Aparna and Priya have tagged me to bake bread for a wonderful cause - to alleviate poverty in Africa. If I can help in any small way, I want to - and what better way than to bake bread, which is something I've come to enjoy. I find it relaxing and stress-relieving and to have the house smell of freshly baked bread at the end is the most wonderful part.
Breadline Africa is a charity based in South Africa works towards ending poverty in Africa by helping communities achieve long-term self-sustainability.
On Blog Action Day, Breadline Africa launched their Worldwide Blogger Bake-Off campaign. The aim is to raise $1 million in funds for a project to convert shipping containers into locations for food production and distribution in Africa.
If you would like to join The Blogger Bake-Off, details can be found at their site. Bloggers who would like to bake for this cause may use the widget on their blogs and tag 5 other bloggers to Bake Bread, Give Dough and Feed Africa.
I tag the following people, who bake exceptionally well, and whom, I hope will take up this tag for a great cause:
Lakshmi, Raaga, Jude, Sunshinemom and Zorra.
I saw this recipe on My Kitchen Cafe. Her blog is amazing and she has tons of tried and tested recipes that always come out perfect. This was one of the easiest and best breads that I've ever made (or eaten, in fact!).
Perfect Bread Rolls
(original recipe from My Kitchen Cafe)
4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Yeast
2 tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 cups warm Water
1 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Mix together the yeast, sugar and water. Set aside for 10 minutes until the yeast is activated and frothy.
Add the oil, salt and 2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture and combine. Add the flour a little at a time until the dough begins to come together and leaves the edges of the bowl.
Empty the dough out onto a kneading surface and knead for 7-8 minutes until it begins to feel smooth and oh-so-silky. Transfer the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with a thin cloth or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise to double its size (about 1 hour - I think it's so short because of the large amount of yeast).
Gently deflate the dough and turn out onto the kneading surface. Divide the dough into 12-14 equal parts and roll each into a ball. Place them on a baking tray a couple of inches apart. Cover with a damp cloth for about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. For hard crusted rolls, spray water couple of times for the first 4-5 minutes while baking. For a soft crust, brush the hot rolls with some melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.
This is also off to Susan @ Wild Yeast for Yeast Spotting.
(do you see that soft crumb? mmm!)
Check out my fellow marathoners:
DK, Siri, Srivalli, Ranji, PJ, Curry Leaf, Medha, Priya, Bhawna, Raaji, Ruchii, Kamala, Roopa, Divya Kudua, Rekha, Divya, Lakshmi, Raaga, Lakshmi, Sripriya, Viji, Kamalika, Pavani, Karuna and Roochi.