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Sunday 20 October 2013

Simple Onion Bread (Never on Sunday)

My enthusiastic intentions and actions have been magnified these days, even on Sunday which is my day of lazy rest, exactly like that oldie-goldie song's saying in the film "Pote tin Kyriaki" or "Never on Sunday" 1960 with the charm of Greece, Melina Mercouri!!! ;) So I made my feel-good onion bread, with a little adjustment from Bill Granger's Spring Onion Bread Recipe, served with a glass of cherry-berries juice for such a lovely Sunday morning...A combination of plain bread and roti (a crunchy outer layer 'n' a softer inside), with a hint of curry powder, enhancing exotic East-meet-West blend in your mouth!  :)
1 cup all-purpose or bread flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup boiling water
1-2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 onion, finely chopped
vegetable oil for frying
  • Place flour, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in a bowl (or in a food processor). Add boiling water in a thin stream and process until dough forms a ball. I mixed it manually (with a glove). Knead for a few minutes, using extra flour if dough sticks to the bowl. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes;
  • Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and roll each portion on a lightly floured surface until 25 cm in diameter. Combine the 2 kinds of oil in a bowl and brush some on the dough. 
  • Mix chopped onions and curry powder. Sprinkle each dough circle with a pinch of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of curry-onions;
  • Roll bread, Swiss-roll fashion, and then coil up. Roll out again into circles 15 cm in diameter;
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add bread, cover the pan and reduce heat to low. After a few minutes check the bread: if it is golden brown underneath, turn and cook the other side; if not, cook for another minute and recheck;
  • When the bread is golden brown on both sides, remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Cook the remaining 2 rounds of dough. Cut each round into six pieces and sprinkle with sea salt. 
R.I.P Melina Mercouri, our last Greek Goddess...
I love this film! Timeless! :)


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