rolls. (We use the English Muffin-type baking pans or large tuna fish cans and bake as hamburger rolls to use for sandwiches.) Let dough rise again for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
Bake loaves in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Place foil over the bread to keep it from turning too dark and bake 35 minutes more for the loaves. Bake muffin tins or large tuna fish cans (for hamburger buns) at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until light brown on top. Due to the differences in ovens you may need to adjust the heat up or down.
The bread freezes well. Be sure to cut the bread BEFORE freezing and you can use one slice at a time! Always heat the bread for about 20 seconds before eating. It softens the bread and makes it less crumbly. You will love it!