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Gluten Free Quick Challah


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Gluten Free Quick Challah

This dairy-free gluten free Quick Challah can be made in just a few hours from start to finish. The dough is more like a thick batter, but the baked bread has a great crumb. It also makes great sandwich bread.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 35 min
  • Ready Time : 55 min


About a 2 pound loaf or round


  • 300 grams GF AP flour (150 superfine brown rice flour, 75 grams each superfine white rice flour and tapioca starch/flour) (about 2 1/3 cups)
  • 50 grams tapioca starch/flour (5 tablespoons)
  • 60 grams superfine sweet white rice flour (5 tablespoons)
  • 50 grams Expandex Modified Tapioca Starch/Flour (5 tablespoons) or tapioca starch/flour
  • 4 heaping tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 heaping tablespoons instant or bread machine Red Star Yeast
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon pectin
  • 1/4 teaspoon guar gum
  • 240 grams egg (4 whole extra-large eggs)
  • 60 grams egg yolks (3 extra-large egg yolks)
  • 2 tablespoons Lyle’s Golden Syrup or honey
  • 75 grams canola oil (heaping 1/3 cup)
  • 100-130 grams Pellegrino Mineral Water (1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 extra-large egg, beaten - for brushing top of dough
  • 1-2 tablespoons white sesame or poppy seeds


1. Place flours, starches, sugar, yeast, salt, xanthan gum, pectin and guar gum in a stand mixer bowl and whisk. In another small container whisk 4 whole extra-large eggs, 3 extra-large egg yolks, honey or Lyle’s syrup and canola oil.

2. Add 100 grams Pellegrino to dry mixture. Add egg/oil mixture to dry mixture. Using a fork work the flour mixture into the wet until it is just combined. Place on stand and using dough hook, mix on speed 2 or 3 for about 5-7 minutes or until dough looks shiny and stretchy. If the
dough looks very sticky and tough, add up to 30 grams Pellegrino.

3. Grease a tube pan or a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Wipe out excess. Place dough all around the bottom of the tube or loaf pan using a silicone spatula. Wet the spatula with water and smooth the dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a draft free
place until double or nearly to the top, about 1.5 to 2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350. Place a cast iron skillet or other heatproof pan (not glass) on the bottom rack to heat up with the oven.

5. Beat remaining egg and brush it gently over the top of the bread. Repeat. Sprinkle top with poppy or sesame seeds. Right before putting the bread in the oven, place a large handful of ice cubes in the hot cast iron skillet or heatproof (not glass) pan in the oven to create steam. Be
careful to not burn yourself.

6. Place bread in the oven and time for 12 minutes. Remove cast iron or heat proof pan carefully. Time the bread for another 20 minutes and remove when the internal temperature is 185 to 190 degrees and the top is pale golden brown. Don’t over bake the bread or it will be a
little tough. Let cool for a couple of minutes in the pan and then remove bread from pan and cool completely on a rack.


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About Lisa Horel


I’ve been baking gluten-free for over ten years. I’ve converted lots of recipes to gluten-free and I am not above creating a new recipe when it suits. I blog at GlutenFreeCanten and I recently published my first book, The Gluten Free Canteen Book of Nosh.




7 Responses to Gluten Free Quick Challah

  1. avatar says: Cassie L

    This recipe looks delicious — but is it hamotzei?

    • avatar says: rachel

      Cassie, the only GF bread that is hamotzie is one that has enough oat flour to be halachically hamotzie (it’s actually less than 50% oat flour..ask your own LOR).I’m sensitive to GF oats, though :(

  2. avatar says: Laura

    Could you post it as a mix. Meaning we would make a big container of the mix and then take 2 cups and then add maybe the eggs and yeast. For me, it is extremely overwhelming, and would love it broken in that formula.
    I do make gluten free challah, and mine does not look and taste that great, and I have never used yeast for gluten free baking.

  3. Not able to print the recipe for gluten free quick challa. Prints only the last 4 lines.

  4. What about for those who have to be grain-free? There are recipes for grain-free breads that would make a great sub-in for traditional challah but it will look more like your photo of gluten-free challah. But having zero grain it uses almond and coconut flour. Does anyone here have the same issue?

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