With so many people, (about one in 100 people), now suffering from coeliac disease, the demand for high quality gluten free products is becoming greater and greater. Although the selection of specialised products is gradually growing in the supermarket aisles, there still isn’t a huge choice of tasty gluten free bread.
So, if you are looking to make your own bread and you or someone you know has a gluten intolerance, you really need to try and find out what the best gluten free bread maker is for your needs.
What is Gluten Intolerance?
Making Your Own Gluten Free Bread
Bread that is made from Rye, Spelt or Wheat contains gluten, so are not an option for coeliacs. The good thing is, you can be quite inventive when it comes to making your own gluten free bread. So to make your own wheat free bread, you can really experiment with flour made from quinoa, buckwheat, rice or even gluten free flour. However remember that if you are baking normal bread in the bread maker as well then you could consider buying some spare paddles and mixing bowls to reduce the chance of any cross contamination.
Why do you need a bread machine with a gluten free setting?
The majority of bread maker machines have just one paddle used for mixing because they are designed for making bread with wheat flour which is packed with gluten. The bread is thicker than gluten free dough and has much more elasticity. For this reason gluten free bread dough needs a lot more mixing and preferably 2 paddles.
Breads with gluten in rise twice and sometimes three times over whereas gluten free dough only needs to rise once. Therefore a gluten free bread maker that has a specific gluten free setting will more than likely remove the extra rises when you put it on that setting. As the gluten free dough only needs to rise once the program will also be shorter (bonus: you get to eat sooner!)
Which bread makers have a gluten free setting?
Out of the bread maker reviews that we have done so far 7, (plus 1 more in the pipeline), all of them have a gluten free cycle. This means that you have a choice when making your wheat free bread when you are determining which gluten free bread maker is best for you.
The following 7 bread makers are all suitable for making gluten free bread;
1. Panasonic SD-2500 bread maker – Read Our Full Review
2. Panasonic SD-2501 bread maker – Read Our Full Review
3. Panasonic SD-2502 bread maker – Read Our Full Review
4. Panasonic SD-2511 bread maker – Read Our Full Review
5. Kenwood BM450 bread maker – Read our Review
6. Andrew James Dual Paddle 890Watts bread maker – Reviewing soon, but for now you can see more here on Amazon.
7. Russell Hobbs 18036 bread maker – Read our Review
8. Andrew James Premium bread maker with auto ingredient dispenser – Read our Review
Gluten Free Ingredients and Recipes for Making Bread
Each of the above bread makers should come with their own recipe booklets containing at least one recipe for making gluten free bread.
However, make sure you use high quality ingredients as it could make a difference between tasty bread and bread you’d rather bin. Try and go for the more flavoursome flours you can get when buying Gluten Free Flour.
It is a good idea to use the ingredients at room temperature where you can, if they are too hot or cold it can stop the yeast from working properly and so the bread won’t rise. Perhaps start with less liquid than recommended and add to the mixture as it gets mixed together to form the dough. This will probably be a trial and error process to get it just right.
If you want to test out some other gluten free bread recipes I would really recommend trying out some of them in these books that get high scoring reviews on Amazon:
125 Best Gluten-free Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt