Herbed Fantails

 
Yeast is beautiful. Yeast is magical. It looks so simple and nice. Add some sugar and water, it transforms into a frothy delight spreading its fragrance around. All it needs is some flour to carry along in its awesome journey to becoming an airy, delicious loaf of bread. 

Every time I pull out my packet of yeast, I get all excited and amazed and start waxing eloquent about it. But try this recipe (adapted from here) and you will know what I am talking about.

It’s easy, yummy and attains a good flaky crust and a soft interior. So here goes –

 WHAT WE NEED

1 tsp instant yeast

6 tbsp warm water

1/2 tbsp sugar

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/4 tsp salt

3 tbsp plain yogurt

2 tsp dried herbs 

1/4 cup olive oil
WHAT TO DO

  • Whisk together the yeast, warm water, and sugar and keep aside until the mixture looks foamy and bubbled up on top — about 5 minutes.
  • Stir the flour, salt, yogurt and olive oil into the yeast mixture just until it all comes together.
  • Knead the dough for another ten minutes (if doing by hand) till a smooth dough forms. 
  • Form dough into a ball and coat lightly with olive oil 

  • Place it in a well greased bowl and cover the bowl with a wet towel. Let rise until doubled – around 1 hour

      

  • Oil the muffin tins lightly with olive oil.
  • Divide the dough into 2 parts. 
  • Roll out each part of the flour into a long, thin rectangle.
  • Brush the dough lightly with olive oil. Cut the dough into 6 equal strips. Stack the strips, oiled side up.

  

  • Turn each piece on its side, so the cut layers face up, and place in a prepared muffin cup. 

  

  • Separate the layers slightly so they fan outward. Repeat with the rest of the dough

  

  • Cover the muffin tins with a damp towel and let the rolls rise until doubled and dough fills cups – around 45 minutes.

  

  • Preheat oven to 175°C. 
  • Bake the rolls until barely golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. 
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

      

NOTES

1. The original recipe calls for a mix of bread flour and all purpose flour. I used only all purpose flour for entire quantity

2. This recipe can make 12 rolls. But I was in a hurry and I have a 9 piece muffin tray. So I adjusted to have only 9 fantails.

3. Dried herbs are optional but definitely recommended. I used a mix of thyme and chives.  

Do check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM#55

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6 thoughts on “Herbed Fantails

  1. I love these and have been wanting to make them myself..I enjoyed reading what you said abt yeast..guess all of us get so excited when the final bread gets enjoyed much!

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