My dear boyfriend got me a bread machine for Christmas. I am often suspicious of single-function kitchen stuff. I mean it; I don’t own a toaster. I certainly don’t own a grapefruit knife or juicer. However, I am here to tell you that the bread maker changed this gluten-free baker’s life.
The loaf pictured above is Gluten-free Girl’s Crusty Boule recipe adapted for the bread maker. More on that later. Last year, as soon as the weather turned colder, I resolved to bake my bread more often than I bought it. I couldn’t be more happy about all of the great gluten-free breads available in stores, but everything is too expensive in New York City, including the gluten-free bread. I started regularly making Gluten-free Girl’s Crusty Boule as written and made Ginger Lemon Girl’s vegan version too! They’re both fantastic and (even if you don’t have a bread machine) I’d recommend you working for your carbs and making them. I find breadmaking to be a rewarding and magical kitchen experience.
Enter the bread maker. The best gluten-free bread I’ve ever had was oat millet bread made by Kate. Her recipe is here. It’s aptly named “Gluten-free bread that doesn’t suck.” And it really doesn’t suck. BBM (Before Bread Maker… it really is a little like before christ) I contemplated trying to make Kate’s bread, but knew it wouldn’t turn out the same. Womp, womp. There’s a happy ending though! I christened my bread maker with oat millet bread and it was as good as I remembered.
Although—admittedly—a machine takes away the hands-on part of baking, by making the process easier it keeps me more motivated to bake at home. This brings me back to Gluten-free Girl’s Crusty Boule. This is such a good loaf, I had to see if I could make it a little easier. Making this loaf in the bread maker certainly changes its character: it’s not a crusty, artisan loaf. For that, you’ll have to do the work she describes in the original recipe. And it’s worth it. However, the recipe also makes mean loaf of gluten-free bread for the bread maker.
Gluten-Free Bread for the Bread Maker
Head on over to Gluten-free Girl and check out the Gluten-free Crusty Boule Recipe. Gather the ingredients (except for the last four, we’re going for a white sandwich bread here) and follow my instructions below for the bread maker.
1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients, except the yeast. Set aside.
2. In a separate medium bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients. Mix by hand until completely combined.
3. Pour the liquid ingredients into bread machine pan.
4. Without stirring, carefully dump the dry ingredients onto the wet, making a dry layer on top of the wet mixture.
5. Finally, put the yeast on top of the dry ingredients.
6. Select the “gluten-free” setting if your machine has it or the “basic” setting for a 2lb loaf. Select the darkest crust option. Let the bread maker do its thing.
7. Let the bread cool completely (really, this matters) and demolish.