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Breaking Bread – Celebrating the blog’s 4th birthday with a delish giveaway!

Ten days ago on June 17th, Deliciously Directionless turned four years old! While I was living it up in Sydney (more about that coming up on the blog soon), I hadn’t forgotten about the annual blogiversary giveaway. So here goes…Update: This giveaway has ended. Congratulations, Pooja Vir on winning a copy of Crumbs! 

Does the thought of baking bread strike fear in your heart? I know it did for me, even though I managed quite well with baking cakes, cookies, and other baked goodies. I baked my first bread three years ago – it was a focaccia and it turned out beautifully. Of course, I had help – I meticulously followed the recipe on My Jhola – a super blog by food blogger & bread-maker extraordinaire Saee Koranne-Khandekar. Read about my bread adventures (and more recipes) here.
Saee has of course gone on to greater heights, and has recently released a gem of a book – Crumbs! Bread Stories and Recipes for the Indian Kitchen.

Crumbs! is more than a recipe book. It’s really a primer on baking bread especially adapted to Indian conditions – our climate, our kitchens and the way we cook. This is really what sets Saee’s books apart from the countless bread-baking books & blogs out there. Not to mention the lucid writing and easy-to-follow instructions.

There’s a bit of history and the science of bread-making, but Crumbs! is mostly about how to work with yeast, different types of flours, a proofing guide for Indian climate and so on. And of course the recipes. From basic loaves to sourdough, from pizzas and croissants to desi naans, ladi pao, and sheermal – you can almost smell the aroma of freshly baked bread in those pages. So if you want to tame the yeast beast, I suggest you get your hands on Crumbs! pronto.
But first, try your luck at my blogiversary giveaway; I’m sure you’ve already guessed what’s up for grabs. Saee has generously offered a copy of Crumbs! to one lucky winner of this giveaway!

How to participate:

  • All you have to do is like Deliciously Directionless on Facebook.
  • Then leave a comment on this blog post with the one bread that you’d like to learn to bake (and I’m sure you will find it in Saee’s book!)

Terms & Conditions

  • Giveaway is open for Indian residents only
  • Your entry will be eligible only if you LIKE the Facebook page AND leave a comment on this blog post
  • Giveaway is only open for two days – June 27th & 28th, 2016
  • Winner will be selected at random on June 29th, and will be announced here on the blog and on the Facebook Page
  • If you win, you’ll need to share your contact details so that I can send the book by courier

 

So get cracking. Participate now & spread the word. Good luck 🙂
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13 comments

  1. Hanisha Lalwani 27 June, 2016 at 05:39 Reply

    Hot cross buns!
    Hot cross buns!
    one a penny, two a penny,
    Hot cross buns!

    If you have no daughters,
    give them to your sons.
    One a penny two a penny,
    Hot cross buns!

    I'd love to learn how to make soft hot cross buns! I have been eating them since I was a kid and my fancy for them grew in nursery school when I first read the Hot Cross Buns nursery rhyme…the accompanying picture on the rhyme book was so tempting, I'd just want to dig in. When I was studying in Australia, the Safeway supermarket there made fresh hot cross buns and my kitchen was always stocked with them. The spiced sweet buns with raisins always sparked a festive air and uplifted my mood. I hope this book has the recipe, I want to be a bun making expert!

  2. shweta chaudhary 27 June, 2016 at 06:10 Reply

    I am so much in awe of someone curating all the various, vernacular breads which are cooked, baked in India. But my fav will be learning to make the perfect thalipeeth bread. The ingredients, hand skill and what makes it so fab and healthy to eat with loni. Yummm monsoon in Pune and Thalipeeth is the perfect savoury breakfast you can crave for. Looking fwd to it….

  3. Sucheta Pendharkar 27 June, 2016 at 07:03 Reply

    Yess.I can make a bread, foccasia etc.but yet not tried for banana bread and i would like to learn it.I always follow to saee

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