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.
aha, now a tag to bake bread - when i don't even need an excuse to bake :D
Thank you for tagging me. I try to participate.
A,I too made rolls for the same cause,mine are sweetpotato ones though.These look divine.
Yeah they have come cout perfect.
Seeing this now you are tempting me to make rolls.
Totally agreee they look DIVINE.
Anu..thats mean mean mean...thats looking seriously divine!..I wont' go to any bakery from now on...straight to your place!!!
I made dinner rolls a coupla days back and here you have those perfectly, yup perfect and fluffy and nicely bread bread rolls...
They look wonderfully soft and fluffy. The lot of rolls looks like ladi pav.
There now, Aparna said it! Beautifully soft and fluffy! This reminds me of Cham's Ladi pav:) Thanks for tagging me - I was a little :( that no one did, and I was going to bake one just the same!! Now you have given me a new impetus:)
Anu those rolls look so nice.....i never tried baking breads...am too afraid to try them..
Rolls looks soft n fluffy, as u said yea they look divine...
Wow Arundhati, they look stunning and the texture is awesome.
Lakshmi - :-) i thought i'd give you a reason though!
Zorra - Sure.
Curry Leaf - Am off to check out your rolls
Happy Cook - Do try them out.
Srivalli - Anytime!
Ramya - thank you. have you posted yours yet?
Aparna - Never heard of ladi pav - the pav used for pav bhaji? thanks! and thanks for the tag!
Sunshinemom - I just checked out Cham's Ladi Pav- yes, they look very similar! Am glad I tagged you, babe - cant wait to see what you're gonna make!
Raaji - Do try them - they're quite simple and so satisfying!
Priya - Thanks
Medhaa - Thanks
Pearlsofeast - Thank you!!
You bet I'm going to make these.
Sometimes you just have to have a soft roll. Delicious, and a very worthy cause!
Looks sooooooo good, I feel like making some pav bhaji with that.Has come out Pu.erfect An
they look fabulous babe!!
Can I bake this same bread for my tag too? :-) I love this.
They re stunning ur pav :) I felt my pav was not extreme spongy like store bought one! Good one for great cause!
Tamsin here from Breadline Africa.
Just wanted to stop by and say THANKS for joining our Blogger Bake Off.
We've had so much support from bloggers who are taking our cause to heart.
I think your recipe should definitely win the Most Traditional recipe category on our website (www.bloggerbakeoff.com) - don't forget to put it up! :-)
We're busy getting our first Bake Off newsletter together and will use it to keep everyone up to date on the projects that we're suporting with the funds raised from those who are baking.
I've also posted your recipe on our Facebook Group (Blogger Bake Off: Bake Bread; Give Dough) - check it out if you're a member.
Cheers and HAPPY BAKING!
Tamsin - Breadline Africa, Cape Town.
Will definitely take this up. Thanks!
Made these, posted about them!
Cynthia - I hope you liked them as much as we did.
Susan - Thank you!
Madhu - Yup - perfect for pav bhaji
Arundati - Do try them - you'll love them too
Raaga - Please please do - they're fantastic.
Cham - This was great - try this next.
Tamsin - Thanks for stopping by. I'll put up the recipe and will stop by the FB group - didn't know there was one. THanks a lot.
Jude - Look forward to seeing what you bake!
Bharti - it looks fabulous! :-)
Oh my god! look at the bread, all I can think of is dipping it in piping hot bhaji masala with that pav!
And now Im hungry : )
Wow....looks so wonderful! SO soft and perfect.
Supriya - Thank you - yes I'm sure it tastes great with bhaji
Homecooked - Thank you!
I was there and got to taste this bread.So soft and absolutely wonderful.Good work Anu.
bhavani - thanks so much babe - it was so good to see you!!
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