From scratch sweet pull apart monkey bread made with whole wheat challah dough and a generous topping of cinnamon sugar.
Remember the braided whole wheat challah loaf I shared few posts back. Since the recipe yields two loaves, I decided to play with shapes and ended up making this Monkey Bread Challah with the other half of the dough. The challah dough recipe is wonderful and add some cinnamon sugar and butter to the dough, the results are a buttery billowy pull apart sweet bread.
I adapted the recipe from the Hot Bread Kitchen cookbook. If you love baking breads, its a cookbook you will love to have on your book shelf.
This was the first time I was working with challah bread and I loved it. It is one of my new favorite breads to bake. The best part is the dough makes enough for two loaves. With one loaf you can go the traditional braided challah way and with the other you can experiment and make something sweet. That ways you get the best of both worlds- one savory loaf and one sweet loaf.
It doesn’t hurt that it is part whole wheat too 🙂
I have a few recipes lined up for the coming weeks. I know it is Tuesday and generally I post on Garam Masala Tuesdays but as you can see I haven’t been as regular with them as I used to be. I don’t cook much Indian these days since my parents have a great cook who makes amazing Indian food. But when I posted the insta stories on Seviyaan (vermicelli) burfi, I got a few requests to start GMT again. So once I have a few Indian recipes lined up, I will start posting on GMT again.
Let me know if there is a particular recipe you would like me to try and share.
For now enjoy this whole wheat monkey bread challah recipe.
Beat the summer heat with this easy, quick mango passionfruit ice cream. Fret not if you don’t have an ice cream maker because this recipe yields a creamy, yet fresh ice cream even without one.
Mango season is upon us here in India, which means a lot of Mango recipes coming your way. Nothing screams summer louder than this mango passionfruit ice cream. It’s bursting with the fresh and refreshing flavors of mangoes, and with a slight tang of passionfruit. A perfect treat for the summer heat.
A few years back, when I was still in US, I had visited India during the summer months. Häagen-Dazs had just opened its first outlet in Delhi and I went to try it out. They had certain local flavors and mango passionfruit ice cream was one of them. I had never eaten passionfruit anything before and when I tested the mango passionfruit ice cream, I was sold. It was tangy, creamy yet refreshing. The flavors were fresh and since then I have been meaning to recreate that flavor combination of mango and passionfruit at home.
I had some frozen passionfruit puree left from the time I made the passionfruit ice cream. When mango season hit, it was one of the first things I set out to make. Its weird how tastes evolve as we grow older. As a kid I hated mangoes- I didn’t like the mess that came with eating mangoes (In India, we use our hands and mouth to eat mangoes, and it gets messy). Now, I don’t mind the mess and in fact love mangoes. They work very well in desserts, and the possibilities are endless.
This recipe is easy. Just a whiz in the blender and you are set. I used an ice cream maker (this one), but in case you don’t have one you can still get good results. The addition of milk powder is what keeps this ice creamy and keeps it from forming ice crystals.
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Blend all the ingredients together in a blender till well combined. Transfer to ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
To make this ice cream without an ice cream maker, after you have blended all the ingredients, either transfer it in into the container that you plan to freeze the ice cream in, or if you have enough freezer space leave the blended ice cream in the blender. After 45min- 1 hour check on it and if you see the mixture freezing at the edges, remove from freezer and give it a whizz. Repeat process 3-4 times and then transfer to the container you want the ice cream to freeze in and let freeze completely.
A quick recipe for homemade whole wheat pizza dough that gives a flavorful crust.
We are a pizza loving family. A good crust, flavorful sauce and your favorite toppings- that’s what makes a good pizza. I love making pizza from scratch at home- I can control everything that goes into each component and make sure each element is to our taste and liking.
For a long time I was using this recipe for pizza dough. I absolutely love the Peter Reinhart pizza dough recipe. It gives amazing results each time. While I love it, it does require some planning ahead of time. If you want pizza on the fly, unless you have that dough in your freezer, you will need to wait an extra day to eat pizza.
The recipe for pizza dough that I am sharing today is quick. It requires a one hour rest time, which I always use to prep the rest of the ingredients for my pizza. You can also use that one hour rest time to make your pizza sauce (this is the recipe I use). From start to finish, it takes me 25 active minutes in the kitchen to prep everything, including the sauce and pizza dough. Dinner is always a breeze on pizza days.
The best part of this recipe is that the pizza base is 100 % whole wheat! You can add some wheat germ to the dough if you want to make it even more healthy.