Excerpted with permission from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef (Wiley, 2010) and GlutenFreeGirl.com.

Gluten-free bread is the great quest of those who cannot eat the protein. It can be done. But here's the key: don't expect gluten-free bread to be the familiar gluten bread. Without gluten, bread is always going to be a bit less pliable, a little drier, and more of an unexpected texture than you wish. But once you get past the stubborn notion that everything should be the way it always was, you can have bread again. … This bread has air pockets, a crisp crust, and an earthy, warm taste. Yields 2 small loaves.