Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Sun-dried-tomato buns with a hint of garlic and parsley

I feel like its been ages since I penned down something here. I have just been plain lazy and haven't been doing anything worth blogging about. Even cooking has taken a back seat, for some strange reason and its an effort for me to actually make something even if its only dinner, and styling it and taking pics afterwards make me loathe it even more.
Summer is here in full swing and even though some days are a bit windy, I can still go out in flip flops and not shiver my way back. Dinners at friends' places and relatives visiting us has left us with little or no time on weekends. And with the World cup matches, Ro refuses to budge from in front of the TV. These savoury buns dipped in hot English or Irish stew was perfect for one of those Saturday lunch sessions especially if you have made the buns a day before and stored in an air tight container. The the stew would take no time to prepare if you have a pressure cooker, oh and if you buy the casserole veggies and beef, all cleaned and diced, from the super market...yup laziness personified... that's me :)

White bread flour- 425 gms (I used Hovis)
Salt- 1 tsp
Baking yeast- 7 gms
Warm water- 325 gms

Sun dried tomatoes in oil- 50gms, chopped and drained (more or less according to your taste)
Garlic cloves- 4, finely chopped
Chopped, flat leaf parsley- a handful + enough to decorate
Pepper powder- to taste
Melted butter- a few teaspoons, just enough to wash the buns

Mix the bread flour, salt and yeast along with water in a bowl of a free standing mixer.
Add the tomatoes, garlic cloves, chopped parsley, salt and pepper and knead on medium speed with a dough hook attachment on your mixer, or drizzle some flour on to a clean kitchen surface and knead with your hands, till the dough is smooth and elastic.
Cover and keep in a warm place (I placed it inside my oven) for about 2 hrs or till the dough doubles in size.
Take it out, punch out the air and give it a light knead.
Shape them into tennis-ball sized rolls or even smaller if you please, and place them on a tray lined with baking paper.
Make small indentations on the buns and place a flat leaf parsley for decoration (Creativity flows in abundance when I'm in the mood)
Brush melted butter on top of each bun and leave it aside for 30 minutes, till the dough rises a bit more (you can avoid this step if you are running out of time, I guess).
Place in a pre-heated oven (200C) for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve hot with some spicy beef stew (Do check out the recipe here) or if you want to have it the next day, store in an air tight container and just before serving, place in a pre-heated oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, or steam for a few minutes and you would get soft buns.
Notes: You can also substitute bread flour with plain flour or wholemeal flour.
Parsley can be replaced with oregano or rosemary sprigs.
Add some grated Parmesan cheese while kneading for a cheesy flavour and some dried red chillies for the spice.
The butter wash can be done about 10 minutes before you take the buns out of the oven as well, in case you forgot to do it before, or can be avoided altogether.
If you are the super duper lazy ones like me, then buy the bread mix (you just have to add water and butter) itself from the super market and follow the directions on the cover and add the ingredients starting from sun dried tomato for that added flavour.

24 comments:

Pari said...

Lovely dear, I can imagine the aroma these buns must have spread.

Parita said...

Wow these buns look so aromatic and flavorful, love the color!

Sanchita Karmakar said...

Home made bread with hot soup ultimate comfort food. Nice photos too :)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely buns for lazy summer afternoons. I am plain lazy too.

Sushma Mallya said...

Now thats something different and nice...love the colour and the way you have presented it...so yummm

Sayantani said...

love spiced bread, perfect for the monsoon. looks lovely.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, look at that color, how beautiful !!! What a great looking bun.

Sarah Naveen said...

Beautiful clicks..looks awesome dearie!!!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Very cute looking buns

Suja Sugathan said...

Tomato buns looks so yummy..I love the color and shape..cute.

Priya said...

Fantastic looks buns, looks gorgeous and prefect...

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

I have been having zero luck with yeast lately which is an utter shame because I love me some fresh bread! I may have to try again because these look fabulous! :)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

They looks so beautiful, color and presentation thumbs up....i would just dip them in olive oil with balsamic vinegar and eat few buns right away :)

Turmericnspice said...

mouthwatering clicks...would love it with some butter...

Vrinda said...

Cute colorful buns....nice recipe

PJ said...

i am in this phase where i am liking anything and everything made out of sun-dried tomatoes! this bread is now tempting me to bake some :)

Yummy Team said...

Lovely buns..they look super tasty..

Sweet Artichoke said...

They are so good-looking! I just want to bite in them!

Pavithra Srihari said...

I see me in everyword that is written in anecdotes...;)

Love this picture so much .. looks superb

Nitha said...

Awesome click.... Have never tried this.. But for sure in my list..

Shabs.. said...

love this stuff....thinking of making it with soup...pinney never used sun dried tomato before....is it strong?.....how was the outcome?

Shabs.. said...

there is no sainsburys nearby, there s tesco though...i remmeber seeing sun dried tomatoes in the shelf.....will get one.....Pinney ty that chickem marinade on lamb.....its really good.....my frnd had added mint as wel...i am not a fan of mint flavour explicitly on meat though..:)..

Padhu said...

Buns look lovely and beautiful pictures

Abraham Chacko said...

i've always wanted to try this out... your recipe seems ideal...especially when my Tomatoes are almost ready in my garden...