Saturday, April 22, 2017

Samoon/Iraqi Flatbread

Samoon is an Iraqi flatbread prepared simply with all purpose flour, wheat bran, buttermilk. Its a yeasted dough flatbread which makes excellent sandwich or served with any sort of spreads/dips.Coz of the wheat bran, this bread tends to be bit dense with great flavors and obviously rich in fibre.These Iraqi flat bread are shaped as a diamond. It is traditionally baked on the walls of a tandoor oven and often served as a part of breakfast with a thick cream or cheese. In Iraq, yellow diamonds are painted on the outside of shops to signify that samoon are sold there. Some samoons are brushed with egg yolk and topped with sesame seeds, also some makes slashes once or twice on the top before baking. But i kept mine as an eggless Samoon by brushing the samoon with a flour and water paste.

Iraqi Flatbread, Samoon, Eggless Samoon

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rieska/Finnish Potato Flatbread

Rieska, this bread is quite a popular one in Finland which is usually baked with healthy grain aka Barley flour. Though Rieska is a traditional Finnish flatbread, its preparation varies across the country. As i told earlier often it’s made with barley flour, sometimes this bread calls for oat or rye flour, and even potato which is popular as well. The thickness of rieska can vary too from cracker-thin to thick-and-bready. No leavening agents is needed for making this thin crispy flabread, however some Rieska recipes calls for baking powder if baked as a thick bread like Rieska. I went with a thin, crispy flatbread with mashed potatoes, which is a popular version of Rieska.  Usually baked at high temprature, this bread are baked in tandoor/wood fired like oven, but its really easy to bake this crispy flatbread at home itself. With less efforts and less ingredients, this Rieska gets ready very much prefectly at home with simple ingredients in it.

Rieska, Finnish Flatbread

Quark Rosinenbrötchen/Eggless German Curd Cheese Raisins Rolls

Quark is a well known German Curd cheese which is often used in most of the dishes in Germany. Though this curd cheese is not easily available here is Paris, i couldnt resist to grab it from a nearby cheese store, where you can find any sort of the regional or international cheese varieties easily. When i picked this Quark cheese, i checked immediately for an easy dish to dish with this cheese for this month's Mega marathon which i have been running since two weeks with A-Z baking around the world as theme. Obviously for the Alphabet 'Q' i couldnt resist to bake this Quark bread roll with loads of raisins. Quark is a fresh cheese which is quite similar to Greek yogurt which is less in tanginess and less in calorie with rich in protein. Some quark cheese rolls calls for yeast but this raisin loaded quark bread rolls calls for baking powder.

Quark Rosinenbrötchen, German Quark Roll

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pampushki/Ukrainian Garlic Dinner Rolls

Pampushki/Pampushky are fantastic Ukrainian's Garlic rolls served along with the popular Borscht soup. But these garlic rolls can be enjoyed with any meals as they are absolutely aromatic with fantastic flavor. Pampushki calls for an easy breezy bread dough which makes some soft and beautiful rolls. These aromatic dinner rolls are completely egg free, obviously you can bake these absolutely delicious garlic rolls in big batches. Trust me, Pampushki will definitely please anyone's tastebuds especially if you love garlic flavor in your bread. I followed this recipe for the preparing the dough and this video for shaping, as the original recipe i followed went for a simple shaping.

Pampushki, Ukrainian Garlic Rolls