Little Aubergine Pies with Homemade Kourou Dough

Little Aubergine Pies with Homemade Kourou Dough
A Kourou Dough -yogurt dough- so pliable & velvety, which you will love for the comfort of its management. The pies are filled with whatever stuffing we like. Wonderful Aubergine Pies were made here, very tasty & fluffy and where the tender, grated, biscuit dough competes equally with the wonderfully delicious stuffing with eggplant and Greek cheeses, such as Gruyère & kasseri. The blue poppy seed gives them an extra click of flavor.
A suggestion for a snack for the morning coffee but also for a beer or… why not, with an easy drink and fruity wine, iced & dry Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie -the most popular variety of Italy- on our summer terrace with dear friends.
Cheers!
work: 1h:00′ time: 1h:30′ easy:

Lemon-Flavored Yogurt Jelly

Lemon-Flavored Yogurt Jelly
Refrigerating dessert with Greek natural yogurt, lemon jelly & cookies stuffed with lemon flavor. 5 hours later we enjoy a healthy low-calorie lemony yogurt. A delicious dessert like this, made by all moms, with cookies of different flavors, rusks, savoiardi-biscuits or any kind of seasonal fruit or jams . Here with crunchy stuffed cookies at the base and crumbled on top and a nice velvety cream with lemon zest & yogurt jelly.
Yours!
work: 20′ time: 5h:30′ very easy:

Fresh Apricot Clafoutis

Fresh Apricot Clafoutis
It's apricot time and I'm happy. I really love these round, juicy fruits, with the color of the sunset and the velvety skin. Few other fruits, when ripe, have such a creamy texture and strong aroma that I like to smell them with deep breaths, as if I had to store it in my memory.
I realize that there are several apricot recipes on the blog which means I always put them first when it came time… If we share the same enthusiasm came the right recipe for this year, so you can enjoy them uniquely in a delicious Clafoutis.
Yours!
work: 20′ time: 1h:20′ easy:

Healthy Banana Pancakes

Healthy Banana Pancakes
What is so special about this recipe? Well, let's start with the pancakes. They are extremely soft, light, healthy & fluffy like soft pillows! Roasted & crushed hazelnuts add a wonderful, crispy texture and the unique aroma of roasted nuts. The layers of caramelized bananas in maple syrup and brown sugar in the intermediate layers of the «tower», sometimes a little sloping to look like that of Tower of Pisa, add even more delicious, sweet and sticky flavors to these Pancakes. You just have to try them on to know what I'm talking about!
From above we decorate with whatever we like. If they are spring pancakes, we put antioxidant fruits of the forest, such as strawberries, raspberries & blueberries, which are among the superfoods, almond slivers & plenty of syrup.
Make a lot and fill, with these healthy Pancakes, children's plates with all the above and they will be amazing…
Yours
work: 20′ time: 40′ easy:

Yogurt Apple Cake

Yogurt Apple Cake
Mother was, is and will be special to the child, the teenager, the adult and today is nothing more than an opportunity to honor her and show her how much we love her.
Mother, mother, mom. Three words that enclose respect, beauty, tenderness, love and are always the most important presence in human life. An insurmountable bond that was praised more than any other, the mother was the source of inspiration for thousands of artists.
In the first verses of a poem dedicated to the mother we read:
  • «I was awakened at dawn by an aura, a breath,
  • on the cheek fluttered my mother's kiss
  • Her caress filled me with love and affection
  • and back I became a child again.
  • With a kiss and a wish and her smile,
  • As soon as I woke up I saw my sun on her face »…
work: 20′ time: 1h:00′ easy:

Coconut Rolls

Coconut Rolls
A recent study by the Royal Roads University of Canada on nutrition in times of crisis came to some conclusions:
«Food is a carrier of the transition from normalcy to different times in real time, at the same time. This leads to a revision of key values ​​as well as processes of our busy economic and industrial society and its various branches, such as those related to food and entertainment. Above all, there is the aspect of survival, the realization that man is no longer dominant and, to talk about the purely practical part of food, there is a need to save resources, using all the materials at our disposal. Cooking is one of the things that connects us to natural living systems and food is something that connects us, on a deeper level, to the Earth itself».
So many people, being confined to their home, make their own food every day and pastry products have the dominant say with daily and better daily bread.
The recipe we suggest today is one of these tender doughs like brioche, is sweet, fluffy and soft buns, stuffed with dried coconut and bathed, while still hot, with sweetened condensed milk. Yours!

work: 45′ time: 4h:00′ medium:

Feta Cheese Soufflé Pie in Rolls

Feta Cheese Soufflé Pie in Rolls
Delicious & very special Cheese pie. Suitable for every hour of the day, as a main course, appetizer, snack or lunch!
The main ingredient that we will need to make this cheese pie, is of course the Greek feta, which is the favorite ingredient in all types of Greek pie recipes.
To prepare this cheese pie/ soufflé recipe, the feta is crumbled and rolled into rolls with many pastry sheets and all together sprinkled with a mixture of milk, egg, cream and soft drink soda, which will give this pie volume, fluffy texture and more. Taste.
Bake until puffed and golden.
The Pie is absolutely delicious!
work: 45′ time: 1h:30′ medium:

Greek Brioche-Easter 2020

Greek Brioche-Easter 2020
Our Easter Tsourekia of 2020 was a beautiful experience, although their process was time consuming. We kept great waiting times for a total of 5 inflatables and which time (and inflatables) worked positively and substantially to make them fluffy, with strings and delicious buns.
Their ingredients are the classic for Tsourekia of our Greek Easter Brioche in a more enhanced dose, since 1 kg of flour was required.
Despite the long process, the hand work was very little. The dough, a perfect dough in texture and aroma also gave a perfect final result, which justified the effort and noise of the thing… But it is these family Easter traditions that create inextricable links and tasteful memories that connect us as a family, as a Nation.

We wish you a Happy Easter, with a lot of strength, so that we can face an invisible enemy who changed our lives!
work: 1h:30′ time: 6h:00′ medium:

Greek Halva

Greek Halva
This here, Semolina Halva is young, handsome and scandalous, without question or hesitation, he also has a caramelized taste like an extra bonus in the suitcase with his dowry. There is a little secret about him and it is about the technique of his preparation. It will be revealed to you later, reading the article or enjoying it, if you make it!
Forget the well-known 1 2 3 4 etc. here arithmetic changes, it's not like when we were kids and they taught us our first sweets… Confectionery is an evolving art, it's very special and strict, I would say, even if it concerns the simplest of sweets. Sometimes the simple does not mean simplistic, the depthless approach to the real.
Its ingredients, thanks to which it becomes very light and aromatic, apart from the well-known semolina, are nuts, cinnamon, juice and orange zest as well as sweet orange spoon chopped!
Yours
work: 45′ time: 2h:45′ easy:

Focaccia in Spiral Shape

Focaccia in Spiral Shape
Spiral Focaccia, this very delicious Italian bread does not stop surprising us with its shapes, textures and flavors. Here it is stuffed with a spicy red sauce and adorned with juicy and tasty cherry olives and tomatoes, which end up on the Fokacha Strip.
Really beautiful, crisp exterior but with soft bread crumbs spicy stuffing.
An irresistible appetizer of flavor. This Fokacha is a really perfect recipe.

A tribute to Italy and to all the people who live there. And of course to everyone in all the rest of the world to stay safe, to stay at home!
work: 1h:30′ time: 12h:00′ medium:

Dark Chocolate Whiskey Cake

Dark Chocolate Whiskey Cake
Dark Chocolate Cake with a lot of Whiskey, a lot of Cocoa, a lot of Nescafé and a strong ground cloves aroma is perfect for any occasion! Sure, Chocolate has many friends and is a magical and adorable ingredient.

Chocolate is the main ingredient in Cocoa, which comes from the cocoa tree and is one of the main ingredients in pastry, in sweets, ice creams, cookies and other containing sugar. Chocolate is also called hot chocolate (decoction) based on chocolate. The one who brought cocoa to Europe was Hernando Cortez.

The Aztecs used the cocoa beans -first they crushed them and made them powder- to make a drink called «Choclatl». This drink, along with other spices, made it hot and considered it to be digestive, potent, and the best medicine of its time, which could cure any illness.

For the first time solid chocolate was produced by London's traditional coffee shop «The Mill of Coffee», which in 1674 introduced chocolate bars «a la Spanish» and a chocolate cake in solid form.
work: 30′ time: 1h:30′ easy:

Lemon Cake with Spoon Sweet

Lemon Cake with Spoon Sweet
Juicy and particularly fluffy, slightly sweet, with intense flavors of lemon and yogurt. The sour cherry spoon sweet came into the cake but also adorned it externally, placing it around the top like a crown of precious gems.
If traditional Greek spoon sweets are so popular that your cabinets and kitchen cabinets overflow, it's time to put them in cakes or other sweet treats so you can enjoy them in another dimension - in the role of a coworker rather than a protagonist - and at the same time create room in the cellar for your next sweet or savory creations in beautiful jars…
work: 15′ time: 1h:10′ very easy:

Linguine with Mussels & Fresh Vegetables

Linguine with Mussels & Fresh Vegetables
Cook the mussels in a large frying pan, with the tomatoes cut into small bites, the sweet red pepper in thin strips and all other vegetables chopped! Quench with white wine while your linguine are cooked in another pot. Combine the two and then toss them with your favorite spices, a little grated Parmigiano-Reggiano & chopped rosemary. Now you think you are vacationing on an Italian Coast or on an Aegean Island and enjoy great flavors!
Yours!
work: 1h:00′ time: 1h:30′ easy:

Spinach & Cheese Hand Pies for a Snack

Spinach & Cheese Hand Pies for a Snack
If dough for pies & pie pastries aren't your strong point or if you don't have time for complicated processes, then this suggestion is up to you. A velvety yogurt pastry, fluffy & soft, light & tasty with little ingredients, a little time and that's all.
Try making small pies (according to the detailed steps in the recipe), which will be easy to open phyllo sheet, stuffed with fresh tender spinach, Greek feta and yellow gouda cheese or whatever other yellow cheese you like to give it extra flavor and consistency in filling. Don't forget to add freshly ground pepper and paprika sweet or spicy to your taste!
Delicious & quick snack for a delicious meal that can be accompanied by a glass of wine in a small group of people.
Yours!
work: 1h:00′ time: 1h:30′ easy:

Fluffy & Crusty Pizza

Fluffy & Crusty Pizza
We make one, two or three pizzas since the dough is in separate pouches, adjusting the amount and the type of stuffing accordingly.
The dough we made the aromatic buns and then the Garlic Bread the rest of the dough left over from that recipe is put in polybag bags & in the freezer to make delicious, easy-to-make pizzas with delicate crust and simple ingredients, and most of all homemade ingredients, whenever we want. we have the solution «in our hands»!
The secret to this polymorphic dough is its time of maturing in the refrigerator for many hours or even in the freezer. Even when we take it out to room temperature after many hours to cook it continues to swell…
Today it became Pizzas.
Yours!
work: 30′ time: 3h:00′ easy:

Steak in Cast Iron with Black Salt

Steak in Cast Iron with Black Salt
Cast iron has the ability to retain heat for longer. So it's perfect for making the most juicy and yummy steak as it allows for a crust to be made on the outside of the meat without overlooking the inside. It is also easier to control the baking stage and bring it to the stage that we like, using a meat thermometer. Our steak is ready when the temperature in its thickest part is rare 45-47°C, medium rare 50-52°C, medium 55-60°C, well done 55-60°C for 8-10 minutes total. These times always depend on the overall thickness of the steak & the intensity of the fire.
So we enjoy a delicious steak, with a unique taste that gives it a baking way, the distinctive aroma of wild thyme, black salt and the hazelnut aftertaste of burnt butter.
You are ready to celebrate St. Valentine's Day a super fast, hearty and enjoyable dish, which will earn you an extra bonus at the heart of your loved one.
Follow the recipe steps and get ready for the MasterChef's apron!
Yours
work: 15′ time: 1h:15′ easy:




Three Cheese Garlic Bread

Three Cheese Garlic Bread
Three delicious cheeses that melt and roll the bread buns, lots of garlic and roasted in the oven are these addictive garlic slices. Rich and creamy and crunchy, they combine with too many dishes to dominate the Barbecue Grills. A juicy steak or fluffy burgers will taste delicious with these buns! They are also consumed on their own as a meze/ snack with the drink of our choice. Here they were combined with roasted sweet potatoes and their taste was irresistible!
Their dough recipe is two posts behind and you can find it under the heading: «Pastry for Bread & Pizza».
Yours!
work: 15′ time: 30′ very easy:



Custard Filled Pastry Torte

Custard Filled Pastry Torte
Custard Filled Pastry Torte-Galaktoboureko, festive and favorite!
AND YES we celebrated a Birthday with this syrupy dessert and it eaten to be lukewarm, consumed with great appetite and some (everyone?!?) loved it!
Simplifying the procedures in the dilemma of the term «Birthday Cake» the decision was made and the balance was set in this suggestion here as time and conditions were very limited… Just very easy with ingredients like light semolina to make air-foam cream, fresh butter, crunchy pastry sheets, fresh eggs and a light aroma syrup orange. Classic, that is, without the risk of failure and with the phyllo making small crisp nests to embrace the cream. Decorated with a little orange jam and grated pistachio.

Happy Birthday my Baby!
work: 40′ time: 1h:30′ easy:

Dough for Bread & Pizza

Dough for Bread & Pizza
If the homemade buns, flavored with roasted cumin and turmeric will turn into garlic-bread and will accompany aromatic roasted sweet potatoes tell you something, follow the steps in the recipe below.
Any dough left over from today's recipe, put it in polybag & freezer bags to make delicious, easy-to-make pizzas with delicate crust and simple ingredients, and especially homemade ones, at our fingertips!
The secret to this dough is its maturation time in the refrigerator for many hours. Even when we take it out to room temperature after many hours to cook it continues to swell…
Yours!

work: 30′ time: 48h:00′ easy:


Chicken Fillet with Mushrooms

Chicken Fillet with Mushrooms
Boneless chicken leg fillets without skin in red sauce. They are delicious, accompanied by mushrooms, carrots, green peppers and black or green olives. They are flavored with white wine and spices, such as Star Anise, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns. Its final taste is reminiscent of a stew!
They are easy to cook and you can combine them with noodles, Rice, "Fried" Potatoes or Sesame, but even without them it's a complete dish.
Try them!
work: 30′ time: 1h:00′ easy:

Vasilopita/New Year's Cake 2020!

Vasilopita/New Year's Cake 2020!
Ritual & Symbols
Vasilopita {Greek:Βασιλόπιτα, Vasilópita (St.Basil-pie)} is a New Year's Day bread or cake in Greece and many other areas in eastern Europe and the Balkans which contains a hidden coin or trinket which gives good luck to the receiver, like the Western European. It is associated with Saint Basil's day, January 1, in most of Greece, but in some regions, the traditions surrounding a cake with a hidden coin are attached to Epiphany or to Christmas.
On New Year's Day families cut the Vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year. This is usually done at the midnight of New Year's Eve. A coin is hidden in the bread by slipping it into the dough before baking.
At midnight the sign of the cross is etched with a knife across the cake. A piece of cake is sliced for each member of the family and any visitors present at the time, by order of age from eldest to youngest. Slices are also cut for various symbolic people or groups, depending on local and family tradition. They may include the Lord, St. Basil and other saints, the poor, the household, or the Kalikantzaroi.
In older times, the coin often was a valuable one, such as a gold sovereign. Nowadays there is often a prearranged gift, money, or otherwise, to be given to the coin recipient.
The traditions surrounding Vasilopita are very similar to western European celebrations of the Twelfth Night & Epiphany: the King Cake (Gâteau des Rois) of France and Louisiana and the Tortell in Catalonia.

※※※※※Happy New Year 2020!※※※※※
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