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Winter Warmers Recipe Series

For the weeks coming up to the New Year, I hope to share with you some great recipes from around the world to help warm you up during these colder seasons. They are just simple but highly comforting things we all love to eat to help get through those chilly days and evenings.

Please do let me know if you try out any of these and if you have any similar ones you make for yourself or for your friends and families 🙂

The first Winter Warmer recipe in this series is one which is a regular in our household and not just kept for the colder season- Borscht.  This recipe was actually one that my mother came across on an aeroplane magazine, and she came home and was excited to try it out in our kitchen. It’s a great way to use Beetroot and other common things you may have in your friedge. After our own trials of the original recipe for Borscht, then talking to our polish friends about their family recipe, we came up with this one that we all liked. I hope you try out our version of this Polish soup and that it gives you the comfort you seek 🙂

You can make this as a starter with some warm bread rolls or as a main meal if you just want something light but fulfilling.

Winter Warmer Recipe 1: Borscht (soup)

Borscht

This soup is traditionally served on Polish Christmas Eve, but is perfect on any cold day as a great comfort food with your favourite bread.

Serves 4

What you need:

1 Onion chopped
450g beetroot, peeled & sliced (or can use ready cooked beetroot)
2 celery sticks
1/2 red pepper, chopped
115g mushrooms, chopped
1 apple, chopped (I’ve tried all kinds of apple and find granny smith is the best)
23g Butter
2 tbsp Olive oil
1L vegetable stock
1 heaped tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt & black pepper to taste

Garnish: a few sprigs dill, sour cream

The sprig of dill I feel is quite important in this soup and gives it a distinct flavour.

How to make it:

  1. Heat oil & butter in a saucepan and add all the chopped veg and apple. Add 45ml of stock and cook until soft
  2. Stir in cumin seeds and cook for a further 1 minute and then add the remaining stock, bay leaf, salt & pepper.
  3. Bring the soup to a boil and then cover and simmer for 30mins
  4. Using a handblender/food processor, take out about 3/4 of the veg with a slotted spoon and whizz until pureed.
  5. Return the pureed veg back to the pan, check for seasoning and then add the lemon juice.
  6. Serve with a garnish of dill sprigs and a swirl of sour cream.

This is perfect with a chunk of your favourite bread or some freshly boiled/steamed potatoes.

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Borscht & Challah

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GBBO Week 3 – Bread week

It’s the day of the forth week’s episode and I know I am so late with keeping up with the GBBO bake along, but better late than never?!  I was planning to make such exciting things for Bread week but this week was particularly busy and I had a rubbish bake with a Cinnamon Couronne – those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter will know all about this already! 🙂 So I only really had time to make these bread rolls, which in fact was the best thing I could have done from Bread week.

On top of all of that, the shocking news that the GBBO production team will be moving to Channel 4 for the next series! Whaaaaaat!!!!! And the presenters Mel & Sue are also making an exit! Disaster. I am not sure how the show is going to keep it’s ratings as it is a Household name now and I feel the success is due to no advert breaks and brilliant presenters. Oh well, I hope this doesn’t put off any budding bakers out there and hope these easy 50/50 bread rolls gives some inspiration 🙂

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These are one of the first things I baked when I was learning to make bread, and it’s always been a favourite. I have just tweaked it slightly using Spelt flour and milk which gives it a tastier flavour (in my opinion)  and hence the name ’50/50 bread rolls’ . They have the lovely texture and nuttiness from both white and brown flour and are perfect just by themselves with butter or margarine or with some yummy soup or you can even stuff them with your favourite sandwich ingredients!

Makes approx 10 small rolls

What you need:

  • strong white organic bread flour, plus extra for dusting – 250g
  • Spelt flour – 250g
  •  Salt – 1 tsp
  • dried Yeast – 2 tsp
  • Warm milk – approx 75ml (you can use Almond or Soya milk if you are vegan)
  • Warm water – approx 225ml
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, for greasing
  • Rice flour, for dusting

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How to make it:

  1. Add the warm milk, warm water  & sugar to a bowl and then add the dried yeast.Mix well and cover and leave aside for about 15 mins to wake up the yeast 🙂 Ensure water and milk are not too hot and can be touched with your finger comfortably. If it’s too hot then it may kill the yeast – I have done this before and ended up with dough that never rose and tasted horrible! 

  2. In another large bowl, mix the white & spelt flour with the salt so they are combined.

  3. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix together with your hands until the dough is well combined. Bring the dough together into a ball.

  4. Knead the dough on a clean surface for 20-25 minutes, or until the dough is elastic and smooth. You can add a little more warm water to loosen the dough if needed.

  5. Return the dough to a bowl, lined with olive oil, and cover with a clean damp tea towel or cling film. Set aside for 1-1½ hours in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.

  6. When the dough has risen, return it to a floured work surface and knock it back.

  7. Separate the mixture into 10 parts and roll each into a ball. Flatten each slightly with the palm of your hand and transfer the rolls to a baking tray, placing them close together. At this point you can add different toppings to your rolls e.g. sesame seeds, poppy seeds, oats, herbs, chilli flakes etc.

  8. Cover the tray with cling film and set aside for another hour, or until the rolls have doubled in size again.

  9. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C

  10. When the rolls have expanded, dust them with the rice flour and transfer them to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through.

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September 14, 2016 · 3:56 pm

Artisan Bread baking at Ann’s Smart School of Cookery

I am very lucky indeed to have foodie friends and even luckier to be gifted a cooking class for my birthday this year! The lovely Dharani and I went on a baking class at Ann’s Smart school of Cookery and this class was held at their branch in St Katherine’s Docks in London. It was a dreary day in London so it was nice to walk into a cookery class which starts with the enticing smell of yeast! It’s a small venue but just enough to fit in the 20 people who signed up and a great long industrial kitchen tables for us to sit around.

The class started off with an introduction with our Tutor, Stuart, who was very charming and explained the plan for the day. It was interesting to learn a different type of making a standard dough which involves adding the flour to the liquid and not the other way around. It was a revelation for me and I am looking forward to trying it out for myself at home! We started off with the Brioche and the dough was given to a pair of participants who very ably used this ‘introverted technique’ of bread kneading and the ingredients put into this enriched dough had such an amazing aroma! YUM! Surprisingly the same basic dough was used to make all of the breads, with adjustments only made for any added ingredients e.g. herbs, spices and olives for the Foccacia.

Some of the different breads made by various participants on the class.

Some of the different breads made by various participants on the class.

Myself and Dharani had the awkward task of making 30 identical crostini’s. It was arduous work and mine were so untidy compared to the lovely ones Dharani made! However it was worth it in the end and they were so yummy with the different dips we had to sample them with.

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Crostini’s in progress!

Me being silly with the Hippo face oven glove :-) (I need to get me some!)

Me being silly with the Hippo face oven glove 🙂 (I need to get me some!)

Dharani's perfectly shaped Crostini's <3

Dharani’s perfectly shaped Crostini’s ❤

The other participants on the class that day had other types of bread to make; pizza, cob, foccacia and seeded rolls.  It was amazing to see such soft bakes turn out so well with very little time for proving. But I guess that’s what happens when you have a bread making class for only 2.5 hours!

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Foccacia

Check out the air bubbles in this soft and pillowy Foccacia!

Check out the air bubbles in this soft and pillowy Foccacia!

Tear n Share rolls. I want to try out those saffron rolls - beautiful colour!

Tear n Share rolls. I want to try out those saffron rolls – beautiful colour!

What the course details do not explain on the website is how much of the baking we will be doing ourselves and I think that it something that I would have liked to know beforehand. In my opinion this class is for beginners to baking or for those who would like to be inspired. If you bake often and are seeking specialty bakes, then perhaps this is not the class for you. However, the school has many different types of classes and you can book here

This pizza was DELISH!

This pizza was DELISH!

Thank you to Stuart and the school for our bread-tastic day! It has definitely inspired me to experiment with different types of bread to provide much needed comfort during this cold season.  Dharani, I couldn’t have experienced this class without you, so a huge thanks and for taking some of these photos:-)

I have yet to experiment with the techniques that I learnt on the class, so watch this space for new bread recipes! But click HERE for my classic white loaf recipe that I use very often and can be adapted with different ingredients.

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Who said soup & bread are boring?

Dinner today was inspired by the cold weather and after watching ‘Fiddler on the roof’. Borscht and Jewish challah bread.  SLURP!

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Thank you to ‘Our Shobbos Menu’ for inspiring me to make challah! You’re awesome! !!

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