Sunday 10 May 2015

Gluten-free Lab #2 - White loaf with ASDA Plain Flour Blend

I guess it's time for me to update how I'm doing with breadmaking :)
I feel like this pursuit of a perfect gluten-free bread loaf will never end :D

I've tried at least twice since the last attempt to make a lovely white loaf with Doves Gluten-free Plain White Flour.
Though they were all absolutely delicious, I couldn't get to the point where it raised enough to make it look like a real tall bread loaf, and then the flour ran out...
They always turned out to be petit though it's very cute like the pictures below :D

So, today I tried it with ASDA's Gluten-free Plain Flour Blend* (£1.65/kg) for a change, which turned out pretty good :)

It's getting better but this still needs to be softer & more chewy.
Also, I made so many cracks that I need to figure out how to make it look better + I want to make it raise a bit more.*

* I think I'm being very persistent with the size as I grew up with these big & tall square loaves in Japan :) haha
I reckon all I have to do in terms of the size & height is to increase the amount of flour and subsequent ingredients or simply use smaller tin, but the thing is that I want to make it cost-efficient.
If I were to use 1kg of flour to just make one loaf, it'll cost £1.70+a in total, which would not make much difference to buying a gluten-free loaf from supermarket.

So, my ever-lasting quest is to make it bigger with just 500g of gluten-free flour.
Nonetheless, I guess I am getting to know more about what to do to make better ones after several failures :)

But for now, please let me share my attempt to make a gluten-free white loaf with ASDA's Gluten-free Plain Flour Blend! :)

(Lines in red are modified parts since the 3rd attempt of Doves GF Plain Flour)

● 500g of ASDA Plain White Flour Blend* (+80g)
● 3 teaspoons xanthan gum
● 3 teaspoons of baking powder (+1+1/2 tsb.)
● 1 teaspoon of salt
● 3 tablespoons of sugar

□ 250 ml warm semi-skimmed milk (+20ml)
□ 1 tablespoon of yeast (+3g)
□ 1 tablespoon of sugar

▲ 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
▲ 50 ml of sunflower oil
▲ 1 large eggs
* Ingredients: Rice Flour , Potato Starch , Tapioca Starch , Maize Flour , Buckwheat Flour.

ASDA's Plain Flour Blend
Doves Plain White Flour

In terms of their nutritional value, Doves Gluten-free Plain White Flour seems to contain a tiny little bit more fiber & protain than this flour from ASDA :D But ASDA's contain less calories...umm interesting...(´・∀・`)ヘー

First, weigh flour, and milk :)

Then heat the milk in a microwave for 1 minutes*
* This gets too hot though it cools down pretty quickly so set it aside to cool while weighing and mixing other dry ingredients (●) & liquid ingredients (▲) separately :)

Add yeast & 1 tbs. of sugar (□) into the warm milk and wait until it gets foamy (for around 15 minutes) :)

And combine □ & ▲ and stir a couple of times, then add into ● :)

Mix together to make rather sticky dough :D
It sticks to hands a lot but try to knead it as much as possible :)

Then leave it to rest in the mixing bowl with a wet tea towel on for 30 minutes

Place them in a lightly buttered loaf tin
Obviously, I needed to flatten the surface here, but was scared to touch it a lot to reshape as I didn't want to kill all the active yeast and make this even smaller...:( Oh well...the next time!

Then leave it to rest for another 30 minutes in a pre-warmed microwave (microwave a cup of water for 1 minutes to create nice warmth and humidity)

Start pre-heating the oven for 220℃

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes!
Tadaaa :)

Looots of cracks :D But this was the easiest loaf to slice thinly :)

I guess what I can do for the next trial is to:

1. increase the liquid a little bit more
2.knead the dough longer with a bit more flour,
3. smooth the surface,
4. leave it to rest for longer

And I want to try adding some butter or adding egg white as well :)

If you have any ideas what I should do to improve, I'd be extremely happy to hear from you :)



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