Yesterday was baking day. Amazing how de-stressing baking can be. For the basic dough, you’ll need:
- Mix all ingredients together
- Add water [1 part boiling, 2 parts cold]. Knead for about 10 minutes, with lightly greased fingers.
- Shape into whatever you’re making
- Put the pieces of shaped dough on to greased plates
- Wait 30 – 40 minutes for the dough to rise. Should double in size
From this point on, you’ll need to follow the specific recipe for the baking. For most, preheat the oven to 180 degrees [up and down], pop the stuff in and when its nice and brown on the top, its probably ready. When shaping the dough, remember they will double in size. So whatever it is you have in mind, make the dough shapes half in size.
This proportion of dough will give you a nice crisp crust. For a softer crust, add a little more oil and perhaps replace some water with milk. Yesterday, we made:
- Cheese bread fingers [dough stuffed with a piece of cheese]
- Pigs in a Blanket [cooked sausages wrapped in dough]
- Stuffed loaf [a loaf of bread stuffed with a spicy mixture of goan sausages and corned beef]
- Simple crusty buns [eat these with fresh butter -heavenly]
- Crusty rolls
- Koeksisters [fried dough balls coated with sugar syrup and sprinkled with grated coconut]
For Koeksisters, after making the initial dough, shape little balls and put them on a greased plate. When they have roughly doubled in size, heat some oil and fry them. Take care not to squeeze them too hard when picking them up to fry. On the side, make some thick sugar syrup – season with some a clove and a bit of cardamom and cinnamon – depends on your taste really. When the dough balls are golden brown, take them out of the oil and dip into the syrup. Arrange on a plate or in a bowl, then sprinkle with fresh or desicated coconut.