Well, its been ages since I last posted anything. There is a lot to catch up on. Before Christmas I bought a Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker (based on the ‘recommendation’ of the Hairy Biker Si King’s review in the Daily Mail, which he gave 10/10 for this model.)
So far, I’ve found that it’s great for making dough, not so good for cooking said dough. I’ve made granary, wholemeal, half white, half wholemeal, and white loaves and rolls. They don’t last long – somehow the bread tastes nicer than shop-bought. There’s no preservatives in the bread so it has a short ‘shelf life’ anyhow, so its probably just as well.
Idly surfing the web, I discovered how to create Tiger Bread (or Giraffe Bread, if you shop at Sainsburys!
I found the recipe a on Time To Cook Online’s blog. Having sourced the ingredients – (you knead, or rather, need, rice flour (geddit?) which is available in our local large Sainsburys) it was a journey into the unknown for me. I left the dough to prove for 15 mins out of the breadmaker. Then coated it with the rice flour/yeast mix using a fork and knife to spread it on the dough, rather like icing a cake, instead of ‘brushing’ it on. So it was a fairly thick coating. Then after a further 15 mins proving, into the oven as usual. Here’s the result.
Because the rice paste coating is gluten-free, it doesn’t stretch and so as the dough rises, the paste ‘tears apart’ to give the distinctive mottled appearance.
Can’t wait to try it. Yum.