Actually we are cheating a bit by saying oil poached . I did that just to make it sound healthy. Well it’s great for your mental health when the little monsters you make it for say yummy can we have some more ….but it’s not really poached more like deep fried ..good bye right artery of the heart .
The dough does have oats inside so supposed to reduce your bad cholesterol.But if you truly want to be healthy then you will be and won’t be trolling the internet for ways for heart health.
The good bit is you can say no..Ahh who are you kidding , when u dip one of these puppies in the chipotle tamarind sauce all resolve melts away..
Without much ado..
Sourdough starter approximately 200 g
Water – 75 ml
Oats – 50 g
Flour to make into a soft dough- 300 g( can use a mix of wholewheat and white)
Salt to taste
Sugar- 5 g/ 1 t
Basil and parsley to flavour or you can add your favorite herbs or even kimchi..
Olive oil- 20 ml
Oil to gently poach…😆😆😆
The method is to simply mix everything and keep it till it’s very bubbly , then shape into small balls and deep fry poach in oil 😛
These evolved from a class of students that Moi used to teach at Whitireia Poytechnic , in New Zealand /Aotearoa. Ive eaten muffins all over the world and truly these were so awesome moist, and chock full of berries or you could replace them with something else..
While we are on that topic, there was a muffin place called M#ff^in break( of all the things), which were some of the worst ive ever eaten. i counted 5 berries in one, like they kept one person on slave rates to count the nos of frozen berries to chuck into each little muffin cup.
So this recipe makes 12 medium sized ones or could make smaller mini sized ones about 30 odd..the cooking time for those is about 60% so about 12 -14 minutes, you have to check its not an exact science.
Flour sieved 200 g
Cornflour sieved with above -40 g
baking powder sieved with flour and cornflour together- 10 g
ok stop , before going any further, preheat your oven to 180 C on fan assisted mode and get your muffin tin and cups ready( muffin cups even the disposable ones need t be sprayed or brushed with some oil)
Butter 48 g
oil 48 g melt together
Eggs 2 large sized 6–65 g each
Sugar 180 g
vanilla essence – enough to take the egg smell off
milk -100 ml
Blueberries –120 g atleast, so you get a good mouthful in each bite
The way forward is quite easy…Whisk the eggs , sugar and essence together over a bowl of hot water till thick and foamy. you could do this the old fashioned way with a good whisk or use the electric hand blender, dont worry i wont judge you.
then slowwwwly add in the melted butter oil mix , and milk and dont whisk. Use a spatula or spoon ti mix gently so all the aeration isnt lost. Then pour in your flour/cornflour/baking powder blend, the one which had been all sieved togther.( to blend well , remove any bits of paper/ plastic or glass which could go in..and also make the mix lighter).Put on the greased cups/ yes even the disposable baking cups so the batter doesnt stick horribly. Bake at 180C fr 8-20 minutes turning midway once or twice.
Take these out and take a bow, your kids will love you forever( well atleast till the muffins last). I will make a batch with my happy kids tomorrow and post a pic..
This remains one of my favourite breads to eat…like a few dozen other, but truly a nice pide/ or its relative the barbary naan bread are sooo good with a stew or a grilled chicken kebab , to mop up some curry, or even simply like in a panini s/w.
will update more when im riding the train today in Sydney…
And what can be more fun than juggling a cup of latte ,praise the Lord for cups with lids.
So we first need to the make this sticky paste which is called tangzhong in china and shokupan in Japan where you cook some starch with a liquid and then use that as a base for your bread .this allows for the bread to absorb more water , which allows for the bread to stay cottonsoft for a lot longer without any other additives .
So for that first I took
Milk 300 ml and cooked it with 30 g of flour and butter to make a kind of a bechamel or white sauce. Keep 1 spoon separately.Cool that down till you can touch it with your fingers and add about 100 ml water .( Very important that it’s not too hot or you going to kill them yeastie babies
Then to that you add 6 g of yeast, and 10 g sugar and 10 g salt mix lightly and add flour 400 g( I used 50 g spelt, 200 whole wheat and 150 regular. I then just lightly mixed it up .
Then I proofed it in the fridge with some plastic wrap so it doesn’t get dry.
Then you knock it back , gently and divide into 4.round it up and leave it for a few minutes.
Then you sort of elongate the dough and make it into a rectangle shape . Dimple the top and proof again.
Test the side by touching the side.if it springs back immediately it’s not ready to bake just yet.
Prrheat your oven to 200 C and brush your bread dough with diluted bechamel+ 30ml of olive oil which you have saved in the first step…didn’t save it..Curses ..
Then top it with sesame seeds ,Nigella and I used some fennel too with some cracked salt.
Bake for approximately 14-16 minutes turning midway through the cooking process .brush with olive oil when done and serve..
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