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Punchfork and Ten Bread Recipes with GF Suggestions

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

About a month ago, we started sharing our blog recipes on a website called Punchfork. Punchfork is a wonderful recipe aggregator that pulls recipes from blogs all over the web and allows you to browse them by image, popularity and special diets- depending on how you like to find new recipes. It reminds me a lot of Pinterest, but with only recipes and quality links that help you to actually find the recipe.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest, but sometimes the links don’t work and you’re left staring at an incredible dish with no recipe for which to make it. Another bonus of Punchfork is finding great food bloggers that you may not have run across previously. I just thought this site was really fun and think you guys will enjoy it too. Plus, it’s totally free!


Punchfork is actively building their gluten free recipe offerings and they thought it would be fun for us to make some suggestions for converting their top 10 bread recipes into being gluten free.

I’ll tell you right off the bat, I haven’t tested all of these suggestions, they’re simply based on my knowledge of bread baking and gluten free baking. I’m fiddling with recipes from some of the web’s best recipe developers, so if you’re not sure that what I suggested will work, let me know and I’ll dig out a better answer. Keep in mind that gluten free bread does not act like normal, wheat-based bread. The dough is often more like a very thick cake batter than the spongy dough you’re used to getting with wheat flour. Don’t be terribly discouraged if it looks much different than what you expect to find. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again with a bit more or less flour.

Here goes nothing!

  1. Banana Bread from Simply Recipes
    Easy peasy! Quick breads are some of the simplest to convert to being gluten free. Simply replace the all purpose flour called for in this recipe with your favorite gluten free flour blend. If the flour blend doesn’t already contain xanthan gum, add 1 tsp xanthan gum or 1 tsp guar gum.
  2. Homemade Cinnamon Bread from The Pioneer Woman
    This recipe is considerably more tricky because it involves spreading the dough out and rolling in a layer of cinnamon sugar. Following the basic instruction of replacing the all purpose flour with your favorite flour blend, add (if the flour blend does not already contain it) 4 tsp of xanthan gum or 6-7 tsp of guar gum (more gum is used because this is a yeast-risen bread). When the time comes to spread the dough out, spread it out onto lightly floured plastic wrap. To spread, wet your fingers to keep the dough from sticking. Trust me, the dough will be very sticky and water does wonders to help you spread it out. Then, after the cinnamon is added, use the plastic wrap to help you roll and shape your loaf.
  3. No Knead Bread from Steamy Kitchen
    Following the basic instruction of replacing the all purpose flour with your favorite flour blend, add (if the flour blend does not already contain it) 3 tsp of xanthan gum or 5 tsp of guar gum (more gum is used because this is a yeast-risen bread).
  4. Best Challah from Smitten Kitchen
    Man, talk about a challenge! This one is a bit too big for me to tackle without testing. Instead of trying to convert this beautiful and incredibly challenging loaf to be gluten free, why not just try this lovely recipe from Jules Gluten Free? She has done the converting for us and gives you great instruction for braiding the loaf. I found several others that gave up on the braid altogether, but if you’re going to make Challah, might as well do it in style.
  5. Jacked-up Banana Bread from Smitten Kitchen
    As with the first banana bread recipe, simply replace the all purpose flour called for in this recipe with your favorite gluten free flour blend. If the flour blend doesn’t already contain xanthan gum, add 1 tsp xanthan gum or 1 tsp guar gum.
  6. Zucchini Bread from Smitten Kitchen
    As with the banana bread recipes, simply replace the all purpose flour called for in this recipe with your favorite gluten free flour blend. If the flour blend doesn’t already contain xanthan gum, add  2-1/4 tsp xanthan gum or 3 tsp guar gum (more flour means more gum).
  7. Pita Bread (to go with Greek Nachos)
    Again, this one is a bit too challenging for me to mangle without testing. Here is a lovely recipe with great instructions for gluten free pita bread from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.
  8. Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread from 101 Cookbooks
    As with the other banana bread recipes, simply replace the all purpose flour and whole wheat flour called for in this recipe with your favorite gluten free flour blend. If the flour blend doesn’t already contain xanthan gum, add  1-1/2 tsp xanthan gum or 2 tsp guar gum (more flour means more gum). Be sure to find a gluten free vanilla extract to use, as some brands contain gluten. While you’re at it, make sure to use a gluten free bittersweet chocolate.
  9. Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread from Joy the Baker
    Another beautiful and challenging bread! Although the real challenge is not making it pull apart, but keeping your hands from being glued together! With this bread, I would recommend replacing the flour with your favorite gluten free flour blend (as I’ve said for each of these). Add, if your flour blend does not contain it, 3-1/2 tsp xanthan gum or 5 tsp guar gum. When the time comes to spread the dough out, spread it out onto lightly floured plastic wrap. To spread, wet your fingers to keep the dough from sticking. Trust me, the dough will be very sticky and water does wonders to help you spread it out. After sprinkling with cinnamon sugar, use the plastic wrap (and a spatula) to lift and maneuver the slices of dough onto one another.
  10. Easy Little Bread from 101 Cookbooks
    As with the banana bread recipes, simply replace the all purpose flour and whole wheat flour called for in this recipe with your favorite gluten free flour blend. If the flour blend doesn’t already contain xanthan gum, add  1-1/2 tsp xanthan gum or 2 tsp guar gum (more flour means more gum).
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3 Responses to “Punchfork and Ten Bread Recipes with GF Suggestions”

  1. Grace Limoncelli

    There’s a great muffin recipe on the package of Bob’s Red Mill High-Fiber Cereal with flaxseed, called “High Fiber Scottish Oat muffins”. Please give me the nutritional breakdown for these muffins as to calories, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar, and protein.
    Thanks,

    • Hi Grace,

      Here you go: Recipe makes 12 muffins, each muffin contains:
      Calories: 220, Calories from Fat: 90, Total Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 125mg, Total Carbohydrates: 30g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 15g, Protein: 5g.

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