My brown rice bread is not rising and I do not know if I am doing something wrong or if yeast does not work with brown rice flour.

I baked brown rice bread in the following way:

  • 600 g brown rice flour
  • 100 g Chuño
  • Whole yeast block
  • 100 g flax

Any tips on how to make it rise without any wheat or other gluten products?

(I cannot eat any gluten, so I need a 100% gluten-free solution.)

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    The yeast should be able to eat the starch in the rice flour and the potato. But the air bubbles won't get trapped due to the missing gluten. Do you see yeast activity, even without growing? Is maybe the yeast too old? Are you sure that the bread is meant to rise as much as wheat bread does? (Maybe it is just a rather dense kind of bread).
    – rumtscho
    Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 4:16
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    Rumtscho is correct. There needs to be something in there to help trap air. Also, you need to knead it like normal bread -- not to develop gluten, but to trap air bubbles, which the yeast can then expand. I'm using the King Arthur Flour recipe here, you need something like xanthan gum to stabilize it: kingarthurflour.com/recipes/gluten-free-sandwich-bread-recipe
    – BobMcGee
    Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 6:26
  • I hope that I can find that Xanthan Gum here in Chile. I did not knead the bread normally, I used a big fork to do it because it was very liquidish. Does that matter??
    – Mary
    Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 22:59
  • Is chuño the same as almidón de papa? Commented Jul 31, 2023 at 23:25

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I have been making a gluten free yogurt bread with the brown rice flour and haven't had any problems. You are going to need xanthan gum with any kind of gluten free mix you need.

With the other gluten free bread recipes I have in my book, they are all calling for a tsp of vinegar in addition to the dry yeast. Not sure if that helps with the rising, but my recipes have all come out exactly like the book says and haven't had a problem with them not rising. I just turn my stand mixer on HIGH and don't worry about kneading the bread.


I think that AtlasRN has a very good point. Not the vinegar, the pH of dough is OK for yeast and it creates their own acid anyway, but the stand mixer.

Leavened gluten-free breads are very new, and are always made with xanthan (or other stabilizer) and a mixer. Xanthan works differently from gluten. It is more of an emulsifier, not an elastic protein like gluten. So it needs good aeration, and the big air bubbles of the yeast probably just escape into the air. On the other hand, a mixer forces air into the dough (batter?) and these small bubbles stay there, bound to the batter by the xanthan. Actually, whipping air into the dough works with wheat based dough too, there was a pizza lab article on that. But in a gluten-free bread, it is probably the only way to aerate.

Xanthan gum is commonly used in many foods, and it should be available around the world. It isn't used much in home cooking, so you can't get it at the supermarket. It should be possible to buy it over the Internet, or offline at a restaurant supply store or at a health food store. If you can't find xanthan, take guar, they are practically interchangeable. I don't know which one is easier to find, but my local health food store has guar and no xanthan.

Both xanthan and guar are used in very small quantities, so don't worry if it looks expensive. You can buy a kilogram, and store it in a dry place for months. It will be enough for hundreds of loaves of bread, so it should be a good investition even if you have to order online from a foreign site and pay international shipping and import tax.

The important part is to combine xanthan and an electrical mixer. A fork won't force the amount of air needed into the dough. You don't need an expensive stand mixer, a small hand held mixer should work fine. If you don't have one, you can try using a whisk and whipping vigorously, as you would egg whites, but I think that it will take a very long time and be very hard, because the batter will be much heavier than egg whites. A mixer will make it easy.

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