Don’t miss Raymond Blanc tonight (Monday 29th March 2010) when he shares his kitchen secrets for brilliant bread making. Amongst the buttery brioche and traditional french bread he explores gluten free baking:
“Legendary chef Raymond Blanc welcomes the cameras into his kitchen to share his cooking secrets. Filmed in the lively surroundings of his Oxfordshire restaurant kitchen, this programme features a range of achievable and inspirational recipes for cooks of all abilities.
Raymond focuses on bread and the miracle of yeast. His first recipe is a French classic, brioche, a buttery bread using eggs that is the easiest of bread recipes. Using this as a base, he makes a celebratory gateau a la creme brioche filled with a lemony creme fraiche. To follow, we get down to basics with a French country bread recipe essential to any bakers’ repertoire, that is formed into beer-topped rolls, a basket-shaped loaf and an olive-and-tomato-topped fougasse. To finish, there’s a delicate yet spectacular dessert of apple croustade made from the thinnest pastry baked until crisp and golden.
Along the way, Raymond visits one of the UK’s oldest flourmills, Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire, to experiment making bread with gluten-free flour.”
If you miss it you can catch it on iPlayer – but it will only be available for a week: Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets – Bread
If you miss both the live and iPlayer versions, I found this Raymond Blanc recipe on Hub UK for rye bread. Sounds delicious. I love rye bread with smoked salmon and watercress, or humous and roasted vegetables. Toasted it’s really nice too with honey or jam.
Raymond Blanc obviously cares about those with allergies; he also presented the award for Gluten Free Chef of the year in 2009 to Peter McKenzie. Visit the Gluten Free Blog for more information.
Genius Gluten Free bread is supposed to be the next best thing to the real mccoy; created by a mother who hated to see her allergic kids miss out on simple sandwiches and scrummy toast and butter. I haven’t tried it yet, I’ve been hunting but haven’t seen it anywhere, but it should be available in all major supermarkets and some health food shops. Visit the www.geniusglutenfree.com website for more information.
Which is your favourite wheat/gluten free bread? I used to love Stamp Collection bread but it’s hard to find these days in the shops. The Village Bakery also do two very tasty rye bread loaves. I’d love to hear which you love best and why, and what do you enjoy most on your rye bread?