Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Baps

27th November 2016 Update: Just a quick note. You can toast these and they do get a nice crunch to the exterior, though as they cool they will soften, but still retain that slight crunch. They freeze fine too.

 photo WP_20161124_001_e_zpsgbpejkad.jpgQuinoa Flour always seems to have a slightly yellow tinge.

Okay, why a bap? Well, I can only draw from the well of my own recollections and from what I remember of breadables, which is less and less as time keeps to its inexorable pace, a bap was soft, all but crust-less and fairly light but with a bit of chew. So, yeah, this is a bap. I could call it a roll, a dinner roll, hey, I could call it a trombone and you could still be as well off. The more observant, or those with seniority, or the ravingly devoted, may notice that this recipe reads familiar and HOW DARE YOU! I mean here I am, robbing from my own recipes, whoops!, yeah this is Buns Redux. Now instead of the slightly crusty light sweet bun we have a slightly chewer bap. I’ll get to the nitty gritty in a moment, first I’d like to confound and confuse you, dearest reader, what’s left of you that is, we seem to be hitting a rough patch in regards views, any mentions appreciated as always. What is most difficult in describing texture is out shared pool of knowledge. I usually judge these recipes by extremes. You have gluten free breads that are almost mush, baked but unappetising, I’ve made and eaten them in my time, but these days I prefer a firmer, less sodden texture. Of course you also have the other extreme: The bone dry bread. I’ve danced along the spectrum in my time, taking what I need from each end to reach a happy middle ground. But as I say it’s hard to get the idea of what texture to expect. What can be done? Nothing much really. You just have to do what you can, be descriptive and hope that the reader has enough of a grasp of how the flours used taste when baked. Again, we’re relying on them being able to use their own knowledge and if lacking to build it up. I’m a bit under the weather, my hand seems to be moving independent of my brain, so I’ll sincerely hope this makes some sense.

 photo WP_20161124_002_e_zpstakf91fa.jpgI knew they reminded me of something. Not as mushy or bitter though.

I just had to empty the compost in the cold, didn’t I? I won’t even recall this post in a few hours. Okay, onwards, ever forwards, dear reader. So, what the difference between this and the Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Bread? You know how to be a pest, imagined reader. The simple answer: Speed. Gotta go fast and all that. This rises fast and that changes the texture. There is more egg and fat too, but the quick bake changes how it turns out the most. It’s one of the reasons I wouldn’t just do a single loaf with this, I’d be weary on the inside cooking enough. You do end up with the usual risen top, but it’s just as soft as the rest of the bread, so it’s just an aesthetic consideration. Other than that it hasn’t got many downsides. It’s firm, not dry and only tastes faintly of quinoa flour, though that might be me getting used to it. It is very close to the buns, but the sugar being ditched and flaxseed added for extra liquid retention and softness changes it into a different experience. It really shows the important of balance in these kinds of recipes. A little change creates something new when the understanding of ingredients is there. Man, that’s smug, I’m sorry, but it’s true. Just simpler than it sounds. Keep grinding away in that kitchen and you’re bound to level up. One heads up: The batter will be extremely thing, just a bare hint of resistance, that’s the way quinoa breads seem to work for some reason. I dumped in the 100ml of water, but it needed a little more, hence the odd instruction below. Now, what you’ll use this for is up to you. I do have to plug another recipe, not my own, it’s here. I did once toy with travel sandwiches, but I bow to better experience and skill contained three in. The buns are really wonderful too, I’ve made something similar with another of the site’s recipes. Check it out and see what you’ll find to try. I have one in the freezer that’ll probably just become a peanut butter and jam sandwich. I’m just not fancy, but much beloved regardless, right? That’s why you’re here, for me, not the recipes. Shhhh. Don’t say anything or I might cry. Okay, all joking aside, I’ll be somewhere. You’ll see me when you see me. Go eat your baps and be good.

P.S I didn’t bother with salt as I’ve heard, maybe erroneously, that it breaks down eggs when resting, I didn’t want to risk it. You can season them as you see fit.

 photo WP_20161124_003_e_zpsjekx15vm.jpgCut hot, but gets softer and nicer as it cools.

Ingredients

50g Buckwheat Flour
50g Quinoa Flour
12g Ground Flaxseed
1 Tsp Baking Powder
60ml Olive Oil
2 Medium Eggs
125ml Water

Makes 2 Baps.
Can be Frozen.

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 175c (Fan). Grease, with Butter or Olive Oil, and line two 4 1/2 Inch Spring-form Tins.

2. Add the Flours, Flaxseed and Baking Powder and add in Olive Oil and Eggs. Mix everything together. Add about 100ml water and then keep adding water, a little at a time, until a runny batter has been formed. Let rest for 5 minutes. The Batter should be stirrable, but not thick.

4. Pour Batter into Tins, about half full and bake for 20 minutes, turning half way if needed, until light golden and a skewer comes out clean. Then remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes then remove from tins and transfer to a wire-rack to cool completely.

 photo WP_20161124_005_e_zpsr6jsmvkh.jpgDo other people use the term bap? I hope it isn’t something terrible somewhere else.

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6 thoughts on “Buckwheat and Quinoa Flour Baps

  1. Your sentence about not baking a single loaf from this mix for fear the inside might not cook rings so true, which is why I am commenting: the unexperienced gluten-free bakers who will read this post might be tempted to do so and be disappointed. I know because of my latest English muffins batter: the most I could get in terms of bread was a baguette-type loaf, and I had to use a special mold to hold it in shape. But it was good. Have you tried toasting the halves of your bap? I bet that would be delicious too. On to read about your buckwheat and quinoa flour buns!

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    1. I remember, probably not that long ago, baking a loaf of bread, one of my everything in loaves, and testing it, double checking it and everything seemed fine. But when I sliced it there was a perfect cylinder of raw dough running through it. I had to toast it, scoop it out, try everything to make it edible. I’m now of the mind that a small loaf, or two small loaves are better than a big one. I think they gain a nicer ratio of crust to bread that way too. Funnily, I was thinking of toasting one too. If I do I’ll add the result to the recipe.

      The buns were a simple, but surprising success. They’re about as close as I’ve come to a fairy/queen cake. I wouldn’t call them cupcakes, I made a lot of cupcakes in times gone by, I don’t work with wheat flour these days, and that very specific texture is hard to match. I’ll be using a combination of quinoa and buckwheat flour in a few more recipes, as soon as I create them, so I hope you’ll find them interesting.

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