Samoon is an Iraqi flatbread prepared simply with all purpose flour, wheat bran, buttermilk. Its a yeasted dough flatbread which makes excellent sandwich or served with any sort of spreads/dips.Coz of the wheat bran, this bread tends to be bit dense with great flavors and obviously rich in fibre.These Iraqi flat bread are shaped as a diamond. It is traditionally baked on the walls of a tandoor oven and often served as a part of breakfast with a thick cream or cheese. In Iraq, yellow diamonds are painted on the outside of shops to signify that samoon are sold there. Some samoons are brushed with egg yolk and topped with sesame seeds, also some makes slashes once or twice on the top before baking. But i kept mine as an eggless Samoon by brushing the samoon with a flour and water paste.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Rieska, this bread is quite a popular one in Finland which is usually baked with healthy grain aka Barley flour. Though Rieska is a traditional Finnish flatbread, its preparation varies across the country. As i told earlier often it’s made with barley flour, sometimes this bread calls for oat or rye flour, and even potato which is popular as well. The thickness of rieska can vary too from cracker-thin to thick-and-bready. No leavening agents is needed for making this thin crispy flabread, however some Rieska recipes calls for baking powder if baked as a thick bread like Rieska. I went with a thin, crispy flatbread with mashed potatoes, which is a popular version of Rieska. Usually baked at high temprature, this bread are baked in tandoor/wood fired like oven, but its really easy to bake this crispy flatbread at home itself. With less efforts and less ingredients, this Rieska gets ready very much prefectly at home with simple ingredients in it.
Quark is a well known German Curd cheese which is often used in most of the dishes in Germany. Though this curd cheese is not easily available here is Paris, i couldnt resist to grab it from a nearby cheese store, where you can find any sort of the regional or international cheese varieties easily. When i picked this Quark cheese, i checked immediately for an easy dish to dish with this cheese for this month's Mega marathon which i have been running since two weeks with A-Z baking around the world as theme. Obviously for the Alphabet 'Q' i couldnt resist to bake this Quark bread roll with loads of raisins. Quark is a fresh cheese which is quite similar to Greek yogurt which is less in tanginess and less in calorie with rich in protein. Some quark cheese rolls calls for yeast but this raisin loaded quark bread rolls calls for baking powder.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Pampushki/Pampushky are fantastic Ukrainian's Garlic rolls served along with the popular Borscht soup. But these garlic rolls can be enjoyed with any meals as they are absolutely aromatic with fantastic flavor. Pampushki calls for an easy breezy bread dough which makes some soft and beautiful rolls. These aromatic dinner rolls are completely egg free, obviously you can bake these absolutely delicious garlic rolls in big batches. Trust me, Pampushki will definitely please anyone's tastebuds especially if you love garlic flavor in your bread. I followed this recipe for the preparing the dough and this video for shaping, as the original recipe i followed went for a simple shaping.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Seriously i want to write today's introduction by a disclaimer, yes dont try to read or spell today's post's name. Am sure its definitely a hard task to spell it. By the way, my today's post is a Polish Bagels which is a chewy dough ring sprinkled usually with salt, poppy or sesame seeds. Obwarzanki are sold from rolling carts on every street corner in Kraków. These bagels become an unofficial symbol of this city. Known as the Cracovian bagel or Krakowian Bagel, the obwarzanek gets its name from the Polish word which means ‘par-boiled'. These Krakowian bagels are very much close to bagels though this Polish bagels calls for two strands of bread dough. Obviously these bagels are bigger roll as two strands are braided before baking. You can prepare fantastic sandwich with usual Bagels but these Polish bagels are not suitable to cut and make sandwiches.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Nonnettes are small French gingerbread cake which is quite popular in Dijon, a city in Eastern France.Usually filled with orange marmalade, this nonnettes de Dijon are christmas special baked treats. However many variations do exists. Though the traditional Nonnettes goes for Orange marmalade, many fillings like strawberry jam, mixed fruits jam etc are also used to make a different version of Nonnettes. Since i dont have orange marmalade and none at home like this citrus preserve, i opted for our all time favourite strawberry jam. Spiced gingerbread cake filled with strawberry jam tastes absolutely fantastic with your favourite drink either for your evening snacks or else to enjoy simply to kick start your hectic day's breakfast.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Mexican cuisine have many fantastic baked treats, and the list goes form yeast breads, puff pastries, cookie like breads and muffins like breads. If you want to give a try to a different muffins, just check this Mantecadas. Mantecadas is a bread-like muffins which gets ready very quick and easy to make to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea or else for a brunch on weekend or else simply to serve some sudden visits. Do you know, the best part of this muffins is the addition of yeast, yes you heard it rite. This muffins calls for both baking powder and instant yeast, seriously while going through this recipe i was simply surprised to see the addition of yeast. Initially i thought its was typo but then when i checked for the recipe video in Youtube, i came to know that instant yeast is a must to bake these fantastic fluffy and spongy Mexican bread-like muffins.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Ladenia is a local food of Kimolos, a small Greek island in Aegean sea. Traditional Greek foods are served in Kimolos island and this island is quite popular for its Ladenia, a kind of pizza. Ladenia is Greek word of Olive oil, this flatbread is almost like pizza but without cheese. A bread dough when flattened and topped with onions, tomatoes with olive oil,once baked is called Ladenia. Since this pizza like flatbread is prepared very much with olive oil, this dish is also known as olive oil flat bread. This is a great snack or a light meal or else a simple starter depending upon how you serve this fantastic bread. This Ladenia is also famous in Milos, an another Greek island. Not to forget that this pizza is completely vegan.Obviously if you love pizza and if you are a vegan lover, then this Greek pizza will definitely please your tastebuds.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Siberian cheese rolls or Siberian mini rolls aka Kiflice is a popular savory soft rolls which is usually served as a starter at family meetings or as a finger foods at parties in Siberia. Every Siberian family have their own variation of the recipe. Some prepare this rolls stuffed with cheese or else with sweet spreads. However you can fill these rolls with various mixture of your choice or else without any filling These Siberian rolls tastes extremely delicious and great, all because of the dough. Yes the dough plays an important roll for making these dangerously addictive rolls. Though this Siberain rolls calls for butter while baking, trust me adding small butter cubes while baking gives a crispy and almost like fried bottoms to this rolls. Dont skip adding the butter or margarine while baking, if you are planning to bake this cute rolls. If you skip this butter part, you will get the just ordinary rolls.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
You may wonder to read today's recipe name, yes my post's is Jailhouse Rolls. This rolls is quite popular in Texas. Many Jail cafeterias in most of counties in Texas made these rolls regularly. These rolls are extremely moist, yeasty, soft and super delicious as well. Mashed potatoes plays an important and major role for preparing this dinner rolls dough eventhough egg is added in this bread dough. While googling, i came to know that this rolls were a recipe of a great aunt who made them during and after the Civil war for the jailers and inmates in Jefferson of Texas as well as for the men who lived in her boarding house. I accidentaly came to know about this rolls while searching something new and completely different to bake and post under 'J' as am running a whole month of blogging with A-Z Baking around the world as theme.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Scones, these baked single serving quick breads or cakes are just prefect to kick start a day, if you are not a breakfast person trust me you will never refuse scones. Scones are quite different from teacakes and other sweet breads which calls for yeast. Scones are sold commercially round, but most of the homemade scones takes various shapes like triangles, squares or rounds. I just love scones, as they are easy to carry and go away. Obviously i do bake varieties of scones as this baked goodies are easy to put together and bake. Irish oats scones are quite popular and an incredible healthy breakfast to be enjoyed with some jams or else simply with honey. This easy variety of scones comes from a farmhouse in Ireland.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Himbasha/Ambasha is a popular Ethiopian/Eritrean celebration bread which is cooked traditionally in stove top as a round shaped bread with a frying pan. However many baked versions do exists. This bread is served at special occasions. Do you know Ethiopian tradition involves breaking the himbasha over the back of a child at his first birthday to give him strength. Though its a celebration bread it can be also eaten during breakfast or for snacks with spreads,jams or else with some stews where you can tear a piece of bread and dip in the stew and enjoy. This bread is prepared with many variations and the most favourite flavoring goes to grounded cardamom seeds. Some people adds raisins in their Himbasha while some adds Black sesame seeds, grounded fenugreek seeds etc.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
A gougére is a French puffy savoury cheese puff made with pate à choux dough. This pate à choux is traditionally used for baking eclairs and cream puffs. French cheese puffs makes a super munchies to serve along with some tangy dips or else to enjoy with wine or champagne. Crispy on the outside, soft inside, these gougéres tastes absolutely delicious to eaten warm. You can enjoy this cheese loaded cheesy goodness as a wonderful appetizers for any party events or else for a family get-together. Pate à choux dough can be prepared a day ahead to make this cheesy balls if you are planning for a huge crowd, obviously this puffs are definitely crowd pleaser.. Either piped or rolled as balls, this round cheesy puffs calls for some gruyére or cheddar cheese. However i went with our favourite mild cheese aka gruyére cheese.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Easter is celebrated all around the world on April 16 of this year. Easter menu have loaded of fantastic breads especially in most of the European countries, though its a religious festival, many cuisines have their own Easter breads. Easter, as many festival holidays in Hungary is very much associated with food and freshly baked breads.Easter breads is definitely one of the delicacies on this holiday menu. The traditional Hungarian Easter bread is Egg Twist aka Fonot Kalács which is a yeasted sweet bread made either with raisins, chocolate chips or else without these two ingredients. Usually baked with three braids, this sweet bread is very spongy and delicious as much as like French Brioche. Almost like Challah bread, this bread have their important place in Easter lunch or dinner table as an accompaniment to serve along with the main dish.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Earthquake Cake, this cake is named because the ingredients shift around during and after baking. The cream cheese mixture sinks into the cake, some of the pecans and coconut rise towards the top. It’s an uneven and ‘deconstructed’ looking cake, but inside, it’s gooey and chocolatey and delicious. For those new to baking, it is very simple, as it uses a packet mix as a base, but if you have a favourite chocolate cake recipe instead, just substitute that store bought cake mix with your own chocolate cake.This fun recipe of cake mix cake will be the talk of your next potluck or family dinner definitely if you serve this ultimate cake for dessert. Earthquake Cake gets also its name from the cream cheese swirl mixed into the decadent cake, appearing to crack it apart.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Dobos torte or Dobosh is a Hungarian sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel. Wiki says that ' This layered pastry is named after its inventor, Hungarian confectioner József C. Dobos, who aimed to create a cake that would last longer than other pastries in an age when cooling techniques were limited'. The round sides of the cake are coated with ground hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts, or silvered almonds, and the caramel topping helps to prevent drying out.The name is also sometimes spelled Dobos-torta or Dobostorta. Dobosh or Dobos torte was first introduced at the National General Exhibition of Budapest in 1885; King Franz Joseph I and Queen Elisabeth were among the first to taste it. The cake soon became popular throughout Europe, both for its durability through shipping and for its unique appearance. With its flat, shiny, caramel top, it was simple but elegant.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Mexican Cemita Buns are used to make a sandwich which is very popular in the Puebla region of the country. There they make the Cemitas Poblana, which is a sandwich is filled with sliced avocado, meat, panela cheese or sometimes quesillo cheese, onions, a herb called pápalo and red sauce.These buns may look like regular sesame topped burger buns but they’re nothing like it. The Cemita, which is the name given to the bread and the sandwich made with it, is made with a brioche-like enriched dough that has a crunchy outside but is soft inside.Kenji Lopez-Alt whose recipe I adapted for my recipe, describes the Cemita as “sweet and savory flavor with a dense-yet-light crumb that can stand up to stacks and stacks of toppings without disintegrating or losing its tenderness”.
Monday, April 3, 2017
After a delicious vegetarian Saudi Pizza, am taking you all today to India to enjoy virtually some baked yogurt pudding which is quite famous in Bengali Cuisine. Its a fabulous dessert which involves minium cooking process with easily available ingredients. Though this ultimate Bengali dessert can be prepared easily by steaming, i opted for baking as this Bhapa doi can be prepared very much well in oven too. Served chilled, this baked yogurt pudding will definitely please anyone after a heavy meal, a prefect pudding to serve even for a get together as this pudding can be prepared very much a day before. The chilling part is very important before serving this fantastic dessert. Though usually Bhapa doi is flavored with cardamoms, many fancy versions of this pudding do exists. If you dont want to stick with different flavourings, you just need hung curd, sweetened condensed milk, milk to prepare this delightful dessert.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Am kick starting a month of blogging marathon from today, yes you read it rite, i will be running blogging marathon during this whole month of April. Every year, April and September, we marathoners run 26days of blogging with interesting themes. And this month's blogging marathon theme was A-Z Baking around the world with different baked goodies in Alphabetical order. Obviously i have finalised my baking list since three months back as i can bake only during weekends coz of my busy schedule. Usually pre-planning never worked for me, but fortunately this time, pre-planning worked awesome. Seriously i dont want to skip this whole month of blogging marathon as the theme of this mega marathon is something close to my heart coz of my love for baking. If you love baking very much and you have to pick a bake from a country that too in alphabetical order who will say 'no', definitely not me. Hence am running this fantastic blogging marathon with loads of enthuasism. For the first day of this Mega marathon, i baked some fantastic Vegetarian/Vegan Soya Meat Pizza from Saudi Arabia.