Gluten-Free Cheese Bread (aka Brazilian Cheese Bread revised)
Moving on before I create a huge issue out of nothing. Point is, perhaps I should just call this a gluten-free cheese bread from now on. Love that tapioca flour! I didn't even know you can bake with it! At home, my mom only use it as a thickening agent but baking, didn't even cross my mind! It makes a very interesting bread, when it comes straight out of the oven, the insides of the bread is very starchy and chewy but after it's cooled down for a few hours, its puffy/airy and more bread-like losing much of that extra crew (still delicious either way!).
Now this weekend after having found this wonderful recipe, I decided to make some variations from the original just to see how things turn out. I wanted to try and incorporate different ingredients into the batter to enhance the cheese flavor in the bread or to compliment the wonderful cheese flavor. Therefore, my trial #1 included chives and spinach.
Original Recipe HERE
For Spinach: I followed the recipe exactly as described and after I blended the ingredients together in the blender, I added a handful of spinach into the batter and blended the batter some more until the spinach is well incorporated and the batter is a nice light green.
For chives (or green onions) this is more of an Asian twist because we like to use green onions in our dishes a lot and I just love the flavor green onions brings to anything! In Chinese bakeries we have breads that have green onions baked right into it, obviously one of my favorites, so I thought why not here. Instead of blending the green onions in with the batter, I chopped up about 2 bunches and after the batter is well mixed, I poured the batter into a bowl and stirred in the green onions instead.
Both versions turned out great! For the spinach version, you can barely taste the spinach so it's a great way to somewhat incorporate something nutritious into the recipe without compromising it. I love spinach (still in a spinach craze right now) so I actually wouldn't mind tasting more of it. Green onions version: absolutely DELICIOUS! That's all I have to say. I'd probably eat all of it if I'm not careful.