Rusks; brown rice flour, pressure cooked

Found the brown rice flour; not a whole lot of it but enough to make a batch.

1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup wheat bran
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
3 tablespoons instant potato
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup (approximately) water

The water quantity is an approximation. I add the water slowly, 1 tablespoon at a time. When the dough starts sticking together in clumps I let it mix longer before I add each additional tablespoon. Towards the end the dough will clump together and stick to the mixer’s paddle. In the beginning the mixer is on low; once the dough starts clumping together I put the spatter shield on the bowl and turn up the mixer’s speed. At this point, after each tablespoon of water it needs to mix for a minute or more before I add another tablespoon. As soon as it starts sticking to the bowl I felt the dough and made sure it was sufficiently wet but not too wet; it was sticky and fairly stiff but not a batter.

Then I put it in a greased plastic bowl with a snap on lid, but before putting its lid on it I press some plastic food wrap down onto the dough. Even with plastic on it the top darkens. I let it rest for at least an hour before I transfer it to the loaf pan and cook it.

I let the dough rest for at least 2 hours.

The reason I let the dough rest is that I read that whole grain flours don’t absorb fluids as quickly as white wheat flour does. And that the bran needs extra time to soak up its fluids. Additionally, there is enzyme activity going on that adds complexity to the flavor of the bread, but that probably requires a longer rest (for example, a day).

After its rest I put it in the little loaf pan, covered it with aluminum foil, and cooked it at high pressure for 25 minutes, then let the pressure go down naturally.

I set up my pressure cooker by putting the pressure cooker’s trivet in it then I put the folding steaming basket on top of it (with its center handle removed). I wanted the loaf pan up away from the water and I wanted to put in several cups of water.

I chilled the cooked loaf overnight in the fridge.

Next I sliced the bread at the 2 setting.

The slices are drying at 115 degrees; I set the timer for 6 hours. They weren’t dry after 6 hours so I set the timer for 2 more hours. Still sort of chewy after 8 hours. I’m not sure if I should do 2 more hours or accept this texture.

I forgot to add more time to the timer so they’re done after 8 hours. They’re still slightly chewy; I’m not sure if this is from their natural texture or because they weren’t dried enough. I need to do another batch and set the timer for 12 hours.

The flavor is nice. Not outstanding or anything; not remarkable, but not bad. It should pair nicely with any of the other flours.

Since they’re a little tough I’m going to try a batch using half brown rice flour and half sorghum flour.


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