Archive for September, 2014

Apples and Honey Flower Shaped Buns

Baked Goodies

With fall in almost full swing (hey, I can definitely see red leaves at this point of time) and the Jewish high holidays right around the corner, my desire to make and bake is definitely increasing.

I saw a video recently of this woman making amazing shapes of bread and thought to myself ‘I wanna play with dough too’, so I did. I decided to go for the apples and honey concept since it’s not only fall related but it’s also a perfect fit for the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah.

I must say, that although I don’t consider myself a religious person, I just LOVE the traditions of the Jewish religion. Celebrating the new year with family and friends and awesome food that of course symbolizes different things.

One example is the honey and apple. In Rosh Hashanah we serve apples and honey at the table, the kids love it, we love it, it tastes so good and it is a symbol of a blessing for a sweet year to come ahead. So the way I see it it’s a win-win.

In fact, the Jewish New Year is one of my all-time favorite holidays, I find that although I don’t have my family nearby, I still enjoy the atmosphere of the holiday, the cooler evenings and the fact that we gather around with friends and wish each other a happy and sweet new year.

Having said all that about the honey and apples and happiness, these flower shaped buns are pure joy 😉

Regardless of your religion or traditions, these are a smash hit when it comes to something special to serve at the table. They incorporate apples, honey and bread – I mean, come on, does it get any better than this? oh wait, it does, pass the butter please.

 

Apples and Honey Whole Wheat Flower Shaped Buns

 

Apples and Honey Whole Wheat Flower Shaped Buns

 

Apples and Honey Flower Shaped Buns
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Recipe type: Buns, Bread
Cuisine: Holiday, Fall, Breads
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Serves: 9 Buns
 
These easy flower shaped buns are not only pretty, they taste amazing, and when fresh with butter on top they're a smash hit for sure.
Ingredients
  • 350gr Whole Wheat Flour
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Tbsp + 1 ½ Tbsp Honey (divided)
  • ¼ Cup + ½ Cup Warm Water (divided)
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 Apple - Peeled and diced into small cubes
For Honey Syrup for brushing:
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Boiling Hot Water
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, place the Yeast with ½ Tbsp honey and ¼ cup warm water and stir. Set aside for about 10 minutes until foam forms).
  2. In the meantime, prepare the rest of the dough by placing the flour, oil, 1 ½ Tbsp honey and diced apple in a stand mixer bowl.
  3. Add in the yeast mixture and start mixing on low-medium speed with the knead attachment. Gradually add the additional ½ cup warm water while stirring until a soft and a bit sticky dough forms (about 3 minutes).
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes and then place back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for about 45 minutes or until the dough almost doubles in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 185C (365F) and layer a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. After about 45 minutes, dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch it to deflate it.
  7. Divide into 9 pieces and start shaping. You can shape into any bun shape.
  8. For flower shape, follow the images below (roll the dough, flatten a bit, cut edges of roll, roll into a spiral).
  9. place shaped buns onto the baking sheet and cover all with clean kitchen towel and set aside for 30-35 minutes in a warm place to let the buns rise.
  10. After 30-35 minutes, place in the preheated oven and bake for 17-20 minutes until the buns are golden brown and sound hollow when you tap on them.
  11. While the buns are baking make the honey syrup to brush them with, by mixing together the honey and boiling hot water.
  12. Once the buns are out of the oven, brush them with the syrup while they’re still hot and let cool.

 

Apples and Honey Flower Shaped Buns

 

Apples and Honey Whole Wheat Flower Shaped Buns

 

Apples and Honey Whole Wheat Flower Shaped Buns

With fall in almost full swing (hey, I can definitely see red leaves at this point of time) and the Jewish high holidays right around the corner, my desire to make and bake is definitely increasing. I saw a video recently of this woman making amazing shapes of bread and thought to myself ‘I wanna […]

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Easy Whole Wheat Soft Peach Cake

Cakes and Cookies

Although summer is now officially over, the fruit flies are not really realizing it, and that means that we have to stash the fruits and veggies in the fridge. Hiding our food in our house, means that we forget about its existence often, and that means a LOT of leftover, over ripen fruits.

While some fruits and veggies unfortunately have to go to fruit and veggie heaven 🙂 often, I am able to save them. So this will mean soups, quiches, fruit pancakes and of course – cakes.

This time the victims were lovely yellow peaches that turned all wrinkly in the fridge. Too ugly to eat them whole, I had to do something to save the day, and so I came up with a wonderful whole wheat soft and very fruity peach cake.

It was so easy! I mixed a few ingredients, cut the peaches into small cubes, combined, baked and there I had it – freshly made peach cake.

Needless to say that the peaches found a good home in our bellies. And with the cooler evenings, we indulged over a piece of cake with a nice cup of tea (and then again…and again).

So next time when you’re considering getting rid of those peaches because they just don’t look as good as they used to – remember this cake. You can thank me later 🙂

 

Whole Wheat Peach Cake

 

Easy Whole Wheat Soft Peach Cake
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Recipe type: Fruit Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 8"Round Cake
 
This super easy, super soft, super tasty peach cake is just so good, I promise it'll become your go-to peach cake recipe.
Ingredients
  • 2 Eggs - Divide into Egg Whites and Yolks
  • 6 Tbsp Sugar - Divided
  • 4 Peaches - Cored and cut into small cubes
  • 8 Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 80gr Butter - Melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Blueberries for topping - optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (180C)
  2. Place the egg whites in a mixer bowl, add 4 Tbsp sugar and beat on high speed until forms foam with firm peaks (about 3 - 4 minutes).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, vanilla extract, milk and lemon.
  4. In another bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking powder, 2 remaining Tbsp sugar and cornstarch.
  5. Add the egg yolk mix and melted butter into the flour mix and combine.
  6. Add in the egg white foam and gently fold into the batter, stirring every few folds until fully combined and you get a fluffy batter (don’t mix too fast so you don’t “break”the egg foam).
  7. Add in the cubed peaches and fold into the fluffy batter.
  8. Pour the batter into a greased and parchment paper layered 8 inch round cake pan (you can also use a deep enough Pyrex pie pan).
  9. If you are decorating with blueberries, now’s the time to nicely arrange them on the top of the cake.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes in the preheated oven or until golden brown and firm to touch.

 

Whole Wheat Peach Cake

Although summer is now officially over, the fruit flies are not really realizing it, and that means that we have to stash the fruits and veggies in the fridge. Hiding our food in our house, means that we forget about its existence often, and that means a LOT of leftover, over ripen fruits. While some […]

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Cherry Filled Whole Wheat Rolls – Cherry Piroshki

Baked Goodies

In my opinion Cherries (especially when they are fresh) are a sexy fruit. They’re red, luscious, sweet and just always look so inviting. This summer I had the pleasure of chugging a BUNCH of cherries. I just bought more and more. And while I’d definitely prefer to pick them fresh from the tree, I felt like this was the second best alternative.

After I was done with the fresh cherries, I decided to make something with cherries, and frozen ones. Why? It’s pretty obvious – I had no fresh ones left after diligently eating them all 🙂

In the past, I posted about Potato Piroshki, well guess what? there’s a dessert semi-sweet version of these yummy stuffed rolls. And it’s the cherry version. Stuffed with sweetened cherries, these rolls are just too good to resist.

If you’re looking for something that’s both fruity and special, this is it. And serving these warm with either vanilla ice cream or something as simple as sweetened sour cream – will be a hit.

In this recipe I used raspberry jam to sweeten the cherries (because I had and still do SO MUCH of it from last year) but you can definitely sweeten the cherries with a bit of sugar.

 

Cherry Piroshki - Cherry Filled Rolls

 

Cherry Filled Whole Wheat Rolls - Cherry Piroshki
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Recipe type: Sweet Rolls
Cuisine: Russian
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Serves: 15 Rolls
 
These Semi- Sweet Cherry Filled Rolls are going to be a hit the next time you serve tea. They're also made with whole wheat so it's kinda good for you as well.
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 Egg
  • ¾ Cup Warm Milk
  • 75gr Butter - Melted
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
For the Filling:
  • 30-45 Frozen or Fresh Pitted Cherries
  • Raspberry (or any berry) Jam or 3 Tbsp Sugar
For the Egg Wash:
  • 1 Beaten Egg Yolk (you can also use the whole egg)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until combined.
  2. The dough you’ll get will be very sticky (don’t worry); simply dump the dough onto a floured surface (floured with 3 Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour or as needed) and roll in the flour until the dough is still very soft but no longer sticky.
  3. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towel and let it rise for 45 minutes.
  4. After 45 minutes, place the dough bowl in the fridge for about 30 minutes (this will ease the dough shaping).
  5. Preheat oven to 375F (185C)
  6. Remove from fridge and divide into 15 pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a 8-10cm (3”-4”) round flat circle.
  8. If you are not using jam for the filling, this is when you’ll need to toss the cherries with the 3 Tbsp sugar.
  9. To fill each circle simply place 2-3 sugared cherries in the middle. If you are using jam, place ½ tsp jam in the middle of each circle and top with 2-3 cherries.
  10. Fold each filled circle in half and tightly pinch the edges to prevent the filling from coming out while baking.
  11. Tuck each edge of the half circle under the roll and place each half circle on its “seam”. So the part you pinched is on the bottom of the roll and the ends are tucked under.
  12. Place on a parchment paper layered baking sheet and brush with the egg wash.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Store in a sealed container in the fridge (after cooled down).

 

Cherry Piroshki - Cherry Filled Rolls

In my opinion Cherries (especially when they are fresh) are a sexy fruit. They’re red, luscious, sweet and just always look so inviting. This summer I had the pleasure of chugging a BUNCH of cherries. I just bought more and more. And while I’d definitely prefer to pick them fresh from the tree, I felt […]

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Quick and Easy Cookie Butter Cookies – Only 3 Ingredients Too

Cakes and Cookies

Having 2 growing kids (now 8 and 11) I find  they tend to want to munch on something more often. Maybe it’s boredom, maybe growth, maybe both, not sure. What I do know is that I need to make sure they are either busy or munching, or both – busy munching 🙂

To make sure that everyone’s happy I made these small cookies with my cookie butter.

Oh, did I not tell you yet? I found COOKIE BUTTER at the grocery store! after years of anticipation and a few parcels from overseas containing this amazingly tasty cookie butter, I finally found some here, in Halifax, at the grocery store. And with the risk of having this sound like I have no life (swear to god I do) – I was thrilled!

I made cookie butter cookies (now, try saying that 3 times fast) and the great thing is that surprisingly they are not too sweet (I hate it when it’s too sweet) and they only require 3 ingredients.
It took me 5 minutes to whip up the cookie batter and 10 more minutes to bake. In only 15 minutes I had happy-busy- munching kids. Oh, and cookies of course.

 

Cookie Butter Cookies

 

Quick and Easy Cookie Butter Cookies - Only 3 Ingredients Too
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
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Easy and fast with only 3 ingredients. These cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth while not beint too sweet at all.
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp Cookie Butter
  • 4 ½ Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (185C)
  2. Place the 3 ingredients in a bowl and mix until fully combined. If the batter feels too soft to shape, place it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Scoop 1 tsp at a time and shape into balls and place on a parchment paper layered baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  4. Press the center of each cookie with your thumb.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated oven or until golden brown.

 

Cookie Butter Cookies

Having 2 growing kids (now 8 and 11) I find  they tend to want to munch on something more often. Maybe it’s boredom, maybe growth, maybe both, not sure. What I do know is that I need to make sure they are either busy or munching, or both – busy munching 🙂 To make sure […]

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