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Syrian Onion Bread

by - Sunday, September 02, 2012

  I've been wanting to bake bread for quite some time now. And I wanted something different and nice. Firstly, I love onions. They have this absolutely fantastic quality of caramelizing and turning sweet. Also, onions are a complete necessity with non vegetarian food, for me at least. They complete a meal. Secondly, whats not to like about bread?! Its tastes fantastic, goes well with about anything and it gives immense joy to make your own loaf. There are few things, in terms of baking/cooking, that bring more happiness than a well risen bread dough!!

  The sister and I were flipping through a book by Martha Day, 'Baking' . Its a fabulous book for all baking enthusiasts. There a loads of recipes for breads and cakes and cookies and pies..you get the drift. So, the sister was like 'I wanna make this, and this and this and that'. One of the recipes she liked was this Onion bread recipe. Its looks so pretty and I am very happy with the outcome. I somehow feel it looks prettier before going into the oven. But it tastes yumm..especially with the sweetness from the onion, the little heat from the spice, the mild freshness of the mint and of course the lovely, soul warming taste of bread.
  Eat this bread while its still warm or re heat in on a pan before consuming. Its just tastes better that way. Also, dip it in some curd. Delicious!!

Adapted from: Baking by Martha Day

For the bread:
450 g plain flour (use the same amount of bread flour, if available)
1 tsp salt
20 g yeast
275 ml lukewarm water

For the Topping:
2 big onions, finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp coriander, chopped
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 tsp red chilly powder
2 tbsp olive oil (fro brushing the dough and pan)

In a bowl, mix the water and yeast and set aside for 15 minutes. The yeast should look foamy at the end of 15 minutes.

  1. Sift the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the yeast and water mixture.
  2. Mix to form a firm dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  3. Lightly brush a bowl with olive oil and place the dough in it. Cover with plastic cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for an hour or until doubled in size.

  4. Meanwhile prepare the topping. Mix all the ingredients (excluding the olive oil) together! Simple!! (The red chilly powder doesn't show because it was an afterthought)

  5. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size, knock it back. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8-10 equal parts.

  7. Roll the 8-10 pieces into rounds making sure they are a little concave in the middle.
  8. Now, go crazy and poke the rolled out rounds with the tines of a fork. Cover and leave to rise for a further 20 mins.

  9. Once the 20 mins are up, the dough should have risen a little. Brush with some olive oil and scatter the topping over the top leaving about 1 cm. space around the edges.

  10. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
  11. Eat warm dipped in some curd!!

Once you have some homemade bread, you're most likely to give up store bought bread altogether. Making bread is fun and delicious. Do try!

Happy Baking!!

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  1. They look so yummy! And I love onions!

  2. Hey Pratiksha,

    I found your blog through Blog Adda and loved it. Just wish you post more often :)

    1. Hey Surabhi!
      Thank you :D
      I've been so lax with posting! There are 4 posts in draft..will post them very soon!!

  3. wow wat a yummy post.

  4. Hi. I love love LOVE your blog!!!!! All of those recipes look so yummy. And your photos=more yum. You've inspired me to try baking cuz I'd loove to bake these breads (and the cakes) for myself and my family and friends. xD

    1. Hi Pooja!!
      Thank you so so much!! You just made my day :D
      You're gonna rock at baking! Best of Luck!!