This is a fabulous Italian style gluten free bread and so easy to make. If you have a bread maker you can of course prepare the dough in the bread maker and allow it to prove. You can then tip it into the baking tin and bake as normal. Vary the flavours – we often add in olives instead of tomatoes or just top with a little fresh rosemary instead. You can either make up your own gluten free bread mix – see our blog here  or use a strong bread gluten free flour mix.  Great for freezing too. I often make a couple of these then cut them into squares to freeze. Perfect for dipping into soups or stews.

Gluten Free Focaccia bread

Difficulty – Medium

Time 15 minutes preparation plus 1 hour 15 minutes proving time and 40 minutes cooking time

Makes 1 loaf / 20cm / 8 servings

What’s good about it?

A delicious gluten free bread recipe – the addition of eggs is not traditionally used in focaccia but it helps improve texture and adds plenty of protein too.

  1. Place the yeast, honey and warm water in a jug and mix well. Set aside for 5 minutes until frothy or place into the bread maker and start the programme.
  2. Place the baking powder, vitamin C powder, flour, garlic salt, xanthum gum and herbs in a large bowl and mix well. Stir in the yeast liquid, eggs, vinegar and olive oil and beat well. Alternatively if using a bread maker add all the remaining ingredients and set the programme.
  3. Cover the bowl and allow to prove for 1 hour.
  4. Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin or you can use a 20cm round cake tin if preferred. Tip the batter into the tin and smooth the top. Make indents with your finger at intervals across the dough. Press in the cherry tomatoes or olives if wished.
  5. Cover the tin lightly and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Drizzle the loaf with a little olive oil, sprinkle with fine sea salt then bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes. When cooked, drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve hot or warm.

Xanthum gum is often derived from corn so it may not be suitable for everyone but is a great way to help improve the texture in gluten free breads. Alternatives include guar gum, psyllium husks, gelatine powder, flaxseed and chia seeds.

14g / 2 sachets of quick acting dried yeast

1tbsp honey or coconut syrup

150ml warm water

1tsp baking powder

1tsp vitamin C powder, optional

225g gluten free bread flour mix – tips to make your own 

1 tsp garlic salt

1tsp mixed dried herbs

1 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum

2 eggs

1 tsp cider vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

Handful of halved cherry tomatoes or black pitted olives for topping

Fresh rosemary and sea salt for topping