The basic tools that you’ll need for the Gluten Free Bread 101 class are as follows:
Digital Kitchen Scale: I highly, highly, highly recommend that you buy a kitchen scale. Weight measurements of flour are much more accurate than cup measurements. If you use the correct amounts of each of the ingredients, you’re much more likely to get a great result. This scale pictured below is the one that I use.
Digital Thermometer: A thermometer is useful for gauging water temperature for proofing your yeast and determining when your bread (and cakes) are done. Rather than guess when your bread is done, just insert the thermometer and it will tell you.
We’ll use a thermometer in several of the classes. The one pictured below is the one that I’d love to have, because you can set it to buzz when the food reaches a given temperature. However, you can also buy less fancy versions at most grocery stores.
Even if you set your oven at a given temperature, the only way to be sure that it actually gets there is to hang a thermometer in your oven. Oven temp is important, so grab a thermometer the next time you’re at the grocery store.
A nice baking stone in your oven helps maintain and even baking temperature and we’ll be using it for the pizza module too. You don’t have to get one this thick, though thicker is generally better.
10″x5″x3″Loaf Pan: The loaf pan that I used to test all of these recipes is 10″ long. To get the same sized loafs, you’ll need a pan that’s the same size. This is the one that I have.
9″x4″x4″ Loaf Pan If you know that you’ll be making the No Corn For Me Bread, then you may want to get this pan. The shorter width and length allow that loaf to rise much higher than it would in the 10″ x 5″ pan.
Parchment Paper Pick up a roll of parchment paper at the grocery store and use a piece as a liner in your loaf pan. It makes getting the bread out of the pan as easy as picking up the parchment paper and lifting the loaf out.
Mixing Bowls Your standard mixing bowls will do just fine; I use a nesting set of three.
Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer If you don’t have a big stand mixer, that’s perfectly fine. I used a hand mixer in all of the video demonstrations. And, while I’d definitely recommend that you at least have a hand mixer, you can get buy with a mixing spoon and a strong arm if you’d like to combine an upper body workout with your baking session =)
Bread Machine (optional): I do not have any recommendations as to bread machines, except to get one that has programmable levels, or a gluten free setting. I’d recommend that you start off using a loaf pan and your oven, because you’ll see what’s going on as the bread bakes and learn more from the process.