Breadman Success!

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This post might have to be categorized as food porn, because I am very into the bread I just made.

The first try with my Breadman Pro was not so great, but I am happy to report success! Since the 1.5lb mix was a complete disaster (totally uncooked inside) I decided to halve the 2lb mix I had left and give it a go.

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I used Gluten Free Pantry’s Favorite Sandwich Bread mix, bought at Whole Foods. The only issue with this mix is that it contains dairy (which I somehow missed while shopping) but since I occasionally eat dairy with the help of pills, it’s still ok. Halving some bread recipes will not always work, but this one gave specific directions that allowed for it (though there was definitely careful measuring!).

And folks, I might be in love.

The mix gives the option of using either water or milk (soy, cow, etc) but I chose water: less calories, easier to control temperature-wise, and I think it gives the bread a lighter, fluffier texture. With half the recipe I still got about 12 decent slices, and with only water and 1 egg needed, it actually makes gluten-free bread rather cheap! (The mix was around $4, if I remember correctly.)

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The resulting loaf was about half the size of the first try, and I put in on the same gluten-free medium-color setting, with the same amount of baking time minus about 5 minutes. And this time, I TESTED IT. The knife came out clean! (You can also text by removing the loaf and feeling in the space left by the kneading paddle.)

I knew it was going to work this time around when the house started to smell like real bread.

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The bread honestly could have fooled me as French Bread: it was soft but not to dense, fluffy, and golden brown on top. The bottom and sides have a chewy crust (which you could probably eliminate by removing a couple minutes earlier.)Ahhh, just look at it!

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It definitely deserves it’s own pedestal! (Especially the part that the paddle didn’t stick in.)

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I cut the loaf when it had cooled for about an hour on a rack, and stored it in a Ziploc bag.

This bread would be perfect for sandwiches, toast, or wonder of wonders, French toast.

Bring it on 2011, I’ve got bread!

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