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 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.
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.
Last month I made a batch of cream cheese with my usual home made cream cheese recipe ( click on link to read the post). I was planning on a cheese cake with it and I saw a chocolate cheese cake online. Sorry, I forgot where I saw it as it was months back, but I had the proportions noted down. The cheesecake uses white chocolate for the filling and some dark chocolate for decorating the top. As plain dark chocolate is used, it becomes crunchy after chilling which makes it difficult to slice the cheesecake. If I make it next time, I will add dark chocolate ganache instead of chocolate. If you are making this note this point. If you want it soft, go for ganache and if you love crackling chocolate then follow the recipe given.
We have arrived at the final week of this month’s Blogging Marathon. The theme I chose for this week is quite interesting. I hoped that the theme Sandwiches without bread will bring out the creative side of me. Sandwich is a common word which means a dish which has two or more components usually one which wraps or covers the other from top and bottom. The most common sandwich is made with any type of bread. But there are so many varieties of sandwich available without the use of bread. Right from cakes, cookies and crackers, lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves, vegetables or any meat can be used for sandwiching. The option is endless. So here I present you my first dish Caprese Salad Sandwich which is a twist to the classical caprese salad.
Since I completed last month’s Blogging Marathon, I couldn’t even open my blog as Sruti became sick. For two weeks, she was sick on and off and I became so tired due to waking up at night and tending to her. I couldn’t even think of checking my blog for the next week. So I skipped the first week of this month’s BM and am joining by the second week. For the second week, I chose a theme which is the favourite of most of the persons I know. In my house, we never ever visit Pizza Hut or Dominos as I always make it at home. Once we happened to taste a pizza at mall and the very night my hubby and myself had boils all over his tongue which took some time to cure. So we always try to avoid eating pizza outside home. After making mozarella cheese at home, pizza has become even more tastier.
When I first heard the name Tater Tots, I had no idea about the dish as we don’t get it in India as far as I know. Then when I searched for the recipe, I found that it is made of potatoes and deep fried. Who would not like it? For this month’s blogging marathon, for the first week, I chose the theme one vegetable three ways and the vegetable I chose was potato. So tater tot is my first dish with potato. The reason why I selected potato is because my daughter loves it and she will be surely happy for all the three dishes I have planned.
For the final week of May, I am here with an interesting theme. I have been enjoying bread baking recently and the kneading of the dough seems to be soothing my nerves. It feels like I am doing meditation for the whole 10 minutes of kneading and I don’t feel any irritation. So when I saw the theme shaped breads for this month, I selected it. You will be seeing some beautiful breads this week at my space. The bread dough is not new. I have used the same dough to make poppy seeds dinner rolls previously. As the main purpose of this post is the shaping technique, you can choose to use any dough you are comfortable with.
For the final day, a recipe with one of my daughter’s favourite ingredients. As I am doing Kid’s Delight, I couldn’t skip chocolate. I wanted the recipe to be an easy one as well as loved by my daughter. So decided to make scones. Usually scones are served warm with butter or jam, but these scones doesn’t need any of those. They taste so delicious as it is. The white chocolate chips in the dough gives a nice crisp texture to the scones while the melted chocolate drizzle adds some creaminess. The texture of these scones is more like cake and so my daughter went crazy over it.