Yeast Snuck Into My Gluten-Free Waffle Mix ~ Maybe!
Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:58 PM
• ½ c Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Biscuit and Baking mix + ½ c Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour (sifted together)
• 1 c milk
• 1 egg
• 2 tblsp sunflower oil
• pinch salt
I put the mix in the fridge and left town for two days, and when I returned it had expanded so much in it's glass container that it forced up the top and spilled out about four oz of mix. It has never done that before. Made a waffle with it & it was delicious. I set the container on the counter and an hour later it had expanded even more, with bubbles, so I put the remaining mix in a bread pan and sat it on the stove top while the stove heated to 425º, and it expanded substantially more again. Cooked it for 30 minutes @ 425°, and out came a nicely risen, plump, and delicious loaf. And it looked great, to boot! (see attached photo).
I hadn't known that yeast can be used with rice flour to make bread, but an online search set me straight. So a possibility occurs to me: I had originally mixed in a few torn-up pieces of 3-day old bread with the waffle mix (just to see how it tasted), and I'm almost sure that some bits of bread were still in the mix that went into the fridge. Is it possible that this is the explanation?
And if so, it it generally true:
1) that only small amounts of yeast are needed for rice flour bread?
2) that a day or two in the fridge improves the rising of dough? One of the reasons I gave up, a few years ago, on baking bread was that my dough never rose the way it was supposed to, then collapsed when I transferred the dough to a bread pan or sheet.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:06 PM
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:21 PM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:26 PM
Well, the lid was just plastic, so it was more like lifted than blown off
Continuation of story: turns out the batter I used, which tasted so good as bread, had just tiny amounts of the bread in it . . . but this morning I made a waffle with the batter, from another container, in which I had put most of the bread, and this waffle tasted terrible, with an unpleasantly strong yeast taste.
Just for kicks, one of these days I'm going to sprinkle a minimal amount of yeast in the waffle batter and stick it in the fridge for a couple of days & see what happens