Monday, July 6, 2009

Rosemary Zopf(Swiss Braided Bread) With Graubünden Barley Soup


Zopf is one of many kinds of breads savored in Swiss cuisine. This specialty braided bread has interesting similarity with the Challah.Swiss love this gorgeous bread for Sunday breakfast with butter or fruit preserves nevertheless I relished it with a bowl of soup for lunch.I use fragrant Rosemary ,that makes the bread all the more charming with its unique aroma and flavor.

Recipe Whole grain Rosemary Zopf

Ingredients
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup All-purpose flour,little more for rolling
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary,finely chopped
1 tablespoon flax seed meal(optional)
1 pack active dry yeast,about 1 1/2 teaspoon.
2 organic eggs(vegan can skip the eggs and use 1/2 cup soy milk)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon Olive oil

I found this video very helpful for a beginner's lesson in braiding a simple 3 strand bread.
Method
Combine water and sugar in a small bowl.Sprinkle the yeast over the top. Set aside until foamy,about 8 minutes
Whisk eggs, stir in oil and salt.Combine yeast mixture, the egg mixture in to the dough along with rosemary,knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until soft and supple,about 2 minutes.
Shape dough in to a ball and place in lightly oiled large bowl. Cover with clean kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size,about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375F
Braid and Bake
Here is a video of 3 braid challah,very helpful indeed.
Turn dough on to a clean work surface and divide in to 3 equal pieces. Arrange ropes side by side on the work surface.
Starting at the far end braid the ropes. When the braid is finished,tuck both ends under and pinch to seal. Place loaf on a prepared baking sheet.Cover and let arise for another hour.
Brush loaf with little oil and sprinkle little more rosemary. Bake until golden brown,about 35-40 minutes.Cool on rack and slice,serve with soups or stews.


Recipe Barley Soup

This flavorful soup is from Graubünden in Switzerland ,laden with fresh vegetables and barley,and makes a superb accompaniment with the zopf.This is a low cal version of a typical swiss soup which are usually rich with dairy like cheese or cream.Add 2 tablespoon of heavy cream towards the end of the cooking process, if desired.
Ingredients
1/2 cup Barley
6-8 button mushrooms
1 medium potato,peeled and chopped
1 medium carrot,finely chopped
1 cup cabbage,finely chopped
1 medium onion or leek,finely chopped
2 cloves garlic,finely chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary,chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Olive oil

Method
Rinse and soak barley for an hour.Drain.
Saute onions in medium hot oil until lightly brown,add the garlic,after a minute,add pepper,the vegetables,rosemary and barley.Cover and cook on medium-low heat for an hour until barley is cooked through.Garnish with some more fresh rosemary,serve warm with any hearty bread.

The Swiss specialty bread and soup are my entry for AWED:Swiss,hosted this month by Curry Leaf

34 comments:

Ivy said...

I can only imagine how wonderful the house smelled when baking this bread. The soup sounds delicious as well.

sangeeta said...

this bread is looking beautiful........the soup is completely my type...will try this exact recipe for sure.

MeetaK said...

that bread really looks great! and the soup would be perfect for a cool day!

vidhas said...

Both bread and soup looks gorgeous. Wish i stay near to place , so taht i can have both.:-D

Priya said...

Wwow bread and soup looks delicious, love the addition of rosemary in the bread Yas, my fav herb!

Parita said...

rosemary braided bread sounds so flavorful and soup looks fantastic, healthy!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

both sounds so healthy and filling!!Perfect for the climate right here now:)

Nithya said...

Yummy bread and perfectly healthy soup. :)

Gita said...

THe bread looks very nice Yasmeen...goes so perfect with the soup! This combination of barley and mushrooms is new to me...looks very appetizing :)

Shri said...

I love herb bread than plain white bread.Looks perfect with a bowl of soup.

Hari Chandana said...

wow.. sooo delicious... amazing clicks.. gud job!!

Bergamot said...

the braid is perfect... looks good. the soup is something really different.yumm

Viki's Kitchen said...

Swiss bread with the barley soup looks tempting.

Sharmila said...

What? No yeast?! Love you Yasmeen. :-) Am making this soon.

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!! Bread and the soup looks tempting!!!!Thats a brilliant combination too....i love the idea of adding Rose mary ....

Ann said...

Both look great..combo too.but am more with barley soup..makes me hungry.

Kalaivani said...

Both bread and soup looks so delicious and aromatic.

Ann said...

yum yum yum.. that must be soo aromatic! Such a great combo with soup

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a beautiful braid...must be delicious with that soup.

Pooja said...

Wow the braided bread looks beautiful! And what a comforting nutritious soup :)

Organic said...

Super!this looks such a fragrant combo.

Sanghi said...

This is absolutely delicious bread! Yummy yasmeen!

Priti said...

That's a yummy and healthy meal...bread looks so gud

sowmya said...

perfect and delicious..

Helene said...

I love healthy soups and bread. Must be so good.

K said...

That bread looks really great! a healthier version of the zopf bread which is made with plain flour

Preeti Singh said...

Great combo....both the things look great and healthy...

Suma Rajesh said...

wht a healthy bread with healthy barley soup...wooo this is a must recipe...

Jessica said...

Yes!I love these kind of whole grain breads,thanks for recreating my favorite bread with whole grains and aroma of rosemary must be heavenly.

Arlette said...

Marhaba Yasmeen

this is a very yummy, healthy and easy bread , thanks so much for sharing.

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if you are still interested my dear, and hope you can forgive me, i will send you the invitation right away.. pls email me and let me know...
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Sweatha said...

Hearty Thanks for the delicious and healthy entries dear Yasmeen.The bread looks too perfect.The barley soup is hearty as well as healthy.HEARTY THANKS for HEARTY ENTRIES

Anjum said...

Asak yasmeen....awesome posts u have posted...divine recipes i must say...i missed them!!!

Aparna said...

Your zopf really looks like its bursting with goodness.

Barley seed said...

Wow amazing recipe and yummy. Barley is very healthy. it is rich in nutrients. It helps in various ways like for skin purifier, cures pimples, helps to get taut skin, it act as skin whitener and has many other benefits. It can also be used as body scrub, which can be rubbed on the skin for 15-20 minutes to get optimal exfoliation.

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