Thursday, 16 February 2012

Wheat Bread with Cheese, Cheese toast and a Palak + Egg Stir Fry

                                          Newspapers carrying news about fire accidents, were routinely flipped through with little or no impact, with a usual ’there goes another one’ feeling and some sympathy for the homeless. But, a recent fire accident in a nearby cluster of huts with thatched roof, changed my perception about fire, when I happened to witness it unleash its fury in a form, that created an unknown fear and panic by just looking at it. The visual of the intensity of the burning flames and its uncontrollable thirst for destruction left me shaking for the next few days.

                                      Having never seen anything like this before, I was in shock that I couldn’t recall the number I had to dial for fire service and finally when I did, I was too agitated and shaking to give any coherent information. Thanks to the efforts of the noble fire service men and some good hearted samaritans, the fire was put down soon. In an hour or so, people from the burnt huts moved to a nearby shelter,  carrying their bundle of clothes and their most priced possession, the "T.V". Though it looked ironical, it may be their only medium that helps to fill the empty space created by poverty, hard labour, migration, the foreign land and the separation. Well, I guess, words printed in ink say more than we could fathom and the pain and sorrow behind every natural disaster, now bears more meaning after I witnessed the immensity of the nature’s fury.

                                                Now, cheese toast may sound a little common and familiar for some, but, as I still continue to say the recipe by word of mouth for many, who have never made it, I decided to post it. The cheese toast is an old recipe but the idea of using it 'in the bread' rather than 'on the bread' is new and not a bad one too. Those who cannot make bread at home, can very well use store bought bread and use the cheese and onion mixture to make the toast. It almost tastes the same. With the below given quantity of ingredients I made one small, plain, wheat flour braided bread and one small bread mixed with the onion and cheese mixture.

The palak and egg stir fry is something that I came up with one day,  when I reluctantly added an egg to the palak stir fry, hoping it would taste good, but now it is the only vegetable stir fry, that my son loves to finish the entire bowl. The egg does the magic! Palak and egg stir fry makes a good combination with roti and rice too. For the Wheat bread I just adapted the bread recipe given before for garlic bread and used less honey instead of sugar, used wheat flour instead of flour and used some milk, to make it healthy, other wise the same recipe, with sugar and flour, sans the garlic mixture can be used to make a regular white bread.

Ingredients for Wheat flour bread
Wheat flour                  500 g
Salt                                1 1/4tsp
Honey                           1 tbsp
Olive oil                       2 tbsp
Milk                              3/4 cup
Water                            1 1/4 cup (warm)
Active Dried Yeast      1tbsp

Add salt to the flour and mix well.
Add the yeast to 1/2 cup of warm water and leave it to rise.
In the centre of the flour, add the oil, honey, milk and the yeast dissolved water and mix well.
Add the remaining water and knead to a soft dough for about 10 minutes.
Divide into two portions.
To one portion of the dough add the sauté d onion and cheese mixture and knead again until it is evenly spread.
Keep the two portions in two separate greased bowls, cover and leave it to rise for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Once the dough has doubled, knead briefly and transfer to 2 greased loaf tins, cover and leave it to rise for another 45minutes - 1hour.
Bake the bread in a preheated oven at 180*c for about 35minutes.
( I had only one mini loaf tin, so I braided the other half of the dough without the cheese filling, brushed with a little oil and sprinkled some sesame seeds.)
Serve the bread with butter and jam if desired.  The sweetness of the jam goes well with the salty and spicy bread.

For the cheese filling/ cheese toast ( quantity for one small bread)
Onion                         2 medium size
Green Chilly              1 long
Cheddar cheese         3 tbsp (grated)
Oil                               1 tbsp
Spring Onions            1/2 tbsp ( green part ) (optional)
Salt                              a good pinch

Heat oil in a pan, add the finely chopped onions and green chilly, stir until the onions turn pink and soft.
When it begins to lightly brown, add the Grated cheese and stir. Sprinkle salt and chopped spring onion, stir and leave it to cool.
Mix this in the dough and bake the bread or
For the toast
Spread a small amount of the mixture in a slice of bread, close with another slice and toast it on a medium hot tawa, drizzling a little oil on both the sides.
Serve hot.
I have not toasted the bread in the picture, for display purpose, because once toasted the cheese melts and binds the bread together.

Palak and Egg stir fry
Onion             1 large
Palak              1 bunch
Egg                 1
Oil                  1 1/2 tsp
Salt and crushed pepper to taste.

Heat oil in a pan, add the finely chopped onion and stir until it is cooked and soft.
Add in the chopped palak leaves and stir now and then until it is cooked.
Add salt and sprinkle crushed pepper. Stir to mix.
In the same pan, Push the cooked palak to one side and add 1/2tsp of oil in the centre of the pan, break in the egg, stir until it is cooked, add a pinch of salt for the egg and stir the egg along with the cooked palak. If there is any liquid, increase the heat and stir until the mixture is dry. Serve with Rice or chappathi or bread.
Can use 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds for tempering if desired.

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