Showing posts from September, 2013

Ciabatta Bread

For years I've been trying to develop the best possible hamburger bun.  I tried lots of combinations of eggs, flours, milk, water, oil - you name it.  Then I decided to create a ciabatta recipe, and realized that it's 2-in-1.  This ciabatta bread makes not only perfect panini, but also perfect hamburger buns.  And there's no milk or eggs! Now, I realize that "real" ciabatta is made from a much longer, more artisan-style process, sort of like a sour dough.  This recipe is just a simple double-rise yeasted bread dough.  I may try to develop a recipe for a more traditional process, but that will come down the road.  This version is simple and effective, and anyone can accomplish great bread in about an hour and a half.   This bread recipe gives you the best hole structure and the most open crumb of any of my bread recipes. Ciabatta Bread Recipe Makes four 4-inch square ciabattas For this recipe you will need: -  225g gluten-fre

Gluten-free Pizza on the BBQ

What is Pizza crust but a flat bread?  I have been experimenting with my bread recipes lately and decided to try cooking one on the grill.  To my delight, it worked wonderfully!  No, it doesn't fall through the grill or break apart.  In fact, as it cooks it firms up nicely and I was able to flip the crust with tongs.  The crust gets a nice char and the cheese adopts a wonderful smokey flavor.  Once I figured out this recipe, I was finally able to taste the delights of BBQ pizza! Recipe for BBQ Pizza Dough Prep time: 5 minutes Rest time: 20-30 minutes (fastest method)  Cook time: 5-10 minutes Makes two 10 to 12-inch pizzas Ingredients and other things you will need: 225g GF Bread Flour Blend 1 TBSP sugar 1/2 tsp salt 15g whole psyllium husk or 10g ground psyllium husk 225g Warm Water 2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar 1 TBSP olive oil 1 tsp yeast Parchment Paper extra oil for the grill tongs paper towels toppings I use a charcoal Barbecue grill like  this one

Summer Recap

I'm not sure if any of you noticed, but I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging this summer.  I also took a hiatus from cooking.  It has been a hot one here in Portland, Oregon this summer!  Last summer I baked bread all summer long trying to develop the best bread flour mix for all of you here.  This summer I made bread only twice.  Baking wasn't at the top of my list when the kitchen was already 90 degrees! I also travelled quite a bit this summer.  I attended a cousin's wedding back home in Carson City, Nevada where I grew up.  I helped rescue a hawk with a broken wing there.  (We called W.A.I.F. and they came and picked up the bird.)  I stayed at a fire lookout tower in southern Oregon.  I went to a family reunion in Bend.  I did quite a bit of camping, and my garden is going gangbusters! Now I'm back at home and ready to dig in and cook up some new recipes.  Something to look forward to this autumn will be some really great information on how to make sourdough