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Mediterranean Olive Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp semolina or cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp dry thyme
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced olives, well drained. This could be mix of black olives, pitted sliced Kalamata olives, stuffed green olives, etc.
  • 6-8 slices pickled jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Drain the olives, slice and put aside
  2. Chop jalapeno into small pieces and add to the olives
  3. If kneading by hand, in a mixing bowl add dry ingredients – bread flour, dry thyme and yeast
  4. Then add wet ingredients – combine water, salt, lemon zest, chopped olives and jalapeno and knead for 5-6 minutes to form a smooth ball
  5. If kneading using bread maker dough cycle, in the bread maker bowl add wet ingredients – water, salt, lemon zest, chopped olives and jalapeno
  6. Then add dry ingredients – bread flour, dry thyme and yeast and knead for 10-15 minutes
  7. Select a large bowl for proofing the dough – dough volume will increase at least twofold
  8. Evenly grease bowl with 1/2 tbsp olive oil, transfer the dough into bowl and coat the dough with another 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  9. Cover bowl and keep in warm area for 4-5 hours. If using yogurt maker to keep the dough warm, place something between bottom of bowl and heated yogurt maker surface to avoid overheating base of bowl
  10. Once dough has doubled in size, on flat countertop, sprinkle 1 tbsp semolina / cornmeal, and gently roll the dough in it
  11. Place dough back in bowl, cover with moist cloth and let it rest for another 30 minutes
  12. Select a baking bowl with lid, put the bowl and lid in the oven and preheat oven to 450 F
  13. Once oven is ready, carefully take out the heated bowl
  14. Place the dough on parchment paper and place the parchment paper with dough in the heated bowl
  15. Evenly sprinkle the balance 1 tbsp semolina on the dough and make 2 long cuts on the top of the dough
  16. Cover the bowl with its lid and put it to bake in the oven
  17. Bake covered for 30 minutes
  18. Remove the lid and bake for another 25-30 minutes till the crust is lightly brown
  19. Test with a skewer that bread is fully baked
  20. Remove from oven and let loaf cool on cooking rack for an hour or so before cutting and enjoying it with your favorite soup or stew

Serves: 4-6

 

Inspiration sources:

https://foolproofliving.com/olive-bread-recipe/

https://foodnessgracious.com/mediterranean-olive-bread/

https://www.oliviascuisine.com/mediterranean-black-olive-bread/

Soda Bread with Dried Fruits

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • extra flour for dusting
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, cold, diced
  • 250 ml thick butter milk, cold (churned full-fat yogurt with some added water)
  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits such as golden raisins, chopped dried apricots, chopped dried orange

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a small bowl, combine cold buttermilk, orange zest and give it quick whisk and put aside
  3. In a bowl, toss the raisins with 1 tbsp flour to coat and put aside
  4. In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt
  5. Add in diced butter and mix well for about 2-3 minutes
  6. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and mix until just combined
  7. Add pecans and raisins and mix well for 10 seconds
  8. Plop the very wet batter onto a floured surface. Give it a light kneading and shape it into a ball
  9. Place the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet
  10. Score an ‘X’ on the surface by cutting it at the middle in both the directions… make full cut through the depth of the dough
  11. Do not overwork your dough and put it straight in the oven (lower rack) after making a cross cut. No need to rest the dough
  12. Bake for about 40-45 min in the lower rack until a skewer comes out clean
  13. Tap the base of your loaf for that hollow sound to ensure it has cooked through

Serves: 8-10

 

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Methi Garlic Jowar Dhebra (Spicy flat bread)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Jowar (Sorghum) flour
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (or as per taste)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp asafetida
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp green chili paste
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh chopped green garlic or 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp peanut oil or any other oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped methi (fenugreek) leaves or 2 tbsp dry methi leaves (kasoori methi)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup yogurt for kneading the dough (or as required… dough should be soft)
  • Some wheat flour for rolling
  • 5-6 tsp oil for roasting

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, take the flours, salt, sugar, asafetida, turmeric powder, sesame seeds and mix well
  2. Add chili paste, ginger paste, fresh garlic / garlic paste, coriander leaves, 1 1/2 tbsp oil and mix well
  3. Knead the dough by gradually adding 1 tbsp yogurt at a time… knead it very well to form medium soft dough
  4. Make medium size balls from the dough (about 6-7)
  5. Take a dough ball on a flat surface, sprinkle some flour on it and roll to around 5-6 inches in diameter. Sprinkle more flour if the dough feels too stick while rolling
  6. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium heat and gently place the rolled dough on it
  7. Flip when one side is partly cooked
  8. Again flip when the second side is partly cooked
  9. Add oil on the skillet as well spread oil on the dhebru
  10. Cook both side till it’s light brown and fully cooked… feel free to press the dhebru with spatula while cooking
  11. Put it aside and make the rest of the dhebra by following the same steps
  12. Serve hot with yogurt or masala chai

Serves: 4

 

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Flatbread made with Yogurt

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour or unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. any herbs you like – basil, oregano, thyme, etc. (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil (we used peanut oil), plus extra for oiling the griddle

Method:

  1. In a large bowl combine the flour with the herbs (optional), baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the yogurt and 2 Tablespoons oil and mix until all of the flour is mixed in.
  3. Dust a cutting board with a little flour and dump the mixture out. Knead the dough until it is smooth and not sticky, adding a little flour if necessary.
  4. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll into balls.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Heat a griddle over medium heat and brush with the oil. When the pan is hot (but the oil is not smoking) place the dough and cook, turning after 3 -4 minutes or when the bottom is golden brown. Cook for another 3 – 4 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Serve warm with a little butter or brushed with a little olive oil. (We had this bread with Pav Bhaji!

Serves: 3

Inspiration source:

https://www.acommunaltable.com/yogurt-flatbreads/