gluten free bread mix

making gluten free bread in a bread machine

A bread machine is a good way to conveniently and safely make gluten-free bread without worrying about cross-contamination from an oven or mixer. If you choose this method, understand that the grain will be coarser and the bread denser than it would be if you prepared the dough with a stand or hand-held electric mixer and then bake in your regular oven.

We found two ways to make this bread mix in the machine:

1. the simplest way
  1. Add 1 teaspoon baking powder to the mix, in addition to the other ingredients called for.
  2. Program the following “homemade” cycle: preheat 15 minutes, knead 30 minutes, rise 65 minutes, bake 70 minutes, dark crust setting.
  3. Use the cycle you just programmed.
  4. When the bread is done, turn it out of the machine, and cool on a rack. Enjoy within a couple of days; freeze any leftovers.
2. for a prettier and somewhat lighter loaf
  1. Add 1 teaspoon baking powder to the mix, in addition to the other ingredients called for.
  2. Program two homemade cycles: preheat 15 minutes, knead 30 minutes; and knead 30 minutes, rise 65 minutes, bake 70 minutes, dark crust setting.
  3. Run the first homemade cycle.
  4. Though it's more a look than a taste issue, we recommend stirring any unincorporated flour into the batter after the first cycle. If you skip this step, the small amount of excess flour in the bucket forms a powdery ring around the top of the loaf.
  5. Start the second cycle after the completion of the first cycle, once you've stirred in the excess flour.
  6. After the second-cycle kneading is complete, open the lid and use a spatula to smooth the top of the batter into a traditional domed-loaf shape. Close the lid and allow the cycle to finish.
  7. When the bread is done, turn it out of the machine, and cool on a rack. Enjoy within a couple of days; freeze any leftovers.