Gluten-free French Bread

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French Bread. Not only French Bread, but Gluten-Free French bread. For me, this has been like the search for the Holy Grail. After searching for a recipe for it, trying a few, and failing miserably, I didn’t think I’d ever have French bread again. Much less, garlic toast.

Then along came that wonderful Gluten-Free Gourmet, a Celiac’s hero, Bette Hagman. This woman has many wonderful recipes using different flour mixes, and they produce wonderful results!

Gluten-free French Bread | The Baking Beauties


This Gluten-free French Bread was a little heavier than store bought French Bread, but we didn’t mind. I may not have let it rise long enough, I’m not sure. The flavour was really good, and it even toasted up beautifully under the broiler to make garlic toast. Delicious!


Gluten-free French Bread - makes fantastic garlic toast! | The Baking Beauties


Gluten-free French Bread
Recipe type: Bread
Yields one large loaf (halve everything for a small loaf). For a Rosemary French bread, add 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary per cup of flour to the dry ingredients Source: The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread by Bette Hagman
  • 3 1/2 cups French Bread/Pizza Mix (see Note)
  • 6 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon rapid rise yeast
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  1. Prepare a French bread pan or cookie sheet by greasing and dusting with cornmeal (if desired).
  2. In a bowl of a heavy-duty mixer, combine the dry ingredients (including the yeast). In a small bowl, beat the egg whites, dough enhancer, and oil slightly with a fork. Add most of the warm water. Add these to the dry ingredients and beat on high for 3 minutes. Check after the first few seconds of mixing to see if more water is needed. The dough should be thick but not dry or forming a ball.
  3. Spoon into the French bread pan or onto the cookie sheet in the shape of a French loaf. If necessary, smooth the top with greased fingers. Cover and let rise about 35 minutes for rapid-rise yeast, and 60-75 minutes for regular yeast.
  4. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven (Bette's recipe calls for 425 degrees, I found that too warm) for 25-30 minutes, or until nicely browned and the loaf sounds hollow when thumped.
The French Bread/Pizza Mix is as follows (for 6 cups) 3 1/2 cups white rice flour 2 1/2 cups tapioca starch 2 Tbsp Xanthan gum 2 (7-gram) packets unflavoured gelatin 2 Tbsp egg replacer 1/4 cup sugar



27 Responses to Gluten-free French Bread

  1. Katy May 25, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    I made that bread recipe once and ended up eating a whole loaf while it was still warm! I wouldn’t recommend doing that, but it sure tasted good after being without tasty bread for months. That garlic toast looks delicious.

  2. Jeanine May 25, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    Katy, I can see that being done VERY easily! I made a small loaf (didn't want to "waste" the ingredients if it was another flop), so at least there wasn't that much to devour. :) It sure is tasty though!
    Did you find a way to get the top smoother? Seems no matter what, it looks like the mountains & craters of some planet. lol

  3. Susan May 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    Wow that looks great..job well done..Mom

  4. betty r May 25, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    But Jeanine I like the look of those ‘craters and mountains’..the bread looks wonderful!

  5. Katy May 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    I agree about the peaks! Embrace them since it’s hard to control that crazy dough. I actually haven’t made bread for years because my grandma (now age 85) took the challenge of gf baking and bakes me wondrous things. She usually uses english muffin pans to ensure some edibility and even baking (no slumping or doughy spots). She’s the best.

    Thanks for checking out my stuff!

  6. Jeanine May 26, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    Just embrace the craters, huh?? lol Oh well…I guess I will…this time. 😉
    Katy, that is great that your grandma has taken on the challenge of GF baking. Mine thinks it’s nuts, and wonders HOW I live without bread. lol But, I’m not lacking anything, she just doesn’t get that part. Does your Grandma also have Celiacs?
    I actually bake bread for an older lady in town. She is capable of baking, but says mine tastes much better than hers. Makes me feel good, and she gets bread. We both win. :)

  7. Karen May 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    This looks great, I’ve been trying
    to use my french bread loaf pan. What type of pan did you use??

  8. CDM May 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    Oh my goodness…that looks amazing!!

  9. Jeanine May 26, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Oh no…Karen, I was hoping no one would ask! lol I looked at the French loaf pan, but didn't know if I wanted another specialty pan. So…getting creative, I used a piece of round metal duct (like for your furnace). My husband cut it in half length wise, and I line it with parchment paper. Seemed to work well! :) (and cost a few pennies, compared to $20+).

    CDM – Thanks for embracing the mountains & crevices with me. :)

  10. Anonymous May 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    Does anyone know if there is a substitute for the gelatin or if it is even necessary to the recipe?

    • Magic and Mayhem July 19, 2014 at 10:32 am #

      The gelatin provides protein (wheat flour has more protein than these flours and a good chewy texture requires adding more). Agar agar will NOT work as a substitute because that’s a sub for gelatin in making things gelatinous (like jello), not for the protein aspect. I am thinking that a protein powder might work (like soy or hemp protein powder for shakes). I have some hemp protein powder and may try that in the recipe since one of my kids is a vegetarian and I can’t bake a bread that not all of my kids can enjoy. :)

  11. Jeanine May 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Anon, agar agar can be used to replace gelatin. At least, that’s what a quick Google search tells me. I’m not familiar with it though.
    I think, considering it is only 2 packets for 6 cups of flour, and the recipe only calls for 3 1/2 cups for the loaf, that it would not harm to leave it out. May be a little less chewy then, but should still be very good!

  12. The Cooking Photographer May 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm #


    I wonder if you realize how important your blog is. Throughout the years I’ve had many many questions asked about gluten free baking. I’m going to send them your way from now on.

    Kudos you get amazing karma points!


  13. Jeanine June 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm #

    Laura, thank you so much for your kind words. They really have made my day (or weekend, rather; maybe even week). :) Thanks!

  14. Sophie June 1, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    My gf french bread was super heavy too! Making gf bread is by far the toughest thing to do — yours came out so lovely, I really like the top.

  15. Paula August 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    We've just found your site and liked this recipe. For those of us who deal with the double diagnosis of celiac & type 1 diabetes it would be easier to have all the ingredients listed in a single recipe. The addition of the Mix (which you don't use all of) sure made the calculation of carbohydrates tricky. Yummy bread but lots of math needed to eat it! Thank you!

  16. Anonymous November 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    This looks GREAT, but I dont have any egg replacer have never used it. Can I use some thing else in its place?

    Thank you,

  17. Diane November 23, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    I'm newly diagnosed with CD and am missing bread something fierce… but the breads I've tried is sweet and I'm not much for sweet bread. This french bread looks wonderful but I see sugar is in the recipe as well. Is it sweet or does it taste like "normal" french bread? Any and all suggestions and comments are appreciated.

  18. Jeanine January 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    i would think you could leave the egg replacer out if you don't have any on hand. I only bought it because it was marked down, and I really wanted to make the Oreo cookies, which called for it. :)
    This bread isn't really sweet. The small amount of sugar used in breads is used to activate your yeast. The yeast feeds off of the sugar. Hope this helps!

  19. slow cooker pot roast March 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    That French Bread looks so good,gonna try this tomorrow !

  20. Katia September 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Jeanine, where can I find dough enhancer and does it make a difference with vinegar rather dough enhancer ?

  21. Preppy Pink Crocodile January 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Have you tried making this in a bread machine?

    • Jeanine January 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      No, I haven’t. Sadly, I don’t have a bread machine to play with. :(

  22. Noreen March 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Can you tell me if there is any dairy free alternative to the milk powder as I am gluten and dairy intolerant really miss bread but can usually substitute dairy ingredients but don’t know if there is an alternative to this and really miss French bread and this looks amazing.

  23. shalindhi February 7, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Hi Jeanine,
    LOVE your website! I’ve lived with CD for about 14 years — firs book I bought was Bette Hagman’s bread book. I found the french bread recipe to be too dense and heavy. I really miss the airy,chewy ‘holely’ french bread! So just wondering if your recipe bakes up lighter than Bette’s?

    • Jeanine Friesen February 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi shalindhi, this actually IS Bette Hagman’s recipe, I just shared it here WAY back when I started blogging. :) Now, I like this millet sandwich bread for garlic bread/toast, it holds up well, isn’t heavy, and toasts beautifully –

      • shalindhi February 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

        Hi Jeanine,
        Okay, thanks — actually just made sure that I had what I needed for your millet bread recipe — definitely the bread I was going to try this weekend, as it appears to be so versatile! I also like the cooling down on each side to keep the shape — too many breads I’ve made that I salute as they sink!

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