I was given a Tower Digital Gluten Free Breadmaker and was very excited at the thought of making my own bread. Since I’ve started chemo, shop bought gluten free bread just doesn’t taste right (I know that’s me not the bread).
Anyway I thought I would dedicate this post to how I got on with my first batch of baking! After unpacking it, quick clean and scanning the instructions I put all the ingredients in the pan. Note – It’s important that liquids are placed in first followed by flour and yeast on top.
I used Doves White Bread Flour and followed the receipe for a medium sized loaf:
- 2 egg whites
- 6 tablespoons of oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 350ml water
I whisked the above, popped it to the pan and then added 500g of Doves white bread flour and 2 teaspoons of yeast.
There’s a special gluten free setting so I selected that and put it on. After about 10 minutes I had a quick look in to see how it was getting on. I then noticed that the ingredients weren’t mixing. I thought to myself “I’ve done something wrong here” I then looked at the pictures in the instructions and realised I had left out the blade that mixes the ingredients… Doh! That’s me having a blonde/chemo brain moment.
So I then had to discard the ingredients and start again repeating the steps above (but ensuring the blade was attached this time!)
After that hiccup it went well after that. The cycle only took just over 2 and a half hours. I took it out of the pan and this was the result….
It was quite pale on top but you can adjust the setting for this. I was quite pleased that there wasn’t any holes in the bread. It cut well and toasted beautifully (generally I always toast gluten free bread, don’t know why but it tastes better).
I couldn’t resist biting into it before I took this photo! The taste was good, nice and fresh. It reminded me of when I had gluten free bread in Dublin earlier on this year. The hotel made fresh gluten free bread on site everyday. It was so good, I could have eaten the whole loaf!
My conclusion is, great bread, easy to use (once the blade was in correctly) and I’ll be definitely experimenting with different types of receipes. No more shop bought gluten free bread for me I’m converted to making my own.
To make you laugh – the same day as I made this bread I also baked a gluten free cake. For whatever reason I didn’t check that the cake was cooked through when I took it out the oven ( I always check normally). Anyway I let it cool and then iced it. I did notice that it had sunk slightly but I thought that was to do with taking it out of the oven – oh no it wasn’t that, I was cutting it a hour or so later and it was at this point I realised it wasn’t cooked in the middle – Doh again (as homer would say). I ended up cutting the middle out and eating the edges – proper disaster, I blame it on chemo brain!!