I decided over the Christmas holidays that I wanted to try something I have not done before - bread making. Sure, I have made quick breads, like banana bread, but there is nothing like a good bread for sandwiches, or french toast, or just something to go with butter and jam.
On top of that, I do own a bread machine - I may as well put it to good use!
But where to start? The first attempt was a recipe out of The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger. The book has a small section on gluten free breads so it seemed like a reasonable place to start. I tried the GF buttermilk white bread recipe, following the instructions as written in the book, including using the quick yeast bread cycle. While this bread had decent flavor, it had little rise (the result of using the quick yeast bread cycle and the smallish amount if yeast used)and was on the dry side - perhaps because I had to convert to make CF as well.
The second attempt was to actually convert a recipe for basic white bread found in the recipe book that came with the bread machine. This is actually a simple recipe - only five ingredients - and using water instead of buttermilk. This recipe also uses a larger volume of yeast and the regular bread cycle, so greater rise should be achieved. But again, the bread turned out dry (this recipe used an extra cup of flour over the previous one) and was quite bland in flavor, though not appalling.
For the third attempt, I use a combination of the two recipes. I used the amount of GF flour used from the first recipe in combination with the amount of water and yeast from the second (no buttermilk). I also used honey as a sweetener.
You know what they say - the third time's the charm!
This recipe turned out a really flavorful loaf of bread - a bit heavy, but that's to be expected from a bread machine. The kids loved a fresh slice right from the machine, and the opportunity to take an actual sandwich to school even better!
And, as you can see from the picture below, it was perfect with a little CF butter - or some homemade peach jam.
If you choose to make this or another bread machine loaf for yourself, here are a few thoughts to consider:
Typically in the bread machine you always add the liquid ingredients first, followed by the dry.
Yeast should be always be added last.
If your recipe calls for salt, always add the salt with the wet
ingredients, so it doesn't react with the yeast too soon.
And if your recipe doesn't work out so well, don't give up! Keep trying until you get the bread you want. And don't throw those experiments away - you can always grind them up into great GFCF bread crumbs!
GFCF HONEY WHITE BREAD FOR THE BREAD MACHINE
An original recipe adaptation
NOTE: this recipe is for a 2 lb. loaf
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp honey
2 cups GF all purpose flour
3/4 cup potato starch flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch/flour
1 Tbsp xanthan gum
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
Place all the ingredients into the bread machine in the order listed.
Set your machine for the "basic bread" or "white bread" setting.
When baking ends, immediately remove from the machine to the cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and allow to cool to room temperature.
Slice and enjoy!