Sunday, March 28, 2010

First Attempt at Baking - Cilantro and Chilli Buns

Hello Friends,

OK, so I have tried something different today that I have never tried before, BAKING. It is a big green mosnter for me as I am afraid that it will be a disaster.  All I have ever done is bake those frozen samosas and sometimes I push even that to my husband as I am afraid to handle the monster, the oven.

Anyways, I have tried to start to tame that monster today not that successfully, but I have tried. I tried to make some savory buns

As I looked for a decent recipes all over the internet or blog world, so I would thanks everyone who has ever posted a bun recipe. I would like to specially thanks a friend, Savio, who has given me some special tips.

I know they do not look that good, but they tasted good.

Cilantro and Chilli Buns

All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Active Dry Yeast - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Salt - per taste
Melted Butter -  2 tsps
Finely Chopped Cilantro -  1/4 cup
Minced Garlic - 2 cloves
Finely Sliced Green Chillies - 2 (or however hot you like your buns to be)

  • Mix active dry yeast, sugar and salt in 1 tbsp warm water and leave it aside for about 30 minutes or till you see nice froth at the top of the water.
  • In a bowl (big enough so that when your dough rises to double it's size, it helps), mix cilantro, chillies, garlic to flour well. Now, add melted butter and yeast water to it (add extra water if needed) and make a snice soft dough.
  • Add about 1 tsp oil to the mixed dough , mix well and leave it in the bowl, covered by a damped towel (loosely) for about 2-3 hours or till the dough doubles in size.
  • After 2-3 hours, take the dough and make equal size balls out of it (I made about 6, you may make more or less based on how big you want those buns to be).
  • Take an oven safe pan or bowl and spray it with some oil or butter.
  • Now, place the buns in the pan spaced out so that when they rise int the oven, they are not crowded. Brush all of them lightly with some butter.
  • Preheat your oven to 428 degree Farenheit and let the buns bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on how you like them, I mean very crispy or ok crispy, golden brown or lighter or darker). But whatever you do, please do not keep checking in the oven by opening the door as that hurts your baking. Instead have your oven light on to check on the status.

Serve them as a snack with some coffee or tea. That is how we enjoyed it today !!!

Hope you all like my very first attempt of baking. They were not the best buns I ever had, but I was proud that I took the first step towards it. I think I left them there for a while longer than I should. Anyways, I will keep trying and use my husband and son as guinea pigs... ha ha ha.

I am also daring to send it to Bake-Off Event Organized by BangaloreBaker.

Till next post, take care.


Nithu Bala said...

yummy yummy..

Ms.Chitchat said...

That was a lovely looking bun. Great attempt and looking forward to seeing more baking from u :)

Parita said...

Your first attempt looks fantastic! Love the chilli and cilantro combo!

Priya Suresh said...

Ur first baking attempt looks awesome Priya, love the cilantro and chillies combo!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious dear..looks perfect

Champa said...

Looks good. I love the combination. I am sure in no time you'll be baking bakery style buns. Keep it going and thanks for the entry.

Unknown said...

Thanks everyone for such kind words. You guys are the best.

R said...

nice priya, really good for ur first attempt at baking... looking fwd to more goodies!!

ruchikacooks said...

Innovative Bun Priya, that too for the first time, I wouldnt believe it..Im sure the buns would have tasted heavenly with tea!

Panchpakwan said...

Looks perfect with tea...

Cooking Foodie said...

These look great to be had with tea... i like the spice component...

Kalai said...

lovely spicy buns!

Champa said...

When I left the comment last time, I had not paid too much attention to your recipe. Some pointers if you like to use them. Yeast amount is very less for the flour you are using. For 1 cup of flour, you need at least 3/4 tsp and 1/3 cup of water. Secondly, you have to knead it for at least 5 minutes before letting it rise. Third and final thing is after shaping the dough into balls, you will have to let it rise again for about 45 minutes before baking. I wonder if you did that and failed to mention or you skipped that step. If you skipped that step, your buns won't be as light as they should be. I usually brush with melted butter after they are baked and not before. Just some tips for your next baking venture.


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