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.
This month’s Bread Bakers host Mayuri of Mayuri’s Jikoni wanted us to make pancakes. And it can be a regular one or from any part of the world. When I was browsing through the blogs, I found that there are so many types of pancakes around the world and even our dosas come under the same category. I was looking for easy recipes and as it involves maida, I wanted to make a small batch. I saw the Greek version of pancakes usually served with honey. When I read the recipes, I found there were two recipes for the tiganites. One is like the usual pancake made with flour, milk and eggs but the other one was made with yeast and had no eggs. So I chose to make the yeasted tiganites.
For the final day of flat bread series, I selected one more Turkish bread. When I was browsing for flat breads, I liked all the Turkish breads I saw and wanted to make three of them this week. But somehow I did rumali roti instead. This bread is mainly available during the month of Ramadan in pastry shops in Turkey. This is served during iftaar. The procedure is quite simple but what distinguishes this bread is the pattern on top of the bread. Finger tips are used to make these patterns.
After the Turkish Pide yesterday, I am back with an Indian flat bread Rumali roti. Also known as Roomali roti, this is an ultra thin, soft flat bread which goes very well with any tandoor dish. Rumal means handkerchief in Hindi and this roti resembles a thin handkerchief. And the fact is that it stays that way even after so many hours of cooking. This is famous both in India and Pakistan. In Pakistan, it is called as the Lamboo roti, meaning longer roti. These are made in huge sizes often cooked on a rounded tawa or stove. The shaping is also very unique and there are so many YouTube videos showing experts making this roti. I just love watching them, but replicating it in house is next to impossible. I have seen some who cook it on an inverted tawa, but I did it on my usual tawa.
After the month long Cooking Carnival, I am here on a relaxed regular marathon. Compared to the mega BM, this one is totally stress free as we blog only for three days a week. And to make it more relaxed I have selected only two weeks this month. For the first week, I have selected flat breads as my theme. For the first day, I bring you an interesting recipe from Turkey. Pide ( Pee-day) is a a Turkish oval shaped large flat bread often topped with ground meat and peppers. These are baked in wood fired ovens. Sometimes, a half baked pide is taken out of oven, a cracked egg is added on top and then is baked again until it is completely cooked. These are then sliced into pieces and served. This is the Turkish pizza which is so delicious and is made with different toppings.
Fougasse is a French bread from Provence / south Eastern France. There are so many regional varieties of this bread available. The bread is crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. The bread is mostly shaped like a leaf and topped with garlic and olive oil. When I first made it, I ended up with a hard bread as the temperature of my oven was too low. As the bread is thinner compared to other breads, they need to be baked for a shorter period in a very hot oven. So I made it again in my Morphy Richards oven on max heat and it turned out delicious. For the first try, I topped the bread with garlic, but they became so bitter when baked. So for the next try, I added both garlic and rosemary in the dough and topped the bread with sesame seeds. My daughter loved it so much.
For the second day of the flat breads, I made a paratha, which resembles our parotta so much but is made entirely of whole wheat flour. If you are new here, I am doing a month long marathon in which I will be doing posts on five categories, a category a week. We take off on Sundays and so the first week has only three posts. Yesterday I made Manakish Zaatar and today It is Pheni paratha. Recently I have taken to watching YouTube a lot. s so much like my initial days of blogging. I used to read so many blogs then. And now after starting a channel in YouTube, the craze for watching videos has caught with me.
Welcome to the very first day of this Mega Marathon I will be doing the whole September. For the first week, which is only for three days, I am posting only flat breads. The first flat bread in the series is Manakish. Also pronounced as manaqish, manaeesh or manakeesh, this is a popular Levantine bread with cheese, meat or spice topping. As I had zaatar spice given by Priya during our meet in Chennai, I tried using it as the topping for the bread. This is a baked bread and there are so many variations of the dough recipe across the blog world.
For the third week of Blogging Marathon this month, I selected the theme one state three dishes. We can feature any state from any country around the world. I chose to do our Indian state Punjab. Before finalising the state, I was so confused between Gujrat and Punjab. My friend Rashmi wanted to know the recipe for Palak Paneer and when I searched I found that I haven’t blogged about it. At that time I decided on the theme and finalised on Punjab. So for the three days, you will see three special dishes from Punjab.
Coming to the final recipe of the Pizza series, this was my most favourite among the three. While the other two were less spicy, this one was so spicy because of the onion and pepper used. The pepper also had some nice crunch in it which made an awesome texture change for the otherwise soft pizza. And with generous amount of cheese, it was so delicious. Relish it when hot from oven. Reheating it doesn’t do good for the flavours.