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As every weekend comes by, I start with a desire to bake something , then get distracted with other handful of hobbies (hehe..) and look forward to another weekend all over once again .

Last weekend was something different, our neighborhood Nilgris got renovated and restocked with fresh ingredients. We came across chocolate chips and baking chocolate bars. There started the desire to bake  some muffins to stock for breakfasts.

It was Sunday morning and I wanted to surprise the kids. Followed this recipe with mild modifications.

Ingredients:

Maida /All purpose flour – 2 cups

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Key brand baking powder – 3 teaspoons

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Fresh curd  – 1/4 cup

Sunflower oil – 1/3 cup

Egg- 1

Semisweet chocolate chips – 3/4 cup

Vanilla extract -1 teaspoon

Preheat the oven to 210 degree celsius.

Mix all wet ingredients well  and  add in flour and rest of the dry ingredients (Hold the chocolate chips ), beat until the batter is smooth and without lumps.

Stir  in the chocolate chips.

Line your cupcake molds with oil/ butter, fill it upto 2/3. Place it in a baking tray / metal plate , place them on a rack so they are in the middle of the oven to ensure even baking.

Bake for 20 plus minutes, know the doneness by poking in middle of the cups.

I was  so enthused to bake, that I forgot that I ran out of cupcake molds, so stainless silver tumblers came to the rescue 🙂

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The muffins were warm and welcoming , that it did not last past 10AM, so, when you plan to make these lil muffins, expect them to  magically disappear.

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Thanks to my dear friends, Isabella and David,  for  helping me acheive my long time dream come true. Bread making was always foriegn to me and I came to a conclusion that breads are commercial products which need a lot of skill and perfection. My conclusion was rewritten when  I tasted David’s homemade sourdough pizza at Liam’s (their precious lil one’s)  birthday party.

 

One beautiful day , David  gave me the starter and the cookbook to learn bread making.(Classic Sourdoughs by Ed Wood). I could not wait to finish reading the book. I made a thorough reading, felt confident and started experimenting   The first one I tried was not edible :-< and was immediately dumped  in trash. The second one was too sour. Isabella kept saying me “patience is the key for a good bread”. One 100 % true.

So….

 

 

 

This is the first success I had in sourdough bread making!

 

The flavor  was more satisfying than normal yeasted bread and taste of a warm bread was so heavenly.If you love to bake , you must give sourdough a try. I wasted almost 5 cups of flour but now I bake almost twice, thrice a  week and get fresh , perfect results all the times.

 

Thank you Isabella and David for opening the doors of wonderful world of bread making!

 

Ingredients

2 cups  cold liquid  culture

4 cups all purpose flour

½ cup water

½ cup milk

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

 

Mix the liquid culture with 1 cup of the flour and 1/4 cuo of the water in a large mixing bowl. This is the working culture. Proof for 12 hours at room temperature (68 to 72 deg F ) .

 

Add 1 cup of the flour and the remaining 1/4 cup of water. Mix and knead until smooth. Proof 8 hours at room temperature. After  proofing this is the fully active culture.

 

Punch down. Mix together  the milk , salt , sugar, 2 tablespoons of the butter and the egg. Add to the dough and mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the flour for flouring the board.Mix and spoon knead the remaining 1 cup into the dough. Transfer to the floured board and knead in the remaining flour.

 

Divide the dough into 16 to 20 balls. Place them side by side in an 8 inch baking pan.Proof for two hours or until they risee above the sides of the pan.

 

Bake  in a preheated oven at  375 deg for 20 to 25  minutes, or until browned. Remove the rolls from the pan and cool on wire racks or serve hot.

 

You can get the starter by capturing the wild yeast from the air. Visit here for a  good intro! Remember, practice makes everything perfect! Good Luck!

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