Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia Bread

February 4th, 2013
Thermomix makes it easy to grind your own flours for gluten-free cooking and baking

Thermomix makes it easy to grind your own flours for gluten-free cooking and baking

I love my Thermomix – in case you hadn’t noticed ;-)

I’ve been an Independent Thermomix Demonstrator with UK Thermomix for three years now, and I am seeing a growing number of people in the UK who are gluten intolerant. I read somewhere that this may be due to the speed at which our industrially-produced bread is risen, which doesn’t give the natural gluten contained in wheat flour enough time to develop its digestibility. Whatever the cause, however severe the effects, there are luckily many good recipes out there for Gluten Free breads, including this delicious gluten free focaccia recipe by Leslie Collins (@meandmythermie), Adriana Rabinovich (@glutenfree4kids) and UK Thermomix Director Janie Turner.

Thermomix GF Focaccia ready to bake

Thermomix GF Focaccia ready to bake

It’s so fast and easy to grind the ingredients freshly with your Thermomix, and this makes a wonderful difference to the flavour and nutrition. This focaccia is really tasty and has good texture and consistency so you can make it for your whole family and they’ll love it. The recipe is very flexible, too, so you can replace some or all of the rice and chickpeas with a bought variety of GF bread flour, such as Dove’s Farm, if you’re in a hurry – but never fear, it’s really quite fast and easy to grind your own flours. I have a client who has a life-threatening allergy to almonds so I have experimented with alternatives suggested by Lesley Collins and they work well, too. My personal favourite is today’s batch, made with 55 g of gluten-free oatmeal in place of the almonds. The texture is the closest to wheat bread that I’ve made so far. Lesley says this recipe also makes a terrific pizza base!

This Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia recipe produces a dough with the consistency of a cake batter, that bakes up really nicely

This Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia recipe produces a dough with the consistency of a thick cake batter. You let it rise and then make cute dimples on the surface with your fingers

Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia Bread

Ingredients
110 g basmati rice
110 g brown rice
110 g dried chickpeas
55 g almonds or coconut flour or GF oatmeal or Millet
55 g potato starch or potato flour or cornflour
2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 level tsp instant yeast (or 1 x 7 g sachet)
350 g water plus more to reach desired consistency
30 g olive oil plus more to drizzle over the top
1 Tbsp rosemary needles, fresh or dried to sprinkle over the top – optional
1 tsp flaky sea salt to sprinkle over the top – optional
1/2 lemon, freshly grated zest to sprinkle over the top – optional

Method

  1. Grind rice 1 minute/Speed 10.
  2. Add chickpeas and almonds. Grind 1 minute/Speed 10.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (except the rosemary, flaky salt and lemon zest). Mix 10 seconds/Speed 6, pause to scrape down the sides of the TM bowl with the spatula, then mix again 10 seconds/Speed 6. The dough should be the consistency of a cake batter. Add more water if needed to get the right consistency.
  4. Prepare a large rectangular baking tray by pouring in a thin layer of olive oil and swirling it around so it coats the bottom and sides of the dish. Pour in the batter. Let the bread rise for 20 minutes in a warm place, then press your fingers into it all over to make little dimples. Add toppings of your choice, or drizzle with some olive oil and scatter with chopped fresh rosemary, flaky sea salt and freshly grated lemon zest. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C/400°F/gas 7/Aga Roasting Oven for 20 to 30 minutes until golden, with browned, crispy edges. Remove from the baking tray and place upside down onto a wire rack. To test if the bread is fully cooked, tap gently on the underside with your knuckles – you should get a hollow sound. If not, place it back in the oven for a few more minutes to finish baking. Leave to cool before cutting or tearing into chunks.
Here's our Thermomix GF Focaccia all baked to a lovely golden brown

Here’s our Thermomix GF Focaccia all baked to a lovely golden brown

I love the texture and consistency of this Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia

I love the texture and consistency of this Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia

Bon appétit !

 

Lesley Collins says this Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia makes a great pizza base, and it certainly looks like a tasty one!

Lesley Collins says this Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia makes a great pizza base, and it certainly looks like a tasty one!

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9 Responses to “Thermomix Gluten Free Focaccia Bread”

  1. Tebasile says:

    We made this focaccia yesterday at our demo. This is the best glutenfree bread ever!!!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Wow, that’s fantastic! I’m thrilled that this recipe has gone round the world and been used in a Thermomix demonstration! I’ll be sure to inform the creators, Lesley Collins, Adriana Rabinovich and Janie Turner. They’ll be pleased, too. Happy Thermomix cooking!

  2. This is my quick and easy ‘go to’ gluten free bread, either in focaccia, loaf or pizza form! Nice one, Tebasile and Madame Thermomix!

  3. Valerie says:

    This was a total success! Thanks so much! This recipe is as advertised- it actually tastes like REAL foccacia without any of the yucky cakey GF signatures! Wonderful! This recipe will be on high rotation!

    • So very pleased you like this recipe, Valerie! Lesley and Adriana did a brilliant job coming up with it, didn’t they? ThermoHubby John will actually eat it, too, so that’s saying something! I have also made it for a customer with a life-threatening allergy to almonds by substituting either coconut flour or oatmeal for the almonds. Very nice taste and texture all around, don’t you think?

      Thanks for reading Why Is There Air and for taking the time to comment. Hope to see you back soon!

  4. Diane Ovenden says:

    I had a go at this recipe, just love it. Made it for my granddaughter and a friend who are gluten intolorent. Also can you suggest or let me know away to make yeast rice without using sugar, I tried orange juice .

    • Hi Diane, I’m really pleased that you and your friends liked this recipe. It’s so good, here in the UK we make it at all of our Gluten Free Thermomix demonstrations.

      Forgive me, but what is yeast rice? I’ve never heard of that before so I cannot tell you how to make it.

      The only thing I know of that brings yeast and sugar together is the fact that sugar feeds yeast and keeps it alive in recipes combining yeast with salt. The salt gives flavour but can kill the yeast if left too long in contact. Many bread recipes do not use sugar, and you do not need sugar to make bread. It might take a few minutes more to rise, that’s all. If you want to avoid sugar in your bread recipes, you can use honey instead, or even Agave syrup. Give it a go and let me know how it turns out!

  5. John says:

    Hi from Western Australia!
    I love your blog, writing style and sense of humour!
    Wishing you the best of success in France.
    I just had to make this focaccia for my coeliac wife and it was a great success!
    I used whole almonds and potato starch as per the recipe and it was yummy.
    I can see this would be wonderful as a pizza base.
    Thanks for sharing the recipes and the love!
    John

    • Greetings from France, John! I’m so glad you made this wonderful recipe that is used in gluten-free Thermomix demonstrations in the UK. It was developed by Adriana Rabinovich and Lesley Collins who both have gluten-free websites that are full of ideas and recipes that could make eating more pleasurable for your coeliac wife – and still be tasty and enjoyable for you. Check them out! http://glutenfree4kids.com/ is Adriana’s website and here’s Lesley’s: http://meandmythermie.com/

      Happy Thermomix cooking!
      Jane

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