Shirini Latifeh (Latifeh Pastry)شیرینی لطیفه

Latifeh is name for a Persian pastry. It’s so verrrry much delicious and just special pastry. Latifeh means very soft, light, silky and just delightful. Ardebil and Tabriz in NW of Iran are well know for making Latifeh pastry.

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This cookie or pastry includes two pieces of pastry filled with whipped cream and coated with chopped pistachio.

Latifeh is a popular Persian pastry, especially in Nowruz (Persian New Year) and you can find it in any pastry shop. If you have one of this gorgeous pastry, you want to eat more and more.  

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour , 2 times sifted
  • 100g white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ingredients for Cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1tsp orange zest or vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp powdered sugar
  • 3tbsp ground pistachio

Method

Preheat the oven at 175C degree. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. and set aside.Separate egg whites and yolks. In a bowl, mix 50g of sugar with egg yolk. Beat until mixed and turned into pale colour and creamy. Then add vanilla and keep whisking. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine next 50g of sugar with egg whites and whisk until soft peaks form. Add pinch of salt and gradually add sugar and keep beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

This step is important: slowly fold egg yolk mixture to the egg white ( use a  spoon and do not beat with electronic mixer). 

Mix flour with baking powder and sift it 2 times.Now use a spatula or wooden spoon and slowly fold the sifted flour into the egg mixture.

Transfer the batter into a pastry bag and pipe the batter onto the parchment paper. Sprinkle powdered sugar on  the batter, therefore, It will cause fine cracks on the pastry. Place the baking tray into the oven and  bake the cookies for 8 minutes. Once all are baked, allow to cool and then easily remove cookies.

Meanwhile, prepare the cream: combine heavy whipping ream, powdered sugar, orange zest, Use an electric mixer and beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

Remove cookies and allow to cool down. Fill a pastry bag with with cream and cove one cookie with cream and place other cookie on top of the cream. Sprinkle chopped or ground pistachios on the cream. Dust with icing sugar or powdered sugar.

شیرینی لطیفه

یکی از شیرینی‌های بسیاررررررررر خوشمزه خامه ای شیرینی لطیفه هست که هم طعمش هم شکلش مثل اسمش لطیف و قشنگه. درست کردن شیرینی لطیفه برعکس اسم قشنگش با اینکه سخت نیست ولی دقت بیشتر از معمول نیاز داره و زمان بر هست. این شیرین مثل ساندویج از دو تکه کیک مانند سبک و خامه فرم گرفته تشکیل میشه و روی خامه با پسته خرد شده تزیین میشه. خیلی خوشمزه هست و حتمن خودتون بهتر از من میدونید اگر آدم یکی از این لطیفه ها رو بخوره دیگه رژیم و مژیم از یاد میره .

اردبیل و تبریز برای داشتن شیرینی لطیفه بسیار معروف هستند. یکی از شیرینی‌هایی که در موقعیت ها و مراسم خاص و ایام نوروز پر طرفداره همین شیرینی خامه ای لطیفه است.

مواد لازم

یک پیمانه آرد – دو بار الک شده

صد گرم شکر سفید

چهار عدد تخم مرغ

نصف ق چ عصاره وانییل

نصف ق چ بیکینگ پودر

کمی نمک

مواد لازم برای خامه

یک پیمانه ویپینگ کریم

یک ق چ پوست پرتقال رنده شده

دو ق غ پودر قند

سه ق غ پودر پسته

طرز تهیه

فر را روی حرارت 175 درجه سانتیگراد از قبل گرم نگه دارید.

روی سینی شیرینی پزی را با کاغذ روغنی آشپزی بپوشانید. سینی را کنار بگذارید تازمان استفاده کردن.

سفید و زرده ها را از هم جدا کنید.پنجاه گرم از شکر را با زرده ها هم بزنید تا زمانیکه خوب با هم مخلوط شوند و کرم رنگ گردد. سپس وانیل را اضافه کرده – هم بزنیدو کنار بگذارید.

داخل یک‌کاسه دیگر پنجاه گرم بعدی از شکر را کم کم به سفیده ها اضافه کرده و هم بزنید تا کف کند( اگر شکر را یکمرتیه اضافه کنید ممکن است سفید ها آب بیاندازد.). حالا کمی نمک اضافه کرده و اینقدر هم بزنید تا سفیده ها کاملن سفت شود.

در این مرحله زرده ها را به سفیده افزوده و با یک قاشق چوبی یا پلاستیکی به آرامی و در یک جهت هم بزنید.

آرد و بیکینگ پودر را مخلوط و دوبار الک کنید.

حالا آرد را کم کم روی مخلوط تخم مرغ ریخته و با قاشق به آرامی مواد را با هم مخلوط کنید تا کاملن یک‌دست شود.مایه آماده شده را داخل قیف بریزید و روی سینی فر و با فاصله از هم دایره های متوسط بزنید.

مقداری پودر قند روی شیرینی‌ها الک کنید . این کار باعث می‌شود تا سطح شیرینی‌ها حالت ترک خوردگی ظریفی داشته باشند

سینی را داخل فر قرار داده تا برای 10-8 دقیقه بپزند. بعد از پخت سینی را از فر خارج کرده و بگذارید خنک شوند. وقتی خنگ شدند به راحتی از کاغذ جدا شده آماده مرحله بعدی هستند

برای تهیه خامه نیز می توانید ویپینگ کریم را با پودر قند و پوست پرتقال رنده شده مخلوط کرده و هم بزنید تا فرم بگیرید. خامه را داخل قیف ریخته و روی شیرینی مقداری خامه بریزید و شیرینی بعدی را روی خامه قرار دهید و خامه را با پودر پسته تزیین کنید.

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Shirini Latifeh (Latifeh Pastry) شیرینی لطیفه

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour, 2 times sifted
  • 100g white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Ingredients for Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1tsp orange zest
  • 2tbsp powdered sugar
  • 30g ground pistachio

Method

Preheat the oven at 175C degree. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. and set aside.

Separate egg whites and yolks. In a bowl, mix 50g of sugar with egg yolk. Beat until mixed and turned into pale colour and creamy. Then add vanilla and keep whisking. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine next 50g of sugar with egg whites and whisk until soft peaks form. Add pinch of salt and gradually add sugar and keep beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

This step is important: So, slowly fold egg yolk mixture to the egg white ( use a wooden spoon and do not beat with electronic mixer). Mix flour with baking powder and sift it 2 times.

Now use a spatula or wooden spoon and slowly fold the sifted flour into the egg mixture.Transfer the batter into a pastry bag and pipe the batter onto the parchment paper. Sprinkle the batter with bake the cookies for 8 minutes.powdered sugar. It will cause fine cracks on the pastry.

Meanwhile, prepare the cream: combine heavy whipping ream, powdered sugar, orange zest, Use an electric mixer and beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

Remove cookies and allow to cool down. Fill a pastry bag with with cream and cove one cookie with cream and place other cookie on top of the cream. Sprinkle chopped or ground pistachio on the cream. Dust with icing sugar or powdered sugar.

 

Mutekke Cookies(شیرینی متکا)

Mutekke or Cigarette  cookies are  traditional Azerbaijani cookies. Mutekke which is called bolster in English language is a long and narrow pillow filled with cotton or feather. By the way I have attached some photos of Mutekke in following photos.

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So name of this cookie come from their shape which resembles a traditional tube-shaped pillow which in old times of Iran, we used to use it as a pillow or back and arm support but nowadays, you can find them in small towns or villages.

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IMG_20180913_152655.jpgBasically, Mutekke cookie is rolled up pastry filled with nuts such as walnuts, almond, hazelnuts, pistachio or mixture of all but typically with walnuts and also fragrant spices. This cookie has a very straightforward recipe and super easy to make it. Usually baking Mutekke  in the celebration of new year ( Nowruz) is popular. The good point about this cookie is there is no sugar in the pastry and for adding sweetness to the cookie you add sugar or apricot or other fruit preserves as stuffing .

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Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 113g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 egg yolks

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Ingredients for filling

  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

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How to make it??

Mix flour and salt. Add butter to the flour. Use your hand and mix butter with flour. Now your mixture looks like fine sands. Add sour cream and egg yolks. Mix all ingredients until well combined and dough is not sticking to your hand.

Now, divide the dough into 3 pieces and wrap each piece in a plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for an hour.

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Meanwhile, we prepare the filling. In a bowl mix all filling ingredients together and set aside.

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Preheat the oven to 193C degree. After one hour, place one piece of dough on a floured board.

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I show two methods of cutting the dough:

  • 1- you can cut a circle dough into 4 wedges and then each wedge to be cut into 2 more wedges, so you will have 8 wedges.
  • 2- other method is roll out a dough into rectangle shape. Then cut lengthwise. And cut into triangle shape.

Now put 1 tsp or some of stuffing on each wedge and then start to roll it from wide side ( as you see in the photos).

Repeat same process with rest of wedges. Place them in a parchment lined baking tray and bake the cookies for 20 minutes.

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Remove from the oven, let to cool before sifting with powdered sugar on top. Now call all family members, make cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy these tasty cookies together.

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شیرینی متکا

متکا یکی از شیرینی‌های سنتی آذربایجانی است و یک واژه ی عربی می‌باشد که به معنی محل تکیه است. متکا نوعی بالش استوانه ای شکل هست که در گذشته ی نه چندان دور در ایران و در بیشتر خانه‌ها مورد استفاده بود ولی امروزه بیشتر در شهر های کوچک و روستاها بکار برده میشود.

هر چند در کشورهای آسیای دور مثل ژاپن – چین – کره و حتی در کشورهای غربی یکی از ضروریات لوازم تختخواب است.

شیرینی متکا شامل خمیری است که به صورت سنتی با مغز گردو همراه با ادویه های معطر پر شده و تهیه می‌شود ولی می‌توانید از بادام یا پسته و فندق هم استفاده کنید. خوبی این شیرینی به این است که در خمیر آن از شکراستفاده نشده و شیرینی خیلی زیادی ندارد و تنها در بین مواد میانی آن از شکر و یا از مربا می‌توانید استفاده کنید .

مواد لازم

دو و سه چهارم پیمانه آرد

نصف ق چ نمک

صدوسیزده گرم کره

یک پیمانه کرم ترش

دو عدد زرده تخم مرغ

مواد لازم میانی

نصف پیمانه گردو خرد شده

یک چهارم پیمانه شکر سفید

نصف ق چ پودر هل

نصف ق چ پودر دارچین

طرز تهیه

آرد و نمک را با هم مخلوط کنید. کره را به آرد اضافه کرده و با دست آرد و کره را با هم مخلوط کنید . خمیر حاصله در این مرحله به صورت تکه‌تکه خواهد بود. سپس کرم ترش و زرده تخم مرغ ها را اضافه کنید و باز با دست همه ی مواد را با هم مخلوط کنید تا یک خمیر یک‌دست داشته باشید. خمیر را به سه قسمت کنید و هر یک را جداکانه داخل پلاستیک پیچیده و برای یکساعت در یخچال نگه دارید.

در این میان همه مواد میانی شیرنینی را داخل یک‌کاسه ریخته و با هم مخلوط کرده و کنار بگذارید.

فر را روی حرارت 193 درجه سانتیگراد گرم کنید

بعد از یکساعت خمیرها را از یخچال خارج کنید. به دو روش می‌توانید خمیرها را برش دهید:

در روش اول : یکی از خمیر ها را روی سطح آردی قرار داده و با وردنه به شکل دایره باز کنید.با چاقو یای کاتر خمیررا چهار برش دهید و مجددن هر برش را دو برش دیگر دهید ( مطابق تصاویر) به این ترتیب 8 برش خواهید داشت.

در روش دوم خمیر را به صورت مستطیل باز کنید و طبق تصویر خمیر را برش طولی داده و هر برش را به صورت مثلت های کوچک برش دهید.

رویی یکی از خمیرهای مثلث شکل کمی از مخلوط گردو را ریخته و خمیر را مطابق تصاویر از قسمت پهن پیچیده و لوله کنید.

وقتی تمام خمیر ها به همین ترتیب آماده شدند داخل سینی فررا با کاغذ روغنی پوشانده و خمیر ها را روی سینی چیده و بگذارید داخل فر برای 20 دقیقه پخته شوند.

وقتی آماده شدند از فر خارج کرده اجازه دهید کمی خنک شوند و بعد روی آن‌ها پودر شکر بپاشید . حالا همه افراد خانواده را صدا کنید و همراه با یک فنجان چای یا قهوه از خوردن شیرینی لذت ببرید.

می‌توانید این شیرینی‌ها را داخل ظروف در دار برای مدت طولانی نگه داری کنید.

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Mutekke Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 113g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 egg yolks

Ingredients for filling

  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

How to make it??

Mix flour and salt. Add butter to the flour. Use your hand and mix butter with flour. Now your mixture looks like fine sands. Add sour cream and egg yolks. Mix all ingredients until well combined and dough is not sticking to your hand.

Now, divide the dough into 3 pieces and wrap each piece in a plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for an hour.

Meanwhile, we prepare the filling. In a bowl mix all filling ingredients together and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 193C degree. After one hour, place one piece of dough on a floured board and roll it out into a circle.

I show two methods of cutting the dough:

  • 1- you can cut a circle dough into 4 wedges and then each wedge to be cut into 2 more wedges, so you will have 8 wedges.
  • 2- other method is roll out a dough into rectangle shape. Then cut lengthwise. And cut into triangle shape.

Now put 1 tsp or some of stuffing on each wedge and then start to roll it from wide side ( as you see in the photos).

Repeat same process with rest of wedges. Place them in a parchment lined baking tray and bake the cookies for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven, let to cool before sifting with powdered sugar on top.

Now call all family members, make cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy these tasty cookies together.

Persian Mulberry Marzipan Sweets (Tut) شیرینی توت

So Iranian new year (Nowruz) is coming soon ( 21st March) and there are lot’s of things should be done. One of them is preparing home-made sweets, candy or cookies.

These gorgeous marzipan sweets are one of the most popular sweets that traditionally served for Iranian new year. Toot or tut in Farsi language refers to a sweet white fruit of mulberry tree.

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In Iran we serve this fruit fresh or dried. I have attached some dried mulberries photos. You can have dried mulberry with a cup of tea that would be veryyyyyy tasty.

So, these marzipan sweets are super easy to make, no need to bake or cook. Just with few ingredients you can make a large plate of these tiny lovely sweets.

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Ingredients

2 cups ground almond

2 cups powdered sugar

3 tbsp orange blossom or rose-water

1 tsp cardamom powder

2 tbsp silvered almond or pistachio

½ cup regular sugar

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Preparation

In a bowl combine ground almonds, powdered sugar and cardamom. Gradually add orange blossom and mix all ingredients well until you have a soft past. You can have plain paste or divide the paste into 3-4 portions and add food colouring as I did.Then set them aside for 30 minutes.

Take a small piece of paste and form a tiny ball or mulberry. Then roll each marzipan paste in the regular sugar. Place a silvered almond or pistachio on top of each marzipan in order to make it like the stem of the mulberry fruit. Arrange them in a platter and help yourself.

You can store them in a container for sometime.

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Iranian New Year (Nowruz) نوروز مبارک

Iranian new year is just around the corner. Nowruz is the name of Iranian new year which is first day of the Spring. Nowruz has been celebrated in Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, ..
Nowruz is celebration of spring equinox and roots back to ancient religion Zoroastrianism. All Iranian in all over the world celebrate Nowruz, no matter where they are.

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In 2010 United nation general Assembly recognised the ‘ international day of Nowruz’.
Nowruz means new day and before arrival of Nowruz, Iranian families start Spring cleaning or (khoneh tekoni) which literally means shaking the house and it looks like shaking the house, because all family members have to spend day , night to clean up everything and spot of the house.
Several days before Nowruz, everywhere is busy on the streets. Vendors sell goldfish and other items for Persian new year. You would see men dressed in red with a tambourine in hand, on the streets of Iran. This man is called ‘ Haji Firooz’. His face covered in soot. They are singing and dancing on the streets and trying to cheer people and deliver the news that Nowruz in on the way.

 

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Haji firooz is assistant of Uncle Nowruz, which is parallel to the Santa Clause. Uncle Nowruz is an old man with white beard who brings good luck to people. According to folklore, uncle Nowruz appears annually at the beginning of Spring with his sidekick, Haji firooz.
For Nowruz, we set a table which is called ‘ Haft seen’ or seven S’s. We decorate our table with seven items that start with letter ‘S’ in Farsi language and each item has symbolic meaning.

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These seven items are:
Sabzeh ( lentil, wheat or barley growing) is symbol of rebirth
Samanu ( sweet pudding) is symbol of affluence
Sib ( apple) is symbol of beauty
Seer ( garlic) is symbol of medicine
Serkeh (vinegar) is symbol of age – patience
Sumac is symbol of color of sun rise
Senjed ( sliver berry) is symbol of love

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Other items that we add to the Haftseen tables includes: the Holy book or a well known poetry book , a mirror, coins, painted eggs, lit candles for each member of family, a bowl of water with gold fish, sweets, nuts and fruits, and flowers.

Iranians start celebration of Nowruz around 21th March, the time of the spring equinox. It does not matter if it is early morning , mid night, noon or after noon. People dress up new clothes, sit around the Haft seen table and wait for the exact moment of the spring arrival. And then family members hugs each other, kisses and gifts exchange.
Then people start visit their family members or friends and neighbours.

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Nowruz celebration lasts 12 days. During this period schools are closed and visiting family members, eating and drinking is main activity. The last day of Nowruz is celebrated on the 13th of Nowruz and as 13 is a bad luck number, for this reason people leaving their houses and spending the day in the nature.

So as we say in Farsi: Nowruz mobarak = Happy Nowruz

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Rice with Toasted Noodles (Reshteh Polow رشته پلو)

There are two main dishes  that are traditionally served in the evening of the Persian new year (Nowruz). One of them is Reshteh polow. This dish  is a combination of rice with a special kind of  smoked noodles. In Persian language noodles are called ‘ Reshteh’ and rice dish is called ‘Polow’. Therefore, name of this rice dish is ‘ Reshteh polow رشته پلو’

It is believed that by eating Reshte Polow on the  new year, you can grab hold of your destiny for the coming year.

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This dish  comes  to our table in the winter time too,  with fried raisins, and dates. In some recipes this rice dish serves  with fried minced beef or smoked fish as well.

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Reshteh polow
Ingredients

  • 200 gr rice
  • 100 gr toasted noodles ( reshteh polowei)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup of raisins
  •  1 tsp orange skin, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of dates
  • 2 tbsp of saffron water
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • one slice  of flat bread

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preparation
Peel off onion. Chop it finely. Saute it in a pan for 5 minutes over a medium heat. Add raisins and orange skin to onion and cook it for 2-3 minutes more. Set it aside. Remove pits from dates. Mash them with hand or put them into a microwave and add 1 tbs water and microwave for 20 seconds. Then, makes date pastes as size of small balls. Saute in the pan for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

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Place the rice in a bowl and wash the rice with cold water and drain it. Then fill the bowl with 4 cups of cold water, add 3 tbs of salt and rice. Let it soak for an hour. Bring water to boil in a pot. Drain soaked rice and pour it into the pot. Gently stirring . Let it to cook for about 5 minutes. Cut noodles into small pieces and add toasted noodles to the boiled rice and let it to cook for 5 minutes more.

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Then, pour boiled rice mixture into a strainer and rinse under running water.
Put the pot on the heat. Add 3 tbs of Olive oil to the pot. Cover bottom of pot with a sheet of flat bread. Place the rice-noodle top of the bread. Cover the pot with a lid. Allow to cook for 20 minutes over how heat.

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Once rice is ready, place 2-3 tbs of cooked rice in a bowl and add saffron water to rice and mix it. Keep it for garnishing rice.
Serve the rice with fried raisins and dates. This meal goes very well with pickles as well.
Enjoy
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