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Gluten-Free Baking: Bread!

Saturday December 11 2021 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Katarina Cermelj returns to teach us how to succeed with gluten-free baking! Join us for three classes, all on Saturdays at 11:00 am: 10/23/21, 11/13/21, and 12/11/21. We’re giving away a copy of Kat’s cookbook, Baked to Perfection, at each program.

Today’s class will focus on gluten-free bread, and will cover topics such as:

  • How to prepare gluten-free bread that you can actually knead and shape, and the crucial role of psyllium husk.
  • What is baker’s percentage and why it is important in bread baking.
  • Understanding gluten-free bread in terms of the flour profile (starchy vs protein flours), amount of binders and hydration.
  • Katarina’s go-to recipe for a simple Gluten-Free Seeded Loaf that’s baked in a loaf tin and requires only a single rise, which makes it the perfect introduction to the world of gluten-free bread baking.
  • How to knead and shape gluten-free bread.
  • The best oven set-up(s) for baking gluten-free bread, including steam sources and oven temperature.
  • How to determine when your gluten-free bread is perfectly baked (and why you should *weigh* your gluten-free bread!).

Katarina Cermelj is undertaking a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford. After cutting out gluten from her diet, she used her scientific background to experiment with gluten-free baking, and in 2016 set up her hugely popular baking blog, The Loopy Whisk, sharing her sumptuous allergy-friendly recipes. Baked to Perfection is her first cookbook.  Baked to Perfection begins with a thorough look at the gluten-free baking basics: how different gluten-free flours behave, which store-bought blends work best, and how to mix your own to suit your needs. Covering cakes, brownies, cookies, pastry and bread in turn, Katarina shares the best techniques for the recipes in that chapter, and each recipe is accompanied by expert tips, useful scientific explanations and occasional step-by-step photography to help you achieve gluten-free perfection. Learn more at https://theloopywhisk.com/

Classes are free to attend. Please register for each event separately. Recipes and Zoom links will be sent out before the event.


Saturday December 11 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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