I hear from celiacs, gluten-intolerant, and wheat intolerant folks over and over how much they miss just good plain bread. Most gluten-free bread available in the stores is expensive, lacking in whole grains and fiber, needs to be kept frozen, and needs to be toasted to be edible. Most of it is just not very good. Many of us moms just want to be able to make easy, healthy lunches for our families and miss the ease of sandwiches. Today I bring you an easy to make, delicious, healthy, gluten-free, whole grain, rice-free bread that has the taste and texture of “regular” bread, and isn’t expensive! Can I get an AMEN?!
A couple of years ago, my local gluten-free store, Jake’s Gluten Free Market, started carrying this new line of flour and bread mixes called Manini’s. They started making and selling bread made from their mixes and I couldn’t believe how good it was! Unfortunately, at $7 a loaf, I knew I couldn’t afford to buy it for our family all the time. Thankfully, the staff at Jake’s was willing to share how they made it, just following the directions on the Maninis Classic Peasant Bread Mix, so that any of us customers could make it at home too. As you know, making homemade bread can be quite time-consuming. I spent the past year tweaking their recipe to get it to turn out just right in the bread machine, and according to our family’s preferences. I finally got it just perfect and am ready to share the recipe with you!
It takes me literally 10 minutes of work to make this bread in my bread machine!
Really… 10 minutes, and it costs me about $4.50 a loaf! I store this bread at room temperature in a container on my counter, and just slice as I am ready to make sandwiches. Our whole family loves this bread, and when we have gluten-eating guests, they do too! When my in-laws are visiting, they like the bread so much that I end up making a loaf every day so there is enough for everyone for toast in the morning and sandwiches at lunch. I don’t mind since it is so easy!
Two things you must buy to make this bread:
1) A Bread Machine with a gluten-free setting.
Gluten-free yeast breads do not handle two rises well at all. They need extra mixing time, and only one rise cycle. You need to make sure to get a bread machine with a gluten-free setting as it is programmed for this method. I know of three bread machines brands that have models with a gluten-free setting.
The one I have, and love is Cuisinart BMKR-200PC Fully Automatic Compact Bread Maker at Amazon, also available from Costco online. I have had mine for about 2 years now, for the past year I’ve used it weekly. It has worked perfectly for me. Another, very similar model is available with free shipping with Amazon Prime, Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker.
I’ve heard great things about the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker. It has fully programmable settings, so you can program it to skip the extra rise. Their website gives specific programming instructions and says there are recipes in the manual as well.
I’ve also heard that people have had this Oster Expressbake Bread Maker and it has worked well as it has a gluten-free setting.
There are, I’m sure, other models available, but hopefully this gives you a starting place.
2) Manini’s brand Multiuso Multi-Purpose Flour Mix
I know, I know, another gluten-free flour? YES! Trust me, if you want easy and healthy bread, it is worth it to seek out this flour blend and buy it.
You can either buy Maninis Peasant Bread Mix, or like I do, I just buy their Multiuso Multi-Purpose Flour Mix (because it is cheaper than the bread mix). The only difference between their Classic Peasant Bread Mix and their multi-purpose flour is the amount of fiber in the mix (due to using a higher fiber corn starch in the bread mix versus the flour mix). Otherwise, they are interchangeable in this recipe. Feel free to use either one.
This flour is absolutely amazing for yeast breads. You can use it in all of your gluten-free baking, but I just use it, and am amazed by it, in my yeast recipes. I make this weekly bread with it, but also French Bread and cinnamon rolls with it. They have many great recipes on their website and you will not regret trying them out. I love that it is a whole grain flour blend, high in fiber, and rice-free.
Right now, you can find Maninis flour and bread mixes for sale at natural food markets all over the Pacific Northwest, California, Idaho, Hawaii, New York, Alaska & Canada, and online you can order for delivery from Azure Standard, Amazon, or directly from Maninis. You can see a list of everywhere it is available here.
The bags from Maninis will say that they make 8 loaves, and they do, if you follow their recipe. However, the recipe for one loaf was always so small in our bread machine and doubling it produced a loaf that wasn’t all the way cooked when the bread machine was done baking it. So I’ve done some tweaking to get a good sized loaf that cooks up just right in the bread machine, without being over-cooked or underdone in the middle. I get 5 loaves from one bag, which at a cost of $20-$24 per bag, depending on where you buy, equals about $4-$4.80 per loaf. The other ingredients you need, water, eggs, apple cider vinegar, oil, and yeast and are very inexpensive.
Can I use another flour blend in this recipe? Answer: Probably not. Feel free to try it with your favorite blend, measuring according to weight listed. I cannot afford to buy every flour blend on the market to try in this recipe to see which ones will work. All I can say is that this particular blend of whole grains and starches is just perfect for this bread. I only recommend using Maninis flour for this, and I’m not getting any kickback for saying so!
Make sure you read the recipe notes below so that you have the best success with this recipe. Please note that results of home-baked bread can vary depending on humidity and on which bread machine you are using. You may need to make some adaptations for perfect results in your machine, but this should give you a good starting point.
Please do let me know if you have a chance to try this recipe. I really think you’ll like it.
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (105-110°)
- 2 tsp. active dry yeast
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1 egg white (room temperature)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 4 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil or grapeseed oil
- 420 grams Manini's Multi-purpose gluten-free flour or Classic Peasant Bread Mix
- In a glass measuring cup, warm 1 1/2 cups water until it reaches 105-110°. Add the yeast and sugar and stir to mix. Set aside until foamy, about 8-10 minutes.
- Use a fork or whisk to beat together the 2 eggs and 1 egg white, then add to baking pan of bread machine.
- Add apple cider vinegar and oil to baking pan.
- Add foamy yeast/water mixture to baking pan.
- Lastly, add the Manini's Multi-purpose gluten-free flour or Classic Peasant Bread Mix on top.
- Place baking pan in bread machine and set for gluten-free bread setting and start.
- After mixing cycles, and before rising cycle starts, use a spatula to stir in any remaining flour that might be stuck in any corners or the bread pan. You can also remove the mixing blade at this time so it won't be left in the baked bread.
*Make sure your water is the proper temperature. Too cold, and your yeast won't be effective, too hot and it can kill your yeast.
*Make sure your yeast is good. If your yeast doesn't foam, using the method I listed, then you need new yeast. I keep my yeast in the refrigerator so that it lasts a long time.
*Use room temperature eggs. If they are cold, your bread will not rise as much.
*If your bread machine beeps after all mixing, before it starts rising, then at that beep, use a spatula to mix in any remaining flour and also pull out the blade from the baking pan so it won't be stuck in there during baking.
*I have not used a time delay cycle to make this bread, so I can't recommend that.
*When the bread is done, immediately remove and invert pan onto a cooling rack to remove the bread from the baking pan. Allow to cool completely before slicing or covering to store.
*Please note that results of home-baked bread can vary depending on humidity and on which bread machine you are using. You may need to make some adaptations for perfect results in your machine, but this should give you a good starting point.
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