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Are you looking for the perfect homemade gluten-free bread to make for your family? This easy recipe will make you wonder why you ever bought it!
Homemade Gluten Free Bread Machine Recipe
I’ve been trying to figure out for YEARS how to make a yummy gluten-free bread that isn’t going to choke my family with its dryness. I tried so many different recipes, and they were all flops. Sometimes, I would succeed in making a recipe once and then could never make it work again.
I pretty much gave up.
And then I found a bread machine on Marketplace and decided that I would give it one more try. I still didn’t know if the recipe I put together would work but I had to try. A loaf of gluten-free bread in the store here costs about $6 (at the cheapest I can find), and it’s such a tiny little loaf that it doesn’t even taste good. What a rockstar I would be if I could make fresh homemade bread for my family again.
So I gave it a try and guess what…IT WORKED.
Then I tried it again the next day…and it worked! A bit more tweaking, and I’m finally happy with what I’ve come up with. It’s simple, and it makes tasty bread. Please note that I have NOT tried this without a bread machine so I’m not sure it works in the oven. The recipe you will find below is exactly how I make this recipe work. Gluten-free recipes are super picky, so I recommend sticking to the recipe for this one.
This recipe makes a one-pound loaf. I would not recommend doubling it.
Tips On Making Gluten-Free Bread in a Bread Machine
My bread maker does not have a gluten-free setting and I’ve not really heard good things about the ones that do so I don’t think a gluten-free bread machine is worth the cost if you already have a regular one. Find something with a “quick cycle” that will have fewer rises or where you can eliminate the rise cycle or the second rise.
Do not alter this recipe. Gluten-free recipes are so picky, how this is posted is how it works. I’ve literally made this recipe hundreds of times this exact way.
I have not made this recipe with coconut flour or almond flour. Both of those flours act completely differently and won’t work here.
I have not tried this recipe without eggs. I wouldn’t recommend this recipe for egg-free or vegan bread.
You need to add the ingredients into the bread machine like you would any bread recipe. Add the wet ingredients in the bottom and the dry ingredients on the top.
Thank you for this recipe! I have been wanting to make my own gluten free bread more regularly with the price of everything going up so much. After I read this blog/recipe, I decided to take the plunge and got myself a bread maker. I have made 3 loaves so far following your recipe, and they are the best gluten free bread I have ever made. I am so excited to have an easy and delicious way to make gluten free bread!Tricia, Little House Living reader
Ingredients in Gluten Free Sandwich Bread
- Milk or water. I use coconut milk to keep this dairy free as well. You can use any regular or alternative milk or even water if you want to keep this very frugal.
- Eggs. Eggs are necessary in this recipe as they help keep the bread together, help it rise, and help keep it tasty and moist.
- Apple cider vinegar. This also helps with the rising process. You could use white vinegar if that’s what you have.
- Vegetable oil. I use olive oil because I always have that on hand. I’ve also used sunflower oil or safflower oil. I think you could also use melted butter in place of the oil but I haven’t tedi it yet.
- Honey. This gives your bread a nice flavor.
- Sugar. This is helpful for getting the yeast to activate properly. We’ve tried this only with honey and it doesn’t work as well.
- All purpose gluten free flour. I usually use the Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 flour in this recipe but you could also use Homemade All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. Whatever blend you use DOES need to have xanthan gum in it. If it doesn’t, you will need to add some.
- Salt. This helps the flavor.
- Dry Yeast. This is not a sourdough recipe nor have I tried to make it one yet. This uses regular yeast like rapid rise, active dry yeast, or instant yeast.
- Baking powder. This is optional but we always add it because we like it with the baking powder better.
I baked this without a bread machine and it is good!
Mixed all ingredients in my stand mixer, then let rise in a warm oven for an hour before baking at 375 for 45 mins.
Crust is really good and crunchy!Elise, Little House Living reader
Step By Step Instructions for Making Gluten Free Bread Machine Bread
Place all ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed above. Be sure and beat your eggs before adding them and make a pocket on the top of the flour to add the yeast and the baking powder too (do not let it touch the wet ingredients).
Place your bread machine on a “quick” cycle and choose a 1-pound loaf if needed. I put my machine on the quick cycle along with a regular crust.
You may need to experiment with a different cycle if your machine doesn’t have a quick cycle or a different crust doneness if the bread doesn’t look quite right. You want to avoid having too many “rises” in the cycle. If you have manual settings, set the rise to once. (Twice won’t hurt it too much, though.)
Start the bread machine and let it do its thing! The only thing you want to make sure to do is to scrap down the sides when your machine beeps for you to add ingredients.
Be sure and remove the bread immediately after the machine is done baking and put it on a cooling rack. If you don’t do this, the bread has a tendency to collapse or to get too doughy on the bottom.
This is best GF bread I have made. I used water. Crust was crunchy. Got stuck on bottom of bread machine pan. Will try in oven.Donna, Little House Living reader
Slicing and Storing Homemade Gluten-Free Bread
We let our bread cool enough to cut it without it falling apart (an hour or two) before enjoying it. If you slice it before it’s cool, the texture could get gummy. Wrap any leftover bread up in a storage cloth or container to save for later if you have any left. The longer you store the bread, the drier it will become.
I have not yet tried freezing this bread as we eat it too fast!
I had Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend so decided to use that. On the bag it said to add 1.5 teaspoons of xanthan gum per cup of flour if you were making bread so I added 1 tablespoon of xanthan gum for the 2 cups of flour. I also used the suggested baking powder. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. I baked it on the rapid cycle of my old bread machine and it turned out great! Best and easiest gluten free bread I have ever made!Linda, Little House Living reader
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Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe
Easy to make gluten free bread in your bread machine!
- 3/4 cup milk or water
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon baking powder optional
Place all of the ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed above. Be sure and beat your eggs before adding them and make a pocket on the top of the flour to add the yeast and the baking powder too (do not let it touch the wet ingredients).
Place your bread machine on a “quick” cycle and choose a 1 pound loaf if needed. I put my machine on the quick cycle along with a regular crust. You may need to experiment with a different cycle if your machine doesn’t have a quick cycle or a different crust doneness if the bread doesn’t look quite right. You want to avoid having too many “rises” in the cycle. If you have manual settings, set the rise to once. (Twice won’t hurt it too much though.)
Start the bread machine and let it do it’s thing!
Be sure and remove the bread immediately after the machine is done baking and put it on a cooling rack. If you don’t do this the bread has a tendency to collapse or to get to doughy on the bottom.
Please note that this recipe will work just fine without the baking powder. However, I’ve found that it makes it a little bit moister which my family really likes.
I just made this and used the Gluten Free setting on my machine and it turned out perfectly!Rachel, Little House Living Reader
Common Questions About Making a Gluten Free Bread Machine Recipe
They can! The key is to have a machine that will do less rising and punching down than normal. A good gluten-free bread is rather soupy when being mixed up so extra rise time doesn’t really help it.
Gluten-free breads are incredibly picky. If they don’t have enough of a rising agent, they won’t rise. That’s why I added baking powder to this recipe to give it a little extra boost.
This bread costs me around $3 a loaf to make. Compared to the $7 price tag of a store-bought loaf, this is a cheaper way to enjoy gluten-free bread.
More Gluten Free Recipes
- Gluten Free Banana Carrot Muffins
- Simple Gluten Free Pancakes Recipe
- Chewy Coconut Macaroons Recipe: Easy, Gluten Free
- Simple Gluten Free Banana Bread
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
I’ve also added a handful of raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon to the bread as it was mixing. My family likes this for toast!
Have you ever had a successful attempt at homemade gluten free bread?
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This recipe for Gluten Free Bread in a Bread Machine was originally posted on Little House Living in January 2021. It has been updated as of October 2023.