TFL Buttermilk Rolls

From here.

The rolls are baked in an 8in springfoam pan and when they rise, they basically smoosh together attractively.

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Makes 12 to 18 rolls, depending on size

Ingredients:
6 to 6 1/2 cups (750 grams) bread or all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 envelope (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry or instant yeast, or 1 15 gram cake fresh yeast
1 tablespoon warm water
1 3/4 to 2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon honey

Glaze:
1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water

Topping:
1-2 tablespoons seeds (poppy, sesame) or grains (cracked wheat, rolled oats)

Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Combine the warm water and yeast in a small cup and allow to proof for 10 minutes.

Pour the yeast, buttermilk, and honey into the flour mixture and mix well. If the dough is so dry that some of the flour won’t stick, add a bit more buttermilk or water. If the dough is too sticky to knead, more like a batter, add more flour by the tablespoon until the correct consistency is achieved.

Knead by machine or hand for approximately 10 minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp cloth, and set aside to rise until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.

Divide the dough into 12 to 18 pieces. If you are a stickler you can scale them so that they are even, but I just cut them roughly the same size. Shape each piece into a neat ball and place in a round dish or spring-form pan close together.

When all of the rolls are in the pan, cover again with plastic or a damp towel and set aside to rise again for 45 minutes to an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425.

Uncover the rolls and brush gently with the egg wash. Sprinkle on the grain topping, if you like. I used cracked wheat.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until the rolls are firm and spring back when tapped.

Unmold the rolls from the pan and serve warm.

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TFL’s Pav Recipe

This is a version of pav from one of the commenters on The Fresh Loaf.

Makes 12 Pull Apart Buns

Recipe Source: Bakingyummies

Ingredients
400 grams / 14 ounces all purpose or plain flour
2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 + 1/2 teaspoons regular salt
1+1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
210 grams / 7.4fl ounces water at room temperature
2 tablespoons melted butter to brush on top of the baked buns

Method
Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add the yeast and mix.

Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the water. Please click here and follow the steps till the initial proofing stage. You can either use a stand mixer with the dough hook or your hands to knead the dough.

Knock back the dough. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Divide the dough into twelve equal size pieces. Shape each piece into a round and smooth it by pressing the ball to expel any air bubbles. Now form your palm into a cup shape and roll the ball against the counter with the help of the palm until it forms a smooth and round ball.

Place all the shaped balls on the baking sheet with about an inch gap between each. Cover the pan loosely with a cling film or a tea towel. At this stage if you want, you can place the pan in the refrigerator to be baked early in the morning or a day later.

Once the buns are almost double in size, preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / 390 degrees F. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 mins or until the rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped at the bottom. Alternatively, you can check if the buns are done with a food thermometer as well. It should register at least 80 degrees C / 180 degrees F.

KA Harvest Bread

No knead bread for cast iron dutch oven.

INGREDIENTS

3 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cup King Arthur 100% Whole Wheat Flour
1.5 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 cups cool water
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts

Optional:
1 1/2 c water
1 shot whiskey (or amaretto or rum or orange juice)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix the flours, salt, yeast, and water in a large bowl. Stir, then use your hands to mix and form a sticky dough.
  2. Work the dough just enough to incorporate all the flour.
  3. [RISE1: 24 hours in covered mixing bowl] Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rest at room temperature overnight, or for at least 8 hours; it’ll become bubbly and rise quite a bit, so use a large bowl.
  4. Soak raisins and cranberries in 1.5 c water and 1 shot of whiskey. (optional)
  5. Roast walnuts on stove until lightly toasted. (optional)
  6. [THE NEXT DAY] Drain the whiskey from the raisins and cranberries. Add to dough. Roughly chop the walnuts. Add to dough.
  7. Then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and form it into a log or round loaf to fit your 14″ to 15″ long lidded stoneware baker; 9″ x 12″ oval deep casserole dish with cover; or 9″ to 10″ round lidded baking crock. Place the dough in the lightly greased pan, smooth side up.
  8. [RISE: 2 hours in covered lightly greased mixing bowl] Cover and let rise at room temperature for about 2 hours, until it’s become puffy. It should rise noticeably, but it’s not a real high-riser.
  9. Using a sharp knife or lame, slash the bread in a crosshatch pattern.
  10. Place the lid on the dutch oven, and set the oven temperature to 450°F. Let the dutch oven warm while the oven is preheating.
  11. Take hot dutch oven out of oven, lightly spray with cooking spray (it will smoke), and sprinkle with a little cornmeal. Then put slashed dough into the dutch oven, COVER AND BAKE for 45 to 50 minutes.  THEN REMOVE THE LID and bake  for another 5 to 15 minutes, until it’s deep brown in color, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers about 205°F.
  12. Remove the bread from the oven, turn out onto a rack, and cool before slicing.
  13. Enjoy!

Orange Cardamom Banana Bread

Adapted from James Beard, Beard on Bread, page 170

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 stick butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c honey
1 tbsp molasses
2 eggs
1.5 c mashed very ripe bananas (3 large bananas)
1 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh ground cardamom
1.5 c all purpose flour
1/4 c almond flour (or ground almonds or 1/2 c sliced almonds)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream butter in kitchenaid.
  3. Add sugar and honey. Mix.
  4. Add eggs. Mix.
  5. Add bananas. Mix.
  6. Add extracts. Mix.
  7. Add flours, salt and baking soda. Mix.
  8. (If using sliced almonds, fold them in now).
  9. Bake in 12 x 4.2 x 2.5 inch loaf tin and pour in batter. Bake for 1 hour, or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy!

NOTE: I baked in two baby bundt pans, a baby sponge pan, and a silicone peanut butter cup pan. Silicon mat was done in 13 min, other pans done in 18.

ICING (optional):

4 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
1/4 c (add a little at a time! Could be less!) half and half

  1. Mix. Drizzle on cooled cake.
  2. Enjoy!

Potato Soup Bread

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups potato soup
1/4 cup non-fat dry milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour (adjust as needed for proper consistency)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In kitchenaid, mix all above ingredients. Make smooth, very soft dough.
  2. LET RISE 60-90 minutes until puffy.
  3. Deflate dough. The dough is too soft to shape, so pat it into a 10 x 5 in loaf pan.
  4. Cover loaf pan.
  5. LET RISE 45-60 min until puffy.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  7. Bake 45 min, until interior temperature of bread is 190 F.
  8. Take bread out of oven, let cool 5-10 min.
  9. While the bread is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  10. Take bread out of pan, let cool.
  11. Store at room temperature for a few days; slice, freeze and use as needed.
  12. Enjoy! This bread toasts well and tastes great. Use it as you would any white bread.

Brown Rolls

Makes 6 rolls

Ingredients:

Dough
1/2 cup  warm water
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup honey or molasses
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
1 cup King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour OR regular whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp coffee powder
1 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast

Topping
yellow cornmeal or rolled oats

Directions:

DOUGH MAKING TIME: 30 MINUTES: Combine all of the dough ingredients in a Kitchenaid with a flat paddle. Dough will be sticky and slightly elastic.

FIRST RISE: 60 MINUTES: Let the dough rise for 1 hour. It won’t have doubled in size, but should be just a bit puffy.

Divide the dough into 12 even pieces (about 4 ounces each), and shape the pieces into 6 x 2-inch oval rolls.

Coat each roll, top and bottom, with some yellow cornmeal.

SECOND RISE: 90-120 MINUTES: Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet, and allow them to rise, covered, in a warm place, for 90 minutes to 2 hours. They won’t have doubled in size, but will appear puffy; when you gently press your finger into one, the indentation will rebound quite slowly.

BAKING TIME: 24 MINUTES: Bake the rolls in a preheated 350°F oven for 24 minutes, until the bottoms appear slightly browned (you’ll have to carefully pick one up to look), or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a roll reads about 200°F. Remove the rolls from the oven, and cool them on a rack.

Note: I did not brush these with butter when I took them out of the oven. They didn’t need it. And, it would have dislodged the corn meal.

TOTAL TIME TO MAKE THESE ROLLS: 4 HOURS

NOTE: I ran out of bread flour and used 1/2 c KAF all purpose flour and 1/2 c KAF wheat flour as a replacement; it worked out fine 🙂

Honey Butter

1 stick butter, softened and at room temperature

1/2 c honey

Mix butter and honey with fork. Serve with rolls.

 

Chana Puri

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This is Gujarati style, fresh, spicy and delicious. I do not use peppers in my cuisine, so the dish is zero on the hot meter. I do use spices, so the dish does have that nice delish indian food taste.

Chole = Chana = Garbanzo beans
Bhatura = Puri = Fried Bread

CHANA:

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1 small can garbanzo beans (I use Goya 15.5 oz)
4 tomatoes, cut into four pieces
1 onion, sliced
1/2 inch ginger root, sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
salt
1/4 tsp clove powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder (this is a must)(it is dried mango powder)
1/2 tsp dhana jeeru powder (cumin coriander powder)
fresh coriander for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Heat wok to medium high heat.
Add garlic, let sizzle (NOT BURN!!!).
Add onion, let sizzle and lightly brown.
Add tomatoes.
Add salt and all the spices except the fresh coriander.
Cover with lid, let cook about 10 min until tomato turns to mush.
When cooked, placed everything in a Vitamix and blend until it turns to a nice sauce.
Put the sauce back into the wok.
Add the chana.
Let sit a while so the chana absorbs the flavor (around 15 min on NO heat).
Before serving, heat to a sizzle.
Garnish with fresh coriander right before you serve it.

PURI:

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2 c whole wheat flour
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt
water to make an elastic soft dough

DIRECTIONS:

Mix everything together.
Cover. Let sit in bowl for 15-20 min.
Make 1 in diameter dough balls, rolling in the palm of your hands.
If it sticks, add a touch of all purpose flour or a touch of oil. (LITERALLY a touch)
Roll into puris around 4-5 in in diameter.
Fry on high-high/med heated oil. (To test if oil is ready, make a small dough ball (around 2 mm diameter) and put in oil. If it rises to the surface right away, the oil is ready for your puris.
Make 1 puri at a time. Puri will have bubbles. If puri is made right, it will puff up. Press with metal holey spatula (in the picture it is the circular one with holes). Do not puncture the puri.
Fry on one side, then another.
Place in metal bowl (I use the same one I made the dough in) lined with two paper towels. Let stand VERTICALLY (so the oil drains).
Enjoy.

ONION SALAD:

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1/2 finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 lemon, squeezed fresh
fresh coriander

DIRECTIONS:

Mix everything together.

HOW TO EAT:

Indian style, eat using your right hand only.

Cut and hold the puri in your right hand, shape it as a scoop to pick up the chana, enjoy. The puri also tastes good with the onions. It also tastes good if you mix the onions and chana together.

You can also eat the chana with rice.

You can also serve with papadum. I use Bikaneri papad. I make it by microwaving it for 30-45 seconds. Time varies based on your microwave. Yum yum.

Restaurant style, you deep fry the papadum and then drain (on paper towels) and serve it immediately. Most Indian people do not fry papadum because it ruins the oil (you can’t use the oil for deep frying other things or more puris after you make papad with it) and because it is terribly unhealthy to eat deep fried food on a daily basis.

You can also serve with Nirav Mild Mango Pickle (every Indian person I know has this in their cupboard [ours is mild, they sell medium and hot too]) or Ahmed Garlic Pickle (SO SO good, OMG so good).

On a  side note, the mango pickle tastes great with rice and a twist of lemon with a side of papadum for a delish student meal. Try it sometime.

The whole meal top to bottom can be done in less than an hour.

Enjoy! Yum yum yum.