Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Almond and Raisin Bread Rolls

Thank you God for the world so sweet,
Thank you God for the food we eat,
Thank you God for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.

I feel so blessed that I can have an elaborate meal everyday. I feel blessed that I can prepare different dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner keeping in mind everybody's choices and preferences at home. I feel priviledged that I have the luxury to experiment with food and if it flops, I can take the liberty to dump it in the bin.

Have you ever thought what must be cooking in an underpriviledged mom's kitchen? Does she have a kitchen at all? What must she be thinking while she is planning for the next day's meal..maybe she's wondering will she have enough food to feed all her children?

Most of us, which includes me, never spend even 10 mins thinking about the underpriviledged...to me the thought itself is quite scary. I happened to spot this post in Soma's blog about Breadline Africa.

Breadline Africa is an internationally registered charity that seeks out partnerships of hope and growth in Africa. It seeks to connect people who are struggling to achieve the most basic living conditions with others who are more fortunate and in a position to make a difference.

Breadline Africa is running a year long campaign called "The Worldwide Blogger Bake Off" to raise 1 million USD. Anybody can join this campaign and I was thrilled when I read more about it.

All you need to do is bake bread and donate it!!!

There are various ways to do this:
1.) Join our campaign. Or
2.) Submit your bread baking recipe. Or
3.) Make a donation to Breadline Africa. Or
4.) Vote for your favourite recipe. Or
5.) Bake a loaf of bread and blog about it. Or
6.) Bake many loaves of bread and host a bake sale.

Fellow bloggers who want to bake for this cause may tag 5 other bloggers and speard the cause.

I'm tagging
Arundati @ Escapades
Lubna @ Kitchen Flavours
AK Mom @ What's Baking
Vidya @ Veg Inspirations
Purva @ Purva's Dawat


Here's my contribution..I know its not enough..but atleast I've made a start....


Ingredients:
450 gms whole wheat flour, (can be substitute with wholemeal flour as well),plus 3 tbsp for dusting,
225 gms white flour,
1 tsp salt,
15 gms instant yeast,
3 tbsp olive oil or almond oil,
450 ml, warm water,
115 gms almonds, coarsely chopped,
100 gms raisins

Method:

1.) In a mixing bowl, mix together the flours, salt and yeast. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil and all the warm water and stir well to form a soft dough.
2.) Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead well for 5-7 mins. Add the nuts and raisins and mix well.
3.) Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and leave in a warm place for 2 hrs to rise.
4.) When the dough has doubled in size, return to the floured board and knead for another minute.
5.) Divide the dough into 20-24 even pieces and shape into good rounds. Grease the baking sheets well with the remaining oil. Place the rolls on the sheets, leaving enough space between them to allow for rising.
6.) Cover again with the kitchen towel and leave to rise again for about 30 mins, until the rolls are risen and have doubled in size.
7.) Preheat the oven to 200 degree centrigrade. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 mins. The buns should be golden brown and the bases should sound hollow when tapped.
8.) Serve with soup or cheese fondue.

Sneek Peek:


I was quite pleased with the results since I was baking this for the first time.. The color turned out just as I had expected. The outer layer was crusty and it was very soft from inside.


The almonds and raisins gave a touch of fruity sweetness to the rolls which makes it an ideal accompaniment to strong and sharp soups or fondues.


I hope you enjoy baking them as much as I did!!!

I'm sending this entry to BBD #14 - Coloured Breads hosted by Boaz of Grain Power and also to Susan's YeastSpotting.

You can also join me in the campaign by voting for my recipe here.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Jayashree,
    Thanks for stopping by. Its so wonderful that u joined in. This is absolutely gorgeous the inside as well as the outside!!

    U have a wonderful blog & pics. I am adding you to my links.:-)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Awesome!! they look great and i love the shot that shows the inside!! bah!! why did you tag me!! now i have to get off my behind and do something!!

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  3. Soma, thanks for your encouraging words.. :-)

    Aru, Atleast do some work sometimes... :DD!!!

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  4. Awesome lady, it feels nice to see somebody enjoying "cooking" as well as "giving" with the same zeal.

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  5. Wow something humble and gr8. Rolls look lavish and tempting. Nice blog makeover.

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  6. I'm so glad to have this lovely contribution for YeastSpotting. Remember to send a photo!

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  7. Hi Jayashree,
    Bread rolls are Awesome!! they look great.Pic r absolutely gorgeous.. Iam going to try this bread rolls..

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  8. Jayshree thanks for tagging me, will surely participate in this noble cause. What a coincidence even I am planning to bake a brownie for my hubby's bday ;)

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  9. Rolls look soo tempting I am drooling over the pic

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  10. Shailesh, Thanks for motivating me always for all the hits and misses in the kitchen..
    KF,Thanks!
    Susan, I'm glad you stopped by..I've sent you the details..Thanks so much :)
    Jaishree, Thanks! Do try them, I'm sure you'll love them!!!
    Purva, Thanks..Looks like your hubby is also a saggitarius :) I'll try out your brownie recipe once you post them :)

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  11. Hi Jayashree, started baking after going through some of your awesome looking cakes & bakes.. Could you tell me as to why are my cakes (otherwise ok) are baking faster on the sides of the tin and taking longer in the inside? What can I do to avoid this? Thanks in advance.

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  12. Oly..Unable to access your blog..so posting the comment here..hope you check it soon..

    Fristly, thanks for visiting my blog..I'm very happy you've started baking..

    As far as the cake goes, its important to know your oven..every oven is different and the temperature may differ from one oven to the other. What you could do is, reduce the temperature by 5 degrees than what is mentioned in the recipe..This would mean that you may have to bake a little longer than the prescribed time, but thats fine.. Secondly, you could put an aluminum foil over the cake tin half way through the baking.. This would save the cake and the sides of the cake from burning..

    Oly, I hope this helps.. would love to visit your blog..pass me the link pls..

    Take care!!!

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