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Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Bread

Handmade, homemade bread is just the best. It can make a regular tin of tomato soup feel like the best thing you’ve eaten all week, make a quick snack of bread and butter feel luxurious and make a cheese board supper less about the cheese and more about the bread.

This particular bread is full of flavour, soft and thick. Me and Ste absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to bake it again.

Don’t try to substitute the roast garlic with raw garlic or lazy garlic. It just won’t be the same.

Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Bread

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 10g fine sea salt
  • 7g fast acting yeast
  • 300ml tepid water
  • 40ml olive oil
  • 1 large sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 large bulbs of garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 200C/400F and line a baking tray with tin foil. Tear off the papery outside from the garlic bulbs, but leaveing on the skin, place on the tray and pour over the 2 tsps of oilve oil. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes until soft and leave to cool slightly.
  2. Squeeze the softened garlic from the skin and finely chop.
  3. Measure the flour into a large bowl and put the salt to one side and the yeast to the other.
  4. Pour in the 40ml of olive oil and two thirds of the water and mix together using a hand or even better in a large stand mixer with a dough hook.
  5. mix in the garlic and rosemary, then slowly add the remaining water until you have a soft dough and all of the flour has been combined.
  6. Knead on a slightly greased surface for around 10 minutes if doing it by hand, then place in a clean bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise in a warm spot until doubled in size (approximately 2 hours).
  7. Once risen, tip the dough onto a floured surface and knock back gently with your knuckles, to push out the air.
  8. Knead gently, then tuck the ends of the dough underneath to form a loaf shape. Place on a lined baking tray and leave to rise again for about an hour until almost doubled in size.
  9. Heat your oven to 220C/430F. Lightly make 2 or 3 shallow diagonal slices across the top of the risen dough with a VERY sharp knife. Pop in the oven a for 25 minutes. Lower the temperature to 200C/390F and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  10. Leave to cool slightly before cutting.

Serve as part of a cheese board, with farmhouse butter or with a bowl of piping hot tomato soup.

Enjoy!

Trinidad Doubles // Recipe

Living in Cayman means you are surrounded by not only beautiful clear blue Caribbean sea, but also dozens and dozens of different nationalities who bring with them their own food influences in both the restaurants and the supermarkets.

Not long after we arrived in Cayman, Ste kept mentioning something called Doubles they were ordering at work on Fridays from a local cafe called Singh’s Roti Shop. He sent me a picture one week and it looked like mush on a plate. He insisted they were better than they looked so one week he brought some home.

WHY HAVE I NEVER HAD DOUBLES BEFORE????

It’s a little bundle of fluffy, fried, saucy, spicy comfort food yumminess. What’s even better…totally veggie!

According to my extensive googling, this is an absolute favourite street food from Trinidad. Two pieces of little fried bread (hence the double) called Bara layered over each other, with soft full flavoured chana (chickpeas) and topped with an array of dressings and condiments. You fold the doubles together and enjoy. It’s very messy, but worth it.

As I always do when I try something new that I loved, I wanted to have a go at making it myself at home. I found a brilliant step by step recipe (link to original at the bottom) and already had most of the ingredients. It went something like this:

Ingredients

Bara
1 lb strong white flour
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp yeast
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups of water
1 tbsp olive oil
vegetable oil for shallow frying

Chana
2 cups of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
10 cups of water for boiling
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small or 1/2 onion, finely chopped
small handful of coriander, finely chopped (the original recipe calls for chadon beni, but I have no idea what this herb is, nor could I find it, but I think coriander is a good substitute)
salt & pepper to taste

Soak your chickpeas in water the night before and prepare your Bara dough in the morning.

To prepare the dough, combine the dry ingredients (flour, turmeric, yeast, salt, sugar, baking powder) then add the water until you have a workable bread dough and knead for 5 minutes or so. Rest in a warm spot until it has doubled in size.

Boil the chickpeas in water for 25 minutes, then add the bicarb of soda and continue to boil for a further 30 minutes until soft.

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Whilst the chickpeas are boiling prepare the Bara:

Separate the dough in small balls and heat some oil to a medium high heat in a large pan. Stretch out and flatten each dough ball using your hands and fry on each side for 7-10 seconds each, then rest on kitchen towel to soak up any excess grease.

By now the chickpeas should be just about ready for the next step.

Mix the curry powder, turmeric, ground cumin and garam masala in 1/4 cup of water. Heat the 2 tbsp of oil to a medium heat and add the mixed spices with the garlic and onion. Saute until almost dry, add the cooked chickpeas and enough water to cover them (I used the chickpea water from boiling earlier for extra flavour). Bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.

When the chana is ready, mash slightly to create more of a sauce, stir in the chopped coriander and add salt and pepper to taste.

To eat, simply overlap two bara on grease proof paper(for the mess!), top with chana and you choice of condiment. We mixed scotch bonnet pepper sauce with vinegar and garlic and drizzled some over the top. Yum!

Other popular toppings are mango chutney, tamarind sauce, coconut chutney and other pepper sauces.

Enjoy! 

Original Recipe – https://www.simplytrinicooking.com/doubles/