• Manakeesh#BreadBakers

    October 9, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BREAD BAKERS THEME : MIDDLE EASTERN BREADS I find that Middle Eastern Breads are so different from the other breads and I love them. So when Karen who blogs at Karen’s Kitchen Stories suggested Middle Eastern Breads, I knew I’d take part. However time was running out for me as I had to travel in September and I also had committed to doing 26 Indian Flatbreads. So it was like my kitchen was full of breads..though flat, but it was screaming ‘make something different like rice’ and I had to reassure it that soon all this flour work would be over. I had a few days left before the travel date approached and was in a dilemma, should I participate, shouldn’t I! The pull…

     
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  • Blueberry Buttermilk Scones#BreadBakers

    August 14, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BREAD BAKERS THEME : BREAKFAST BREADS August is when the theme for Bread Bakers was Breakfast Breads. These include yeast or quick breads, pancakes, muffins, scones, flatbreads etc. This exciting theme was chosen by fellow baker Felice Geoghegan who blogs at All That’s Left Are The Crumbs. If you are ever looking for recipes to make bundt cakes, cakes, muffins, cookies, breads then that’s the blog you have to check out. I can assure you that drooling will be at the maximum. When I think of breakfast breads few options pop up immediately in my head from buttery croissants, scones to Indian flatbreads. I was visiting my son in Montreal and whenever I’m there I go crazy buying all sorts of berries. The day…

     
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  • Pan de Yuca/ Yuca Bread#BreadBakers

    July 10, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BREAD BAKERS THEME: GLUTEN FREE BREAD This pan de yuca or yuca bread or cassava bread recipe has been in my recipe book for over a year. I had once bought some cassava flour to try out some traditional African recipe. Lost the recipe, couldn’t remember the name, left with a bag of flour. When I cleaning out the fridge, the flour came out from some hidden corner. Googled for recipes to use up the flour and came across the recipe for pan de yuca. I jotted it down and decided to check out other similar recipes. What got me so confused was the different oven temperatures used, the amount of cheese used. I got confused and thought I’ll get back to the recipe…

     
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  • Turmeric and Garlic Pull Apart Bread#BreadBakers

    June 12, 2018mayurisjikoni

    EVENT: BREAD BAKERS THEME: NATURALLY COLORFUL BREADS When Mireille who blogs at Schizo Chef suggested the above theme, I couldn’t see beyond  beetroot. I wanted to bake a bread with beetroot puree. However, that didn’t happen as twice during my trip to the market I forgot to buy beetroots. Staying in Mombasa has its few perks amongst the many disadvantages, one of them being that vegetable and fruit sellers come to my doorstep. Two wonderful ladies who balance heavy plastic basins filled with vegetables and fruits on their heads, have a medium size basin full, tucked in between the arm and chest and a full kikapu (baskets made from dried palm leaves) carried in their other hand come practically everyday. They both sell seasonal fruits…

     
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  • Fennel and Poppy Seed Rolls#BreadBakers

    May 8, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Its disheartening at times that some bakeries sell seeded breads that are expensive only to find the seeds only on top and none inside the loaf. Seriously, its like me getting a plain bread and sprinkling some seeds on top. Here in Mombasa, there is only one ‘the bread place’ and its a bit pricey. Occasional indulgence in the variety they offer is allowed. Sometime back we tried out their seeded bread and it was absolutely delicious,with seeds inside and outside the loaf.  I like that slight bite you get from the seeds with each morsel of bread. When I suggested the theme bread with seeds, I had so many recipes in mind that I wanted to bake. However, the one that stole my heart…

     
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  • Methi Naan #BreadBakers

    April 10, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Methi Naan #Bread Bakers Theme: Flatbreads with Yeast or Starter    When Sonia who blogs at Sonilicious suggested we make flatbreads with yeast or starter, I got busy looking through my bookmarked recipes and searching the internet. You know when you have too much chose, it becomes all that more difficult to choose. Its not like our only “big” supermarket in Mombasa, where if you get shampoo it may be only a Dabur one and then a conditioner say from L’Oreal to go with it…that’s it. What a combination. If you really don’t mind walking the side alleys where vendors occupy the pavements and you have to share the narrow road with tuktuks, cars, lorries dropping of goods and handcarts to get to small cosmetic…

     
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  • Hoppers (Sri Lankan pancake)#BreadBakers

    February 13, 2018mayurisjikoni

    Today is Pancake DayTheme : Pancakes      Imagine a whole day dedicated to pancakes. Most people love pancakes. When I say pancakes there’s such a huge variety out there that its unbelievable. Right from fermented batter to quick batters. I could eat pancakes everyday, but have to control myself because of all the butter and honey or maple syrup. Pancakes without butter taste dry. However, what I’ve made for this theme, hoppers can be eaten without any guilt as they are gluten free and hardly have any sugar in it.    For Christians Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent. Lent is the 40 day period of fasting before Easter. Usually ingredients like sugar, fat, flour and eggs had to be used up before…

     
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  • 733. Gingerbread and Oatmeal Bread#Breadbakers

    December 12, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Gingerbread and Oatmeal Bread#BreadBakers Theme: Whole Grained Holiday Breads Whether people would like to admit it or not, December brings about an air of festivities for all. The celebrations begin with ThanksGiving and will end with New Year celebrations. Shops are decorated, Christmas sales are on, friends and relatives share decorated streets, trees, homes photos. One cannot help but get drawn to this seasonal celebration. I consider myself very lucky that I get to enjoy Diwali, Eid and Christmas. As a Hindu living in a predominantly Christian Country and a strong Muslim part of Kenya, I get drawn into celebrating all three festivals. When Kalyani of Sizzling Tastebuds suggested Whole Grained Holiday Breads, I tried looking for recipes where I could use whole grains. There…

     
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  • 726. Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread#BreadBakers

    November 14, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread#BreadBakers Theme: Pull Apart Breads Pull Apart Bread has been on my ‘to do’ list for a long time. I’ve done mini ones in a muffin pan, but wanted to bake one in a bundt pan. However, the bundt pan part didn’t really work out but the pull apart bread got baked. My daughter keeps on insisting that she’s not going to eat much carbs, so initially I tried baking half the recipe to give a small loaf. First all, its the first time I’m halving a basic bread recipe so forgot that I should add less salt. The small miserable looking loaf didn’t come out too well and it was salty. However, my daughter liked the idea of tiny…

     
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  • 715. Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread#BreadBakers

    October 10, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread#BreadBakers Breads with Preferments      When Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories announced breads with levain, I was excited. Here was a theme that was going to push me to make my own sourdough starter. We were allowed to use other starters like biga, poolish, soakers, tangzhong etc. I left those options if only I failed with the sourdough.      Last year my brother in law from Nairobi had given me a bit of the starter from his batch. I brought it back to Mombasa and fed it till it was nice and bubbly. I tried making a sourdough bread and the mass of dough was just too unmanageable for me. The bread failed in a big (major!) way. The sourdough went…

     
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