Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sun-dried Tomato & Feta Bread Rolls

So, yesterday was Lucky’s birthday.

Instead of making a cake I made a huge unforgettable danish. But this is not the post about the Danish, this is a post about a simple but classy bread rolls. I promise I will post the Danish recipe sometime soon because after all the sugary treats and the small party we had with our close friends last night at home, I just wanna have a real strong cup of joe and something light for breakfast.

It is such a blessing to be able to always wake up early even without an annoying buzzer. Though it is also feels like a curse when it is HOLIDAY and you need to have that extra sleep. So there I was at 4:30am wishing it was at least 7am. Dragging my aching body, I opened the fridge to collect my happy pills. They’re not actually pills, they’re actually 4 of my favorite ingredients ever and I am not taking about ingredients to make Bloody Mary, though I could use a tall glass of it.

I have made different kinds of bread using each of those ingredients. But since I was not in any mood to do any kneading, I decided to make a no knead bread which the original recipe can be found at

The original recipe requires spinach and I avoid it completely. One thing I remember the most when I did a research about spinach and amaranth for my book, which is the most important thing and many people neglect it, is that once you have cooked those leafy vegetables, you must consume them within 5 hours the most and you must never overcook them or cook them in extreme temperature. To explain it simply; the good iron called FERRO will turn into FERRI. FERRI is poisonous. That’s the bad guy. So to get the whole goodness of spinach, don’t abuse them in your cooking and make sure to consume them right away and NEVER reheat anything with spinach in it.

Now let’s get to the bread making. This is by far most aromatic bread rolls I have ever made. With all the modifications I made, you too, can have this dreamy and healthy rolls on your table without any extra efforts.

Makes 16 rolls

2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
1/3 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
3 tbs capers
2/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
3 egg whites
Water up to 3 cups
1 1/4 tbs instant yeast
1/2 tbs kosher salt
1/2 tbs sugar
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 cups Ballastra/whole wheat flour
1/4 cups wheat bran
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano

Let’s NOT knead it!

-Prepare a container with a lid or a Tupperware.
-Put 3 egg whites in your measuring jug then fill it with water until the 3 cups line. Stir it.
- Mix all the ingredients in the container together then pour the egg whites-water mix and stir. DON’T knead.
-Cover it and let rise in room temperature for 2 hours

-Then just wait. I had my coffee and my share of morning news. You can do what pleases you.
-After 2 hours, prepare a pan with baking sheet sprinkled with whole wheat flour and a plate with some flours in it. We’re gonna shape little artisan boules now which will only take no more than 5 minutes.

-Let these lovely rolls rest for an hour then bake with steam for 20 minutes in 225C oven

-After 20 minutes, turn the oven off. Leave them inside for 5 minutes without opening he oven door and another 5 with the door open slightly ajar.

Here you go…
My lovely Sun-dried Tomato and Feta Rolls..

I have to say that the combination of sun-dried tomato-olives-capers-feta has never failed to lift up my mood. It’s just so.. rustically Italian. Each one of them has their own story and personality. To be savored alone will render us a complicated taste, but when combined, they are simply delicious.

It occurs to me the reason why I love to make bread. It channels my thoughts and feelings and gives me a quiet contemplating time. Bread is like a person. And this particular bread, I realized, describes me best. Complicated yet so simple.

After they were slightly cooled, I brought some up to our bed room and eat them there. But not after I wrapped 8 rolls and call the courier to pick them up and have them sent to my mother. I’m sending her me, my love, and my warm thoughts of her.

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