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If you’re looking to do more with your bread machine, consider investing in a good cookbook.
While your bread machine may come with recipes supplied by the manufacturer, cookbooks are great for those who are ready to graduate from basic breads and want to experiment with new, fun, and delicious recipes.
Today we’re going to take a look at The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook.
The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook is all about baking gluten-free breads using a bread machine.
At the beginning of the book there is a fantastic introduction to gluten-free baking. It gives you an overview of gluten and what types of foods contain gluten.
Then it goes on to cover tips for baking gluten-free breads successfully using a bread machine, tips for baking in high-altitude locations, and frequently asked questions about the various ingredients and equipment.
The introduction ends with a section about the types of gluten-free flours (buckwheat flour, rice flour, etc.), starches (potato, tapioca, etc.), and a couple of recipes that use these ingredients to blend the perfect flour. Very useful.
If you want to use ready-made, gluten-free flour instead of making your own blend, these will work perfectly fine: Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour, Namaste Foods organic gluten-free flour, and King Arthur all-purpose gluten-free flour.
The book then moves on to recipes – 175 recipes to be exact.
The recipes are organized into nine sections:
1. Basic Sandwich Breads – Notable recipes: egg bread, buttermilk bread, potato bread, herbed bread, honey oat bread.
2. Shaped Breads, Rolls, and More – Notable recipes: pretzel rolls, cinnamon rolls, cheesy soft bread sticks with garlic and herbs, chocolate cherry stollen, ciabatta, challah, babka.
3. Specialty Breads – Notable recipes: blue cheese and walnut bread, chorizo and cheddar cornbread, lemon-thyme bread, mocha bread, caramelized onion bread, Mexican salsa bread, Irish soda bread.
4. Sourdough Breads – Notable recipes: sourdough sandwich bread, sourdough English muffin bread, sourdough flatbread with fresh tomatoes and za’atar.
5. Pizza, Focaccia, and Flatbread – Notable recipes: cheesy herbed pizza, pretzel pizza, chewy focaccia, Italian herb focaccia, basic flatbread, lahmajoun.
6. Fruit Breads – Notable recipes: apple bacon quinoa bread, blueberry quick bread with brown sugar crumble topping, caramel apple quick bread, double cranberry-applesauce quinoa quick bread, lime-poppy seed quick bread, pear-ginger quick bread, raspberry quick bread with streusel topping, zucchini-applesauce quick bread.
7. Sweet Breads – Notable recipes: butternut squash quick bread, chocolate-peanut butter quick bread, quick coffee cake loaf, gingerbread, honey granola bread, I want s’more bread, matcha green tea quick bread, salted caramel quick bread, snickerdoodle bread, white chocolate-pistachio quick bread.
8. Condiments from the Bread Machine – Notable recipes: chipotle ketchup, pineapple “bourbon” BBQ sauce, pear-blueberry-ginger chutney.
9. Things to Make with Gluten-Free Breads – Notable recipes: cheesy grilled steak sandwiches, turkey and pomegranate-cranberry panini, Italian meatballs, Hawaiian bread pudding, blueberry bread pudding with crème anglaise.
The great thing about this book is that you get a variety of fantastic bread recipes to work with. And the book doesn’t cover just breads. For instance, we love that they show you how to make sauces using the jam cycle. There are also some great meal ideas to go with your homemade bread. This is a no-nonsense cookbook with mainly recipes.
We should mention that the book is all text. There isn’t a single picture. This could be a plus or minus for you. Some people like to have pictures to supplement the recipes, and some would rather trade out pictures for more recipes.
Each recipe comes with a list of ingredients that you’ll need along with written instructions. We love that the ingredients list is divided between wet and dry ingredients, and that the ingredients have precise weight and volume measurements listed in grams, ounces, teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, and milliliters. Even though the cookbook is all text, it is well-formatted which makes it easy to read.
This is a wonderful cookbook for gluten-free bread machine bakers. We love that they show you how to make your own gluten-free flour blend and offer tips for how to bake gluten-free breads successfully. This almost 400-page book features recipes from page 37 onwards. We believe you’ll have more than enough to play around with! The recipes are precise with measurements in weight and volume. Overall, if you are looking for the best gluten-free bread machine recipe book to add to your bookshelf, this would be the one.