Bread Feast for Dinner

Focaccia is one of my favorite Italian Breads! You can bake it in no time. Tons of herbs and toppings, gives you tons of flavour. A wonderfully easy recipe, i usually end up making Focaccia and Soup when my husband’s not home for dinner (which is almost everyday, not that i’m complaining) or when I’m too lazy to cook! 

A big bowl of Tomato Basil soup and a Focaccia all to myself… gives me a great sense of comfort. 

 

Here’s the recipe. You will need:

  • 250 gms Refined
    Flour 
  • 5 gms Salt 
  • 5 gms Sugar 
  • 1 gm Improver   
  • 7 gms Fresh Yeast   
  • 15 ml Olive
    Oil/Garlic Oil 
  • 150 ml Water   
  • Kosher
    Salt as per taste
  • Freshly cracked Black Pepper 
  • Herbs 
  • Toppings (any topping will do – sun dried tomatoes/dried veggie mix/onions/olives/jalapenos/dried garlic/caramelized onions etc. This completely depends on your taste and how experimental you want to be with your bread). I go wild when i cook 😉
  1. Sieve the refined flour, salt and improver together.
  2. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in water and make a dough. Rest the dough for 10 mins.
  3. Add oil (you can even use garlic oil, gives it a great flavour) to the dough and knead with the help of knock back process. Cover and keep aside for proving.
  4. Lift the dough ball and place on a greased and dusted pan. 
  5. Now, dock the dough with oily hands and press them towards the corners, just how we make a fresh pizza. 
  6. Add herbs like rosemary, fresh oregano, chopped basil, thyme, chilly flakes or any herb of your choice.
  7. Add toppings – I used the dry vegetable mix that got from Turkey. You can read my blog and you’ll know which one i’m talking about. 
  8. Add Kosher salt and crack some pepper on top. Bake in a pre heated oven at 175°C for 20 to 30 minutes.
  9. Finish it with a drizzle of extra virgin Olive Oil, cut into wedges and serve warm. 

 

Focaccia makes a great bread for sandwiches. You can even serve it as a starter with some Hung Curd and Cheese dip at your party. Load it with cheese and broil till the cheese melts and… your cheesy pizza is ready, one to die for. I’m telling ya.. be careful! 

 

Hope you will try out the recipe and leave your comments. After all, blogging is all about learning from new people, new experiences, everyday. 

Mallow Fudge – A Gift for all Seasons!

It is 2016 and January has already gone! So much has
happened in this one month that just flew by. Never mind, I am a positive
person and I believe in looking forward to what’s coming… Like, my wedding anniversary!

But even before that, is the beginning of the Chinese New Year! Did you know
that Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival? For any New Year,
the 3 F’s are a must – Fun, Frolic and the most important one, FOOD! All of us
just need a reason to celebrate happiness and give gifts to each other. So, I
thought, why not make li’l jars of absolute heaven for gifting – Marshmallow
Chocolate Fudge! You can gift it to people when they visit you or the other way
round… You can also serve it as a dessert over ice creams!

The recipe below is all yours. Do try and let me know if your friends and family like it.

To make 8 small jars, you will need:

  • 500 gms Dark Chocolate (use 70% Cocoa Content as that gives a better flavour)
  • ¾ of a Tin of Condensed Milk
  • 1 Cup Nuts (Mix bowl of dry roasted nuts
    like Peanuts, Hazel Nuts, Almonds; anything that is available at hand)
  • 175 gms Mini Marshmallows (you can even use the bigger ones but I prefer the mini size)
  1. Line a rectangular/square baking dish with parchment paper and keep aside.
  2. Take a saucepan, pour in your condensed milk and add in your chocolate (broken into small pieces).  
  3. Put your saucepan on low heat and allow the chocolate to melt. Keep stirring
    occasionally because sugar burns very quickly and you do not want to ruin these
    blissful bites in making.
  4. Once the chocolate has melted, stir well so the condensed milk is well combined with the chocolate. You will now notice the fudgy consistency.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat and cool for a minute. Keep stirring the fudge. Add in your roasted nuts and marshmallows. Mix well.
  6. Pour the fudge into the lined dish and spread it evenly. Refrigerate the dish for
    about an hour and a half.
  7. Take the dish out and turn it over a chopping board and remove the parchment paper from all sides. Divide the fudge into equal portions and cut into small pieces
    (as you like it). I personally like small pieces as I enjoy that tiny bite
    leaving me craving for more.
  8. Pack into decorative jars or gift boxes. Depending on the temperature outside, store
    in a cooler place till you gift these.

 

 

Isn’t the recipe easy? And believe me, it is even easier to make it. So, here’s wishing all my friends, fellow bloggers and readers, a very Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome the new morning with a new spirit, a smile on your face, love in your heart and good thoughts in your mind.