Thursday, March 11, 2010

Should have made this a long time ago


Chocolate bread:

The original recipe for this bread comes from the lovely book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

I made a bunch of alternations to include different flours and go eggless on this one. Here is my version (halved the recipe that was in the book)

Ingredients


For the ganache:

2 oz semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup unsalted butter

Yeast and egg susbstitutes:

1/2 cup and 12 tbsp lukewarm water
3/4 pkt active dry yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tbsp flaxseed in 3 tbsp water
1/2 cup and 3 tbsp honey

Dry ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup barley flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 oz dark chocolate, cut to pieces

Egg wash


Method


Melt butter and chocolate ("Ganache") in a microwave, do like 20 sec or so runs and keep an eye on it- do not let it burn. Set aside.

Mix the ingredients listed as "yeast and egg substitutes" in a separate bowl. Once mixed add in the dry ingredients and the ganache. Mix until just combined. You do not have to knead it at this point. Let it rise and fall, should take about 2 hours or so.

I then refrigerated mine for 2 days, covered the bowl with plastic wrap.

After two days, took the dough out- it was easier to work with at this point. Flour the work surface, take the dough out, cut into halves. Set one half back in the fridge. Shape the other half into a nice ball shape and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour and 40 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. In the last 20 min, preheat the oven to 350F. Once you have let it rest, brush the egg wash on the bread and bake it until a fork comes out clean. Mine took about 35 minutes.

Let it cool and enjoy as is or with any kind of spread you might like.

Judgement


The bread turned out to be on the bitter side but I rectified it by using nutella as the spread (goes to show that nutella can do wonders!). It was a bit on the heavier side too, not like some of the airy, yeasty breads. I did love the hidden chunks of chocolate- can never get enough of chocolate, only this time it was too much of bitter chocolate!
Sending this bread to the weekly "Yeast spotting event"




Andorran Trinxat with a sour cream dip (Indian ishtyle), the original Andorran recipe uses bacon and bacon fat.

Ingredients

1 head Savoy cabbage, cleaned and chopped
5-6 medium sized potatoes (I used yukon gold)
1/3 of a package of firm tofu, cut into tiny pieces

1 small bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and freshly-ground black pepper

2-3 tbsp corn flour (as binding agent)


Method


Cook the cabbage (cook, NOT overcook since here the cabbage is already chopped up) and potatoes separately (boil them in lightly salted water). Drain the liquid and mash the potatoes. Drain the liquid from cabbage too (you might have to squeeze it a bit to get most of the water out).


Mash cabbage and potatoes, add in the tofu, spring onions, garlic, salt and pepper.


Make small patties and pan fry them or bake them at 350F for about 25 minutes.


Serve hot with any kind of dip you like.


Here I made a very easy sour cream dip:


1/2 cup sour cream 
1/2 tsp each of amchoor, ground cumin and caraway seeds, chilli powder
2-3 tbsp home made or store bought tamarind chutney
salt to taste


Combine all the above ingredients and serve it in a platter along with the lovely Andorran Trinxat (Soulful creations style!).

4 comments:

  1. Now this is seriously sinful and soulful :P

    Looks very irresistible


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  2. Good job for trying to make something eggless.Thanks for the review of your recipe in the end. You have a nice blog.

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  3. Lovely recipe, the click reflects the richness and goodness of the dish. Sinful indulgence :):)

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  4. I like that you made something healthy to go with your decadent chocolate bread!

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