Archive for November, 2013

Garlic Yogurt Dip

Home Made Cooking

This garlic yogurt dip is so amazing. It’s my favorite.

I use it for veggies, Pizza Blanca, various quiches, savory pastries etc.

Just like everything else on my blog, this to, is made of ingredients you probably have in your fridge anyway, so why not upgrade a dish with this one right here?

 

Garlic Yogurt Dip

 

Garlic Yogurt Dip
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Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Dips
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Garlic Yogurt dip that's made of scratch with ingredients you most likely have at home. Upgrade your pizza, your wings, your nachos. It's just that good.
Ingredients
  • 5 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 5 Tbsp Plain Yogurt
  • 4 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and there you have it – your dip!

 

Garlic Yogurt Dip

This garlic yogurt dip is so amazing. It’s my favorite. I use it for veggies, Pizza Blanca, various quiches, savory pastries etc. Just like everything else on my blog, this to, is made of ingredients you probably have in your fridge anyway, so why not upgrade a dish with this one right here?     […]

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Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

If there’s anything my family will never say “NO” to it’s pizza.

The other week I was thinking of making homemade pizza with spelt crust – our favorite, but then, one look at my daughter was enough to understand that this good ol’ traditional pizza is not going to happen.

It’s that season again; when it’s too warm inside and too cold and breezy outside.

The result: A child with super dry lips the size of her face

The problem: The pizza sauce burns her sore lips

The objective: Making pizza so we can all enjoy it

The obstacle: Tomato sauce a.k.a. Pizza Sauce

The solution: Pizza Blanca

Pizza Blanca is basically pizza with no pizza sauce on it. I must admit that it’s different and kind of weird at first, but after the first bite you get it – it’s really good.

Being able to prepare this pizza with no actual pizza sauce has allowed my little girl to eat her slice(s) with no problem at all. Another nice thing about this is that you can prepare whatever dipping sauce you want on the side and enjoy it exactly the way you like it. I made homemade garlic dip and it was phenomenal.

So let me share this recipe with you before the drool covers my entire keyboard.

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust
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Recipe type: Pizza, Low Gluten
Cuisine: Italian
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Pizza Blanca with no pizza sauce on it. Sounds weird at first but then you taste it and the weirdness is gone.
Ingredients
  • 500gr Spelt Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable/ Canola Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • ½ Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Cup Lukewarm Water
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Your favorite toppings
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients (except the toppings) in a mixer bowl using the kneading attachment.
  2. Take a bit of oil in your hands and knead the dough into a ball (in the bowl). You will now have the dough covered with oil in the bowl.
  3. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and let the dough rest and rise for 35 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  5. Prepare a baking sheet or a pizza tray covered with parchment paper.
  6. Flatten the dough with your hands directly on your parchment covered baking sheet until it is about ½ inch thick.
  7. Add the cheese and toppings onto the flattened dough.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven.
  9. Serve with your favorite dip.

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

If there’s anything my family will never say “NO” to it’s pizza. The other week I was thinking of making homemade pizza with spelt crust – our favorite, but then, one look at my daughter was enough to understand that this good ol’ traditional pizza is not going to happen. It’s that season again; when […]

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Chocolate Filled Baked Doughnut Bites

Cakes and Cookies

“Sufganiot” is what we call Jelly Doughnuts in Hebrew and they are by far my favorite holiday food. What could be wrong with a soft, fluffy deep fried doughnut filled with smooth and oh so good strawberry jam? nothing. Except for the fact that it’s so good you can’t stop eating them.

When I was a child I remember we used to wait until it’s almost Hanukkah and the small grocery stores across the street start selling the jelly doughnuts. I used to eat at least one big doughnut every day for about 2 weeks, taking one bite after another, anticipating that yummy encounter with the jelly in the middle. Yeah, I’m a jelly girl you see, some people don’t like it because it drips but I loved it.

Fast forward 10 years and bakeries and coffee shops started doing their own versions of jelly doughnuts. These days you can find fluffy doughnuts filled with chocolate, pistachio cream, caramel, vanilla cream, coconut cream, glazed or plain, everything goes, and everything is so darn good!

This year I decided to make some chocolate filled doughnuts for the kids, but being a responsible adult now (not as fun as you think 🙂 ) I have to think about their nutrition, and so I decide to try and bake doughnuts that would maybe resemble the ones I have a special place in my heart for.

These mini doughnuts are a great alternative, and although they don’t taste like the deep fried ones, they are delicious.

Another advantage is that you can always play around with the filling, whether it’s chocolate, chocolate chips, cookie butter, peanut butter or any other filling you like, the possibilities are endless.

 

Chocolate Filled Baked Mini Doughnuts

 

Chocolate Filled Baked Doughnut Bites
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Recipe type: Doughnuts, Desserts
Cuisine: Holidays, Hanukkah
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Serves: 16 Doughnuts
 
Fluffy, soft and sweet, these doughnuts are a great alternative to the deep fried ones. They are just the right size and the filling could be anything really.
Ingredients
  • 250gr All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable/ Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Cup Whipping Cream
  • ¼ Cup Lukewarm Water
  • 1 Tbsp Amaretto Liquor – Optional
  • Chocolate/ Nutella Spread – For Filling
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a mixer bowl (except for the chocolate spread) and mix together on medium speed until fully incorporated. You should be getting soft and non sticky dough (if the dough is a bit sticky, use oiled hands to form a dough ball inside the bowl – so the outside of the dough is greased).
  2. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or cling wrap and let it stand in a warm/ room temperature place for 45 minutes.
  3. After 45 minutes, prepare a large baking sheet layered with parchment paper and start forming ping pong size balls from the dough.
  4. Place the balls on the baking sheet and now take one ball in your hand and press the middle down to create mini bowl shaped dough.
  5. Take ½-3/4 tsp Chocolate spread and put it in the middle of your dough bowl.
  6. Close the bowl shaped dough back into a ball with the filling in it and place back on the baking sheet with the “incision” on the bottom.
  7. Repeat with the rest of the dough balls.
  8. Once all balls are filled with chocolate, place the baking sheet aside and let the dough rise for 20 more minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
  10. Very gently brush your dough balls with some oil and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Do not over bake as it will be dry.

 

Chocolate Filled Baked Mini Doughnuts

 

 

Chocolate Filled Baked Mini Doughnuts

“Sufganiot” is what we call Jelly Doughnuts in Hebrew and they are by far my favorite holiday food. What could be wrong with a soft, fluffy deep fried doughnut filled with smooth and oh so good strawberry jam? nothing. Except for the fact that it’s so good you can’t stop eating them. When I was […]

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Baked Banana & Coconut Whole Wheat Doughnuts

Cakes and Cookies

Some days I just want to either scream or just be left alone. In a room. With a bed, a TV and some snacks. Veggies even maybe. I bet everyone has a day like this once in a while but really, this fact does not make me want to scream less.

A standard day for me would be to get up in the morning, get dressed, wake the kids up, help them get dressed because otherwise it ain’t going to happen, help them brush faster (ditto) and send them downstairs to have their breakfast. When they go to eat I remember that I didn’t do my hair. Or brush my teeth. So I do. And by the time I come down the kids are probably not done eating but I have zero time left to eat, so I grab my travel mug with coffee already in it (thanks to my amazing hubby) and together we start rushing the kids (because from some reason mornings are apparently the best time to play with the dog, talk like they never talked before, discuss what they do at school, remember they forgot something upstairs, grab a snack and just basically do everything they shouldn’t during this time frame). We help them put their coats on, put their lunch boxes in their backpacks and finally, leave the house.

We drop the kids off, we go to work, I do my thing at the office, trying to multitask like a maniac and then the day’s done. By this time I notice I haven’t had lunch again but I tell myself that I’ll soon be home and eat.

I pick up hubby, we drive home, pick up the kids, I wrack my brains to find an easy dish for dinner, I finally find something, I make it, heat it, serve it, it’s eaten and oops, it’s already 7pm.

So we send the kids to the shower and while hubby looks over them and makes sure they actually shower I prepare their lunch boxes for the next day. I check the agendas, sign notices, make sure they have everything for music class or any other class (swear to god I don’t even know how I still remember what they have every day) and I’m done.

Kids are showered, brushed and tucked in bed, a goodnight kiss, a hug, a request for a bedtime story (which sometimes actually happens and other times just leaves me with my feelings of guilt) and I’m going back downstairs. The day ends with me and hubby watching an episode of one of our series while drinking herbal tea and off we go to shower and bed.

So yeah, pretty routine, boring, stressed yet full of action, and even though around 8-8:30pm I finally have time for myself, I’m so tired by that time that I can’t help but feeling old.

So today, everything went the same but while the kids were doing their homework, I decided to do something I love – bake! and since Hanukkah is right around the corner (next week) I decided to go with doughnuts, but since I don’t like frying I decided to bake them. So there, the kids are upstairs pretending to sleep, and while I’m writing these lines I can’t help but feeling like I actually accomplished something today. I was able to squeeze these doughnuts right between homework and bedtime  – score!

and now, to express my feeling of accomplishment, I’ll share the recipe for these baked banana coconut whole wheat doughnuts, how about that? pretty sweet.

Baked Whole Wheat Banana Coconut Doughnuts

Baked Banana & Coconut Whole Wheat Doughnuts
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Recipe type: Doughnuts
Cuisine: Holidays, Hanukkah
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Serves: 6 Doughnuts
 
Baked doughnuts never tasted better. Banana and coconut and they're even made with whole wheat. You will love these.
Ingredients
  • 1 Banana - Pureed
  • 80gr Butter - Cubed
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Plain Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
For the Glaze:
  • ½ Cup Icing Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Milk (you can use only 1 to get a thicker glaze)
  • 1 tsp Natural Food Color (Yellow) - Optional
  • Coconut - For Sprinkling
Instructions
  1. In a mixer bowl mix the butter, pureed banana and sugar until mixture is white and fluffy (mix on high speed)
  2. Add in the egg and mix on medium speed
  3. Add in the vanilla, yogurt, flour, baking soda and baking powder and mix on medium speed until you get an even batter.
  4. Oil spray (or use butter) a bagel pan (6 bagels)
  5. Transfer the batter into a piping bag and pipe, dividing evenly into to the doughnut pan.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and remove from oven.
  7. Cool completely before adding glaze.
To prepare the glaze:
  1. Beat the icing sugar with the milk. Start with 1 Tbsp, if you want it thinner add another tablespoon milk.
  2. Add in 1 tsp color and stir until combined.
  3. When doughnuts are fully cooled, place them on a wire rack with parchment paper under the rack. use a tablespoon to pour/ drip the glaze on the individual doughnuts.
  4. Sprinkle the coconut immediately after glazing.

Baked Whole Wheat Banana Coconut Doughnuts

Baked Whole Wheat Banana Coconut Doughnuts

Some days I just want to either scream or just be left alone. In a room. With a bed, a TV and some snacks. Veggies even maybe. I bet everyone has a day like this once in a while but really, this fact does not make me want to scream less. A standard day for […]

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Creamy Garlic Potato Soup

Soups

Well, whether we like it or not winter is coming, and although I’m not a big fan, in fact I’m not a fan at all (I’m a sunshine girl), this cold weather brings something nice with it and that’s the opportunity to make a super easy and versatile dish – soup.
What’s easier than cooking some veggies, spicing them up, adding water, blending or not and serving it? SO easy.
I like to play around with my soups and come up with something different every time.
A few weeks ago my husband was sick, so we got him some tissues, some tea, a lot of love and of course some soup. But not just any soup – Garlic Soup!
I don’t think there’s anything better than garlic to fight a nasty cold, but on the other hand I’m not really objective because I adore garlic. I know, it’s not a very social ingredient but really, I don’t care.

Oh and for the record, it did the job.

 

Creamy Garlic Potato Soup

 

Creamy Garlic Potato Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Soup, Vegetarian
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A great Garlic Soup. Creamy and smooth and full of goodness. Perfect for a cold day or any other day.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Medium Potatoes - Peeled and Cubed
  • 1 Celery Stick - Chopped
  • 1 Medium Sweet Potato - Peeled and Cubed
  • ½ Onion - Chopped
  • 10 Garlic Cloves - Peeled and Chopped
  • ½ Cup White Wine
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Liter Vegetable Broth (unsalted)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
Instructions
  1. In a large pot preheat the oil on medium heat
  2. Add in the potatoes, celery, sweet potatoes and onion and sauté while stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the chopped garlic and stir occasionally for 2 minutes.
  4. Add in the wine and stir for 3 more minutes. Let the wine evaporate a bit.
  5. Add in the broth and water, salt and garlic powder, stir together and cover the pot.
  6. Let the soup reach to boiling and cook for 30 minutes while covered.
  7. After 30 minutes turn off the heat, remove 3 full ladles of soup into a blender and blend.
  8. Pour the blended soup portion back into the soup pot, stir and serve.

 

Creamy Garlic Potato Soup

Well, whether we like it or not winter is coming, and although I’m not a big fan, in fact I’m not a fan at all (I’m a sunshine girl), this cold weather brings something nice with it and that’s the opportunity to make a super easy and versatile dish – soup. What’s easier than cooking […]

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Homemade Spelt Bagels

Baked Goodies

This past summer we visited Montreal for the first time, and I’m sure this wouldn’t come as a surprise that we just LOVED it!!

The sights, the streets, the culture, the variety, the parks, the attractions and just everything was oh so great.

One of the greatest things I think I enjoyed is (surprise, surprise) the food. Not so much the food itself but more the variety of food. Or if I had to be more specific, the bagels 🙂

Before we drove to Montreal everyone kept telling us how great the bagels are over there, and I kept nodding, smiling and thinking to myself that a bagel is a bagel, what’s the big deal? Well, apparently it is a big deal, because once we had a taste it was hard to turn back.

After we came back home I really wanted to try and make bagels but guess what? I had no bagel baking pan, so it took eBay a while but I finally got my baking pan and of course I had to customize my bagel recipe to our (now) healthier menu so I made bagels using spelt flour.

Although these bagels do not taste like the Montreal Bagels, we were still happy to have them for breakfast with butter on top and a nice piece of smoked salmon.

You’ll find that these bagels are not as soft and fluffy as the regular bagels but they are really good. You just need to make sure you give the dough some love, and by that I mean mixing it enough to activate the gluten, because although it has a very low level of it, it’s still there 🙂

 

Homemade Spelt Bagels

Homemade Spelt Bagels

 

Homemade Spelt Bagels
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Bagels, Spelt, Healthy
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Serves: 6 Bagels
 
A healthier version for homemade bagels. They're not as fluffy but they're so good.
Ingredients
  • 250gr Spelt Flour (I use whole spelt organic flour)
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 ½ Tbsp White Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ½ Cup Lukewarm Water + 2 Tbsp
  • 2 tbsp Butter – Melted for brushing on top
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, oil, xanthan and salt.
  2. Add in the water gradually while mixing. You may need a bit more or a bit less water depending on your flour. You should get nice soft dough that is a bit sticky.
  3. Cover the bowl with cling wrap or kitchen towel and let the dough rest and rise for about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and prepare bagel (regular not mini) pan (brush with some oil first).
  5. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and using oily hands create a ring from each of the pieces (bagel shape) and place in the bagel baking pan.
  6. Brush the tops gently with some melted butter and let the bagels rest for another 10 minutes.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven.
Notes
**Note that not using the Xanthan Gum makes a crumbly, more fragile result**

 

Homemade Spelt Bagels

Homemade Spelt Bagels

This past summer we visited Montreal for the first time, and I’m sure this wouldn’t come as a surprise that we just LOVED it!! The sights, the streets, the culture, the variety, the parks, the attractions and just everything was oh so great. One of the greatest things I think I enjoyed is (surprise, surprise) […]

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