Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Braided Bread / Challah with Candied Papaya Chunks - Eggless #BreadBakers

      For this month’s Bread Baker’s , The theme chosen by Gayathri of Gayathri’s cookspot was Braided Bread.

  I chose to make this five strand Braided bread with candied Papaya chunks . I used the candied papaya chunks to make it more colourful.

 Candied Papaya chunks is known in our country as Tutti –Frutti , I like munching it. It is used in breads , cakes and cookies. It can be homemade or store bought.

 Challah is one type of braided bread. Challah is a Braided , celebratory , Jewish  bread. Jews makes challah every Friday and for celebrations. It was the main bread for Sabbath Dinner.

Requirements :

All purpose Flour – 4 cup
Active dry Yeast – 2 ½ tbs
Sugar – 4 tbs
Salt – 1 tsp
Butter – 2 tbs
Luke warm milk – ½ cup
Luke warm Water – 1 ½ cup
Candied Papaya Chunks ( Tutti Frutti )  – 1 cup

Method :

In a large bowl mix together the flour , yeast , sugar and salt.

Add the warm milk and water , mix well.

Transfer to the counter and knead for 15 minutes or till the dough becomes soft.

Add the butter and tutti - frutti and knead again for five minutes.

Place the dough in a oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap . Let it double in volume.

Divide the dough into five equal parts to make five strand braid.

Roll each part into strands of equal length.

Connect the five strands at one end and spreading the other ends.  From left number the strands 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 . Then place strands 1 over 3, 2 over 3 and 5 over 2. Repeat until the ends of the strands , then pinch the tips together to seal.

Transfer the braided bread to baking tray and brush with melted butter. I spread few Tutti frutti on top. 

Let the bread for second rise for about 30 minutes.

Bake in a preheated oven for 40 minutes @ 180*C.

Let the bread cool and slice.

Braided Bread with Candied Papaya Chunks is ready to serve.

This month's Bread Baker's theme is Braided Breads and is hosted by Gayathri Kumar of Gayathri's Cook Spot

Here is the collection of all the beautiful braided breads from our team.

  • Almond Braided Brioche by Palatable Pastime
  • Artisan Herb Bread Braid by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
  • Basic Challah Bread by Cook's Hideout  
  • Braided Garlic Bread by Sizzling Tastebuds  
  • Braided Rum & Raisin Buns by All That's Left Are The Crumbs
  • Challah Bread by Mayuri's Jikoni
  • Cherry Cheese Braid by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Chicken Cheese Braided Bread by Sneha’s Recipe
  • Nutella Braided Bread by Veena’s Vegnation  
  • Olive Oil Challah by A Shaggy Dough Story  
  • Orange Saffron Braided Brioche by Food Lust People Love
  • Scali Bread by Karen's Kitchen Stories  
  • Spice and Herb French Braid by The Schizo Chef
  • Sweet Braid Stuffed with Cream Cheese by Basic N Delicious  
  • Two-Seed Potato Challah by What Smells So Good?
  • Whole Wheat Challah Bread by Spill the Spices  
  • Whole Wheat Pizza Braid by Herbivore Cucina  
  • Whole Wheat Zopf Bread by I camp in my Kitchen  
  • Winston Knot Bread by Gayathri's Cook Spot  
  • Zucchini Yeast Bread by Baking Sense  

  • #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 of 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. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

    Friday, July 7, 2017

    Beneath the Snows of Kanchenjunga – Book Review

              This book Beneath the snows of Kanchenjunga  was written  by S Sekhar. It was published by Frog Books , An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt . Ltd.

    About the Author :

    S Sekhar who has penned this book was born and brought up in Darjeeling. His love for his birth place and the Himalayas can be known from the title of the book and the stories of this book were narrated in and around the places of Himalayas.

    About the book :

     Beneath the Snows of Kanchenjunga – Kanchenjunga being the third highest peak in the world , it will be a beautiful sight to view the mountain peak with its pure white snow cover. The eight stories are happening in the Himalayan villages .

      The are eight stories in the book , which revolves around the life of people who lives beneath the peak. The stories talks about the people’s lives , their dreams and the conflicts they face in their day to day life.

    1.   The Iyengars of Ladenla Road

    In this story the characters Mr and Mrs. Iyengar ( Ramu and Radha ) life was told. Mrs. Iyengar was depicted as a character who always nags Mr. Iyengar for his forgetfulness even infront of third person. She even compares him with her elder brother.

     Mr .Iyengar  was a well adjusting husband . He lives a two sided life – infront of his wife and infront of others. His true character reveals when he was with others , but infront of his wife , he was mute.

    2.   A salesman in Sonada

    A salesman Sujay travelling from Silliguri to Darjelling to take orders for the company he was working.

    This was his usual routine , but in this particular travel he sense some strange things and he didn’t realize them at that time. This story was different from others.

    3.   Fred Fenton In Darjeeling
    Fred Fenton was from Wales became friend of Arindham , who came to Darjeeling after many years. Arindham met  Rabi , his classmate and brother of his Ex- lover Reema. He was invited to Rabi's house and he went along with Fred. Fred and Reema became close. What happened later is the unexpected......
    4.   Gyaltso
       Sanjoy and Nirmal Bose met on their journey in Darjeeling Mail. Sanjoy went to visit Gyaltso , on Nirmal's invitation.

      The inhabitants of the village were Korowai tribes from Papua , who came here three generations ago.The secret of this tribes was the interesting twist to the story.

    5.   Not About Simple Arithmetic

     Couples were searching for a teacher to teach arithmetic to their two daughters who were entering college this year.They found Anil sir , who lives in an unbelivable surrounding . It was a great twist what happens in Anil's future. 

    6.   Maya of Mine

      Shirmal life journey from Nineteen years till his adult age as a successful lawyer. How he saw his first love Maya in later part of life.......

    7.   Rungdung Valley

     The cottage in which Samar was living in the Rungdung valley. He was living alone after his daughter went to Kolkata and his wife Carol passed away. He was an English teacher in his old school because of Ranjit , son of a local party member , he was terminated. It was all by the scheme plotted by the new principal. How samar revenged was the rest of the story......

    8.   The man in Meghma

        Meghma is a small village on Nepal side in the India - Nepal border. The person went on the mountain trek meets a person named Krishna Chettri who owns a shop. 

    My Opinion :

        Each one of the eight stories has different storyline and was happening in different places.Each stories ending was unexpected and are interesting . A great book to read for those who likes reading . 

    My Rating : 4.5 
    Price - INR 225/-