Friendship is such a cherished relationship, isn't it? We have our childhood friends ( langotiya yaar ), our school friends, our college friends, our work-mates, our society friends... The list goes on! Some i know even have movie-friends like a friend whom you would call to catch up a movie, and throw all the filmi- gyaan you know later on, by discussing the film as a critic :) And yes, oh yes, how can we forget our pen-pals? Something which we have lost with time! :(
I still remember when we were kids, there used to come a monthly or bi-monthly magazine wherein there was a list of all the pen friends from across the world (I am talking about the days when computers were not a household necessity) and we could choose and write to the address given. My brother had some pen-pal girlfriend from Russia, so we used to receive postcards and personalized letters from her. I really miss those days, and i still prefer writing a handwritten card or a mail anytime to this email and whatsapp.
And then now, there are virtual friends - on Facebook, on Instagram or Twitter (though, am not yet in twitter). And me? I have some blogger friends :) The advantages of Blogging world. Past few days when i didn't post anything, it felt so good to hear some words from a few of them asking my whereabouts, that i felt connected. Though i haven't met any of these friends, or know anything about them on personal level, we are connected. Connected through our blogs which we read and follow regularly. Thank you so much all you girls (women's too :)) Kudos to the blogging world :)
Back to the post, I had already tried and posted recipe of Pav . I wanted to try the dinner rolls since a long time. Recently i bought a whole lot of dried herbs and have been using them a lot in my cooking. These dinner rolls, i added a hint of oregano and the aroma was divine. As in such we all know, that there is nothing more exciting or therapeutic than baking and that too baking bread! To add to that the aroma of oregano was fantastic! These rolls can be served with soup, or any curry, or just cut them in half and apply butter or any spread of your choice.
Maida (All purpose flour) - 1 and half cups (Can be replaced with wheat flour or half and half)
Active dry yeast - 1 tsp
Lukewarm water - 1/8 cup
Egg - 1 (beaten) (Can replace with milk)
Milk - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1 n 1/2 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
Oregano - 1- 1 n half tsp
Warm the water in microwave (not hot, just lukewarm). Add sugar and yeast to it and set it aside for 10 - 15 minutes. It will foam up which means the yeast is active.
Take the flour in a bowl. Add salt, beaten egg ( if adding), butter, and make a well in the center. Add the yeast-water mixture. Mix it all well. Now slowly add milk and knead for about 7-10 minutes to a nice smooth dough. You might require less/more milk, so add milk slowly as you knead.
If you feel the dough is a lot sticky, then add flour or spread flour on the base and knead on it.
The dough will be nice and soft. Now grease a bowl and keep this dough covered in it to raise for about 1 n half hours or so.
You will see that the dough has raised to almost double the size. Knead it well again and add about 3/4 tsp oregano in it while kneading.Knead for about 4-5 minutes.
Grease and dust a baking tray. Now make round balls of the dough (or the shape desired) and place them in the baking tray leaving some space in between. Cover and let it rest for about an hour to raise again.
Now add the remaining oregano on top. Brush it with milk/butter or some beaten egg (if using).
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Now bake the buns for about 20 minutes or till golden brown on top.
Happy Baking :) Happy Cooking :)