Accidental Rice Cake (Persimmon and Pecan Batter Bread)

What happens when your bread goes Ka-Ka-POO  in the oven? Here. This happens.

Chewy crust, soft and gooey interior. Doesn’t that sound like Chinese rice cakes? The kind that is eaten around Chinese New Year, that is steamed, baked, or fried. It  is often flavoured with brown sugar, red bean paste, or lotus paste. It is also made of rice. Which is not the case of my fallen loaf. I remember a friend’s mom used to make a baked rice cake that she would bring to church. It was filled with red bean paste and had a crust that was just like my unfortunate sweet bread.

So what happened?

I am not 100% sure. But I am certain that this happened once before. I suppose it is the danger of batter breads. Batter breads are your friend. They require little effort to mix, rise, and bake. The result is soft and buttery. Like the Cloud Nine Bread, found here. The last failure on batter bread I attributed to too much liquid and a too slack dough. So I amended that this time. The dough was of the right consistency and everything looked all right while rising and even in the oven. I take it out. I turn the pan upside down. The poor thing collapses.

I cut it open a little while later and find an unexpected treasure. Chinese “rice” cake. One studded with dried persimmon and pecans that is.

The other thing I changed from the basic white batter bread is the addition of a little extra sugar to make a sweeter loaf and added a bit of extras, like the chopped fruit and nuts. Maybe the dough can’t stand the extra burden from the fruits and nuts? Also, I switched flours. When batter bread still worked for me I had been using King Arthur’s Unbleached White Flour. These past two times I’d used a new bread flour that we bought. Maybe it’s the flour? I’m going to make another Cloud Nine Bread next week with the new flour and see what happens with a straight batter.

I still don’t quite understand. What do you think happened?


Cloud Nine Bread

I love low effort, high quality when it comes to cooking. I also love bread. I have this whole theory that bread is all you need in life. I mean, Jesus said that “this is my body, and this is my blood” right? He was referring to bread and wine. What else do you want? Bread, to me at least (and I suppose I’m a bit of a nut case when it comes to good bread), symbolizes love, faith, and happiness in life. Think about it, you bake bread for people you love, I definitely put a lot of love in my loaf. And the people who eat the bread you bake, have faith in you that you will do it again.

And you will. At least, you will with this one.

Back to that low effort, high quality thought. This bread is called Cloud Nine Bread for a reason. A bite of it sent my happiness through the roof. I told you bread has everything to do with happiness right? All you need in life is bread…some butter doesn’t hurt either. 😉

This bread is light, fluffy, soft, and moist. Perfect for snacking, sandwiches, or toast. Look at that crumb!

Now, go to your kitchen, simply mix, pour, watch a little TV, bake, and bee happy! (No kneading involved) No I didn’t misspell “be,” that’s just the way it is. In my book that is. 😀

Cloud Nine Bread
(makes one 9 x 5 loaf)

4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast, or 1 packet
2 1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 cups milk, warm
5 Tbsp. melted butter, or oil

In a large bowl, mix the milk and the yeast, let stand for about 3 minutes to dissolve. Add everything else and give it a good mix. Do it for a few minutes. The batter will be thick and hard to pour. Dump the mess into a well-greased loaf pan. Let rise for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until puffy and doubled.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes, or until well browned and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
Let cool, slice, slather with butter, and ascend to cloud nine. 😀