How is everyone??? Its been a month since my last recipe post and I missed the blogging world very much. Last weekend has been a fun filled one with the "Blogger's Buzz meet" and I enjoyed myself immensely.
Blogger's Buzz was a grand success ... wonderful job by the team : Nisha, Preethi, Nupur and Suchi.
Girls, U ROCK..:) Sponsors, goody bags, good food, food photography workshop ... Hope we have many more of these meets in the future...
It was a refreshing change from the mundane routine of blogging, recipe post etc as it was a chance to see the people behind the blogs. I can confidently say that I acquired a few friends ... "like minded friends"..:)
Somehow this meet has made me realise that there is much more to blogging than posting recipes..... a feeling of increased responsibility. It has made me think about the blog, its contents [both photos and written material], people who read my post and my commitment towards the blog.
On the whole I've realised that my responsibility has increased and I am all geared up to do all the hardwork towards maintaining a good space for my readers. First in the list is this bread recipe which caught my eye when flipping through a magazine.
I am not a big fan of bread but Mr.M loves flavoured bread. He gobbled up a whole loaf in just 3 days - with soup / cheese / olive spread ...:)
Addition of onion, potatoes and herbs makes this a flavourful accompaniment for soups or just on its own. Potatoes gives the bread a soft texture unlike the conventional bread and I loved it.
This is my first experiment in making baking bread at home and the positive result has basically increased my confidence in my baking skills..
For the bread:
Strong white bread flour: 500 gms.
Small red onion: 1.
Potatoes: 100 gms.
Butter: 50 gms.
Sugar: 1 tsp.
Easy mix yeast : 1 sachet [7gms].
Parmesan cheese: 2 tbsp.
Warm water: 300mls.
Mixed dried Italian herbs: 1 tbsp.
Salt and pepper: to taste
Milk: 1 tbsp [for brushing].
Pumpkin seeds: a handful.
1.Peel and chop the potatoes into small pieces. Boil until soft, mash and keep it covered in a warm place until later use.
2.Peel, finely chop and saute the onion in a little oil until soft. Reserve until later use.
3.Rub the butter into the flour. Mix in the mashed potatoes, onions, sugar, cheese, half of the dried herbs, salt and pepper.
4.Mix the yeast with the warm water. Make a well in the middle of the flour mix and gently pour in the yeast mix.
5.Gently mix with the flour and knead for 5 minutes. Shape into 2 loaves or one large loaf [in the shape of a bloomer].
6.Leave to rise in a warm place for approximately 30 minutes until well risen and double the size.
8.Preheat the oven to 200 C/400F/Gas 6. Place the loaves on a lightly greased baking tray. Score the surface in a criss-cross manner.
9.Brush the surface with some milk and place the pumpkin seeds in a orderly fashion.
10.Gently press the seeds into the dough and sprinkle the remaining of the dried herbs.
11.Bake for 40-45 minutes until the surface in browned and firm.
Serve warm with soups or as slices with grilled cheese...
Notes: When you tap the base of the bread, it has to sound "HOLLOW", that is the sign of a good baked bread.
You can play around with the herbs added to the bread - try some Indian herbs for a desi flavour.
Instead of pumpkin seeds, try using sesame [white or black]/sunflower/ onion seeds or poppy seeds for a different flavour. You can skip the seeds and sprinkle the top surface of the bread with sauteed onion before baking.
Make sure that there are no lumps in the mashed potatoes.
Scribbled by Reva
omg revathi :) cant take off my eyes from the beautiful bread.. will check the recipe now..
Lovely bread Reva :) and great inviting clicks... we sure had great fun at BB like you said wish to have more such meets and it was great meeting you
wow, looks delicious and such a good treat.
Just loved this bread reva. I am bookmarking this :)
Bread looks aromatic and flavorful
Love this yummy bake... baking is so therapeutic isn't it... No time these days Reva.. with little kavin being so naughty.. he is always in the lookout for amma and never leaves me alone.. :)
Bread looks stunning, potato & onion in bread, can guess why he finished half of the loaf, cant believe its ur first bread, way to go Reva.
Yea cant forget BB meet, it was simply awesome.
Beautiful bread recipe.Potato always make them soft, Love the addition of onion.
How r u doing? Saw the pics at FB. Wonderful post. Hope all well at your end.
Bread made at home are super and I luv your version with flavors.
wonderfully and perfectly baked delicious combo bread.
superb, excellent an awesome perfectly combo baked bread.
Wow, what texture! Loved the presentation too. :)
I love bread and this is wonderful.
pics are so inviting. loved it.
I soo enjoy bread baking, this one is a keeper. Bookmarked it!
Wow...that's an awesome bread recipe...I never dared to try an bread at home....
Glad that you had a great time in BB.Saw the pictures in FB. Bread looks fabulous.. It has come out perfectly..
Delicious bread and stunning clicks...loved it...
Awesome bread .. Bookmarking it
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delicious and tempting
lovely clicks.perfect bread, no wonder it was finished soon
I was looking for a Potato Bread when saw this.. you really have done wonders with this, with your magic touch :)
like the idea and nice clicks
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