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Whole Wheat Bread

 

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It’s high time I post this. I said to myself when I saw the bread photos and sat to write about it. It’s been nearly one and a half month that I made this bread and Girish clicked it so beautifully. But later I completely forgot to write about it and even update the blog. So here I am finally writing about it.

I am actually not a fan of bread. I can’t eat it every day, especially the sliced ones we get in the grocery stores and Girish is totally opposite to me. He can literally live on bread :P. But I love to taste different kinds of breads like Baguette, Ciabatta, Focassia, etc.

I had once tried to make bread at home but it wasn’t a great success. We didn’t have to throw it, it was edible but I wasn’t completely happy about it. I keep finding and bookmarking good recipes but somehow I never try it. This was the case till I found this recipe video on Youtube. It is so easy and very well explained with the video that I couldn’t make any more excuses about not baking bread. The final result was awesome. I made some dips and spreads to go with it, apart from the usual butter and jam.

I had invited my friends over to try it out. Boy how happy I was to see them gulp down this beauty. Happy dancing!! When you see the happiness on the face of the people who mean to you the most, everything is just worth it!!

So you too try this whole wheat bread recipe and make people around you happy!!

Ingredients:

Whole wheat Flour – 4 1/3 cups
Water (lukewarm) – 2 cups
Brown Sugar – 1/3 cup
Active dry yeast – 3 teaspoons
Salt – 2 teaspoons

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Procedure:

  • Mix the sugar in to the water and stir well.
  • Add the active dry yeast and keep it aside to froth.
  • In another big bowl add flour and salt and mix well.
  • Now pour in the activated yeast.
  • Incorporated the dry and wet ingredients together in the bowl for a couple of minutes to form rough dough.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on a clean surface and start kneading the dough on it using the heels of your hands for nearly 10 minutes.
  • Once done sprinkle a little flour on the surface and place the dough and cover it with a wet cloth and let it rise for nearly 45-50 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes or close to it take a baking tray and add a little oil at the centre of the tray and spread evenly.
  • You will see that the dough has proved i.e. doubled in size. Now punch down the dough.
  • Fold over the edges and make a new dough ball. Flip over and place it on the greased tray.
  • Make few shallow cuts and cover for nearly 2 hours to rise again.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and bake mode.
  • Carefully place the dough in the oven.
  • After ten minutes drop the temperature to 175 degrees Celsius. Bake further for about 25 minutes.
  • Remove the baked loaf from the oven and let it completely cool.
  • Slice it as per requirement and enjoy!!

Tips:

  • Time to prove dough is dependent on the weather conditions. If more hot it takes less time to prove and if it is cool outside it will take more time to prove.
  • The video says to add gluten, which is something I haven’t followed. No added gluten.
  •  Remember every oven is different so the time required to bake will change accordingly.
  • You may shape the  bread in any form you like.

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Potato Peas Pie

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I have to thank Donna Hay for introducing me to the filo pastry and various recipes related to it. A couple of months back I was watching her TV show Fast, Fresh and Simple in which she showed how to prepare a Spinach and Feta pie using filo pastry sheets. It was a very tough job to find the pastry sheets and finally my favorite store Dorabjee’s at Camp, Pune came to the rescue. (Personally I feel these ready to use pastry sheets are a little expensive but it also involves lot of effort to make one. So the choice is yours).

The first time I made it was impromptu and for filling I used mushrooms, onion and homemade paneer. A lot of things went haywire and caring for the pastry sheets is one hell of a job. But the second time everything went smooth and following is the result. I would definitely recommend this to all of you with its pros and cons. Enjoy!!

Ingredients:

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For filling:

Potatoes (boiled) – 4 medium sized roughly chopped
Green Peas (pealed) – 1 cup
Onion (finely chopped) – 1 medium sized
Garam masala – 1 teaspoon
Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt –to taste
Oil- 1 teaspoon
Parmesan cheese (grated) – to garnish

Filo Pastry sheets, each cut in to 5 inch square – 12
Butter – to brush

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Procedure:

  •  Cover the filo pastry sheets with wet muslin cloth to avoid drying up.
  • In a pan heat oil and sauté the onion till it turns transparent.
  • Add the green peas and mix well.
  • Add the roughly chopped potatoes and then add the garam masala, red chili powder and salt to taste.
  • Mix well and set it aside to cool.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Brush each filo pastry sheet with butter and place one on top of the other.
  • Divide the filling into 6 pastries leaving a 2 cm border.
  • Fold over the edges of the pastry to form a border.
  • Sprinkle it with grated parmesan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or till the pastry is golden at 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Serve hot or the base might become a little soggy.

Tips:

You may try different types of filling like mushroom and paneer.

Apple Cinnamon Cake

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The first time I attempted to make this cake it was a big disaster :(. Me and one of my foodie friends had come over and wanted to bake something different. Decided to go with this cake although followed a different recipe. We put it in the oven and were eagerly waiting for a delicious cake………….However that was not meant to be. The cake did not rise, it was dry and very hard. Hello trash can!!!

I have been baking for a long time and I have never failed so miserably..(Barring some incidents and this tops the chart). The incident kept bothering me for next 2-3 days in a row and I knew I had to hit the ball out of the park to attain Nirvana….:D . After racking my brains it came to a couple of things which would have messed up the recipe. The main culprit was the old baking powder. Again hello trash can!!

New baking powder in, little recipe modifications and Urekaaaa… Turns out that I still can bake a good cake :) :).

 

Ingredients:

Butter (melted)- 25 gms
Refined Flour – ½  cup
Baking powder – ½ teaspoon
Sugar – ½ cup
Eggs – 2
Apple  (chopped) – ½
Cinnamon powder- ¾  teaspoon
Honey – 1 tablespoon
Refined flour (extra) – 1 teaspoon

Other Materials required:

Bread Tin – H x W x D – 4 x 6.5 x 3.5
Butter paper – to baseline
Vegetable oil (to use while base-lining the tin) – 1 teaspoon

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Procedure:

  • Base line and also on the sides a bread tin using the butter paper. You may use any vegetable oil (odourless) to do this.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder together.
  • Beat the above flour mixture with the eggs for 5 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  • After beating the mixture for five minutes add the melted butter, honey. Mix gently.
  • In the extra refined flour roll the chopped apple and then mix it with the batter.
  • Bake the cake for 20 minutes on 180 degrees.
  • Cool it for 1 hour once done and then serve with tea or coffee.

Tips:

  • Transfer the prepared batter immediately to the baking tin as once the baking powder is added, it starts its action. So always keep the baking tins ready according to the requirements.
  • By rolling the apple pieces in the flour they will not settle at the bottom of the cake but will be evenly spread.
  • How to base line tin – Cut a butter paper in the shape of the base of the cake tin. Place it at the bottom of the greased cake tin. Same goes with the sides. Grease the sides and place the paper along the side length.
  • And last but not the least always use exact measurements while baking for your cake to become a success.

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I am back to the gang!!!!

There are certain reasons why am I smiling from ear to ear. :-D.  Some of the most important reasons would be that

I am back (wooooooohoooo)

My results came out amazing

And the fantastic war that we won against thieves

Also, now that I am back it cannot go without a recipe post ;)

Yes, people I am back. I took a great big break of around 2 months. I am so happy to be back. I am very thankful to every one of my blogger friends for the support that I had received since I have not been around. I hope that love and comments continue. I did try my best to keep the Guest blogger on, but due to time constraints and exams over my head I missed some posts. I will make sure that I make up for this and I shall start guest posts right from the coming Tuesday. Extremely sorry for missing this.

Now, to a super news – my resultsssssssssssssssssss. I still get goose bumps when it comes to exam dates and results. Such was my condition last week. I was really tensed for the results of my German level which were recently announced.

What, oh I missed to mention the result ;) (height of shamelessness hhihiihiihi)

I stood First in my classs, whoooooooohooooooo. It’s such an awesome feeling that I can’t express. I felt as a kid would feel, looking at the results and felt like flying high up above. I am waiting for the next term to start.

Now, the third and the amazing thing. Some days back Madhuri from Cook- Curry Nook sent me a message regarding a certain (I don’t want to give any promotions to them hence not mentioning their website or other links) FB group had copied a photograph of mine from the post Bread Upma. Madhuri has done an amazing job fighting with them all the way for couple of days. Ignoring her health due to which she could not sit at the computer for a long time she kept fighting with them. Finally, happiness and rewards. Their facebook page and their identities are banned and we won.

For some amazing feedback and fight, support on this please visit the following link on Madhuri’s facebook page.

I request all of you to use the following logo on your website and join the cause against theft, plagiarism.

The following award is for our dear blogger Madhuri for her amazing awareness and her fight for the cause. Cheers Madhuri, use the following logo on your website for a job well done. If you know anyone who has done such a thing for this cause, or you have yourself, please send me some information and details so I can create a badge for you with your name and post it across with you great deed ;)

Also I want to pass this message across that you watermark all your work, put copyright information on your website. Some steps can be taken to avoid theft for sure.

Now to celebrate this I made cookies. Adapted the recipe from Rachel Allen. Dipped some in dark chocolate sauce. So enjoy guys and stay alert!!

Now the badge of honour and a badge to join the cause. Please display this on your blog to show the world that we appreciate originality and can’t tolerate thieving.

Madhuri this is for you..Thanks so much!!