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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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172 thoughts on “Baking Gluten Free Bread in a Breadmaker

  1. I just got a Oster bread maker. Will gluten free flour rise when making rolls? I’m trying the bread cycle to make a loaf of bread. I don’t have a gluten free button.

    • Hi Teri, the key to gluten free rolls rising is to shape them first, then let them rise. If you want to make rolls with your bread machine, take the dough out right after mixing and before rising. Shape the rolls or put them into pans and then let them rise there before baking. Hope that helps! Here are some more tips for GF bread baking.
      ~jules

  2. What is your experience with Breville Bread Makers? It has a GF setting… I just got mine. I love Breville products and find them extremely efficient and worth the money.

  3. I have the Zojirushi breadmaker. I read that you have it too. Did you change the setting for the gluren-free cycle? The manual says that it will go through rise and punch down cycles. Your tips say that the bread should not be punched down.

    • Hi John, the “punchdown” in the GF setting on the Zojirushi isn’t really much of a punchdown, so it’s fine to just use the GF setting. I did program it though, mostly because I don’t like waiting so long for the ingredients to come to temperature, because I add my ingredients at room temperature anyway. There is information in the article about what to set for programming, if you prefer.
      ~jules

  4. can I use the gluten free flour in place of regular flour, in a bread machine on the dough cycle? I want to make my challah GF and I normally make the dough in the dough cycle and finish it up by hand.
    Thanks in advance for your response.
    irene

    • Hi Irene, you can certainly use your bread machine to make the gluten free challah dough and then finish by hand. I think it’s just as easy to use a mixer since there’s no kneading involved with GF doughs, but it’s up to you. Have you tried my GF challah recipe? It’s a winner!
      ~jules

    • Hi Ann,
      We don’t currently sell in any stores in Canada, but we do deliver to Canada. It can be rather pricey to ship from the US, so a lot of my customers have flour delivered to friends in the US who ship to them. We do offer it as an option though, just so you can still have access. We’re working on finding other ways to get my products to our friends over the border with less expense. I hope this helps!
      ~jules

  5. I am so sad, and have been crying…do you have a basic GF bread recipe specifically for a bread maker? These mistakes are costing me a lot for GF flour. It is difficult to buy here where it is a rural area. The flour is: PC gluten-free all purpose flour blend. The ingredients are: tapioca starch, modified potato starch, corn flour, modified cellulose, xanthan gum. Pleassssssssssse. Can you help?

    • Hi Carolyn, I’m happy to help! I must say I’m not familiar with PC flour mix, and all gluten free flour mixtures work quite differently, based both upon the ratios of whole grains to starches and upon the exact flours used. Have a look at this basic sandwich bread recipe and scroll to the bottom of the directions for making in a breadmaker. If you try it with your flour blend and think you’re on the right track but it’s not as delicious as it oughta be (and it IS delicious!), I encourage you to try my gfJules GF blend. We ship right to your door so even folks in rural areas can have access. You can even try a sample for just $5 including shipping. I want everyone to bake happy again, gluten free. No more tears (we’ve all been there, though!). Please have hope and know that this recipe is as good as it looks when made with my blend, and it’s even easier to just make it with my bread mix – dump the mix on top of the liquids and push the button!
      ~jules

    • I’ve been buying Pamela’s gluten free bread mix from Amazon and its soooo good!! The only thing I do differently is use Fleshmains (sp) yeast instead of what comes with the individual packages. I searched for mixes because its cheaper then buying all the different flours

      • I’m glad you’ve found one that works for you, Amy! I agree that the mixes are often cheaper than buying the individual flours, also because sometimes you only need a little of one flour and a little of another, so the remainders end up going bad. That’s why I love my gfJules Bread Mix – it has all the flours and quick rise yeast included so you can just dump it in the bread machine with the liquids and push a button for picture perfect, delicious homemade bread. I’d love to hear what you think about my mix if you try it sometime!
        ~jules

  6. Hello! Thanks for all the awesome tips on this website! I have a brand new bread baking machine and have made two breads so far. The first one, a very basic one with brown rice flour and potato starch turned out alright, but the second one with almond flour and arrowroot starch not so much. It’s sunken in and totally underdone. :-(. I’ve yet to find any advice on the web about if you can use almond flour when baking with a bread machine. I have the Zojirushi and it does have a gluten free cycle. I assume i might have to select a different course when using almond flour (using blanched almond flour). Very grateful for any advice!
    Thank you!

    • Hi Anja – I don’t bake with almond flour as my primary flour. I use it here and there WITH other gluten free flours. Almond flour and coconut flour require different moisture levels than many other gluten free flours, so just subbing them in will throw off a recipe not originally written for them. Have you looked at any of the gluten free bread recipes on my site, or considered trying my gluten free bread mix? I use it in my Zojirushi bread maker all the time and in fact, when I travel to gluten free Expos around the country teaching how to make GF bread in a bread maker, I’m using my mix and the Zojirushi because I can always count on the results and I’m teaching more about technique than ingredients. Just something to consider. I hope this information has helped!
      ~jules

      • Thank you so much, Jules. I will definitely check out the bread mix and the recipes. Yes, using almond flour was not a great idea for me so far. Someday I may try again to bake with it, but will mix it then for sure. Thanks so much for your time. Happy 2016!

  7. Just an FYI, beer bread by definition cannot be gluten free since beer is made from barley, whet, hops etc which are all gluten. You should update your comments above or some people may be confused and get sick from making “gluten free beer bread”! But thanks for all your info and tips, very helpful!

    • Hi Diane, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. While traditionally, all beer did contain gluten, there are now gluten-free beers available, but it’s good to point that out again here in this article as well. If you’d like some recommendations on gluten-free beers, take a look at my GF Beer Tasting Notes! Cheers!
      ~jules

  8. Hi. I have the Zojirushi bread machine. I want to make crescent rolls using your recipe in my bread maker. The problem is I can’t get your GF flour. I need to make this for Christmas Eve and there is not enough time to order. Can I use another brand of GF flour? What do you recommend? Thanks!

  9. Hi! I am wondering as a vegan what is the best alternative to use rather than eggs in a bread machine? It does not have a gluten free setting, so I would have to try to by pass some options.
    I really hate thinking about the billions of baby male chicks that are ground up alive only hours after hatching in the egg industry. Many of them are also suffocated in large plastic bags! This must be banned and people need to know that eggs are not “innocent” products but sources of suffering fro both the hens and the male chicks especially! Even “cage-free, range-free eggs” result in the deaths of male chicks! Anyone reading this-PLEASE think about that and use alternatives or go to a local farmer or a friend who has chickens that they just use for unfertilized eggs! Thanks!!!

    • Hi Lisa,
      I have a long list of egg-free substitutes I recommend for different kinds of baking applications. You can check my article here, but I’ll tell you that I have great success using flaxseed meal + water in my yeast breads in place of eggs — I do it all the time!
      I hope you find the article helpful – you can bake nearly any of my recipes egg free, and you might also enjoy my book, Free for All Cooking, which has tons of egg-free vegan recipes!

    • Hi Amy, I have an awesome yeast-free bread recipe in my GF Bread Baking E-book. I haven’t posted it on the blog yet, but it’s really, really good! Here’s the link to the e-book if you want to check it out: Bread Baking E-book.
      As for the hole from the paddle, you can take it out after the mix cycle, or just leave it in and know that there will be a small hole where the paddle was left behind. It happens with all the machines, so it’s up to you whether it’s bothersome enough to make you want to reach into the dough and remove the paddle before the bake cycle. At least you have options!
      ~jules

  10. Hi Jules, I just got the Cuisinart bread machine. Many of the recipes call for bread flour. Can I use your flour and add something to it to make it bread flour so I can make those or should I just stick with your recipes? I love yours with my stand mixer by the way.

    • Hi Bonnie – good choice! I love that bread maker. I think the convection bake makes it work a little better than some other brands. Do check with an internal thermometer when the setting is finished, to be sure that the loaf is at least 205F. With some recipes, I’ve had to add time or put the loaf in the pan in my oven to add a bit more time.
      As for bread flour, unfortunately, wheat-based bread flour is high in protein and high in gluten, so using those recipes with my gluten-free flour won’t work out so well. I’d recommend sticking with my gluten-free bread recipes for best results.
      Have fun baking!
      ~jules

  11. Iam looking for a gluten free and dairy free banana bread recipe to make in a bread machine. Dose anyone know of a good one?
    Thanks
    Hailey :-)

    • Hi Hailey, you could try any of my quick bread recipes and use that setting on your bread maker. With bananas though, you’ll definitely want to mash those before you add them to the bread maker, as the paddle won’t be able to handle that task. Here’s a good recipe for you to try.

  12. I just made your GF beer bread in my new bread machine using the GF setting. it was fabulous! the book that came with the machine only has 4 recipes for GF bread. so my question is can I made the other recipes using your flour and the GF setting on the machine? and can I made the pizza dough from the book and just substitute your flour?

    • Hi Mauri, so glad you loved the beer bread in your bread machine!! I don’t know anything about the recipes that they offer in the bread machine book you have. I am often skeptical about trying them because they usually call for some odd-tasting or textured flours that require more moisture or fats to cover them up, which my flour doesn’t need. At least you have a great starting point by using my flour in the bread machine in my beer bread recipe. You can try others of my recipes in the machine, or if you try ones from that book and they don’t work so well, you can return to one you know will work great. As for pizza dough – do you have a stand mixer? I find it’s easier to make GF pizza dough with my mixer than in a bread machine. You have to take it out of the machine to bake the pizza dough anyway, so it’s really just acting as a mixer and bread machines honestly don’t make the best mixers! :)

  13. OK so I am super new to both gluten free AND to baking period lol. Especially bread. My grandma gave Me a breadmaker though and it does not have the GF setting so….HOW DO YOU OVERRIDE the settings so it doesn’t pound it etc???????? I have an Oster Express bake. help!!!!!!!! Thanks (:

    • Hi Heather – the last reader that asked me about this machine ended up calling Oster and they exchanged it for one with a GF setting because there was no way to manually override those settings. The other option would be to mix the dough separately and then put it into the bread machine pan and just set it for rise and bake (if that’s possible) or rise elsewhere and just set it for bake. I’d try calling Oster first, though — much easier to just start with a machine that does it for you!

  14. Do you have any yeast-free bread recipes? I have mild food sensitivity to gluten, wheat, dairy & many other things but a strong sensitivity or allergy to yeast. I really miss real bread or pizza or all the wonderful things that involve yeast.

    • Hi Jules! I just got my bread machine (a Breadman with a GF setting) on Saturday and I used SAF Instant Yeast (since I am a TRUE novice at baking bread, my breads will be trial and error). I actually went on Amazon where they had a yeast comparison chart that really helped me. It was really surprisingly good for a first try! And it rose pretty well, too. I think it will be a trial and error thing unless some more experienced bakers would like to chime in!