Gluten Free Sourdough Bread – no gluten, no corn

We have been really enjoying our home grown, sourdough bread. This recipe is the beginning of a process that we will perfect as time goes by. We learn something new with every batch we bake.

So many questions!

How long to feed and grow the starter out of the fridge?

How long to bulk ferment in the bowl before kneading and shaping?

How long to proof the bread in the Banneton?

Some people use a colander lined with a tea towel, instead of a banneton to keep the shape, while proofing the dough. With this recipe we use a kitchen scale, because it is so much easier to tare the scale to zero, with a bowl on and add ingredients. It is also very accurate for baking.

So far the taste and texture is amazing, with none of that heavy feeling of bread in your stomach. The starter we made is based on an old family recipe we were given years ago. Here’s what we have so far!

This is a fairly dense and heavy dough with all the buckwheat.


For the Starter:

40 g brown rice flour

50 ml potato water

Peel and dice a potato and cover with water in a pot. Cook the potato until tender, strain water for the starter and cool until just tepid.

Mix slightly warm potato water, into the flour, stirring until completely mixed and smooth. The mixture should be like a thick pancake batter and you should always slightly adjust the flour and water as needed. It’s not necessary to be totally exact in your measurements for each feeding.

Sit this mixture, loosely covered in a bowl on the counter for 48 hours.

Feed again with 40 g brown rice flour and 50 ml filtered water and leave for another 12 hours.

Feed with 40 g brown rice flour and 50 mls of water until doubled in size and bubbly.

Make a batch of bread with this starter or store in the fridge until ready to use. The starter only needs feeding once a week in the fridge with 40 g of flour and 50 mls of water.

Take 20 g of starter out of the fridge. Weigh 20 g of brown rice flour and 30 mls of room temperature, filtered water. Feed again 12 hours later with all the starter and add 60 g of brown rice flour and 70 – 80 mls of water. There should be some bubbles showing and it should double in size.

If your sourdough is too sour your bread will be sour as well. This is when I discard half of the starter and refeed it. As long as you have the required amount for the bread recipe.

For the Bread:

260 g Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free Flour 1-1

70 g buckwheat flour

30 g teff flour

130 g starter

370 ml water

14 g psyllium husk

60 ml water to gel the psyllium

2 tsp honey

1.5 tsp salt

Make an Autolyse of 350 g flour and 370 ml of water. Sit in the oven with just the light on, if the house is cold, or on the counter for up to 3 hours, depending on the temperature and your time.

Autolyse, means to combine only the flour and water in a bowl and mix until no dry flour remains. Rest the dough, without kneading, for 20 minutes to 3 hours.

Mix the remaining ingredients well.

After the autolyse has rested, add your starter to the top of your dough and mix it in with a wooden spoon. Then add the salt dissolved in a little water and any extra water needed, depending on doughs consistency.

Bulk ferment the dough in a bowl and cover it with a cloth. It must stay warm. This is the bulk rise and it can be left overnight. Gently turn the dough over a couple of times in the first hour with wet hands.

Place dough into a baneton, dusted with white rice flour to prevent sticking.

Place the baneton in a plastic bag to prevent the dough drying out and leave it on the counter to proof. The time to proof will vary depending on room temperature. It could be 6 hours or 12 hours. Try not to over proof because there will be no rise left for the oven. The dough needs to increase in sizeby about 1/3 or a little more. If there is no time to proof and bake, the dough may be put in the fridge. But take it out of the fridge for a few hours to start rising again, before baking.

Decorate the dough with a stencil or score designs with a blade or lame.

Heat the oven to 500°C and preheat a pizza stone or Dutch oven. Bake bread for 20 mins covered If you do not have a Dutch oven with a lid, then tin foil, tented over the dough will work.

Remove the lid after 20 minutes and turn oven down to 450°C. Bake for 45 -50 minutes.

If at that time it does not sound hollow when you tap on the bottom bake for another 10 minutes or so at 350 out of the pan and just on the oven rack.

Eat with in 1-2 days as it will start to dry out. Or place in a bread bin for up to a week and freeze a few slices.


  1. Hilde says:

    Hi there!
    Your recipe calls for All Purpose Flour. Is that suppose to be Gluten Free all purpose flour if this is a gluten free recipe
    Thanks so much…..looking forward to your answer.

    • Yes definitely gluten free. One you have in your cupboard. We use Pamelas or bobs red mill usually

      • Richard says:

        I’m curious, in wheat sourdough the autolyse is to improve gluten structure, but since there is no gluten in this bread what does the autolyse do for gluten free bread?
        New to Gluten-free baking.

        • Yes the autolyse is to develop structure in gluten and we have none. But to soak the flour for a while and give it time to absorb the water seems to help as some of these GF flours do absorb water differently.

      • Liana Roy says:

        Can psyllium husk powder be used as a substitute for psyllium husk?

    • Liana Roy says:

      I just took 20g of starter and mixed it with 20g of rice flour and 30ml of distilled water. Does it sit at room temp for 12 hours? Is the remainder of the original starter in the fridge? And once it’s added to the original starter in 12 hours can it be refrigerated overnight before using it in the am to begin the autolyse phase?

  2. Katie says:

    When you say “feed again with all the starter” what does that mean? All the starter from your original jar or all the starter from 20g you fed in the previous step?

  3. monkfamily says:

    I’ve been following you on Instagram and I like the looks of this recipe, although it’s slightly different from what you seem to be doing now when you make your sourdough. Can I use this recipe without the teff flour? Or is there another substitute, perhaps brown rice flour?

  4. Yes brown rice flour. As to the recipes I have been trying all sorts of methods the past couple of years

  5. Julie says:

    Hello, is there another substitute for buckwheat flour?

  6. Amber says:

    Can you clarify at what point the psyllium and honey are added to the dough please?

  7. Christine says:

    Is there an alternative you could use over the psyllium husk, can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  8. Marney Yip says:

    How long do you bulk ferment in bowl before you put in container to shape loaf .Then do you let proof again and how long

    • Mary Thompson says:

      The amount of time ti ferment always depends on the temperature of your house. Let the dough rise to just before a peak is the optimum timing. If you are unsure then bake the bread sooner than later.
      I would suggest you make a recipe a number of times and you will learn to read when it’s ready.


  9. Liana Roy says:

    Hi I’m new to the whole sourdough starter experience. I’m on day 2 and due to feed the starter tonight. I notice there are a few mold spots on the starter. Is it still safe to use if I remove them or should I discard all of it?

  10. Hi Liana,
    Yes the original starter can go back into the fridge after feeding and when it is has peaked with activity. The starter can sit at room temperature 8-12 hours, depending upon the temperature in your house. The bulk fermenting stage of the dough can sit in the fridge, otherwise keep everything at room temp.

  11. Alannah says:


    Tried this after making a started from your started recipe. And now I have a few questions.

    My dough never got to a point where I would be able to form it, it was very wet and and would just sort of go splat after I tried to make it round. It still backed ok and got good rise. Should the consistency of the dough be like a traditional bread, easy to form but holds it shape?

    Now I want to make my second loaf, I have taken my started out of the fridge and feed it a few times. Should I wait for it to double before I make the leaven?

    • If your dough is too wet it could be an error in measurement. Finely ground flour will absorb more water than coarsely ground flour. If you find it is too wet, then add a little more flour or cut back on a some water.
      For the starter coming out of the fridge. I feed it once or twice to make sure it is rising well. It doesn’t have to completely double but it needs to be bubbly and active enough for the bread to rise.
      I hope that helps.

  12. Lillie says:

    Good morning, I am trying this recipe for the first time. I have fed the starter after 25 hours and again after 12. The next directions say to “feed with 40g brown rice flour and 50g filtered water until double in size and bubbly”.
    I just want to clarify that after this feeding i don’t feed again but wait until it has doubled in size however long that takes?

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