There are numerous options when it comes to store bought gluten free bread, but none of them compare to a warm loaf of gluten free bread that you bake fresh in your own home.
If you are thinking of purchasing a new bread machine to cook gluten free bread then purchase one with a gluten free cycle or one that has a programmable cycle.
Gluten containing dough (wheat dough) rises, needs to be punched down and then rises again. Most settings on traditional bread machines will take you through this process two or three times.
You do not need all of these cycles for gluten free bread; the second rise can result in a deflated loaf of gluten free bread. With programmable cycles you have the flexibility of selecting just one knead and one rise cycle which is all you need for gluten free bread. Alternatively, you can buy a bread machine with a gluten free setting that automatically eliminates all of the extra cycles.
- Our favorite bread machine is the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker.
You can use the Basic Course when baking gluten-free breads . The Zojirushi also has a programmable cycle to set for gluten free bread so you can set the exact knead time, rise times, crust color, and baking time you desire. For gluten free bread, set the machine for Preheat 15 minutes, Knead 25 minutes, turn OFF Rise 1 and Rise 2, Rise 3 for 55 minutes, and Bake for 55 minutes. It also has dual paddles for mixing.
and settings for three crusts shades – light, medium and dark. You can also use it cook everything from meatloaf to homemade jam.
We are not the only ones that love this bread machine. BreadInfo.com tested the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 by preparing several types of bread in it. They say it does a good job making white bread and bread dough, but they're particularly impressed with its ability to produce "remarkably high-quality" gluten-free bread.
The Zojirushi is the cream of the crop, but you can make good bread with a less expensive bread maker
- If you are looking for a less expensive alternative, then we recommend the Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake Bread Maker which features a gluten free setting.
It does not have some of the bells and whistles of the Zojirushi such as the extra features, dual blades and large window, but it will get the job done with a built in gluten free cycle and two-pound loaf capacity.
- I have not personally tried it, but the Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Breadmaker also has a gluten free setting.
You cannot program the cycles but it comes with a gluten free setting that should work for most home bakers. It is a single paddle system but also has a pause feature for scrapping down the sides, and a keep warm setting.
Once you have a bread machine, you are going to need a good recipe. There are two cookbooks with reliable recipes:
- 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt. This book has numerous recipes for gluten free baking and discusses programming guidelines for the Zojirushi bread machine!
- Gluten-Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine by Annalise G. Roberts. It has everything from great recipes, specific directions on how to set your bread machine and tips for when things just don't go right.
In addition, we have our own recipe for Gluten Free Brown Bread for a Bread Machine. All bread machines work a little different so you may have to experiment with this one a few times but we cook it regularly in our bread machine and it works great.
Recipe for Gluten Free Brown Bread
for a Bread Machine
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 2/3 cup warm water
- 3 Tablespoon canola oil or olive oil
- 2 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoon honey
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup white rice flour
- 3/4 cup millet flour
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- just shy of 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
- ½ cup dry milk powder (for dairy free use Vance's DariFree)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 2 1/2 teaspoons GF yeast
Add the eggs (lightly beaten), water, oil, cider vinegar and honey to the pan of the bread maker and stir until combined.
In a large bowl whisk all of the dry ingredients except the yeast together.
Only use grains that are labeled gluten free. Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.
With your finger make a depression in the center of the dry ingredients and add 2 ½ teaspoons gluten free yeast.
Set bread machine on the gluten free cycle or program for the least number of rise cycles. If your bread machine is programmable, program your machine for Preheat 5 minutes, Knead 25 minutes, turn OFF Rise 1 and Rise 2, Rise 3 for 55 minutes, and Bake 50 minutes.
Once it starts mixing, scrape the sides of the bread pan with a rubber spatula. Make sure all dry ingredients are incorporated.
When the bread machine is finished, let cool in the pan for about 5-10 minutes. Sometimes it helps to lay the pan on its side for a few minutes, then shift to the other side for a few minutes. Gently remove the bread from the pan after it has cooled a bit, then cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.
This bread is so moist that it almost gets too soft if you store it too securely with saran wrap or Ziploc bags. I love the Progressive International Adjustable Bread Keeper
It has vents on the side to regulate air flow, can adjust to the size of your loaf and it has a built-in cutting board. Your bread will hold for a few days on the counter. For longer storage, slice and then put into Ziploc bags in the freezer.
Send me some photos of your finished bread and always feel free to email with questions.