Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spicy Twisted Bun | How to make Savory Twisted Buns

For the second day of week 1 BM#64, under Shaped Buns, I have a Spicy Twisted Bun as a choice. These make a great late breakfast or Brunch dish, not to mention these are great to carry for travel food. The whole dish came about when Hubby dear wanted me to bake him some savory buns for his dinner. He wanted to skip his regular dinner during travel and wanted to carry something light and nonmessy.

I offered to bake some savory buns for him and made these delicious spicy buns and in the process wanted to make it all interesting by twisting it. Since I was packing him, I thought I might as well bake in the travel box. I made individual boxes in the end.

When Peddu saw these buns getting baked, he wanted his share for breakfast. I ended up packing individual boxes for each of them. On the whole, these spicy buns were so good! Hubby dear had this for his dinner while Peddu had this as his brunch the next day!
I have always enjoyed all savory buns and these were no exception. These were so good when served warm with a slice of salted butter, it takes you straight to heaven while it settles on the sides. Jokes apart I would prefer these spicy ones to sweet buns anytime! These remind of those spicy buns we used to get many years ago in Nilgiris. They no longer have it on their menu, I so miss it. Those buns were made of mint, coriander, and green chilies and used to be so spicy. Still you will end up enjoying it.

While I enjoy thinking about those days, you enjoy this bun!


Spicy Twisted Bun

Ingredients Needed:

For the Dough

All purpose flour - 11/2 cup
Gluten 1 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Instant Yeast 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Butter - 1/4 cup
Red Chili flakes - 2 tsp
Lukewarm Milk / Water - 1/4 cup

For the Masala
Green chilies - 3 to 4
Corianader Leaves handful
Curry leaves few

How to make the Spicy Twisted Bun

For the dough

In a wide bowl, take the flour, gluten, salt, sugar, olive oil and red chili flakes, chopped coriander leaves, curry leaves, and finely chopped green chilies. Mix everything well.

Now add melted butter and mix well. Slowly add lukewarm water as required, start with 1/4 cup and increase as required.

Knead for about 10 to 15 mins or in a food processor.

Transfer to a counter top and knead till you feel the dough bounces back. Cove and let it rise to double. Takes about 45 to 60 mins.

Once the dough becomes double its original size, punch it gently and again knead well. Dust with flour and roll to a circle of 1/2" thickness. Cut into 1/2" strips.

Hold both the ends together and plait it into a rope and enclose the ends, tuck into it below. Place the tucked in ends down in the tray you are baking.

Let it sit aside for another 30 mins.

Pre heat the oven at 200 C. Bake the trays for 25 to 30 mins as requird. Mine was b6y 25 mins. Allow it rest and pack.
Sending  this to Priya Srinivasan who is hosting my Kid's Delight, themed on Brunch Ideas for Kids.

I also have another Brunch Idea for Kids - Pizza Paratha

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nutella Star Bread | How to make Nutella Star Bread

I know we just completed our Mega BM on a Journey through the Cuisines, and so soon its time for the monthly edition to begin. I have picked up very interesting themes for my kids this week. They were over the board, enjoying the treats. I know when the whole month so focussed on sweets, my littles ones hardly got anything to enjoy. They were in fact coming back asking when I will bake something for them. So I will be going into the task of baking some cakes soon.

This Nutella bread was something I baked within days of Pavani first posting it. I have been seeing this in many blogs, something Pavani's pictures were so pulling and I baked it almost right away. This is also a milestone dish for me, because Chinnu for the first time in his life, eat a bread and enjoyed. Of course, it all happened because I involved him in kneading and playing with the dough for a while, then there was Nutella. He did the spreading for two layers. These were reasons enough to get himself eat this.
Both Konda and Peddu were so taken aback and thrilled that he was eating. They kept asking if he knew he was eating a bread. Chinnu was so boastful in saying he knew it as he was also part of prepping up the dough. This was also the fastest one to disappear. The evening I baked it, it disappeared by night. None of them ate anything else that night.

I am really hoping to repeat this dish soon as Peddu keeps asking when I will bake some garlic bread for him again and the countless bread that I have baked for him. 

Coming back to the theme, we are starting week 1 of BM#64, themes on Shaped bread. Since I have a creative BM Buddies who are experts in baking bread, I decided to challenge them to share some shaped bread.
Sending  this to Priya Srinivasan who is hosting my Kid's Delight, themed on Brunch Ideas for Kids.

I also have another Brunch Idea for Kids - Nutella Stuffed Pancakes

Nutella Star Bread

Ingredients Needed:

All-purpose flour 2 cups
Instant Yeast - 2 tsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Dry Milk powder - 1/4 cup
Lukewarm Water / Milk - 3/4 cup + 2~4tbsp
Unsalted Butter, softened - 1/4 cup
Nutella  - 1/2 cup or more
Milk - 2 tbsp

How to make the Nutella Star Bread

For the Dough

Combine flour, yeast, sugar,salt, dry milk powder, butter and lukewarm water (warm milk) in a large bowl. Mix and knead to make a soft, smooth dough.

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let it rise for 60 minutes, until it's nearly doubled in volume. I normally keep it in pre heated oven, it gets done much faster.

Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Cover them and let them rise for 15 minutes.

On a lightly greased or floured surface, roll 1 piece of dough into 10" circle. Place the circle on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread nutella evenly on the surface, leaving 1/4" of bare dough around the perimeter. Roll out a second dough circle the same size as the first and place it on top of
the first, Nutella covered circle. Repeat the layering process - Nutella, dough circle - leave the top circle bare.

Place a 3" bowl or a glass in the center of the dough circle as a guide. With a sharp knife, cut the circle into 16 equal strips, from the cutter to the edge, through all the layers. Using 2 hands, pick up two adjacent strips and twist them away from each other twice so that the top side is facing up again.

Repeat with the remaining strips of dough so that there are eight pairs of strips. Pinch the pairs of strips together to create a star-like shape with eight points.

Cover the star and let it rise until it becomes noticeably puffy, about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven for 400°F / 200 C

Brush the star with milk and bake for 12~15 minutes, until it's nicely golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

You can make this vegan by using almond milk. You can also add 1/4 potato powder as well.

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