HOMEMADE TAHINI BREAD

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Bake time= 8-10 minutes

Level= Easy

Serve=12

Tahini is usually  used to make humus or make dressing for salads or garnish over some vegetable. Using it for bread is uncommon in the world but it is used in Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisines and  Turkish cuisine know what they are doing and they make perfect delicious bread or sell rolls with it. Tahini bread is also traditional in Turkey.Tahini bread usually sold in the bakeries in the feast time and fast month. Also Tahini’s versatility has made it very popular all throughout Turkey and they mix tahini with Pekmez.(Pekmez=a jam like substance made from grapes, figs or mulberries.) They usually prepare this mixture for breakfast and it is especially popular during the winter time.

Tahini bread rolls, this delicious soft rolls have a wonderful sesame butter texture, it is also a wonderful alternative for those with nut allergies.Homemade Tahini bread can easily be  made for a family in your kitchen, however this is much easier to make by just following the simple technique I used. It is  very rich and addictive and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!

TAHINI HEALTH BENEFITS: Tahini is a seed butter made from sesame seeds that are toasted and ground.Tahini contains more protein than nuts. It’s a rich source of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3,B5 and B15 )that boost energy and brain function. They promote healthy cell growth and including that of red blood cells, which will help prevent Anemia. They support and increase the rate of metabolism, enhance immunity and nervous system function as well as helping to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.Vitamin E , which is protective against heart stroke and heart disease. Also tahini has  important minerals, such magnesium, iron, and calcium. Tahini is very easy to digest and many of its nutrients find their way in to the blood stream within about an hour of  consumption.

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GUEST POSTS: LIGHT CARROT CAKE/ CRISPY SPINACH BOREK

Level:Easy

Serve: 12

Hello everyone!

During my three years blogging, I have had the happy of making the acquaintance of many, multi-talented women from my country. I call they tireless women who have painting skills and also love to cook mouthwatering family recipes for her family and friends. I have got a guest post for you from Seyhan Eken and Zehra Coskun. I want to share their recipe with you.  Light Carrot Cake  was baked by Seyhan and Crispy Spinach Borek was baked by Zehra. We tested the cake and the spinach borek,which  were really delicious and light. She does not prefer frosting for the Carrot cake because hers cake is low-calories without frosting.But if you love frosting on top it you can use mascarpone cheese for frosting.  In addition,this flavour, moist cake and the  crispy borek incredible  easy to make and also they are light and divine.

Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world and the health benefits of carrots include reduced cholesterol, preventing heart attacks, improving vision, boost the immune system, improve digestion. Naturally sugary, carrots are healthy addition you can make to vegetable list of your diet. This healthy vegetables come with wholesome healthy benefiting such as  beta-carotenes, falcarinol, vitamin A, minerals and anti-oxidants in ample amounts.

Spinach is one of wonderful green-leafy vegetable often recognised as one of the functional foods for its wholesome nutritional and antioxidants composition.Spinach is important for skin,hair,bone healthy and this crispy leaf are rich source of iron, vitamin A, fibre.

I am honoured to introduce you to SEYHAN’S LIGHT CARROT CAKE RECIPE and ZEHRA’S CRISPY SPINACH BOREK!

 

-SEYHAN’S LIGHT CARROT CAKE RECIPE-

Seyhan's Light Cake.

Seyhan’s Light Carrot Cake.

 

-INGREDIENTS-

3 eggs .

1 cup granulated sugar.

1/2 cup olive- oil.

1/2 cup milk, at room temperature .

1 cup grated carrots,( about 4 medium  size)

1 teaspoon ground ginger.

2 cup all-purpose flour.

1 teaspoon baking powder.

1 teaspoon vanilla  extract.

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pieces.

-DIRECTIONS-

1- Preheat  oven to 175 degrees C. Grease and flour the bottom your cake pan, set it aside.

2-In a mixing bowl, mix milk, eggs and vegetable oil, add the sugar , the carrots then beat them together until smooth.

3-Sift together flour, baking soda and cinnamon, add  dry ingredients into  wet mixture, gently mix with a wood spoon or spatula until corporate well. Then add the walnuts and the vanilla, lightly mix all the ingredients.

4- Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake about 40-45 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted into the centre  of the cake comes out clean.Remove from your oven  and let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack or clean kitchen  towel  and cool completely.

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Happy baking!


 

– ZEHRA’S CRISPY BOREK –

 

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Zehra’s Crispy Borek.

 

INGREDIENTS:

6 5X5 Frozen  puff pastry squares, at room temperature.

2 sheets Turkish yufka ( Yulfka is traditional used for borek as it is so thin and flaky, it is much more difficult to find in different country but phyllo will work just fine.)

For Spinach Filling Ingredients:

200-250g, spinach, washed and drained,copped.

1 medium onion, copped.

1 cup Turkish white cheese or( 1 cup feta cheese),grated.

1/2 teaspoon Sea salt.

In a large bowl, mix together chopped spinach and the chopped onion, add the salt and rub the spinach and  onion with your hand, squeeze the mixed spinach’s liquid. Then put the cheese another bowl and add the mixed spinach in it, combine them well , set aside.

Fore Sauce Ingredients:

1/2 Cup olive oil.

1 cup Soda water-200ml

2 eggs.

– DIRECTIONS-

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and the soda water,the olive oil, set aside.

Preheat oven to 180 C degrees. Lightly grease in a little rectangle baking tray,set aside.

1-On a lightly floured surface, Lay 3 the puff pastry  side by side onto the kitchen counter and roll out the puff pastry as big as your baking try.

2- Place  the rolled pastry on the baking tray, Lay a Turkish yufka or phyllo on to the rolled pastry and brush  the yulfka or phyllo with the sauce.

3- Equally place the mixed spinach in the yufka or the phyllo and fold sides of yufka or the phyllo over the spinach like an envelope. Brush it again with the sauce.

4-Cut another the yufka or the phyllo 4 equal pieces, Place one on the top of the other, don’t forget to brush between layer with sauce.

5- Place the remain 3 puff pastry side by side onto the kitchen counter and roll second sheet of puff pastry out to the same size as the baking tray,Place the rolled puff pastry over.

6- Top with the second puff pastry, cut in squares, much easier to cut before you cook it. Then equally  pour the remain sauce over the borek, let it rest in your refrigerature for 1-2 hours.

7- Bake the borek until golden yellow and serve it warm.

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Happy baking!

 

-CHOCOLATE FUDGE CUPCAKES-

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Prep:30 min.

Level: Easy

Bake:15-20 min.

Hello everyone!

Recently My Daughter has made this yummy cupcake for my blog project. She is a very keen baker and if it doesn’t involve chocolate she is not happy! She developed it from the bbcgoodfood.  These taste amazing and so these moist, perfect fluffy and easy cupcake everyone will love. These will be all my favourites, after the years of practising and experimentation! I want to Thanks her for making delicious cupcake and sharing the recipe with us!

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SPINACH BOREK

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Hi everyone!

I want to share Turkish Spinach Börek recipe with you. Spinach Borek is a baked dish which is made with pastry sheets combined with spinach ,eggs and onion. This is a wonderful pastry and it is quite simple to make yet it looks quite impressive!

You can also change the  recipe to make it with different ingredients ( such as with potato, cheese, meat,vegetables practically whatever you like) but below I will be showing you the spinach version. My daughter especially loves borek stuffed with potatoes yum!

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QUINCE TART WITH WALNUT

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Bake time: 15-20 minutes

Level: Easy

Serve: 8

        Quince Tart is a perfect alternative to Apple pie and a delicious combination of sweet, rich walnut quince puree in a pastry case. This tart is a delightfully,crumbly dessert and the recipes is easy. Enjoy it!

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VALENTINE’S DAY HOMEMADE COOKIES

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Bake tıme: 15-20 minutes

Level: Easy

Serve: Up to 20

Nobody will resist these delicious cookies. They are perfect for tea time or a special treat for your sweetheart or friends. Thise heart-shaped cookies that is a perfect way to say ” I Love You”. There is nothing better than homemade cookie and this homemade cookies smell amazing rich orange and they quickly will melt into your mouth. This is a quick and easy cookie dough perfect for your favorite cutout cookies. Enjoy it with a glass of milk, tea or coffee!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE

 

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Bake time= 40-50 minutes

Level= Easy

Serve=8

Hi Everyone!

To celebrate my First year post last week, I baked Chocolate Chip Cake . I want to share its recipe with you.The chocolate chip cake is super moist, tasty,easy. This cake is most rich chocolate, most moist.The Chocolate Chip Cake is absolutely heavenly with or without frosting.Enjoy it.

Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants and it contains amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals. Also it is good for your heart and cardiovascular system running well.

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