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Cuisinart Gluten-Free Bread Maker: Review and Recipe

Making homemade gluten-free bread is known for being downright difficult. After hearing a lot of my chatter about the Cuisinart Gluten-Free Bread Maker (with special gluten-free setting), I decided to give it a try myself. Could this be the answer I was looking for?

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“Gluten-free bread sucks”

I remember thinking this A LOT when I started this gluten-free life. And while it’s gotten better over the years, it’s still hard to find good gluten-free bread at the store. Most of the time, GF bread is either very expensive or too dry and crumbly. So, I was really excited to try the Cuisinart Breadmaker to see if it lived up to all the hype.

In this article, I will share my experience with making gluten-free bread in this bread maker, as well as give my honest opinion on whether or not this machine is worth purchasing.

Let’s dive in!

Why Choose the Cuisinart Bread Maker?

There are a few reasons you might want to choose the Cuisinart Bread Maker for your gluten-free bread needs.

  1. It has a special gluten-free cycle. This is huge because most traditional bread machines do not have this option.
  2. It is a very affordable price compared to other bread machines on the market (especially ones with a gluten free setting).
  3. This machine’s compact size allows you to store it in a cupboard when not in use.
  4. Finally, it has great reviews online. People who have purchased this bread maker seem to really love it.

The main benefit of buying a bread machine with a specific gluten free setting is that gluten-free bread with yeast requires an extra mixing cycle and only one rise cycle.

On settings for bread with gluten, the mixing time is shorter and it will pause for a second rise – not ideal for gluten-free bread. This is why the best bread machines for GF baking have a specific gluten-free setting, like the affordable Cuisinart.

How to Make Gluten-Free Bread in the Cuisinart Bread Maker

With a few simple tweaks, making a yummy gluten-free loaf of bread in the Cuisinart Breadmaker is very easy! I will walk you through the process step-by-step so that you can make bread like a pro, from your first loaf and beyond!

First, you will need to gather your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need:

  • One cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 1/4 cups of gluten free all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons psyllium husk powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt

Check out the quick video below and see how to make gluten-free sandwich bread in the Cuisinart Breadmaker. The recipe in this video came straight from the instruction manual included with the bread machine.

As you can see in the video, my first try with the bread maker went well. However, there were still a few improvements that needed to made for me to ditch my favorite (and expensive) store-bought GF bread.

The main problems I encountered with this recipe are:

  1. The bread had a slightly bitter taste – this came from the yeast not fully activating.
  2. The bread was very dense.

After doing some research, I found many other people had these same problems. So let’s take a look at some solutions that worked well for me.

Why is My Gluten-Free Bread Not Rising in the Bread Maker?

The problem: In the original recipe, the yeast is added at the very end, on top of the other dry ingredients. This does not work well for gluten-free bread, and the yeast did not fully activate or incorporate. As a result, the bread did not rise well and tasted bitter.

The solution: The yeast needs to be activated before it is mixed in with the other liquid ingredients in the loaf pan. In the updated recipe, found below, you activate the yeast with warm water and sugar, allow it to become frothy, and then mix it with the other wet ingredients. Works so much better!

Why is My Gluten-Free Bread So Dense?

There are two parts to this answer.

  1. The yeast was not activated before being added to the bread maker. Solution: Activate the yeast first (see recipe below).
  2. The ingredients were not mixed well enough. While the gluten-free setting on the bread maker does have two cycles, it is still not enough. Solution: When the machine beeps after the first kneading cycle, pause the machine and knead gently by hand for about 1 minute and then replace the dough into machine to finish the process.

Do I Need Xanthan Gum for Gluten-Free Bread?

The simple answer is yes. Xanthan gum is needed for adding structure and maintaining moisture in gluten-free bread.

When baking gluten-free bread, it’s important to use an all-purpose GF flour without added xanthan gum. Not a 1:1 GF baking flour.

The reason is gluten-free bread requires an exact ratio of xanthan gum. The xanthan gum in “measure for measure” GF flour is not enough to yield good results.

Xanthan gum is easy to find at Walmart, Target, and many grocery stores.

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Is the Cuisinart Breadmaker Worth It?

Overall, I love the simplicity of using the bread maker. The fact that it has preprogrammed menu options for GF bread allowing you to simply add in the ingredients and let the machine do the rest is very very convenient.

While I did have to make a few adjustments to the recipe included with the bread machine, they were easy changes. The result was a home filled with a warm, delicious smell and a loaf of gluten-free bread that reminded me of a time before this gluten-free journey.

What about the cost?

At roughly $92, the Cuisinart Breadmaker provides an easy and affordable way to enjoy freshly made gluten-free bread. Plus with the cost of store-bought GF bread, this machine will pay for itself in just a few months of use!

Easy Gluten-Free Bread Maker Recipe: Sandwich Bread

Follow these simple instructions to get the best results with your bread maker!

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Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread: Bread Machine Recipe

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 12 minutes

Simple and tasty gluten-free sandwich bread made in a bread machine.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 1/4 cups of gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons psyllium husk powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

1. In a small bowl, mix together the warm water, yeast and sugar. Set aside for 5-8 minutes or until mixture begins to froth.

2. Making sure all ingredients are room temperature, add the butter, eggs and yeast mixture to the baking pan of the bread machine.

3. Dump in the gluten-free flour, psyllium husk powder, and finally salt on top.

4. Turn the bread machine to the gluten free setting and press start.

5. After first kneading cycle, remove dough and knead by hand until all ingredients are throroughly mixed. Replace dough in bread machine.

6. Let machine finish on it's own. Enjoy your freshly made, gluten-free bread!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

Other Great Gluten-Free Bread Recipes!

Want to make other types of fresh bread? Try another mouth-watering, gluten-free bread machine recipe! Here are some highly rated options from around the internet 🙂

Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread from Breadish

Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bread Maker Recipe from Baking Vegan Bread

Paleo Bread Machine Recipe from My Natural Family

Take Away

Overall, the Cuisinart Breadmaker is one of the best gluten-free bread makers out there. It’s easy to use and produces delicious gluten-free bread.

With a few adjustments to the recipe, it is possible to make perfect gluten-free bread that tastes like regular homemade bread.

Bottom line: This machine is a great investment for anyone following a gluten-free diet.

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