Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

And you thought you'd never enjoy your favorite sandwiches again! This recipe yields a tender, tasty, high-rising loaf, perfect for classic ham and cheese, a PB&J, or a BLT club. Toast and spread with butter and jam for breakfast, turn into French toast, or make a luscious grilled cheese sandwich.

Prep
14 mins
Bake
38 to 42 mins
Total
2 hrs 37 mins
Yield
1 loaf
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Instructions

  1. Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Place the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and xanthan gum in a bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix till combined.

  2. Using an electric mixer (hand mixer, or stand), drizzle in the milk, beating all the time; the mixture will be crumbly at first, but once all the milk is added, it'll come together.

  3. Add the butter and beat until thoroughly blended.

  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating each in thoroughly before adding the next. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, then beat at high speed for 3 minutes, to make a very smooth, thick batter.

  5. Cover the bowl, and let the thick batter rise for 1 hour.

  6. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl, gently deflating the batter in the process.

  7. Grease an 8 1/2" by 4 1/2" loaf pan; or a 9" x 4" x 4" gluten-free loaf pan, which will give you a taller, more shapely loaf.

  8. Scoop the dough into the pan. Press it level, using a spatula or your wet fingers.

  9. Cover with greased plastic wrap, and set in a warm place to rise until the loaf barely crowns above the rim of the 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" pan; or until it comes to within about an inch of the rim of the 9" pan. This should take about 45 to 60 minutes. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  10. Bake the bread for 38 to 42 minutes, until golden brown. Remove the bread from the oven, turn it out of the pan, and cool on a rack.

  11. Like a baguette, this bread has a short shelf life. For best texture, reheat or toast after the first day.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Be aware: some of your baking ingredients can be a hidden source of gluten. Learn more at our blog post: For gluten-free baking, think beyond just flour. For additional information on King Arthur-produced products, read the complete details of our allergen program, including our contact-prevention practices.

  • Make this basic bread your own! Try a flavorful variation like cinnamon-apple, savory cheese, or cinnamon swirl; learn how in our blog post, Best basic gluten-free sandwich bread variations.

  • Egg-free: Using flax in place of the eggs works well. To replace the 3 eggs called for, use ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) flax meal (the more finely ground the better), blended with ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon water. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to thicken before beating into the butter in the bowl. 1 egg recipe: 2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) flax meal (the more finely ground the better) blended with 3 tablespoons water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to thicken before using.
  • Dairy-free: Substitute margarine for the butter; and soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk for the milk called for in the recipe. Results may vary from the original.
  • Bread machine: Use an additional 1 large egg and 1 ounce (3 tablespoons) gluten-free flour. For best results, use a bread machine that has a pre-programmed gluten-free setting.
  • Sourdough bread: Replace 1 cup of the flour and 1/2 cup of the milk with 1 cup ripe (fed) gluten-free sourdough starter. Reduce the instant yeast to 1 teaspoon, and give the loaf a longer rise in the pan (about 90 minutes). Bake as directed.

  • To make rolls, use our Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls recipe for best results. They're ideal for serving alongside a meal or splitting in half horizontally to use as slider buns.