Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Roti Gambang / Gambang Bread – Indonesian Traditional Bread

    For August ssshhhh….. secretly cooking. I was paired with Amirta Iyer. We has to cook dishes from Indonesian Cuisine. As there are many dishes were Non vegetarian , I decided to make this bread.

  Roti Gambang / Gambang Roti is the traditional bread of Indonesia.  This bread originated from Betawi ( Jakarta ) , which was rooted back to Dutch colonial era. This bread is known as tea or coffee mate.  

 Though this is a bread  , it has the crunchiness of the cookie too. I followed the recipe from here. I skipped the egg yolk which was used in original recipe. I used Butter instead of Margarine.

                                      Requirements :

250 g Java red sugar, grated (you can substitute with palm granulated sugar)
175 ml water
375 g all purpose flour
125 dry fine bread crumbs
25 g milk powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp vanilla powder/vanilla extract
2 egg yolks ( optional )
200g Butter
3 Tbsp water, for brushing
3 Tbsp sesame seeds

Method :

   Boil  the Java red sugar with the water until dissolved and become a syrup consistency. Let it cool.

In a bowl , mix together flour , bread crumbs , milk powder , salt , baking soda , baking powder , cinnamon , vanilla. Add in egg yolk , if using.

Pour the sugar syrup and knead well for ten minutes.

Add in the butter and knead again . Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into equal parts about 12 will come.
Shape the dough balls  into oval shapes and arrange in the baking tray.

Brush with water on top of the bread and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Bake on a preheated oven @ 200 * C for 20 – 30 minutes.
Makes around 12 breads.

These breads tastes good with flavor of Java sugar.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ghosts from Our Past – Book Review

    Ghosts from our past : both literally and figuratively: the study of the paranormal by Erin Gilbert , Abby L. Yates , Andrew Shaffer. This was the Revised Edition of the book.
   The authors shared their childhood paranormal experience in this book.


Chapter – I – Eight year old Erin’s encounter with Class IV next door.
Chapter  - II Abby’s childhood obsession towards science
Chapter III Shared experience of them as Paranormal Investigators and researchers

Chapter I – Erin’s Story

  When Erin as in elementary school her family lived in a small suburban enclave in Battle Creek , Michigan.

  There was a old lady lived next door to Erin. She was all alone in the house and won’t switch on the lights and lives in dark .

  Before Christmas , there was a huge crowd infront of her house and Erin heard that she had broken her leg and died. By the night , the author saw the lady in front of her and she spills blood and cursing. This nightmare continued every night for a whole year.

Chapter II Abby’s Story

  Once Abby was playing in the backyard after a big Thunderstorm  with her imaginary dachshund Zorp. She looked up and saw a massive rainbow in afternoon sky.
  She gone further following the rainbow into the woods. After ten minutes , the rainbow faded , she was in the woods and lost her way back.

 For three days and two nights , she and her imaginary dog stayed under large maple tree. On the third day her father found her.

 By junior school year Abby’s family moved to Battle creek . There she met Erin in the school and both started talking about Ghosts…….

Chapter III The Metaphysical Examination Society

It is human nature to fear the unknown. Both formed the club for their interest in ghost and called it as The Metaphysical Examination Society.

 Both started reading notes and discuss on paranormal activities from public libraries .

Our first Ghost Hunt :

 Two girls along with their professor from University went on their first ghost hunt. They went to a old ranch with the victorian style home . But the sadness was the professor died there because of heart attack.

Chapter IV Ghosts Throughout History

  Each culture has their own ghost stories and each has their own way in describing the appearance of ghost.

  Ancient people believed in after life especially in Egypt – Buring the person’s valuable in their pyramids.

Chapter V

 Explained about the early ghost clubs and the members active in those clubs.

  The authors explained about the various technologies available to detect the presence of ghost . They shared their real life encounter with ghosts.

 It is a great book to read for those who are interested in knowing about ghost.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

BellPepper Stuffed Whole Wheat Buns #BreadBakers

      For this month’s bread bakers the theme given by Sue of  Palatable Pastime is Peppers. I like the flavor and taste of Bellpepper . So I made the whole wheat buns stuffed with the Bell pepper.

      I used mixed Italian seasoning and tomato sauce with the bell pepper to make the stuffing. Sprinkled some Mixed Italian seasoning on top of the bread before baking , which gives a unique flavor to the bread crust.

Requirements :

  Whole Wheat Flour – 3 cup
   Instant Yeast   - 2 tsp
   Salt – 1 tsp
   Sugar – 2 tbs
   Lukewarm Milk – 1 ½  cup

  For Stuffing :

 Whole Bell pepper – 1
  Oil – 1 tsp
  Onion - 1 
  Garlic Cloves - 4
 Tomato sauce – 5 tbs
 Mixed Italian Seasoning – ½ tsp
 Salt  to taste

For Topping :

Milk – ¼ cup
Sugar – 1 tbs
Mixed Italian Seasoning  for sprinkling

Method :
  In a bowl mix together the wheat flour , yeast , salt and sugar together .

Add in the luke warm milk to the flour mixture  and  make a soft and smooth dough.

 Cover the top of the bowl with cling wrap and let the dough double . I left the dough for four hours.

 In the mean time make the stuffing.

 Chop bell pepper into small cubes. Chop onion and garlic.
Heat oil in a pan , add the chopped onion and garlic saute well till onions become transparent. 
 Add in  chopped peppers and sauté for two minutes
Add in the tomato sauce , salt  and mix again . The moisture content of the sauce must be dried out.
Add in the Italian seasoning and take off flame.
Let the stuffing cool.

Punch and knead the doubled dough.

Divide the dough into equal and small round dough balls.

 Flatten each dough ball and stuff a spoonful of the stuffing and seal well. Roll into round shaped rolls.

Place in the baking tray and let it for second rise.

Mix the milk and sugar in a bowl and brush the buns with a pastry brush before baking.

Sprinkle the Italian seasoning on top.

Bake the buns in a preheated oven @ 200 * C  for 20 – 25 minutes.

Buns can be brushed again while baking with the milk and sugar mixture.

Take off from oven and let it cool on rack.

Bell pepper stuffed whole wheat buns are ready to be served.

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    • Parmesan Cracked Pepper Beer Bread by Cindy's Recipes and Writings

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    • Roasted Red Pepper Bread by A Shaggy Dough Story

    • Spicy Herb Monkey Bread by Passion Kneaded

    • Whole Wheat Spicy Rolls by Gayathri's Cook Spot

    • Vegetable Stuffed Braided Bread by My Cooking Journey

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