Making some soft sandwich buns with wheat flour has been my aim for some time. Sometimes back I made wheat brioche buns and with a little change in the recipe I tried them yesterday. The buns were super soft. I loved the texture of the buns. The important ingredient which helps with the softness and texture is butter. So don’t skimp on it. The dough is rather loose when compared to the usual dough I make. But don’t be tempted to add more flour. Use a dough scraper to help you with the kneading part. And an important point to be noted with any wheat bread recipe is don’t knead the dough for more than 3-4 minutes. Whenever I over knead the dough, it has tears on the top. But 3-4 minutes of kneading time gives the perfect smooth topped bread or roll. I haven’t mentioned the time for first proving because, every place differs. My place is so hot that it takes only 45 minutes for the dough to double, but in cooler places, the time taken will be more. So look for double the volume of dough. And for the second proving, just don’t let be out more than 20 minutes. There will be lots of oven rise. So if you leave it outside for long, combined with the oven rise, your bun’s top will definitely form tears. Keep all these pointers in mind while baking and I am sure you will bake a perfect batch of buns.
This month’s Bread Bakers host Sneha chose an interesting theme – steamed buns. We usually bake buns but there is also a variation to it. I have seen so many Chinese recipes which steam the buns and so I went in search of a Chinese recipe. And as Sruti will be the one eating it, I needed to find a recipe which can fit her needs. So I was checking out some sweet recipes and I found one which was a perfect match.
This month’s Bread Baker’s challenge is special to me. Yeah, I am hosting it this month and while selecting this month’s theme, I didn’t want to go for any recipe based or ingredient based theme. The artist in me selected braids. I am sure everyone loves braided breads. Though it may be challenging, they are so beautiful to look at. Starting with a simple two strand braid, you can do a really complicated twelve strand bread or do a beautiful looking knot just like I have done. I am eagerly waiting for all the beautiful breads the members are going to come up with.
When Cindy announced that this month’s Bread Bakers challenge is nut meal and nut flour inspired, I was so happy. As you know I have been on a low carb high fat diet and am keeping myself away from breads. But making a bread with nut flour/ meal is the best option I can have as I use nuts a lot. I bookmarked a sandwich bun recipe, which I tried in a loaf tin and got good results. But it never made it to the blog. It was time I posted that recipe. As the recipe uses only almond flour, this is a gluten free bread. So if you have gluten allergy, then go for it. It is amazing.
Peynirli Cicek Pogaca literally translates to Cheese Flower pastry. Pogaca are savoury pastries filled with cheese, olives and potatoes and available all over Turkish bakeries. They are enjoyed as breakfast or tea time treats. When I saw the shape of the breads, I just immediately decided to make it for this month’s #BreadBakers theme. The theme was to make a Mother’s day inspired flower bread. There are so many ways to make beautiful shaped breads and this is one of the easiest methods.
Empanadas are pastries or bread stuffed with meat or any other filling. This is a dish common in Spain and Latin American countries. It is either baked or deep fried according to the region it is served. These are so easy to pack and so makes a great snack to take on picnics. I am doing picnic hamper recipes for this week’s BM and this recipe is a part of the theme. As I mentioned earlier, you will be seeing international dishes this week.
Last month, I had so many hurdles and couldn’t even visit my blog regularly. But this month I am trying to get back on track. So I have enrolled for this month’s BM. The themes are quite interesting as always. For the first week, I have chosen the theme Picnic Hampers. So when you go on picnic, what can you take with you to fill the tummies of all the hungry family members. When I was a kid, mom used to make puliodharai and thayir saadam for every picninc we went. And after marriage, even my mom-in-law used to make the same combination. Looks like most of us have grown up with the same food. Even my daughter loves this food. So even I make the same when we go for a picnic. But what can we do if we want to make a change? Go for any food that is easy to pack and doesn’t spill or go bad in the journey. I will be sharing three international recipes which can be packed for picninc and I am sure kids would love it.
Every year we do a mega marathon during April and I enthusiastically signed up for it. It was my most favourite theme, A-Z bakes around the world. I had my list ready before 6 months, and started baking before three months and was done with nearly 13 dishes. But everything doesn’t happen as you plan. Infact, nothing happens as planned for me, so due to some personal hurdles, I couldn’t participate in this BM which I am still sad about. I have been so disinterested in blogging this month and have been in some kind of zombie mode for the past four weeks. I hate to do anything. And somehow I got my brain working and wanted to blog today. So here is my post which was supposed to be done for the first of this month. I hope to regain all my confidence to blog again.
For all those who are wondering what happened to me, I am still not back to regular blogging but I am fine. I was supposed to do the month long BM this month, but even after preparing nearly 13 posts, I opted out. I think this is called as the blogger’s block. I just don’t want to bake for now. But as I had so many recipes ready, I thought why not do one post atleast for Bread Bakers. For this month, the host Anshie of Spice Roots selected Bread sfrom Italy as the theme. As I had already made a bread but had it in drafts, I felt that it would be good to post it for this occasion.