Baked Broccoli Feta Bites

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

Shavuot is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day the Torah (10 commandments) was given to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. Now, that’s all nice and dandy but what I really like about the holiday is the food – obviously. You see, this holiday is being celebrated by serving dairy foods, fruits and vegetables and these are my favorite. Imagine the variety of things one can make and bake from dairy products. Also, it’s so much easier than chicken and meat.

So the first thing I made preparing for Shavuot was Broccoli Feta Bites. To be completely honest, I didn’t just make it because of the holiday, as always with my cooking, it was a combination of the upcoming holiday and what I had in the fridge, and this time I had a bag of fresh broccoli and no real craving for yet another quiche, so I came up with something that looks beautiful, made easy and tastes fantastic. The kids loved it (hey, it’s small food, what’s not to like) and we all enjoyed a nice light dinner with these bites and a big side salad – so good!

 

Breaded Broccoli Feta Bites

 

Broccoli Feta Bites
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Recipe type: Main, Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 45 Bite Size Balls
 
Fun to eat, easy to make and healthy as an added bonus. Why not use your broccoli in a different way?
Ingredients
  • 650 grams Fresh (or frozen) Broccoli Florets
  • 2 Garlic Cloves – Diced
  • 2 Eggs
  • 7 tbsp Bread Crumbs
  • 100 grams Cheese – Grated (I used Cheddar)
  • 100 grams Feta Cheese – Crumbed
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Dill- - Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Bread Crumbs for Coating
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (180C)
  2. Prepare large baking pan covered with parchment paper
  3. Place the ½ cup bread crumbs for coating in a small bowl and set aside for later.
  4. Cook the broccoli florets in a covered pot with boiling water. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  5. Drain the broccoli florets from water, place in a food processor and chop until diced.
  6. In a large bowl place the garlic, cheese, feta, dill, basil, bread crumbs and eggs and add in the diced broccoli. Mix all together until evenly combined.
  7. Scoop with teaspoon and roll into ping pong size balls.
  8. Roll in the bread crumbs you set aside for coating (1/2 cup) until fully coated and place on baking sheet.
  9. Once you’re done with all the balls, place in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown on the outside.
  10. Serve drizzled with tahini or with sour cream on top.

 

Breaded Broccoli Feta Bites

Breaded Broccoli Feta Bites

Shavuot is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day the Torah (10 commandments) was given to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. Now, that’s all nice and dandy but what I really like about the holiday is the food – obviously. You see, this holiday is […]

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Cheese and Olives Savory Scones

Baked Goodies

Saturday morning. I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee (that is, if my dear husband didn’t already make one for me), go over my emails, Facebook, Instagram, check to see that the kids are still somewhere around and then I start feeling hungry.

But really, I have no desire to make something too complicated and I want it to be ready as fast as possible because as I said, I’m hungry.

When I want to make something sweet and fast I sometimes make scones, because it’s just mixing the ingredients, piling on the baking sheet and popping into the oven for 15 minutes. So this time, I decided to go with the same idea, why not? Except this time the scones are savory! With cheese and olives and the truth is you can add whatever you want to them whether its anchovies, mushrooms, greens, corn, you name it.

These were of course served with fresh garden salad and a few more salads and a nice slice of butter in them, YUM!

Good for brunch, breakfast, entertaining, a romantic event, Valentines and anything really.

Savory Scones

 

Savory Scones - With Cheese and Olives
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Pastry
 
These are so yummy. All they need is a nice slice of butter in them!
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ Cup Grated Cheese
  • ½ cup Pitted Olives – Halved
  • 1 cup Milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220C (or 450F)
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix the flour, butter, baking powder and milk until well combined.
  3. Add the olives and cheese and stir until evenly combined and you get a ball of dough.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a floured surface, sprinkle a little bit flour on top to ease the kneading; knead and flatten until it’s about ¾ inch (or 1½ cm) thick.
  5. Using a small cup or a round cookie cutter, cut circles and place then onto the parchment paper covered baking sheet. Make sure they are not too close to each other to allow rising.
  6. Bake for 10-20 minutes (depending on your oven) and remove from oven once golden brown.
Notes
You can also make these into larger slices like the traditional scones by simply using a pizza slicer and dividing into 8 slices instead of using cookie cutters.

 

Savory Scones

Saturday morning. I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee (that is, if my dear husband didn’t already make one for me), go over my emails, Facebook, Instagram, check to see that the kids are still somewhere around and then I start feeling hungry. But really, I have no desire to make something too complicated and […]

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Sweet and Soft Braided Challah Bread

Baked Goodies

Sweet childhood memories for me are the taste of soft, fresh, sweet challah bread with fresh real cottage cheese. I can swear, it’s like heaven in your mouth.

Ever since we moved to Canada I’ve been trying to find that challah bread that has the sweetness I loved so much. It’s like a sweet roll but bigger 🙂

So I know I have another Challah recipe here in the blog, but this one is much sweeter, bigger and fluffier. It all depends on how you like your challah.

In this case, you can either braid it or you can just make rolls, both will come out tasting heavenly! The recipe, by the way, is originally by Carine Goren who is a sweet cook from Israel. Here’s the link if you know Hebrew 🙂 http://www.carine.co.il/htmls/page_202.aspx?c0=13148&bsp=13097

Sweet Challah Bread Slice

 
Ingredients
  • 500 grams All purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ¾ – 1 cup lukewarm water
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • ½ tbsp Salt
  • 1 Beaten egg for brushing
  • Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl; use only ¾ cup water to start with. Mix on medium speed until fully combined. If you see that the dough is dry, gradually start adding the extra ¼ cup water you have until you get soft and smooth dough that slightly sticks to the bottom.
  2. Spread a bit of oil over the dough ball inside the bowl, cover with towel and let stand until dough rises and doubles its size (about 40-45 minutes).
  3. Preheat oven to 180C/ 350F and prepare a baking pan covered with parchment paper.
  4. Once the dough doubled its size, divide into 3 balls and roll each ball into a “sausage” to braid. You can also make rolls and take a tennis size ball from the dough for each roll and form a small ball.
  5. Place on baking sheet and let stand for additional 30-40 minutes.
  6. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds; Place inside the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and brown on the bottom.

Sweet Challah Bread

Sweet childhood memories for me are the taste of soft, fresh, sweet challah bread with fresh real cottage cheese. I can swear, it’s like heaven in your mouth. Ever since we moved to Canada I’ve been trying to find that challah bread that has the sweetness I loved so much. It’s like a sweet roll […]

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Homemade Spelt Bread

Baked Goodies

It’s been a crazy couple of months but hopefully I’m back on track now. I know, I haven’t posted anything in quite a while now, but t doesn’t mean I didn’t cook 🙂

In fact, I’ve found some pretty amazing things to bake lately. One of them is this delicious spelt bread. We noticed that we get much less stomach aches when we eat food that is low in gluten and since spelt is very low on gluten, I decided to try and make bread. Something I can use for the kids’ sandwiches at school. I used spelt flour in the past and really liked the texture it gives to baked goods. It’s fluffy, soft and has a hint of sweetness. So this bread is not your typical “mix it all up” recipe but it’s really close to that. It came out very tasty, soft yet not too soft and was gone at the end of the day. The important thing when making bread with spelt flour is that you don’t want to mix it too long or it won’t rise as it should and also, you will need to bake it in a Loaf Pan (Clickable link) or any other suitable pan you have, just because otherwise the dough will spread all over and you’ll get a baked splat. The lack of high gluten values makes it softer and that’s why it needs “special care” 🙂 but it’s not too special or too hard, otherwise, you wouldn’t have seen me making it 🙂

Spelt Bread after baking

Spelt Bread before baking

Homemade Spelt Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 370 grams Spelt Flour
  • 1 tsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil (you can also use olive oil)
  • Sesame
  • 1 Beaten egg
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix yeast with ½ cup water and 1 tsp sugar (from the quantities in the ingredients). Set aside for about 10 minutes, you’ll see bubbles forming which means the yeast is working.
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix the flour, remaining sugar, remaining water, oil, salt and the yeast mix. Mix on slow speed for 2-3 minutes only until everything is well incorporated. Mix until you get soft, smooth and just a little bit sticky dough. Careful not to over mix it.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let stand for 30-35 minutes until the dough doubles its size (and it will). Again, a word of caution, don’t let it stand too long!
  4. After 30-35 minutes, knead the dough lightly between your hands, only until there is no more air in the dough (you’ll feel the difference).
  5. Braid or roll in bread pan or English cake pan or any other pan you have that is not too big and can hold the bread (I used bread pan). The pan needs to be greased and covered with parchment paper.
  6. Let stand in the pan for another 30-35 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  7. Gently brush the bread with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame and place in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and after a few minutes remove bread from pan and place on oven rack to cool.

Sliced Spelt Bread

Spelt Bread Breakfast

 

It’s been a crazy couple of months but hopefully I’m back on track now. I know, I haven’t posted anything in quite a while now, but t doesn’t mean I didn’t cook 🙂 In fact, I’ve found some pretty amazing things to bake lately. One of them is this delicious spelt bread. We noticed that […]

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Mini Focaccia Bread Rolls

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

I know everyone would agree with me that one of the best things is freshly made bread. What’s not to love? It’s fresh, it’s warm, it’s tasty and it’s bread 🙂

My husband was sick this weekend so what I usually do when someone’s sick is make soup, but this time I decided to add fresh bread to it, and not just any bread, focaccia bread. The traditional Focaccia bread is semi flat bread with seasoning on top, what I made goes better with soup and just with some butter in it; I made Focaccia Bread Mini Rolls. The recipe has 6 ingredients, the dough needs about 30 minutes to rest and rise and then 20 minutes in the oven, now that’s what I call fast food.

Mini Focaccia Bread Rolls
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 7 Mini Rolls
 
Wonderful rolls that go well with soup or just with butter or jam. Perfect for brunch, lunch and a picnic.
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1¼ Cups Warm Water
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White Sugar
  • ½ tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients and knead the dough until ingredients are well combined.
  2. Place in a bowl and cover. Place in a warm place (like next to the oven if you’re cooking) and let rest and rise for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  4. Divide dough into 7 mini balls and place on a baking paper layered pan and press gently with your thumb.
  5. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and Zaatar.
  6. Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes until golden brown on top.

 

I know everyone would agree with me that one of the best things is freshly made bread. What’s not to love? It’s fresh, it’s warm, it’s tasty and it’s bread 🙂 My husband was sick this weekend so what I usually do when someone’s sick is make soup, but this time I decided to add […]

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Gluten Free Mushroom and Feta Cheese Quiche – Bulky Country Style

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

If you love mushrooms you will surely love this quiche. There’s actually no special story behind it other than the fact that I wanted something with a strong mushroom flavor. Every time I make something with mushrooms in it seems that they add to the flavor but not fully felt, flavor wise that is. I mean, I can feel that there are mushrooms in something but I would like to feel more of them, the flavor and the texture. So I came up with this quiche. The nice thing about it, other than the fact that this mushroom quiche is gluten free, is the fact that the mushrooms are cut into big pieces, they are bulky, and that results in the full flavor and texture of mushrooms in this quiche. But enough talking, just try it, you’ll love it.

Gluten Free Mushroom and Feta Cheese Quiche - Bulky Country Style
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Recipe type: Main
 
This country style mushroom quiche has a great smell of mushrooms and a great taste of mushrooms. The taste and texture are so dominant you'll love it, and all thanks to the bulky pieces.
Ingredients
  • 18 Mushrooms – Quartered
  • 1 Onion – Sliced
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tbsp Sour Cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Cup Feta Cheese – Crumbled
Instructions
  1. Prepare a pie dish (or a Pyrex) and spread a little bit of oil on it. You can use oil spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  3. Pour the oil into a skillet and preheat over medium heat
  4. Sauté the onion slices on the heated oil for about 3-4 minutes while stirring
  5. Add the quartered mushrooms and stir for about 4-5 minutes until the mushrooms soften a bit
  6. Once ready, place the mushroom mix in the pre oiled baking pan (Pyrex)
  7. Spread the crumbled feta evenly on top of the mushrooms
  8. In a separate bowl, mix together the other ingredients until fully combined
  9. Pour the batter over the feta cheese and mushrooms (do not mix together) and place in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until brown and set

 

If you love mushrooms you will surely love this quiche. There’s actually no special story behind it other than the fact that I wanted something with a strong mushroom flavor. Every time I make something with mushrooms in it seems that they add to the flavor but not fully felt, flavor wise that is. I […]

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Feta and Olive Turnovers

Baked Goodies

I don’t always feel like having a big meal. In fact, some days I can live on dinner alone, I just don’t feel hungry, I’m weird like that. So on those days when I don’t feel like having a big meal, I make sure I do make something but smaller. Something I can have with a piece of vegetable and call it food, something I can put in the fridge and eat later or the next day. Normally I’d say that a turnover kind of food is the ideal food because I can stuff it with anything and have it for lunch, dinner or a snack but I didn’t have any puff pastry handy, so close yet so far. I decided to try and make something anyway. I mean, what can go wrong if I combine my favorite food ingredients, what’s the worst case scenario? Nothing 🙂 so I gave it a shot and ended up with pretty good turnovers; and although they were not made of puff pastry, they were just as good.

Feta and Olive Turnovers
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Recipe type: Entree, Appetiser
Serves: 16-20 pieces
 
Turnovers that are crisp, salty and flavorful. Made with no puff pastry for once.You can change the filling and play with its ingredients. A keeper for sure.
Ingredients
For the Dough:
  • 2½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Dry Yeast
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • ½ Cup warm Water
For the Filling:
  • ½ Cup Olives – Pitted and halved
  • 1½ Cup crumbled Feta Cheese
  • ¾ Cup Whipping Cream (Heavy Cream)
  • ¾ Cup Grated Cheese
  • ½ tsp Dry Oregano
For the Topping:
  • 1 Egg – beaten
  • Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Mix the dough ingredients all together until they form a nice flexible dough. Set aside in a warm place and cover. Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes (it will not rise so don’t worry).
  3. In a separate bowl, mix all filling ingredients.
  4. After 30 minutes, flatten the dough using a dough roller into a square sized about 14 ½ Inch X 14 ½ Inch (36cm X 36cm).
  5. Cut the dough into squares in the desired size. Normally toy will have 16-20 squares.
  6. Place 1 tsp of filling on the center of each square and fold in two into a triangle.
  7. Tighten the edges with your fingers to avoid the spilling and leaking of the filling while baking.
  8. Place the ready triangles on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  9. Brush each turnover with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  10. Place in the preheated oven for 35 minutes until light brown.

I don’t always feel like having a big meal. In fact, some days I can live on dinner alone, I just don’t feel hungry, I’m weird like that. So on those days when I don’t feel like having a big meal, I make sure I do make something but smaller. Something I can have with […]

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Sweet Onion Quiche

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

Last week I had no idea what I should make for dinner, nothing! My brain was empty and my creativity was just too tired. So I asked my husband if he has an idea for dinner. Luckily he had a great idea – Onion Quiche! I was thrilled, because there is nothing easier. I mean, I always have onion in the house and spices, what else do I need?

Sweet Onion Quiche
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Recipe type: Quiche, Vegetarian, Main
 
This quiche is very flavorful and tender. The onion gives it sweetness and it tasted even better the next day.
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 3 Onions – Chopped into small but not tiny pieces
  • 6 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup Whipping Cream
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Grated Cheese
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet and sauté the chopped onions over medium heat. Stir occasionally until soft and transparent.
  3. In a bowl, combine the other ingredients and mix well until fully combined.
  4. Add the sautéed onions and stir in until fully combined and coated with the mix.
  5. Place in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until the quiche is nice a tanned.
  6. Wait 10 minutes before serving to allow the quiche to set in.

Last week I had no idea what I should make for dinner, nothing! My brain was empty and my creativity was just too tired. So I asked my husband if he has an idea for dinner. Luckily he had a great idea – Onion Quiche! I was thrilled, because there is nothing easier. I mean, […]

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