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On breadmakers

John the Elder's picture
John the Elder

On breadmakers

A bit counter-cultural on a site like this, but I need somewhere to rant!

Why can't the manufacturers of bread making machines let us put our own breadmaking programs into the machine so they mix and knead for as long as the contents require?   All the manufacturers seem to assume that we all use wheat flour, and base all the programs on the kneading and proving required by it. I've recently found I have to use wheat free diets, but don't want to chuck out the baby (Rye, Barley etc) with the bath water. Which Wheat based program would you use to make a bread made with Dark Rye (which needs no kneading, but  lots of time to rise) and Spelt (which needs little kneading)?

Surely they could allow the user to write the program(s) and give some standard times for the various breads in the product's intruction manual?

ps I need the machine because my epilepsy makes me incapable of doing the bread by hand for days on end.

butterflyblue's picture

I know this doesn't answer your question about adjusting the cycles of the machines (I've only had one bread machine, and it was a cheap one with hardly any adjustibility, although I think some of the more expensive models have more flexibility) but have you looked into no knead breads?  I made a lot of no knead breads from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book when I was pregnant and manual kneading was very uncomfortable for me.  I did take a look through their "Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" book and remember there being some gluten-free recipes.

I also will say, I got rid of my bread machine when I bought a mixer that could handle kneading dough.  I didn't let my bread machine bake the dough, anyway. I just had it mixing the dough, and I shaped it and put it in regular pans and baked it, since I didn't like the shape of the loaf the bread machine made.  I don't know if getting a mixer that could handle bread dough would answer your needs, though.

jannrn's picture

I have had 2 that offered that. The one I have now is a is a little pricey, but well worth it! Check them out! I think the other one I had was a Breadman I think....I have Arthritis and Fibromyalgia so I understand a little of what you are going through, but my biggest issue is that I can't knead the dough like it needs to be done most of the time. My machine does a much better job anyway! The Zojirushi also has an option for Gluten Free programming. Anyway, do look them up and Good Luck!!