As you know, after knowing more about the olive oil I definitely was urged to use it in day to today cooking and aspire for healthy living.We were actually made to taste -sip,swirl and swish the olive oils to help us know the difference between them -we can't actually as we are not experts :D. I wanted to see whether the oil holds the same flavour while being used in baking. And I came across this recipe and tried it out. These are small rolls -smaller than seen in the pics and are perfect with soup.As usual I have halved the recipe and got around 5-6 small or almost mini buns that go perfectly with my soup.
AllPurpose Flour: 1 cup
Warm Water:1/4 cup
Olive oil: I used EVOO : 2 tbsp
Instant Yeast : 3/4 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Mix together water and yeast and let if foam for around 10 minutes. To this add the oil,and the flour+salt mix and bring together. We can see that the dough easily comes together into a firm non sticky ball. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is elastic and form and keep it covered in a warm big lightly oiled bowl where it will double for about 2 hours. The dough will look very moist.
Gently deflate and shape it into small pieces and place on a lightly greased baking sheet and allow it to rise for another 1+ hours. Make sure you cover it with a towel or plastic wrap.
Bake in a preheated oven at 400F/200C and bake for about 18-20 minutes till a nice brown crust can be seen.Start checking from the 15th minute onwards. A nice aroma also permeates the place. Cool completely and serve with soups or as a snack or whatever way you like.
The bread is soft with a slightly hard crust and soft insides and definitely it goes perfect with the soups and other such accompaniments.The bread is definitely fruity and it was definitely olivy. You can taste the olive oil in these rolls as the author claims in the original.
Slowly the Indian market is opening up towards the olive oil.It may not be an easier change even for myself as I will definitely miss ghee and butter though it is good to be healthy. Step by step we all can find ways to include the olive oil in our day to day cooking. One brand of olive oil from the Consortium of European Olive oil Association is Colonna brand who is currently looking for partners in Indian market. You can go through their website which has details about their various products and contact addresses.