This Simple Sorghum Sourdough recipe was created for everyone that is curious about gluten-free vegan bread baking recipes that can’t consume rice flour.
It’s perfect for individuals that follow a gluten-free lifestyle along with eating mostly plant-based. This recipe does not include eggs, dairy or any of the other top allergens.
Sorghum is a great little cereal grain that is a perfect ingredient for recipes just like this one. The ingredient list was kept as simple as possible to encourage more people to try it. If you can’t find one of the ingredients, feel free to ask substitution questions in the comments below or directly in the YouTube recipe video comments.
It was a lot of fun developing this gluten-free fermented sourdough bread recipe so I hope you give it a try and bake it often!
Simple Sorghum Sourdough
To make this loaf you will need a gluten-free Sorghum Sourdough Starter.
Don’t forget to get your copy of the 3-page printable guide to help you make your first starter.
Once your starter is active and ready to use in this bread recipe, read the instructions, take a peek at the photos below and view the how-to videos to help you along the way.
YouTube How-to Videos
Even though this recipe is simple to make, it could feel a little intimidating to some, especially if you’ve never baked bread before—let alone a sourdough loaf.
Please watch the two recipe videos below to guide you along the way. The YouTube how-to videos should clarify the process and help you along the way.
Keep scrolling to see many photos of the sourdough baking process. Showing you just how easy it is to make was important. The hardest part is waiting in between each step.
Fermented Beet Juice
Adding fermented beet juice, the secret ingredient, to the dough is optional. Ultimately, it’s just another way to introduce different bacteria to make your sourdough bread recipe thrive.
If you want to make lacto-fermented vegetables at home, try this recipe: Life-Changing Fermented Vegetables
Days 1 – Mixing the ingredients in the evening. See recipe for the list.
Day 2 (am) – Adding the sorghum starter, sea salt and secret ingredient (optional).
Day 2 (pm) – Getting the dough ready for baking.
Baking Setup – Bread baking setup for gluten-free vegan sourdough.
Helpful Sourdough Videos
Even though this recipe is made with sorghum flour, you can view these additional gluten-free sourdough related videos to help you along the way.
- (Original) Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter (1:46)
- Buckwheat Sourdough Loaf GFV (2:50)
Sourdough Related Posts
Gluten-Free Baking Academy
If you’re interested in learning more about gluten-free baking, check out the Gluten-Free Baking Academy courses taught by cookbook author Heather Crosby from YumUniverse.
I took the bread baking course a couple of years ago, and it’s what got me hooked on this bread baking journey. I love to recommend programs I’ve tried and truly enjoyed!
Take a course tour to see if this learn at your pace bread baking course is right for you!
Fresh is Real’s Facebook Group
The Gluten-Free Vegan Baking Facebook Group was created to help baking enthusiasts learn more about baking without gluten, dairy, eggs, top allergens, etc. It’s where Fresh is Real shares recipes in development before they are posted on freshisreal.com.
If you have recipes that you love, that fit within the group guidelines, please share them with the group! We love seeing new creations and especially love learning new baking tips. A great place to ask questions! Join us!
The last recipe shared on Fresh is Real was the Sorghum Sourdough Starter recipe. That is the starter you need to create in order to make this Simple Sorghum Sourdough.
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A gorgeous bread recipe that will open your eyes to ingredients you can consume even when on a gluten-free and plant-based lifestyle. You will need a Sorghum Sourdough Starter*** to make this rustic and artisan-style loaf.
If you avoid many top allergens because of food sensitivities or allergies, this recipe might be right for you as it is free of gluten, nuts, peanuts, eggs, dairy, and soy. This loaf is also free of corn, rice, oats, legumes and refined sugar.
This mostly hands-off 2-day gluten-free sourdough recipe rests in the refrigerator overnight to help breakdown the ingredients to make the loaf easier to digest. The addition of the sourdough starter on day 2 helps to create beautiful dough without making it too sour.
For best results, it is recommended to bake the loaf into a Dutch oven. A baking stone is also a great tool to help distribute the heat more evenly but it is optional. See process picture for example.
1 cup sorghum flour (110g) (+ extra for dusting, optional)
1 cup buckwheat flour (125g)
1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seed flour (45g) (or a combo of both)*
1/2 cup arrowroot starch (60g)
1/4 cup potato starch (not flour) (40g)
3 tablespoons whole psyllium husk (20g)
1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar (12g) (or maple syrup)
1–1/2 cups water, filtered or spring (room temp) (approx. 360g)
1/4 cup olive oil (+ extra for topping, optional)
1 cup active (fed) sorghum sourdough starter (approx. 265g)
1 tablespoon fermented beet juice, optional**
1/2 – 1 tablespoon sea salt (5-10g)
Seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, poppy, sesame, hemp
- In the evening, in a large glass bowl, sift and mix the dry ingredients listed in Day 1. Add the olive oil and 1 cup of the water and mix well. Add remaining 1/2 cup of water and mix until well incorporated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate, or place in a colder room, overnight (for at least 12 hours).
- Tip: Make sure you feed your sorghum starter in the evening, so it’s active and bubbly in the morning.
- The next morning, remove your bowl from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature (about 1-2 hours). Note: If your bowl was already out in a colder room then you’re ready for the next step.
- Add 1 cup of active fed sorghum sourdough starter, sea salt and beet juice (optional) to the dough bowl.
- Mix the ingredients with your clean hands until everything is well combined and the dough comes together nicely.
- Tip: You can gently stretch and knead the dough in the bowl a few times to then punch it down a bit to help shape it into a ball. Watch this video for example.
- Transfer dough ball to a tea towel-lined soup bowl (approx. 6.25 inches in diameter), fold towel over and place everything into a sealable plastic bag.
- Move your dough bowl to a warm area of your house.
- Let rise for about 6 hours until the dough has risen to about an inch over the bowl edge or noticeably increased in size—it will not double.
- Preheat your oven, your Dutch oven and baking stone (optional) to 450° F for at least 30-45 minutes once your dough is ready to bake. Everything can stay in the bag covered until your oven is ready.
- Once your oven is hot, and your dough has increased in size, now it’s time to prepare for baking.
- Transfer your dough (flat side down, round side up) onto a piece of unbleached parchment paper (about 11×13 inches).
- Dust your dough with sorghum flour, help spread it around with your hands if necessary.
- With a very sharp knife (or bread scoring blade) score your loaf.
- If you want to add seeds, you can brush your dough with a little olive oil to help the seeds stick.
- Remove your preheated Dutch oven from the oven (careful it will be hot) and transfer your dough with parchment paper into the Dutch oven and cover.
- Return Dutch oven to the oven for 25 minutes covered, 25 minutes uncovered and 8-10 minutes with the loaf directly onto the rack or baking stone (if you used one).
- You know the bread is ready once you tap the top and sides with your finger and it sounds hard and hollow.
- Cool on a rack for 4 hours or overnight before slicing! Enjoy!
Storage tips: This loaf keeps well on the counter for 1-2 days wrapped in a tea towel. After that slice, the rest and refrigerate it in a bag or glass container for up to 5 days. This loaf does freeze well but slicing it beforehand is suggested before you freeze it.
Toasting tips: Gluten-free bread does not toast like regular bread. It does take longer to toast which is why I always use my cast iron pan to make toast now. On medium, to low heat preheat a well-seasoned cast iron pan, place fresh or frozen slices, reduce the heat to low and let your slices toast nice and slow while you carry on with your daily kitchen duties. Once almost ready, turn off the heat to keep your toast warm until you’re ready to eat.
*You can grind/mill fresh raw organic sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds into a fine flour with either a coffee/spice grinder or small blender. If you have a dry container Vitamix that will also work well. Sift the flour to remove larger seed bits and discard or return to the grinder.
As an alternative, if you are not nut-free, consider using almond flour or other nut flours in your bread recipe.
**The juice from a jar of fermented beets or vegetables. See this lacto-fermented vegetable recipe to make your own. My ferments only contain fresh veggies, packed tightly in a clean glass jar, filled with brine (water and sea salt), pickling spices and fresh garlic.
***If you don’t already have a sorghum starter but do have a gluten-free brown rice starter, consider using it in this recipe, as I’m sure it could work equally well.
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