Greetings from Boston/Karachi -- and request for in-laws help!
Greetings and salutations!
Finding this site has really brightened my day. My imagintion is piqued! After the baby is solidly sleeping, I plan to take her out for a stroll to try to find saffron, so that we can try out your saffron buns.
My husband and I are about to embark on a long trip to Pakistan to visit family in Karachi, God willing. While there, I would love to share my newly honed bread-baking skills with my dear in-laws. I anticipate a few difficulties, and am hoping for some expert advice.
Issues on my mind:
1) Their oven never gets all that hot (maybe maxing out arounf 350). It lacks a dial (so I can't really tell what temperatue it is at, in any case) -- and it heats unevenly. I made some fairly mediocre baked moussaka for them when I visited last year, and found the oven tricky to use. I know that it is a poor artist who blames her tools, but... what sort of bread might be very forgiving of such an oven?
2) I can get maida and atta in Karachi -- could you recommend a recipe for a "double roti" type of bread (this is what they call sandwich bread) which uses these flours? I think that their preference would be for a soft, sweet bread.
3) As the mom of a 12-week old girl, I find that doing anything with very exact timing to be beyond me. If you can suggest a recipe which is forgiving if I get pulled away by my 11 pound boss, then that would be just lovely.
I really, really appreciate any advice.