Monte Cristo sandwich

What a great sandwich. You can make it savoury by adding Mayonnaise and mustard sauce or sweet by adding jam, it is just your choice and both are equally tasty.

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Traditionally the whole sandwich is dipped in the beaten egg and then pan fried or deep fried.

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Ingredients

  • 6 slices of toasted bread
  • 8 sliced cheese
  • 8 slices of ham or turkey
  • Strawberry jam
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil or butter

How to make it

Cut the crusts off the bread. Spread jam on the bread. Put one slice of cheese on it, then put 2 sliced ham and another slice of cheese. Spread jam on the bread and place on top of the cheese. Spread jam on the bread again and repeat the process.

Crack the eggs into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs.

Dip the sandwich thoroughly in the beaten eggs. Coat with the bread crumbs.

Heat the oil or melt the butter in a pan. Fry the sandwich on both sides and four corners.

That’s it our tasty sandwich is ready.

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Monte Cristo sandwich

Ingredients

6 slices of toasted bread

8 sliced cheese

8 slices of ham or turkey

Strawberry jam

4 eggs, beaten

Salt and pepper to taste

Bread crumbs

Vegetable oil or butter

 

How to make it

Cut the crusts off the bread. Spread jam on the bread. Put one slice of cheese on it, then put 2 sliced ham and another slice of cheese. Spread jam on the bread and place on top of the cheese. Spread jam on the bread again and repeat the process.

Crack the eggs into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs.

Dip the sandwich thoroughly in the beaten eggs. Coat with the bread crumbs. Heat the oil or melt the butter in a pan. Fry the sandwich on both sides and four corners.

Filo Parcels with Camembert Cheese

These pastry parcels are stuffed with Camembert cheese and Cranberry jam. Soooooooo delicious and at the same time very simple and easy recipe for making a perfect dinner or lunch. You can bake them in the oven at 180C for 25 minutes or fry in a pan.

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Ingredients

  • 250g Camembert cheese

  • Filo pastry sheets

  • Cranberry sauce

  • unsalted butter, melted

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How to make it

You can eat Camembert cheese with or without rind. I just cut it off. Then Cut the cheese into pieces.Brush one filo square lightly with melted butter. Lay second filo pastry on top and brush again.

Place 2 large pieces of Camembert cheese in the middle of filo and top it with a 1 tbps of the cranberry sauce. Fold the pastry lengthwise and fold each end too.

Continue with other filo sheets and cheese. Keep the remaining of cranberry sauce for the serving time.

Melt the butter in a pan. Place prepared parcels in the pan and fry them until golden and crisp. Serve these crispy filo parcels warm with rocket leaves and cranberry sauce.

 

 

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Filo parcels with Camembert cheese

Ingredients

  • 250g Camembert cheese

  • Filo pastry sheets

  • Cranberry sauce

  • unsalted butter, melted

How to make it

You can eat Camembert cheese with or without rind. I just cut it off. Then Cut the cheese into pieces.

Brush one filo square lightly with melted butter. Lay second filo pastry on top and brush again.

Place 2 large pieces of Camembert cheese in the middle of filo and top it with a 1 tbps of the cranberry sauce. Fold the pastry lengthwise and fold each end too.

Continue with other filo sheets and cheese. Keep the remaining of cranberry sauce for the serving time.

Melt the butter in a pan. Place prepared parcels in the pan and fry them until golden and crisp.

Serve these crispy filo parcels warm with rocket leaves and cranberry sauce.

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Chocolate eggs

It’s very easy and lots of fun to make egg chocolates at home with lots of beautiful ideas for different fillings.

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Ingredients

  • Chocolate egg shells
  • Milk chocolate, chopped
  • White chocolate, chopped
  • candy buttons
  • Dried raspberries, chopped

 

For filling

  • 1 cup soft cheese
  • ¾ cup cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup orange/ apricot jam

 

Method

I melted the chocolates over the bain Marie (basically a pan with a little bit of water in it and pieces of chocolate in a bowl on top. The Water should be high enough to touch bottom and walls of the bowl.

Once chocolate is melted, scoop 1tsp of melted chocolate and cover the mould with chocolate. For making colour chocolate, simply add some candy chocolate ( red, pink, green) or chopped raspberries to the melted white chocolate and give different colours to the chocolates.

Put them in the fridge ( 10 minutes) until to dry and set. Then for second time spoon on another layer of melted chocolate and put them in the fridge again to chill for other 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix soft cheese, cream and vanilla extract together.

After few minutes loosen them from the mould by giving small push. Trim the edges. Fill each egg with cheese-cream mixture and orange jam ( or put some smarties inside the eggs) and seal the eggs with adding some melted chocolate around the edge of egg shell..and place the other shell on top and stick together.

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Persian Marmalade cookies ( Shirni Mashhadi )

These are Iranian version of shortbread cookies with marmalade. very buttery, delicious and flaky. These beautiful cookies are called Shirni Mashadi or Almani in Iran.They are flavoured with honey, butter and vanilla. garnished with nuts and dried fruits.

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Once cookies are ready, two cookies are sandwiched together with strawberry- cranberry, orange jam or marmalade and garnished either with melted chocolate or chopped nuts, fruits and seeds.

Ingredients
600 g all-purpose flour
300 g unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup honey syrup
2 egg yolks
¼ cup milk
1 Tsp vanilla extract
Strawberry marmalade or jam, dried rose petals, ground pistachio, sun flower seeds, raisins for decoration of cookies.

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Preparation
Combine the butter and sugar in a food processor and beat until creamy ( 5 minutes). Add the egg yolks and hone syrup to above mixture and beat in for 1 minute. Then, add vanilla extract and the milk. Slowly add flour to the butter-sugar mixture . Mixing on low speed until just combined.
Wrap the dough with cling film and place it in the fridge for 1 hour.


Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Roll out the dough until 2 mm thickness. Use a cookie cutter and cut the dough. Place the cookies on baking tray and bake in the oven about 10-12 minutes. Once they are ready, let cool.
Brush honey syrup over the each cookie and sprinkle dried rose petals or sun seeds or raisins and pistachio.


Also you can spread a layer of strawberry marmalade on each whole cookie and place other cookie on top of it.
Once they are ready, you can store them in the fridge. These cookies are perfectly served with cup of tea or coffee!

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Sour cherry beef stew ( Khoresht-e Aalbalu) with spiced rice

This is a delicious / aromatic sweet stew due to combination of cherry stew with spiced rice. In Iran, best time to get fresh sour cherry is summer time. Most of housewives make jam and marmalade or simply freeze it, and once, want to make sour cherry stew, they use those. Anyway, I have also used sour cherry jam for my stew. You can use meat balls, chicken , beef or lamb for this stew. All are delicious.

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Ingredients
150g rice
200g diced beef
1 medium onion/ peeled and chopped finely
200g sour cherry jam
2 tbs saffron water
1 tbs rice spice( It is a combination of numbers of spices that in Persian cuisine we use it as rice spice ( advieh poloei) and these spices are: cardamon, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, rose petals, nutmeg, pepper and clove.

1tbsp salt
Oil

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Preparation
Place a pot on the heat, add water . Bring it to boil. Add diced meat, chopped onion and oil. Allow to cook until it is tender. Once meat is cooked, add sour cherry jam, stir it very well. Let it to cook for more 10 minutes on a low heat.

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Boil your rice for 10 minutes, drain and rinse it under running water. Bring rice back into the pot, and then add one layer of rice and one layer of spices, repeat it until all rice is done. Cover the pot with a lid and let it to cook on a low heat for 20 minutes.Once you serve the rice, take 2tbs of cooked rice and mix it with saffron water and garnish top of your rice with it.

Serve sour cherry stew with spicy rice.

Enjoy

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Homemade Whole-Wheat Muffins

I know usually English muffins made with white flour but i made my muffins with whole wheat muffins.These muffin breads are tasty,  nice, tender and slightly moist.

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Ingredients

350g whole-wheat flour

100g plain flour

5g salt

7g dried yeast

200ml warm milk

150ml warm water

Extra flour for dusting

 

 

Method

Put the whole-wheat flour and plain flour in a bowl, add salt and mix well. Add dried yeast into the bowl and mix again. Make a well in the centre of flour . Pour warm milk and water and mix with your hand.

You will have a soft and sticky dough. Knead the dough with your hand for 10 minutes. If is very sticky add some whole -wheat flour until it is soft and slightly sticky.

Cover the dough with a kitchen towel until doubled in size ( about 1-2 hours).

Once the dough rise, punch down the dough to make it flat and knead again for 5 minutes. Put the dough back inside the bowl and leave to rise ( about 30 minutes).

On the floured surface, divide the dough into 8 portions and shape each piece into a ball.

Sprinkle them with plain flour and cover them with kitchen towel and leave to rise in a warm place for another 30 minutes

Heat the pan and put muffins. Cook the muffins slowly about 12 minutes and then flip over and let to cook other side for 12 minutes .

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Persian Dried Rose Petals Jam (Morabay-e Gol-e Sorkh)

National flowers of Iran are: Rose- Tulip- Mediterranean Cypress and Louts. Among them, rose flowers are most popular and loving between Iranian and have such an especial place.
Rose water which is called ‘ Golab’ In Farsi ( Persian) language, is a flavour water made by steeping beautiful rose petals in water and during a long process, rose water produce.
In Iran, rose water and rose petals is used to flavour food, sweeties, and is also used in cosmetic industry (as a source of perfume or cream and lotions), and in medical issues.
Rose water has ceremonial functions as well.

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With rose petals can make wonderful jam or tea which is luxurious.
Using Rose water and drinking of delicious herbal rose petal tea has variety of physical health. It can help immune system boost, benefit for skin and hair, improve digestion, can help calm stress.
The flavour of roses is distinct and immediately recognizable, and it looks as wonderful as it tastes.
Rose petals jam is one of traditional jams between Azerbaijani people. This jam might be made with fresh rose petals or dried ones. In Azerbaijani language rose flower calls ‘ Gezil gul’ . Rose petals jam usually is made in mountains areas of Azerbaijan.
This recipe for making a delicious jam is with dried rose petals.

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Ingredients

  • 2.1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried rose petals
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2Tbsp lemon/lime juice
  • 2Tbsp chopped walnuts

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Preparation
In a dry pan, roast dried rose petals for 2 minutes, stir constantly until get crunch. Set aside. Place the water in a sauce pan. Bring the water to a boil. Pour 1 cup of boiled water over the roasted rose petals.

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Cover it with a lid and let to rest and become soft for 1 hour.

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Stir sugar in the remaining of boiled water and bring it to a boil again. In this step, add freshly squeezed lemon juice, simmer until syrup become thick and reduce to half.

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Then, add rose petals to the syrup and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.

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Turn the heat off. Place a kitchen towel over the lid of the pot and let steam on it’s own and cool off. The towel will catch the moisture.Add chopped walnuts to the cool rose jam. You can add pinch of cardamom as well (it’s optional).

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This tasty jam with silky texture and chopped walnuts in, has a unique flavour. Might be used for garnishing ice cream, cake, Persian rice flour pudding (Fereni) or spread on bread with butter or clotted cream and a cuppa tea. Soooooooo good.

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Aubergine Jam

One of the tastiest jams in the world. This jam is popular in Iran and Middle East countries. My mother used to make this beautiful jam and maybe you say aubergine jam??!!!!! BUT you have to try and then tell me your idea.

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It’s just awesome jam; with simple ingredients you can have such a gorgeous aubergine jam with cinnamon taste. It is pretty easy to make.

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Ingredients
500g eggplant
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2tbsp fresh lemon juice
1tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp cardamom powder

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Preparation
Peel eggplants off. Dice them into small cubes or lengthwise.
Place them in a pot and cover with water. Let it boil for 10 minutes, it will cause all bitterness of eggplants comes out. After ten minutes, drain the water.


Dissolve the sugar in 2 cups of water. Add lemon juice. Boil it for 10 minutes.
Add eggplants and spices to the syrup and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.
It’s ready. You have to taste this jam, it is very yummy.

 

 

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Persian Rice Flour Pudding ( Fereni)

Fereni is a smooth dessert with soft texture. It is made with rice flour ( not rice grains), sugar, rose water, milk and saffron.
Ingredients
800 ml milk
3 tbsp. rice flour
2 tbsp sugar
Pinch of saffron
1 tsp rose water
For garnishing
Almond flakes, crushed pistachio and cinnamon powder
Preparation
Bring milk to boil. Add rice flour, stirring constantly to avoid of forming lumps. Add saffron thread and keep stirring. Cook until mixture thickened. Then add rose water and sugar to taste. Allow the mixture to boil for 2 more minutes on medium heat and yet keep stirring. It is done.
Fereni might be served either warm or cold. Garnish with pinch of cinnamon powder, almond flakes and crushed pistachio.

 

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