The best crop we had this year were onions and we still have plenty of them.
Last week we made onion rolls which were so delicious! They are best eaten fresh and taste great with any thick warming autumn soup.
Crusty Onion Rolls
- 1 tbsp dried yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 250 ml/1 cup lukewarm water
- 2 tbsp olive or coconut oil (or whichever oil you use)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 500 g/ 4 1/2 cups strong white bread flour (I’m sure it would taste great with wholemeal flour too but I didn’t try it yet)
- 3 onions, finely chopped
- sea salt
Mix together the yeast, sugar and water. Sprinkle with a little flour, cover and leave for 10 – 12 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface.
Beat 1 tsp salt, the oil and one of the eggs into the mixture until well mixed. Gradually add the flour and knead for 5 – 10 minutes. If the dough is still slightly sticky add a little more flour.
Lightly oil a bowl, place the dough in it and turn to coat. Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Knead dough for 3 – 4 minutes, then knead half the onions into the dough.
Form little rolls (egg sized balls) and place on a baking sheet.
Lightly beat the remaining egg with 2 tbsp water and a pinch of salt. Brush each roll with the egg mixture and sprinkle the remaining onions on to the rolls.
Leave to rise again for 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Bake the rolls at 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 for 20 minutes, or until pale golden brown.
We got to use up some more onions at the start of this week when coughs were going around our house. I made a simple onion syrup that my mother always made when we were young and I swear it’s much better than any bought cough bottle. And so easy to make!
You just chop up one or two onions and place them into a jar. Add two table spoons of sugar, close the lid, shake it a few times and leave in the fridge for a few hours until you see the syrup at the bottom of the glass. One or two spoons of the onion syrup whenever needed works best for us.
The onions are brilliant natural antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. I usually take a spoon myself whenever I give it to the children just to boost my own immune system and keep the colds away.
How about you? Do you use any homemade remedies for coughs and colds?