Hello my dear wonderful readers!
Is it Thursday already???? Some times I cannot believe how the days go by. My little monkey a.k.a my son 🙂 is also growing up so fast. Let me tell you why I say that. My little boy has a cold and till yesterday what comes so easily to us, was the hardest thing for him. What is that one thing that we often do when we have a cold? we blow our nose! But my little 2 year had no clue how to blow his nose. All he would do is a “kaaaarrkkkkkkkk” sound into a tissue if I ask him blow his nose. Yesterday some how, I asked him to do the same and guess what?? it worked!!! He actually blew his nose!! Now I know you are thinking OMG what is this woman talking about! So here is something, parenting is such a roller coaster, that every single minute you learn and you grow. You do not have to be a parent to a human, it could be a cute little pup or cat or any animal you want to appreciate what i am saying. When they are tiny they are so fragile that once they start showing signs of growing up, every step calls for a celebration. At least I do. Your child is a celebration of your life. The joys I have found as a mum are unparalleled and can never be forgotten.
Now coming back to this recipe. It was actually a test recipe but given that I made quite a few yesterday and only 4 remain, I think it would be apt to share the recipe with you all. So I asked my dear husband to buy some fresh thyme for a dinner I was making and he got this huge packet of thyme so needless to say, you might see a lot of “Thyme” based recipes coming your way 🙂
Strawberries and thyme are a match made in heaven. So if you wanna make a fun snack with fresh strawberry jam or even store bought organic jam then this is just the one. When I was a little girl my mum would always make me have a jam sandwich and a tall glass of milk on the table just before I went out to play. This recipe reminds me so much of those days.
The bread is not just any bread. It is the most fluffiest, softest, tastiest bread ever. Because of the addition of butter and eggs this bread is just delicious just by itself too. The little thyme adds a certain mystical, lemony smell and taste. Winter mornings with a cup of tea and these buns are the perfect breakfast in bed option too.
Ingredients for the bread :-
- Flour – 2 cups
- Sugar – 5 tbsp
- Yeast – 2 tsp
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Milk – 2/3 cup (warm)
- Water – 1/3 cup
- Eggs – 2 (lightly beaten)
- Butter – 105 gms (softened and at room temp)
- In a bowl combine milk, sugar and yeast. Set aside till frothy and bubbly
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the flour and butter. With the hook attachment mix till a bread crumb consistency is achieved
- Then add the eggs and mix well
- Next add the yeast mixture and milk in a steady stream with the mixer on low
- Once you are done, add the salt and let the dough mix for 10 – 12 mins on medium speed
- Mean while oil a glass bowl with 1/2 tsp of oilve oil and set aside
- Now you will notice that the dough is quite wet but that’s ok, continue mixing till the dough is nice and elastic
- Finally tip the elastic dough into the prepared bowl
- Cover with a cloth and set in a warm place till the dough doubles in size ( 1 – 3 hrs)
- During that time. Lets assemble the ingredients for the filling
- Strawberry Jam – 2 cups ( depends on how thin you roll out the dough)
- Fresh Thyme – 4 tbsp
- Caramel – 3 tbsp ( or as required)
- Egg – 1 (whisked well)
- Butter for greasing
- Pre Heat your oven to 200 C and grease a cupcake tray with butter. Set aside
- Flour your work counter with flour and dump the flour into the counter. Make sure to deflate the dough in the bowl first
- Slowly knead for 1 min till it forms a ball. Divide the ball into 2 equal halves
- Then using a rolling pin, roll out a rectangle 40 cm x 20 cm
- The using a pastry brush, evenly spread the jam over the rolled out dough ( if it very thick pop it into the microwave for 30 sec)
- Once you are done with the strawberry layer, sprinkle the thyme leaves
- Then drizzle the caramel over it
- Now slowly starting from the longer side roll inwards. Flour your hands, if you find the dough is sticky
- Once you have a nice long roll, cut into equal circles. I used a thread for this. Slip a thread under the log, come around it from both side, make a tiny knot just once and pull tight through
- As you make the circles place it in the prepared cupcake tray
- Once you are done with all of the dough in the same manner, using a pastry brush, lightly coat the tops of the rolls, with the eggs wash
- Pop into the oven for 30 Mins or till golden brown. Once done, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack
- Allow to cool till warm to touch, then pop them out of the cupcake molds and place on a cooling rack to cool completely
- Serve with hot milk or tea
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!
How are you all doing today? As the weather changes and the cold sets in, I find myself pulling out my blankets, fuzzy socks and jackets out. So in anticipation of soup season, I also have a feeling we will have a lot of bread making in the house too. Did i mention I ruined my oven? Yes, so while I was getting the house ready for Diwali, last month, I cleaned the oven and when I turned it back on, the whole house lost power!!! Yeah I managed to destroy my favorite kitchen apparatus and I havent gotten around to getting the company guys to come take a look at it either (talk about being lazy) :-).
So this time I made my bread in the “convection” mode of my microwave oven and to my pleaseant surprise in really does work! how awesome is that. Now did I mention that this recipe also incorporates, whole wheat? Yes, sir it does!! So I added equal amounts of bread flour and whole wheat flour to make these babies so that they are not all that unhealthy and make a perfectly wholesome meal when paired with a big bowl of healthy soup.
Do you guys love the small bread baskets that they serve in Italian restaurants? With the flavoured butter? I am a sucker for them. While my husband refuses to have it cause he says its a distraction from the main food. I say I love it all.. hahaha..
- Bread Flour / Maida – 1 + 1/4 cup
- Whole Wheat Flour / Atta – 1 + 1/4 cup
- Sugar – 1 tbsp
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Yeast – 1 tbsp
- Water – 1 cup (warm)
- Garlic – 9 cloves
- Lime – 1
- Parsley – 1/4 cup (chopped fine)
- Butter – 50 gms (at room temperature)
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, add sugar, water and yeast. Set aside to rest for 10 mins. In 10 minutes it should have become nice and frothy
- Into the same bowl, add the flour, salt and oil
- With the hook attachment on, turn on the mixer to a medium speed for 7 – 10 mins
- It will form a nice sticky dough
- Grease a big glass bowl and tip the dough mixture into the bowl
- Let it rest for 2 hours or till the dough has doubled in size
- Meanwhile, drizzle a little oil over the garlic cloves and put them into an oven at 200 C for 15 min or till they are golden and almost black on the outside. Once they have cooled down, with the back of your spoon, press them to form a nice paste
- Now take a bowl and add the melted butter, zest the lime, chopped parsley and garlic paste. Season with salt and mix well and set aside
- Peheat your oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with baking paper
- Once the dough has doubled in size, tip the dough onto a floured surface.
- Slowly knead the dough for 2 mins
- Then make a large ball and cut it into 2. Then cut them into 5 each. You should have around 10
- Slowly roll out the dough into long rolls
- Then just like you tie a shoe lace, tie the knot with the rolled out dough
- Once you have made the knot, place on the prepared baking tray. Do the same with the remaining dough
- Dip a pastry brush in some olive oil and brush the tops of the knots lightly
- Place the tray in the pre heat oven and bake for 15 – 20 mins or till lightly golden on the top
- During this time, melt the butter mixture in a microwave
- As soon as the knots are ready take them out of the oven and dip them into the melted butter
- Use a mitten while you dip the knots as they will really hot!!
- After dipping them, place them back on the tray
- Just before you serve them, brush again with the flavored butter!!
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
So guess what!! I finally baked bread today! It feels like ages since I baked some bread. In fact I have no intention of baking today. I wanted to make a simple paneer dish for dinner and post it on the blog but my son decided to sleep for a few hours during the day, which gave me some time to write this post. Keeping in mind the requests of many followers on Instagram and the blog, to take photographs of the procedure of making the bread too, I have take a few shots of that as well. I know its not the prettiest but I am getting there.
Now before I get to the recipe, I want to share a very fond memory that I have with sausage rolls. When I was around 6, my mum had just gone back to work and she would always be back home before I got back from school. But every time I came back home, I was sure there would be a special treat at home. Some time it would be these Sausage Rolls. Very often Amma would make them at home, but some times she would buy them from my favourite bakery “Hot Breads”. I still remember the distinct blue and white lines under the logo and that smell of fresh baked bread! Ohh!! My Amma would also make bread at home. In fact last week she gave me a cake book that I remember reading when I was very small. Most of my birthday cakes where inspired from photos in that book. These memories are close to my heart. My mum is the best baker ever! In fact her oven broke down a few months ago, but that doesn’t stop her from baking at all. She can make the most fluffiest sponge cake even on an iron skillet!! haaa!
Ok so back to the recipe. Now this is my take on the famous sausage roll. I know that the original sausage roll does not have bell peppers but I wanted to give it my own twist and an excuse to add some vegetables in there 🙂 So here it is.
Ingredients for the bread :-
- Bread Flour – 3 cups + 3 tbsp
- Sugar – 2 tsp
- Active Bakers Yeast – 2 tsp
- Milk – 1 cup
- Butter – 50 gms (melted and cooled)
- Eggs – 2 + 1 for the egg wash
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Olive oil – 1 tsp
- In the bowl of your stand mixer combine half the four, sugar and yeast. Give it a good mix
- Now add butter and two eggs and with a fork combine them
- Next turn on your mixer on low and slowly add the milk
- Finally add rest of the flour and crack up the speed to medium
- Run the mixer for 5 mins
- Finally add the salt and mix for another 3 mins
- Grease a glass bowl with olive oil and place the dough in it. Cover with a warm cloth and keep the bowl in a warm place to rise.
- Let the dough sit for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size
Ingredients for the filling:-
- Red Bell pepper – 1 – chopped to squares
- Yellow Bell Pepper – 1 – chopped to squares
- Garlic – 5 ( chopped fine )
- Oregano – 1 tsp
- Thyme – 1 tsp
- Rose Mary – 1/2 tsp
- Pepper – 1 tsp
- Fresh Parsley – 1/2 cup
- Salt according to taste
- Chicken Sausages – 6
- Oil – 3 tbsp
Instructions for the Filling :-
- Heat oil in a pan
- Once the oil is hot add the garlic and fry for a min on medium
- Then add the sausages and fry for 5 mins ( just to start the cooking process)
- Then add the Oregano, thyme, rosemary, pepper and salt
- Give it a good mix and then add the peppers
- Cover and cook for 3 mins and turn off the flame
- Let the filling cool before you use it in the next step
- Use the parsley just as it is, fresh over the top of the cooked filling
Assembling the roll :-
- Once the dough in doubles in size, punch it down with your fist
- Then empty the dough onto a flour dusted surface
- Roll the dough out to the shape of a log. Then using a pastry cutter or a sharp knife, divide the dough into 6 equal halves.
- The roll out each individual pieces into 15 cm x 25 cm square pieces, leaving enough space in the centre for the filling (at least 6 cms)
- Slash 5 -6 lines on each side of the rolled out piece (as shown in the photos)
- Then add the filling into the centre of the rolled out dough. Make sure to sprinkle the fresh parsley over the filing
- Then start from the top. Tuck the top most piece of dough on top of the filling, then alternatively cover on over the other ( as shown in the photos). I start with the right, lift the pieces of dough from the right and over lap the filling and pull gently towards the centre and then towards the left. Then take the piece of the left and gently place over filling in the centre and then over to the right. After you do two of them it will become easier. Make sure to press the ends of the dough at the end or else they come out a little wonky when you bake them ( like some in the photos 😛 )
- After you have done all of them, transfer them to a baking sheet lined with baking paper
- Cover and let it sit for 20 mins
- During this time, pre heat your oven to 200 C
- Crack the last egg and beat it well
- Then using a pastry brush, gently brush the tops of the rolls with the egg wash. This is what will give it that wonderful golden colour
- Pop the baking tray into the oven and bake for 30 mins or until you the see the tops turn nice and golden brown
- Once they are done baking, pull them out of the oven and let them cool in the baking tray for 10 mins
- Then move them to a cooling rack and let them cool completely
- If you wanna store them, wrap them in cotton cloth and then put them in an air tight container in the fridge
Serve these babies with ketchup or mayo or just like that!!
My Dear Wonderful Readers!
Here’s a secret!!..If there is some thing I love more than ‘baking cake’, it is ‘making bread’. The reason i used the term “Making” and not “Baking” is cause, I think, bread-making is art! Bread is like a little pill you take when you want to think. Bread-making is like meditation, only your eyes are open and you might have to put your elbow into it to make it better. Some times when my husband has a rough day at work, I give him the bread dough to go crazy on, and trust me the bread some how rises better and has better texture! haha.. When my little peach is also having a bad tantrum day, I find putting him to sleep and making bread is like having a glass of wine mid day. So I have been in search of a different kind of bread recipe for a while now and I came across this one. ‘Povitica’, This is one amazingly sweet, nutty, chocolatey bread roll.
When I first decided to make this bread, I was sure that it was like the Babka or the pesto roll but as I went over and over the recipe I realised that this bread need much more tender loving care (TLC) Maybe I will call it the TLC Bread.
It does seem like a quite a long process and half way through you might want to ‘not make it’, but just push your self and go all the way cause you have GOT TO TRY IT! We have been on a no refined sugar diet for a few weeks now, but I made an exception and used some of it in this recipe. The plan was to gift it to a friend but now maybe I will keep half of it and then “think” about giving the other half to some one else. Yes, it is really that good. But remember this is not a croissant or pastry. This is bread with chocolate.
This bread is essentially a Croatian dessert bread. Originally made on festivals and holidays this bread gains its popularity from the sweetness of sugar and chocolate mixed with finely ground nuts, rolled into thinly rolled sweet bread dough. Nowadays these breads are made in various flavours using fruits and fruit preserves. The traditional recipe uses walnuts in the roll, but I used equal portions of almonds and pistachio in mine. Do give this bread a try, I am sure you will not be disappointed.
The original recipe calls for wall nuts in the filling, but I decided to make mine with almonds and pistachio. Also the drizzle can be make with just plain sugar, butter and egg but I used chocolate cause I loooooovve chocolate!
For the Dough :-
- Bread Flour – 2 cups
- Sugar – 10tsp
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Milk – 2/3 cup
- Yeast – 3 tsp
- Egg – 1
- Vanilla Extract – 1tbsp
- In a bowl of your stand mixer, add flour, sugar, yeast and salt
- In another bowl combine egg, vanilla extract and milk. Give it a light beating
- With the speed turned on low, give the dry ingredients a gentle mix
- Now crank the speed up to medium and slowly add in the wet ingredients
- Slowly pour in the wet mixture into the dry in a steady stream ( I took around a min and a half)
- After pouring out all the wet ingredients, let mixture run for 7 – 8 mins on medium to give it a nice kneed. Once you see the mixture coming together to form a ball, add the salt
- When the dough is in the mixer, lightly grease a glass bowl with some olive oil and set aside
- After 8 mins tip the dough into the glass bowl. Do not try to handle it with your hand cause is is way too sticky
- Cover with cling wrap and let the dough rest for an hour or till the dough is twice its original size
- While the dough is resting proceed to making the filling
Ingredients for the Filling
- Almonds – 1/2 Cup
- Pistachio – 1/2 Cup
- Unsweetened Coco Powder – 3 tbsp
- Powdered Sugar – 1 cup
- Vanilla Extract – 1 tbsp
- Butter – 1/2 cup
- Milk – 4 tbsp (more if required while using filling)
- Egg – 1 yolk ( do not discard the white)
- In a sauce pan add butter and milk. Heat till the butter melts
- Mean while powder the almonds and pistachio to a fine mud like consistency
- Then take the milk and butter mixture off the heat and add the almond and pistachio mix
- Finally add the rest of the ingredients and whisk well to combine all ingredients
- Set aside to cool down
Assembling the bread
- Once the bread has risen well, spread a clean sheet over your work table ( I used my dining table and I used a lightly printed sheet to help me figure out how think I rolled out the dough)
- Now flour the surface of the bedsheets and slowly roll out the dough in a rectangular shape
- Roll out the dough as thin as your can. You should be able to see the sheet behind the dough. The thiner the rolled out dough, the more circles you will find in the final bread. The more, the prettier!
- After rolling it out, slowly spoon the chocolate nut mixture that was made earlier
- You might find that the mixture has thickened, just add a tsp of milk and whisk well
- While spreading the filling, take care not to tear the dough. This part is a little tricky, but once you start spreading the mixture you will get a feel of how much pressure you really need to put on the dough
- Once you have finished spreading the mixture, slowly flour your hands and roll the dough inwards from the longer side of the rectangle. This will give you a nice long chocolate roll
- Slowly pinch the sides of the dough to make is stick
- Liberally grease your bread pan handset besides the chocolate roll
- Now gentle lift one end of the roll and slowly set it within the pan and when you get to the end of the pan, turn it back to for a U and place over the chocolate roll in the pan. Do this till the entire roll is inside the pan
- Cover the bread pan with cling wrap and set in a warm place for another hour or till it rises to its double again
- Pre heat your oven to 180 C and using a pastry brush, coat the dough with the egg white
- Once the dough is ready, pop it into the oven for 15 mins
- Then reduce the temperature to 150 C and bake for 45 – 50 mins
- Once done, set aside to cool on a wire rack
- Drizzle some chocolate sauce over the top and you are all set serve
Hello Every BoDY!
How are we all doing this week? I know I have been crazy busy! and sad to say I haven’t been able to come up with any thing interesting! So while I am waiting for some time and some inspiration I decided to share my weekly simple milk bread recipe. I stopped buying bread from outside. The honest truth is that both you and me do not really know what goes into it and since my husband refuses to have anything else but bread, every single morning, I just make my own bread. I try making it interesting by adding raisins or chocolate. I think I am running out of ideas. Anyway this is the recipe for my simple daily milk bread.
- Sugar – 2 tbsp
- Yeast – 2 tsp
- Milk – 1 cup (warm)
- Flour – 2 + 1/2 Cup
- Olive Oil – 4 tsp ( 3 for the dough and 1 for brushing over the loaf)
- Salt – 1 + 1/2 tsp
- Firstly in a cup, add milk and sugar. Mix well and then add yeast. Let the mixture sit till the yeast has worked its magic it becomes bubbly and frothy (10mis))
- I use my food processor for breads so add flour and salt into the bowl. Run the processor for a few seconds till the salt is evenly distributed through the flour
- Then add 3 tsp of oil into the dry mixture
- Once the yeast and milk solution is nice and frothy turn on the food processor and slowly add milk to the flour
- You want the dough to come together but remain nice and sticky
- Once the dough comes together, empty your bowl onto a lightly floured counter and knead the dough for 8 -10 mins
- Now place this dough in a greased glass bowl. Let the dough double in size. Make sure to keep the bowl in a warm place. This helps the yeast work
- Once the dough has doubled, take your loaf pan and line it with baking paper
- Roll out the dough to a large rectangle. Then slowly fold it inwards from one end till you have a nice long roll
- Set the roll into the prepared loaf pan. Let the dough rest for another hour or more.
- During this time, pre heat the oven to 180 C
- Before popping the pan into the oven, lightly coat the top with the left over oil. Bake for around 30 to 40 mins
- Once done, let it cool completely before slicing