New Year, More Breakfasts, and The Most Amazing Contest!

I am a bit of a baking virgin. So yes, I have done those muffins and cupcakes and scones. But bread is a territory I haven’t ventured into enough. It’s been kind of scary for me. I have watched with tearful eyes as bloggers around the world smile, and present of their perfectly manicured blog, series after series of absolutely beautiful braided breads, dazzling in their visual perfection, promising flavours that would carry you into some forbidden territories of the gastronomical universe. I have wept silently into my pillow, knowing my hands have never created these beautiful creations.
That is, until the last week of 2012. I knew the year was going, and wanted to lay to rest this silly fear of the bread beautiful. I knew I had to do it, or 2012 will never forgive me.

And so, I took the plunge, with some Self raising Flour, butter and milk for company. Surprisingly, for all my fears, it came out really well. Not the lovely, glamourous babe on the professional food blogs, but the sweet, simple darling you would love to take home to Mommy.

Here is how I did it. 

For the Bread
All purpose flour/Plain flour/Maida – 2 cups
Butter – 100 gms - cold
Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Sea Salt – ¾ tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup

Sesame seeds- ¼ tsp

I had some Mushroom Masala ready, but frankly, you can put in any leftover, slightly dry vegetable or meat stuffing into this baby. It won’t complain.

1.      Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.
2.      Cut butter into small cubes and rub it into the flour with your fingers, slowly, till it resembles fine bread crumbs.
3.      Now add milk, gradually, mixing it, till it resembles a dough. Knead it lightly, and leave aside for an hour or so.
4.      On a clean platform, roll out the dough to a longish rectangle, about 10 inches long. Mark lengthwise into 3 equal parts.
5.      Leaving the centre intact to hold the stuffing, make diagonal cuts in the other two parts as shown in the picture.
6.      Place your stuffing lengthwise in the centre.
7.      Start braiding now. Fold the bottom and top of the dough towards filling and begin folding the strips over the filling, lapping them alternately. Finish the folding and brush with milk or egg before transferring the loaf into a prepared baking tray. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
8.      Bake in a oven preheated to 350F/180C, for about 40 minutes, until the top is well browned and the bottom part is crisp. Serve hot.

Did you know that I have finished over 200 Breakfasts Recipes within the Breakfast Projekt? Yup!
And the Breakfast Recipe Contest celebrates this, with some fabulous, drool-worthy Gourmet hampers from Olive Tree Trading! See the image below, or visit the Contest Page on this blog for details. I look forward to your recipes.


  1. This looks fabulous. Did you say baking virgin? I think you were born to bake. NICE!!

  2. That looks so delicious. You are no longer a bread virgin. Welcome to the wonderful world of baking Breads, you won't ever look back. I actually have dinner rolls baking in the oven as I write this comment :)

  3. look lovely. I love baking. I often make home made bread...That I love to make cakes sort of goes without saying:):)

    1. Thanks Ivana. I can see why people tend to get addicted to baking. It's so fulfilling!


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