Well I've had a new Breadmaker which I will review properly in next weeks What to Buy Wednesday but I think what is great is we've been snowed in the last couple of days allowing me to experiment with it.
I wanted to make some gluten free bread but when I looked at my yeast I had in the cupboard it contained wheat so that wasn't happening. I then thought I'd try the cake program. I wasn't convinced this was going to work and I didn't have any faith in the bread machine at all but how wrong was I?
For a start my recipe was for a gluten free chocolate cake and I didn't have any cocoa powder so I did without it and just baked a simple sponge. I also thought that the programme was too long at around 2 hours to bake a cake, it kept mixing and then going quiet, I kept looking through the window on the top of the machine and saying 'noooooo this is going to be rubbish'. I started to wonder though because as it baked it did smell very cakey.
I got it out and it looked like a cake as well and it blooming tasted like cake too. It was really lovely. I should have more faith in these things and believe!! They wouldn't write the instructions in the book if it wasn't going to work would they? And all I did was take out the cocoa powder - easy peasy.
I have a Morphy Richards Fastbake Model BM48281 and this is the recipe and method I used taken from the instruction book which is supplied with the machine.
150g unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon juice
60ml tepid water
125g caster sugar
250g plain gluten free flour (I used Doves Farm Plain Flour)
3 tsp gluten free baking powder
3 tbsp cocoa powder (if making a chocolate cake)
I'm sure this recipe would work in any Breadmaker really so give it a go. I'm eyeing up a gluten free fruit cake next so I will let you know how I go on.
For now though thanks for reading, let me know how you get on if you do try this recipe and what cakes have you baked in a Breadmaker?
Join me again tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now take care.