Gluten restricted diets shouldn’t mean you can’t enjoy beautiful bread straight out of the bread machine, and fortunately bread maker manufacturers have tagged on to this and made machines either specifically for, or with a capacity for, gluten free bread. We’re going to talk about the best gluten free bread machine models here.
What to consider when buying?
The process of mixing a gluten free bread will be very different, and more difficult than a bread containing gluten, which will be far more elastic and easy to mix, and can be handled with a single paddle. Sometimes a single paddle will be enough for your recipe and depending on the build quality it might be designed with gluten free in mind, but in general the double paddled models of Bread makers will do a thorough job in the mixing process and provide the best loaf.
Custom Cycles Help
Lots of bread machines now come with the ability to customize the cycles, and as your bread recipes will vary from loaf to loaf you may well be looking for more control, as well as knowing the differences in the texture, consistency and cooking time in your recipes. A custom cycle will be immensely helpful when picking your bread machine.
Other, gluten-containing breads will rise a few times in the process, but the bread we’re going to be making only needs to rise once. This means that a Gluten cycle on the machine will account for this in terms of the time needed, and so should you if you are creating custom cycles or baking your own bread recipes.
Makes and Models
This Cuisinart model is exceptional for the price and although only single paddle, it is a quality maker for those looking to bake bread with no gluten. Their gluten mode is one of the key features and selling points of this appliance, their product description reads; “One in approximately 100 people has an allergy or sensitivity to gluten. Since gluten is found in most flours used in traditional bread making, the ingredients to create gluten free breads are unique. While they are “yeast breads”, the doughs are generally wet and have a batter-like consistency. It is also important not over-mix or over-knead gluten free doughs. There is only one rise, and due to the high moisture content, baking time is increased. Mix-ins must be added at the very beginning of the cycle with other basic ingredients.” Which shows you how excellently this machine caters for those of us with sensitivities or allergies.
The other model I recommend quite strongly is the Zojirushi BBCCX20 – a brilliant, deluxe bread machine with loads of great features, this also has a great gluten free mode and caters for your needs as an allergy sufferer excellently. The advantage this has over the model already mentioned is that the machine has two paddles which will greatly improve the mixing process that single paddles can often struggle with.
Check out my recommended gluten free bread recipes here.