I’ve been gluten-free since before it was a thing… so a really long time. I’ve learned that the secret to delicious gluten-free bread is a good sourdough starter. Here are my favourite gluten-free sourdough recipes.
A Quick Note About flour
The type of flour and flour mix makes a huge difference in the flavour of gluten-free baking. Starches and rice flour both make really dry baked goods. Dark buckwheat and teff are earthy and dense. Here is some general advice for finding a flour that works for you:
- Not all types of flour are readily available in all grocery stores. I’m lucky enough to buy my favourite flour from a local miller. Asian grocers usually have cheap tapioca starch. African grocers often have sorghum and teff flour. You can also find flour online (affiliate link).
- A GF diet based on store-bought white bread or white rice flour is not gut-healthy. Try to bake with at least 50% whole grain flour, which will provide flavour and fibre.
- Gluten-free sourdough starters need to be continuously fed the same type of flour to be really vigorous. If you haven’t already started a sourdough starter, I recommend teff or light buckwheat, which both catch sourdough very quickly.
- My favourite flour is GF oat because oats are naturally a bit sticky. However, avoid raw oat flour which is very bitter.
There are a bunch of AMAZING-looking bread recipes from people that aren’t GF, but decided to convert their typical bread recipe into a GF one. These recipes don’t have eggs or other binders… and they don’t work out. If the pictures look too good to be true, they probably are…
So here are 100% legitimately gluten-free sourdough recipes that are wholly delicious!
1. Sourdough Sandwich Bread
This sourdough sandwich bread is my go-to for all our bread needs. It is delicious as toast at breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.
2. Sourdough Pizza
Where there is bread… there is PIZZA! I have several pizza recipes on my site, however, this is my favourite. The flavour is SO good and won’t go stale like typical GF pizzas. Best of all, it can stand up to a ton of toppings.
3. Dinner Buns
This recipe took me years to perfect. And it is AMAZING. It’s delicious as a dinner roll and strong enough for hot dogs and hamburgers. Make a double batch and stash these in the freezer because you’ll never want to buy tasteless store-bought buns again.
4. Rustic Boule
Sometimes you just want a rustic loaf of bread. Perfect for serving at dinner parties or fancy brunches. This loaf is sure to impress!
5. Sourdough Cinnamon Buns
Gluten-free sourdough cinnamon buns could easily have been #1 on my list… but I felt like I had to start with bread recipes. Sticky, sweet and perfect. Even my wheat-eating brother-in-law will easily polish off a plate of these.
6. Chocolate Cake
Sourdough starter is really the secret behind so many delicious baked goods. Unlike wheat recipes, fermenting the batter won’t result in bread-like gluten. All you get is delicious flavour. This chocolate cake is a personal favourite.
My sourdough cobbler recipe is one of the most popular recipes on Fermenting For Foodies. That’s mostly because it made the rounds in the gluten-sourdough community. I’m glad it worked out with wheat flour because I’ve personally never tried it! Using a gluten-free sourdough starter, it is quick, easy and delicious.
My gluten-free daughter wanted bagels, so we created this recipe together. She loves them so much, we make them on a nearly monthly basis. Our bagels are often turned into weird and interesting shapes… because who would just want to eat o’s?
I make and use a lot of sourdough starter… and sometimes it catches up on me. Sourdough pancakes are a great way to use up a bit of extra starter. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast. Best of all, I can leave my tween to flip pancakes while I shower and get ready for the day.
We make waffles every Sunday morning. Crispy, buttery and delicious, this sourdough waffle recipe can be served with savoury or sweet toppings.