I was introduced to scones by Agatha Christie. When I was reading her novels, about the tea time treats they serve in England, I used to be so interested in them. I just imagined they were such delicious treats, but never imagined that I would be baking them in my kitchen. With internet, the world has become so small and we are trying many of the authentic dishes from around the world. Thanks to the awesome bloggers out there, we are easily getting the recipes without much effort. My blog has so many International recipes and I am really proud that I too am doing my little part in sharing my recipes.
When I was searching for an authentic bread recipe from Sweden, I came across these beautiful cinnamon rolls. The shaping was so unique, I immediately bookmarked that recipe. The dough is really easy to put together and it is flavoured with cardamom. And the filling is made with butter, sugar and cinnamon. When baked, the aroma that filled the house was awesome. And the rolls were so soft and had a perfect texture.
The next Swedish bread I made last week is the saffron bun. I am sure many of you would be familiar with this saffron bun. Saffron is added while kneading the dough and it gives an amazing colour to the final buns. These buns are made for Swedish Christmas time St Lucia feast on December 13th. Made in the shape of S, they are also studded with raisins.
For the second of Blogging Marathon, I chose to do three Swedish dishes. As you know I love bread, and whenever I get a chance to bake bread, I do it. And when I saw the theme Swedish recipes, I chose to do three Swedish breads. Selecting the recipes was tough. There were so many beautiful breads in Swedish cuisine and I had a hard time selecting three from the list. The very first recipe is the crispbread which is most common in Sweden. They are crispy flat breads which can be served with any topping and the Swedish stock it regularly in their pantry. The bread used to be made with a hole in the centre so that they are stocked up on a wooden rod and left out for drying. But nowadays, they are sold as squares with various seed toppings.
For the second day of mini bakes, I chose to do mini bread rolls. Usually kids like rolls that are buttery and soft, and it is rare that kids like those artisan breads which is so crusty. My daughter loves those crusty breads. When I first made the crusty bread, I was not sure whether I need to serve it for hubby and Sruti. Hubby didn’t like it as I predicted, but Sruti loved it so much. I don’t know how she likes these types of rolls, but she loves to have it with nutella/ peanut butter/ jam. When I saw the recipe I didn’t even think twice as I have a huge fan at home.
Baking without oven is an interesting technique and it has been so popular in India. In fact my mom used to bake her cakes in a cast iron pan filled with sand which creates the required temperature inside needed for baking the cake. But after we got our first oven, we completely forgot about it. Once I started posting videos, I have had so many readers asking me to do recipes without oven. So I started baking with pressure cooker again. My first recipe Eggless Red Velvet Cake was a hit among viewers. So I made these soft and tender pav buns in pressure cooker for all those who love baking but don’t have access to oven.
Brioche is an enriched French bread with a very soft, tender crumb. Traditionally, it’s made with a good quantity of eggs and butter, but for those who don’t eat eggs for any reason, this recipe is definitely a keeper. And to make it more interesting I have used wheat flour or atta to make these buns. You can use it a sandwich/ burger bun or just taste it slathered with nutella or butter or jam. However you serve this it tastes so buttery and yum. This month’s Bread Bakers host Pavani of Cook’s Hideout wanted to make us healthy breads. So I used wheat flour in this recipe but I couldn’t skip butter as the whole recipe depends on butter.
Bread Bakers host Stacy wanted us to make sweet Holiday yeast breads this month. This Finnish Nisu / Nissua is a cardamom flavoured sweet bread which is also known as Pulla. This is a enriched dough with butter and eggs. And as usual, I tried it making egg free. This is one bread which is common in Finland and Sweden. In Finland it is called as Pulla or Nissua whereas in Sweden it is known as Kardemummabröd. This is also topped with a sugar glaze and almonds. I made it plain and toasted it while serving.
I am in love with this golden loaf. Look at the beautiful crust. This is one of my favourite bread recipes. Though I don’t repeat them often, I have some favourite breads in my list. Potatoes usually give breads super soft texture. I learnt about it when I made potato rolls for Bread Bakers event. So I chose to make this recipe as I was so confident that it will turn good. But I didn’t know that it would be this good.!
Do you remember the Desi Burger chat I made a week back? I got some great feedback regarding the bun I used in that recipe. I mentioned that I will be posting the recipe soon. And here it is. A delicious flavourful bun which can be used for sandwiches and burgers. Usually onions give a nice sweet flavour in baked goodies. So when I saw the recipe at KAF I tried it immediately.