This is a GF APB! All hints, tips and suggestions are welcome! This weekend I believe I used my trusty Oster bread machine for the last time. I think it’s done because of the oil residue I saw in and on my last batch of gluten-free bread! EWW!
What actually makes me “sigh” about the loss is that it actually has a little history. I’ll never forget that Joel gave it to me for Christmas after Emma was born. While the guys at my work couldn’t believe that Joel would give me such a gift at Christmas, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Six months later it got me through the trying times of Emma’s diagnosis and the foggy moments of trying to figure out the gluten-free diet. One thing I was able to pull off – good gluten-free bread in the machine. It wasn’t a fancy machine, only three buttons – start, stop and time, but one that certainly worked hard for me for 8 ½ years. Sorry for the eulogy, but I had to get it off my chest.
So Sunday when I made lasagna (yum) and baked Gluten-Free Pantry’s French Bread for the first time, I found it odd that right at the base of the bread there was a grey ring right where the paddle meets the pan. Weird-that’s never happened before. So finally my husband and I analyzed it after I washed it, and sure enough as the parts move around, the oil is seeping into the pan’s base. Nasty.
Some of the bread was salvageable since it was only right around the base of the paddle (actually forming a perfect circle in the middle of the bottom of the bread), I was able to cut the base off and we still ate the bread with no issues. So I turned to eBay, wondering if anyone would have an 8 ½ year old pan to sell me. No…not so much.
Now it appears I’m in the market for a new bread machine. But do I need to have one with all the bells and whistles? I know my mom and my sister-in-law both have machines with gluten-free settings. Do I need that? Would that setting keep my bread from sinking three inches the instant the loaf finishes baking (anyone feel my pain there)?
Luckily I think we have enough bread to get us through until the weekend. Send me your suggestions please!!!