Sunday 29 March 2020

Focaccia Bread @Home

Focaccia Bread

Coronavirus is costing us our lives, mental health and our travel time but this is an opportunity to make the most out of these 21 days. While social distancing and lockdown had me bored out of my mind, my hobbies and friends came out as my saviours. Since my childhood, I had thought of joining baking classes, given the situation a class seemed less probable, that's when my friend Preeti Tandon Sridhar helped me out. She mentored me and helped me in baking different kinds of bread. She prefers healthy Baking so mostly she uses wheat flour for cakes and cookies. You can check her blog Cakes &Curries for amazing recipes. After 15 days of practice and failed attempts of baking I managed to make a bread that now confident to share with you.

Quarantined within 4 walls and not satisfying our usual living style of enjoying pizza, garlic bread and Focaccia bread tends to make us frustrated. So use this recipe, sit with a Focaccia bread and find solace amidst the mess this world is in.

Preparation Time : 5 to 6 hours

Cooking Time : 20 -25 min

Ingredients :

  • Maida (all purpose flour ) 1 1/2 cup
  • Milk 3/4 cup
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Salt 1tsp
  • Oil 2 Tbsp (I used olive oil)
  • Active dry yeast 1 tsp
  • Butter 1 tbs
  • Pizza seasoning 2 tsp
  • Chilly Flakes 1tsp
  • Onion sliced 12 -15 slices
  • Red bell pepper sliced 10 -12 slices
  • Olives 2 -3 sliced
  • JalapeƱos chopped 1 tsp

Video :

Procedure :
  • Take 1/2 of the milk lukewarm it, mix sugar and dry active yeast. keep it in a warm place for 20 mins. you will find yeast frothing 
  • Now in a bowl add fortune yeast along with salt, 1 tbs of oil, 1tsp pizza seasoning, chilly flakes, 1 cup of maida and remaining milk. Mix all ingredients and keep aside for 30 mins.

  • After 30 mins on a clean surface dust the remaining flour, 1 tbs of oil and the flour mixture we made. Now knead all together for 15 to 20 minutes or till you get a smooth and elastic dough. 

  • Once the dough is ready take a baking dish. I used the round one. Oil the dish nicely and place the dough on it spread the dough and apply oil on the dough. Cover the dish with wet clothe or clean film and keep it aside for 2 hours 

  • Now you will find the dough has doubled in size. Use your fingers and press it firmly. Place sliced onions, bell peppers, olives, jalepenos and pizza seasoning. Again cover it with clean film and leave it for 30 mins. 

  • Now pre-heat the oven for 5 mins and bake your focaccia for 25-30 mins at 120 degree temperature. Once you see nice brown colour of bread, power off oven and leave it in oven for 5 mins. Take it out and brush with butter and serve it.

Saturday 7 March 2020

Cranberry Chocolate Bar

Cranberry Chocolate Bar   

Women never had life easy. We went from being denied the basic right to vote to winning noble prizes. This recipe is dedicated to all women: It is an acknowledgment of their sacrifices and a reminder that they are not alone, no matter what. This women's day feel the pride in overcoming all the discriminatory obstacles you faced, reward yourself for not giving up despite the "rules" of your society. Pamper yourself with this recipe, let the white chocolate bring you the comfort of a break and familiarity of love. Cranberry is known for its health benefits and is hence considered a super food. Today leave the restraints of an independent working woman or a dedicated homemaker behind and be a woman, an individual who is not someone's daughter, mother or sister but someone. This women's day, ladies keep your heels, head and standards high.

Preparation Time : 10 - 15 min

Cooking Time : 1 - 2 min

Ingredients : 

  • White chocolate compound 250 gm
  • Cranberry dried 100 gm
  • Pistachio nuts sliced 1 tbs
  • Rose petals 10 -15
  • Rose essence 2 -3 drops
  • Butter paper 1 sheet

Procedure :  

  • Chop white chocolate compound and keep aside 

  • In a bowl take dried cranberry, rose petals and sliced pistachio nuts 

  • Now melt the chocolate . for this you can use microwave or double boiler whatever is easy for you . make sure chocolate is not overcooked.
  • I used microwave so keep chopped chocolate in microwave for 1 minute on 600 temp. Now take out the bowl and mix the chocolate if it is as smooth as shown in picture then its fine. Otherwise keep it in microwave for 30 secs. Once you get a smooth texture add a 2 to 3 drops of rose essence and mix it again.  

  • Now take a butter paper sheet spread it 

  • Pour the chocolate mixture on sheet. 

  • sprinkle pistachio nuts, cranberry and rose petals 

  • Keep this in refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes. Once it is set Cut it into desired shape 

  • Enjoy and pamper yourself 

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