BREAD, BUNS AND BREAKFAST

ESSENTIAL UTENSILS
There are a few utensils I consider essential for successfully baking gluten free/ wheat free breads. These can be found in kitchenware
shops and department stores throughout the world. I am not listing such obvious utensils as bowls, spoons and tea towels.

 

ELECTRIC MIXER
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They vary depending on the size of the loaf and the regularity of your baking needs, for example if you are cooking bread for one person,
a small electric hand mixer is adequate as is used in my gluten free cookery classes. If you are cooking a large family sized loaf three
times a week then a large electric mixer would be necessary to avoid this becoming a tedious chore.




HEAVY DEEP BREAD TINS
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Gluten free flour is fragile and will easily burn.
Heavy bread and cake tins will give the best results.

 


OVEN THERMOMETER
To establish that your oven is baking at the correct temperature.
The most common failure with bread is an oven that won't hold a high heat required for bread
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WIRE WHISK:
It is helpful to have a wire balloon whisk in your kitchen for hand blending
of coarse grains that are difficult to sift
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SILICONE BAKING PAPER
Silicone baking paper can be used more than once; just rinse under
the tap and dry with a soft cloth
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PASTRY BRUSH
A silicone brush is a handy utensil for brushing hot glazes.
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SCALES:
A good set of scales is an essential tool; in class we use small sets of diet scales,
capable of accurately weighing small quantities of product. Electronic models are easy to use.
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Gluten free flours vary in their moisture content depending on the area the grain is grown in and the size of the grind,
consequently in their weight. This means that a cup of the same flour such as rice flour may weigh up to
a third more depending on how finely it is ground, hence absorbing
more or less liquid and giving an inconsistent result. Measuring by cup is a sure way to obtain an inconsistent result.
Commercial cooks weigh every ingredient including egg pulp

 

 

METRIC MEASURING CUP:
The cup I have used is 250ml. metric measuring cup
These sets are cheap to buy and available in most countries -
Measure cups should only be used for measuring liquids.



METRIC MEASURING SPOONS
Available in sets 20g tablespoon, Australian measure, 5 g teaspoons.

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Check your tablespoon weight as many are 15g (American and sometimes Asia).
In UK I found a variation in sizes of tablespoons. An Australian Tablespoon is 20mg.
This does not matter if you are aware of it and use a little extra to add the extra teaspoon needed.