Friday, February 20, 2015

Cottage, Cheddar Cheese and Cilantro filled Flower breads

Cottage, Cheddar Cheese and Cilantro filled Flower breads

Few days back as pert of my Valentines surprise spread for hubby, tried these beautiful looking flower shape breads .. And he was in complete aww and surprise too see how beautiful food could be...:) 

While I was finalising my menu for the Valentines surprise spread, I was searching on Internet various options, which makes food looks gorgeous. Apart from cottage cheese fritters I made, Pinterest helped me this amazing idea of flower shaped breads. 

I was trying this kinda on artisan bread and that so with stuffing for the first time. And, will you believe that so without practise?? :D 
But, everything went well and I was able to surprise my Valentine with these gorgeous bread flowerets..  

I did not follow any particular recipe, but my past experience with bread baking held me confident enough to make a dough that will go perfect for this. So sharing with you what I followed. Also, the idea courtesy is Pinterest, I am sharing the link which will help you to shape the bread perfectly... 

- 1.5 cups plain flour/Maida
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp. active yeast
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 in total, equal proportion of milk and water
- 3 tbsp of butter 
- 2 tbsp of milk and 1 tbsp of butter for brushing 
- some extra flour for rolling and dusting

For Filling
- 1/4 cup grated cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese or any cheese of your choice
- salt to taste
- chopped Cilantro 
- 1/2 tsp. garlic paste

Process for making filling
1. Take a bowl and mix cottage cheese and cheddar together.
2. Add salty with garlic paste and chopped cilantro too.
3. Mix everything well in keep this in refrigerator while we work with our dough. 

1. In a small bowl add 1/4th of the milk and water mix which is warmed to just lukewarm.
2. Add sugar and yeast and Sprinkle some flour. Stir it and leave for around 10 mints.
3. In a separate big bowl take flour, add salt and garlic powder and mix well.
4. Once yeast if proved, add the yeast mix to the flour. And add rest of the milk and water mix to the flour to knead a dough which will be soft and sticky
5. Now add the melted butter, and knead the dough for at least 10 minutes.
6. Once the dough is kneaded well, grease the dough and a bowl in which we need to keep the dough and let it rest for first proofing. 
7. Cover the dough with a cloth, and let the dough rest in a warm spot for approx. 45 mints. Or till the dough doubles.
8. Now, dust the dough and your hands a little, punch the dough and deflate all the air. Knead the dough for another minute or so.
9. On your work surface sprinkle some dry flour. And divide the dough in small equal portion ( 6-7) . And, roll each small ball in small died of approx. 3 inches of diameter. 
10. On the rolled dough spread the cheese filling nicely. And, seal the edges just like you do for any stuffed parantha. And with help of your palm,spread the disc evenly so that filling is evenly spread across.. 
11. Now with the help of a sharp knife, starting from top make an out going cut leaving 1/2 inch from the centre. Once done make same cut exactly opposite side
12. Similarly, make cuts in side and then in between of already made cuts. ( please check link above for better understanding) 
13. Once done, with your finger adjust each petal/cut a little to form a flower shape. Repeat to shape all the dough balls. And place them in nicely greased baking tray. 
14. Let them rest for 5-7 minutes covered with a cloth. 
15. Once done, brush lightly with butter milk mix. 
16. Make the breads in ore heated oven at 180 degrees C for approx. 20 minutes or till you see a nice golden crust on the bread.
17. While the loaf is baking, brush the loaf with milk and butter mix. In the beginning Nd towards the end.

Your beautiful looking flower breads are ready, serve them appetisers with some yogurt dip, as main course with some yummy soup or just like a regular snack in your party/get together... Everyone will go gaga over them...:) 

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