20230601 Improved Air Fryer Bake + Air-fried Hong Kong-style French Toast + Garlic Croutons + Kabocha Soup
Remember when I said not to use stainless steel for baking bread in the air fryer? Well, on second thought, I decided to take advantage of its relatively lower thermal conductivity to improve my bakes. By adding a tiny step, the dough now has more time to rise and bloom in the air fryer. The result? Bread that develops a grigne similar to what you would get from a conventional oven!
As usual, mix the dough in the Zo
bulk ferment in the Zo
shaped, put into the cake barrel, and covered with the pizza pan
Remove the rack from the air fryer, as the pans will be too tall to fit inside otherwise.
Prove in the air fryer, using the dehydrating feature.
Time to bake!
Here's the tiny extra step!
400F x 15-20 mins
then remove the stainless steel dish(18cm dia., often sold in the kitchenware section of an Asian supermarket), which I normally use to steam 🐠🐠🐠😄😄😄
400F x 25 mins
400F x 15 mins
the crumb (click to enlarge)
Upon a close review of the crumb in the picture, it appears that the area immediately beneath the crust might benefit from a few more minutes of baking before flipping to bake the bottom.)
3% whole rye CLAS
0.7% dry yeast
Total dough weight ~ 1lb
Air-fried Hong Kong-style French Toast
- Two big, fat slices of bread (sliced on my meat slicer set at #20), with the crust removed and reserved
- Two eggs, whisked with some heavy cream and a tiny pinch of salt
- Butter for greasing parchment paper
- Peanut butter and condensed milk (mixed at a ratio of 2:1)
- Cold butter for topping
- Maple syrup or condensed milk for drizzling
1. Whisk two eggs with some heavy cream and a tiny pinch of salt
2. Soak the bread in the egg-cream mixture until saturated
3. Preheat the air fryer @ 400°F x 1 min
4. Place the soaked slices on parchment paper greased with butter
4a. Brush with melted butter if desired.
5. Air fry at 350°F x 6 mins, until slightly golden brown
6. Flip the slices
6a. Brush with melted butter if desired.
7. Air fry at 350°F x 4 mins, until golden brown
8. In the meantime, mix peanut butter with condensed milk at a ratio of 2:1 by weight
9. Slather the toast with the peanut butter mixture.
If the peanut butter-condensed milk mixture is too thick, thin it with some water and stir. If it's not homogeneous, microwave it in 10-second increments, stirring in between, until the desired consistency is achieved.
This consistency is more like it:
10. Fold one slice on top of the other.
11. Halve the slices
12. Top with cold butter. Drizzle with maple syrup or condensed milk if desired.
Air-fried Garlic Croutons
It's actually easier to trim the crust with a pair of scissors than with a bread knife.
Spread the trimmed crust, ~ 75g, onto a pan in a single layer.
Drizzle 15g or ~1.5 TBS of olive oil over the crust.
Mince 2 garlic cloves.
Sprinkle ~1/8 teaspoon of salt.
Cover the pan with an inverted pan.
Shake, shake, shake.
350F x 15mins
350F x 10mins
350F x 5mins
Let cool before serving (click to enlarge)
Serve with Kabocha soup.
I rarely cook without fat or sugar, but using either in this soup would ruin its natural sweetness and creaminess. Therefore, the only seasonings I use are fresh herbs from my garden to complement the natural flavors.
- 1 kabocha
- 6 large Roma tomatoes
- 2 medium sweet onions (with skin on)
- Fresh rosemary and oregano
Place the ingredients in the inner pot of the Instant Pot, like so.
+ 200 ml water
Cook under high pressure x 60 mins.
Once cooled, set the kabocha aside and remove the stem stub.
Remove the stems from the herbs and squeeze the onions from their skin. Discard the onion skins. Transfer all the remaining ingredients from the Instant Pot into the Vitamix. Blend the mixture until it becomes homogeneous.
Set the tomato-onion mixture aside.
+500g of kabocha (including skin and seeds) to the Vitamix
+500g of the tomato-onion mixture
+200-300g of water (add more if needed to run the Vitamix, but do not exceed 400g to avoid straining the motor).
Blend until the mixture is homogenous.
Pour the blended mixture into a large container.
Repeat 4. until all ingredients are blended. Mix everything well.
Makes about 4 quarts. Serve cold or warm; either way, it is delicious.