Bread Improvers: August 22 2022

Bread making is definitely improving, even my Einkorn loaves are light and airy - just take a little more time and care. I usually prove bread twice, or maybe three times, especially if it is a sloppy mix. I let it have ten minutes (or until I remember it), then knead for a few minutes, leave for an hour, knead and shape in the tin and leave while the oven is heating.

I tried the leave for overnight dough, that worked well, too, especially for flours like rye and Einkorn, but the other method fits more easily into my lifestyle. Someone commented that bread making seems like a lot of work. The actual work is very little but fitting the stages into your routine can take a while.

I use different flours each time: Einkorn, spelt, korason, rye and sometimes straightforward wholemeal, and usually 50/50 with Marriage's Canadian white bread flour.

Sometimes, I think about experimenting with less white flour - less refined grains - but if you eat bread with fats and protein and precede it with some dressed salad or roast vegetables, it slows down the glucose spike.

My last glucose test results were very good, the tester said, "whatever it is you're doing, keep doing it."

It has taken me a long time to change my diet, it is pretty meatless now, although I still eat fish and dairy. The next change is going to be introducing tofu. I have tried a few experiments, but it hasn't yet become routine. I'm not sure about the air miles involved, how the carbon profile compares to meat, say. It has to be 30% less than meat to help.
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The best tofu should have low carbon footprint as they should be freshly made locally. If you happen to have a Chinese supermarket near you, they should normally stock them in the fridge in plastic containers. Another type of tofu you can try is fried ones like this. They are great for casseroles as they're very spongy and soak up all the gravy. Or you can slice them up and add to soups for another texture. Just blanch them with hot water before you cook them to remove some of the grease from frying

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We have several Chinese supermarkets nearby, I must take a walk down to them and explore. I think I've had the fried tofu in takeaway dishes, I think I liked it - it's a while ago now, so I'm not sure 😂. But good idea.

I was wondering if we import the beans? But good idea to check the supermarkets and look for locally made tofu.

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