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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bread Cones, Rose Buns, Russian Chrysanthemum Bread with Pizza Stuffing-Whole Wheat

We've been there and done the Chrysanthemum bread.
And we did the cheese stuffing too. But after a few hours in the fridge , cheese gets a little Chewey. So Sweet child had a suggestion.
Pizza Sauce.
So that solves the calories issues,because the stuffing has lesser cheese,obviously.
And I did a cheat check on him.
I made the dough totally whole wheat.
Whole wheat needs a little extra hydration. So if you try to convert an all purpose flour recipe to whole wheat,add a little extra water or milk and a couple of pinches of extra yeast. Oh and a spoon full of extra fat. 
No All purpose flour at all.
Not needed.
Bum.
It did rise as much, but maybe it wasn't as pillow soft as the dough that has all purpose flour. But the taste and the beauty of the breads is above board.
And now it's Healthy.
And the dough is so beautifully pliable that I made bread cones and Rose shaped buns.
Pretty?
Yeah..I know. 
We stuffed the bread cones with potatoes. What else tastes better than an overdose of carbs.
Low fat,pretty and wholesome.
Potatoes are always a good deal.

Start with the dough. I used instant yeast for this. Fresh Bakers yeast was not available. 
Did you know that most brands of instant yeast are Chinese?















For the

Bread Cones, Rose Buns, Russian Chrysanthemum Bread with Pizza Stuffing -Whole Wheat

You need

4 cups flour
2/3 cups warm milk
1/2 cup yogurt 
1 3/4 tsp instant yeast 
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup plus 2 tsp extra neutral vegetable oil or olive oil- I use rice bran oil these days
1 egg

1 cup Pizza sauce homemade or bottled
100 gms cheddar cheese grated
Pizza Seasoning to sprinkle
Milk /egg to wash the bread
Poppy seeds to sprinkle

Place the flour ,sugar and yeast in the bowl of the mixer. Mix a few seconds.
I'm using a Kenwood Major stand mixer. A food processor or a manual dough maker or your bowl and God given hands will do.
 Add in the milk, yogurt,egg ,oil (-leave a spoon for the bowl)and salt. Knead to get a smooth elastic dough.
Like so.


If you are kneading the dough by hand, make sure to knead atleast 10 minutes.
Once the dough is done ,tuck the loose ends under and form a ball. Place the dough ball in the remaining oil and set aside,covered to proof.
You'll be surprised as tp how well the dough rises.
Make your pizza sauce with onions,garlic,tomatoes and pizza seasoning.
I made the copy cat recipe for Dominos Pizza Seasoning... because I was mocked at by my boys every time I asked for extra sachets. So Oliver Twist like ,I took matters into my own hands. Read about it here and do make your own.

Allow the sauce to cool and add the cheese to it. Adjust the seasoning according to taste.
Once the dough is done, punch it down and divide into two parts.  We're going to roll and cut the dough many times so we dont need to knead it again.
Cut one part into 6 parts. 
I have these cones that help make bread cones, if you dont have these,no issues. Just make paper cones and wrap in al foil. Make sure you lightly grease them.

Roll the cut dough parts into long ropes. Wrap the ropes around the cones using water to join the ropes. Place on a parchment sheet covered cookie cheet and allow to proof.




Make the chrysanthamum bread.
Divide rhe remaining dough into 4 parts . Roll out each part 3-4 mm thick. With a round cookie cutter or steel ring 3 inches in diameter make small rounds of dough. Place a spoon of the filling in the centre. Close to make a semi circle,there is no need to seal the edges or anything. The ends of the diameter bring them together like in the picture. No need to join any ends. Grease a loose bottom pie dish or a cake tin and place these little petals with the ends facing inwards.
Allow for room for the bread to rise so place the petals loosely in the tin. Cover with a greased piece of foil or film or a wet cloth and set aside to rise.
Remember to grease that piece of film. Because when you lift the film ,you'll pull off the bread edges too.

Now the Rose buns. Actually I had these circles leftover from the chrysanthemum bread.
So I brought the dough together and cut into 4 parts . Roll out each part 3-4 mm thick. Circles.
Run a damp hand around the circumference of the rolled circle. Make four cuts like the picture. Leaving space in the centre for the filling.
One spoon of filling that I shaped into a ball...almost. Bring one quarter circle to wrap the filling. Then do the opposite quarter. Pressing the dough together lightly so the Rose stays and doesn't unfurl. Now  wrap the third around the Rose bud. Again sealing with water.
Now do the last making sure the Rose bud is done. 
Pick up the bud and place on parchment paper. Cover with greased cling film and set aside.








After approximately 45 minutes turn your oven to 180C and wait for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes,brush the bread cones with milk or beaten egg, sprinkle poppy seeds and pop in.
20 minutes and they're done. 
Bring them out and in the Same baking tray , place the chrysanthemum bread and the Rose buds. Brush with milk and pop in.
5 minutes and pull the cone off the bread cone.mthats why the cone was greased...


25 minutes and the petals open up to reveal the secret of the pizza sauce.
An almost pizza...
The Rose buds we the first to go.
Hot.
Fresh out of the oven...with the tomatoes and cheese melting in a bohemian rhapsody...
(Some documentary hubby dear was watching...the words just poured into my ears.)
Place the loose bottom tin on a glass and allow the edge to fall off...
Bread cones were stuffed with potatoes.
According to the boys the best thing in the world after meat is potatoes.
So the proof of the pudding ...



You can pipe the filling in too. Chop fresh vegetables and fill this cone to make a sandwich on the go. Maybe fill in a salad and enjoy a mess free meal. This is also great when boys are watching tv.




Just a little note about wheat. Wheat needs a little more liquid and oil. Gluten content in whole wheat flour is a little low...so the dough is not as pillow soft. But because this is a rich dough... The bread is soft.
Just make sure you eat the bread within a day or two...whole wheat goes stale faster.

This is a beautiful way to introduce healthy bread in your homes. And leave low fat, healthy , snacks for your children,so that they don't reach for that slice of sugar loaded frosted cake instead.
And you keep getting compliments.
Use different fillings everytime . Cheese, vegetables, meat , chicken ,paneer, beans...

And enjoy.

So what are you baking today???

Friday, April 22, 2016

Copy Cat Pizza Seasoning Spice -Dominos Style

Every time we order pizza ,hubby dear literally dubsmashes from the background,"I'd like some extra oregano seasoning packets please."
Yes,I'll never ask for free का धनिया पत्ता .
No sir I won't.
But I will certainly ask the pizza delivery guy for the oregano seasoning sachets.
No wonder we never order Smokin' Joes or Pizza from any other delivery.
Always Dominos.
Because we love the seasoning . It goea on toast, eggs and noodles.
And sometimes in paranthas.
Mostly on pizzas.
So we tried many brands that are available and then decided to make our own.
So close to those seasoning packets.

For the

CopyCat Pizza Seasoning Spice -Dominos Style

You need

1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar castor sugar is best
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp basil leaves
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp red chilli flakes
1/2 tsp onion powder( if you have it- I couldn't find that in the market)

In my quest for the Dominos flavor,I have trued many many seasoning brands.
Consequently,I am now the Mistress of many ,many spice bottles.
And of course,the Mistress of Spices.

Since I now prefer to use sea salt and large sugar grains, I needed tp run my spice mix in the blender.
So that's my advice to you.
Use caster sugar and grind the sea salt prior to mixing up the spices.
Just bring them together...

Eh Voilà.

The same taste.

So all you need is an empty spice bottle and you are good to go.

And a word of advice. Refrigerate the spice mix.
Because I am not using an anti caking agent and the sugar and salt will clump in Mumbai humidity.

So now... we're good to go ..and I'm not sure that hubby dear won't have to dubsmash.

I'll still ask for the seasoning sachets from Dominos. But now ,I'll be as liberal with the spice mix as I want to be instead of rationing the mix.

You should try this...we sprinkled it on the Whole Wheat Russian Chrysanthamum bread ...

The flavors are all there.

Feel free to reduce the amount of red chilli flakes... but hey, they help burn the cheese on your pizza.

Stay spicy. And eat Spicy.

So what are you baking today???

Until the next

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