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Baking for a cause

I have been tagged by Sunshinemom and Bharti to bake bread for Breadline Africa, a South Africa based charity organisation that seeks to put a lasting end to poverty in Africa. Their Blogger Bakeoff is an online campaign that challenges bloggers to get involved by baking bread, act by donating to end poverty and then challenge their readers and five other bloggers to do the same.

Their rules for bloggers are outlined below:

1. If you are tagged, copy and paste the rules into your post.
2. Bake bread, do something you wouldn’t normally do, and blog about it. Upload your picture and recipe.
3. Give dough, donate to Breadline Africa and help us end poverty.
4. Tag five bloggers, and ping us so we know you’ve done so.

For this bakeoff, I decided to bake the garlic rolls from Nicole's Thanksgiving menu. Easy to make and delicious, the rolls were a sure winner.



To make garlic rolls, heat 1/2 cup milk until lukewarm and stir in a tsp of sugar. Sprinkle a tsp of yeast and let it ferment for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 95C and turn it off. In a bowl, stir together 1 1/3 cups flour, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tbsp olive oil and the yeast mixture. Knead for around 5 mintues until you get a smooth dough. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover with a plastic wrap and place in the warm over to rise for 30 mintues.

In the meantime, mix a tbsp of olive oil and 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic. Use some of this oil to grease 6 muffin tins. Roll the dough into small balls and place them in sets of 3 in each muffin tin. Top with the rest of olive oil/garlic mix and bake in a 200C oven for 20-25 minutes.

And now, I'd like to tag Rachel, Siri and Foody Guru for this worthy cause.

Comments

Sunshinemom said…
Garlic in bread is a heady combination! Baking in muffin pans is a good idea too - lovely!
Curry Leaf said…
Lovely.I am imagining the aroma during baking.
Bharti said…
Mmmm...sounds delicious Simran. Love the the garlic bakes right in tot he rolls.
Anonymous said…
Garlic and oregano..I couldn't resist that..

Will take up the tag soon.
Siri said…
The garlic rolls look so cute and yummy Simran. thanks for tagging me for such a worthy cause. will try to bake something soon.

Cheers,
Siri
Usha said…
The garlic bread looks really cute and yum and for a great cause too!

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