Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Feta and thyme bread buns....Mood = Copycat

So as you have all noticed i am definitely on a dough mission. I love it, i breathe it, i live it. I love experimenting and trying new things and again bread plays a major part in it. Again i have been to scent of spice website and tried these a while ago and they didn't work, simply because i was rushed and forgot to put the yeast in. This time, i didn't have an egg but they still worked perfectly. I just added slightly more liquid to compensate for the lack of egg. I was nervous but what can i say they were perfect.

This recipe is great as you can fill the dough with anything you like as the pastry has a little sugar in it so it can easily be adapted to a sweet version. Who doesn't love that idea?!?! You can fill with chocolate, caramel chips, both, jams, cheese and ham, honey and cheese. I mean the list is endless.

I had a tonne of cheese and thyme in my fridge as my father in law had just arrived from Greece and brought me a huge amount of cheese. So it seemed only fitting that i used some of it up. What delicious cheese. With fresh thyme and freshly cracked black pepper. YUMM! The dough was soft, fluffy, has a great texture, sweet and salty taste, and just floated in your mouth. It was decadent and delicate.


Recipe:

375g Bread Flour
100g all purpose flour
35g milk
75g caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet of yeast (7g)
1 large egg
150ml warm water
40g soft unsalted butter

Roux:
25g flour
125ml water

Method:

Roux:

  • Place the roux mix in a pan and mix well till it forms to a paste.
  • Set aside.

For the dough:

  • Sift both flours add the sugar, salt, and add the yeast.
  • Mix together the warm water, milk and egg to the roux mixture and begin to pour into the flour mix.
  • Stirring continuously with your kneading hook until everything has combined.
  • Add the butter at this stage.
    • Knead for about 5 minutes to work the gluten in the dough.
    • Place in an oiled bowl and leave to rise for about one hour, or until it has doubled in size.
    • When it has risen, punch down and knead slightly to smoothen out and cut into equal pieces. I managed to make 14 pieces. But could have maybe gotten about 16 if i made some of the balls slightly smaller. But i was feeling greedy!
    • Take each ball and flatten it slightly and fill with desired filling.
    • Fold edges over and make a ball.
    • Place in your baking tray and continue to make the rest.
    • Let them sit for about 10-15 minutes to rise a little more.
    • Place in the oven at 190 degrees and cook fro about 20 minutes. Till they are golden brown.
    • When they are ready brush them with melted butter to give them a sheen and keep them soft.

    Serve with love and eat quickly as they might disappear faster than you can imagine! Mine were gone, mainly by me in about an hour. Yes i said an hour. I was hungry and had a busy day and felt I needed to compensate by eating divine bights of delicious cheese balls.

    14 comments:

    pav said...

    Eating suggestion:

    Make a simple vine tomato and red onion salad with some Maldon sea salt and pepper, drizzled with some olive oil and oregano - then simply dunk the bread in to this - a great snack!!

    Heavenly Housewife said...

    Wow, these look amazing. I bet they are absolutely heavenly fresh out of the oven.
    *kisses* HH

    Joudie's Mood Food said...

    HH, They were incredible. Fresh out of the oven and even later on in the day. They kept their texture and were simply divine!

    Joudie's Mood Food said...

    Pav what nice idea! Lovely. Im sure it will be delicious!

    Jessi said...

    So you just left the egg out and added slightly more milk? I'll try them soon, they look great!

    Joudie's Mood Food said...

    Hey Jessi, yes thats what i had to do to make sure there was enough liquid to balance out the flour. It wokrd perfectly. But i am going to try them again witht he correct recipe..... 3rd time lucky!!!!

    Tupper Cooks! said...

    Those are beautiful. I'm a breadhead, and I love bread that's filled. You've outdone yourself! Outstanding!

    Joudie's Mood Food said...

    Hey TC, thank you for the comment. I see we have something in common. You should try this out. You will not regret it. Little effort for great results.....

    tasteofbeirut said...

    This looks so delicious! i could see myself eating it for breakfast lunch and dinner and presto! It is gone! Oh man! You bake like a pro, I forgot,, you are one!

    Tia said...

    wow. so soft and delish. i can SEE it from here. yum.

    Joudie's Mood Food said...

    TOB, I agree with you. I grazed on these little beauties throughout the day and they worked pretty much for every meal... :)
    Tia, They were so soft it was unbelievable. So worth it.

    Janet said...

    Joudie These look sooooo GOOD! Nicely done!

    Kasie said...

    Is that 190 degrees farenheit?

    Joudie's Mood Food said...

    Hi Kasie, it is 190 Celcius. So 375 Farenheight! ENjoy....