Friday, September 16, 2016

Bread Baking Babes go Coconutty; Coconut Rolls

Here's to September! I failed to do my July bit so I was pretty determined to be here now! Lien as our Kitchen of the Month chose for us to bake a tropical bun, filled with creamy coconut.

2 TBsp sugar
160 ml lukewarm water
2 tsp dry instant yeast
300 g bread flour~(I used 150 bread/150 ap flour)
50 ml vegetable oil
3/4 tsp salt
80 g + 2 TBsp dried, unsweetened, grated coconut
(or sweetened coconut, reducing the light brown sugar with 4 TBsp)
120 ml boiling water
150 g light brown sugar
4 TBsp corn starch
2 TBsp butter
pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Combine all the dough ingredients and stir them together. Knead the dough until smooth and souple. At first it’s very sticky, but after kneading it shouldn’t be very sticky anymore. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and leave to rise fora bout 1½ hours or doubled in volume.

Now make the filling. When using dried coconut (80 g), it needs to soak in a bowl with boiling water. Leave soaking for 10-15 minutes.
Mix the cornstarch and sugar in a seperate little bowl before adding it to the coconut.
Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the coconut-sugar mixture and keep it on a low heat until it thickens, a few minutes. Keep stirring to avoid it burning.
Take it of the heat and leave to cool. When cooled, place in the fridge.
About 30 minutes before assembling the roll, take the filling out of the fridge.
Stir in the remaining 4 TBsp of coconut in. At first the filling might be a bit stiff, but a little stir will soften it enough. Set aside.

Divide the dough in two parts. Start with one piece, and roll it out into a rectangle of 30 x 16 cm. Now cut it lenght wise in two equal parts, so you have two long thin strips.
Place a quarter of the filling evenly over the middle of the strip. The filling should be fairly dry, don’t place wet filling on the dough.
Flip over one long side of the dough over the filling, then flip over the other side. The two sides should slightly overlap. Close the seam by pinching the dough together.
Turn the roll seam side down. Cut the roll in three equal parts. Push the filling back a little, so you can close the cut sides, so the filling is no longer to be seen and can’t leak out.

Repeat with the other three strips (the one that you have rolled out and the two strips you make of the remaining dough). Place the rolls, 4 cm apart, on parchment paper placed on two baking sheets. Cover them with lightly greased plastic and leave to rise for 35-45 minutes. They are ready when a light indentation, you make with a finger, stays visible.
While the dough proofs you should preheat the oven to 190ºC.
Bake the rolls for about 15-18 minutes until they are golden brown.(If you bake on two sheets, exchange them after 8 minutes, so they bake evenly)
Let the rolls cool on a wire rack. Eat them luke warm or at room temperature.

(Adapted from: “De kunst van het bakken” – J. Alfort & N. Duguid) 


So, this is what my filling looked like, I wouldn't call it really dry but it sure was paste like, all sticky and malleable. My filling weighed in about 200 grams, so I used 50 grams for each strip of dough. 
The dough itself is very nice to work with, supple and elastic. I used half AP flour/half bread flour. In the book they say to use a combination of cake flour and AP flour, Lien said to use all bread flour so I took the middle ground and did half/half. :-)
Furthermore I did add a bit of salt, a heaped half teaspoon. (Or rather, the book said 1 teaspoon, did just that and thought nooooo, far too much... and scooped some out. Very scientific I know!)
And I added a bit of orange zest to the dough. Why? Just because I could.

 As I said, very easy to work with, I rolled 7 by 14 inches which made the filling spreading thin but then again it was easy to fold the dough over the filling, as seen below.

The first two strips I did as I was told and cut the long roll in 3 equal parts. The other two long rolls I decided to cut in 4 equal parts. Easier and I like the shorter plump rolls you get this way. See below.

Here again with the resulting buns. Family shot on top and the inside. Lien, they remind me of "Brabantse worstebroodjes" in looks! They feel wonderfully light, smell rich and sweet. Haven't tasted them yet. I cut one open for a picture (it was the most crooked looking) and indeed the filling not right in the middle. Quite airy don't you think?

I brushed the hot buns with a little butter. Mmmm quite yummy! The filling is moist enough to enhance the bread around and somehow it tastes a bit Asian although there is no reason for that. I really do like them! Good choice Lien!! 
Next time -and there will be a next time because the man loved these- I will use a bit more filling per bun

If you would like to be a Bread Baking Buddy (and I know you will!) please contact Lien. This is what she tells us she needs from you:

It would be great if you could join this challenge, get all tropical, knead, post and let us know how it went. And join us as a Bread Baking Buddy, send your results and what you thought of this to the Kitchen of the Month (that's Lien this time!) type BBB Coconut Rolls as subject to notitievanlien(at)gmail(dot) com and you'll be send a Bread Baking Buddy Badge that you can add to your blogpost if you like. Deadline the 29th of September. Take on the challenge and let's bake!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Some time ago I was given the opportunity to review a copy of a new-to-me formula recipe book. The book is called "Grow your own cake" by Holly Farrell, and the subtitle says: 'recipes from plot to plate'.

So basically this book promises to take you by the hand and lead you through the whole process of planting and caring for your home-grown fruit and veggies until you are ready to bake with them!
Baking from scratch and crop sounds like it gives an extra dimension to baking. Grow it, bake it, eat it!

There are fifty recipes in the hardcover book, and each is illustrated with beautiful pictures of produce and the baked goods. Recipes range from savory to sweet, using vegetables and fruit and the gardening pages are interlinked with the recipe pages so you can easily switch between the two. Very clear and helpful. The book starts with general tips and basic procedures:
Many people are convinced they do not have 'green fingers' and that any plant they attempt to grow will wilt before their eyes...

I do believe she is talking to me! Although I am a fervent baker, I am surely not much of a gardener, I simply don't know what to do.

Besides the raspberries and the apple and plum tree in our garden there should be so much more that I could grow. Probably... with a lot of help.

(This is the first year my plum tree is bearing fruit!)

Of course the book follows the seasons in the chapters: spring & summer cakes, autumn & winter cakes. Afternoon tea, pudding and savoury bakes are other chapters.

Up until now I baked one sweet and one savory recipe from this book, one a success, the other... not so much. I baked a sweet potato and marshmallow cake (page 91) which is the traditional Thanksgiving dish but is presented here in cake form instead. My family was a bit apprehensive at first but loved the end product. Then I baked pesto-potato scones... not a success, the resulting scones were tough (overbaked?) and the pesto too overpowering. But.. that being said, I think I probably need to tweak the pesto recipe a bit because mine turned out quite wet.

Besides the usual suspects such as carrot cake, courgette cake and beetroot brownies there are quite a few other recipes that use vegetables. I am planning to try of the more unusual recipes in the book such as fennel cake and the savory pea cheesecake.... Or maybe tomato cupcakes?

And that brings me to the only downside of this book, there are plenty of pictures of the gardening in the book but not every recipe has it's own image, which I normally don't mind because I can pretty much picture what is meant but for the unusual recipes I would have liked a pointer of what to expect.

As a whole I think this is an excellent book with a lovely look to it for the novice gardener who likes to try their hand at baking. I think I will longingly look at my fruit trees and raspberries and leave the gardening to someone better at that. I will bring you a cake in exchange for produce though!

 "Grow Your Own Cake"; recipes from Plot to Plate by Holly Farrell, photographs by Jason Ingram, is published by Frances Lincoln.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Bread Baking Babes bake bran!

This past few weeks took us from happy to sad. Husband and I had two wonderful weeks together in Denmark, to return and find a dear friend passed away. Yesterday the group of friends from 40 years gathered to say goodbye, sharing tears, stories and laughter.

And yes. There was bread to be baked. Life as it is, sadness, goodness, nourishment.

Although according to two of the guys here they would gladly wait for something else to come by. The other two didn't even try...
Lien as our Kitchen of the Month chose for us to bake an incredibly healthy whole wheat bread with added bran!! So... how whole can you go I ask you?

Turns out you can add pretty much bran to the already whole wheaty goodness without baking a brick. Lien warned us that this bread asked for our Baker's savy-ness in terms of adding water, feeling the dough, timing the proofing and baking.

I only bought my bran Friday, somehow I kept forgetting to bring it from the store. For the whole wheat flour I used the Graham Flour bought in Denmark which I believed to be a coarser whole meal but I found it quite soft.... so... I added a part of the coarser whole wheat already in the house.

In pictures:
 I added 75 grams of bran!!

I didn't soak the bran, did soak the raisins but didn't soak the walnuts (soaking nuts? really?). I pretty much dumped it all in together and added raisins and nuts at the last minute. Water... I used loads of water! Initially "just" 340 gram but added more while kneading because I thought I was making Play-Doh.

Strange enough this dough rose beautifully although it felt like coarse sand held together by Jello. So onwards I went. Shaping the dough into a log and using a bread pan to rise. I thought it had a nice dome pretty quickly and decided to bake. Well... I might have turned the oven up too high for too long. No ovenspring which I did expect to be honest because the second rise went so well. The bread stayed pretty much as it was when it went into the oven. The resulting loaf looking quite nice and promising but so heavy in the hand.
I was a bit worried.

Resulting slices of bread looking promising but dismissed by the husband as bread you have to work too hard on. I tried a toasted slice this morning and I must say I was surprised. It's a nice bread, granted, a little dense and heavy but as toast? Really really nice!

The recipe is to be found here in English as well as in here in Dutch!

If you would like to be a Bread Baking Buddy (and I know you will!) please contact Lien. This is what she tells us she needs from you:

It would be great if you could join this challenge, how much bran can you add to still make good edible bread?  Get your bag of bran, knead, post and let us know how it went. And join us as a Bread Baking Buddy, send you results and what you thought of this to the Kitchen of the Month (that's me this time!) type BBB Brab Bread as subject to notitievanlien(at)gmail(dot) com and you'll be send a Bread Baking Buddy Badge that you can add to your blogpost if you like. Deadline the 29th of June. Take on the challenge and let's bake!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wacky Bread Baking Babes: "This is not a cinnamon roll" rolls

Driven by the question what the heck three different leavening agents are doing in this recipe. I think between the Babes we should be able to come up with an explanation. The first time I baked this particular recipe was a long-distance bake-together with my sis on a Sunday morning. She found the recipe on a blog, I googled a bit and found that it was remarkably similar to the Pioneer Woman recipe. I was surprised by the lightness of these rolls and intrigued by the recipe ingredients.
So that's the thing behind the recipe.

Then, there's wacky. Wacky because of the above but also.... Let's try to make it different. Let's NOT use cinnamon. Let's say cinnamon is verboten!
So if you were tempted by a bialys recipe....make bialys rolls. Or make bacon and cheese rolls. Orange pudding rolls? Lemon curd? Pizza?

On to the recipe then:

"This is not a cinnamon roll"- rolls

(free after ceci n'est pas une pipe)

The ingredients:

480 ml  [2 cups] milk
120 ml [1/2 cup] vegetable oil (first time I used 60 gr butter instead of oil)
95 gr [1/2 cup] sugar (depending on the flavor you make)
2 to 2.1/2 tsp yeast
520 gr [4 cups] AP flour
65 gr [1/2 cup] AP flour (extra, reserve to add later)
1/2 tsp heaping baking powder
1/2 tsp scant baking soda
1/2 tBs [9 gr] salt
melted butter
190 gr [1 cup] sugar (depending on the flavor you make)

Oven: 375F / 190 C

The original recipe starts with heating milk/oil/sugar to just below a boil and let this cool. I never do that, didn't do it this time. Also, the recipe tells you to sprinkle on the yeast and let it sit for a minute to bloom. I never do that... didn't do it this time.

Basically this recipe follows the rules for making rolls, as in: make the dough, bulk rise. Roll out in a rectangle, add filling of your choice, roll up from the long side and cut into slices. Proof and bake in a moderate oven.

Now the difference lies in the leavening combo and that comes to show in the rising method.


Room temperature milk, vegetable oil, sugar and yeast in a bowl.
Add 4 cups of ap flour. Stir until combined, cover and let rise for 1 hour. Mine looked like this, sturdier than I expected but I couldn't bear to use all of that 120ml oil... I used 75.

Next, remove the cover and add baking powder, baking soda, salt and the remaining 1.2 cup of flour. Stir thoroughly to combine. Below mine, ready for the fridge. Plan to leave it in for 1 hour or so.

You may now proceed to roll out the dough in a rectangle or refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 3 days. (Probably need to keep an eye out for overflowing dough, so punch down if it rises to the top). Relatively slack dough so it definitely is easier to work with when chilled!

Proceed as you will with any other rolls you make; roll dough into a large rectangle on a floured surface. Original states to roll thin, I rolled my usual thickness. Use whatever you feel comfortable with. Although I can imagine that a slacker dough might need to be rolled thinner?

To make the filling, use your imagination... go sweet, go savory, go wacky but don't use cinnamon as your main flavor!!. Make it yours and make it good!

Now you are probably ready to start rolling, I always start with the long side closest to me and roll away from my body. You could do it the other way round, I am easy like that! Just keep a tight roll.
Once you have your roll, pinch the seam and roll it once over so the seam is on the bottom. Slice into 1.1/2 inch thick slices. Cover and set aside to rise for at least 20-45 minutes before baking.

Bake for 15-18 minutes in a preheated oven (375F/190C)

This is it!

I would love for you to make the rolls your own. Surprise us with your imagination. What I also would like to know... why the leavening? Why not use just yeast, or only the other two?
So yes, you need to use all three in this recipe, let's find out!

There already are discussions on eg the Fresh loaf about this:
Yeast is a living organism which produces Carbon dioxide and alcohol as it breaks down sugar. When the sugar has been exhausted, this action will stop. Also, if the temperature is high, the yeast will be killed. Some receipes [...] use the help of baking powder to supplement the leavening action. This way, you have the benefit of the yeast flavour (and whatever leavening the yeast achieved) and the leavening action of baking powder under baking temperature. Naturally, you don't want to use too much baking powder so as not to compromise the yeast flavour. Basically, yeast leavens the dough before baking, while baking powder leavens it during baking.
-Devanne, Why Baking Soda in Yeast Bread? The Fresh Loaf

 And what did I do with the filling??

- My first batch was as is cinnamon rolls.
- Second batch, filling pictured above, was cream cheese, lemon zest and juice and a bit of custard powder to thicken. Lots of ground vanilla as well.... They were very airy and light, creamy and bursting with flavor. However they stayed quite pale, maybe the cream cheese did that.

- Third batch best batch? YES! My filling consisted of.... hold on to your coffees girls....
spring onions, finely chopped
sundried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped (used some of the oil as well)
crumbled feta cheese (about 150 grams)
chopped walnuts sprinkled on
balsamic vinegar syrup drizzled on top

Absolutely wonderful!

I'd love to hear and see the filling you come up with. Remember, use all three leavening agents and do NOT use cinnamon as your main flavor. (I can tolerate a pinch ;-))

Though the Bread Baking Babes (BBB) is a closed group, you can bake with us as a Bread Baking Buddy every month and here’s how it works.

I am your host this month. Bake these "Not-a-cinnamon-roll rolls" according to the recipe above and post it on your blog before the 30th of this month. Please make sure you mention BBB April 2016 in the subject line and link to this BBB post in your own blog post. If you don't have a blog do not hesitate to bake and email me at bakemyday at gmail dot com with your name, a 500px wide image of your bread and the link to your BBB post. I will then send you a BBB badge for this bread that you can then add to your post on your blog. The round up can be expected around the 2nd of May. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BBB March 2016: Auberge Walnut bread

Oh girls all around, are you in for a treat this month! Elizabeth as our Kitchen of the Month came across the most wonderful book in her inlaws kitchen, plucked it from the shelf and couldn't stop reading. She is not the first to recognize the enticing stories and recipes in it; David Lebovitz sang the praise here.

The book is called Auberge of the Flowering Hearth..(charming title already) in which the almost blind author spins a tale of an auberge in the French Alps, where the cooking and living follows the seasons, and the hospitality of the two female owners. The recipe Elizabeth chose to make is a walnut bread, checked against Carol Field's Italian Baker.

On to the recipe then. Please make sure this one is on your list, it will be on mine from here on. (In fact the husband asked me to immediately write down what kind of evil I did to the recipe this time because he just loved the bread!)

Oh and per Elizabeth's suggestion... do toast the walnuts! Toast some more because if you are like me you need the extra to snack on.

makes 2 loaves
  • 253g walnut halves, divided
       » 200g (2 c) whole walnut halves (I added just 100g)
       » 53g (0.66 c) walnut halves, finely chopped
  • 420g (1.75 c) boiling water
  • 34g (0.5c) skim milk powder
  • 36g (2.5 Tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 12g kosher salt (2 tsp table salt)
  • 0.5g (0.25 tsp) powdered ginger
  • 84g (4 Tbsp) dark honey (I ran out of honey so used a combination of honey and treacle)
  • 634g (~5c) flour
       » 250g unbleached all-purpose flour
       » 9g vital wheat gluten (
    didn't have any, didn't add)
       » 15g flax seed, finely ground (added two tbs whole flax seed)
       » 360g whole wheat flour
  • 29g (0.25 c) wheat germ (didn't have any, didn't add)
  • 60g (0.25 c) water at ~98F (didn't add)
  • 6g (2 tsp) active dry yeast
  • milk or cream for brushing during baking (de Groot’s recipe calls for egg-yolk and milk) (I used milk on one)
  • [I added 1 tbs sesame seeds and 2 heaped tbs sunflower seeds]
  • Toasted the seeds and walnuts in a dry skillet
  1. Walnuts: In the morning of the day you plan to bake the bread, spread the walnut halves in a single layer on a cookie sheet and toast them in a 400F oven for 8-10 minutes. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn! They’re done just at the moment you begin to smell them. Set aside 200g (2 c) onto a plate to cool. Using a very sharp knife, finely chop the other 53g to produce about 2/3 cup.
  2. Mixing the dough: Pour just-boiled water into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in milk powder. Immediately add butter, honey, salt and powdered ginger and whisk until the butter has melted and the honey is incorporated.
  3. Add flours, wheat germ and finely chopped walnuts (de Groot suggests grating them(!)) on top of one side of the large bowl.
  4. Warm the water for rehydrating the yeast to around 98F, a little over body temperature. Or are you allergic to a thermometer? Heat it until it’s the temperature safe to feed to a baby: a few drops on the inside of your wrist feels warm but not hot. If it’s too hot, add cold water. (Tap water is okay, but pleasedo NOT use water from the hot-water tap! You don’t know how long things other than water have been festering in the bottom of that tank.) Pour the warmed water into a small bowl and add the yeast. Whisk until the yeast has dissolved. Check to make sure that the milk mixture is not above body temperature (do the baby-bottle test on the inside of your wrist again) and then add the yeasted water to the milk mixture. Stir everything together with a wooden spoon to created a rough dough.
  5. Kneading: Knead in the bowl (or use your electric mixer’s instructions for kneading) until the dough is smooth, “elastic and no longer sticky”.
  6. Proofing: Cover the bowl with a plate and allow to proof in a draft-free area (oven with only the light turned on is ideal) until the dough has doubled.
  7. Prepare the pans: Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Walnuts and Shaping: Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and divide in two. Roll each piece into a ball. Cover with a clean tea towel and allow to rest for 20 minutes. After their rest, flatten each ball into a disc and even divide the rest of the walnut halves on top, “pressing the nuts in slightly”, then roll each piece of dough to form a log. Joining the ends to make a ring, place each log seam side down on the parchment paper. Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise in a draft-free area until the rings have almost doubled.
  9. Baking: Preheat oven to 375F. Just before putting the bread in the oven, spray the tops liberally with water. Put the bread into the oven and immediately turn the thermostat down to 350F. After 35 minutes, brush the tops of the loaves with milk or cream (de Groot suggests using an egg-yolk whisked with milk to create this glaze) and continue baking for about 10 more minutes until the loaves are nicely browned and have reached an internal temperature between 200F and 210F (the bread sounds hollow when knuckle-rapped on the bottom). Remove the bread from the oven. Don’t even think about touching that knife!!
  10. Cooling and Finishing: Allow the bread to completely cool on a footed rack before cutting into it. It’s still baking inside! Of course you may want to serve warm bread: reheat it after it has cooled completely. To reheat and/or rejuvenate UNsliced bread, turn the oven to 400F for 5 minutes or so. Turn the oven OFF. Put the bread in the hot oven for ten minutes.
My notes:

- I accidentally switched the amounts of ww and white... oops
- I added caramel coloring because it was there for me to add (bought in Vermont's King Arthur Flour's shop!)
- I completely forgot to fold more walnuts in the dough, nor did I put any on top. Next time I will!

This kind of bread reminds me why I bake bread. It smells wonderful, lovely thin crispy crust, very flavorful. You just need butter. Or soup. Or thin slices of dry cured ham.

Or like I did this morning with the heel of the bread a small wedge of left over french cheese.

We had one of the loaves for dinner last night, with mustard mushroom cream soup and a roasted zucchini/egg plant salad. Yum!

Though the Bread Baking Babes (BBB) is a closed group, you can bake with us as a Bread Baking Buddy every month and here’s how it works.

Elizabeth is your host this month. Bake this Auberge Walnut Bread according to the recipe and post it on your blog before the 29th of this month. Please make sure you mention BBB March 2016 in the subject line and link to this BBB post in your own blog post. If you don't have a blog do not hesitate to bake and email Elizabeth with a pic and your experience. 

Details re email over on Elizabeth's blog, scroll down for all the info you need to become a Buddy Baker and receive your Buddy Badge! She will then send you a BBB badge for this bread that you can then add to your post on your blog. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bread Baking Babes: Cutting edge bread for our 8th Anniversary!!

Cheer along with the Babes; we celebrate our 8th anniversary of baking bread as a group! The past eight years took us to all corners of the earth, baking wet and flat, high and low, from the whitest to the darkest flours. A journey in flours.

This month Tanna as our Kitchen of the Month had us bake a fragrant loaf, the baking process is one that makes me feel like I am really baking bread. This bread takes time, not so much hands-on work but time in developing flavours.
Making a starter, letting it rest, assembling your dough, not much kneading but resting and folding the dough makes for a well developed loaf of bread.

For the recipe I gladly refer you to Tanna's My Kitchen in Half cups, you can find the full recipe there. I'll give you the minimum directions here so you can get a feel for the bread.

Bare Bones: Caramelized Onion Bread
(Adapted from: “Bien Cuit” by Zachary Golper, Peter Kaminsky & Thomas Schauer)

A starter is made consisting of white rye flour, water and a pinch of yeast. This will rest overnight on your counter.

Then the rest of the dough is made with all of the starter, white flour and a little buckwheat flour. No stand mixer, no dough hooks needed just your hands a scraper and a big bowl to pull the dough together. The kneading is done in 4 turns; just folding and tucking with 45 minutes rest inbetween.
Somewhere inbetween you will add glorious caramelized onions; patting your dough out in a rectangle, sprinkle/smear the onions on top and fold in.

See? You need some time but not much work to do.

Then the dough is shaped and rests in your fridge overnight, then baked in the morning. And then? Then you need to wait.... and wait.... because the recipe will tell you to slice the bread only when it has rested for.....drumroll..... at least 4 hours but preferably 8 to 24 hours!!

This bread is about scoring as well. You know those beautiful slashes that are made in the skin of the dough just prior to baking? Oh yes!

I promise your house will smell wonderful! First those onions and then the baking of bread with the onions.

My notes:

-  Reading is an art.... counting is an art. I thought I excelled in one, not the other. This time I flunked both. I folded 3 times, almost forgot to add in that glorious bowl of onions. Then I was so happy I did that I forgot to rest and fold the last time. Oh well.

- Oh about reading... did I mention I accidentally doubled the starter? Then thought oh never mind I will just have to put half in tomorrow.

- Ofcourse I didn't. I just held the bowl upside down. And fished approximately half out with a spoon. Sort of.

- I baked one right after it came out of the fridge and I think the lighter crust and the airbubbles(?) are caused by that. The other one was baked an hour or so later and came out with much darker crust.

- Scoring: I tried two different patterns. Just for fun. I like scoring!

- Haven't tasted yet, trying to save them for dinner tonight together with beetroot-carrot goat cheese salad and hamburgers. Very much looking forward to that!

Though the Bread Baking Babes (BBB) is a closed group, you can bake with us as a Bread Baking Buddy every month and here’s how it works.

Tanna is your host this month. Bake this caramelized Onion Bread according to the recipe and post it on your blog before the 29th of this month. Please make sure you mention the Bread Baking Babes and link to this BBB post in your own blog post. If you don't have a blog do not hesitate to bake and email Tanna with a pic and your experience. 

E-mail  Tanna at: comments my kitchen at mac dot com with your name, a 500px wide image of your bread and the link to your BBB post. She will then send you a BBB badge for this bread that you can then add to your post on your blog. The round up can be expected around the 2nd of March. 

Happy Baking!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bread Baking Babes rock the boat: Adjaruli Khachapuri!

This month was a very nice one to ease us into our ninth year (can you believe that??). This January our Kitchen of the Month resided with Aparna and she baked us Adjaruli Khachapuri in her Diverse Kitchen!

Don't shy away from that intricate name thinking that this is an intricate bread to bake. None of that. It is easy but so much fun to bake and a true showboat on your dinner table. My boys send me happy smiles when they saw what I was making: "that for dinner tonight Mom? Great".

Aparna tells us the following about this bread:

Acharuli/ Adjaruli Khachapuri is a boat shaped bread from Georgia, that has melted salty cheese and a soft cooked egg or sometimes two in the middle hollow part of the “boat”. The name Khachapuri has its origins in the words “Khacho ” meaning cottage cheese / cheese curd” and “Puri” meaning bread. I believe the Georgians often eat this very popular bread as a snack or for lunch.
Some people like to call the Acharuli Khachapuri a Georgian Pizza Pie, but I think that’s insulting both the Pizza and the Khachapuri. 
There are similarities but they’re really two distinctly individual dishes to my mind. Khachapuri is considered one of Georgia’s national dishes and each region of Georgia apparently makes its own variety of it. So much so that the Tbilisi State University supposedly developed a “Khachapuri Index” to measure inflation based on how much it costs to make one Imeretian Khachapuri!

So... onto the recipe:

1 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
145 g milk
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg (small or half a large egg) I didn't use the egg in the dough
245 g flour, plus more for dusting
½ tsp salt

125 g grated/shredded Mozzarella (I used several Dutch cheeses)
125 g crumbled feta cheese
a pinch of dried oregano and black pepper
topping of choice  - I am going to use tomato and egg

Put all the ingredients for the dough into the mixing bowl of the standmixerl and knead together until everything comes together into a smooth and somewhat loose elastic dough that’s just short of sticky. Transfer the ball of dough to a well-oiled bowl, turning it so it is coated all over. Loosely cover and let it rise till double in volume – about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Place a pizza stone, or a baking sheet on a rack in lower third of oven. 

Preheat oven to 250ºC.

Combine the cheeses in a bowl and  set aside. Deflate the dough and divide it into two halves. Working with one piece at a time,  roll it out to a rectangle about 25 cm long and 3 mm thick on a piece of lightly floured parchment.  This makes it easier to transfer the dough to your baking sheet.

Roll the long sides in a bit curving them inwards at the ends and seal well (with a little water) or the edges will open up during baking. Then bring the edges close and pinch together on both ends to form a “boat” like shape.
Again, make sure the ends are sealed well. Transfer the “boats” to the baking sheet, but if you’re going to bake them directly on the pizza stone just omit this step.

Fill the centre “well” area with half of the cheese mixture so it is a little higher than the edges of the dough “boat”. Repeat with the other half of dough and  bake them for about 12 to 15 minutes until the Khachapuri are golden brown. Take the breads out of the oven and add the sliced tomatoes and return them to the oven. Bake for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Take the Adjaruli Khachapuri out, and serve them hot. It helps to wait for about 10 minutes before eating them so you don’t burn your mouth!

The Khachapuri in this post is known as Acharuli/ Adjaruli Khachapuri as it comes from Adjara (Achara), the mountain region of Georgia's Black Sea coast which is known for its dairy products. In Georgia, this bread is often filled with a cheese called “Sulguni” which is a salty sheep’s milk cheese or Imeretian cheese, or a blend of both.

Mine are still a bit naked, I baked them and will reheat with egg and tomato tonight for dinner! Can't wait..

Though the Bread Baking Babes (BBB) is a closed group, you can still bake with us as a Bread Baking Buddy every month and here’s how it works.
Aparna is your host this month. Bake this Acharuli/ Adjaruli Khachapuri  according to the above recipe and post it on your blog before the 28th of this month. Please make sure you mention the Bread Baking Babes and link to this BBB post in your own blog post.

Then e-mail Aparna at aparna[AT]mydiversekitchen[DOT]com with your name, a 500px wide image of your bread and the link to your BBB post. She will then send you a BBB badge for this bread that you can then add to your post on your blog. At the end of the month Aparna will make a beautiful round up mentioning all our Buddies!!