Gluten Free Millet French Bread Baguette, lower carbs, as good as the bakery

Homemade gluten free French Bread Baguette
Homemade Gluten Free French Bread as good as the bakery!
Millet is an amazing grain. I used it in my new French Bread because it's high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. We all crave bread, but very few gluten free breads in the stores have healthy grains in them. Millet also has a very mild flavor and a light texture. With this recipe you can make a loaf of French Bread that tastes just like it came from a bakery and please the pickiest eaters in your house!
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You might think making bread is hard to do?  It's not and it doesn't take long either. Once you start baking this French Bread you're going to have loaves in about an hour!  Seriously, you need to try this. The smell in the house when bread is baking is one of the happiest things in life. I walk in from outside and think, "Oh, the house smells so good!"  It's a beautiful thing and you deserve it.
Please note: If you have thyroid disease like I do, then eat Millet in moderation. Large consumption of Millet has been shown to disrupt thyroid function.

I made this recipe with a Baguette pan similar to this one. This one is cheaper and nice too. Or you can use anything you have available, like a bread pan, loaf pan, or form into rolls on a baking sheet.

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Ok, here we go!  Let' make bread!

First I preheat the oven for a few minutes to 110. Then shut it off. 

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

In a large bowl, whisk well to combine. Flour must be room temp or place bowl in a 110 degree oven for 10 min or until just warm.

Wet Ingredients:

In a small bowl, whisk to combine the following.
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Yeast mixture:

In a medium bowl, combine the following and let rise to double in size. Apx 10 min. If it doesn't rise and double then discard and buy new yeast.
Instructions:
  1. In the large bowl of your mixer, combine all three bowls. Beat on medium high for 3 minutes with a dough hook. Scrape down sides and mix for 2 minutes more.
  2. Dough should be very thick and sticky. Scoop even amounts into the greased or parchment lined baguette pan sides. Using wet fingers form into even loaves. Brush with olive oil and make shallow diagonal cuts with a sharp knife.
  3. Note-I prefer to line my pan, it has little holes and the dough gets into them. I put olive oil on a paper towel, grease the pan a bit, lay on the parchment and then grease the parchment.
  4. Place the baguettes in the still warm oven to rise. Note: you cannot knock down gluten free bread, it will only rise well once. After it has risen almost to the top of the pan, gently remove from oven and set on the counter while the oven heats.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake baguettes for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and temperature reads 200 degrees. I check the temp after 20 minutes or once the color is just browning and crust feels hard.  I use this instant read thermometer.  It has changed my life!
  6. Cool and wrap in foil.  Store in fridge or freeze for longer storage.

Note: not all yeasts are the same. The yeast I use is mild in flavor and is an "instant yeast". Instant yeasts do not need a long rise time.  Be sure to read the instructions on your yeast.
If you are making a larger loaf or smaller rolls- adjust the time by watching the color and testing the temperature. For many years I used a meat thermometer to test the internal temp. If that's all you have then just be patient and let it register for several minutes. Return the bread to the oven if it does register at least 200 degrees. 

26 comments

  1. I've never been a very good bread baker. Thanks for sharing the instant read thermometer that you use. That link will come in handy for me, I think. =0)

    Kim
    2justByou

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    1. Kim, I'm glad to help you! Shoot me any questions you have on here or Facebook.

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  2. That looks delish! Most gluten free breads look "funny". Yours, looks terrific!

    Bonnie
    Www.bonniesheartandhome.com

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  3. Looks delicious! I haven't made any bread in awhile, but definitely trying this soon!

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  4. Looks delicious & love the nutrient boost by using millet flour!

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    1. EA, this bread is my new best friend :) I love the fiber and protein in it too. I hope you'll try it and let me know what you think!

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  5. This looks yummy. I am think I might try making this very soon!

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  6. This looks amazing! You really outdid yourself on this one!!

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    1. Thanks Adrienne! What a sweet thing to say. I hope you try it and enjoy.

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  7. This bread looks so yummy. I love the taste of millet, too, so I will probably love this recipe.

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  8. Ali! This is just awesome! I've always been scared to try a gluten free french bread. You make it so easy and love millet flour!

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    1. Laura, I know what you mean! My newest fear is cream puffs or Pate Choux. I really want to make them, but I don't want them to go flat! So be brave my dear, you're such a great cook. I know you can do this and your bread will turn out perfect!

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  9. I LIVED off of French Baguettes when I was younger - eating a whole one every other day, no joke! I haven't had bread in 13 years now though :( THESE LOOK SO GOOD!!!

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    1. GiGi, did you stop eating bread because of gluten or the carbs? Or do you not eat any grains? If you can have grains then this is the one to make. The high fiber and protein help with the carbs too.

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  10. This bread is absolutely beautiful! I miss baguettes a lot and I hope to make this soon.

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  11. This looks perfect! Good work!! I think we could all use a good gluten-free baguette recipe!

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  12. Holy yum! This recipe looks great - and great job on the picture, too. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Megan! My photography skills are hit and miss, but I try!

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  13. Has anyone tried this recipe egg free?

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    1. I would try it with flax or chia eggs. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon flax or chia seed and 3 tablespoons hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes or until jelled. Makes one egg. Good luck! I look forward to hearing your results.

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  14. That looks phenomenal, Ali! I can't wait to share it in a future post on more bread loaves for our Bountiful Bread Basket series. :-)

    Shirley

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    1. Thank you Shirley, I would love for you to share my new French Bread. Your roundups are the best!

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  15. Could you explain why the loaf looks green in the cuts on top of the bread?

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    1. Hi Betty, it's not green. On my computer it looks white with a slight green tinge due to my camera or lighting. I'm a good baker, but a so so photographer! Hope you try the bread. It's really wonderful. Thanks for commenting!

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  16. Hello! This bread looks wonderful but I was wondering if you thought any substitutions for almond flour would work. In addition to a gluten intolerance, I'm lucky enough to have a problem with soy and nuts like almonds...
    Megan

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    1. Hi Megan, I'm having good luck these days with chia seed and sesame seeds that I grind into flour. I would suggest replacing the 1/2 cup (40 grams) of almond meal flour with the equal amount of either seed flour. Let us know how it works! Thanks for stopping by.

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