So I thought to myself, how hard can it be!?!? I am going to buy a bread maker and make my own - problem over!
Ha ha ha! I should have known better. My Dad was a baker and he always said :"Baking is chemistry!"
This even more when baking gluten free. You don't have the gluten to make the stretchy structure and the lovely crumbly texture. If my Dad was alive, I would love to have a conversation with him about this matters.
And it would have been great to challenge him with , making a nice Gluten free bread.
Buying a bread machine. I choose the smallest version on the market, this for easy storage and also that the breads are only for me. Lakeland had a affordable small machine, job done.
First attempt and recipe was from "Gluten free " magazine, recipe for Oat Bread. OMG this turned into a rubbery brick. Seriously something wrong! I guess the proof reading slipped that day at the office.
Next attempt GF baking mix Finax, recipe on back of package. Not for human consumption, unless you were dying and there was nothing else to eat.
3rd attempt, I went to Waterstones book store and bought a book "Cooking gluten, wheat and dairy free" Michelle Berriedale-Johnson.
Quick white loaf! Yes pleasant and enjoyable to eat. But still not totally happy.
So last night 4th attempt I cracked it. From same book "brown loaf with almonds" - Eureka!
But I did pimp her recipe, as always and made this mine.
This makes one small loaf:
Put in your bread maker :
350 ml lukewarm water
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dried yeast
The dry ingredients on top of the wet:
200 gram Dove Brown GF flour
50 gram Gram flour (Indian chickpea flour)
50 gram ground almonds
2 tsp psyllium husk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Set machine to setting closest to a raising time 30 - 45 min. And baking time 45- 60 minutes.
I will use this recipe from now on. But there are always room for improvement! So watch this space, more to come.