How a Vada Pav turned into Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bites

Some things happen unplanned. I had been browsing when I chanced upon this recipe for baked vada pav. Now vada pavs and me have a long history.

A funny history given that I have never eaten one. I’ve had the aloo bonda that is the stuffing. But never the complete vada pav. I’ve seen in plenty of places here, it have never ended up picking it up. Probably, because the thought of eating completely fried things suddenly invokes that health conscious me. Who, by the way disappears very quickly when I chance upon fried things like chips or murrukus. The fact remains that I’ve always found a reason to not try it out. It was too early in that airport cafe, or I did not want to pile on more weight just before a sea-side trip, or it did not look filling enough for lunch. You know, the works.

And yet, it has never stopped me from craving for it. So when I saw this recipe, I had to try it. It seemed perfect. So I took the basic bread roll recipe from here and started off. I had planned to make a small batch, but scaling down ingredients seemed more tricky than making the whole bread. So I set off. It was late by the time the bread was ready to go into the oven. I made two sample vada pavs and popped the rest of the dough into the refrigerator.

The vada pavs turned out well. My domestic help loved it too. I did not take any pictures though. I still had loads of dough. My initial plan was to make more vada pavs, but somehow, the plan changed. I did not feel too excited about making loads of vada-pavs.

I had made this cinnamon-sugar pull apart bread when Swaram came over. I had some pictures somewhere, but I feel too lazy to go dig them up. It was a trial and did not turn out exactly how I wanted it to. So I wanted to give it another shot.

By the time I could carve out time to get down to it, it was already late. Feeling rather lazy(I can see laziness becoming a theme for me these days), I decided to try something easier. Instead of rolling out the dough, I made little balls, rolled it in a light brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and placed it in a loaf pan. Like this. I dotted it with some butter – just because.

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Popped it into the oven, when it had risen to double, it took about 20 minutes. And this is how it turned out. Soft fluffy bites of bread covered in a light coating of cinnamon sugar. Yum! And tasted just perfect for our tastes. Not too sweet, and perfect with that cup of coffee 🙂
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I go crazy for..

Cakes.. One of my favourite scents is the smell of something baking in the oven.. I just love that smell.. as far long back as I remember.. Talk about feel good, comfort food and baked cakes come right at the top!  I, once,  followed the smell on a busy street in Bangalore to discover a wonderful little bakery!

Today, I am itching to bake.. I am dying to get my hands on the ingredients and whisk, stir and pour and then smell(yum!) the baking cake.. I think I love the process of baking just as much, if not more than the actual eating 🙂 Can’t think of anything more satisfying that seeing the cake rise, filling your home with that wonderful, wonderful smell!! I hate going out smelling of food 😦 I just hate it – but I guess the smell of baking is an exception! If somebody ever came out with a perfume like that – I am sure to buy it, but probably, I might be the only buyer 😦 I actually go to the home section of most stores and look at cake tins – to see if anything new has come in – that I absolutely have to buy!

The one thing I am yet to try is baking bread. And I am so going to try that soon.. I am quite sure that once I start – I might never stop 🙂

I’ve been stalking cake recipe sites all day today,there are so many of them, out there, tempting me with those lovely pictures!  I am just dying to bake – the only thing stopping me is that I have put on 5 kgs in the last 6 weeks or so 😦 Baking is so, not a great idea – not even the low fat ones 😦  No, cakes are so not an option..