Monday, January 31, 2011

CORN FLOUR ROLLS

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My first attempt baking bread using corn flour. Though we can use corn flour for bread making but it lacks gluten, the most important ingredient to make the yeast bread to rise.  You could use corn flour  in a yeast bread but should not exceed 20-25%, not half.

Another words, the process are the same as per normal flour.  Since I'm using rapid rise yeast I have cut down the rising time to only 30 minutes.  It can be done plain without any stuffing, shape according to your liking. Overall the bread is very good and  much softer,  mine was stuffed with red bean paste

CORN FLOUR ROLLS
Yield   14 rolls

2 1/4 C all purpose flour
3/4 C corn flour
3 T sugar
3 T soft butter
1/2  tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast
200 ml warm milk
extra butter for glaze
sesame seeds to sprinkle

METHOD

*   Place 1 cup all purpose flour, 3/4 cup corn flour, sugar, butter, salt, yeast and milk in a mixing bowl, blend until well incorporated  using wooden spoon or stand mixer.

*  Add the remaining flour and forms into a soft dough.

*  Transfer dough onto floured board, knead for 5 minutes.

*  Divide dough into 14 balls and stuff with filling (if using). Let sit for 30 minutes. Brush top with melted butter. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @ 180 C.

*  Bake roll for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush again with butter.

*  Cool on rack.

Linking to Bread Baking Day 36
                Yeastspotting-2-4-11

Saturday, January 29, 2011

PINEAPPLE CAKE

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I really excited to bake this pineapple cake for the very first time. It is egg free and so simple to put up together.

My son bought a can of pineapple slices instead of crushed ones. So I chopped them into tiny pieces before adding to the batter or much easier way use your chopper but not too fine. My can is 565g so use only 400g of pineapple plus its juice.

I'm using 3/4 cup of sugar if you want it sweeter add another 1/4 cup since the juice is also sweetened. You can also brush the top with pineapple juice after it has been baked and apply any frosting of your choice.

PINEAPPLE CAKE
Yield   One 7 in round cake

2 C all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 - 1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
400g crushed pineapple
1/4 C milk
1/4 C melted butter

METHOD

*  Preheat oven @ 180 C and grease 7 in round pan.

*  Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl.

*  Add in sugar, milk, butter and pineapple to the flour. Mix until well incorporated, pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

*  Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer onto rack to cool.

*  Serve with cream or frosting of your choice.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

KASHMIRI NAAN

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We went for our family dinner few weeks ago and had a North Indian meal consisting naan with  chicken and fish dishes. Since then my son had requested me to prepare the Kashmiri Naan. This naan is similar to regular ones except dry fruit mix is added to the dough. Though we have tasted other with butter and garlic but this is our top most favorite.

I didn't bake but cook them using flat pan on stove top.  It turns out wonderful and tasted almost the same as the restaurant ones.

KASHMIRI NAAN
Yield    4 Naan

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 c plus 1 T warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp active dry yeast
2 T melted butter
1/4 C yogurt
1 tsp sugar
4 heaped T dry fruit /nut
extra butter to apply on top

METHOD

*  In a small bowl, combine water, sugar and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes until frothy.

*  Place flour, melted butter, yeast mixture, yogurt and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well to form a soft dough.

*  Transfer dough onto floured board and knead for 10 minutes until elastic.

*  Place dough in an oiled and covered bowl for 2 hours.

*  Gently punch  the dough to release air. Transfer onto floured board. Divide dough into 4 ball.

*  Roll out dough then place 1 heaped tablespoon filling, shape dough into a ball then roll out into tear shaped bread.

*  Fry each naan without oil using heated flat pan until bubbles appear,  flip and cook the other side until brown spots appear. Remove from heat and apply butter if you like.

*  Repeat with the rest of the dough. Serve hot.

Linking to Yeastspotting 1-28-11 

Monday, January 24, 2011

BEANS & CARROT FRY

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Eating vegetables is one of the sources of vitamin and mineral. It is important that vegetables are included in our diet. We have to choose a fresh and colorful veggie so that they are tasty as well as attractive especially for fussy kid.

Stir fry is much easier to prepare and hardly utilized much time. Just cut up any vegetable you want to use almost same size to ensure uniform cooking. It uses least spice but very delicious.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

FRUIT CAKE

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This is my version of healthy  and not so rich fruit cake but excellent taste. Now I'm using hot tea but you can also opt for hot milk that also works well with this recipe.

For mixed dry fruit, it can easily be replaced with dried cranberries, apricot or prunes, make sure you cut them into small pieces. No worries if you have no time to soak the fruit, you still can go ahead to cook them.

If you are having unexpected guest, this is great a treat for them which is so easy and takes less time to prepare. Hope you will enjoy this as much as we do.

FRUIT CAKE

1 C rolled oat
1 C all purpose flour
1 C dry fruit mix
1 C hot tea/milk
3/4 C sugar
2 T melted butter
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

METHOD

*  Soak fruit mix in hot tea for 15 minutes. Grease your 7 in pan.

*  Preheat oven @ 170 C. Sift flour and baking powder.

*  In a mixing bowl, place flour, salt, oat and sugar.

*  Now the dry fruit mixture to the flour and mix until just combined.

*  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

* Cool on pan 10 minutes, transfer into rack to cool.

*  Slice to serve.

Linking to Get Fit With Taste