Multigrain Fougasse

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Fougasse is one of my favorite breads and I love to make it often. I have blogged about a simple Rosemary Fougasse previously and so this time I wanted to do something different. I found this awesome multigrain recipe with olives, tomatoes and garlic and I knew I simply had to make it. It turned out wonderful and is something worth a try!

The unique thing about this recipe is it asks for cool water instead of the usual warm water. That takes a longer time for the dough to rise instead of the usual 1 hour to double.

Recipe from here

Makes 1 medium Fougasse

WHAT WE NEED

For the starter

3 gms Instant yeast

35ml Cool water

55gms All purpose flour

3 gms Salt

For the dough

All of the starter

4gms Instant yeast

50ml Olive oil

90gms All purpose flour

90gms Multigrain flour

50gms Whole wheat flour

30gms Rye flour

6gms Salt

110ml Cool water

2 tbsp Sliced olives

1 oven roasted tomato, chopped

1 head of slow roasted garlic

2 tsp Dried Rosemary

2 tsp Dried Thyme

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix all the ingredients for the starter and keep it covered in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours
  • Add the instant yeast, all the flours, salt and oil to the starter and knead for 8-10 minutes
  • Add the olives, tomato, garlic, rosemary and thyme and knead for 4-5 minutes
  • Set it aside covered till the dough doubles in volume, around 2-3 hours
  • Take out the dough and roll it out on parchment paper
  • Shape it like a leaf and make 1 long cut through the centre and smaller cuts on the sides like a leaf
  • Cover and let it double, around 2 hours
  • Preheat the oven to 190C
  • Brush the top of the dough with cold water
  • Bake for 20 minutes or till the top is nicely brown
  • Cool for 15 minutes
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. To speed up the process, use warm water to mix the dough
  2. I used a mix of soy, maize, amaranth and quinoa flours for the multigrain. You can use any flour per your choice

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Baguette

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I have been planning to make baguettes for a long time but have postponed it simply because I was so scared I would mess up. Finally the French cuisine theme seemed the perfect time to finally try making the baguette.

I am happy to report that overall the baguette was not a failure. I would get ahead of myself if I called it a success but it got the crisp exterior and a chewy crumb. The only issue was that I ended up making it thinner than it should be and it looked more like a ficelle rather than a baguette. Well, that’s what second tries are for, I guess!

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Recipe adapted from here

Makes 2 baguettes

WHAT WE NEED

For the poolish

1/4 cup Water

A pinch of instant yeast

70 gms All purpose flour

For the dough

3/4 tsp Instant yeast

1/2 cup Warm water

All of the poolish

245 gms All purpose flour

1 tsp salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix all the ingredients for the poolish to form a soft dough
  • Cover and set it aside for 8-10 hours or till the poolish has doubled and become very bubbly
  • Add all the ingredients for the dough to the poolish and knead for 10 mins by hand / 3-4 mins with a mixer
  • Set it aside covered for 90 mins or till th dough is double in volume
  • Take out the dough and divide it into 2 pieces
  • Make a rough ball with each piece and set it aside for 15 mins to 1 hour
  • Roll each ball into a long rope. The length depends on the size of your baking tray
  • Ensure that the ends are pointy like a baguette usually is
  • Leave it on the baking tray / couche for 45 mins to an hour
  • If you don’t have a baguette pan then cut up any tubular cardboard into 2 pieces. Lay them on the baking tray and put a parchment paper on it. I used the cardboard available at the end of the kitchen tissue roll. You can even use a Pringles chips box.
  • Place one rolled dough between the two halves of the cardboard to rise for the final 45 mins to an hour
  • Preheat the oven to 230C with an empty tray at the bottom rack
  • Pour 1 1/2 cups of hot water on the empty tray
  • Make 3-5 slashes on top of the dough and then place the baguette tray on the middle rack
  • Bake for 24-28 minutes or the top is golden brown
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. I made 3 baguettes instead of 2 and hence mine turned out very thin.

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Eggless Brioche

This is one theme I have been so excited about ever since it was announced. I have been planning to explore the French cuisine forever now and this is just the perfect opportunity. French breads are world famous and even an entire month of baking different French breads wont exhaust the lost but nevertheless, I picked on three popular breads for this month.

The first one is the classic Brioche, which is an enriched bread. Usually eggs are used to enrich the dough but I replaced that with milk and butter which makes a soft and rich bread.

Adapted from here

Makes 9-10 rolls

WHAT WE NEED

470 gms All purpose flour

2 tbsp Vital wheat gluten (optional)

7 gms Instant yeast

300ml Warm milk

30 gms Honey

40 gms Unsalted butter

1 1/2 tsp Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Knead together for 10 minutes to form a soft dough
  • Set aside the dough for 60-90 minutes or till the dough doubles in volume
  • Take out the dough and divide into 9-10 equal parts
  • Roll each one into a ball and set on a greased baking tray
  • Cover the tray and set aside for an hour
  • Preheat the oven to 210C
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or till the buns turn golden brown
  • Cool for 15-20 minutes
  • Enjoy!

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Stuffed crust Pizza

The stuffed crust pizza has been on my list forever. It is surprising why I haven’t done this before considering I bake pizzas quite regularly. I always plan to make this but then I get into the unnecessary health mode and run miles from the cheese. That was one of the main reasons I picked this theme of ‘Stuffed Dishes’ for this month’s Blogging Marathon.

I didn’t have access to string cheese which is used for these stuffed crust pizzas so I just cut up strips from the mozzarella cheese I had at hand.

Makes 1 pizza

WHAT WE NEED

1/2 portion dough from here

2-3 tbsp Pizza sauce

50-60 gms Mozarella cheese cut into strips

Toppings of your choice

WHAT TO DO

  • Preheat the oven to 200C
  • Roll out the dough to 8″ on a greased baking tray
  • Place the cheese strips on the dough 1″ from the edge on all sides
  • Fold the dough to enclose the cheese inside and press it gently to lock the cheese
  • Apply pizza sauce on the rest of the dough and add the toppings
  • Bake for 20 minutes off till the sides begin to brown
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy!

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Stuffed Pain d’epi

It is so good that the summers are finally over. Not that it was too hot in Bangalore for most of May but I was visiting the hotter parts of the country and felt the full heat of the summer. Literally! But now we have rain and the weather is, well, not hot. That should do for now. Also, the school season starts and while I am a little sad to see the daughter growing up so quickly, I am also partly relieved that I would get a little more time on my own to finish up the ever long to-do list.

I made this bread couple of days ago when the husband suddenly decided to work from home and the daughter wanted something tasty for the evening. I had some dough left in the fridge and some coriander pesto and carrot pesto. So I mixed up the two pestos and stuffed it in the bread and cut it up. They didn’t even let me take pictures because they were in a tearing hurry to gobble it up. So all I have are these hastily clicked ones on my phone. Both of them loved it so much that we finished the entire loaf and skipped dinner. There is no better feeling than that – not having to make dinner, that is. It’s a blessing!

The coriander pesto again, was a result of the fridge cleaning I did a while back. I had some coriander, mint and paneer that needed to be used up. Then this awesome lady, Archana of The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen, visited Bangalore and gifted me a packet of cashew nibs. Ever since I have been churning out pesto after pesto. The creaminess from the cashew is irresistible and combined with the flavour of coriander and a bit of mint, it was heavenly. The carrot pesto recipe and story is for another day….

Serves 2-3

WHAT WE NEED

1 portion of dough from here

1 small bunch of coriander

Few mint leaves

1/4 cup paneer

1/4 cup cashew nibs (or finely chopped cashews)

2-3 tbsp olive oil

Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Follow the recipe for the pain d’epi from my previous post till the first rise
  • Take the coriander, mint, paneer,cashew and salt in a blender jar
  • Blend to a coarse paste
  • Add olive oil as needed and blend to a smooth paste
  • Preheat the oven to 250 C with a tray at the bottom rack
  • Take out the dough and roll it out to a 10* 8 inch rectangle
  • Apply the pesto generously on the dough
  • Roll up the dough into a long tube and place it on a greased baking tray
  • Cut a small portion of the dough from one side with a pair of scissors and place it on one side as shown in the picture

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes till the bread is richly brown
  • Take out the tray from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. The coriander pesto can be made and frozen for a month.

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Creamy Carrot Sandwich

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I don’t know about you but in my house, the carrot gets a bit of a step-motherly treatment. I take it for granted, don’t give it too much of importance, use it as a filler in combination with other vegetables and its presence solely dependent on the quantity needed and never stopping to consider its feelings. Basically, it always plays a supporting role and never gets its due limelight.  So when I picked this theme of one vegetable in three ways, I figured it would be nice to hero the carrot for once.

Since the husband is travelling I am having a dairy overflow – too much curd and too much milk. So, I figured I could make some hung curd and have a fabulous sandwich with it. It turned out creamy and delicious with the daughter happily munching away and I have been patting my back ever since.

Serves 2

WHAT WE NEED

8 slices of bread

1 carrot, grated

Hung curd from 1/2 litre curd

1 tsp chilly powder / curry powder / mixed dried herbs

Butter to toast the bread

Salt

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Toast the bread slices with butter
  • In a bowl, mix together the hung curd, grated carrot, spice powder and salt
  • Apply the carrot mixture on a slice of bread generously and cover it with another slice
  • Repeat the same for the remaining bread slices
  • Enjoy!

 

NOTES

  1. Though it is not mandatory to toast the bread, it is recommended because the bread otherwise is unable to hold it together and gets soggy due to the hung curd

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Kimbula Banis | Sweet Buns

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My usual modus operandi in any country theme is to look for the breads available there and try to bake atleast one such dish. I chanced upon this awesome sweet bun recipe and knew I had to make it. It is simple, tasty and makes for a perfect snack for kids.

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This dish is supposed to look like a crocodile and hence the name ‘kimbula’ which means crocodile. So usually these buns are longer and bigger. But I wanted to give these for my daughter’s snack box and so made them smaller and figured these could work as baby kimbula rolls. What say?

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Recipe adapted from here

Makes 15-18 buns

WHAT WE NEED

170 gms All purpose flour

20 gms Milk powder

1 egg

4 gms Instant yeast

15 gms Brown sugar

25 gms Sugar + for sprinkling on top

12 gms Unsalted butter

65-70 gms Warm water

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix all the ingredients together, except water
  • Add the water slowly to form a soft and pliant dough
  • Knead for 2-3 minutes and keep covered in a bowl till it doubles in volume. It should take around 1 hour
  • Take out the dough and roll it with a rolling pin to a long rectangle
  • Cut the dough into small triangles with a dough scrapper or knife
  • Roll each triangle from the broad side to the narrow side
  • Line a baking tray with parchment
  • Transfer the rolled dough to the baking tray and set aside for half hour
  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Sprinkle sugar generously on top of the dough buns
  • Bake for 20 minutes or till the top is golden brown
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy with some tea!

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Sourdough Banana & Zucchini Bread

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Another resolution I have is to improving my sourdough baking. I wanted to bake a sourdough bread loaf but the winter has been particularly cold this time and my starter is taking ages to show any signs of activity. So I ditched that idea and decided to bake a sourdough quick bread with bananas and zucchini. The oven spring in the loaf was awesome and we got a fabulously soft and delicious loaf. Do try it.

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Adapted from here

Makes one 9″ loaf

WHAT WE NEED

3 tbsp Unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup Sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup Mashed bananas

1/2 cup Sourdough starter

1/2 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Orange zest (Optional)

1 cup Whole wheat flour, sifted

1/2 tsp Baking powder

1/4 tsp Baking soda

1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup Tutti fruiti / nuts

1/2 cup Unpeeled, shredded zucchini

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Cream the butter and sugar till it is light and fluffy
  • Add the egg and beat into a smooth mixture
  • Stir in the mashed bananas, sourdough starter, orange zest and vanilla
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
  • Add the flour mixture to the sourdough mixture
  • Add the zucchini and tutti fruiti and mix together to form a batter
  • Grease a 9″ loaf pan and pour the batter into it
  • Set aside for 20 minutes
  • Preheat the oven at 175C
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean
  • Unmould the loaf and cool on a wire rack
  • Enjoy!

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Pane di Lino / Ground Flaxseed Bread

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This is the first post for 2018 and I wanted it be a bread. This week I am posting three recipes for the New Year Challenge in which we post dishes that reflect our goals and resolutions for this year. Mine have to revolve around bread. So I will be posting three posts related to bread.

One of my resolutions has been to completely stop buying bread from the store. I have reached closer to that goal in the past six months. Now the husband and daughter have become more discerning and want variety in the bread though they were content with the same store bread for all these years. So I tried this wheat bran and ground flaxseed bread which has an amazing texture in the crumb and crust.

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Adapted from here

Makes one 9″ loaf

WHAT WE NEED

370 gms All purpose flour

25 gms Ground flaxseeds

10 gms Wheat bran

1 tsp Instant yeast

1 tsp Salt

300 gms Warm water

1 tsp Oil

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix all the ingredients together and form a wet dough
  • Cover and let it rest for an hour
  • Stretch and fold the dough on all sides and place it in the bowl seamside down
  • Cover and let it rise to double in volume which should take around 3-4 hours depending on the weather
  • Fold the dough over itself and let it rise again for 1-2 hours till you see it start rising again and increasing in volume
  • Take a Pullman loaf tin and grease the tin and cover with oil or butter
  • Take out the dough and shape it into a log
  • Transfer it to the loaf tin and cover with a cling wrap
  • Let it rise till the dough reaches nearly the top of the loaf tin which should take around 2-3 hours
  • Preheat the oven at 250C
  • Cover the tin with its lid and bake at 230C for 30 minutes
  • Reduce the temperature to 220C and bake for 15 minutes
  • Take out the pan and unmould the loaf from the tin
  • Let it cool completely on the wire rack before slicing it
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. If you want to eat the bread as is without any butter, etc. then add another 1/2 tsp salt
  2. In hindsight I thought a darker colour on the crust would have been nicer. Maybe another 3-4 minutes in the oven would have achieved that

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Bake-a-thon Round Up

We come to the end of another Bake-a-thon, which is my favourite event of the year because I have legitimate reason to mix flour water salt and yeast and get all excited and worked up at the same time. My original plan was to have all recipes in this theme as sourdough baking but I am guessing I still have sometime to go before I can be competent and confident enough to publish those efforts.

So this time is about breads – sourdough and yeast breads, not to mention yeast water breads.

Here is a recap –

1. Raisin Yeast Water Bread

2. Rosemary Fougasse

3. White Bread

4. Cornell Bread

5. Sourdough Brown Bread

6. Pullman Loaf

7. Apple Yeast Water Bread

8. Khobz Dyal Zraa’

9. Whole Wheat Bran & Seeded Bread

10. Roasted Garlic & Potato Bread

11. Crusty Cloche Bread with Maize Flour

12. Cinnamon Rolls

13. New Year’s Eve Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Happy Baking!