1. Onion Bread, 2. Lemon Ginger Bread

The tables have been turned on my husband as I headed back into the corporate jungle last week. This week he's at home making dinner for me (putting that expensive education to good use)! My alpha cook is enjoying the kitchen all to himself these days, and I am reaping the benefits. The other day I came home from work and was treated to an amazing tomato sandwich made with fresh homemade onion bread. It was followed up with a dessert of sweet lemon ginger bread drizzled with honey. What a nice welcome home after a long day! You can also see the 6" Wusthof chef's knife that Shankar bought me, it is the queen of knives ladies. Perfect for small hands, and lightweight. Once you use that, you cannot use another knife. Seriously. You can find the bread recipe in a previous post of mine. Below are the flavorings that Shankar added to them. I've also posted the bread recipe below.

Onion Bread
1 small onion minced, 2 green onions chopped, a handful of chopped basil, 1 minced green chili, 1 tsp dried oregano

The sandwich was made with tomatoes, red onion, basil, and havarti cheese and toasted on the grill.

Lemon Ginger Bread
1 tbsp of lemon zest, 1 tbsp crushed whole black peppercorns, 2 tbsp grated ginger

The dessert bread was toasted on the grill in butter, and then drizzled with honey.

Verdict: There is nothing like a hot snack as soon as someone comes home from hard day's work, not to mention the welcoming smell of freshly baked bread.
That bread looked so good that I couldn't wait to take the picture before I tasted it, so you can see one bite in the corner!

Here is the bread recipe again,
from The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion. Thanks to my brother in law for sharing it with us. I believe he got it off of a flour package originally.

1 cup water, 2 tbsp butter, 1 large egg, 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1/8 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp instant yeast

1. Activate the yeast in the water.
2. Combine all the ingredients and mix and knead them together until you've made a soft, smooth dough.
3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise until doubled (about 1 hour).
4. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a flattened ball. Place the buns on the baking sheet, cover, and let rise for 30–40 minutes, until they're quite puffy.
5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the buns for 12–15 minutes until they're golden brown. We used a loaf pan from Williams Sonoma.
6. Remove them from the oven and cool them on a rack.


bee said...

gorgeous breads, both of them. i love havarti but don't know where to find it where i live.

Roopa said...

wow fabulous, i am interested in the bread recipe! i love the masaledhar breads. Thanks for sharing kanchana. i haven't heard of havarti what is it different from the other form of cheese?

Anonymous said...

lucky you, Kanchana;) i'm denied permission to open the recipe link in the bread post. pls. help!

Bharathy said...

Lucky to have a hubby like Shanky:)...convey my regards to him..We love garlic bread which we tasted during our abroad trips?Would u mind sharing the recipe ?pls..if u know..(this is my personal req to shanky):)

I do make venpongal..but with chtney and sambhar!kothsu looks yummy!

love paneer..we call it paneer tikka(made in tandoori oven)..another name for kababs,goes well with mint chtney:)

nice classic recipes..

marriedtoadesi.com said...


I thought I saw a great bread/bun recipe on your site for pav bhaji?!
Shankar used the hamburger bun recipe for the bread as well.


I found Harvarti Lite Slices at Meijer in Michigan.


See here for more info on Havarti.


I love garlic bread as well. I will put a recipe for that soon.

Thanks for the comments and encouragement guys! Happy Cooking!


TNL said...

both of them sound good! I am more interested in that sandwich though!

congrats are in order.....good luck my dear.


Bong Mom said...

What an innovative chef your hubby is. They sure teach a lot at B-school ;-) (ok thats where he went right ?)

DEEPA said...

wow !!!!lucky lady man ..mouthwatering man ....thks for sharing it

Anonymous said...

I like it. I am gonna try to make it for my wife, I have been spoiled for some time now as I have been requesting a lot of different dishes that you guys post around over here and a lot of other places. I pledge to take this responsibility to give a break to my wife this weekend and give my skills a try. Would need a lot of encouragement from you guys as well. Anyway nice receipe and good to see that you have a Wustohf knife, we have a 7 inch one and we love it. Thanks for the recepie.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kanchana,

I'm a non-blogger Latha:( But thanks for your feeback... i'll check the other Latha's bun recipe:)

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hey Kanchana,
Congartes for the knife.this is a must that alll girls gotta have.I totally agree with you.Well lemme come to the bread.My hubby just live such flavoured bread.So this adds to my must list.It was good to read about the warm welcome.Its really good to have something good and freshly made on a long day that too after working hard.Have fun gal...Lovely recipe too..

Shobana senthilkumar said...

i am new to this blogging field,i really njoy most of ur recipe and tried.It came out very well.thanx.
keep posting good one .

Latha said...

What a delicious sandwich! And the bread looks so good! Lucky you...K here never ventures into the kitchen! The days I am dead tired.. then its either chinese takeout or subway for dinner! :-(

marriedtoadesi.com said...


So glad Shankar has inspired you. How did it go?


Swarna said...

I recently found your blog and I love it.

I prepared this bread yesterday, since I do not cook with eggs I substituted 2.5 tbsp flax meal mixed with water.I used pyrex bread pan.

The bread came out good, but I had difficult slicing.My slices were thick.
How do you slice the bread?

Texture is so good, I recently food I am Soy allergic, so I cannot eat any store brought bread. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Swarna said...

Thanks for an amazing recipe.
I tried this bread recipe by substituting 2.5 tablespoon ground flax seed for egg.
It came out fantastic.