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Saffron Raisin Sweet Buns

About 2 years back, a friend of mine shared this link on facebook. I bookmarked it for later waiting to get my hands on some saffron. I finally did, very recently and have been using it since. I love the saffron flavor, aroma and the color it gives to the dishes it favors.

I used my favorite skillet as you can see and I just can’t seem to have enough of it! The bread came out sweet and flavorful just as I hoped it would so I have no complaints. I also made it a little rich(read fattening) by using some homemade ghee.

Source: The fresh loaf

Ingredients:

Maida - 1 Cup + a lil extra 

Sugar - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp for the yeast

Yeast - 1 Tsp

Warm water - 1/4 Cup

Milk - 1 Cup + a lil extra for the glaze

Saffron - 1 pinch

Raisins - a handful

Ghee - 1/2 Tbsp

In a glass bowl mix the all purpose flour and sugar. In a cup add the warm water, sugar and instant yeast and keep aside for about 5-10 minutes and let the yeast do its work.

In another bowl heat some milk and add the saffron strands and mix well. Let rest for a bit so that the saffron flavor and color come to life! If you wish to add the raisins, just add it to the warm milk.

Now add the yeast and the milk to the dry ingredients and mix well to form a dough consistency. At this point the dough will be pretty sticky and you might need that lil extra flour. Use as needed. Add the ghee at this point and knead well. Cover with a well cloth and keep in a warm place for about an hour.

After about an hour visit the dough and punch it down. Make it into the shape you like and place it in your baking dish and make sure you give enough space for expansion. Cover up and place in the warm place for about another hour.

Preheat your oven to 400 F. When the dough has risen(when you push at its surface the dough should bounce back - kinda :)) brush some milk on the surface and bake for about 11-12 minutes or till the top has browned.

Serve warm with some jelly or just bite right into it.

Caramelized Onion Pizza with a simple tomato sauce

Caramelized onion has a very special memory in my life. It’s the only dish my Pappa ever makes and it tastes super! I never got the opportunity to get the recipe from him but I have tasted a ton of it and so I still have the taste lingering on my taste buds.

Pappa and I have never shared kitchen time but this recipe is a gift from me to my parents today on what would have been their 28th wedding anniversary!

Off to the recipe…

For the pizza base:

This was a simple base made with unbleached all-purpose flour. If you want yours healthy, add whole wheat flour or experiment with any healthy flour.

All-purpose flour(unbleached)/Maida – 2 Cups

Water – 1 Cup (microwaved for 1 minute – or warm to touch. This is required to activate the yeast)

Active dry Yeast – ½ Tsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Salt – ¼ tsp

Olive oil – ½ Cup

In a mixing bowl mix the above ingredients to form a firm dough consistency. I used olive oil liberally to get off the sticky dough off my fingers and also to keep it dough well-oiled while rising. Knead the dough well for about 7-10 minutes such that when you jab a finger into it, the dough bounces back. I left this well-oiled dough in my warm oven to rise - for 2 hours.

After 2 hours take the almost doubled dough out and separate into 3 parts. I used just one part and packed the other two parts in plastic food wrap and stored in my freezer.

Flatten the dough you are using into the shape you need. I roughly flattened it out using my hands. Oil a baking dish (I used my round cake dish) and place the pizza base in/on it. Leave it to rise for another hour. You pizza base will be ready for the topping in 1 hour. I suggest that you do the below in the 1 hour that you have.

For the sauce:

Normally I use store bought pizza sauce or make it with tomato sauce and basil. This time I tried something a little different.

Tomato paste – 1 heaped Tsp

Thai chili garlic sauce – ½ Tsp (I used readymade variety. Go slow on this if you don’t like your sauce spicy. Or add a tsp of brown sugar to balance the spice)

Low sodium soy sauce – 1 Tsp

Ginger garlic paste – ¼ Tsp (I used readymade variety)

I didn’t have to add salt because the thai chili sauce and the ginger garlic paste already had salt in it.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep aside until required.

For the caramelized onion(which is actually the star of this dish):

White Onion - 1 medium size sliced thin(5 mm)

Olive oil – 1 Tsp (I avoided this)

Sugar – 1 heaped teaspoon (Red Onions are by nature sweet but if you are using white onion, like I did, then you need this step)

Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan if you are using oil else add the onion to the pan and heat on medium high. Add sugar and salt and keep stirring to make sure that you don’t burn the onion. It took me exactly ten minutes for the onion to turn golden brown. I turned off the heat and kept this aside to cool.

Bringing it all together:

Preheat oven to 450 F. Spread the pizza sauce evenly on the pizza base. Top it off with the caramelized onion. Bake it for 10 minutes or 15 minutes if you like your base real crisp.

Lastly, enjoy hot!

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Focaccia with Cottage cheese and oven baked tomatoes

Everything was made from scratch and I so totally enjoyed every bit of the therapy… Mommy dearest made some rosgulla from fresh homemade cottage cheese/paneer and I wanted to make some too but by the time I finished making the paneer I was tempted to make some paneer burji. What then happened was that I saw some juicy tomatoes in my fridge and I decided to make oven dried tomatoes and store it for later. Both came together and that’s how this recipe happened. I also wanted to make some fresh healthy bread for dinner and I ended up combining the above mixture with the bread to make some focaccia. Yes, I might have seemed a bit confused but the end result turned out yumm and the recipe just happened to happen!

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Durum wheat garlic basil bread loaf:

This is by far the healthiest loaf of bread I have managed to bake!

See when the name is long you can easily and safely assume that its healthy because you can be sure that someone is trying to showoff their genius ingredients in the name… Okay that was a silly assumption but here goes everything:

What you need:

  • 2 cups - Durum wheat flour
  • 1 cup - Olive oil
  • Garlic - 1/4 cup chopped finely
  • Basil - 3 sprinkles - i used dry basil
  • 1/2 packet -  Active dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup - Warm milk (just enough to make the dough)
  • 1/4 tsp - Salt
  • 1-2  tsp - Brown sugar

Mix the ingredients to form a nice dough. In a well-oiled bowl, turn the dough to coat it entirely with oil. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and place the bowl in a warm spot to allow it to rise. I simply put it in the oven and turned the light on. Leave this for an hour - It should double in size.

Take out and beat into shape and keep it to rise for another hour or two. After an hour or two check if its risen to double the size. If it has, take it out of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 F. Then slide the baking pan after topping the dough with sesame seeds and set a timer for 15 minutes. After 15 min check to see if the baking is done the old fashioned way-the toothpick :). If not set it for another few minutes till the top is golden brown. Mine took 20 minutes…

We enjoyed it with some tomato chutney which took me about 10 minutes to prepare.

Quickly:

Oil - 1 Tspn

Mustard - 1/2 Tspn

Jeera - 1/2 Tspn

Methi - 1/4 Tspn

Asafoetida - 1 pinch

Onion - 1/2 cup finely chopped

Garlic - 2 pods finely chopped(optional)

green chili - 1 finely chopped(optional)

Thai chili garlic paste - 1 Tspn

Hunts tomato sauce - about 200 gms

Heat oil and add the above ingredients in the order mentioned. When you get to the onion and garlic saute till the onion turns translucent. Add the green chili, chili garlic paste and the tomato sauce and and let it boil for a few minutes. Taste for salt and serve hot with the bread…

p.s: i submitted this recipe here.

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