Gluten Free Focaccia
A gluten free focaccia, freshly made, is a rarity for those of us who are gluten intolerant or who should avoid gluten. This is a really easy and absolutely delicious bread.
About this Recipe
By: Amanda Higgins
This recipe is a firm favourite in my family and even the non-gluten intolerant people love it, which says a lot. It rises beautifully and keeps for a few days for those fried egg mornings.
I find that doubling up the premix of flours and storing these in a large container will give you 4 focaccia loaves, a real time saver as the bread is really quick to make.
Bake a loaf and combine it with some olives and sun-dried tomatoes for those lazy Sunday lunches.
- Makes 1.3kg flour
- 400g soya flour
- 200g tapioca flour
- 400g potato flour
- 300g corn flour (corn starch)
- Mix all of these together and store in a good airtight container. I sometimes double this recipe and then I have enough for many loaves, although the quantity does make roughly 3 loaves of bread.
- 2x 10g sachets easy blend dried yeast
- 500ml warm water
- 2 teaspoons castor sugar
- 500g gluten free bread mix
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vitamin C powder available at pharmacies (Hint: I use my daughters orange flavoured flu and cold powder!)
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tablespoon fresh/dried herbs of your choosing (optional)
- course salt
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- sprigs of fresh rosemary
Step by Step Instructions
Grease a 30cm springform pan and line the base with baking paper.
Whisk the yeast, water and sugar together, cover this with a tea towel and leave to stand for about 10 minutes to activate. It should develop a foamy top.
In the mean time mix the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and the Vitamin C powder together in a bowl. I like to add the dried herbs to the flour mix, it adds flavour to the bread. This is optional.
When the yeast is frothy, whisk the egg whites until they are foamy: basically until they look like bubbles in a bubble bath. Add both of these to the flour mixture and combine, be careful not to be too heavy handed and over mix.
Your dough should be quite thick. Spoon this into your oiled pan, smoothing it with the back of a spoon. It is rather sticky so be careful.
Leave this to prove in a warm place for 20 minutes. I cover it with a tea towel, but it can rise right up and touch the tea towel, so be careful when removing it as it is sticky and you don’t want the bread to collapse.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
When the dough has risen up nicely, pierce the top with the sprigs of rosemary. Make small indents with your finger and pour the olive oil over the top and sprinkle the dough with the course sea salt. Never add the salt into the dough as it stops the bread from rising, always scatter it on the top.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until nice and brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Slice, smother with butter and enjoy.