Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Za'atar and Butter pepper Toasts and sandwich in rice cooker/ toaster/ non-stick pan)




Here are a few snacks made from bread slices ready in 5 minutes in your rice cooker/ toaster-grill/ non-stick pan.



Toasted sandwich tastes better with thick sliced wheat bread. Try to buy them instead of thinly sliced white  bread.
The above bread is Buttermilk wheat bread. I baked this in my bread machine yesterday.

Pepper butter toast-

Ingredients-
Butter
Salt (omit it if salted butter is used)
Sugar
Black Pepper pd

Let's start-



  • Mix the sugar,salt and ground pepper (pepper powder) with the butter.
  • Apply this on the bread slices.



  • Place the bread slice in the non stick pan of rice cooker with buttered side down. Cover with lid. Press 'cook' button. 
  • The button may go back to 'warm' mode after sometime, no problem- the cooker is already heated.



  • Turn the bread to the other side and cover and keep on 'warm'  or 'cook' mode (whichever mode your cooker wants to be in) for few mins.
  • Eat it when it is still warm. I know you will love it.
  • If you want to make another toast place it in the pan, the cooker might remain in 'warm' mode even after you cover it with the lid. After 2 mins try pushing the cooker back to 'cook' mode.

Remember-
Whenever you remove the lid the cooker might go to 'warm' mode. It will come back to cook mode if the pan cools down a bit.

Za'atar toast-


Ingredients 
Za'atar mix *-1 tbsp
Olive oil or Butter 
Salt (check if Za'atar or butter has salt)
Chilli pd or black pepper pd (Optional)
Pita bread/ Pizza base/ Bread slice

Directions-
  • Make a paste of oil and Za'atar.
  • Apply this on one side of the bread slice.  (if it doesn't spread with a spoon or a knife use your fingers)
  • Fry like the above Pepper toast.

Za'atar sandwich/pizza-




  • Arrange slices of tomato, cucumber, scallions (spring onion/onion slices), mint leaves (sprinkle dry mint powder) and olives on this to make pizza. Use whatever is available.
  • You can spread feta cheese or labneh or cheese spread.This is optional.
  • You can toast 2 bread slices this way and sandwich these vegetables in-between.

*Make and store this Za'atar mix-
Za'atar- (This is available in any middle eastern store)


If your ready made Za'atar does not have sumac or sesame seeds then for every tablespoon of Za'atar add-
1/2 tsp Sumac - gives sourness (omit it if you don't have)
1-2 tsp-Toasted sesame (til) seeds


You can make your own Za'atar by mixing-
1/4 cup sesame seeds (toasted)
2 tsp sumac
1 tbsp thyme (dried)
2-3 tsp salt

Mix all the above and keep in an airtight container inside a cupboard away from sunlight. 





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