Commercial gluten-free bread is now excellent – it gets better every year. Convenient and tasty, it is also expensive.
Home made gluten free bread seems like a great alternative, so I got a bread machine lately and have been enjoying the results.
The bread machine is a Zojirushi BBCC-X20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker. It is a top-of-the line machine, and makes 2lb loaves. Crucial to the success of making gluten-free bread, you can program the cycle to your own specifications.
Making bread without wheat is a tricky business. It is best done with carefully tested instructions – and this comes from someone who really does not like to follow instructions. I rarely follow a recipe exactly, even the first time I make it.
But I did follow the recipe exactly for this project.
The book that make successful gluten free bread possible was Annalise Roberts’ Gluten-Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine. This book was included with the machine (a real statement about the growing importance and popularity of the gluten-free diet) – so if you get the same deal you won’t have to buy the book too.
Annalise has discovered the secret to making excellent and successful gluten free bread in a machine, as a result of extensive experimentation. I was more than happy to let this expert waste the ingredients until she got it right, and then just follow her recipe to the letter.
I highly recommend her book.
I’ve made a couple of loaves now, both excellent. I’ll have to try some of her other recipes as well, and eventually get to the point where I can make up my own.
If you follow a gluten-free diet and are thinking of getting a bread machine, and wondering if you really can make excellent gluten-free bread, then rest assured: the answer is yes you can make great bread without too much hassle, and you can save quite a bit of money too. I think this machine will pay off in well under a year.
Finally, I can enjoy fresh, home-made gluten-free bread! What an absolute luxury!
What are your experiences with using a bread machine to make gluten-free bread? Please add your comments and share your experience.