Bread flour alternative?
Hi all, I'm new to the site and to bread machine baking. I'm very excited about the bread machine and look forward to my adventures with it but have an initial question/concern I hope you may be able to help me with.
The main reason I decided to make my own bread is that my son has a medical condition that makes him unable to eat many types of foods, including some that often are present in bread: barley, malt, soy, and dairy. As far as I can find, bread flour always contains malted barley flour, which I cannot use. I also cannot use all-purpose flour for the same reason. I can, however, use regular, plain flour (which can be surprisingly hard to find!) I am concerned about whether or how I can substitute plain flour for bread flour in bread machine recipes.
I have read that a possible way to make a substitute for bread flour is by adding vital wheat gluten to all-purpose flour. Do you think it would work to add the gluten to just plain flour? If so, do you think I would need to add even more than if I were substituting with all-purpose flour?
Thank you in advance for any guidance you can offer!