After a bread and pastry, here is a Greek cookie for this week’s picnic hamper theme. It is so usual to buy a box of cookies when going for a picnic. I used to take two or three varieties of biscuit packs for Sruti whenever we go out. How about home made cookies instead of store bought packs? I am sure they are free of all those chemicals they use in commercial cookies and they taste so delicious too. Before starting baking, I used to love the store bought cookie boxes. But after getting to know the taste of home made cookies, I have started the taste of those huge boxes of cookies. They are so sugary, have a chemical smell and are really disgusting and they are quite expensive too. How many of you feel that way. Nowadays, I have stopped buying cookies for Sruti. If ever she is having cookies, it would be made my her mom only.
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.
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.
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.
Black forest cake is one of the hot selling cakes in any bakery. And even the recipe in my blog and YouTube have got a good number of views. Whenever I post cake recipes, I get so many requests for cooker cakes. In India, before OTGs came into normal day to day use, pressure cookers were the ovens for most of the housewives, including my mom. My mom used to add some fine sand in the bottom of a cooker or a cast iron pan and baked cakes in it. The sand used to maintain even heat throughout the pan and so the cake baked will turn out so good. I started pressure cooker baking only after some viewers asked me for the recipe.