Gluten Free Bread Machine

A person with celiac disease only has two options when it comes to eating bread; pay outrageous prices for gluten free bread in the grocery store or make your own. My experience with store bought gluten free bread has not been very good. Fresh gluten free bread is just not to be found. Enter the gluten free bread machine! Finding the right gluten free bread machine can take some research but you need to look at it as an investment in your health.

The many advantages to owning your own bread maker

There are a variety of reasons why baking using a bread maker is the chosen method for many people today and we’re going to examine a few of them. Preparing your own bread at home is a superb idea and one that comes with many benefits when making use of a bread machine.

Bread these days can be filled with chemical preservatives and various other ingredients that do not need to be there. Using a bread machine to make your own bread in the home gives you freedom over just what ingredients go into your bread to be sure its nice tasting as well as great for you as well as for your family.

Another benefit is that using a bread machine lets you bake gluten free breads, which are a necessity for celiacs and perfect for those who have lower level gluten intolerance. Utilizing a bread machine enables you to bake using only ingredients that are harmless and healthy for you as well as your household. A perfect example is the Panasonic SD-YD250 Breadmaker.

Together with the health advantages there’s also cost savings for households who go through a lot of bread. While the initial cost of a bread maker may set you back somewhat, it will last you for years and save you a ton of money over buying loaves from the supermarket or bakery.

These days many top line bread machines feature extra options that enable you to do great things such as bake cakes, make pizza dough etc. Quite a few bread machines incorporate several functions above and beyond simply baking plain old bread.

There’s practically nothing quite like a fresh loaf of bread from the bakery, especially very first thing each morning. So consider what it might be like to wake to a home baked loaf every morning, right out of your bread machine, all set for your family to enjoy.

And last, but not least, is the fun factor. Baking bread at home in your favorite bread maker is really a satisfying experience and something that a whole family can enjoy. There’s absolutely nothing quite like trying something completely new, or maybe a twist on a favorite recipe to discover how it turns out. From subidores.com

A gluten free bread machine would not be complete without a gluten free bread recipe. I found this one at my-extraordinary-life.blogspot.com

Dry Ingredients
2 cups Tapioca Starch
1 1/2 cups Brown Rice Flour
1/2 cup Potato Starch
5 Tablespoons Sugar
4 teaspoons Xanthan Gum
2 teaspoons Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Powder

Wet Ingredients
6 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cup Warm Water (approximately 110 degrees)
1 teaspoon Vinegar
4 Tablespoons Oil
4 teaspoons Yeast

  • Combine dry ingredients (first 7) and mix well.  Make sure those dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Add yeast in warm water.  Allow sit until it starts to become foamy.
  • Add egg whites into a bowl large enough to beat with a fork.
  • Whip egg whites with a fork for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy, ALMOST soft peaks.  We are just looking to break up the egg white jell here, not to foam it up to soft peaks.
  • Add oil and vinegar to egg mixture and place into machine pan with paddles inserted. (first layer)
  • Add yeast/water as next layer. (second layer)
  • Next add the dry ingredients gently over top. (third layer)
  • Set your machine according to the programming up top.
  • Machine will beep once mixing cycle is almost complete.  Take this opportunity to check batter consistency, scrape the batter down with a spatula and remove paddles if necessary.
  • One bread machine beeps to alert you to the baking cycle being complete, take loaf pan immediately out of the machine.
  • Gently tap the side of the pan to loosen the bread and take it out.
  • Cool COMPLETELY on a rack until bread is room temperature.  Dont’ cheat here, it needs to cool.

Notes:
I can’t stress this enough, take the bread immediately out of the pan once it is finished baking in the bread machine.  Otherwise too much moisture will cause the bread to collapse.

Try adding dry powdered milk for the nutritional value (if you can tolerate it).  I have small children with growing bones and added Calcium and Vitamin D would definitely help.

I am using Instant Dry Yeast and I am proofing it first even though manufacturers say you do not have to.  For some reason it works better for me this way.  The non proofed yeast results in a more dense bread.

Dough that is perfect for the bread machine will form a soft peak. Dip a spoon or spatula into the batter and pull gently up.  Dough will just drop over at the very top is the correct softness.

Humidity and where in the world you live has a huge influence on your bread.  Try the recipe first.  If you need improvements or have issues, start by leaving out 2-4 tablespoons of water and look for the correct consistency during the mixing cycle.

If you never made Gluten Free bread before, it will not look like gluten bread.  It will be more dense and sticky and should form soft peaks (like egg whites).

Check out some of these gluten free bread machines to compare features and prices:

I hope you agree with me that a gluten free bread machine is a necessary tool for the celiac following a gluten free diet. Leave a comment below to let me know what you think!




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