Hello Peoples! 🙂
Hope you all have been good and had a good week gone past! Mine was a bit interesting….lots happened! 🙂 Will keep you in suspense for now….after all it is a baking post! Tee hee 😛
Made what I call Masala Bread. Found the original recipe at tipnut.com/homemade-bread-recipes – quite useful but I picked only what I liked. Go ahead and see how it fascinates you! 🙂 I did make some adjustments to the recipe from the original one (picnic casserole bread) which had bacon in it and I changed it to suit my tastes. So feel free to go either way! The lovely thing about this recipe is that you can put anything in it….whatever you have in your kitchen! 🙂
The method I followed was and you will need –
2 tsp – instant yeast (or dry yeast)
1/4 cup – warm water
1 1/4 cup – shredded cheddar cheese (I used normal cheddar)
1/3 cup – onion, very finely chopped
1/3 cup – green capsicum, very finely chopped (you are welcome to use red and yellow ones also)
2 tbsp – granulated sugar
1 tsp – salt
3/4 cup – warm milk
1 – egg, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups – flour
1 tbsp – unsalted butter, melted, cooled
dry oregano, coriander chopped, parsley chopped, chilli flakes, paprika…..you can add whatever you want! I added dry oregano and paprika powder to the dough.
In a small bowl, put the yeast in and sprinkle some regular sugar over it. Add the warm water and swirl the bowl around so that most of the yeast is in water. Cover lightly with a lid and leave aside in a warm place to prove. Check after 5-8 minutes if it is frothing and risen up. Then your yeast is working and you can go ahead with your dough. If not frothing or rising, then you need to buy fresh yeast! 🙂
Mix together the cheese, onion, capsicum, sugar, oregano, paprika, salt until well combined.
Add the beaten egg, yeast (when ready) and the warm milk to the veggie mix and combine.
Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time so that everything mixes well together. The dough should not be very soft but not too stiff either.
Knead well and make a round shape with the dough. Place in a greased bowl and coat all sides of the dough with the oil. Leave covered with a damp thin cloth in a warm, draft free place for about 1-1 1/2 hours (or till doubled in size).
Punch down the dough and knead again. Grease the dish you will bake the bread in and place the dough in it. Cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for another hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) and bake the bread for 45 minutes till the top is browned. Take out and immediately brush with the melted butter.
Leave to cool before you start to cut in slices.
I baked the bread in a round pan as I was not sure how the dough would behave 🙂 But it turned out just fine and since I did not want it to be a typical bread, I decided on a round pan.
Thanks to the oregano, at home they thought it tasted like pizza bread! 🙂 Would be lovely with soup or pastas or bakes.
Give this a shot and lemme know how it turned out! Many thanks for peeking in! 🙂