Hazelnut Cigars

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Don’t you believe with this simple ingredients you could make very impressive cookies? Very nice recipe you don’t need a lot of confusing ingredients it’s simple but very tasty and I believe the most of the delicious and impressive things are simple.

It’s your turn to try and see how this simple recipe could turn to a very impressive taste when melting in your mouth.

175 gr. unsalted butter

100 ml. sugar

200 ml. finely grounded hazelnuts

300 ml. flour

2 tbs milk

For top

50 gr. chocolate semi sweet or bitter

Preheat oven 175 c

Mix sugar and butter

Add hazelnuts, flour and milk

Roll it to a finger thick long stick

Cut all of them 5 cm long

Put them on parchment papered pans

Bake them 10 min.

Take them from oven and let them cool completely

Melt the chocolate baine-marie style

Dip one side of them to chocolate

Put them on a rack to cool completely until the chocolate is set

I like more chocolate so I dipped both sides in chocolate but normally to make cigars should be one side dipped or if you don’t like chocolate then don’t dip them so do as you like.

Always use your creativity as much as possible then enjoy it!

Quick Kourabiedes

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For kourabiedes I had original one of course it’s tastier but it takes longer time to make this one guaranteed and very easy to follow and really delicious.

1 cup flour

3 tbs unsalted butter

4 tbs powdered sugar

1/2 cup  sliced  almonds

1 egg white

1/2 tbs baking powder

For the top as enough powdered sugar

Preheat oven 180 c degrees.

Put the almonds and flour in pan

Roast them until they turn pink

Cool them completely

Add all other ingredients

Knead until it takes form

Open it with pin 1 or 1.5 inches thick

Cut it with tea glass or moon shaped cookie cutter.

Bake them just when they start to turn pink.

Remove them from oven.

When they are lukewarm with help of shaker or strainer decorate them with powdered sugar or just roll them into powdered sugar.

It’s done ready to enjoy your kourabiedes as quick as you can!

Profiterol from scratch!

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As like me do you think it’s very hard or impossible to make this delicious filled puffs called profiterol because at Istanbul at Inci Profiterol I ate many times this delicious profiterols and every time I ate them I think they are the best profiterols around the world! but when I ask myself how can I make them or at least is it possible to make them at home? The answer was Oh impossible!

Until I tried to make them from scratch very surprisingly  they were very easy to make and this one is guaranteed recipe. When I was serving this to my family and friends always asking me where I bought them but the truth is I made them at home! even still I can’t believe that I can make them at home from scratch.

So here it’s the recipe for you to try and see!

For Puffs

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter

1/4 tsp salt

1 -1/4 cups flour

4 large eggs at room temperature

For Filling

1- 1/2 cups heavy cream or whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix

For Chocolate

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbs flour

1 tbs full cocoa powder

1 cup milk

Chocolate

Put all ingredients in pan stir occasionally, boil (3-5 min.)until it gets thick.

Fillig
Stir all ingredients together until you have thick filling.

Let it set 1 hour in refrigerator or you can prepare it one night before.

The Puffs

preheat oven 200 degrees.

Combine water, butter and salt in medium pan heat until butter melted.

Bring to rolling boil.

Add flour all at once stirring vigorously until smothes out and flows the spoon around pan. (this should take less than 30 seconds)

Remove it from heat cool it 5-10 min. it should be lukewarm.

With mixer beat the eggs one at a time in lukewarm mixture after adding the last egg continue beating 1 minute more.

Take 1 teaspoon full of the dough and drop it on parchment papered pans leave 1 inch between the puffs.

bake them 20 min. when they turn medium golden brown.

Remove them and cut a slit into the sides of puffs.

Return them to oven cook them 5 min. more.

Remove them and let them cool on a rack.

Gently open each puff alone natural fault line.

Fill bottom with 2 teaspoons of filling and replace with the top half.

Put all filled puffs on serving plate pour the chocolate on top put it in refrigerator.

Enjoy with loved ones !

I think it will be your one of the best loved recipe!

Sham-burakat with Auntie

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Another yummy traditional family recipe!

I love very much being in the kitchen with my aunt because she’s very easy going and quick handed at the same time cooking and baking very deliciousss things yumm.

This week we diced to make sham-burakat  they are stuffed pie’s basically I like to call them half moons we chose to make them with meat but I like the cheese version much more.

Before starting the recipe please don’t forget always adjust the salt and seasonings  just as how much you like it and less is more.

How to do filling

3 cups finely chopped onions

4 cups medium ground meat any kind you like (pork, beef etc.)

1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper or green

1 cup finely chopped parsley

1 tbs salt

1 tbs hot pepper flakes

1 tbs pepper paste

1/2  tbs black pepper

1/2 cup butter

Put the butter and meat over high heat and continuously stir to not be stick with each other and to be cooked all over same until it gives the water and again there is no water.

Add onions and salt stir until onions well cooked.

Add peppers saute.

Add black pepper, chili and pepper paste.

Remove from the heat finely add parsley stir well let it cool completely.

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How to do dough

1 kilo flour

2 tbs instant yeast

1 tsp salt

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 cup lukewarm water

1/2 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients and knead them well until it forms nice and soft dough.

Cover it with cloth and let it be doubled about 1 hour.

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Preheat oven to 250  degrees.

Cut big chestnut sized balls from the dough each time about 6 or 7 balls.

On floured surface open the balls into 7 or 8 inches rounds or as much you like them thicker or thinner.

Spread on half of the rounds filling then fold them on half moon shape and with your fingers or cutter as it shown in the picture you can close them.

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put them on baking sheet.

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Bake them until they turn golden brown or little bit more is just fine.

when you remove them from the oven brush them with butter.(optional)

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Instead of oven the traditional and more delicious way is to  cook them on pan over stove with little bit of butter turning each side until is bubbled to brown spots in each side and another method is which I don’t like it is to deep fry them they turn very greasy this way but some people like it but my aunt using new oven method which is healthier, cleaner and easier way to cook them in oven she says.

So you have 3 methods you can try all or choose which sounds best for you!

Holiday Gifting Edition

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We decided to share with you some of our favorite Holiday Gifting ideas. This is usually a wonderful time of the year but also possibly the most stressful – as many try to shop for gifts and worry about giving/not giving.

Giving starts with true care and knowing the people you are giving to. Some of the best things we received were not material gifts at all. Last year, one of the best gifts I received was a lavender eye pillow made by my good friend using lavender from her garden and stitching the pillow herself.

With a few ideas we hope to reduce your stress and make this a great year of giving:

1. Hosting a dinner or potluck
What can be more cozy and fun – we are social creatures. Giving from your time and opening your home to your friends is a great gift in itself.

2. Hand Made
Never gets old to make some of the gifts you are giving. In the process of it, you will even figure out who you care enough to handmade something for or not. We made ceramic owls this year for our nearest and dearest ones; some as desk ornaments an some hanging. See a few examples here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaBote

3. Care Baskets
This a new one for us. This year we are making care baskets filled with easy goodies to give for friends in need. Here are some of the items: gas card, crackers, cheese, fruits, home made cookies,… give practical things that will help them stretch their budget.

For more ideas, we have compiled some of our favorite sites:

For the Artist
Give a gift certificate to a local art studio.

art supplies:
http://www.dickblick.com/

prints and other:
http://fab.com

For the Foodie
Give a gift certificate for a local cooking class.

http://fab.com

http://chefscatalog.com

For the Humanitarian
First, if you can, give to legitimate charities in your city.

Second, do global good, give to legitimate charities that help humanity globally.

For the Fashion Lover

http://fab.com

http://shopbop.com/ci/4/lp/holiday-gift-guide.html

For the Person who has Everything
Surprise them and give them a hug!

Quality always wins over quantity, both for gifts and friends. Giving is not about giving a lot of stuff, it’s in giving meaningfully.
Happy giving!

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Vegan Snow Balls

 

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Thank you auntie for sharing your recipe!

Finally I was able to give it a try it was fantastic. As like me who loves the taste of plain, not soft but in mouth melting cookies and of course easy to make cookies believe me this is one you can’t quit and I will share with you some changes and creativity’s to try with this recipe for later I like to play and make SURPRISE recipes a lot.

Original recipe:

3 tablespoons finely grounded nuts

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 cup sunflower oil

2-2/5 cups wheat flour

How to do:

Preheat your Oven to 170 c

Mix all dry ingredients together

Add the oil and knead the dough little bit until it forms a nice dough

Take 1 or 1/2 tablespoon of the dough shape it into balls

Put them on non-stick baking sheets you don’t have to space them much they don’t rise or melt just 1 cm is enough.

Bake them 10-15 minutes they don’t have to turn pink and never brown attention please!

Take them from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes

Dust them with powdered sugar or mix of powdered sugar and cinnamon.

Put some SURPRISES and creativity to your recipes!

I put almonds instead of nuts you can put any kind you like or as like me what kind you have at home.

I add some unsweetened finely shreded coconut flakes or anise seeds instead of coconut shreds or any kind you like.

I think if  you like more flavor than plain cookies use organic coconut oil or sesame or any kind you like.

I think next time definitely I will try anise seeds version and coconut oil version mmmm sounds yummy.

I also tried to shape them like fingers as you can see in the picture do as your creativity allows you you will be SURPRISED.

Until next time with more SURPRISES!

Halka ‘Open Sesame’ Cookies

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Wanted to introduce this simple cookie to you. I had it for the first time when I was visiting family in Istanbul last week.

The origin of the cookie is from Syria and this maybe an adaptation, since I never had the original I cannot tell. It is light and delicious with coffee or tea. Very used to seeing sesame used in savory cooking and baking, and this is great use of sesame in baking sweets.

Ingredients:

  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup roasted sesame
  • 1 cup fine semolina
  • 1 packet of vanilla powder (dr.oetker)
  • 1 packet of baking powder (dr.oetker)
  • flour – use as much as it takes to attain earlobe firm dough

Step 1:
Dry roasting the unshelled sesame: you can also use shelled ones if you like, but process stays the same. Roast till you smell the sesame (barely 2 minutes or more depending on your stove) – then set aside to cool.
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Step 2:
Mix the egg and sugar – whisk well.
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Step 3:
Add the semolina, vanilla, the baking powder, and mix well.
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Next add the sesame and mix it well. Then start adding the flour slowly and keep checking for firmness. It should not be firmer than your earlobe; stop adding flour when you reach that point.
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This is what the dough looks like when everything is done:
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Step 4:
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line the baking sheets. Start forming little circles ‘halka’ and place then on the baking sheets. You can make them large small or any size you like. Optional: brush the tops with eggwash. We did for most but tried a few without and they were just as good. Bake until golden in color; take out and let cool before serving.
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Hope you enjoy this delicious sesame cookie as much as we do!
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{mini} Peanut Butter Cup Temptations

Wanted share this great recipe I tried with a close friend. It is the easiest two bite desert to make. We followed the exact recipe and turned out perfect.

Here is the recipe to the Peanut Butter Temptation cookies:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-temptations-ii/

Tip 1: don’t spread the dough, leave it in little balls and put it in the oven
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Tip 2: prep the mini peanut butter cups (I prefer dark chocolate) ahead of time so you can quickly press them into the centers
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Tip 3: wait to cool before removing from the pan
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Tempted? Go ahead and make a batch for yourself, friends, family…Eat well !!