• 612.Cilantro Scallion Rolls

    February 2, 2017mayurisjikoni

    Its good to be back For the past few months I’d been so busy that baking challenges from the We Knead to Bake group took a back seat.I was busy preparing for my daughter’s wedding. The wedding went well and now I’m back to my routine. I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do… Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec. Oh dear!  I managed to bake the challenge set for the month of January by a co- member of the group Amruta Kapileshwar Gaikwad. She asked us to bake Cilantro Scallion Rolls. Initially I did frown at the combination of tahini, honey, scallion and cilantro. While cilantro and scallion were not too much of a problem, I was wondering how a combination of…

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  • 577. Vegetable Masala Buns

    July 27, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Sometimes you need some spice             Its time to post our bake for the ‘We Knead to Bake’ group. For the month of July our host for the #41st bake was Ankita Dave of Anki’s Cakery. She requested us to bake Vegetable Masala Buns. Whatever international cuisine is made in an Indian kitchen has to spiced up. Bread also is spiced up to give it that typical ‘chatpata’ taste. Ankita suggested we could use pizza sauce. However, I thought of using a typical Indian option. What better ‘sauce’ to use then a chutney.Besides being a masala or spicy bread, what was unique about these buns is the way they were shaped. Loved the shape.          We Knead to…

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  • 570.Iranian Barbari Bread/Naan-e-barbari

    June 25, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Flatbreads are fun to bake Our We Knead to Bake group has taken a new turn. Aparna, the starter of the group, suggested that members take turns to decide on the type of bread the rest can bake. I hosted the #40th bake. Barbari had been on my long list of bakes for a long time. Since we hadn’t baked a flatbread for eons,I decided to challenge the group with Iranian Barbari Bread.      Barbari or barberi means our fathers ‘of or related to the Barbars’ in Persian language. The Barbars live in the Khorasan region, near the eastern border of Iran. The word Barbar means uncivilized, foreign, barbarian) . The Barbars hated being referred to by such a name and Reza Shah granted…

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  • 563.Pizza Swirl Bread

    May 26, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Hot on the heels My last post was a veggie pizza and this post is a pizza swirl bread. Now don’t get me wrong, yes I do love pizzas but can’t have it everyday. Pizza Swirl Bread was the May challenge for the We Knead to Bake set by fellow member Niv Mani of Panfusine. Niv wanted us to use the recipe for the dough and the filling and sauce was our choice. This time I managed to bake it a few weeks ahead but I was not happy with the result. It baked well but because of the twists, the bread was not slicing well. However, hubby really enjoyed the bread with an olive dip. Usually my bakes turn out good so it really…

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  • 555. Coconut Buns/ Chinese Cocktail Buns/ Gai Mei Bao

    April 27, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Cocktail or Cock tail??? We Knead to Bake’s #38 bake for the month of April are Coconut Buns or Chinese Cocktail Buns or Gai Mei Bao. These buns were supposedly created in the 1950s in Hong Kong. The owners of a local bakery were left with unsold buns and instead of throwing them away they decided to ground the buns, added sugar and used it as a filling for new buns. These days left over bread has been replaced by a sweet buttery coconut filling. There are two meaning to the cocktail buns. One is that the exotic mixture of filling deserved the name cocktail much like the cocktails created in bars and pubs. The second is that Gai Mei Bao literally means cock’s(chicken) tail…

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  • 551.Leopard Patch/Leopard Spots bread

    April 8, 2016mayurisjikoni

    There’s a leopard in my kitchen! When Aparna suggested a leopard patch or leopard spots bread for our March challenge in We Knead to Bake group, I felt right at home. Leopards are not new to me, as I have seen them in the National Parks and at the Animals Orphanage in Nairobi. Years ago it was pretty easy to spot these animals in the parks but these days its pretty difficult because of poaching. Leopards are different from cheetahs. Leopards are nocturnal cats while cheetahs are diurnal. Leopards have shorter legs and more stockier whereas cheetahs have long legs and are slender to enable them to run fast. Now coming to the spots, cheetahs have black spots all over. Leopards have spots that are…

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  • 540. Broa De Milho (Portuguese corn bread)

    February 18, 2016mayurisjikoni

    A Portuguese bread I have not been posting new recipes on a regular basis like before as I am updating my old ones. Whenever I write a post, I do read it again to check for grammatical or spelling mistakes. However, sometimes the eagle eye misses them. I am also updating the photos as my old ones were not good or too hazy. I still am not a professional photographer, but with my iphone, I try my best. Today’s post is a Portuguese corn bread which was our February challenge for the We Knead to Bake (started by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen) members. Milho means cornmeal. This cornmeal is quite different from the one made in US. Its not sweet,it uses yeast, its a bit…

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  • 536. Tiger bread rolls/ Dutch crunch rolls

    January 18, 2016mayurisjikoni

    Tiger, tiger burning bright Remember reciting this poem by William Blake when you were in school? I just couldn’t help trying to remember the lines while I was baking this bread. I had to google the poem and check out the correct lines. Still can’t remember the lines. It probably means my brains too are getting old 🙂 So lets come to the actual bread. I saw this mottled topped bread at Nakumatt  and was really fascinated by the effect. Bought the rolls and they tasted like just any other ordinary rolls. Then one fine day I stumbled upon the recipe and actual name of the bread… tiger bread or Dutch Crunch Bread. I wonder why its called tiger bread since there are no stripes…

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  • 534.Spiced Pumpkin Bread Rolls

    December 2, 2015mayurisjikoni

    Thanksgiving I know Thanksgiving Day is over and my post is really late. I had a problem with my computer, still have a few issues but at least its working. Aparna the host for We Knead to Bake challenged us to bake these very cute and yummy pumpkin rolls. Before I share the recipe for these spicy rolls, I want to share with you what is Thanksgiving Day. I too didn’t know why the Americans and Canadians celebrate this day. For US Thanksgiving usually falls on the fourth Thursday of November. This year it was on the 26th of November. Whenever you look at pictures or cards, they usually show autumn leaves, pumpkins, turkeys, corn, cranberries etc.Thanksgiving Day usually means a family lunch or dinner…

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  • 529. Barmbrack or speckled bread (báirín breac)

    October 26, 2015mayurisjikoni

    a bread for Halloween  The We Knead to Bake group started by Aparna was challenged to bake a Barmbrack for October. Just the right sort of loaf as Halloween is just round the corner. What is a barmbrack? It’s an Irish bread usually baked to serve on the night of Halloween.The Celtic festival Samhain, meaning end of summer and All Hallows’Evening was merged as one. Its believed that souls of the dead walk the earth on that evening. Barmbrack is an Irish sweet bread. Barm comes from the word beorma meaning a yeasty fermented liquor and brack comes from the Irish word brac meaning speckled. Speckled because the sweet loaf is dotted with dried fruits like raisins, sulatanas, cranberries, apricots, mixed peel etc.In Gaelic its…

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