Mutekke Cookies

Mutekke cookie is a traditional Azerbaijani cookie. 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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Homemade Country Cheese

I love my country style home made cheese. It’s elegant, tasty and very easy to make. Most importantly, I enjoy it a lot.

You can have plain cheese or add some fresh or dried herbs such as chives, mint, basil, oregano or nuts such as walnuts. It’s your choice.

 

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All you need is just two simple ingredients. I was over the moon when my cheese was ready. It looks so beautiful and really good. This cheese will not last for a long time but you can keep it in salted whey for about two weeks.

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups or 2 litres milk
  • 6 tbsp white vinegar or any acid such as lime / lemon juice

How to make it

First of all, place a cheese cloth or butter muslin on a strainer and put the strainer into a bowl.

Heat the milk in a pot over medium flame. Keep stirring , otherwise the milk will start to burn on the bottom. Once it starts to get bubbly, it’s a sign that the milk is close to or just about to boil.

Now, turn the heat low and add vinegar. Then the magic happens and the curds separate from the whey.

Give couple of stirs and turn off the heat.

Now, use a strainer spoon and collect all curds and pour all them into the cheese cloth. Add salt to taste  and chopped herbs.

Bring the corners of the cloth together and squeeze out of all liquid. Put a weight on it for an hour to give it shape.

Do not through the whey away. Add some salt and keep the cheese in it for several days.

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Home made country cheese

Ingredients

8 cups or 2 litres milk
6 tbsp white vinegar or any acid such as lime / lemon juice

 

How to make it

First of all, place a cheese cloth or butter muslin on a strainer and put the strainer into a bowl.
Heat the milk in a pot over medium flame. Keep stirring , otherwise the milk will start to burn on the bottom. Once it starts to get bubbly, it’s a sign that the milk is close to or just about to boil.
Now, turn the heat low and add vinegar. Then the magic happens and the curds separate from the whey.
Give couple of stirs and turn off the heat. Now, use a strainer spoon and collect all curds and pour all them into the cheese cloth. Add salt and chopped herbs.
Bring the corners of the cloth together and squeeze out of all liquid. Put a weight on it for an hour to give it shape.
Do not through the whey away. Add some salt and keep the cheese in it for several days.

No bake watermelon cake

I was at a party and our host served watermelon cake but not a regular cake with flour, baking powder, eggs, milk,…. It was simply fresh watermelon with an amazing arrangement. I just loved it. It was soooo refreshing, no baked, healthy and fruity.

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I have never seen and heard about this cake. It is very simple and easy to prepare . For decoration and topping the cake, there are so many different options.

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I used strawberries, grapes, flake almonds , flake chocolates and shaved coconuts but you can use other fruits and nuts so it’s your choice.

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Ingredients

  • one watermelon

  • 500ml whipped cream

  • 2 tbps white sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 lemon zest

  • Nuts and fruits for decoration

  • Shredded coconuts

  • Food colouring

 

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How to make it

Taking off top and bottom of the watermelon. Slice off the rind. Then cut white parts on the watermelon and set aside.

Put cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and beat it until firm. You can use white cream but I added some food colours to the cream.

Now it is time for fun part. Put the cream on the watermelon and cover it.

Add some fruits at the bottom of the cake. Decorate top of the cake with chocolate and fruits. For the sides of the cake I used shredded coconuts . That’s it. Done 🙂

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No bake watermelon cake

Ingredients

  • one watermelon

  • 500ml whipped cream

  • 2 tbps white sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 lemon zest

  • Nuts and fruits for decoration

  • Shredded coconuts

  • Food colouring

 

How to make it

Taking off top and bottom of the watermelon. Slice off the rind. Then cut white parts on the watermelon and set aside.

Put cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and beat it until firm. You can use white cream but I added some food colours to the cream.

Now it is time for fun part. Put the cream on the watermelon and cover it.

Add some fruits at the bottom of the cake. Decorate top of the cake with chocolate and fruits. For the sides of the cake I used shredded coconuts.

That’s it. Done 🙂

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Smoothies

In summer time smoothies are great solution. You can make tens of smoothies with all fruits that you like and treat yourself and family members and friends with beautiful and scrumptious smoothies.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 large slices of melons
  • 2 cups mixed frozen fruits
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Nuts: almonds – walnuts or pistachio

Instructions

Peel and slice bananas and set aside. Cut melons into small pieces. Defrost frozen fruits.
Put your choice of fruit into the blender with 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup milk and 2 tbsp honey. Blend until smooth.
Once they are ready. Stir each one separately and serve in a glass and garnish with crushed nuts.

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Nuts-raisins baklava

Baklava is a rich delicious dessert and popular in many countries. For the syrup you might add rose water or orange blossom with cinnamon and cardamom, or just simply make the syrup with sugar and water without any flavour or adds in.

Most famous Iranain baklava originally comes from Tabriz, Yazd and Qazvin. Apart from rose water or orange blossom water, |in Gilan province, that is located in North of Iran near the Caspian sea, they make a kind of baklava with almond paste and jasmine flower flavour.

 

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Ingredients

Filo pastry

½ cup raisins

½ cup pistachio, crushed

½ cup almond, crushed

1/3 tsp cardamom powder

200 g unsalted butter, melted

Ingredients for syrup

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

1 ½ cups water

1tbsp lemon juice

1/3 tsp cinnamon

2tbsp orange blossom water

 

 

 

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.

Cut the filo sheets into half. Lay half of a sheet of filo pastry one at a time. Brushing surface of the each filo sheet with melted butter. Then, roll the filo sheet and shaping into a round filo ( as you see in the photos).

Grease the baking tray and place the shaped baklava on the tray. Brush top of filos with melted butter and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden.

For the syrup, heat the water, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and orange blossom and bring it to a boil and let to simmer for 10 minutes.

In a bowl, mix nuts with raisins and cardamom powder. Once dough is ready, spread the mixture over the baked pastry.

Pour cooled syrup over the baked pastry. Allow to set for 2 hours and serve it.

 

 

باقلوای حلقه ای

باقلوا یکی از دسرهای خیلی پرطرفدارخوشمزه در بین بسیاری از ملل هست. شیرینی معروف ترکهای ترکیه و ترکمن های نیز می باشد. باقلواهای معروف ایران به شهرهای تبریزیزد و قزوین منسوب هستند. به غیر از گلاب و بهار نارنج که در تهیه ی شربت باقلوا استفاده میشوددر استان گیلان نوعی باقلوای فوق‌العاده لذید تهیه میشه که با خمیر بادام و عِطر گل یاسمن هست.

برای تهیه ی شربت میشه از گلاب یا بهار نارنج همراه با دارچین و هل استفاده کرد و یا اگر با گلاب یا عطرهای دیگه میونه ی خوبی ندارید می تونید فقط شکر و آب رو با هم مخلوط کنید و یک شربت خیلی ساده تهیه کنید بدون عِطر و بو.

 

 

مواد لازم

خمیر یوفکا یا همان فیلو پیستری

نصف پیمانه کشمش

نصف پیمانه پسته ی خرد شده

نصف پیمانه بادام خرد شده

یک سوم ق چ پودر هل

دویست گرم کره ی بدون نمک آب شده

مواد لازم برای شربت

یک و یک سوم پیمانه شکرسفید

یک و یک دوم پیمانه آب

یک ق غ آب لیمو ترش

یک سوم ق چ پودر دارچین

دو ق غ آب بهار نارنج

طرز تهیه

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فر را روی حرارت 180 درجه ی سانتیگراد گرم کنید.

ورقه های خمیر یوفکا را از وسط نصف کنید. روی هر یک از نصف خمیر ها را کره ی آب شده بزنید. بعد هر ورقه رو لوله کنید و به شکل دایره در بیارید( مطابق تصویر).

کف سینی فر رو روغنی کنید و خمیرهای شکل داده شده رو داخل سینی بزارید و روشون کره ی آب شده بزنید و بعد داخل فر قرار بدید تا برای 25 دقیقه و تا زمانی که روشون طلایی بشه بپزن.

برای تهیه شربت هم : آب رو با آب لیموشکرپودر دارچین و بهارنارنج مخلوط کنید وبگذارید بجوش بیاد وقتی شروع به جوش اومدن کرد شعله رو کم کنید تا برای ده دقیقه روی حرارت باشه. بعد از ده دقیقه از روی حرارت بر میداریم تا خنک بشه.

داخل یک پیاله هم پستهبادومکشمش و پودر هل را با هم مخلوط کنید.وقتی خمیر ها پخته شدن از فر خارج کنید و روشون مخلوط آجیل و کشمش رو می‌ریزیم و شربت خنک رو روی باقلوای گرم می ریزیم.

باقلواهای خوشمزه رو برای دو ساعت بگذارید بمونه تا شربت به خوردش بره و بعد با یک فنجون چای یا قهوه ی گرم میل کنید.