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Baking Gluten Free Bread in a Breadmaker

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Baking Gluten Free Bread in a Breadmaker

Baking gluten free bread in a breadmaker can be an easy entree into baking gluten free bread from scratch. Add the ingredients, push the button and GO! Let the bread machine do the heavy lifting.  Using an easy gluten free bread mix makes things even more of a breeze. (The loaves pictured below are made with my gfJules™ Sandwich Bread Mix, which was just voted #1 Gluten Free Bread Mix in the 2018 Gluten Free Awards – third year in a row!)

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gluten free bread in bread makerBut which gluten free bread maker is best? Does it have to have a gluten free setting to bake gluten free bread? What gluten free bread recipes work best in bread machines? Read on for answers.

For anyone leery of baking gluten free bread from scratch, and for those who don’t have a stand mixer, a bread maker may be your new best friend. Since the hardest part is often just finding the patience to wait for that yummy nirvana of heavenly yeasty bread aromas to permeate every room of your home, beckoning you to make a sandwich … it’s easy to see why gluten free bread makers are so well-loved!

Gluten Free Artisan Bread gfJules.com

Gluten free artisan bread is made easy with gfJules Bread Mix! (click on photo for recipe)

 

Don’t hesitate to bake gluten free bread from scratch if you don’t have or can’t afford to buy a gluten free breadmaker right away.

Some of my favorite gluten free loaves are baked in my oven, and some recipes don’t even require a bread pan! Gluten free sandwich bread, challah, bread sticks … all can be made easily without a breadmaker.

 

Tips for Making Gluten Free Bread in a Breadmaker:

 

Oster gluten free breadmaker

I found this Gluten-Free Breadmaker for less than $40 and it makes great bread!

1- You don’t have to have the most expensive breadmachine to have the best bread. I travel with my bread makers for many cooking classes, and I won’t risk a big investment being in the hands of the TSA. So I tend to prefer mid-range bread makers for travel: Oster®, BreadMan® or Cuisinart®. These are all in the $50-$125 range.

But I truly love the loaves my reliable, two-paddled Zojirushi® turns out; I don’t risk traveling with it because it is a costlier machine. My new favorite mid-range and travel machine is the T-Fal®. You can read my T-fal Gluten Free Bread Machine Review here.


The process of baking gluten free bread in a bread machine is the same, no matter which model you use: liquids first, then dry ingredients, then yeast. Here’s a quick video showing you how:

(The short video above shows bread being made with my gfJules™ Whole Grain Bread Mix; to make with a scratch recipe, simply use the ingredients in this Gluten Free Sandwich Bread or Dinner Rolls Recipe)

2- You don’t have to have a bread maker with a gluten free setting to bake gluten free bread. But it helps. If you have an older breadmaker without a gluten free setting, make sure it’s totally clean from any gluten residue. If there are scratches on the pan or the paddle, buy new ones because they could house gluten left behind from the last loaf. If you are in the market for a new bread maker though, buy one with a gluten free setting.

3- Using bread makers without a gluten-free setting. Read your manual to find out how to override the pre-programmed settings. Program the machine for:

1.  a 20-minute mix cycle

2.  a 1-hour rise cycle

3.  a 1-hour bake cycle

Do not allow the machine to do a “punch down” or second rise! Those are settings specific to gluten breads, but they will damage your gluten free loaf.

4- Always bring ingredients to room temperature before mixing gluten free bread dough. For eggs, heat a bowl of water and put the un-cracked eggs in the bowl to bring them to room temperature.

5- Always put liquid ingredients into a bread maker pan first. Dry ingredients go on top. If you can whisk the dry ingredients together before pouring them into the pan, that is best.

6- Keep a rubber spatula handy and help the bread maker out a bit during the mix cycle. Go around the pan with the spatula to help the ingredients incorporate. If you don’t want holes from the paddles when you remove them after baking, once the bread is mixed and before the rise, reach into the dough and remove the paddles; use the rubber spatula to help clean them off and smooth the top of the bread before rising. Note: it’s totally fine to leave the paddles inside the loaf as it bakes — it’s purely aesthetic whether you want holes in the bottom of the bread or not.

7- Buy an instant read thermometer. They’re not expensive but make all the difference in helping you decide if your gluten free bread is really fully cooked. Always take your bread’s temperature before you take it out of the oven or the bread maker. It might look and smell done, but if it’s not over 205° F, it’s not done in the middle. Add extra time to your bread maker or put the bread maker pan into your oven on 350° F for another 5-10 minutes (keep taking its temperature).

bread thermometer used in gluten free bread baking

The key to baking gluten free bread from scratch or in a breadmaker is to take its temperature to know for sure when it’s done cooking.

 

8- Let your bread cool in the pan for about 5-10 minutes. Lay the pan on its side for a few minutes, then shift to the other side for a few minutes. Gently remove it from the pan after it has cooled a bit, then cool completely on a wire rack before cutting (if you can resist!).

9- Store fully cooled bread in a zip-top bag on your counter – depending on the recipe and ingredients, it should stay fresh that way for a few days.

gluten free beer bread

Gluten Free Beer Bread made in a bread machine with my gfJules Whole Grain Bread Mix.

 

10- Never refrigerate your breads or you will dry them out! If you can’t finish the whole loaf before it starts to get dry, you can slice the bread and freeze it in a zip-top freezer bag so you always have bread handy. Put parchment or wax paper between the slices to make separating the frozen slices easier. Then, just toast to enjoy!

Bonus #11 – If you really want a tall, fluffy loaf of bread, use a carbonated beverage like gluten free beer, club soda or ginger ale! Check out the height of my gluten-free beer bread! This is my favorite, reliable from-scratch gluten free sandwich bread recipe.

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220 thoughts on “Baking Gluten Free Bread in a Breadmaker

  1. Hi, I have tried your gf pumpernickel bread 5 times and each time it sunk in the middle and once it overflowed. What do I need to do to make a loaf for sandwiches. I’m using the SKG bread maker. I’m so upset.

    • Hi Mary, have you tried making this recipe in the oven, instead? It is a large loaf, so it sounds like it’s too large for your particular bread machine pan. You could either half the recipe and try it again in your bread machine or just use a larger loaf pan and bake it in the oven. Breads will sink when they are not fully cooked and if it overflowed, it’s definitely too much for your pan. I’m not familiar with that brand of bread machine, but some pans are much smaller than others. You can also try another of my recipes or my gluten free sandwich bread mix to make regular sandwich bread; the mix and this gluten free sandwich bread recipe make smaller loaves than the pumpernickel recipe.
      Hope that helps!
      ~jules

  2. Totally bummed.
    I have a Zojirushi without the GF setting bread maker that I received as a gift and I could not wait to use it. I used the King Arthur GF that has Xanthan gum in it so I did not add anymore because the King Arthur recipe said not to.. I watched your great video and added the liquids first (warm temperature) and placed the dry ingredients on top after I whisked the dry ingredients together. I made a hole and added the yeast. I read the guide and it said to use the basic setting and I selected light crust. Well my bread is more like cornbread and not soft and moist like I had imagined. Totally bummed! My house smells good though. What did I do wrong?

    • Hi Michelle, did you use one of my gluten free bread recipes or one from the KA website? The KA Flour is very different from mine, and performs totally differently as well; I’m sure that contributed to the results you got from this recipe. I would also recommend using my guide (in this post) to program the Zojirushi for a gluten-free bread setting. When people are starting out baking gluten free bread, I also recommend using my gfJules Gluten Free Bread Mix so you can see how it SHOULD turn out and you can either just keep using my mix or use one of my recipes and know what to expect, results-wise.

    • Thanks so much. I used the KA mix. Buying your mix now. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I was so excited to get started and bummed when it did not turn out the way I hoped. Since my bread maker does not have the GF option, do I use the following settings when making the bread using your mix?
      1. a 20-minute mix cycle
      2. a 1-hour rise cycle
      3. a 1-hour bake cycle
      Again, thank you.

      • Yep! That should do it. You should check the internal temp to be sure the bread machine is baking it all the way through, though, just to be sure since this is the first time using my mix in your machine without a GF setting.

  3. I have a Cuisinart bread machine that I have used three times, without great results. I follow the recipes precisely. I have opened the lid during what is supposed to be the rising cycle and found the bread dough on the sides of the pan and had to use a spatula to form the bread loaf. Is this normal? The bread never rises, and comes out very dense and moist in center – no bread-like texture. What is wrong??

    • Hi Anne, It’s totally ok to open the lid during mixing and use a spatula to help mix it. Once it’s finished mixing and then enters the rising cycle, it’s hard to get that flour from the sides of the pan integrated and mixed well with the dough, so I’d suggest helping it along DURING the mix cycle, instead of after. Otherwise, what recipe are you using? What gluten free flours do you use? Do you weigh your ingredients or measure by volume? What liquids are you using? Do you use eggs or substitute? All these things will contribute to your success, so let me know and I’ll be happy to try to help!
      ~jules

      • Thanks so much for following up. I use the recipe in the booklet. I use two types of flour – Bobs Red Mill and a corn flour which I measure with a spoon and then level off. Liquids are eggs, milk (I substitute almond milk), oil and water. I just purchased another brand of GF flour at Aldi and will give that a try.

          • Hi Anne, if you’re relying simply on the gluten free flours you can find at the grocer store, that’s definitely part of the problem. All gluten free flour blends are totally different and are not easily substituted in recipes, plus most grocery store brands are made with the cheapest combination of ingredients so that the price point can tolerate supermarket shopping.
            If you’re using a recipe from my gfJules Bread Baking e-book, you should give my gfJules Flour a try. Or better yet, just use my gfJules Gluten Free Bread Mix. It takes all the guesswork out of it and makes award-winning bread in a bread machine. Imagine not having to throw out any more failed loaves!
            https://shop.gfjules.com/collections/mixes/products/gfjules-gluten-free-sandwich-bread-mix-1-11-lbs
            ~jules