Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...
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How to Make a Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

By on 20th November 2017

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter From ScratchΒ 

Before I moved over to a gluten free life I used to bake lots and lots of sourdough bread. I had a strong starter called Lucy and baked bread at least once a week. I found such joy in it.

How to Make a Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

When I figured out that even sourdough doesn’t get my tummy smiling, I immediately gave it up… Yes, I was heart broken but I was committed to feeling super so out it went. On a mission to feel great yet not deprive myself at the same time, I researched how to make gluten free sourdough bread.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

The first step to any sourdough is making a starter so let me show you how to make a gluten free sourdough starter!

I think lots of people shy away from baking in general and when it comes to sourdough most people feel totally out of their comfort zone. But as with anything, it can be tough going or made as simple as possible…

Sourdough is easy, really. It is the combination of water and flour, left over time to ferment. I add a little apple to help it ferment that bit better. A starter is the ‘leaven’ or rising agent that allows sourdough bread rise. ItΒ needs a warm place to thrive, ideally somewhere in the house with temperatures of about 21-25 degrees. And it needs food in the form of flour and water.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

The nitty-gritty

A starter is full of lactobacilli bacteria and wild yeast. The lactobacilli bacteria breaks down the carbohydrates in the flour to simple sugars. The yeast then feeds on this sugar and the byproduct is carbon dioxide which makes the starter bubbly. These bubbles make sourdough bread rise and it is the oldest and most traditional approach to bread making. But to keep it simple, we need a starter to naturally rise our bread.Β To understand why sourdough is really good for us check out Vanessa Kimbells explanation.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

For my gluten free sourdough starter I use a combination of buckwheat and brown rice flour. I’m sure there are other flours that can be used but to be honest I haven’t yet given them a try. I would suggest creating your starter in the morning and continue to feed it at the same time each step.

AuthorBellaDifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
What you need
 10 g apple, washed and grated
 100 g buckwheat flour
 100 g brown rice flour
 200 g water
 1 Glass jar
 1 Medium size glass jar, you can start and finish the whole starter in here and leave out the glass jar above. I thought the starter would hold in the glass jar but there wasn't enough room and I moved to a bigger one... #liveandlearn
 1 Digital scales
Day
1

In a small or medium size glass jar mix the apple with 25g water, 12.5g buckwheat flour and 12.5g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. It will be quite paste like. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
2

You don't need to do anything today. Maybe just give her a smooch full of love.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
3

Today you will need to 'refresh' or 'feed' your starter. Simply add 25g water, 12.5g buckwheat flour and 12.5g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
4

This starter recipe will make 2 of my gluten free sourdough loaves which just needs 200g of sourdough starter. To avoid having too much starter and therefore wasting flour you need to discard some today.

Remove 60g of starter and compost.

Add 25g of water 12.5g buckwheat flour and 12.5g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
5

Today you need to remove 50g of starter and compost.

Add 25g of water 12.5g buckwheat flour and 12.5g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
6

Today you get your starter ready to bake your first gluten free sourdough bread tomorrow!

Up to this point if you have created your starter in the smaller glass jar you need to scrape it into the medium size one.

Add 100g water along with 50g buckwheat flour and 50g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Ingredients

What you need
 10 g apple, washed and grated
 100 g buckwheat flour
 100 g brown rice flour
 200 g water
 1 Glass jar
 1 Medium size glass jar, you can start and finish the whole starter in here and leave out the glass jar above. I thought the starter would hold in the glass jar but there wasn't enough room and I moved to a bigger one... #liveandlearn
 1 Digital scales

Directions

Day
1

In a small or medium size glass jar mix the apple with 25g water, 12.5g buckwheat flour and 12.5g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. It will be quite paste like. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
2

You don't need to do anything today. Maybe just give her a smooch full of love.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
3

Today you will need to 'refresh' or 'feed' your starter. Simply add 25g water, 12.5g buckwheat flour and 12.5g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
4

This starter recipe will make 2 of my gluten free sourdough loaves which just needs 200g of sourdough starter. To avoid having too much starter and therefore wasting flour you need to discard some today.

Remove 60g of starter and compost.

Add 25g of water 12.5g buckwheat flour and 12.5g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
5

Today you need to remove 50g of starter and compost.

Add 25g of water 12.5g buckwheat flour and 12.5g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

Day
6

Today you get your starter ready to bake your first gluten free sourdough bread tomorrow!

Up to this point if you have created your starter in the smaller glass jar you need to scrape it into the medium size one.

Add 100g water along with 50g buckwheat flour and 50g brown rice flour. Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

How to Make Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

What it will look like 12 hours later.

Learn how to make a super easy Gluten Free Sourdough Starter from scratch. You will need water, buckwheat and brown rice flour and a little apple...

My super easy gluten free sourdough loaf bread recipe will be up on the blog this Wednesday so keep your eyes peeled!

I would advise feeding your starter at least once a week. So if you find yourself baking bread once a week then try to feed it another time to keep up it’s strength.

When you want to make bread, in the morning (7am or 8am) simply take your starter from the fridge. Add 100g of water along with 50g buckwheat flour and 50g brown rice flour.Β Make sure to mix well so there are no dry bits left. Cover loosely with a lid and leave in a warm area in your kitchen or hot press.

Head off to work and about 12 hours later (7pm or 8pm) your starter should be bubbly and ready to bake bread. Use 200g of starter for 2 of my gluten free sourdough loaves. Cover the remaining 100g starter and put back into the fridge. Simple…

Happy baking bread your tummy will love!

B x

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Hi, I'm Bella and I love showing people how gorgeous gluten free cooking and baking can be. I make a world without gluten fun, easy and exciting 'cos I adore great food!

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