The Simplest No Yeast Activated Buckwheat Bread (Gluten Free)
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This recipe is gluten free, vegan, 100% wholegrain and has no yeast! This is the complete guide to how to make buckwheat bread.
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There is something so satisfying about taking a bite of fluffy, crunchy, homemade gluten free bread. If you have had much experience with gluten free baking (given that you're forced to cook yeast free), you’ll know that successes are quite a feat as most experiments end in a crumbly mess. Add in the challenge of not using eggs and you’d have to call yourself a hero for being able to produce something even remotely bread-like.
Before I stopped being able to eat gluten, I used to love baking bread from scratch using yeast. Kneading the sticky ball of dough, letting it rise, then punching it down again. There is something so magical about the way that a mess of flour and water can double in size. Alas, this is not usually the case with gluten free bread.
If you’re lucky, the yeast might manage to grow the dough about 20% larger, but there is certainly no doubling in size. This all comes down to our little friend (or in many of our cases, enemy) gluten. Gluten is a protein present in grains like wheat, barely, rye etc. When water and gluten-containing flour is mixed together, the gluten forms fine strands which give the dough it’s elasticity. Adding yeast to the mixture means that when the dough is left to rise, the fermenting yeast releases carbon dioxide bubbles which are trapped within the dough in little pockets formed by the gluten strands. Once the loaf is baked, the gluten protein sets and becomes no longer elastic: meaning that the bread maintains its shape and that desirable fluffy texture.
This explains why gluten free bread needs to be yeast free. I have made dozens of gluten free loafs using yeast and had little success in rising the dough to anything impressive. While this process can be a lot of fun, sometimes you just need a quick and simple bread recipe that can give you repeatedly positive results.
This recipe uses baking powder (so no yeast!) which means that there is no hassle of kneading dough, and no crushing disappointment when the bread doesn’t rise. It’s as simple as soak, blend, bake. This bread is about 95% whole, soaked buckwheat which makes it nutritionally impressive compared with it’s starchy flour counterparts. The buckwheat is soaked overnight to make it soft which has the added benefit of activating it meaning that it can be more easily digested. The pseudo-grain buckwheat is actually a seed which is packed with plant protein, antioxidants and dietary fibre.
This is the only basic GF bread recipe you will ever need. It is so versatile you can even use this batter to make pancakes (just add a little more liquid so its pourable) or spread the dough out on a sheet of baking paper to create a chewy pizza crust (I do this at least weekly). Of course, this vegan buckwheat bread recipe has no diary so any variations you make will be vegan as well!
This recipe is a base from which you can make a simple, staple bread or jazz it up a little with sweet or savoury additions to transform it into something really spectacular. I love adding olives and fresh rosemary or dried fruit and spices.
Feel free to omit the sunflower seeds and pepitas: they are just interesting extras because I like a bit of crunch in my bread. Speaking of crunch: the crust on this bread is possibly the best gluten free crust I have come across. The secret: removing the loaf from the tin about 3/4 of the way through the cooking time.
So be freed from the constraints of baking with yeast. Happy, foolproof gluten free baking!
The Simplest No Yeast Activated Buckwheat Bread (Gluten Free!)
- 2 1/3 cups raw buckwheat, soaked in water 6 hours or overnight
- 2 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 2 tbsp warm water
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk
- 1 tbsp olive oil (plus 1 tsp to grease loaf tin)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp GF baking powder
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp pepita (pumpkin) seeds to top the loaf (optional)
Takes , makes 1 loaf (around 8 slices).
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F)
- Drain buckwheat and rinse thoroughly
- Add all ingredients except the sunflower and pumpkin seeds to a food processor and blend until smooth. If you don't have a good quality food processor I highly recommend getting one. I use a Magimix, which has been working perfectly for 5 years (full disclosure, I don't get any money from this blog, but I do get comissions from the above Magimix link).
- Stir through sunflower seeds
- Grease a medium sized loaf tin and pour in the buckwheat batter. Smooth with the back of a spoon and press pepitas into the dough (if using)
- Bake for 1 hour until just brown on top then remove from the oven, take the bread out of the tin, and return to the oven directly on the rack for another 30 min (this will allow the bread to develop a deliciously crunchy crust). The bread is done when it is golden and sounds hollow when tapped
- Place bread on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before slicing (difficult but important as this prevents the loaf from sinking). Enjoy fresh or toasted for up to 5 days. Store any slices you will not eat in this time in the freezer as they will go stale quickly with no preservatives. Enjoy your foolproof crusty bread!