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Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Bread | 0 comments

Rosemary Garlic Bread

Rosemary Garlic Bread

Who doesn’t like the aroma of warm fresh bread out of the oven?I bet you like it even if you are not a carb eater  🙂 Somehow seeing the bread rising as yeast works through it, excites me.Making bread is such a living process .I like my kids to participate in this as little or as much they want to .I love to watch their expression as their eyes opens wide and they go   ’oh wow’  in slow motion to see the proofed and risen bread.I think, people should bake the bread just so that they can experience the process. Our past two weekends have been sunny,warm and nice around here.It puts me in the mood to bake something and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.We did both.I had checked out the book by Bernard Clayton called ‘New Complete Book of Breads”.  I followed the recipe and steps pretty close .Recipe doesn’t say dry active or instant.I just used instant yeast.It also uses parsley as one of...

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Bread | 0 comments

Mango Bread

Mango Bread

You know people engage themselves in different hobbies to give a time out to their brain from one set of things.That was the state of mind i had on a particular morning.It was very windy and unusually cold around here despite of being sunny day.My day was going good ,though could have been better.As i was checking the tweets,i saw the tweet about Mango bread from saveur.Mango being one of my favorite fruit,it is a mystery why i never attempted to make one.So i wasted no time and got started on this. My kitchen was filled with sweet aroma of mango mingled with cardamom.I followed the recipe from here with minor tweaks. I used Whole Wheat White flour instead of   Whole Wheat Pastry. I reduced the amount of sugar(coconut sugar) since my mango pulp was already sweetened and i think i could have gotten by not adding sugar at all. You can make your own mango pulp too.You will have to increase the amount of sugar depending on how sweet your mangoes are. Mango...

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Bread, Indian | 1 comment

Rajma Paratha

Rajma Paratha

One consistent piece of conversation when I am talking with my family across the ocean is food .They told me recently,there is a street where they sell 100 different kind of parathas. You name it and they have it.Wow that must be paratha heaven 🙂 Thats the beauty of paratha.A flat bread cooked on skillet with generous amount of Ghee.What not to like about it?Now let me tell you a thing or two about ‘Rajma’. It is Indian red kidney beans stew cooked with array of spices.Since spice list is long,not to mention soaking and cooking the beans.Rajma is reserved for special occasion treat in the houses. It is very popular in North India.Think Delhi,Pujab,Utter pradesh.My sister says that they have ‘Rajma’ plate in Delhi available at every lunch joint probably.Why won’t it be?These states are one of the biggest producers of legumes in India. Now the moment of truth,growing up i wasn’t fond of Rajma.And may be thats why i hardly ever make it.However after the recent talk with my sister,i geared up to make it and ended...

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Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Bread, missions | 0 comments

Arepas

Arepas

When are you savoring your first cup of coffee in the morning, here in US,do you ever wonder what people in other part of the world might be having for their breakfast? I often think of home back in India where morning starts with cup of tea.If i am not rushed up,i let my mind wander to my mom’s kitchen and then i am very hungry :-). As I am on virtual tour of Latin America,i found out that in Columbia ,they sip their Colombian Coffee/hot cocoa with Arepas De Queso in the morning.I came to know about Arepas through  the  neighboring country of Venezuela,one of the most popular food there.It varies in thickness between these two countries.This is what i found out about Arepas. Areaps are Cornemal cakes.However,cornmeal used for Arepas are NOT SAME as masa harina,which is used to make corn tortilla.Flour for masa harina is made by grinding raw corn kernels wheras the flour for Arepas are made from cooked corn.BIG DIFFERENCE.I found P.A.N brand of flour(recommended) in...

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Bread | 0 comments

Whole Wheat Focaccia

Whole Wheat Focaccia

Yesterday we tried a new Italian restaurant in town after the church.As soon as we arrived,we were served bread with herb dipping oil.I absolutely love this welcome treat at some of the Italian restaurants.I can totally just eat bread and nothing else. So this afternoon,I was in a mood for bread baking.I decided on Focaccia,here is why? Its  EASY,very important point. I was going to make it using whole wheat flour .My past experiences with whole wheat bread baking have not exactly been tremendous success. Focaccia is a flat ,chewy bread.So it was a good candidate for whole wheat,which tends to make bread dense anyway. I was pleasantly surprised with the result.Both of my kids loved it and asked to pack it for next morning lunch 🙂 I adapted this recipe and kept it simple . PrintWhole Wheat Focaccia IngredientsDissolve 2-1/4 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast(1 package) 1/4 cup + 3/4 cup lukewarm water 1 teaspoon honey Dry Ingredients 2-1/2 cups Whole Wheat White flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 1/4 cup grapeseed...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Bread, missions | 0 comments

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

This weekend,we got a good taste of fall.Rain,cool breeze then sunshine and even if foliage is not turning color here,i can SO FEEL it :-).In the weather like this,i like to cozy up with my family at home and cook and bake something yummy. Thats exactly what i did.I experimented with sugarless oat drops, date bar brownies and pita bread. I love pita bread.It is everyday common  bread of Mediterranean, middle east origin.Think Greece, Turkey, Egypt.I like it rolled up with meat as well as with hummus dip.My kids can just munch on the bread as it is. So i decided to make our own.I quickly realized that it is very good bread to make with kids.So i completely employed them :-).I am proud of my 5 year old rolling it out so well and for my 3 year old,who shaped the dough like a ball.Did you notice the hand print on punched out dough?Punching the dough is so much fun. Since pita bread need to puff up,to create a hollow pocket.Small size,thick...

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