Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Hasselback cheesy garlic rolls

I am not that much of a bread eater. It's strange because when I was in school/ college, I refused to pack anything else for lunch, but sandwiches, and considering I used to live on bread those days, I should have by now refused to part with it. But I guess, it rubbed off the other way for me. I don't want anything to do with it. Not that I hate it altogether, but I'm not that crazy about it either. The occasional garlic bread does the work for me these days.

Ro on the other hand, has toast every morning and I often ask him why he doesn't wanna try something else, and wont he get bored with it? This is the conversation we have every time I put forth that question:
"I would like idli, dosa or poori for breakfast, but since my wife is fast asleep during my breakfast time, I have no choice but to have toast."
Me: Do you think I work at Saravana Bhavan???? Well, you should have married a more pro-active person then, too bad I'm not. Why don't you try cornflakes, waffles or pancakes.
Ro: OK I like pancakes and waffles.
Me: Great I'll pick up a pack or two next time. All you have to do is heat them up in the microwave and you're good to go.
Ro: Oh I thought you were gonna make them for me????
Me: Wonder what gave you that idea? Remember I'm not the pro active wife.
Ro: Then I'll just stick to toast and coffee
Me: Fine by me ;)
He can toast a couple of slices of bread, but cant toast a waffle or heat a pancake?? I actually shouldn't complain because I'm not the super duper awesome wife who wakes up at 6am, grinds dosa batter, makes fresh dosa/idli and chutney and watches the husband gracefully digging into it. I'm one of those lazy brats who get Ro to even keep coffee ready for me in the mornings. But seriously, cut some slack here for me. Considering I make a fabulous (most of the time) dinner for him, toasting a few slices of bread is no ordeal?? You with me here???

Anyway, the reason I brought up bread was this...I just recently learnt the art of bread baking and I'm in love with it all over again. I'm not sure if its the baking that's making me all enthusiastic or the actual outcome, but whatever be the scene I'm slightly obsessed with working with yeast and am pretty proud of my creations. I initially started off with bread mix for the fear of working with yeast. I then decided to work with instant yeast but accidentally ended up buying active baking yeast which needed to be activated and that freaked me out. A couple (lots actually) of disasters and then I slowly got the hang of it. These sundried tomato bunscinnamon rollsFocacciabhatura and chicken stuffed buns were the successful out of the lot.
(picture inspiration from here)
My mother-in-law then asked me to pick up some instant yeast for her from here and that's when I picked up some for myself. I didn't quite get the hang of that instantly and was kicking myself for not just sticking to stuff I am used to, when the other day I made some doughnuts and it rose beautifully. I realized I wasn't giving the dough enough time to double in volume (blame my patience for it) and since the error has been rectified, I've been on a bread baking spree.

This recipe was bookmarked eons ago and I must admit, after 2 disastrous trials, I got lucky the third time. The first time, the dough went straight into the bin since it dried out on me and an ugly crust had formed. The second time, I still went ahead and baked the bread, but while slicing the crust just started crumbling and the insides were not cooked. So off to the rubbish bin it was. This time, I was determined to give it my best shot and decided that if it didn't work out for me, then that's it, I was never gonna give this recipe a shot again. Luck was on my side, and in spite of the slightly screwed up beginning, I managed to get what I wanted. They were the most tastiest buns I've ever had and I cant wait to make them again. Feel free to make them into buns or loaves or whatever shape you prefer. The outcome is fantastic whatsoever.

Recipe halved from here (yields 1 loaf or 6 buns)
Plain flour- 1 1/2 cups
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Instant yeast- 1 1/8th tsp (just a little over 1 tsp)
Honey- 1/2 tbsp
Warm water- 1/2 cup
Olive oil- 1/2 tbsp + enough to grease

Garlic butter- 1/4 cup
Cheddar cheese- 75 to 80 gms (depending on your choice) *
Into the bowl of a free standing mixer add the flour, salt and instant yeast and mix well. 
Add the honey and olive oil and rub into the flour mix, either using your fingers or with the paddle attachment of you mixer. 
Change to the dough hook, add in the water and knead on low for a couple of seconds and then increase speed to medium and knead for about 5 minutes or till the dough becomes smooth and pliable (and releases easily from the hook).
Add some flour or water (bit by bit), if you think the dough requires either of it. (I can proudly say that I now know how to determine this..pat on the back for me).
If you are doing this by hand, then lightly flour your work top and knead the dough for about 7 minutes. 
Lightly grease a mixing bowl and the dough, cover with cling film and keep aside to rise for about 2 to 3 hours. It should have doubled in size after the proofing period. (I pre-heat the oven at a really low temp for about 5 minutes, switch it off and place the bowl inside the oven. I leave it aside for about 3 to 4 hours)
Once the time is up and the dough has risen beautifully, punch it down and knead for a couple of seconds using your hand.
Line a tray with baking paper and divide the dough into 6-7 lemon size balls.
Cover with the same cling film and leave to rise for a further 30 to 45 minutes.
You can also pre heat the oven to 175C at this point.
In the mean time, melt the butter and thinly slice the cheese.
Once the dough has risen again, brush some of the melted butter onto the rolls and bake for about 20 minutes.
Take them out of the oven brush them again with more garlic butter and place them back inside for about 5 minutes. (yes double dose...that's what I'm talking about)
By this time the rolls would be nice and brown. Leave them out to cool for about 15 minutes.
Using a serrated knife gently slice the rolls, making sure you don't go all the way through the loaf. Leave an inch gap between slices.
Brush garlic butter in between and fill each gap with the cheese.
Send them back into the oven for about 3 to 5 minutes or till the cheese have all melted.
Take them out of the oven and if there is more butter, go on and glaze them.
Serve as a side to bakes or casseroles.
Notes: If using active dry yeast, then mix together the honey and water, sprinkle the yeast over it, stir to dissolve and keep aside for about 10 minutes or till the yeast starts frothing. Rub the oil into the flour-salt mix and then pour the yeast mix into it to form the dough.
Use any cheese you prefer. The more stronger, the better.
*I used cheddar cheese slices, which are easier to fill in the gaps. You can use a cheese slicer if its a slab.Its ok if its grated as well, just make sure you stuff enough between the slits.
I used store bought garlic butter, because I'm lazy. Making your own is really easy. Just mix 1/4 cup of melted butter with about 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp finely chopped parsley and salt to taste. I prefer using garlic powder instead of pods because i find the garlic taste too strong.
Feel free to make baguettes instead of rolls and double the recipe for larger quantities. As a rule, I always halve the recipes of any new dish I try. It's not the best way to go about it, but it somehow works for me.


Pavithra Elangovan said...

Who will not like this...yumm yumm yumm :)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Garlic rolls look very tempting with the melted cheese oozing out of them...Looks too yumm..Lovely clicks..

Priya said...

Very impressive and fabulous looking cheesy rolls,just loved those cheese oozing out.

Sumi said...

Looks delicious:)

Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef said...

These rolls look great Nisha! I'm kinda jinxed with yeasted stuff, so don't try it too much. maybe i should practice lots :/

Tina said...

ravile kothipichu...

Prathima Rao said...

Cheesy, garlicky & yummmm!!!! Perfect rolls Nisha!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Spice up the Curry said...

wow nice bread recipe, love this garlic and cheese flavor

Suja Manoj said...

Love the flavor and they looks impressive,great one dear.

Rookie Qookie said...

Lovely!! The Breakfast conversation was hilarious and am glad that there are other lazy dudettes :D
Talk about comforting-lazy fellas..hehe

Me And My Sweets said...

Oh, they look so cute:-) AND delicious!

Anonymous said...

As the wife of a man who can't even make himself toast, I can relate to this post more than you know. :)

Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

The husband eats only cornflakes in the morning and at times bread. Thankfully he doesn't ask for more ;)
You know I used to suck at baking and I still suck at times but unlike those old days where things would straight away go from the oven to the bin .. doesn't happen anymore :) I think it happens with time and baking is an art!
These looks super delicious. I have to give it a try and would love to make it exactly the way you did.

Javelin Warrior said...

Love this post - so much so that I'm featuring it in this week's Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I'm always inspired by your creations… Thanks so much for sharing.

Sarah said...

i can totally relate to you! I hate waking up early and slaving over a hot stove :P And hence i get away by making oats porridge for my husband since the last 2 months :) but then.. once school reopens in June, I'll have to change into the dutiful mother who makes the breakfast that her kid will eat :( These rolls look delicious! And i just love cheese!

Biny Anoop said...

Nisha we too start with bread but there is a choice between plain white,multiseed,brown or milk bread:)...every morning i ring my parents and they h ave stopped asking wat did aaron have for bfast....even if there is batter we make it in the pm or lunch.....my husband dont like a busy kitchen in the morng and i think me too now......loved readg thru and recipe is simple and fab

Subhie Arun said...

v impressive n gorgeous looking rolls....tempting!

Valerie said...

these rolls are very original and look delicious :) can you please recommend a cheese i can use instead of cheddar? thank you!

My Kitchen Antics said...

Hi Valerie... you can actually use any cheese you prefer...gouda, gruyere etc works.

shinta said...

This post had me laughing, I know quite a few of these women who wake up at 5am and prepare fresh lunches and breakfasts for their dear husbands. Like you, I couldn't be bothered. Excellent recipe btw!

Aysha said...

Hi Nisha,
Very tempting pics. The cheese you have used here is a spread or is it the slices?

My Kitchen Antics said...

Hi Aysha,
I have used cheddar cheese slices. But you can use grated cheese as well. Just stuff it in nicely. Slices make it easy to squeeze them into the slits