I am an ardent lover of this Blog, and I love her blog, she is my inspiration and mentor in my baking and the experiences going through each time I bake something, and I love it!!, Many many thanks to her. So....? , wondering who she is, that is Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen, well, I have joined so many groups just to bake, I told Aparna once that the only way I could start baking was joining these groups!!, she encouraged me and wrote to me that I should take everything at an easy pace and here I am, enjoying the art of baking!!, thanks, Aparna, for your encouragement.
Coming back to my Bread, every time I wanted to post something to the #BBD (Bread Baking Day), which is for the January 2010, Baking Bread for a Birthday Party hosted by Jamie of Life is a feast. Again I should say I went to her blog some time ago when we baked for Daring Bakers challenge, I was so amazed by her write-ups and the photographs she posts which are so apt to her write-ups, you must visit her blog, you will definitely love it, and her baking & photography are too good too.., As I wanted to participate in this I baked these small french rolls(?), well not exactly I did not make them into rolls, because I forgot the title!!!! :), to send it to her birthday party, I hope she might at least give a glance to it. I couldn't think anything as I had just a day left and here the weather is cold, it takes such long hours for the dough to raise!!, Thank God!, this one did within a day, I made the dough yesterday and it raised by evening today!! and the second rise was also quite quick actually and apparently I baked it just around 9:30 in the night !!
I love these French bread, they are made of milk and they are quite sweet, like the ones I get in Bangalore, the Brioche rolls are so nice. Someday I want to try them.
I made this from a Book by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter and is called The Book of Bread. They say that These are classic French round milk rolls have a soft crust and a light, slightly sweet crumb, and says won't last long!!, Well, should I say it was quite true, My kids loved it and wanted to eat two more!!, I had to stop them as it was late in the night and they had their dinner already.
I was so happy that it turned out quite well, soft inside and of all the things I always dread is has it baked well, and it actually was, thank God!! for that, My hubby said it was quite nice and does go well with coffee. Jamie I do not know you like it not or not but I made this for you, even though I can't send it you, wishing you a very happy birthday, and many more birthdays to come by....here is to you.....
PETIT PAINS AU LAIT
450 gms/4cups unbleached white Bread flour
10ml/2tsp salt (1 tsp salt)
15ml/1 tbsp Caster sugar (1/4 cup caster sugar)
50gm/2 oz/ 1/4 cup butter, softened
15g/1/2 oz fresh yeast (1 tbsp fast action yeast)
280 ml/ 1 cup milk, lukewarm
extra milk for glazing
Lightly grease 2 baking sheets. sift the flour and salt together into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar. Rub the softened butter into the flour.
To 4 tbsp of lukewarm milk add yeast whisk it well and leave it to froth up, then add the remaining milk, then pour into the mixture and mix into a soft dough.
Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with lightly oiled clear film and leave to rise, in a warm place, for 1 to 1 & 1/2 hour or until it is doubled in bulk.
Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured surface and gently knock back, Divide into 12 equal pieces, shape into balls and place them on the baking sheets giving them space to rise again
Using a sharp knife, cut across in the top of each roll, cover with lightly oiled clear film and leave to rise, in a warm place, for about 20 minutes, or until double in size.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/400 degree F/ Gas Mark 6. Brush the rolls with milk and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until Golden.
One another thing I wanted to send by baking to yeast spotting of wild yeast, So, here I am sending this to Yeast Spotting.
Beautiful! Thank you for sending these to YeastSpotting.
That looks so delicious, would love to have one right about now 🙂
Hi priya, Oh! yes, but I am not a really bread person!!, I love bread with savoury on them!!, but my kids are just like you they say the same phrase of yours!!
LG you are absolutely right, lot of patience that's what I learnt..
Hi jyothi, thanks for lovely comments and remembring me for those lovely awards
Hi jayasree, yes I was so happy with the results.
hi lata, I definetly agree with you..
Asha, yes the kids always love the aroma of baking me too... Asha you must try my sweet bread recipe, from the Bangalore Bakeries, you will love it.
thanks for all the wonderful comments
Beautiful, there is nothing like the aroma of bread baking in the kitchen, makes you hungry just looking at them! 🙂
Jayasri, the petit pains have turned out really well.
I understand how you are inspired by Aparna, i am one of her admirers too.
Rolls have come out well. Appreciate the efforts you put and that gives you the best results.
They look so good.. They must have tasted gr8! I wish i could have some..
I have shared some awards with you. Please collect them from my blog!
baking needs tons of patience and I have experienced it. Those PPAL look yumm in the picture..crisp and layery..
Petit pains looks too good Jaya, my fav, just love this pain au lait for morning breakfast with nutella, mouthwatering here..
Hi, Mahimaa, thanks for the compliments, you must definitely try, Just have lot of patience to prove the dough, I learnt it the hard way, look at my post on sweet bread/milk bread, and you would know my experiences!!, you are a wonderful cook, and you can do it!!
Hi Tina, parita, shanthi, thank you for your lovely comments and immediate comments.
Hi Aparna, they did turn out well, and it is certainly & 100 % true about what I have written you are my inspiration!!, you deserve them!!, that's how I feel towards you.
Hi jamie, I never thought you would take all the trouble to visit my blog and write to me, thank you for your lovely comments, I will definitely try to participate every month.
Hey, everybody, love you all for such encouragement, and all the lovely comments, it means a lot to me.
Jayasri, you must know that I love pains au lait and I actually eat two for breakfast every morning! I also love them with chocolate chips so this was perfect for BBD! I am so glad my lovely friend Aparna convinced you to join us this month for BBD and you have proven with these great pains au lait that you are a wonderful baker and should participate every month! Thanks again!
And thanks so much for the compliments about my blog, that means so much to me!
Your rolls have turned very well. You're becoming an accomplished baker now.
Btw, thanks for all those extremely nice things you've said about me. Not sure I deserve them. 🙂
This is different and yummy
Wow these look so cute and yummy!
whoa you baked bread? nice... i have never had the guts to do. looks good!!