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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cinnamon Rolls

The other day, a friend dropped in and mentioned her cinnamon buns recipe. Now my daughter just loves all things cinnamon so we couldn’t wait to try some rolls or buns. We made mini rolls – they’re so much easier to eat and best eaten warm from the oven.

2 cups flour
1 heaped teaspoon powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons dried yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup mixture of milk and water
1 egg beaten
½ cup butter melted
Mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon powder

For the glaze:
Melted butter, icing sugar and a little milk

Heat the milk and water mixture to a little more than lukewarm and add the sugar and yeast. Leave till it bubbles up. Make a well in the centre of the flour, add the beaten egg, powdered sugar, salt and the yeast mixture. If too dry, add a little milk and if too sticky, add a little flour. Knead well and keep covered till it doubles in size.
Roll out into a rectangular shape, around ¼” thick. Spread all over with the melted butter, sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mix and roll up tightly. Cut into ½” discs and leave for over an hour till it doubles. You can heat the oven till warm, switch off and leave the rolls inside. Bake for 20 minutes to ½ an hour in a fairly hot oven till done.
When still warm, brush the butter-sugar-milk glaze over it.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fish Dinner

It looks like the monsoon has come to an end and barring a few 'goodbye' thundershowers, it should be blue skies and sunny days ahead. And the fishman begins his rounds with such a wide variety of fish for sale! Though Pune is not by the sea, it is a few hours away so the fish we get is fresh. We were in a hurry to eat, so I apologise for the 'shaky' picture!

Fish - depending on the size, one or half a large slice per person. I used Surmai or Kingfish - any fleshy fish is fine. Marinate the fish for a few hours in a mixture of barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, a chicken cube, salt, pepper and some red wine (optional). In a food processor/grinder, coarsely grind a couple of slices of bread, some basil leaves and a little bit of cheese. Dip the fish in the breadcrumbs and shallow fry in oil. (I use olive oil, any oil is fine.)

Potatoes - I boiled and peeled some baby potatoes and smothered them in mayonnaise.

Stir-fry Veggies - I chopped up carrots, beans, zucchini, cabbage and green capsicum and stir-fried them, adding salt,pepper and a dash of lime juice.

Salad - To a bunch of mixed salad leaves, I added a dressing of olive oil, honey, sugar, salt, vinegar and red chilly flakes.

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