Showing posts with label sweet bakery item. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sweet bakery item. Show all posts

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cardamom & Cinnamon Swirl bread...

The ambience was perfect for baking. I had the whole house to myself & I had all the ingredients in my kitchen cabinet. My buddy, the radio was belting out good songs. I am on a baking spree these days and I can’t complaint. This bread is special because, it includes my two favorite C’s- Cardamom and Cinnamon. Oh boy, the smell that wafts all around the house, just spikes up your spirit! This one is a winner :)

Phew, preparation time is long. And you have to be patient while the yeast does the trick. If you are an impatient soul like me, it becomes tough. Trust me, all the patience is rewarded with a sensational and aromatic bread :)

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 11/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cardamom
  • Egg And Milk, Mixed Together, For Brushing
  • Softened Butter, For Smearing And Greasing

  1. Step 1 will be to awaken your sleeping yeast. Mix yeast and 1/4 tsp of sugar in a bowl with 2-3 tbsp of warm water. Set it aside for five minutes for the yeast to froth.
  2. Melt butter with milk. Heat until very warm, but don’t boil. Allow to cool until still warm to the touch, but not hot.
  3. Since I used salted butter, I haven’t used any salt separately for the dough.
  4. In a bowl beat sugar and eggs until combined. Pour in milk/butter/yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add the flour, bit by bit and knead until combined.
  5. If dough is very sticky, add 1/4 cup flour and knead for 5 minutes.
  6. Once the dough is done, place it in a bowl and set it in a warm, hospitable place for an hour.
  7. The dough should double in volume after an hour.
  8. Once the dough is doubled, punch out the air and gently knead it on a work surface.
  9. with the help of a rolling pin, roll the dough in a rectangle (ensure it is not too wide to put in the baking pan).
  10. Spread some butter on the dough.
  11. Mix sugar, cardamom and cinnamon together, then sprinkle evenly over the butter-smeared dough. Starting at the far end, roll dough toward you, keeping it tight and contained. Pinch seam to seal.
  12. Spread the baking pan with softened butter. Place dough, seam down, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 45 minutes.
  13. Preheat oven to 180 degree celsius.
  14. Mix a little egg with milk, and brush over the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes on a middle/lower rack in the oven.
  15. Remove from the pan and allow bread to cool. Slice and serve with a cuppa steaming coffee- bliss!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chocolate chip cookies

It’s fika time, folks! Introduced by my former Swedish colleagues, I caught on to this lovely tradition pretty fast. Fika is both a Swedish verb and noun (pronounced “fee-ka”) that roughly means “to drink coffee/tea” usually accompanied by something sweet (source- wikipedia). It’s customary to invite friends and colleagues for coffee along with deliciously baked goods. Now, I can’t drink a cup of coffee without anything sweet. so, I baked these lovely cookies to accompany my coffee and satisfy my sweet craving. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is pretty simple and can be baked in batches and stored for about week. I found this recipe from a book titled “baking with passion” by Dan Lepard and Richard Whittington. Here I am, enjoying some freshly baked cookies with a hot cup of coffee – Loving it!
A simple chocolate chip cookie recipe to enjoy together with your cup of coffee. Welcome to Fika time.
A simple chocolate chip cookie recipe to enjoy your cup of coffee!
  • 200 grams all purpose flour
  • 85 grams caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 80 grams unsalted soft butter
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 grams dark chocolate- cut in small chunks or chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree celsius.
  2. In a bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another mixing bowl cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg to this mixture.
  5. Fold in the flour followed by chocolate pieces using a spatula- the dough will be stiff.
  6. With the help of your hands roll walnut-sized pieces of dough and place them on buttered baking trays.
  7. Leave space in between the cookies to allow room for spreading.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are firm but the center is soft.
  9. Remove and allow it to cool.
  10. Enjoy with a steaming hot cup of coffee!
Yields about 15 cookies!


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