Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

The Story of what should have been and what could have  been...but was....Instead of raisin bread .....Glace Cherries...All red!
All Pretty!
All Sweet!
All Wonderful to eat!
Sweet Child o'mine is not particularly partial to raisins....in fact he is amazingly indifferent to their wonderfully tangy and tart taste....as a doting mother ...I tend to bend stuff to suit his palette.
So the Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread now trans morphed into Cinnamon Swirl Glace Cherry Bread.
A bread that can pass for cake and a pseudo cake that can pass for bread!Marie Antoinette could have referred to this Cinnamon Swirl Glace Cherry Bread when she said
"Let them eat CAKE!"
Surprisingly easy to make,light on the taste buds.....kind of reminds you of sugar sprinkled fruit buns from long ago...and the cinnamon swirl beautifies the slices.
For the
Cinnamon Swirl Glace Cherry Bread
you need

1 1/2 tsp dried yeast
3 1/2 cups plain flour
150 gms Glace Cherries(If your family is not averse to raisins use 125 gms instead)
2 tablespoons melted butter
1+1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp Powdered Cinnamon...I erred here...Could have added more
1 1/4 cups warm water

Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cups of warm water and add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and set aside for 5 minutes.
Stir in a part of the water ,half the sugar,the melted butter, salt and 3 cups of flour into the bowl and the cherries(Or raisins if you are using those)...
Kneading the dough gently gradually incorporating all the remaining flour with as much water as needed.
Let the dough rest in a covered bowl in a warm place till it doubles.
When Doubled,take it out on a floured worktop and pat into a rectangle approximately 5 inches by 10 inches.
Sprinkle with a tsp of water ,half the leftover sugar and sprinkle all the cinnamon on the dough.In whatever order you desire.
OK,now with the narrower side close to you ,begin to roll it like a Swiss roll, Making sure you brush off excess flour from the worktop. .
Now place it seam side down into a greased loaf tin.I decided to make rolls midway and then "re"changed my mind....hence the "cut" dough....but the bread ,like our holy Father...forgives.Brush the Dough with a little melted butter and cover with AL foil.

Pre heat oven to 210C after about an hour.
Let the dough now proof ,covered, for an hour and pop it into the now pre heated oven-covered to bake for at least 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes check the bread by tapping the backside.Nice pat on the back of the loaf should sound hollow.That is the test for bread-Always!
Let it cool a while and remove from the tin.
Slice and serve with butter and maybe coffee...for breakfast or evening snack....satisfies all your sweet cravings and doesn't add too many calories.And the cinnamon gives a pretty swirl....with questions like how did you get it so perfect????
Bask in the glory and respond with an enigmatic smile and something like...
"Elementary my dear Watson!"
Just make sure you use more cinnamon than I did!

This one was for the love of my child....
Try it ,your family will love it...and remember me!

So what are you baking today????

Monday, August 29, 2011

Egg In a "Broat"......

No bake ...for a change...but the "titude" is still there!
The egg is in the "broat" that your love provided it with...
broat...as in bread which acts as a boat...
the love is the heart shaped cookie cutter...and the boat is what that did to the slice of bread!
It would have been practical to cut out a round from the slice...but the heart just melts....This is for you- if you like your eggs just done and not hard like a basketball........
All it needs is a little imagination and a big cookie cutter ....
and of course the egg-and the slice of bread with a minuscule amount of oil and salt and pepper....

that's a long list....
that's what started it...
Of course after this came THIS!!
So we had many many many hearts....and "heartless" slices of bread!
All we needed to do was lightly toast the bread  on a pan...you can ,if you want to butter both sides of the bread and the little hearts....and when they are done..
Pour the yolk and half of the white into " the hole in the heart" and the remaining white into the heart mould itself......the heart is too small for the whole egg....
Season lightly on this I like only salt...the hearts can be dunked into the gooey yolks...
...do not over cook -the yolk is always great a little underdone!


If any of you are familiar with Anthony Bourdain and his crack pot  banter...and are big fans like me ..you would know why he likes to call himself an "Egg Slut"....First he ate the eggs, for his own pleasure ,then he ate  them for friends and now he eats them for money......Rofl!

I wouldn't use the same words ...because no one pays me to taste and critique the eggs.....but I would SO love to do that!
Needless to say that the egg in the boats were YUMMY!! good for breakfast ,lunch or dinner!

Try The Egg In a Broat...maybe with a round cookie cutter ...even a bowl will do!
Next time WE BAKE!


So what are you baking today???



Friday, August 26, 2011

Cheesy Cheese Triangles

Cheese ,cheese again...well hello ,do not blame me...do look at the weather reports for Ranchi...the rain is INCESSANT!
Here it does not rain when it rains,it POURS!
So appetites change accordingly,and cravings reign supreme...this time I fed my friends.....
and this is something that I started out with...when I was a newly wed and wanted to serve a snack not out of a packet......Loads of bread and cheese available always....
My oven and I were probably joint at the hip in another life....
Hadn't made these since a long time...today seemed just right...
Cheesy triangles served with the ubiquitous ketchup and Mustard sauce for the nasal twang!
Served Hot  with steaming mugs of Hot Chai!
Next time lets try them with  Chai Latte!
so here goes...
for the
Cheesy Cheese Triangles....
you need

4 slices of white bread
4 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 egg
 each finely diced onion and capsicum and seeded tomato
2 finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp mustard sauce/powder
some chopped coriander
Salt and pepper to taste,Red Chili flakes for the zing

Pre heat oven to 220C and start with  a large bowl....
Prepare the vegetables
and the onion
and the garlic and chillies
If you have spring onions use them instead -use the greens generously they really add the wow factor to the toasts
In the bowl tip in all the veggies and add the mustard sauce...If you are Bengali you can also use kasundi...
Now add the egg..-the yolks alone give a more intense flavour but then you are left with the 2 egg whites and a temptation to make something sweet with the whites...so I threw in the whole egg.....
and now for  the cheese...1 Tbsp per slice of bread....
Make sure you break up the cheese well and mix thoroughly.Adjust the seasoning to taste,keep it sharper than you prefer...on baking the flavours mellow down...as with age....and spread them on the slices of bread.
On the high rack...quite like royalty...they go in at 220C for at least 13-15 minutes to cook,get crisp on the outside and gooey inside-like so...
So now for the plating....remove the sides and cut into 4 triangles ...
Ta Da...
And now the final presentation..
You don't really need the ketchup...its more like  eye candy here.
The mustard sauce lends a piquant taste and the veggies reduce the guilt...but in small doses of ..Cheesy Cheese Triangles -the good things are Excellent!
And you generally do not have left overs....
so another reason to make them when friends come over.Treat your friends this time....and don't forget the Chai!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Curried Mac and Cheese...

Mac and Cheese...gives me the heebie jeebies...the tremendous amount of cheese and butter and cream.....
Perish the thought of the number of kilometers needed to walk off just one bite...even a whiff is enough to increase the body weight by at least a pound....for us who are constantly watching and weighing calories.....
But this one -my Curried Mac and Cheese...is surprisingly LOW in calories and super high in flavour...I don't mean to brag about my cooking abilities but just in case you do try this out ...you'll know what I mean...YUM!

Mac and Cheese...always means ...Kraft...and an explosion of taste...
but with my curried Mac ans Cheese...the burst of flavour and the satisfaction of the cheesy craving ...ALL THERE!
you bet its all there!
and its FAST ! to top it all.....
lemme take you on a guided tour...
Lets MAC!
for the
Curried Mac and Cheese...
you need 


1 cup macaroni...lets stay true to the name!
1 1/2 cups milk the skim"mier" the better -by cup I mean the American cup which holds approx 220-250 mils
4 tspns flour
1 tsp each Olive oil and butter
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
1 small onion diced
1 small capsicum diced
a few cloves of garlic diced
1 green chilli diced
1/2 de seeded tomato again diced
2 slices of bread converted into breadcrumbs in a mixer
salt,Red chili flakes to taste
2 tsp Pao Bhaji Masala

Get your oven heating to 180C..I decided to use the grill micro combination....works wonders to crisp up stuff...OK "gratinate" stuff...
That's the macaroni
Boiling till "al dente" in salted water...

when you bite it you must feel a resistance....not the Anna Hazare kind....feel bad eating all this while the old man fasts...but...remember the macaroni must not be totally "done".And drain it out into a colander.....let it sit pretty ..waiting for the makeover...
Meanwhile...heat your pan and add the olive oil...I need to mask the flavour of the  olive oil with butter...my son's palette is quite averse to the healthy things...

you can skip the butter totally,but if you do use it....make sure you add it to the pan after the oil...we don't want desi ghee
your veggies should be finely diced....sweet child o'mine is  known to remove as many veggies on his plate to languish on the periphery....yes...yours truly is a wonder with the knife too...thank you...
Now add the veggies turn by turn to the pan....saute the onions and garlic and chili
Now add the capsicum....you can if you want add carrots,celery ,bell pepper....but jharkhand is suffering from a shortage of vegetables...thus we resort o mac and cheese...
Do not add the tomatoes yet...we are not looking for mush... Add the flour to make the roux.....the cooked mix of butter and flour....
and cook till you get a nice coppery colour...gold is too expensive...cant even think about it now...
Into this whisk in the milk...it will be easier if your milk...OK the cow/buffalo's milk is warm....
don't let any lumps form though...
It must come to a gentle simmer and be a nice saucy consistency....what every man dreams of...so we will spice it up...with the pao bhaji masala...you can use curry powder-but that is ambiguous,one might end up with a mac and cheese that tastes suspiciously of sambhar...
whisk it in,check the seasoning and turn off the flame...
you can also grate in nutmeg ...a pinch is good..
Now to dress up the dish for the oven...In your baking dish pop in the macaroni,the tomatoes, 3/4 the bread crumbs and 3/4 the cheese and mix in the "mock"bechamel sauce
Top the dish with the remaining breadcrumbs and cheese
Whats life without a TADKA.....better minus the oil..so sprinkle the dish with some red chili flakes
and if you are in a better mood than what you started with dot some butter...a teensy weensy bit..
Now ready to go...into the oven I used Grill+Micro combination at 70% power for all of 10 minutes,if you use a convection oven at 180C you need at least 20 minutes.....
so here goes...
The breadcrumbs gave it an awesome crispness and the teeny bit of butter and cheese combined were heaven sent.....and the mac was so perfectly baked ...you could do something even more sinful like take dollops of the mac and batter fry them...yum yum...

but this was perfect for a rainy day,a cranky child and a fridge with almost no veggies....except the staples...
the aroma was heady...little romeo the dog came out from under the bed sniffing...tasting the air...almost like a   coven of vampires lived beneath my bed....
And the leftovers were had for breakfast...
the pix with sweet child o"mine are throwing tantrums....just like him refusing to upload...so maybe they need to go and sit in the corner a while..
well 6 hours later sitting in the corner seems to have worked...for the camera...and here is the picture.....dinner for breakfast ...er?or should it be vice-versa?
At 7 in the morning...
Try this for your family....
tell me what they thought of it...


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