Great British Bake Off – Gluten Free Ciabatta

Where to start with this? You may have seen the trouble the GBBO contestants had with ciabatta when Paul set it as a technical challenge. Now imagine removing the gluten which makes the dough behave just so and try to get the same results (the ones Paul was after, not the ones that many of the contestants came up with). Hmn.

It’s not easy. Or quick. But if you were after a quick and easy gluten free loaf, you wouldn’t be making ciabatta. Ciabatta rewards the patient amongst us.

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with this and am finally pleased with the results. I hope you are too.

 gluten free ciabatta

Gluten Free Ciabatta
Yields 2
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Prep Time
4 hr 30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
4 hr 50 min
Prep Time
4 hr 30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
4 hr 50 min
  1. 250g gluten free bread flour
  2. 1 tsp xantham gum
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 200ml warm water
  5. 2tblsp caster sugar
  6. 7g (1 sachet) fast action yeast
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 egg white
  9. 2 tblsp olive oil
  10. 1 tsp cider vinegar
  11. maize meal for dusting
  1. In a jug or bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water and then stir in the yeast. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour with the xantham gum and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until you have large bubbles. Whisk in the olive oil and the cider vinegar.
  4. When the yeast mixture had a bubbly head on top, pour it into the egg mixture and stir carefully.
  5. Add all the liquid into the flour bowl and with a silicone spatula, mix until all the flour and liquid are combined and smooth.
  6. Oil a clean mixing bowl and put the dough into it. Cover with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm room (a sunny windowsill is ideal) for around 4 hours.
  7. After 4 hours the dough should have at least doubled in size and have lots of large air bubbles showing.
  8. Preheat the oven to 220c
  9. Dust a worksurface with a mix of flour and maize meal and gently turn the dough out on to it.
  10. Be gentle with the dough so as not to knock out any of the air.
  11. Gently shape the dough into a loosely square shape and divide into two.
  12. Shape each half into a rounded rectangle and dust with maize meal.
  13. Place on a baking tray and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  14. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when knocked on the bottom.
  15. Leave to cool on a wire rack
This is Mahala


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7 comments on “Great British Bake Off – Gluten Free Ciabatta

  1. Oh this looks great! I myself feel like I have a wheat intolerance as I keep bloating after I eat it so have been looking to it trying to gluten free so this recipe is very useful, I’ve bookmarked it!

    • Heidi on said:

      I’m making this today and have an hour and a half to go before turning it out to shape and bake. The only variation I made is to skip the yeast in the water part as I don’t have fast action yeast, I have instant and just tossed my last sachet in with the dry ingredients. Everything looks good thus far in terms of the dough rising and bubbling. Fingers crossed and will return with final comment. Hoping this will be my go to home made gluten free bread!

  2. on said:

    I am gluten sensitive and been looking for a good recipe,this sounds good so I am going to give it a try,thanks

  3. Denise Morrow on said:

    I have been making ciabatta from this recipe for several months now having given up with commercially made gluten free breads. So far haven’t succeeded in making one that looks as good as yours Mahala but I am pleased with my results and it is still my favourite recipe. Practise makes perfect so they say so fingers crossed I will get there one day.

  4. Bruce Barnett on said:

    I have tried gluten free read on many many occasion never within a success. I made your recipe today and I must tell you that it was fantastic. Everybody who tried it said the same even people they didn’t know what’s gluten free. Thank you so much you’ve solved the problem. Bruce Barnett

  5. I have made this a few times in the last 2 years since my other half was diagnosed as a coeliac and its amazing. His mum lives it too and is surprised it is gf. Well done for developing this. Hats off to you

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