Friday, March 24, 2017

Carrot Cupcake


Note: This recipe is for 12 cupcakes

Ingredients


For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/3 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/3 cup of sunflower/vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dessertspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of grated carrots
  • 2/3 cup of crushed walnuts

For the Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 6 oz unsalted butter
  • 2/3 lb confectioners sugar 

Take a large bowl, add all the sugar, oil,vanilla and eggs and beat. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add dry mixture to the wet one and beat again until it all get mixed. Lastly add walnuts and carrots and knead.
Pour the mixture in a cupcake baking pan and bake it in 400F preheated oven 10 minutes and then drop the temperature 350F and bake another 20-30 minutes. Stick a toothpick into the cake, if it is clean then it is baked, if it is not clean bake it another 10 minutes and try again.
In the meantime to prepare frosting beat butter and cream cheese and add confectioners sugar and beat again.
Take the cupcakes from the oven, let them cool down. Then put the frosting with the help of a plastic bag or a spoon.
Enjoy!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Leftover Cookie Dessert

If you have leftover cookies, this is a good way to make use of them.Unfortunately, I forgot to take picture of it, as it was gone so quickly:)

Ingredients


For the Dough

  • 5-6 big chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 dark chocolate bar or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 pack of cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

For the Filling

  • Whipping cream (8 oz)
  • 1 cup of coconut

Preparation


First you need to melt the chocolate in bain mari style. To do that boil water in a pot and while it is boiling put a small sauce pan in it and put chocolate in this small pan. Boil the water until chocolate melts
To prepare the dough grind cookies in a food processor and put them in a large bowl. Add cream cheese, chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder and knead. Then with the help of a roller make a rectangle shaped spread and put it on a stretch film.
Whip cream about 10 minutes in high speed, when it gets fluffy add coconut. Spread the cream on top of the dough and with the help of stretch film roll it. Close the edges and put it in the freezer preferably on night. If you don't have that time, keep it about 4-5 hours. Enjoy!

Leftover Cookie Dessert

If you have leftover cookies, this is a good way to make use of them.Unfortunately, I forgot to take picture of it, as it was gone so quickly:)

Ingredients


For the Dough

  • 5-6 big chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 pack of cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

For the Filling

  • Whipping cream (8 oz)
  • 1 cup of coconut

Preparation


First you need to melt the chocolate in bain mari style. To do that boil water in a pot and while it is boiling put a small sauce pan in it and put chocolate in this small pan. Boil the water until chocolate melts
To prepare the dough grind cookies in a food processor and put them in a large bowl. Add cream cheese, chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder and knead. Then with the help of a roller make a rectangle shaped spread and put it on a stretch film.
Whip cream about 10 minutes in high speed, when it get fluffy add coconut. Spread the cream on top of the dough and with the help of stretch film roll it. Close the edges and put it in the freezer preferably on night. If you don't have that time, keep it about 4-5 hours. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cacik (Tzatziki)

Cacik, also known as tzatziki, is a dish of seasoned, strained or diluted yogurt, eaten throughout the former Ottoman Countries.The ultimate source of the word cacık is uncertain. It is possibly a loanword from the Armenian cacıg, meaning cucumber.


This recipe is for 5 people.


Ingredients

  • Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • Fresh dill
  • Fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons dry mint
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic


Preparation


Grate cucumber, chop fresh dill and mint and mince garlic.
Take a large bowl add yogurt first, then cucumber and mix them. Add garlic, fresh dill and mint and mix again. Then add dry mint, oregano and salt. After you mix them all, take it to the bowl that you will be serving and spill olive oil evenly on the surface and sprinkle some more dry mint.You can decorate with fresh mint as well.
Enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Chocolate Lemon Bars

One of my colleague has lemon tree in her garden and she gives away lemons all the time. I was in a search of new ideas for my blog and she advised me to try lemon bars. One of my other colleague brought baking chocolate from Norway and I wanted to try them as well. So I decided to try a lemon bar with chocolate.



Ingredients


For the Dough


  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of confectioners' sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick butter (4 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the filling

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups of confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 oz.  Norwegian dark chocolate 
  • 4 lemons from Jenny's garden

Preparation


To prepare the dough take a large bowl add eggs and sugar and beat them with a mixer, then add butter at room temperature and continue beating until all ingredients mixed well. Slowly add flour and salt and keep beating.


When you have a dough that does not stick to your hand stop adding flour.
Take a rectangular or square baking pan, put baking sheet or oil on the pan and put the dough on it and spread evenly. Put some holes on the dough with the help of a fork and bake it about 15-20 minutes in 350-400 F preheated oven until its edges gets brown.

In the mean time to prepare the filling put eggs and sugar in a bowl and beat, then add vanilla extract and flour and keep beating. First peel two of the lemons with a grater and add it to the mixture, then squeeze all lemons and add the juice and beat. Lastly add the chocolate you melt in bain mari style and keep beating until they all mix well.
To melt the chocolate in bain mari style boil water in a pot and while it is boiling put a small sauce pan in it and put chocolate in this small pan. Boil the water until chocolate melts.
Take the dough from the oven and wait until it cools down, add the filling and bake about 20 minutes more. After taking from the oven, set it aside to cool down and when it is cool enough keep it in the fridge one to two hours. Take it from the fridge and cut into squares. Wait about 15 minutes to serve, otherwise confectioners sugar you sprinkle on them will melt immediately.
Enjoy!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rice Paper Rolls

Recently I changed my diet and try to stay away from bread and pastries.However, I don't find it fulfilling to eat some spreads like hummus without bread. Thankfully I have discovered rice papers and wanted to share my first recipe with them.








Ingredients


For the Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower/vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (preferably red wine vinegar)
  • 1 dessertspoon hummus
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Filling

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 fresh ginger
  • 2 green onions
  • 7-8 medium mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower/vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

For Rolling

  • 7-8 rice papers
  • 1/2 tablespoon Greek yogurt (optional)
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Preparation


Put all ingredients for the sauce except hummus in a small bowl and mix them. Then add hummus and mix it with other ingredients well. 
Heat oil in  a large pan and add chopped chicken, green onions, garlic, ginger, black pepper and cumin and roast them until chickens turn into brown. Then add sliced mushrooms and cook them until mushrooms get smaller in size.
Lastly add the sauce and simmer it like 15-20 minutes until the sauce is all sucked. 
Take a large plate and put boiling water in it. Soak one rice paper in it like 10 seconds and take it back, make sure it is soft enough to make a roll. Put rice paper on the counter, take some of the filling and spread on the bottom part. To roll it in a proper way, first close the bottom part then sides and start rolling.

Put the rolls on a baking pan. If you want it crispy, you can apply some yogurt on it. But you need to dilute it with some water first, otherwise there will be some lumps.Also you can sprinkle some sesame seeds on the rolls for decoration.
Bake it in 400 F preheated oven about 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!



Monday, February 22, 2016

Leftover CakeTruffle

I had some leftover cake and cream from Brown Velvet Cake, the best way to utilize them was to make truffle. But it turned out to be a truffle cake.











Ingredients

  • Any kind of plain cake (preferably with cacao)
  • 1/2 lb cream cheese 
  • 1/4 cup whole butter milk
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts

Preparation


Put leftover cake in a blender and blend until it is crumbled.
Put chocolate chips in a small sauce pan (I used coffee pot) and put this into a boiling water in a larger pot. 
Melt the chocolate.
Take a large bowl add sugar, buttermilk and cream cheese and beat. Then add minced walnuts, melted chocolate and crumbled cake. Knead it until all ingredients mixed well.

I did not have cupcake pan, so I used small glass containers to give them shape. Cover the container with stretch film, so it will be easier to take them out.Then put a layer of coconut, dough and coconut again. You can do as many layers you want. Then cover the top with the stretch and keep in the freezer all night. Your cake will be ready next day, enjoy!