This gluten-free chocolate cake made with water caltrop flour has a light texture, airy crumb. The flavor of water caltrop flour melds beautifully with chocolate to give a unique taste.




Baking a glutenfree cake was on my mind for a long time. A flour that I always wanted to use in my baking is the freshwater caltrop flour. The flour has a light texture and a subtle sweetness. My mother makes delicious halwa with it. It has a great flavour that is unique. Popularly known as Singhara atta, the flour is rich in potassium and low in sodium. It is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorous and zinc. It is a source of good carbohydrates and minerals. It is rich in dietary fibre and a good source of energy.


Singhara atta, also known as water chestnut, water caltrop and paniphal is very popular during fasts and a lot of delicacies are prepared with it. It is gluten-free flour.

Last week, I baked a chocolate cake with water caltrop flour. The cake rose well. My apprehensions were allayed when family tasted it and let out joyous notes. It had a great taste and texture. Kids loved the taste and that was a huge signal that the experiment was a success. A new recipe was born and compiled.



The crumb was a little dry. We enjoyed the chocolaty slices loaded with ganache. We had half of it next day with warm custard.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups water chestnut flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup unrefined cane sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100ml buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line one 8 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together first five ingredients. Pass the mixture through a strainer to remove lumps.
  3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well.
  4. Add vanilla extract.
  5. Now add dry ingredients. Add in three shifts. Every time you add flour mixture, add buttermilk and mix well. The batter will be light, smooth and thick.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top turns golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Turn off the heat and let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  8. Invert onto the rack to cool.
  9. Slice when cold.
  10. Drizzle some ganache on top or serve with warm custard or icecream.




This is a coffee lover's delight. Very moist buttery crumb with a strong flavour of coffee makes it an addictive cake. 



The youngest member of the family is a ten year old coffee aficionado.  A late riser on holidays, his day begins by beating himself some coffee and enjoying a strong frothy cuppa all by himself. When the occasional coffee cravings strike other members, he loves to make the magic in a cup. The love for coffee expresses in many ways in his little world. A bowl of strong coffee is often discovered in the freezer that is relished as icecream after the meals. A teaspoon of coffee in the chocolate cake makes it a coffee chocolate cake on his birthday. He picks up coffee cookies on the occasional indulgence allowed. He loves coffee desserts and literally coffee in everything.
He wanted a coffee cake and this recipe from The Pioneer Woman sounded gorgeous.
The weather is cold and clammy after two days of rainfall and thunderstorm. There are countless puddles on the ground. Some will dry up soon while some will remain for a few days and will work as water holes where birds will drink and bathe. Occasionally, some monkeys or langurs passing by will also jump and splash the water around. Last time there was a fox in one of the puddles intrigued at its reflection.


Evening tea is such a delight on cold days. The calm of the tea session was broken by the raucous calls of crows far in the forest. 


A Brahminy Starling looked chafed as a strong breeze shook the  tree and she tried to maintain her perch on the swinging branch.
As the cake reached the final stages of baking, our home smelt heavenly. The buttery aroma of coffee cake filled up the nooks and crannies of the home. It was divine.


We baked two cakes from the same batter. A large cake for us and a small cake for kids who were keen to dress it up with coffee chocolate ganache.


The cake was delicious. The batter is runny. Coffee gives it a golden colour. You must bake it in two 8 inch pans. The cake does not rise much. The crumb is moist and buttery. The cake is delicious with a very strong flavor of the coffee.

Coffee Lover’s  Coffee Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups unrefined sugar / any sugar (powdered)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons coffee
  • 1 cup butter (two sticks of 100 grams butter)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line two 8 inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together first three ingredients. This is the flour mix. Keep aside.
  3. In a pan, add coffee to boiling water.
  4. Melt butter in a pan and pour in coffee mixture. Bring it to a boil for about ten seconds. Let this mixture cool down until warm.
  5. Beat eggs until smooth. Add buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla extract. Mix well. Keep aside.
  6. Now pour coffee mixture (make sure it is not very hot. Just warm)  on the flour mixture and mix gently. Pour in buttermilk and egg mixture. Mix well until you get a smooth batter.
  7. Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes. Or bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cakes completely.
  9. Slice the next day. Or, layer the cakes and dress up with coffee chocolate ganache.


Ganache

  • 100 grams dark chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons low fat cream
  • 1teaspoons coffee

Break the chocolate into small pieces. Heat cream on a  double boiler. Add 1 teaspoon coffee powder. Mix well so that it dissolves in cream. Add chocolate pieces. Stir constantly till chocolate melts. Take off the heat and stir briskly until it becomes smooth and shiny. The ganache will thicken as it cools.
Spread over the first cake. Place the second cake on top. Now spread on top and on sides of the cake.






Wholegrain Pizza crust turns out soft and chewy at the centre and a little crisp at the edges. It is nutty, healthy and hearty and with loads of veggies, the pizza is filling has no guilt quotient.  




With weather a little nippy, it is nice and pleasant and does not feel like early summer. Profuse blossoms bring butterflies and it is a pleasure to see the burst of bright colours everywhere.

Forest looks like a bunch of different hues of green. Some bright, some dull while some verdant. 


Salubrious clime and warm weather make wild Marigolds grow like huge bushes laden. Every branch is heavy with golden flowers. The ground is dotted with wild strawberries. 


It is the season of colours.

Weekend meals ought to be interesting. Younger members of the family want to eat pizza for lunch. Pizza and health are two terms that do not pair well. However, with a wholegrain crust, a pizza becomes healthier.  A topping with lesser cheese, homemade sauce and lots of seasonal veggies definitely add to the health quotient.


We decided on making pizzas for lunch. Since it is wholegrain base, It works better baking the bases before topping. This cooks the pizza base properly and it does not feel soggy, doughy and underbaked with sauce and topping. 


Making pizza bases in advance is also convenient as it saves time and work. Topping the bases before the meal takes lesser time.
The crust turns out soft and chewy at the centre and a little crisp at the edges. It is nutty, healthy and hearty and has no guilt quotient.  


This is family pleasing meal that is healthy too.
We made Pizza sauce at home. If you wish to make Pizza sauce at home, HERE is our recipe.

For Pizza topping you may get some ideas HERE.


Wholegrain  Pizza Crust


Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup to ¾ cup warm water

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the first five ingredients.  Add half cup water plus a little more. Mix everything until evenly combined. If the dough seems hard and dry add more water until it becomes soft but not very sticky. Do not knead the dough. Just mix everything till evenly combined. 
  2. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes, knead the dough until smooth and elastic. It will take about 6-8 minutes. If the dough feels stiff, add more water and knead again. Cover and let the dough rest for 45-60 minutes or until it doubles in volume.
  4. Punch the dough and divide into 6-8 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. 
  5. Roll out each piece into round pizza bases. I made longish bases to fit three into the baking tray at a time.  Arrange them on the prepared baking tray. Cover and let rest for 30-40 minutes or until these become very puffy.  In the last stages of rising, preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Prick the pizza bases with a knife or a fork and bake for 8-10 minutes or until you see a slight change in colour at the edges.
  7. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
  8. Whole Wheat Pizza bases are ready. You may spread sauce and toppings of choice. Bake for another 8-10  minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned.
  9. Note: It is convenient to prepare pizza bases in advance if you are planning to have pizzas for a meal. It saves a lot of time if you have bases ready. All you have to do is to spread sauce and toppings of choice and bake for another 8-10 minutes.


Multigrain Crackers are soft and cheesy. The crackers make a hearty and healthy snack





Snacking has got a bad reputation, thanks to our tendency to choose empty calorie-laden snack food from the market to ease in between meals hunger.

However, when stomach growls with hunger and the next meal is hours away, healthy snacking holds off hunger and keeps the energy levels high. A healthy snack should have enough whole grains, fibre and proteins to keep you satiated but not becomes a meal.

Yesterday was a cloudy day. A warm breeze blew across the valley howling and growling and sweeping away all the fallen leaves. 


It was amusing to watch a babbler trying to balance on a branch shaking vigorously.  


Far away on a Sagwan tree, a hornbill let out loud calls.  

Our last batch of crackers was baking in the oven and we prayed that the storm should subside or else the power supply would go. Yes, we still have power cuts and we don’t have an alternative supply in case of one. This is the thrill of living in a remote village. We pray to God for small things and feel the prayers answered. This time too, we escaped the power cut and our cheesy crackers baked to perfection.  We thanked God as we gorged on the crisp crackers with tea.


These are multigrain crackers. All the leftover flours collected in corners of small packets were used in the recipe. Oats make crackers soft. Millets add a lovely flavour.  Cheese does the magic and kids love it.



Multigrain Cheese Crackers

Ingredients

  • ½ cup ragi flour
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter / clarified butter (ghee)
  • 2 cubes cheddar cheese
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Whisk together four ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. If you do not have oatmeal, just pulse in a mixer/grinder oats to get a fine powder.
  3. Cut butter into small cubes. Grate cheese or cut into small cubes. Add to the dry ingredients. Mix well with hands to get a mixture that looks like bread crumbs.
  4. Add just enough water to the mixture and mix to get a firm dough.  Cover and keep for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  6. Cut the dough into two pieces.
  7. Roll one piece between two parchment sheets. Roll out evenly and roll out thin. Cut into small squares or into any shape of choice.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the colour begins to change. Be very watchful after 15 minutes as the colour of the crackers is already brown due to millets.
  9. Remove from the oven and keep to cool.
  10. Repeat with the second piece.
  11. Store the baked crackers in an airtight container.




German Osterbrot Easter Bread is filled with black currants, golden raisins, almonds and citrus peels. It is sweet, soft and has a cakey texture. The hot loaf is brushed with apricot jam and sprinkled with almond slivers.



Finally, Spring is in the air. Warmer days and cold nights, clear skies and bright mornings. A fragrant breeze carries the delicate aroma of the inflorescence from the wild. Tiny buds of wildflowers are excited to open up, dew perched on the arms of the new blades of grass shine like diamonds in the rays of the morning Sun.



A Purple sunbird pokes its bill into the yellow trumpet.


She lets out sonorous “cheeps” in between.


 A gentle breeze cradles a Myna on the Bougainvillea branches.
Everything is so fresh, so new and so bright. It is like a new beginning.
Our Sunday morning is generally dedicated to baking and kids love to participate in the task. Black currants have been washed clean and soaked to plump up. Almonds have been chopped. A German Easter Bread is being baked.



 We had a lot of homemade candied peels and the complete batch of peels had been chopped fine. Peels add such robust flavor to sweetbreads.  The dough has been sitting in the warm corner of the balcony. After the first rise, it is punched and black currants, almonds and peels are added. The second rise happens faster and after a cross has been scored on the surface, the bread goes into the oven. The sweet aroma wafts through as the bread turns plump and golden.


German Easter bread is usually shaped like a boule and scored with a cross. It is filled with black currants, golden raisins, almonds and citrus peel. It is a sweet and flavourful bread with a cakey texture.


The bread is glazed with apricot jam as soon as it comes out of the oven and is sprinkled with slivered almonds.



I had a jar of homemade apricot jam made last year. We brushed the hot loaf liberally with the jam.


German Osterbrot Easter Bread 

Ingredients

Sponge

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup milk (room temperature)

Dough

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined sugar (powdered)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 4 tablespoon orange zest/lemon zest or candied citrus peel chopped
  • 4 – 5 tablespoons warm water
  • ¼ cup black currants
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons candied cherries for decoration (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash black currants and raisins. Soak them in water to plump up (optional).  Keep aside.
  2. Soak almonds in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove skin and chop them.
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the sponge. Knead for 3-4 minutes. Bring the dough together into a ball. Cover and keep for 2 hours in a warm place or until puffy.
  4. In another large bowl take the sponge, flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Add 2 tablespoons of warm water and mix well till all the ingredients are incorporated. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Add butter into the dough and knead for 5-6 minutes. The dough will become soft smooth and satiny in the last stages of kneading. Knead for another 2-3 minutes and bring it together as a loose ball. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Now punch and add black currants, raisins, almonds and zest. Shape the dough into a boule (round loaf). Stretch the top and pull it down towards the bottom. Repeat the process to get a boule with a tight surface. Transfer it to a baking sheet lined with parchment sheet.
  7. Cover and leave it to rise for 45-60 minutes or until double in size.
  8. In the last stages of the second rise, preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Score a cross on the loaf with a sharp blade. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
  9. Brush hot loaf with apricot jam and sprinkle almond slivers. You may drizzle some glaze made with icing sugar and sprinkle some candied cherries.
  10. Slice when cold.
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We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. This month Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla has selected Easter breads from around the world as our theme.


She wrote: "We're posting after the actual holiday. I know. However, as everyone is home, sheltered-in-place to help flatten the coronavirus curve, maybe people are delaying Easter celebrations with friends and family. I know I am!"
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It takes a lot of experience and some failures to learn some aspects of baking. Baking bread is a great experience, a source of happiness that comes from accomplishing a task you love. It is a rewarding experience.


I love everything about the whole wheat bread. From hearty texture, earthy taste to the good feeling that comes when baking with wholegrains.
Wholegrain bread tends to have a dense and heavy crumb and the slices crumble and break while slicing.
However, with a slightly different approach, it is possible to get a light and airy crumb.


Recently we baked a 100% whole wheat bread with autolyse method.  Autolyse is a technique developed by Raymond Calvel. He has been called the teacher of bread teachers and is considered to be an expert on French bread.
Autolyse is a simple process. Just combine flour and water in a bowl and mix until no dry flour remains. Do not be tempted to knead. Simple cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place for 20-30 minutes to 3 hours. During the resting phase, gluten development begins and simple sugars start to form as starch is broken down. Autolyse is best described as a resting period between mixing and kneading.


Autolyse can be easily introduced into baking with whole grains. And it delivers a dough that is easier to work with and shape and gives a loaf better in texture, rise and flavor.


While adding water, adjust quantity according to need. Quality of whole wheat flour varies. a coarser flour requires more water. Weather conditions also differ from place to place. In a cold climate, you require more water. Besides following the recipe, there is an equal amount of intuition required to really hone your baking skills.


100% Whole Wheat Bread


Ingredients



  • 3 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¼  cup water (at room temperature)
  • ¼ cup unrefined sugar or brown sugar (powdered)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 ¼  teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ¼ cup water for kneading

Instructions

For Autolyse

In a large bowl combine whole wheat flour and 1 ¼ cup water. Stir well so that the water is absorbed and no pockets of dry flour remain. Cover and keep for 2 to 3 hours to hydrate the flour. 

Dough

  1. After the resting period add salt, sugar, and yeast and knead for 8 to 10 minutes till dough becomes soft and gluten is well developed. You may take a break in between kneading. It is very important that all the ingredients are uniformly incorporated and the dough becomes smooth.
  2. Drizzle oil and 3-4  tablespoons of water and knead further. Stretch the sides and pull it to centre. Repeat the stretch and fold method for another 5-6 minutes. By the end of kneading the dough should feel wet, sticky and elastic.
  3. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl. Cover and keep to rise for 1-2 hours (depending upon the warmth of the kitchen) until double in volume, puffy and light.
  4. Grease one 8 ½ x 4 ½ inch loaf pan. Dust with flour.
  5. Punch the risen dough. Transfer the dough onto the kitchen counter generously dusted with flour. Roll out the dough into a rectangle no wider than the loaf pan you are using. Roll the dough towards you tightly. Pinch seams and sides to seal.
  6. Transfer the shaped loaf into the prepared pan. Cover and let it rise until double. Poke with the finger, if the dough is firm and springs back immediately, it needs more time to rise. If the shallow impression remains,  the dough is ready.
  7. By the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped at the bottom.
  9. Remove from the oven after 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool on the rack.
  10. Slice when cold.


 Black Grape Cake has a soft dense crumb and jammy grapes in every bite. It is a low-fat cake best enjoyed plain or with some custard. 

 

 Layers and layers of grey clouds started collecting over the horizon. The clouds look lurid, monstrous and ghastly. So unwelcome at this time of the season. The Spring should have been in its youth with myriad hues, aromas and beauty that adds so many shades of joy and mirth to life and erases the blues and barrenness that sometimes seeps in.
A strong wind pushed the clouds around and they spread all over. Flashes of lightning made scary patterns in the grey canvass. The winds howled and wailed and soon the rain came down in torrents. The soft murmur of the river transformed into a monstrous roar and the air filled up with all the sounds that the heart abhors. As in life, so in everything, there is no permanence and change is the only constant. The morning was bright, brilliant and beautiful. 


The rain left puddles everywhere. And the birds thronged the puddles bathing, playing and enjoying to the core. 


A pair of Himalayan Bulbuls dived into the water and a Kingfisher sat on a broken branch in a grassy patch nearby.


There was so much freshness and so much life in the new day.
The oven timer chimed and  Black Grape Cake was taken out of the oven. A buttery aroma wafted through. 


It is a wholewheat cake. Seasonal black grapes were added to the batter and a handful arranged on top. The grapes on the top cook, shrivel and become very jammy. 


Every bite has sweet jammy grapes and the cake has a mellow citrusy flavour from the zest.
Sprinkle some icing sugar and serve.


Black Grape Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup wholewheat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup unrefined cane sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup small size black grapes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line one 8 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together first three ingredients. Keep aside.
  3. Beat together butter and sugar till pale and light.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well.
  5. Add half of the flour and half of the milk. Stir to mix.
  6. Add remaining flour followed by milk. Mix to get a smooth batter. Do not over mix.
  7. Fold in zest and ¾ cup of grapes.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes. Quickly open the oven and arrange remaining grapes on the cake. Push in the grapes gently as the top must be slightly firm.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.




    Wholegrain Flaxseed and Sesame crackers are crisp and delicious. The crackers are guilt-free and make a  healthy snacking option. Enjoy plain or with cheese spread or with your favourite dip




     A heavy downpour plummeted the temperature. Winter is yet to stay it seemed.  Higher peaks of the region had mild snowfall. 

    But the next day, the sky was clear and azure. The Sun emerged from behind the hills in all the glory and strength.  The warmth infused a new life and high spirits that wiped the winter blues away.
    Far away near the bank of the river, we noticed some movement in the bushes. It was a fox. A majestic animal soon joined by two more were perhaps in search of some prey.


    The foxes moved ahead and one of them reached the puddle left by heavy rainfall a day ago. It looked intrigued by its reflection in the water. 


    A neighbour’s dog barked and the foxes disappeared in the forest.


    A sweet aroma wafted through and the timer chimed. Our whole wheat flaxseed crackers are ready. Crisp and seedy crackers make great guilt-free snacking option. 


    The crackers are a great accompaniment to a cup of tea, you’ll love them with cheese spread or some homemade dip.
    I have baked the crackers with oil. You may use the same quantity of ghee (clarified butter) or butter for a rich buttery taste.


    Wholegrain Flaxseed and Sesame Crackers /BreadBakers

    Ingredients

    • 1 ½ cup  wholewheat flour
    • ¾ - 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 tablespoons oil
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
    • 3-4 tablespoons cold water

    Instructions

    1. Take sesame seeds in a thick bottom wok and roast till the colour just begins to change.
    2. In the same wok roast flaxseeds till the seeds begin to crackle.
    3. Keep the seeds to cool.
    4. In a large bowl take first three ingredients and mix well.
    5. Add seeds. Add water just enough to bring the mixture together into a dough. Do not knead. Cover and keep for 20 minutes.
    6. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    7. Divide dough into two parts.
    8. Take one part and roll thinly between two sheets of parchment paper.
    9. With a cutter or a sharp knife, cut even size crackers.
    10. Bake for 20 minutes or till the colour at the edges begins to change.
    11. Repeat with the second piece of dough.
    12. Cool and store in an airtight container.
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    #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. 
    You can see all our lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here.
    Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.
    We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
    This month, our host is Sneha and decided that we bake crackers.




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    Carrot Bead Rolls are a perfect combination of sweetness and softness. The crumb is soft and sweet. The flavor of honey is apparent in every bite. Carrots add a lovely colour and texture The are rolls are addictive and best enjoyed warm with a generous lashing of butter.


    Every morning, habitually the eyes drift towards the East. The horizon looked chaotic and a jigsaw of grey clouds and pink sky. The grey clouds and the Sun seemed to be locked in a battle. Some black bulbuls screamed and the Barbets flew heavily from one tree to another foraging and preening. The horizon kept changing colours and patterns and soon the pink began to turn golden. The clouds began to dissipate and soon disappeared. The Sun appeared bathing the forest in gold. There is something very healing about the sunrise. It seems to cure and eliminate the darkness within and outside.


    Far in the forest, a baby langur and  mother langur sat huddled together waiting for the Sun.


    A pair of Red-whiskered Bulbuls let out sonorous notes enjoying the warmth of the morning Sun.



    Post lunch, we started prepping to make Carrot Bread Rolls.

    The dough has carrots that add wetness to the dough. Add the warm milk slowly while kneading. If the final dough turns out sticky, add more flour to get a smooth and soft dough.

    The dough will take a little longer to rise. Keep the dough and later the prepared rolls in a warm place.


    Baking makes a home feel like home.  A sweet aroma wafted through as the rolls baked. The rolls are a perfect combination of sweetness and softness. The crumb is soft and sweet. The flavor of honey is apparent in every bite. Carrots add a lovely colour and texture The are rolls are addictive and best enjoyed warm with a generous lashing of butter.


    Scandinavian Carrot Bread Rolls / Carrot Bread Rolls

    Ingredients


    • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 ½ cups finely grated carrots
    • ½ cup warm milk (plus a little extra if needed)
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
    • 25 grams butter ( ¼ stick butter)


    Instructions


    1. Add honey to warm milk and stir to mix. Add yeast, stir and cover. Let sit for 10 minutes.
    2. In another large bowl, take all-purpose flour and salt, whisk.
    3. Add grated carrots. Mix well. The juice from the carrots will make the mixture look crumbly.
    4. Add the milk mixture gradually while kneading. The dough should be soft and a little sticky.
    5. When the dough almost comes together, add softened butter. Keep kneading till the butter is well incorporated into the dough and dough becomes smooth. If the dough is too wet and sticky, add a tablespoon of flour or more depending on the wetness. The dough should be firm enough to form rolls.
    6. Form a ball of the dough and transfer it to an oiled bowl. Tune around the dough so that it is coated with oil. Cover and keep it to rise in a warm place until double in size. It may take 1 – 1 ½ hour.
    7. Grease one 7x7 inch square pan.
    8. Punch the risen dough and divide it into two parts. From each half, pinch out 8 equal size balls of dough. Roll the balls and place them in the pan. Cover and keep in a warm place to rise until double in size.
    9. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 30-35 minutes or until the top begins to turn golden.
    10. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.  Brush the top with butter. Remove from the pan and cool in the rack.
    11. Serve.
    Linking to #BreadBakers.
    #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a
    common ingredient or theme. 
    You can see all our lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here.
    Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.
    We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
    This month the Bread Bakers are making Scandinavian Breads, a theme chosen by
    Felice from All That's Left Are The Crumbs.
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