Category Archives: Breads

Honey Dinner Rolls

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Pãezinhos de Mel

When I lived in Brasília, my friends from work and I would just say “screw this!” and have a nice long lunch at Texas Roadhouse Grill, where they had these lovely rolls. I would threaten to just eat the bread rolls (and drink beer, obviously) instead of ordering lunch! I’ve never got around to actually doing that, though. But I will someday!

To continue the Dinner Roll Tertulias, I decided to bake a recipe I had pinned on Pinterest. It didn’t look like a big deal: a soft roll, the end. Easy. When they came out of the oven, I brushed the honey butter over the top, grabbed a roll and gave one to Sky. We tried it and said, almost at the same time: “it’s the bread roll from Roadhouse!” 😀

You’ll need:

240 mL (1 cup) whole milk, lukewarm
2 1/4 tsp instant dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
80 g (1/4 cup) honey
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
60 g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 tsp salt
450 g (3 1/2 cups) bread flour – I used half bread flour, half all-purpose flour. I ended up adding another ¼ cup, because the weather was very humid. Start with the amount on the recipe and, if necessary, add more.

For the non-optional topping:

60 g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp honey

Pãezinhos de Mel

In the bowl of your stand mixer (or simply in a big bowl), place the milk, yeast, and sugar. Mix and set aside. After five to ten minutes, the mix should be foamy, just like the top of a thick beer. If not, it means something went wrong: either your yeast is bad or the milk was too hot. In any case, discard the mixture and start over!

Add the honey, egg and egg yolk, melted butter, salt, and flour, and knead with the dough hook attachment (or with your hands) for about five minutes, until the dough is not-too-sticky and you can shape it into a ball. If you need to, add more flour, but beware: the dough is a little sticky, and we want to add as little flour as possible, so the rolls don’t get tough! 🙂 I ended up adding a ¼ cup one Tbsp at a time.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. Here, it took 1 hour.

When the dough has doubled in size, gently punch it to deflate and transfer to a floured surface. I divided my dough in 32 pieces, to make mini rolls, but you can divide it into 12-16 portions for conventional-sized rolls. Shape the portions into balls and place them on a buttered (or simply covered with a Silpat) 9 x 13 inch baking sheet. This video shows the technique I use – it looks time-consuming, but when you get the hang of it, it’s pretty quick!

Loosely cover the pan with a plastic wrap or dish cloth (don’t use terrycloth!), and let them rise again, until they are doubled in size.

Meanwhile, prepare the topping: mix the butter and honey thoroughly, and set aside at room temperature, so it doesn’t harden.

Bake the rolls in a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and you hear a hollow sound when you tap the surface.

As soon as they come out of the oven, GENEROUSLY brush the sides and the top with the honey butter (I used over half of the mixture). Let them cool for a few minutes and serve with the leftover honey butter!

FREEZER: If you manage to have leftovers, place them in a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Garlic Dinner Rolls

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Pãezinhos de Alho

I don’t know if you’ve noticed that, but I’m a crazy garlic lady. I usually double the amount of garlic on every recipe I make, and complain that there’s not enough garlic… For these rolls, Jaime Oliver called for 1 head of garlic to 500 g butter, but we only use 125 g in this recipe. I didn’t see any reason to reduce the amount of garlic proportionally! 😀

When I read this recipe, I thought it was going to be tasty, but nothing too new. However, this recipe has a trick I had never used: the rolls are baked on a baking sheet that has been buttered with garlic butter and covered in breadcrumbs. This “bed” gives the rolls a very crunchy bottom that is simply amazing!

Here, we ate them with a soup, but I can totally see this going great with a big salad, chili, pasta, etc, etc…

You’ll need:

For the bread:

800 g bread flour – I used a mix of all-purpose and bread flours

7 g yeast

1 tsp salt

500 mL lukewarm water

Breadcrumbs, to cover the baking sheet

 

For the butter:

If you’re a normal person, 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped – I used almost an entire head

125 g butter, room temperature

Zests of 1 lemon

1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped

1 tsp cayenne pepper

If you’re using unsalted butter, 1 tsp salt

 

Pãezinhos de Alho

Start by making the dough: in a big bowl, mix the flour, the salt, and the yeast. Add the water, in increments, and knead (by hand or using the stand mixer with the hook attachment) for about 10 minutes, until the dough is soft and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball, place it back in the bowl and cover. Let it rise for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.

Meanwhile, prepare the garlic butter: all you have to do is mix all the ingredients carefully! Set aside at room temperature, because we want it to be soft.

Spread 1/3 of the butter on a 10 x 14 inch baking sheet. Dust a generous amount of breadcrumbs, covering the entire surface of the sheet. Set aside.

When the dough doubles in size, portion it into 35 equal parts and shape them as rolls – yes, this is when you want to multitask, making those little rolls and watching a show… 😀 This video shows the technique I use – it looks time-consuming, but when you get the hang of it it’s pretty quick!

Place the rolls on the baking sheet, cover them, and let them rise again for another hour and a half, or until they double in size.

After this time, pre-heat the oven and brush the top and sides of all the rolls with 1/3 of the garlic butter. As it was a cold day, I had to warm the butter on the stovetop for a few seconds!

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown. As soon as the rolls come out of the oven, brush the remaining butter on them and, theoretically, let them cool down a bit before serving!

FREEZER: like most breads, these freeze pretty well – all you have to do is place the cooled rolls in a Ziploc bag!

Parmesan Dinner Rolls

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Pãozinho de Parmesão

It’s COLD!!!! (Remember, I’m in the Southern Hemisphere). With this cold weather, any excuse to turn on the oven is valid and, let’s be honest, is there anything better than hot bread, fresh out of the oven?

To start the Dinner Roll Tertulias, I decided to photograph one of the first breads I’ve ever tried to bake! It’s important to use a GOOD parmesan – don’t use the pre-shredded one! Ideally, it should be grated on a Microplane (a great investment if you like to cook, especially if you like to add zests to everything! #notheydon’tsponsorme #unfortunately), but if you don’t have it, you can use the fine side of that box grater everybody has somewhere in their kitchen… 😀

This time, I shaped it into 12 balls, but next time I’ll shape it into 24, for a more delicate format. Or maybe I’ll shape it into 6, and use them as burger buns… #homekitchenproblems

You’ll need:
2 tsp active dried yeast
1 tsp honey or sugar – I used honey
160 mL (2/3 cup) whole milk, lukewarm
350 g (2 ½ cups) flour + 2 Tbsp, to sprinkle over the dough
50 g (1 ½ cups) of parmesan cheese, finely grated + some extra, for decoration – the original recipe called for 37 g, I went rogue and used 50 g 😀
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
70g (5 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg yolk, to brush the rolls

Pãozinho de Parmesão

In a large bowl (I used the stand mixer’s), combine the yeast, honey, and 1/3 cup of the lukewarm milk. Set aside until it foams – if it doesn’t foam in 10 minutes or so, it’s a sign that your yeast has gone bad (or that the milk was too hot). Discard and start over! :S

When it foams, add the flour, the cheese, the salt, and the remaining milk. Knead with the hook attachment of your stand mixer (or the heavy dough attachment of the hand mixer, or your hands!). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well. If you’re using a mixer, make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl every now and then. Continue to knead until you have a soft dough – roughly 3 minutes on the mixer. Don’t get scared: this is a sticky dough. Bravely resist the temptation of add more flour, trust me. Add the butter, one Tbsp at a time, kneading well, and work the dough until it’s elastic – roughly 3 more minutes. Once again: don’t freak out; this is sticky, but it’ll work!

You won’t be able to shape this into a ball, but you can scrape down the sides of the bowl and place the batter in the center. Dust with the 2 Tbsp of flour, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise for 1 ½ hour, or until it doubles in volume.

When it’s doubled, butter an 8 x 12 inch baking pan, if it’s not non-stick. Lightly punch down the dough, so it de-inflates, and transfer to a lightly floured working surface. Divide the dough into 12 parts (or 24, or 6, you name it) and shape it into balls. This video shows the technique I use – it looks time-consuming, but when you get the hang of it it’s pretty quick!

Pãozinho de Parmesão

Place the balls in the baking pan, leaving some room between them. Cover with a clean dishcloth – don’t use the terrycloth ones! Let it rise again until it doubles in volume (here it took another 1 ½ hour, because it’s cold!)

Brush the rolls with the yolk and dust some more grated parmesan. Bake for 20-25 minutes – I always look at the bottom: if it’s golden-brown, it’s ready!

Let them cool in the baking pan for 5 minutes. Then, use a spatula to loosen the sides and remove the rolls from the pan. The right thing to do would be to let them cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes, but who does that? 😀

FREEZER: If you manage to have leftovers, place them in a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Chocolate Bread

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Pão de Chocolate

When my mom bought a bread machine, in 2000 something, we were curious about one of the recipes in the booklet that came with it: chocolate bread. We made it, but it was only ok, so we never repeated it. Last month, when I found this recipe by David Lebovitz, I decided it was time to give the idea of chocolate bread a second chance.

Don’t fool yourself: this is not a cake. It’s not a fluffy bread with a hint of chocolate, either. This dense bread has a deep chocolate flavor, and it is wonderful when toasted, with a little bit of butter! It’s perfect for a special breakfast, say… a birthday breakfast! 😀

You’ll need:

55 g (4 Tbsp) butter

85 g dark chocolate – I used a 71% one

¾ cup whole milk, lukewarm

2 ¼ tsp instant dry yeast

75 g (6 Tbsp) sugar

1 ½ tsp instant coffee – optional, but highly recommended

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp salt

280 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

90 g (3/4 cup) dark chocolate chips, or dark chocolate, chopped – I used chocolate chips, 50%

70 g (½ cup) walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts, chopped – also optional, also highly recommended! I used walnuts.

Pão de Chocolate

Start by melting the dark chocolate with the butter in a double boiler, or on very low heat. When it melts, remove from the heat and let it cool down.

In a big bowl, place the lukewarm milk, yeast, and one Tbsp of the sugar. Mix and set aside for 10 to 15 minutes. When the mixture has bubbled, with a layer that looks like beer foam, it’s time to add the rest of the sugar, instant coffee (if you’re using it), egg, vanilla, and salt.

As the cocoa powder tends to clump, sift half of it and half of the flour directly in the bowl. Mix with a silicone spatula. Add the melted chocolate, mix a little bit more, and sift the remainder cocoa powder and flour. Mix until it’s all incorporated.

If you have a stand mixer, use the hook attachment and knead for five minutes – the dough won’t stick to the side of the bowl for long, but keep kneading anyway! You can also knead by hand (the original recipe called for mixing vigorously with a spatula for five minutes), but resist the temptation to add more flour. The dough is a little wetter than that of normal bread!

Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for two hours in a warm place. After this, add the chocolate chips and the nuts. Place the dough in a buttered 9-inch loaf pan.

Cover the pan and let the dough rise for one hour. Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 40 minutes. The bread will be ready when the house smells of chocolate and you hear a hollow sound when you tap it.

Now comes the hard part: let the bread cool completely before slicing it!

Cornmeal and Cheese Muffins

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After our break for the Olympics (withdrawal syndrome, anyone? 😉 ), it’s time for a new series! Muffins, or “let’s use that muffin tin we bought in 2011 and haven’t used ever since” 😀

While I was choosing the recipes for this series, Sky made a specific request: he wanted a cornbread, but with cheese. I started researching and found this recipe, which I kinda followed – I used mozzarella because that’s what I had at home, I forgot to add herbs, used homemade buttermilk, you know how it goes.

When they came out of the oven, Sky ate three at once. I had one, liked it, but I didn’t fell in love with it. On the next day, though, I thawed one of the soups from the last series (the carrot one!) and decided to re-heat the muffins. TOTAL SUCCESS!! This was the perfect side for the soup!

For 12 muffins, you’ll need:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup cornmeal

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt – if your cheese is too salty, use less salt here!

2 garlic cloves – I used 3 big ones

1 cup of grated cheddar cheese – I used mozzarella, but any cheese that melts well will do.

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk – to make at home, put 1 Tbsp lemon juice (vinegar would work too) in the measuring cup, fill it with whole milk, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Use the entire cup in the recipe.

1/3 cup butter, melted

Muffin Salgado de Fubá e Queijo

The best thing about muffins is they are usually VERY easy to make. If you use paper liners, you don’t even have to butter the tin! 🙂

Start by preparing your buttermilk if you can’t buy it at the store. Meanwhile, take the muffin tin out of the cabinet, rinse it because I know it’s been WAAAAY too long, dry it and put the paper liners on it.

Melt the butter in a pan large enough to mix all the other ingredients, so there are less dishes to do at the end! 😀 When the butter is melted, let it cool a bit before adding the buttermilk and the eggs – we don’t want scrambled eggs in our muffins! Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the cheese and toss it with the mixture. Place the dry mix over the wet mix and gently stir with a rubber spatula – you shouldn’t overwork a muffin batter, or else your muffins will be rock-hard! :/ Just mix until you can’t see flour specks anymore.

Place the batter in the tin – fill only to 3/4 capacity, so they won’t overflow in the oven. This time, I got exactly 12 muffins. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, give or take, or until they pass the toothpick test!

Serve warm with a nice hot soup!

To freeze, all you have to do is place the cooled muffins in a ziploc bag! 🙂

Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon Rolls

This is the 100th recipe of Tertúlias de Forno e Fogão! Nothing goes better with the cold weather than a nice hot cinnamon roll! This is a wonderful recipe for Valentine’s Day’s brunch (which, in Brazil, we celebrate on June 12, for some crazy reason).

A while back, I tested a wonderful recipe by Technicolor Kitchen: raspberry jam rolls. It was my first attempt at “rolls,” and it was a major hit. After eating about four rolls, Sky asked me: “when are you making cinnamon rolls?”

I looked for a recipe, but I didn’t seem to like any! So I finally decided to do the obvious: I combined the jam rolls dough with a filling of my own creation. It was fantastic!

For the dough, you’ll need:

1 ¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast
2/3 cup (160ml) whole milk, lukewarm
55 g granulated sugar
450 g all purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
100 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the filling, you’ll need:

120 g butter

3 Tbsp honey

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon

½ Tbsp nutmeg

1 cup chopped walnuts – optional.

For the (very optional) frosting, you’ll need

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Juice of 1 lemon

Cinnamon Rolls

Naturally, we’ll start with the dough. In a big bowl, mix the yeast, the milk, and 1 Tbsp of the sugar. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes. When the mixture has bubbled, with a layer that looks like beer foam, it’s time to add the rest of the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, eggs, vanilla, and butter. Mix with a silicon spatula until all ingredients are incorporated.

Now it’s time to put your gym membership to a good use: knead! (Or just use a stand mixer with a hook attachment). Knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic. When this happens, shape it into a ball, and place it back in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume.

While the dough rises, you can prepare the filling: melt the butter and mix the honey, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Chop the walnuts and set aside.

If, like me, you don’t have a nice counter to work with, cover a table with plastic wrap, so it’s easier to roll out the dough and clean up! 😀

Butter a baking pan – mine was 8 x 12 inches, and it was just right.

Now that the dough has risen, it’s time to roll it out. Lightly flour your work surface and use a rolling pin to shape the dough into a 24 x 10-inch rectangle.

Spread the filling over the dough, leaving a 0.5-inch border uncovered. It may seem like you won’t have enough filling, but spread it nicely and it will cover everything. Sprinkle the walnuts.

Starting from the widest side, roll the dough firmly. You might think this is scary, but just go slowly. When you’re done rolling, admire your work for a minute, thinking “wow, I’m good at this stuff!” Slice the roll into 12 pieces and place them with the cut side up on the prepared baking pan.

Cover the baking pan and let the rolls rise for about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven, do the dishes, etc…

Cinnamon Rolls

Bake the rolls for 25-30, or until they are golden. Let them cool in the baking pan for about 10 minutes, then carefully place them on a cooling rack.

If you want to, make the frosting. Place the confectioner’s sugar into a bowl and add the lemon juice, 1 Tbsp at a time, mixing well until you reach the consistency shown in the picture. Drizzle the frosting over the cooled rolls. If you want, you can simply dust some confectioner’s sugar over the rolls, it’s pretty!

As this is a time-consuming recipe, don’t bother making half. Freeze the cooled unfrosted rolls in a Ziploc bag. To serve, thaw them completely, then spray a bit of water over them and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, to warm up! 🙂

Milk Bread

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Pão de Leite

Some people are afraid of baking bread. “Oooh, it’s too complicated, ain’t nobody got time for that. ” OK, bagels are a bit of a pain. Everyday bread? It’s no rocket science, and there are some pretty quick versions!

This bread, by Cozinha da Ceci, is super easy – you don’t even need to knead! If you know how to make a cake batter, you can make this bread. All you have to do is mix everything together, put it in the pan, let it rise for one hour, and bake! 🙂

For a 12 x 5-inch loaf pan, you’ll need:

2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup whole milk, lukewarm
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tsp instant dry yeast
3 cups flour – you can use a mix of 2 cups white and 1 cup whole (or rye) flour

Combine the milk, oil, eggs and sugar in a big bowl that fits all the ingredients. The milk can’t be too warm, or it will “kill” the yeast – if you can keep your finger in it for 10 seconds, it’s perfect.

Add the flour and salt and mix well with a silicone spatula until all ingredients are combined. See? That’s it! It’s not hard!

Place the dough into the loaf pan (unless yours is a non-stick pan, make sure it’s buttered!), cover with a clean dish cloth, and let it rise on a warm place for about one hour – it’ll almost double in volume.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 40 minutes, or until it’s golden brown on the sides – if you tap the surface of the bread, it will be firm and you’ll hear a hollow sound. Let it cool in the pan for about five minutes, remove from the pan, and let it cool over a wire rack. Resist the temptation of cutting the bread while it’s still hot: it’ll be way too soft, and will definitely crumble!

FREEZER: section the bread into portions, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze for up to three months!

Whole Wheat Carrot Bread

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 Pão de Cenoura

With Brazilian politics, crazy work, and life being… well, life, the blog has been a bit quiet. But I haven’t stopped cooking! I’m on an effort not to buy industrialized bread anymore – homemade is better. Another effort is to clean up Pinterest, finally cooking everything I’ve pinned. Ok, this one is a lost cause, as everyday there’s something new and fun to pin… 😀

Combining these two goals, I finally decided to make this bread by Cozinha da Ceci! I made two (one to eat at the moment, the other to freeze) and increased the amount of carrot the recipe called for. I just regret not having made MORE!

For a 12 x 5-inch loaf pan, you’ll need:

2 tsp instant dry yeast
1 Tbsp water
1 cup water, lukewarm
2 eggs
2 medium-sized carrots, chopped and diced – the original recipe called for 1 small-sized!
½ cup oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup quick oats – you can replace for whole wheat flour instead
1 tsp salt

Pão de Cenoura

In a big bowl (that fits all ingredients), mix the yeast with the sugar. Add the lukewarm water – do you remember the ten-second rule? – and set aside until the yeast starts to bubble. THEY SAY that this step is optional when using instant dry yeast, but I’ve never skipped it.

In the blender, beat the eggs, carrots, and oil. Pour this mixture over the yeast. Add the flours, oats, and salt, and mix with a silicone spatula until you can’t see any specks of flour.

Place the dough into the loaf pan (unless yours is a non-stick pan, make sure it’s buttered!), cover with a clean dish cloth, and let it rise on a warm place for about one hour, or until it doubles in volume.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 40 minutes, or until it’s golden brown on the sides – if you tap the surface of the bread, it will be firm and you’ll hear a hollow sound.

Let it cool in the pan for about five minutes, remove from the pan, and let it cool over a wire rack. Don’t cut the bread while it’s still hot: it’ll crumble!

FREEZER: section the bread into portions, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to three months!