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Unique but unsatisfactory
on June 5, 2009
This cookbook is the only one out there for GF Bread-Machine Baking. The book has good recipes and a great flour mix. But I have a problem with her problem fixes and her some of the instructions. The bread machine specific programing instructions, (which take about %10 of the book) only apply to one brand of bread machine, you'd think she got royalties. Her fixes to common problems all start with, "if you read the recipe, and bought the same brand and model of machine I have then you would have no problems". In fact she is wrong. You can use another brand and you can alter the instructions for your needs. They also don't cover basic bread error fixes, like sour smell when mixing (too much yeast or your yeast is bad) and dampness (de-pan after minimum cooling). You need to consult the gluten-centric bread-machine manual for these.
I have a 10 year old Breadman model TR-440. I can make perfect bread-machine bread.
I use her flour mix and mostly follow the recipe for sandwich bread. I alter it in that I use olive oil instead of canola oil and I use unsweetened almond-milk instead of dairy. I do let all my inredients come up to room temp before I start.
I set my machine for #2-Basic Medium Crust. I scrape down the sides during the first mix with my silicone spatula.
Then I walk away. It beeps for fruit and nuts addition, I scrape it down again.
Then an hour and a half later, it beeps for done.
I take it out, cool it for 10 minutes then de-pan. Let is cool for another 20, and Yum-pass the buttery spread!
Oh and don't try to use her flour mix to make bread machine bread with Betty Hagmann's bread machine recipes, it does not work well.