Matt's Marvelous Mouthwatering Morsels: Bimini Bread and Cafe Aux Parents
Apologies, dear readers, for the extended culinary hiatus. We have been incommunicado in the wild for weeks and weeks. We have returned to civilization to restock the larder and use the internet. It seems like a good time to share our new Bahamian tea time tradition (which we usually opt to make a coffee time, but saying that loses the happy vibes that the words “tea time” present)!
The concept of tea time has always fascinated me. It seems like some sort of Anglo siesta, combined with a workplace smoke break. But, instead of napping and cancer, you get sweet pastries and delicious caffeine! Yum!
|Bimini Bread rolls. Yum!|
Matt’s Bimini Bread Rolls
Perfect for tea time, makes 6 small rolls
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees Fahrenheit)
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups flour (50/50 All Purpose/Whole Wheat mix preferred, but equally good with 100% of either)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Proof yeast in 1/2 cup warm water with 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix flour, brown sugar, salt, and coconut in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture, oil and vanilla. Mix with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes. Dough will be very sticky but will not cling to sides of bowl. Allow to rise for 30 min-1 hour. Chef’s note: this dough doesn’t really rise, and it makes a very dense roll. I don’t know why. Divide into balls and bake 375 degrees until GBD, approximately 10 minutes.
|Supporting the Bahamas National Trust even!|
Cafe Aux Parents
Make the espresso via your preferred method. A stove top percolator would be traditional. On board we love our Aeropress! Add as much evap and sugar to taste. To be very authentic, drink through a glass straw. Yum! Many thanks to Lucy’s Mum and Dad who introduced us to this delicacy.
And there you have it, a civilized, tropical tea time anywhere you may be. Cheers!