Peach cookies

These tempting, pretty peach shape cookies are just beauties and suitable for any occasion, for 4 seasons, and resemble to the real peaches.

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Ingredients

  • 210g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 55g plain yogurt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for filling

  • 1/3 cup Nutella or
  • 1/3 peach jam

Ingredients for colouring

  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • Yellow and red food colouring
  • Two small bowls with water

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How to make

Preheat the oven to 170C.

Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Place egg yolks,vanilla extract, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for 3-4 minutes. Add yogurt and beat until creamy. Mix the flour with baking powder and sift it.

Add butter to the flour and combine and add it to the batter. Knead it for 3-4 minutes until all comes together and non stick to your hand.

Divide the pastry into small amount (about 15g). Take one the dough and roll it into ball. Continue rolling all of the batter into balls. Place them on the tray. Put your finger on each ball and and gently press down each ball.

Bake them for 15 minutes. Once they are baked, allow them to cool.

Now, use a sharp knife and core out the centre of cookie from the bottom of each cookie and remove the cookie centre( as you see in the photos).

Break up cookies pieces and mix them with nutella or peach jam. Carefully fill cavity of each cookie and place tow cookies together.

Mix few drops of red colour in one bowl and few drops of yellow colour in other bowl. Dip cookie in yellow/red food colouring and roll them in the sugar. Allow the cookies to set and serve it.

 

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Ice cream cones

It is pretty easy to make ice cream cones at home. They are delicious, crispy and fun to make it.

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You can bake them either in the oven or in a frying pan on a gas stove. And, for giving shape to the baked batter and rolling them, we can use cone mould, or make cone shape mould with aluminium foils or simply roll them with hand.

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Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites

  • ½ cup plain flour

  • ½ cup white or brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp milk

  • 2 tbsp melted butter

  • ¼ tsp orange or vanilla essence

  • 1 tbsp cold water

  • pinch of salt

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Instructions

Place egg whites and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk together for 2 minutes. Stir in melted butter, water, milk, flour, pinch of salt, vanilla or orange essence, until incorporated and make the a smooth batter.

Now for baking you can either use oven or gas stove. Preheat the oven to 200C.

 

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Pour 1 ½ tbsp batter on tray and spread into a thin layer. Move the spoon in circle and give a round shape to the batter. Place it into the oven and bake it for 8 minutes.

Other way of baking is: Pour batter into the warm non sitck pan. Spread into a think circle layer and cook for 5 minutes until edges are golden.

Now you need to do rest of process QUICKLY, BUT BE CAREFUL DO NOT BURN YOUR FINGERS.

 

So once cone is done, put a cone mould on baked cone and roll from the bottom of the cone in order to shape it. And then pull our the cone mould. Or cone mould is not available, simple put baked cone on a towel and roll it into a ice cream cone 🙂

 

 

 

 

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My home made olive bread

I love freshly baked breads, their smell is amazing and because I am an olive lover, I have baked and shared my different kinds of olive breads in my page  and today I baked other olive bread with crunchy outside and soft inside.

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This bread is salty, peppery, and combination of olives and garlic flavour makes magic and you will have a beautiful bread.

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Ingredients

  • 500g all purpose flour
  • 25g yeast
  • 5g salt
  • 2g garlic powder
  • 1  fresh thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 g dried rosemary
  • 92g black olives, pitted, drained and chopped
  • 92g green olives, pitted, drained and chopped
  • 360 ml water

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Instructions

In a bowl, mix flour with garlic powder, salt, thyme, rosemary, chilli flakes. Dissolve the yeast in the 120 ml water and then add to the flour mixture. Now add the rest of the water ( 240 ml) and kneading the mixture until mix well together and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Add chopped olives and knead again.

Grease with the olive oil the bowl and transfer the dough into the bowl. Drizzle some olive oil top of the dough and cover with kitchen towel in a warm place and let it rest for 2.5 hours until doubled in size.

On a floured surface, flatten the dough and knead the dough 1-2 minutes and shape it into a ball. Sprinkle flour over parchment paper , add the dough , sprinkle some flour top of the dough and cover with a towel and let rise for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, turn the oven to 240 C and add a round iron cast pan inside the oven ( without the lid) for 45 minutes until the dough rise.

After 45 minutes remove the pan from the oven and transfer the dough with parchment paper into the pan and put the lid on. Bake the dough at 240C for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the lid and keep baking for 20 minutes at 230 C. By this way the bread get crispy golden crust. Let it cool before cutting the bread.

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Ricotta donut balls

These ricotta donut balls are Scrumptious, soft and fluffy and slightly moist. Very easy to prepare.

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Ingredients

  • 200g ricotta
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt

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Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk ricotta cheese with 2 eggs, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well together until combine.

Now, pour vegetable oil into a deep pan and heat it. Grease your hand with oil. Take small portion of dough and shape the dough into ball.

Gently place the balls in the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes. Turning 2-3 times until beautifully golden.

Transfer fried donuts on a kitchen paper to cool. Dusting with icing sugar is necessity and then and serve with jam or melted chocolate and a nice cuppa tea or coffee.

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My savoury bread (cake)

Savoury bread (cake) is very popular in France.Savoury bread is one .Today I was thinking what kind of bread I make. I had a look into the fridge and found some olives and spring onions.

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Then I went to my small garden and collected some fresh basil and baked my savoury bread. But if you do not like basil, just easily add fillings of your choice. your favourite herbs such as dill, coriander or parsley. but you can add fillings of your choice.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Ingredients for filling

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, chopped into chunks
  • 1 cup black/green olives
  • 1 lemon zest
  • small bunch of parsley
  • 2 spring onions, green part

Instructions

Preheated oven to 180C.

First purée basil and parsley leaves, green part of spring onions and lemon zest. This gives extraordinary flavour to our bread (cake).

For bread batter: place the flour in a large bowl. Add baking powder, salt and pepper. Mix together. Add eggs, milk and vegetable oil. Using a spatula and combine all together well.

Coat olives with 1tbsp of flour. This will prevent olives from sinking into the bottom when baking. Now add purée herbs, olives and chopped cheddar cheese. Combine all ingredients well together.

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You can either lightly Butter the loaf pan or spray oil , so that parchment paper sticks on it. Then butter parchment paper.

Fill the pan with batter and Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes. Once bread is ready, remove from the oven, top the bread with drizzle of olive oil and grated cheddar cheese. Place the cake inside the oven again for 3 minutes until cheese is melted.

Remove from the oven and serve it.

it’s very flavourful, soft, with melted cheese, citrusy and taste of olive.

 

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Keema naan

Keema or qeema naan is a kind of stuffed meat bread. Maybe you asked what kind of meat is in the qeema naan.

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It might be minced beef or lamb. It’s absolutely super easy to prepare keema naan, t’s absolutely mouthwatering bread and it’s absolutely perfect 🙂

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Ingredients for dough

  • 500 g all purpose flour
  • 100 ml yogurt
  • 100 ml warm water
  • 150 ml water
  • 7 g dried yeast
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

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Ingredients for filling

  • 300 g minced meat ( beef or lamb)
  • 1 onion
  • Salt and chilli flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp turmeric

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Method

First we prepare meat mixture: heat the oil in a pan, add chopped onion and sauté until soft, add minced meat and all above mentioned spices. Let to cook meat until turn into brown. Set aside.

 

 

For making dough:

In a bowl with 100 ml warm water, add sugar and yeast. Mix together and let to sit for 15 minutes until surface of water is bubbly and foam.

In a bowl with flour, add salt, yeast, yogurt, oil and water. Mix together and knead well for 2-3 minutes.

Drop oil on the dough and cover it with a towel. Place the dough in a warm corner and let the dough rise until doubled in size. (it will take 2-3 hours).

 

Knead the dough until all the air is expelled.

Now place the dough on a floured surface and divide it into 5 pieces.

Take a dough and roll it with rolling pin. Put some of meat mixture in the centre of dough, Pinch all corners together. And give a round shape to the dough. Using bottom of a wooden spoon make holes all over the dough. Brush top of the dough with yogurt.

 

Heat a non stick pan and place the dough in it, until cooked from the bottom. Flip to the other side and let it cook until golden brown in colour. Once naan baked transfer it to a plate and brush it with melted butter.

 

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Sheermal bread ( Naan sheermal)

Sheermal/shirmal bread naan  is a traditional mildly sweet flatbread in Iran. Sheer means milk in Persian language,and because the dough is kneaded with milk instead of water , it’s called sheermal, means a bread made with milk.

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Sheermal bread is popular in Iran, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Semnan سمنان is located in South of foothills of Alborz Mountains. Semnan is one of historical and ancient cities of Iran, which was an important city throughout the era of the Persian Achaemenid Empire ( 550-330BC).

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Anyway, if you travel to ancient city of Semnan and towns around Semnan, among the souvenirs of this city, such as pistachio, walnuts, local breads, silk made cloth, halva, candy sugar and fruit leather, Sheermal bread naan is very popular between tourists, that is baked in Seman city for over 100 years.

Sheermal bread naan is one of bread for month of Ramadan.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 100 g melted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten as egg wash
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

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Instructions

In a bowl, mix sugar, yeast, and milk warm together.

 

In other bowl mix flour with salt and then pour milk mixture, beaten egg, and melted butter in it. Combine together. Oil your hand and knead the dough with your hand for 6-7 minutes until is smooth and no longer sticky.

Cover the dough, and let to rest until double in size. You can leave the dough in a corner of your kitchen in room temperature , to rise but it will take long time dough double in size but if preheat the oven for few minutes, and then turn off the oven and by this way you can create a warm environment to speed the dough to proof and rising up.

Preheat  the oven to 160C.Line your baking tray with parchment paper and once dough is ready, place it on the parchment paper. Sprinkle some flour top of it and deflate the dough.

Cover the dough and let to rest for another 20 minutes. Then give favourite decoration or design to the bread.

Egg wash top of the dough and garnish with sesame seeds. Sprinkle pinch of cinnamon powder on the dough. Transfer the dough into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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Crispy-colourful fried onions ( Persian piaz dagh)

Fried onions or as we say in Farsi ( Piaz dahg) is one of essential ingredients in Persian cuisine. We use fried onions a lot in stews, soup, aash, ……

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Frankly speaking, it’s very easy peasy to make crispy crunchy fried onions ( piaz dagh) at home and إyou know home made fried onions is much better and so delicious. In one of my earlier posts, I have shared my crispy brown onions recipe.

 

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In today post, I made deep fried onions in different colours just like rainbow. They are very colourful, beautiful, tastyyyyyyyyyy, crunchy a lottttt, and good to garnish your dishes.

 

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Ingredients

  • 3 onions
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Deep  frying pan
  • Paper towels
  • Food colouring

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Method

Peel off onions skin. Cut top and bottom. Thinly slice the onions. Add pinch of slat and flour.

If you would like to have coloured fried onions. Divide sliced onions into 2 or 3 separate bowls.

Add pinch of food colouring to the onion and combine. Set aside.

Heat he oil in the pan. Test the oil temperature by dropping a slice of onion in the oil, if it sizzles then you know the oil is hot.

 

Add onions to the pan, keep stirring and fry onions on high heat until change into light brown. Duration of frying plain onions is shorter than coloured ones. Remove fried onions from the pan and place on paper towel to get rid of excess oil.Store it in a jar with a tight lid.

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Olive bread with cheddar cheese

This gorgeous bread is truly delicious. If you are a olive lover, this bread will make you so happy.

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Ingredients

  • 350 g plain flour
  • 250 ml lukewarm  water
  • 15 g dried yeast
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. virgin olive oil
  • 100 g stuffed green olives, cut into small pieces
  • 200 g shredded cheddar cheese

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Preparation
In a bowl with 100 ml warm water, add sugar and dried yeast. Dissolve it. Cover the bowl and set it aside in a warm place, for 15 minutes.

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Meanwhile, mix flour with salt. Add 1tsp olive oil, remaining of the warm water and prepared yeast to the flour. Blend it in a mixer for 5 minutes.

 


Preheat the oven to 200C.
Sprinkle some flour top of the dough, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and leave it to rest for 2 hours. Once dough is ready, sprinkle pinch of flour on the working surface, and spread the dough. Place shredded cheddar cheese and olives in the centre of the dough and bring corners of dough together and give a round shape. Place it inside the baking tray.


Sprinkle some flour top of the dough. Using handle of a wooden spoon, make a cross on the dough, and slightly press it. Then make other one.
Bake it for 30 minutes or until it’s inside  is beautifully baked and outside  is golden.

 

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Indian chickpea flat bread

This bread with crispy on exterior and soft on the inside, is light and low in carbohydrates.

Chickpea flour also known as gram flour or besan. You might call these breads pancake or crepe as well.

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Ideal bread for dipping in yogurt, oils or vinegar. It’s pretty easy recipe includes basic batter made of chickpeas flour with water. These beautiful flat breads can be served hot or cold or frozen as well.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas flour
  • 1 ½ cups cold water
  • 1tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

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Method

Mix chickpeas flour with salt- pepper, cumin, and garlic powder. Whisk in 1 cup of the water to form a paste and make sure there is no lumps.

Whisk in the remainder of the water and combine well. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes. It will make the interior cream when cooked.

Heat the oil in a large or tiny non stick frying pan.

Pour some of batter in the pan and spread it. Cook the batter until becomes firm , then flip over and bake other side (each side will need 3-4 minutes to bake).

Serve hot or cold . They go well with salads, yogurt, butter or any curry or stew. It’s very delicious bread.

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