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Vanilla Yogurt Whole Wheat Waffles – Amazing How Simple

Home Made Cooking | Sweets

Who doesn’t like homemade waffles? everyone does! whether you serve it with sour cream, fruits, cream, chocolate syrup, scrambled eggs or plain, they are just so good!

2 years ago my sweet hubby bought me a waffle maker and ever since, the family enjoys waffle breakfasts every few weeks.

Up until now what I used to do, is make the basic waffle mix (you know, flour, sugar, baking powder etc.) from the waffle maker instructions book and keep it in a container in the cupboard, and add the wet ingredients to it when I needed to make waffles. This time I decided – no more! I’m better than this, I can make my own waffle recipe – so I did.

If you’ve been reading this blog you should know by now that other than using experience and common sense in my recipes, I also make sure I use whatever’s in my fridge, and this time it was no different. The yogurt I had (I use goat yogurt but you can use any plain yogurt) made the waffles so crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the smell was divine.

Yogurt generally reacts super good with baking powder so combining these two in the recipe added fluffiness and softness to the waffles.

And you want to know something else that’s awesome? no mixer required here and the batter can be mixed used one bowl and one whisker/fork so this is really a no brainer.

Oh don’t thank me – just turn your waffle maker on and get to work.

Yogurt Vanilla Whole Wheat Waffles

Yogurt Vanilla Whole Wheat Waffles

Vanilla Yogurt Whole Wheat Waffles - Amazing How Simple
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
Serves: 4-6 Waffles
 
These fluffy, sweet smelling and amazing waffles are a one bowl wonder. So good and no need for a mixer, Just a bowl and a whisker/ fork and you're ready to roll.
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Plain Yogurt
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  • 80gr Melted Butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together until combined,
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well until everything is fully combined and incorporated into smooth batter.
  3. Preheat your waffle maker and once it’s ready to use, pour in ⅓ cup batter (or the amount recommended to be used in your waffle maker - depending on its size and instruction book) and close it.
  4. Let the waffle bake for about 3-4 minutes and once it’s ready, remove to an oven rack to avoid sogginess.

Yogurt Vanilla Whole Wheat Waffles

Yogurt Vanilla Whole Wheat Waffles

Yogurt Vanilla Whole Wheat Waffles

Who doesn’t like homemade waffles? everyone does! whether you serve it with sour cream, fruits, cream, chocolate syrup, scrambled eggs or plain, they are just so good! 2 years ago my sweet hubby bought me a waffle maker and ever since, the family enjoys waffle breakfasts every few weeks. Up until now what I used […]

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Cream Cheese and Olives Crescents

Baked Goodies

It’s Father’s day today, and although this is the day we celebrate dads, to me it’s another day to celebrate family. Mother’s day, father’s day, family day and even just Saturday, another reason to spend time with my amazing family, celebrate it and be happy for being part of it.

Lately I’ve been having quite a few rough days for different reasons, but thanks to these days I’ve been able to appreciate my family even more. The support, the love, the understanding and the comfort they provide. The laughs, the peace and the stability. My family is my rock, and this is why even though it’s father’s day I celebrate family.

Now, I’m not saying that fathers don’t deserve their own day, but I think fathers and mothers, grandparents and children should be celebrated every single day. Because at the end of the day, family is the only thing you have that’s not going to change, they will always be there.

So in the spirit of family appreciation I made a special brunch today, and we sat down together as a family and enjoyed each other’s company. Even Stewie got some homemade dog treats, after all, he is part of the family.

And before I share this next great recipe for “Cream Cheese and Olives Crescents”, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day and a Wonderful family packed week.

Cream Cheese and Olives Whole Wheat Crescents

Cream Cheese and Olives Crescents
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Recipe type: Bread, Pastry
 
Soft and bread like crescents, filled with cream cheese and olive. The great thing about this dough is that you can fill it with anything else, sweet or savory and it'll turn out just great.
Ingredients
  • 2 ¾ Cup Whole Wheat Flour (550gr)
  • 2 tsp Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • ½ Cup Cottage Cheese
  • ⅓ Cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Egg - beaten (For the egg wash)
For The Filling:
  • 250gr Cream Cheese
  • 50g Butter - Melted
  • Salt
  • Pitted Olives
Instructions
Prepare the dough:
  1. Place the flour, yeast and sugar in a mixer bowl and mix together with a spoon. Add in the cottage cheese, yogurt, oil and salt and ½ cup of the water and start mixing using the kneading attachment. Start with low speed and move to medium-low after a minute or so.
  2. Gradually add the rest of the water. The dough should be soft and a bit tacky but it shouldn’t stick to the bowl (extra or less water may be needed based on the flour you use).
  3. Once a dough has formed, pat the dough slightly with oil and cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rest and rise for about 45-60 minutes until it’s double in size.
  4. Punch the dough down (to deflate it) and divide into 2 equal parts.
  5. Roll each part into a ball and on a lightly floured surface, roll into a thin flat circle.
Prepare The filling:
  1. Mix the cream cheese and melted butter together until they form a soft spreadable mix.
  2. You can add spices or herbs as desired.
To fill the crescents:
  1. Using a spatula or butter knife, spread half of the filling on the flattened dough circle and add olives on top.
  2. Using a sharp knife or pizza slicer, slice the circle into 8-10 (depending on the size you want) slices (triangles - like a pizza).
  3. Roll each triangle from the outside to the inside (starting with the wide end and rolling towards the sharp end of the triangle).
  4. Repeat with the second half of the dough and place the filled crescents on a parchment paper layered baking sheet. Make sure that they are at least 1 inch apart.
  5. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the crescents rest for about 30-45 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375F (180C)
  7. After 30-45 minutes, gently brush each crescent with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame if desired.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
Notes
**After cooled, keep in an airtight container to maintain freshness**

Cream Cheese and Olives Whole Wheat Crescents

Cream Cheese and Olives Whole Wheat Crescents

It’s Father’s day today, and although this is the day we celebrate dads, to me it’s another day to celebrate family. Mother’s day, father’s day, family day and even just Saturday, another reason to spend time with my amazing family, celebrate it and be happy for being part of it. Lately I’ve been having quite […]

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Quick Greek Yogurt Flat Bread – A Bread in a Pan

Home Made Cooking

Life has been so hectic lately.

Summer is finally here (most of the time), I started a new job with a new schedule that essentially shook my world a bit, and my inspiration ran dry. So this is why I was MIA lately.

I still cook, bake and enjoy food, but I just had zero time to document it.

It’s amazing how only when our lives go through changes, we realize how much we got used to the same old routine. And then we get used to a new one and forget all about it, but you know what I hate? that phase in between. When you know you’re going through a change but can’t wait for it to be finalized, for your entire self to get used to it. Well, I’m in that phase now, patiently waiting for it to pass and for me to settle in comfortably.

Meanwhile, like I said, I haven’t stopped baking and cooking, I just opted to find the even easier and quicker ways to end up with an amazingly delicious result. So salads are a good start because they are so versatile, potatoes too, chicken and of course bread.

Did I say bread? yes, you heard me right. I know what you’re thinking: what’s so quick or easy about bread?

Well, it is easy when you use a pan to make it, and your oven top and almost no waiting time to let the dough rise.

Ever since I realized I can make my flat bread quicker, my life on weekend became a bit easier. And hey, if I’m happy, the whole family’s happy, isn’t that how it works?

So I’ll share the joy with you, a joy that is Quick Greek Yogurt Flat Bread.

Greek Yogurt Flat Bread

Greek Yogurt Flat Bread

Quick Greek Yogurt Flat Bread - A Bread in a Pan
Author: 
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Greek
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10 Round Flat Breads
 
This is exactly what you need, if you're looking for a quick and easy way to make flat bread. No special skills needed here really and the taste is so good.
Ingredients
  • 4 tsp Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 ¼ Cup warm Water (divided)
  • 4 ¼ Cups Whole Wheat Flour (600gr)
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil (just not Olive Oil)
  • ⅔ Cup Greek (or plain) Yogurt (200gr)
  • 1 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Place the yeast and sugar in a small bowl and top with ¼ cup warm water and let stand for 10 minutes until bubbles form.
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix the flour and salt, and the oil and yogurt and the yeast mix and start mixing on low speed.
  3. Gradually add in the additional 1 cup warm water while mixing. Add water and mix until the dough that forms is soft and not sticky.
  4. Mix the dough with the kneading attachment for about 6 minutes and when done, cover bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 15 minutes. The dough will not rise and that’s fine.
  5. Divide the dough into 10 equal parts and roll into balls.
  6. Preheat a skillet/pan on the stovetop over medium heat and brush with a bit of oil. You just want to grease the pan a bit, not deep fry the bread.
  7. Once the pan in hot, roll the first dough ball into a round flat leaf (about 1 cm/ ½ inch thick). Roll over a slightly floured surface.
  8. Place the rolled circle in the preheated pan and cook for about 4 minutes (may vary based on your stovetop) or until the bottom is browned (you will also see bubbles form on the top part of the dough).
  9. Lightly brush the top with a bit of oil and turn to cook the other side. Again, this will take 3-4 minutes (or more, depending on your stove-top).
  10. Continue with the rest of the dough and enjoy.

Greek Yogurt Flat Bread

Inspires by and adapted from Tom Frantz (Israeli winner of Master-chef)

Life has been so hectic lately. Summer is finally here (most of the time), I started a new job with a new schedule that essentially shook my world a bit, and my inspiration ran dry. So this is why I was MIA lately. I still cook, bake and enjoy food, but I just had zero […]

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