Free-form garlic bread

This free-form garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment for your next dinner party. Fresh, fluffy and full of flavour, it's also gluten-free.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Free-form garlic bread
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten-free plain flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 3 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 cup reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 90 gram butter, softened
  • 4 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoon chilli flakes


Free-form garlic bread
  • 1
    Preheat oven to moderately slow, 160C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
  • 2
    Sift flours, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt together into a large bowl. Stir sugar through.
  • 3
    In a jug, combine milk and oil. Make a well in the flour mixture. Stir in milk mixture gently until combined (do not over mix). Set aside 5 minutes to firm up.
  • 4
    Shape dough into a long log. Place on tray. Bake 1 ¼ hours. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine butter, garlic, parsley and chilli.
  • 6
    Slice loaf into 1.5cm thick slices, three-quarters of the way through the bread. Spread butter mixture in between slices. Wrap in foil. Place on an oven tray.
  • 7
    Return to oven for 8-10 minutes until butter is melted (open parcel for the last few minutes. Serve as a meal accompaniment.


Xanthum gum is a thickener, which helps stabilise the gluten-free dough.

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