Well... it did take me several tries to get this. For my baguettes and small round loaves I can get it to rise just fine without the eggs. However, sandwich loaves have more volume and need a little something extra for the vertical lift I was looking for. Fortunately, by the time I got done with it I'd crafted the best gluten-free sandwich bread I'd ever made.
To make it egg-free, this recipe calls for just a little bit of flax seed to give the dough some extra structure so it can rise well. It also gives the bread great flexibility, so your sandwiches can stay together. I ended up liking the flax better than the eggs. Go figure.
The Best Gluten-free Sandwich BreadMakes 1 loaf
Prep time: 10 min
Rise time: 1 1/4 - 2 hours for two rises
Bake time: 45-55 min
You will need one package No.7 Bread Flour or 2 packages No. 4 Boule Bread Mix (omit salt and reduce sugar to 1 Tbsp if using No. 4 Boule Bread mixes).
Mix in the bowl of your stand mixer:
350g (about 1.5 cups) warm water 100-120 degrees
1 large package psyllium husk (or two small packages if using No. 4 Mix)
4 tsp apple cider vinegar
When the wet mixture thickens to form a gel, add:
36 g (3 Tbsp) sugar (reduce to 1 T if using No. 4 mix)
1 package yeast
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
4 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/4 tsp salt (omit if using No. 4 Mixes)
1 package (450g) No.7 Bread Flour (or two packages No. 4 Bread Mix)
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients for several minutes until well-combined. Turn the dough out into a lightly-oiled bowl to rise for 30 minutes in a warm place. Gently turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured working surface and shape it into a rough rectangle, deflating the dough gently as you go.
Fold the dough like a letter.
Then fold the dough again to make an even tighter, smaller dough package.
Tuck the ends under and place the formed dough in a loaf pan to rise.
Let it rise for 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hour, or until the dough no longer springs all the way back when dented with a finger.
Bake the bread in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes, then turn the oven down to 375 and cook until done, another 20-30 minutes. The loaf is done when the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees or the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
You can slice the bread as soon as it cools. The bread stays fresh in a plastic bag on the counter for at least four days. After that you can choose to slice and freeze it or store it in the fridge for a few more days.
Enjoy being gluten-free!