January 31, 2009

BBD: Cheddar Cheese Bread

Bread making is such a satisfying process and it dates back to Roman times. Historians say that the kind of bread eaten by Romans is determined by their social class. There were basically three varieties: 'plebeian' black bread, made from barely sifted flour; 'second', made from slightly refined flour; and 'white bread', eaten only by the rich. Hmmm, that was one interesting trivia.

Personally for me, its an awesome experience to have a fresh baked bread for breakfast/lunch or dinner and the best part is - it could be eaten with anything and everything. Even, just a simple dip - Olive oil & minced garlic will do...:)

..coming to today's recipe is for Zorra's 'Bread Baking Daily', this month hosted by Temperence with a classic theme 'Bread + Cheese'...:) Yummy!!

Cheddar Cheese Bread

You need:

2 cups All purpose flour
2 eggs
2 tsp Instant Yeast
2 tbsp Olive oil (or 1 stick of Butter)
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1/2 tbsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Cheddar Cheese

How to make:

Step 1: Heat oil and buttermilk until luke warm. (apprx 105-110 deg F)

Step 2: In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients first - flour, yeast, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 cup cheese and salt. Slowly mix in whisked eggs and then (oil + buttermilk) mixture.

Step 3: Knead for 8-10 mins to form a smooth dough. Shape into a desired shape and place it in a greased bowl, cover with a plastic wrap and leave for rising, approx 45 mins.

Step 4: Preheat oven for 375 F. Shift the dough into a loaf pan and bake for 20 mins.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese and bake until cheese melts.

Step 5: Cool it on a wire rack and Serve!!!


Have a great weekend ahead.

- Siri

January 20, 2009

AFAM: Apricot Roundup

A 'precious' fruit (Apricot) was the theme of AFAM: December edition and I am pleased to present some innovative and yummy recipes for the roundup in the form of 2-line 'limericks'.

Disclaimer: Any reference to persons living or dead is purely unintentional and the main motive is just 'Fun' & 'Humour'

...and here they are.....................................................

Hey DK, I say - Don't wait! start selling your Pluot Jam,
Be rest assured, you'll beat Raju's earnings from Satyam scam... ;)

Next entry is from Happy Cook of My Kitchen Treasures,
Her Apricot Marzipan bundle is truly a bundle of pleasures.

Cham's made Apricot yogurt at her Spice club,
Taste it and you'll find yourself finishing tub after tub..

Check out budding blogger Sindhura's Khubani ka Meetha at Bay Leaf,
This recipe is as inspiring and colorful as a coral reef.

Soma Rathore brings to us her yummy Apricot chutney,
If Apricot & Jalapeno are a couple, its anybody's guess whoz the pati and patni.. *wink*

Rekha whips up a colorful Apricot Roll,
Make it and I am sure it will fill your belly and soul..:)

Yasmeen's Apricot trifle at Health nut,
It looks so beautiful & royal, befitting none less than King Tut.

Check out Ramki's 10 simple no-cook apricot recipes at One page cookbooks,
Don't miss his blog, for there are thousands of other easy tricks.

Priya sent us two entries - Christmas Fruits & Nuts Savarin Cake and Apricot Pannacotta,
These could easily find their way into the daily menu of Ambanis and Tata. ;)

Next is Jude's yummy Fruit and Spice Cake,
This is so simple & delicious, that you could definitely daily make. :)

Last but not the least is Lubna's scrumptious Qubani ka Meetha at her -Yummy Food.
Oh! what a dessert to serve on a snowy evening to set up your mood.

Coming up: RCI: Awadhi cuisine Roundup.

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