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Twisted Bread: baguette . rings with sesame . rings with kalonji

sSesame Rings: Koulouria . Ka'kat

Sesame Twisted Rings

May 2010

These rings (based on the recipe for 'Greek Sesame Galettes (Κουλούρια)' in "Mediterranean Street Food" by Anissa Helou) were baked in the barbecue. (These rings are not unsimilar to ka'kat) Hamburger buns and naan can be made with exactly the same method.

Sesame Twisted Rings - May 2010

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They look pretty fancy but the shaping was very easy to do by simply twisting two sesame encrusted ropes of dough together and joining the ends to form a ring. The shaped rings are laid well apart on parchment paper (this parchment paper has been used at least 4 times before for other bread and cookies).

Sesame Twisted Rings - May 2010

After shaping, they were left for about an hour to rise before being put into a very hot barbecue to bake.

Sesame Twisted Rings - May 2010

Because the barbecue heat is uneven, it's important to turn the trays around. And because of the honey in the dough, the rings had to be turned over as well; they were getting quite dark on the bottoms well before the tops were cooked. It's essential to move quickly so that the heat in the barbecue isn't lost.

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Sesame Twisted Rings - May 2010

Sesame Twisted Rings - May 2010

The hazards of baking in the barbecue are that there might be uneven cooking. But the advantage of NOT turning on the oven when it's hot and humid far outweigh the disadvantage of creating a few dark spots.

Sesame Twisted Rings - May 2010

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Sesame and/or Kalonji Twisted Rings

June 2010

We loved these twisted bread rings so much that we made them again and again. But smaller. And instead of sesame seeds, we used kalonji (nigella seeds) on half the buns. Kalonji is also delicious in onion pilao or baked onto naan.

Twisted Rings - June 2010

Twisted Rings - June 2010


Twisted Baguette

May 2010

One of these loaves was twisted just after shaping. The rather strange ends on both loaves is a result of them being too long for the stone.

twisted bread - May 2010

Twisted Bread

to blog from OUR kitchen: sesame twisted rings (bbd#30) ~ Wordless(ish) Non-Wednesday: Twisted Rings revisited ~ baguettes at last! ~ frying radishes and radish leaves (PPN#165) (links include recipes)

We are hard pressed to decide which scent is more intoxicating: the smell of freshly baked bread or lilacs wafting in through the open kitchen window.

lilac - May 2010

lilac - May 2010







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