Usually we used bread flour or high protein flour for making bread. In other words, bread flour is the only flour that used for making bread. However my perception was changed until I found rice flour really works for making bread. In fact the rice flour bread is much softer, tender and savory. For sure bread flour play apart; nevertheless rice flour is playing an important role for producing better quality bread. You should really try this out if you got time. You will absolutely find different between these two breads. Share with me your thoughts after you take a try on it.
The rice flour bread recipe might be different from one to another. For example there were some using rice flour only insists of other types of flour. However, most recipes include rice flour and bread flour which is able to make better texture of rice flour bread.
There were also healthy recipe where distracted from castor sugar and replace it with brown sugar. In fact the brown rice flour bread is widely accepted now when more and more medical researches shown that brown sugar is better than granulated castor sugar in terms of calories and health impact.
Here comes the absolute rice flour bread recipe (Serves 8):
- Rice Flour 50g, Bread Flour 200g, Butter / Margarine 20g, 1 egg, 1/2 cup Milk, Castor Sugar 15g, Salt 2.5g, Instant Yeast 5g
Filling – custard cream, red bean paste, raisin, chocolate etc
- Preheat the oven to 190 degree Celsius
- Combine bread flour and rice flour
- Mix egg, silk, castor sugar, salt and instant yeast
- Add in butter when rough dough formed
- Knead the dough till it smooth, elastic and not sticking to hand
- Transfer the dough into a large bowl, cover it with cling film. You can also place the dough inside a container with lid. Place the bowl at warm place; let it proof for about 40 minutes until it double in size
- Unwrap the bowl and take out the dough, use your knuckle to punch out the air of the dough, knead for about 5 minutes
- Cut the dough into 55g each, roll it into ball shape, and let it rest for about 10 minutes
- After 10 minutes, shape and add the filling (whatever you like, for example custard cream, red bean paste, grated coconut, cheese, butter, raisin etc) into the dough.
- Place the rice flour dough / buns to the baking tray (greased or line the tray with baking paper); cover it with a clean tea towel and leave to rise for about 40 minutes
- Spray some water to the top of the buns and sprinkle it with some flour
- Bake for about 18-20 minutes
- Transfer the finished baked buns to wire rack for cooling. Wrap the buns with good quality plastic when it turns cool.
The end result is perfect where the bread is perfectly soft, tender and delicious. I’ve included raisins and chocolate chips to my rice flour buns and both work out perfectly.