I have a breadmaker. I cannot find it right now though. Hmmmm. It is a Cuisinart Bread Machine purchased from Williams Sonoma. It has a Gluten Free Bread setting that I've used before.
According the the recipe booklet that came with it, I was to throw all the GF flours and wet ingredients into the bread pan and let it mix together in there (with a teeny-tiny blunted mixing blade at the bottom!) Well, it never worked if I followed the machine instructions.
So I started to mix all the ingredients in my counter top mixer and then I would place the batter/dough in the baking pan and turn it on. It would then bake normally and I got good results.
Also, this breadmaker has a crust setting for a lighter or darker crust. For the GF bread I always set it to the darkest setting and it came out very good. It takes a few minutes to throw it all together but the results do taste much better than any GF bread that I buy frozen from Whole Foods.
But, the bread has no preservatives in it, so if you know that you cannot finish the (small) loaf in about 3-4 days (kept in refrigerator), slice the loaf once it is done baking. Wrap it up tight in plastic wrap and freeze. Then you can pull out the slices one-at-a-time. It saves the whole loaf going bad so quickly. Freezing should keep it for about 2-3 weeks.
Hope you decide to get one! They do work, with a little help from the cook!
I don't have a bread maker but from what I understand you can still mix the dough from scratch without using a packaged mix. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about the 'instant' packages. Also, I've heard that gluten free 'doughs' are generally more of a batter texture, so I guess you'd need an actual loaf pan then... I make mine from scratch by hand but then I'm not trying to be gluten free so my bread has wheat and therefore is more doughy.
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