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Convert & Scale a Recipe

Recently, new member Beckamojo over on the Mellow Bakers enquired about getting a white sandwich bread recipe to use in her 13 in x 5 in x 5 in Pullman pan.  She was having a few issues with her trials at making a Pain de Mie from a US (cups-based) recipe including not knowing how much dough she needed for her large Pullman. Jacqueline, another Mellow Baker, asked if Becka had digital scales so she could be more precise than her original use of cups for measuring. We would also need to look at proofing times and make sure her process didn’t end up with over-proofed dough.

I did a little hunting and this is what I suggested:

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Pull Apart, Again. Now with more lemons!

Since the previous run at the Cinnamon Pull Apart – which has the complete recipe details and pics – was such a success (vanishing in about 12.6 minutes), I thought I’d give the Lemon version a go. The dough recipe is the same as the previous post so grab that there; the details of this lemon filling are a little bit further down here. For this post, we’ll catch up with the last part of the process since the basic dough instructions are exactly the same ast those for the Cinnamon version. Here we’ve got the stacked and filled pan. So what was different this time?

The dough itself began the same as the previous dough except this time I used the famed Bertinet “slap it around” Stretch and Fold method. Sort of surprisingly, it worked! What was a very wet, sticky sugary dough in not too much time became easy to handle. And I did it all by hand; no mixer used at all. This is where the Bertinet method really came in handy.

You can see the Bertinet video on the Stretch and Fold page.

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Aloo Paratha

Coming in at #48 for the MellowBakers.com group, Aloo Paratha is a savoury filled Indian flatbread.

Like all Mellow Baker breads, it was sourced from Hamelman’s book  Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes (First Edition) and can be found in the Miscellaneous section on page 282.

Note that the NEW edition of BREAD has dropped this recipe, so I’ll give the details here.

DOUGH:

  • 2 3/8 cup (10.6 oz / 300 g) whole wheat flour*
  • Heaping ½ Tsp / 3 g salt
  • ~ 1 cup (7.9 oz / 225 g) water 

FILLING:

  • 1 lb / 453 g potatoes, boiled in their jacket; once cooled, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, toasted
  • 1 tsp coriander seed, toasted & ground
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp finely chopped green chilies
  • .5 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp mustard oil**

.25 cup Ghee for brushing

* Indian whole wheat is typically chapati flour, a finely ground & sifter whole wheat flour. You can approximate this by sifting the coarser North American whole wheat flour through a fine sieve or combining whole wheat and unbleached bread flour in a 2:1 ratio (i.e. 200 g whole wheat + 100 g bread).

** You can make mustard oil by toasting 1 Tbsp black mustard seed in a dry skillet until they pop. Grind in a mortar, put in a small bowl and pour over with 2 Tbsp veg oil.

The ingredient list is rather straight forward, if you have a decently stocked spice shelf. One thing you may not have, however, is ghee which is a clarified butter. It is a wonderfully aromatic fat made by melting butter and removing the milk solids and letting the remaining fat cook slowly for a fairly long time to get a slightly nutty taste. Cool thing: it doesn’t need refrigeration although it has a fairly decent shelf life. And it’s actually pretty simple to make at home if you don’t find it in the local grocer’s. Many grocery stores in America now have a pretty respectable International Foods section so look there for a small jar. A perfectly acceptable substitute in this recipe, if you prefer or want to stay vegan, is your favourite vegetable oil.

Let’s have a look at what goes into these tasty pockets…

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