Bread and Technology: Gluten-Free Bread in a Bread Maker

Bread and Technology Gluten-Free Bread in a Bread Maker

As bread and technology mixes together to bake bread in the fastest way possible, a number of people in the industry of bread making has created and revolutionized a machine that not only mixes the ingredients to form bread like a mixer, it also bakes it like your standard bread oven! Thus, the Bread Maker machine is born.

The bread making machine eases how bread is made through its hassle-free process from the arduous task of taking out of the mixer by hand and placing it in the oven on a baking pan or tray.  For a stay-at-home mom who is busy taking care of the family, a bread making machine like this would definitely make bread-making an easy one indeed.

As technology would revolutionize, the art of bread making  would not be left behind. Bread making as time passes has revolutionized as well. From whole-wheat to our standard ones the well yeasted and sweet, bread making has indeed come a long way. But one type of bread has satisfied people who gets allergic reactions to some ingredients from bread and find it suitable for them.

The Gluten free bread is a new type of bread made with not your basic flour, but could be a mix of grains like corn or rice as a basis for the bread. Standard wheat flour however could not be used or considered to be gluten free bread because of the flour’s high content in gluten proteins.

Gluten free bread can be a little different or somewhat hard to make because of its different temperatures and sensitivities as well as its ingredients and their mixtures. But then it’s not entirely impossible to make that kind of bread in a bread-maker now, isn’t it?

Gluten-free bread, because of its lack of gluten proteins from standard wheat flour, would make it a dense and an unusual one that some people would not appreciate but some people would love otherwise. Making these kinds of bread in a bread maker would make it different but it’s not entirely difficult.

The bread would have the same process like your standard bread, put in liquids first then the dry solids and the last would be the yeast to activate the bread. There are different kinds of issues in making gluten-free bread in a bread maker that is why we set out a list to this process properly and carefully.

1. The first issue you should be concerned of mainly is the bread maker itself. Is it brand new or you previously baked a whole-wheat bread in there? Inspect thoroughly for any scratches and deep thin indents that would harbor remaining gluten from the previous use. Clean it thoroughly or in the best case, buy a baking pan that is specialized and will only be used for gluten free bread for the rest of its life.

2. Inspect your bread maker for a non-gluten setting; if your machine has this, then you will have no other concerns for baking. If your machine doesn’t have this however, check your bread maker’s settings carefully. To override your settings, try this tip. Set your bread maker at 15 to 20 minutes to mix your ingredients, second, set it to 1 hour dough rising cycle, third as the last step, set it to 1 hour bake cycle. Do not set your bread to a second rising for this will definitely destroy your gluten-free bread.

3. Gluten-free breads go stale very quickly or get dry and not tasteful at all. So bake bread that’s only enough to be consumed right away. If this isn’t possible, you could slice it up in portions and freeze it in a resealable bag so you always have bread when needed.

Making gluten-free bread is not entirely difficult; you only have to use your knowledge and ingenuity to mimic conditions when making it in a bread maker. Of course, if your machine already has this setting, then it’s definitely no trouble for you at all.

And even though gluten-free bread could get slightly more expensive than your standard bread, you can still make one at home with your bread maker, and even then maybe you could discover something new by accident. Good luck!

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