The wonders of LinkedIn mean that I can try using a dry powder form of my tapioca gloop. I take 100ml of water 10gm of tapioca flour, stir together while cold, then cook, stirring constantly, to a clear gel. I use this to add flexibility and ease of handling when making pasta and flatbreads. It is a bit of an effort doing this each time, and I wondered if a dry version could be added to the flour, which would mean a pre-mixed flour could be made available.
I got sent a tub of this powder some time ago, but with moving house it has sat unused. Last night I amused myself running a first test. I made two small batches of flatbread, using 100g of my standard flour mix (40% urid, 40% tapioca, 20% cornmeal). To one I added 10g of the PREJEL. I used this amount as I wanted to be sure to spot the effect if there was one. I added cold water to get a firm dough (100ml for the batch with PREJEL, 70ml for the plain). I let them rest for ten minutes and then rolled out four flatbreads.
The dough with the PREJEL felt plump and soft, and rolled without any tearing. The plain dough took a little more care to produce a flat disc.
I cooked both on a non-stick frying pan. It is the first time I have tried cooking flatbreads on my new induction hob, so I was not too sure of the right heat settings, but both batches were treated the same.
Both batches of flatbreads were flexible when they were first cooked. I rolled and rerolled them several times, and both retained their shape. The plain flatbreads had a slightly leathery texture between the teeth, the PRJEL flatbreads had a slightly more adhesive feel.
As both batches were flexible I reheated one of each, to mimic a possible normal use if buying flatbread readymade. The PREJEL flatbreads were more flexible after this, but both still retained their shape and could be rolled. In a more extreme test I left the flatbreads out on the worktop overnight, not wrapped or covered in any way. The next morning the plain flatbreads were stiff and could not e rolled without cracking. The PREJEL batch could still be rolled and were soft enough to eat without difficulty. The slit visible in the PREJEL flatbreads on the top were not cracking but the way I marked the flatbreads to be able to tell which batch had the PREJEL in.
|top - PREJEL, lower - plain. 10hrs uncovered|
I should have run a test comparing my tapioca gloop to this powder as well as the plain flour. However, it is clear that the addition of some of this PREJEL gives a dough that is easier to work and a flatbread that remains flexible and easy to chew.