Cheesy herbed rolls
Brinjal !! in a pizza??? No one puts that mom!!! Says a son with a wrinkly nose to his mother ( played by Juhi chawla). Yes I’am talking about the kellogs chocos advertisement, where the mother has to give veggies to her son masked in so many different ways. I have to sheepishly admit that I fall into the same category of moms who woudn’t think twice to add brinjal in a pizza. But contrary to what she says, chocos with its heavy dose of refined sugar is hardly any substitute for roti! The Indian advertisers have an uncanny knack of making mothers feel guilty about the way we cook. As if that was not enough, easy accessibility and the home delivery has made the whole process so smooth. Pizzas and burgers have to be ordered as soon as the home work is done. Not only those junk food commercials, but also the freebies you get with gems , chocolates, candies. Any new offer has to grabbed immediately. I at times wonder, why aren’t there any commercials for books? Short stories, comics, colouring, crafting. Can’t imagine what my childhood would have been without books! Why fill the naive minds with that kind of crap? Why can’t these big advertisers help government develop and beautify parks and play grounds for kids and then put up some giant hoardings of their products, serves everyone’s purpose.
When I saw my son drooling over the cheese crusted pizzas and cheesy bread sticks, I decided to give him something to chee(r)z about and now that I am on a bread making spree, I attempted to make some cheesy buns with yeasted bread. Each bite is full of herbed flavours and the cheesy centre is sure to surprise them. You can easily change the flavours according to your taste.
Basic recipe adapted from vahrehvah.com and I modified it by adding cheese.
- All purpose flour- 2 cups
- Instant yeast- 1 ½ teaspoon
- Salt- 1 teaspoon
- Water- ¾ cup (add ½ cup initially and then adjust slowly according to the need)
- Sugar- 1 ½ table spoon
- Olive oil– 2 tablespoon
- Mixed herbs- 2 table spoon
- Dry chilli flakes- 2 tablespoon
- Mozerella cheese – 12-15 cubes of one inch size
• In a large bowl combine warm water, sugar and olive oil mix well.
• If using active dry yeast, add it to the water-oil mixture and let it stand for ten minutes before adding the flour mixture. If using instant yeast, add yeast to the flour mixture and you need not wait for ten minutes.
• In another bowl combine flour, salt, yeast (only if using instant), mixed herbs, chilli flakes. Mix well.
• Add the flour mixture to the water-oil mixture in 3-4 increments, stirring with a wooden spoon.
• Using hands incorporate the flour into the water till its mixed well.
• Knead the dough on a clean surface for 10-15 minutes until the dough is no longer tacky and is smooth and elastic.
• Grease a caliberated container ( just to know the amount of rise,I used the liquid measuring jar for this) and place the ball of dough in it. Rotate the ball of dough in it, so that whole of its surface is greased too.
• Cover the container with a plastic or aluminium foil, or wet kitchen towel. Let the dough rise and double. This may take anywhere between 40-50 minutes depending on the weather.
• Once the dough is doubled, place it on a greased platform, pat it slightly to deflate.
• Divide the dough into 8-10 equal portions.
• With greased hands,flatten each portion, place a cheese cube at the centre and cover it completely with the dough , rolling it into a ball.
• Place the cheese stuffed dough rolls in a greased baking tray, allow it to double again. The second rise usually takes lesser time than the first.
• Meanwhile pre heat the oven to 200 o c.
• Once the rolls double, bake them at 200 o c for 20-25 minutes, till the top surface browns.
• Once out of the oven, brush lightly with olive oil, serve warm rolls with soup or as an evening snack with tea.