Baking Gluten Free Bread in a Breadmaker

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 Bread Mix, which was just voted #1 Gluten Free Bread Mix in the 2020 Gluten Free Awards – for the fourth time!)

How to Bake Gluten Free Bread in a Bread Maker | gfJules.com

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.

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All about Gluten Free Bread Machines

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 or slather a warm fresh-baked slice with butter … it’s easy to see why gluten free bread machines 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)

BUT … don’t hesitate to try baking gluten free bread from scratch if you don’t have or can’t afford to buy a gluten free bread machine. The homemade gluten free bread recipes on my site are all designed to be made without a bread machine, though many may be made in a bread machine, as well. And you don’t have to be a bread baking expert to bake them — I promise!

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, gluten free bread sticks, 10 Minute Gluten Free Focaccia … are just some of the amazing homemade gluten free bread recipes on my site that 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® and Hamilton Beach®. 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. You can read about the Zojirushi as well as my preferred mid-range and travel machines in my gluten free bread machine reviews


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 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 bread machine 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.

How to Program Your Bread Machine for Gluten Free Bread:

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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  1. if i stop my bread machines cycle after the first two knead cycles and rest cycle and allow it to ferment and rise for 1 hour as you suggest, will it fall when i turn my machine back on to the bake cycle ? I’m thinking the time it takes for the bake cycle to get up to temp could be a problem. I have never timed it to see how long this takes.

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    • Hi Gloria, the only problem I see with this proposal is that you said “The first two knead cycles.” If there are two knead cycles, that means there is a punch down cycle in between — you do NOT want that cycle! If you can stop the machine after the first knead cycle, then allow it to rest and rise but the machine will not be at all warm, so you will probably want a longer rise. Then turn on to the bake cycle. The machine is designed to go from rise to bake already with the dough inside, so I don’t think it will be a problem for the bread to come to temp with the bread inside.
      ~jules

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  2. Hi for the 1-hour bake cycle in the bread maker should it be set to 275 Degrees or 300 degrees cook temp? My gluten-free option automatically sets it to 275.

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    • Hmmm. Interesting. Most bread machines don’t offer a temperature option, but when you bake in the oven, it’s at 350F. 275F seems pretty low to me for a bake temp. What brand is the machine?
      ~jules

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  3. i’ve tried 3 different recipes but all fail to rise in breadmaker so r really waste of time and ingredients. also allergic to eggs totally. Also nuts which i thought would rule out almond flour and coconut and coconut milk. Also allergic to dairy so cheese is also a no go for me. At moment trying Goats milk and seem ok with this milk as was brought up on goats milk. Aparently also allergic to wheat

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    • Hi Chris, I hear you. Trust me though, it’s all about the right gluten free flour combination and in the case of using a bread machine, it also does make a difference that you’re using a bread maker with a gluten free setting and that the bread is cooked all the way through so that it does not fall after it cools (from being uncooked in the middle). By the time many people arrive on my site, they’ve experienced lots of expensive gluten free flour and bread failures, and are pretty dejected, so you’re not alone. Lucky for you, my gfJules Flour and Bread Mix meet your dietary restrictions (no nuts, eggs, wheat or dairy) and they make great gluten free bread in bread machines designed for gluten free breads like the ones I’ve compared in this bread machine reviews article. The best thing you can do to convince yourself that it’s not you, it’s the recipes you’ve used before, is to make one loaf using my gfJules Bread Mix because it’s all-in — just add the liquids. I use flaxseed meal and water as an egg sub with this bread mix all the time and it works deliciously without sinking, so I can tell you that you will be pleased. No need for dairy, either: I really like using bubbly liquid of some sort like sparkling water, gluten free beer or gingerale if you like a sweeter bread.
      I hope this helps put you on the path to great gluten free bread from a bread machine. Feel free to reach out with any questions anytime, just email [email protected].
      ~jules

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  4. I just found your site and look forward to trying one of your recipes. I tried two others I found online on other sources, but both sunk in the middle. Do you have any idea why that would happen? I want to make nice bread with the rounded top as yours look. My machine is the Oster, with a GF setting.

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  5. I just came across your recipes while searching for a gluten free bread machine recipe. Excited to start baking but all I have is a 1:1 gluten free flour. I will have to wait to get other flour to start following your recipes.

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    • I have a question on the gf setting on the machine. My zojirushi has a second rise and punch down for the gf setting. Is that ok to use or I should custom program to only 1 rise? Thanks

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    • Hi Manuel, I’m sorry but they are not translated on my site, however, you should be able to copy them from my site and paste them into Google translate. I hope that helps!!!
      ~jules

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