As soon as I started baking with Jules, I knew it was going to make some serious gluten-free bread. It was born to bake bread. And now? Now, shaped gluten-free bread is not allowed to be weepy. A loaf of bread? It has my permission to be more like batter. But if I need to shape it, I want to be able to knead it. I will now accept no less. No less!
I think the secret weapon is the Expandex. Jules has Expandex in spades. I’ve been experimenting, and so far the results are easy-to-handle whole grain bagels. If I sound like a dork because I think they’re so much fun to make, then be a pal and forget I said that.
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Jules’ ciabatta bread dough pulls right away from the sides of the bowl, and comes together almost immediately.
Here it is right after it was turned out onto a sheet of unbleached parchment paper. No dusting with flour required. It’s moist enough to still be slightly tacky to the touch (you want that), but you do not need to flour your hands to handle it.
It rolls out really easily, and it doesn’t need a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough to keep it from sticking to the rolling pin. A dream come true.
I won’t lie to you, though. It has a bit of trouble rising. It rises, no doubt, but it takes a bit longer. I couldn’t wait too long or it would overproof.
And there’s so much starch that browning in the oven is a bit of a challenge. Almost no matter how long it is baked. But I learned so much! And I owe it all to Jules.
Here’s the 4-1-1 on how Jules did this round:
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One more flour left in the series for yeast bread, and then on to cookies for the final leg of the flour test. I have so many gluten-free cookie recipes on the site, but I’m open to suggestions. I’d like it to be somewhat challenging, to really give the flours a workout.
Any cookie requests?
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