Monday, September 12, 2011

Ham and Egg Sandwich...

This is a really simple sandwich, and of course it's gonna taste as good as it sounds... I mean it's ham and egg and what's not to love there. Makes a nice Sunday brunch with a glass of iced tea.
So getting started, saute some sliced onions... till they get that brownish caramelized tint.

Then heat the ham slices, till they give off a nice smell...
Here the onions are nicely browned and supple...
Chop up the ham and add it to this.
Now let's start layering the bread. I have used wheat bread here and no, I have no buttered it, you can if you want to though. And the onion and ham mix onto the bread.
Then top it with some chopped capsicum and sliced eggs.
Sprinkle a little salt and pepper...
Scrape some cheddar cheese over this. I had cheese slices at home so I chopped that up and added it here above the egg and placed it in the small toaster oven. You could place it in the microwave too for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
The cheese has melted, I used only half a slice for each sandwich... place another slice on top and cut them diagonally.

And that's it , a scrumptious breakfast is ready.... great way to start the day.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Dried Fruit Scones

Was in the mood to bake something yesterday and I didn't want anything sweet... so figured scones would be the best choice and they were.

All purpose Flour: 200gms
Baking Powder: 2 1/2 teaspoons
A pinch of salt
Sugar: 4 or 5 tablespoons
Cold Butter: 50 gms
Milk: about a cup
Dried fruits like currants, apricots or prunes.
Getting started, sieve the flour, with the baking powder, salt and sugar.

Now cut your cold butter into tiny cubes and drop them into the flour.
Gently using your fingertips break the butter into the flour... you'll get a coarse texture.
Now add your dried fruits and mix it in the flour. I had only prunes at the moment, so chopped them up and added to the flour.
With a long spoon slowly stir the flour as you add in the milk. Stir till everything is combined and you'll get a messy sticky dough.
Dump this sticky dough onto a floured surface and knead it using a little flour till it forms a smooth dough on the outside. Be careful to knead very lightly and just for 3 or 4 times, to maintain the texture. Apparently if you knead it too long, the scones tend to turn out denser.
It has been shaped into a smooth thick dough, now we just have to cut out little round pieces.
Using a cookie cutter ( I don't own a cookie cutter, I have used another small container I had at home) cut out circles and place them on a baking sheet. Knead the leftover dough into a smooth patch and cut out more circles. Keep using the leftover dough until everything is shaped and placed on the baking sheet.
Brush with a mixture of milk and egg yolk to give it that glossy come hither look. Then slide the tray into the oven to bake for 15 to 20 minutes. (I used only milk to brush these scones, ran out of eggs yesterday)
Here they are just out of the oven and smelling great. I love the smell of something baking... its uplifting and therapeutic, and these smelled really really good.

I had some strawberry preserve at home so dabbed a bit onto these scones and they were great. This is my first time making scones, and my first time eating them too... and they were really fabulous. I have no idea why I hadn't made them before...