What a day of ups and downs in the kitchen. I tried 2 new versions of bread today & both completely flopped. Now, I am a really good cook & baker, generally, so flops are very rare. But this was two, back to back utter failures.
My first was a recipe I found to replicate “Doves Farm White Rice Bread”. You microwave it part way & bake the rest. It was a disaster – didn’t rise, overbaked in the microwave but not all the way through. So, the loaf was gummy & underbaked but nearly crispy on the outside.
The second disaster was trying Celimix White Rice Bread in the bread machine. I put it on the “Express” bake which takes 59 minutes. I was attempting to get the bread to be taller so to look a little more like wheat bread. I’ve seen other people post pictures of tall, bread machine loaves. Well, it was flat. A little rounded on the top, cooked most of the way through & heavy. Not at all like the nicer version I made the week before in the oven. Darn it.
I also learned why xanthan gum is required. Can you say crumbly cookies?? Yikes. Good thing the kids love chocolate chip cookies & I have a good vacuum. They still taste good but they are going to be a terrible mess.
I did manage to make to die-for donut muffins. I got the recipe from the yahoo group & they turned out awesome. I will try to post it & some photos when I know how long & how well they keep. Tune in later in the week!!