Monday, February 4, 2008

Raspberry Buns - adventures in Rice Flour

Very simple - rather exciting...
I was interested in using rice flour since I never had before... so I looked up recipes to use rice flour with.  This recipe for raspberry buns comes from  =)
You will need
1 cup AP Flour
3/4 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup tepid milk
1 large egg, beaten
8-10 tsp raspberry jam
Mix the flours, salt and baking powder together.  Rub in the butter and then work in the sugar.  Add the milk to the egg and mix them into the dry ingredients.  Form the mixture into 8 to 10 balls and place them on a buttered baking sheet.  Make a well in each ball with your finger and put 1 tsp of jam into the well.  Fold the dough over the well to seal it.  Bake the buns in a preheated 400F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool.

These were really good and very simple.  I imagine you could use any sort of jam you want.  No one would stop you.  The thing that was strange to me about using the rice flour is that when you pour in the liquid, it is as if that one spot of flour wants to take ALL the liquid.... so you have to stir and stir and stir to get it incorporated... but you don't want to go crazy and build up the gluten (remember you're using AP flour too) too much.  I'm not sure how to get around that...  It was super soft though (the rice flour) it was silky - I liked it.  Buns were yummy!

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