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How to Program a Bread Machine

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How to Program a Bread Machine

Lots of gluten-free bakers use a bread machine. Here is some helpful information about how to use and program your machine. You don't need (knead?) a bread machine to make wonderful gluten-free bread! Depending on your baking style, a bread machine might make your baking life a little easier. In one pan the bread kneads, rises, and bakes. All without turning on the oven!

Not all bread machines are the same. Like so many other gluten-free bakers, I love the Zojirushi bread machine. Its vertical bread pan, two kneading paddles and programmable cycle(s) produce great gluten-free bread. If you are thinking of buying a bread machine, this is the one to get! You won't find this bread machine at Wal-Mart or Target. Look for it at a local kitchenware shop or order it on-line.

For more information on bread machines, see our April 2005 newsletter. (Instructions for programming the Zojirushi can be found below.)

Programming your bread machine

1. Set the machine to the homemade setting.

2. Set the preheat option for 10 minutes.

3. Set the machine to knead for 18 minutes.

4. Turn rise 1 and 2 off.

5. Set rise 3 for 1 hour.

6. Set the bake time for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

7. Turn the keep warm cycle off.

***You can program the machine to whatever crust setting you prefer-from light to dark.

Using your machine

1. Select the "Homemade" option. (See above for directions on programming the homemade setting.)

2. Place kneading paddles into the pan.

3. Whisk together *cool* water, eggs, and melted butter. Pour whisked mixture into bread machine pan.

4. Whisk together dry ingredients. Pour mixture evenly into the pan.

5. Sprinkle yeast evenly over the top of the dry ingredients.

6. Close the lid. Select your crust setting. Press "Start".

7. A few minutes into the kneading, check the dough. If it seems too "thick", add a few tablespoons of water. Dough should be the consistency of very, very, very thick cake batter. The dough should be smooth and almost shiny. No large pieces of flour should remain in the dough and the dough should not look chunky.

8. Once bread is baked, remove it from bread machine and allow to cool on a wire rack.

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