Can bread be so good it brings tears to your eyes? It can if it is gluten free bread that actually takes like real bread. I modified my mom’s celebration bread recipe both to be gluten-free and to be made in my bread machine. This is a white bread that has a sweetness to it, not quite a dessert bread, but not a plain sandwich bread either. I was so excited when The Cook gave me a bread machine for our anniversary. Now it’s so easy to have home-baked gluten-free bread.
- 2/3 packet yeast
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1-1/3 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter - melted
- 1-1/3 eggs (hard to measure but just do a bit less than 2 eggs)
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 3-1/3 cups gluten-free flour (I used Trader Joe's brand)
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
Follow the instructions for your particular bread machine as far as the order in which to add the ingredients. Use the gluten-free setting if you have one. If there is no gluten-free setting, be sure to use only 1 rise.
Here is the order for adding ingredients to the bread machine pan:
2. Dry ingredients
3. Yeast, sprinkle on top. It must not touch wet ingredients to avoid activation before kneading.
Set loaf size to 1-1/2 or 2 lbs. Set crust color to light or medium. When baking cycle is complete, remove the loaf immediately and let cool on baking rack 20-30 minutes before slicing.
Stir together liquid ingredients:
Place the above liquid ingredients into the bread machine pan.
Mix together the dry ingredients:
Pour the dry ingredients over the top of the liquid ingredients in the bread machine pan. Do not stir. Sprinkle dry yeast powder on top of dry ingredients in the bread machine pan. No stirring!
Close lid and turn on bread machine, gluten-free cycle and hit start.