Microwave Steamed Bread - Safe Even For Nursing Mothers
This is for mothers concerned about mastitis, or their nursing infant acquiring food allergies from egg or dairy products, but who have cravings for something sweet. It's also good as a baby food if you omit the cocoa.
Combine the dry ingredients in a Tupperware container (i.e. all ingredients except for water), close the lid and shake to mix.
For a ratio of 1 tablespoon instant cocoa for the amount of flour, 4.5 tablespoons of water should be fine. Stir vigorously with a spoon. Lightly close the lid (leaving a gap for air to escape) and microwave for about 2 minutes at 500 W.
It should rise a bit like this. If you steam it upside down, it should readily come out of the container. The result is a dense and chewy bread.
If you bake them in muffin cups, they come out like this.
If you use rice flour (joshinko), the texture will be extremely smooth. It's also tasty with raisins!
For use as baby food, I suggest using aluminum-free baking powder, and beet sugar as a substitute for refined sugar!
Story Behind this Recipe
Since I have a tendency to get mastitis and my child has food allergies, I wanted to make a low-sugar steamed bread without dairy or egg products. Since the recipe is so easy, the result may not look so good, but they are perfect as a fuss-free snack! Using rice flour makes them even more filling.
For those concerned about using instant cocoa mix due to dairy allergies, substitute cocoa mix with 1/2 tablespoons of sugar. The amount of cocoa mix at 1 tablespoon gives it a mild sweetness. Or for baby food, try using powdered milk instead. Even reducing the baking powder to 1/2 teaspoon gives enough rise! Adjust the ingredients when mixing to achieve the thick creaminess of the batter as in the photo in Step 2.