Friday, January 7, 2011
Cheesy Garlic and Spiced Cottage Cheese Pull Apart Rolls
These rolls were also, in a way, serendipitous.
It was like this....one morning, I was standing in the check out lane at the local supermarket. Behind me were two women and they were excitedly discussing some dinner party that they had been to. I didn't mean to eavesdrop but then in my defense, they were speaking a tad loudly and they bitching about the food that was served. "Except for the stuffed buns...you know, the ones with feta cheese and spinach. Those were divine," declared one of them.
Stuffed feta cheese and spinach buns....that sounded very interesting and I made a mental note to find out about those buns.
Back home, I wasted no time in googling 'stuffed feta cheese buns'. I was also simultaneouly surfing through some food blogs and landed on this post.
With the thought of those stuffed feta cheese buns still in my head, somehow an idea began to take shape - why not make the rolls as per Suhaina's recipe and use some spiced paneer as per Nag's recipe in place of the garlic butter?
for the bread:
Plain flour: 1.5 cups OR plain flour : 1 cup and whole wheat bread flour: 1/2 cup*
Yeast: 1/2 tbsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Water: 1/2 cup + 2 tbsps
Olive oil: 2 tbsps + 1 tsp
*(the rolls in the photos are made from plain white flour; I have since made them with a combination of whole wheat flour and plain flour and they are just as good).
for the paneer/ cottage cheese stuffing:
Crumbed paneer: 1/2 cup
Chopped bell pepper: 2 tbsps
Chopped onion: 2 tbsps
Nando's hot peri peri sauce: 1 tbsp (substitute with any other spicy sauce or tomato ketchup)
Sugar: 1 tsp
Coriander leaves: 2 tbsps, chopped
Simply toss all the ingredients together into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
for the garlic butter:
Unsalted butter: 3 tbsps (original uses salted but I was also using cheese and hence used unsalted butter)
garlic: 2 tsps, grated
coriander leaves: 2 tbps finely chopped
grated cheese: 2 tbsps (optional but it really ups the yum factor)
Beat the butter for 2-3 minutes, then mix the grated cheese, garlic and the coriander leaves.
Mix the yeast with a tbsp of water and sugar and set aside for 10 mins, by which time you will see a creamy foam starting to form - this means that all's well with the yeast.
(in the original recipe, the yeast is whisked with the flour, but I prefer to ensure that my yeast is alive and well before I proceed with the making the dough).
Whisk together the flour and the salt. Add in the yeast mixture and the warm water and mix till all the flour comes together into a ball of dough. Depending on the flour you use, the temperature and humidity in your part of the world, you might need to use more or less water.
Add the oil to the dough, half a tbsp at a time, and knead to get a smooth dough. The dough should spring back when pressed with the fingers.
Grease a large bowl with a tsp of olive oil, turn the dough in the oil so that it is evenly coated with the oil, cover the bowl with a damp tea cloth and let the dough double. My dough took about an hour to double.
Punch out the air from the dough and divide it into two.
On a well floured surface, roll out one ball into a rectangle about 1 cm thick. Spread the paneer mixture evenly over it and roll it into a log, as such:
Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 4 equal portions.
Then roll out the second ball of dough in a similar fashion and spread the garlic butter on top, roll into a log and cut into 4 equal portions.
In well greased baking tray, place the rolls cut side up and brush the top with some milk. I alternate the garlic butter rolls and the masala paneer rolls (just for the heck of it!) as such:
Let the rolls rise for about 20 minutes and in the meantime, pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C.
Bake for about 30 - 35 mins till the top of the rolls turns golden brown.
Take a blob of cold butter and rub it over the top of the freshly baked rolls. This is optional but it gives the rolls a lovely shine. When cool enough to handle, pull them apart and eat.
The garlic rolls are very popular all over the blogosphere and with good reason. They are pillowy soft and oh so delicious. We had them alongwith this vegetable casserole and they were absolutely amazing.
But it was the cottage cheese rolls that had me all excited - with the addition of whole wheat flour, the stuffed rolls are filling and nutritious and I think they are perfect as a 'grab n go' breakfast or as a snack in children's snack boxes. What is more, you can vary the stuffings to suit your taste.....since I first made them, I am constantly thinking up different stuffings for the rolls: spinach and mushroom, spicy potatoes, minced meat....the possibilities are endless! So go right ahead, conjure up your own stuffings and stuff yourselves with these rolls!
And yes, these rolls have been Yeastspotted.
It is not just about the ingredients or the recipe, good food happens when it is served with love!!