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Pizza

A favorite at our place.

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Ingredients

3 cups maida
1tbsp yeast
2tsp salt
1tsp sugar
1cup warm water.

Make a dough of all the ingredients and knead nicely, I do it in a food processor so it is very easy.
Place it in a oiled bowl and rest for a hour.
You can make around 6 smallish pizzas with this.
After the dough has risen, make 6 balls and flatten each and roll them. Keep pressing the edges simultaneously.
Place this on a pizza pan, spread pizza sauce,veggies of your choice and lots of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle some salt and herbs as well
Bake it in a 200c preheated oven for 15 mins.
For a cheese burst version, spread a layer of cheese spread on the base and then spread pizza sauce.

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Chocolate Cake Bombs

These are a yummy and is a big hit with kids.

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Choco cake bombs

Ingredients
3/4 cup maida
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp oil
1/4 cup sugar  ( powdered sugar)
1/4 cup yogurt
1/2 cup water
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1-2 drops of lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla

Method.
Mix curds and water nicely and add oil and vanilla.
Sieve all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add it to the wet ingredients.
Add lemon juice and mix lightly.
Heat a appe pan and grease it.
Pour a spoonful of batter, cover with a lid  and cook for a min.
Turn them around and cook the other side as well.
Ready to be eaten .
I drizzled it with chocolate syrup.
You can also insert choco chips or Choco ganache in the center for a gooey center,for that pour half spoon batter then place the chips or ganache and cover it with more batter.

Maharastra · Snacks

Pav Bhaji

 

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I love Pav bhaji and especially the one i make it :). After various trails i have perfected the recipe for the same. So here goes the recipe.

1.Chop 3 potatoes, 1 carrot and some cabbage .  Here you can use veggies of your choice.

2.Pressure cook these along with a handful of fresh peas for 3 whistles.

3. Heat oil and butter in a pan and add 1 small chopped capsicum and saute them for a minute, add puree of 1 onion, 3 small garlic cloves and some ginger and fry nicely.

4. Add r.chilli powder, pav bhaji masala, haldi , dhaniya powder and salt and cook for some seconds.

5. Add puree of 3-4 tomatoes and also the boiled and mashed veggies at this stage.

6. Mix nicely, add little water if required to get the right consistency and cook for close to 15 mins.

7. Just before taking it off the heat add a tbsp of butter and coriander leaves.

I always taste and adjust the masalas and seasoning according to my taste. So taste and make it more spicy or less accordingly. The main difference and the best taste was when i added the veggies along with tomato puree. Earlier i used to fry the puree nicely and then only add veggies.

Serve hot with buttered and toasted pav, chopped onion and lemon wedges.

 

Baking · Breads · Cheese · Kids

Stuffed Garlic Bread – Again Dominos Style

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I have attempted Garlic Bread earlier and it is one of the most viewed recipe on this blog.      I love the simplicity of that bread and it so easy to put together. If you have never attempted making bread, give it one go you will be amazed with the results. Nothing beats the Aroma of bread being baked in the oven and really trust me you will be really hooked to it. This time i made the stuffed garlic one , and it came out great. I tried to make it a bit healthy by using half atta and half maida. The addition of atta does change the taste and texture of the bread a bit but it is good and for me it was a feeling of goodness as my daughter Sakshi loved bread and it gives me satisfaction in knowing that it is  homemade and a bit healthy as well. So here goes the recipe.

Stuffed Garlic Bread:

Ingredients

 For Garlic Bread

All purpose flour 3/4 cup

Atta – 3/4 cup

yeast 1/2 tsp

warm water 1/2 cup+ 3tbsp

Salt to taste

Grated garlic 5 cloves

Olive oil 3 tbsp

Italian Seasoning 2tbsp

Chilli Flakes 1 tsp

B.pepper 1/2 tsp

For Stuffing

1 small capsicum chopped

Paneer chopped in  smallcubes

Handful of boiled corn kernels

Mozarella Cheese

B.Pepper

Chilli flakes

Salt a big pinch.

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Method

Prepare Garlic Bread

Heat water till warm and add yeast to it.

Let the yeast proof for 5 mins till you see a frothy mixture.

Add 3/4 cup atta to it and mix nicely with a laddle.

Rest this batter for 45 mins till it doubles.

Add the remaining flour,3 cloves garlic grated and salt and mix nicely.

At this stage i had to add couple of tbsp of water to get the dough together.

Knead it nicely and transfer to a floured counter space and knead the dough for the 8-10 mins till the dough is smooth and springy.

The dough will be a bit sticky so i had to spread some oil in my hands to get the dough together.

Let the dough double again which can take from 1 hr or more.

Preheat the oven at 200c

Transfer the dough  on floored counter space and roll it into a oval shape.

Mix all the ing. mentioned under stuffing except cheese and spread it on half of the dough. Cover it with grated cheese and fold the dough into a half. It will be like the half moon shape.

Brush lightly with oil and  and sprinkle the seasoning and spread the remaining grated garlic.

Transfer it to a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 mins.

Slice then into strips and have hot with soup or a cheesy dip.

Have it fresh out of the oven.

Baking · Breads · We Knead To Bake

Pull Apart Bread With A Garlicky Butter Filling

We Knead To Bake is a group in Facebook started by the Master baker Aparna, and oh boy i am so happy to be a part of it. I love baking breads and the aroma of a freshly baked bread is so good that you can’t stop yourself from baking more and more. Cant wait to see what new breads we make in the coming months 🙂

This months bread is a Pull Apart bread, which is an easy bread for beginner baker like me and the end result is wow, i bet you wont be able to stop yourself from baking more and more of the same. I baked this bread twice already and Sakshi loved the bread and she wants me to bake it again :). Now let’s get to the recipe, I have followed the recipe to The T, which Aparna had shared and have made some changes in the filling only.

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Pull Apart Bread With A Garlicky Butter Filling

Ingredients

For the Dough:

11/4 cup warm milk

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp active dry yeast

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp chilli flakes

For the Filling:

tbsp melted butter

1 tbsp garlic powder

red chilli flakes to taste

1 tbsp italian herbs

1/2 cup grated  cheese

Method.

Method:

In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar and the yeast in the 1/2 cup of warm milk. Keep aside for about 5 minutes till the yeast mixture bubbles up.

Put 2 3/4 cup of flour, salt, softened butter, garlic powder and chilli flakes.

Add the Yeast Mixture and the remaining milk and form a dough and knead it nicely.

Transfer the dough to a work platform and knead the dough nicely, if sticky add little more dough and knead for at least 8-10 mins.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a well-oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat it completely with oil.

Cover and let it rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until almost double in volume.

Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Deflate the dough.

Roll the dough out into a large square.

In a bowl Mix all the ingredients for the filling apart from cheese and mix nicely.

Spread the filling all over the dough nicely and then sprinkle the cheese all over.

Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough from top to bottom into 6 long and even strips  Lay each strip on top of the next, with the topping facing upwards, until you have a stack of the strips.

You can put the 2 strips cut from the sides in the middle of the stack so it looks neater.

Cut straight down through the stack dividing it into 6 equal pieces.

Grease and lightly flour a loaf tin.

Layer the square slices, cut sides down into the loaf tin

Cover the loaf tin dough with a towel and allow the dough to rise for an hour.

Lightly brush some milk over the top of the loaf .

Bake the dough at 180C  for about 30 to 40 minutes until it is done and the top is golden brown.

Serve warm with a soup for a complete Dinner.

Pinks Notes : 

I would love to try new fillings and diff. herbs.

You can also shape them into rolls as well or prepare them as a monkey.

If you love baking do not forget to check out what other bakers have baked.

 

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