Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Glazed Donut


For Donuts
  1. All purpose flour / Maida - 2.5 cups
  2. yeast - 2.5 tsp
  3. Milk - 3/4 cup
  4. sugar - 1/4 cup
  5. salt - 1/2 tsp
  6. egg - 1
  7. Oil - 2.5 tbsp
  8. Vegetable oil - enough to fry donuts
For Glaze
  1. sprinkles of choice - to decorate
  2. cooking chocolate - 75 gms
  3. cooking chocolate (white) 75 gms
  4. butter - 2 tbsp
  5. milk - 2 tbsp

 Warm the milk , add sugar and stir . Sprinkle yeast and allow to bloom .
In a large bowl add the all purpose flour, salt and mix .
Add in the milk mix , egg, 2.5 tbsp oil and mix well.
Knead to form a dough that is just short of being sticky , you may have to add /sprinkle more flour .
Do not add excess flour , use just enough to get the dough workable.

knead for 5 minutes.and place in a greased bowl and cover with a plastic wrap and allow to double . It will be ready in about an hour.
Turn the dough on to a floured surface and gently roll to 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut into donut shapes with a floured donut cutter .
Allow the donuts to raise again until it has doubled in size, for about 1 hour.
meanwhile , make the chocolate glaze.
Place the 2 different chocolates in 2 microwave safe bowls and add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp milk into each dish and microwave for 1 minute each.
stir until the mixture is melted and loose enough to coat donuts. Sprinkle some more milk if it is too thick.
Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the donuts until golden brown.
Remove from oil and drain on a wire rack.
dip each donut into the chocolate glaze and sprinkle with decoration of your choice.

Homemade Chicken Sausage

Use  a mix of equal quantities of  chicken breast and thigh meat plus the bits of fat  from the bird. Using white meat alone gives a dry sausage .

Ingredients :

  1. Ground Chicken  -  Breast and thigh meat from 1 large sized chicken (about 500 gms)
  2. Onion - 1 medium
  3. Garlic - 4 cloves
  4. Fresh red chilly - 4
  5. Parsley - handfull
  6. whole corriander seeds - 1 tsp
  7. whole fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  8. whole pepper corns - 1 tsp
  9. vinegar - to taste 
  10. salt - to taste
  11. soy sauce - 1 tbsp
  12. oregano -  1 tsp
  13. oil - 1 tsp
add the onion, chilly and garlic to the blender and blend coarsely. add chopped parsley to this and keep aside.
In a small frying pan add a tsp of oil and saute the ground mix for 2 minutes.

Dry roast the whole spices (corriander,fennel,peppercorn ) in a microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and crush coarsely.

Add the ground chicken to a bowl and add the sauteed mix , and ground spice mix.
Add in soy sauce and salt to taste. Mix well.

Keep this mix in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Meanwhile prepare some aluminum foil . cut into square shapes and set aside.
Remove the meat mixture from the fridge . form into logs about the thickness of 3/4 inch .
Place it on the edge of an aluminum sheet and roll into a tight sausage.squeeze and seal one end first .
applying a bit of pressure with your hands push the meat mixture into a tight log and squeeze the other end forming a sausage roll.

Steam these rolls for 10 minutes in a covered pan , placing the sausage on a perforated tray so that it does not touch the water.

Allow the rolls to cool .

The rolls can be refrigerated or frozen in the aluminum foil as such .
These can be used in soups, pastas, sausage rolls , sandwiches etc.
Saute in a tsp of oil and use in a hotdog roll .

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Whole Wheat Bread

Ingredients :
  1. Whole wheat flour - 3 cups plus 1/2 cup as needed
  2. Hot water - 1.5 cups
  3. Honey - 2.5 tbsp
  4. vegetable oil/olive oil - 2.5 tbsp
  5. salt - 1/2 tbsp
  6. yeast - 1 tbsp
Method :

In a large bowl add the water, honey,oil,salt and stir well.
Add in 1 cup of the  wheat flour and combine .
Add the yeast now (after checking and making sure that the mix has cooled down )
Add in the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until you get a dough that is still slightly sticky but managable.
You might not have to use the entire flour .
Knead until it comes together (2 or 3 minutes)
place the dough in a greased bowl and keep aside to raise for 45 minutes , until it doubles.
Grease a baking pan and keep aside.
Punch the dough down and knead and form a loaf approximately the shape of your baking pan.
place the dough loaf in the pan and keep aside in a warm spot to raise.
In about an hour it should have risen well.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees .
brush the top of the loaf lightly with some melted butter and sprinkle a tsp of rolled oats /flax seeds if you like to .
Bake for 30 - 35 minutes .
cool on a wire rack . Slice when it has cooled down.

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