I am always on the prowl for simple and doable bread recipes. When I contacted Aparna for joining her We Knead to Bake bread group, she told me, she has closed the entries.
I was disappointed but decided to try few recipes which appealed to me from her collection. What I like about Aparna’s recipes and post is that she is very detailed and if you go through the post completely, there are hardly any chances of going wrong.
I kept the recipe almost what she has suggested and made some minor changes.
In a small bowl, mix together sugar, yeast and warm milk. Keep aside for 5 - 10 minutes till the mixture becomes bubbly and frothy.
In a large bowl, place flour, softened butter, salt and ginger paste. Mix well.
Add the yeast mixture and remaining milk. Knead well till you have a soft, smooth and pliable dough. The dough shouldn't be sticky. Add very little flour if the dough is sticky.
Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a well oiled bowl, turning the dough around to coat completely in oil. Cover and let it rise in a warm and dry place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until almost double.
Dust the work counter with flour, deflate the dough, shape into a square and roll into a larger squarer about 12 X 12 inches.
Brush the surface of the square with melted butter. Spread the filling - cumin seeds, chili flakes and mint leaves. Finally spread the grated cheese on top.
Using a rolling pin, gently press down the filling so it doesn't fall off when stacking the strips.
Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, slice the rolled dough into 6 long even strips. It's ok if they are not perfect. Lay each strip on top of the other with topping facing upwards to get a stack of strips.
You can place the 2 strips from the side in the middle of the stack so that it appears neater.
Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut down through the stack of strips dividing it into 6 equal smaller stacks.
Grease a loaf tin, I used a 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 inch tin. Lightly flour it. Place the cut squares into the prepared pan, cut side down, stacking against each other.
Cover the pan with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for an hour.
Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Lightly brush some milk over the top of the loaf.
Bake for 40-45 minutes till it is done and the top is golden brown.