If you or loved one has a gluten intolerance, then I'm sure you've explored your options for making bread. If you bake bread a lot using the oven method and are getting tired of the process, it may be time to upgrade to a gluten free bread machine.
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These machines have an exclusive gluten free setting just for those of us with a gluten intolerance. Gluten free bread does rise and bake differently than regular bread containing wheat. Typical bread machines will begin to knead the bread, then they rest for approximately 20 minutes only to start kneading again - followed by the rise and bake cycle. The thing is, gluten free bread doesn't have to be kneaded twice.
But, here's the clincher... I have a regular bread machine that I run on the basic setting and I have had no problems with letting it run through the kneading cycle twice as it is programmed to do. It seems that either way, you will come out with a nice loaf of bread.
some people do have problems with the bread falling and sinking in the middle, but I haven't had any issues. I think the trick is to use a pre-made gluten free bread mix, and make sure that your dough isn't too dry. I almost always have to add extra liquid to the mix during the kneading process.
So, in conclusion, a gluten free bread machine is a definite luxury and the ultimate time-saving kitchen appliance for those of us with a gluten intolerance. But, if you already have a regular one, don't be afraid to use it. (Be sure not to cross contaminate if you've already baked bread in it that contains gluten). Just experiment with the settings and adjust your ingredients accordingly. I have found that I always have to add about a quarter cup of extra liquid to get the texture right. If it looks like your bread is rough on top and around the edges during kneading, you may want to do this too.
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