Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread – Cookbook Review and Recipe
Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread provides recipes for more than eighty styles of bread and several more recipes to go along with the bread. True to the name, the gluten-free flour blends are made up of fairly inexpensive ingredients.
Author Nicole Hunn (Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick and Easy) has designed several gluten-free flour blends – a bread flour, two all-purpose flours, a gum-free flour, a whole-grain flour, and a pastry flour. The bread flour uses whey protein, an inspiring way to reduce the amount of moisture in the typical gluten-free flour blend. The other flour blends do not use dairy products, so if you prefer to remain dairy-free, she includes instructions for choosing which flour blend will work best in a given recipe.
The selection of bread recipes covers all of the popular varieties of bread and then some – English muffins, cream puffs (recipe below), potato bread, brioche, pretzels, ciabatta, monkey bread, and that good old standby, white sandwich bread. An entire chapter on sourdoughs starts with instructions on how to make your own wild yeast starter. The last chapter has plenty of ideas for how to use all that bread.
Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread: (Biscuits, Bagels, Buns, and More) is available on Amazon for about $15 for paperback and $10 for Kindle.
Cream Puffs from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread
by Nicole Hunn
makes about 20 pastries
1 cup milk (not nonfat)
4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
140 grams (1 cup) Gluten-Free Pastry Flour (page 10)
4 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
¾ cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
¼ cup (29 g) confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup heavy whipping cream
First, make the pastries. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside. Heat the milk, butter, and salt in a medium-size, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until the butter is completely melted and the mixture begins to simmer. Remove the pan from the heat, add the flour, stirring vigorously. Return the pan to the heat and cook, stirring vigorously, until the mixture begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and comes together in a ball (about 2 minutes). A thin film will form on the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat, and allow the mixture to cool for at least 3 minutes, or until it is no longer hot to the touch.
Transfer half the cooled dough to a blender or food processor. Pour the beaten eggs on top and then add the rest of the dough. Pulse until the mixture is smooth and uniformly well blended.
Transfer the dough from the blender or food processor to a pastry bag fitted with a large, plain piping tip (about 1 inch in diameter). Pipe the dough into about 20 small mounds, each about 1 ½ inches high, about 1 inch apart, onto the prepared baking sheets. Smooth the tops of the pastry dough lightly with wet fingers so that nothing will burn during baking. Bake the cream puffs in the center of the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until pale golden. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and, working quickly, with a sharp knife, cut a small slit in the side of each cream puff to allow steam to escape. Return the pastries on the baking sheet to the oven, turn off the oven, and prop open the oven door slightly. Allow them to sit in the oven until dry (about 30 minutes).
While the pastries are drying in the oven, make the whipped cream. Place the cream in the bowl of your stand mixer (or in a large metal bowl) fitted with the whisk attachment. Turn the mixer on medium speed (or use a hand mixer on medium speed) and whip until soft peaks begin to form in the cream. Add the confectioners’ sugar and salt, and continue to beat on medium speed until glossy and stiff, but not dry, peaks form. If you turn the mixer speed to high, your whipped cream will not be as stable.
Once the pastries are cool and dry, slice them in half horizontally, spoon some whipped cream on the bottom halves, and then top with the remaining halves. To make the chocolate drizzle, place the chopped chocolate in a small, heat-safe bowl and set it aside. Place the cream in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Drizzle the chocolate mixture over assembled puffs. Serve chilled or at room temperature.