Brown Bread for a Bread Machine
YIELDS: 1 loaf
TIME: 3 hours
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 3/4 cup warm water (see note below about water)
- 3 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1 cup brown rice flour or sweet white rice flour
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 1/4 cup potato starch
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons GF flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder (for dairy free use Vance's Dari Free Original Powder)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 3 Tablespoons Psyllium Whole Husks
- 2 1/2 teaspoons GF yeast for bread machines
- I developed this recipe using my Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker. Set the bread machine on the programmable cycle and set it to Preheat 15 minutes, Knead 20 minutes, turn OFF Rise 1 and Rise 2, Rise 3 for 55 minutes, Bake 70 minutes and Keep Warm for 20 minutes. Medium crust. Note that if you bake this bread in a different machine or with different settings, you will get different results.
- Add the eggs (lightly beaten), water and canola oil to the pan of the bread maker and stir until combined. NOTE: Because this recipe calls for extra water, the bake time is extra long. If you are using this recipe in a bread machine that does not bake as long as mine, then reduce the amount of water.
- In a large bowl whisk all of the dry ingredients except the yeast together. Make sure you use grains that are labeled gluten free. Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.
- With your finger make a depression in the center of the dry ingredients and add the yeast.
- Once it starts mixing, scrape the sides of the bread pan with a rubber spatula. Make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
- When the rise cycle is complete, smooth the top of the loaf with a wet spatula for a prettier loaf.
- Leave the loaf in the bread machine all the way through the keep warm cycle.
If you are using a different bread machine, check the temperature of the bread to make sure it is done. Bread is considered done when it reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F. If the temperature is between 180 and 200, leave on the Keep Warm Cycle until done. If it is below 180, bake some more rechecking the temperature after 10 minutes. Failure to bake completely will result in a spongy loaf.
- When the bread is done, lay the pan on its side to cool. This will help the loaf to not fall in the middle.
- Gently remove the bread from the pan after it has cooled a bit, and then cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.
Best Bread Machine for Gluten Free Bread
If you are thinking of purchasing a new bread machine to cook gluten free bread then purchase one with a gluten free cycle or one that has a programmable cycle.
Gluten containing dough (wheat dough) rises, needs to be punched down and then rises again. Most settings on traditional bread machines will take you through this process two or three times.
You do not need all of these cycles for gluten free bread; the second rise can result in a deflated loaf of gluten free bread. With programmable cycles you have the flexibility of selecting just one knead and one rise cycle which is all you need for gluten free bread. Alternatively, you can buy a bread machine with a gluten free setting that automatically eliminates all of the extra cycles.
- Our favorite bread machine is the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker,
You can use the Basic Course when baking gluten-free breads . The Zojirushi also has a programmable cycle to set for gluten free bread so you can set the exact knead time, rise times, crust color, and baking time you desire. It also has dual paddles for mixing. This is the bread machine I own.
It also has settings for three crusts shades – light, medium and dark. You can also use it cook everything from meatloaf to homemade jam.
We are not the only ones that love this bread machine. BreadInfo.com tested the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 by preparing several types of bread in it. They say it does a good job making white bread and bread dough, but they're particularly impressed with its ability to produce "remarkably high-quality" gluten-free bread.
The Zojirushi is the cream of the crop, but you can make good bread with a less expensive bread maker
Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake Bread Maker, White which features a gluten free setting.
It does not have some of the bells and whistles of the Zojirushi such as the extra features, dual blades and large window, but it will get the job done with a built in gluten free cycle and two-pound loaf capacity.
- I have not personally tried it, but the Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Breadmaker also has a gluten free setting.
You cannot program the cycles but it comes with a gluten free setting that should work for most home bakers. It is a single paddle system but also has a pause feature for scrapping down the sides, and a keep warm setting.
Once you have a bread machine, you are going to need a good recipe. There are two cookbooks with reliable recipes:
- 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt. This book has numerous recipes for gluten free baking and discusses programming guidelines for the Zojirushi bread machine!
- Gluten-Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine by Annalise G. Roberts. It has everything from great recipes, specific directions on how to set your bread machine and tips for when things just don't go right.
In addition, we have our own recipe for Gluten Free Brown Bread for a Bread Machine. All bread machines work a little different so you may have to experiment with this one a few times but we cook it regularly in our bread machine and it works great.