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I am trying to improve the taste of this gluten free challah recipe. The texture seems right, but I am trying to add more flavor. I am wondering what ingredients I have the freedom to modify. For example,

  • Can I increase the butter without altering the chemistry? Will this add to taste?
  • Can I increase the salt? Why is there so little to begin with?

Any other suggestions are welcome!

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    It looks like that's about 1 kg of ingredients, and 1 tsp salt is 6 g, so that's 0.6% by weight, which is actually a pretty typical ratio - I wouldn't say "so little"! But I've seen bread up to 1% salt by weight, so it's not crazy to want more either. – Cascabel Mar 7 '17 at 0:06
  • My limited experience of gluten-free flours suggests that the plain white type can be quite tasteless (e.g. based on rice flour). I don't know about the one in that recipe, because no details are given, but changing the flour, or some of it, might help. – Chris H Mar 7 '17 at 6:55
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Baking is chemistry. Any changes in the formula will have some consequences on the chemistry. It can be fun to experiment but do not be surprised that the end result is not the same as from the per-modified formula.

As to your question of more flavor, I do know that increasing the proofing time will help to increase the development of the dough and allow it to extract more of the flavor available in the flour. Try slow proofing your loaf in a refrigerator or a very cool room.

I do not know anything about the flour in question but I know that the better the quality the flour the better your bread will be. Avoid flour from large industrial producers that use large steel mills, these create to much heat in the milling process and deplete flavor, enzymes and proteins. Find a good stone ground miller. You may be limited in the gluten free options.

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