Prajitura aromata

Am facut de ziua copilului un tort special, o capodopera (ma laud) atat in ceea ce priveste gustul cat si prezentarea si m-am indragostit de blatul tortului – foile Joconde.

Reteta integrala, respectata cu sfintenie de aici.

Azi am avut chef de ceva dulce, dar nu foarte dulce, pufos si aromat. Asa ca am incercat o imitatie de foi Joconde aromate la maxim cu lamaie.

Am batut spuma 8 galbenuse cu doua linguri zahar pudra, zeama si coaja de la o lamaie, am adaugat o lingura mare cu varf de unt topit si faina cat sa iasa un aluat grosut dar curgator. Albusele le-am batut spuma cu inca 2 linguri de zahar pudra si apoi le-am amestecat cu restul aluatului. Am impartit ochiometric aluatul in trei si am copt la 180 gr cu ventilatie fix 12 minute fiecare foaie.

Am taiat apoi foile in jumatate (ca sa iasa mai inalt) si le-am montat ungand subtire fiecare foaie cu jeleu de zmeura (fara samburi) si cu crema facuta din mascarpone amestecat cu putin jeleu de zmeura.

A iesit asa 🙂

Un deliciu, aromat la maxim cu lamaie si placut de dulce.

Branza la presa

Prima am mancat-o asa ca asta e a doua 🙂

Facuta in vasul de inox, inca n-am reusit sa imi termin formele de lut dar o sa ma stradui 🙂

Acum sta cuminte sa se transforme in cascaval.

Salata improvizata

Ce te faci cand ramai fara salata la felul doi? Dai o raita prin balcon si vezi din ce poti incropi o salata.

Am gasit: ceapa, morcov, mar (in cantitati relativ egale) si un sfert de castravete ratacit prin frigider 🙂

Am dat totul pe razatoare, mai putin ceapa pe care am taiat-o pestisori. Am asezonat cu sare, piper, ulei si otet.

Asadar – salata!

Un deliciu !

Homemade immunity booster

We all know that vitamin C is the best immunity booster. At this time of year, when the weather is cold and dump, our immunity is getting a bit low. So I decided to make an immunity booster.

I used equal quantities of Lingonberries and Seaberries, added just a little bit of water and bring them to a boil until they got soft.

Then I sieved them to obtain a fine liquid

I got about 350 ml of liquid

Then I added 150 ml of honey

I put it in a bottle in the fridge and use it every day by making a large glass of drink.

I put a couple of tablespoons of this concentrated juice in a large glass and then fill it with water.

Super delicious and healthy 🙂 packed full with vitamin C and other vitamins – just perfect to boost the immunity!

Apple peels tea

Don’t throw away your apple peels, they make a nice tea 🙂

Just put the peels in some boiling water, add some spices of your choice, I used: cinnamon, cloves and mint powder and let simmer for few minutes until peels are soften and the spices have released their flavour and you’re done.

Sieve the liquid and add some honey for a sweet taste and some lemon juice, or just enjoy it as it is.

Nice, warm and full of vitamins drink suitable for these autumn days 🙂


Bread Machine Sourdough Bread

I know I’ve been lazy lately writing on the blog but I got preoccupied with knitting, reading and many other DIY projects. But today I have to tell you about my very first bread machine sourdough bread.

I have a sourdough starter that I keep in the fridge and feed and use it once in a while. I played around several times to bake different things so now I thought is the right time to try and bake a sourdough bread in my bread machine.

So I took out my starter and start feeding it every 12 hours for 3 days (it has not been used for a longer period of time and needed to be strong enough to make a decent bread)

When I got the right quantity of starter, I took about 2 cups from it – my starter has the consistency of a soft dough, the one that you can mix with a spoon – added a teaspoon of salt, a tablespoon of sugar and some olive oil, than put about 2 cups of flour and some water just to get a dough that is not too hard, I never measure the things exactingly, but the dough should be a bit softer than the usual bread dough.

After a light mix I put the dough in the bread machine and program it on the white bread setting (about 3.5 hours – with 3 rising cycles)

In the end I got a perfect bread, just like the one made with yeast but a bit more delicious 🙂

Next time I will play more, adding different type of flours, nuts, seeds… 🙂

Happy bread baking!

Five-nuts Mooncakes

When I first saw this recipe I knew I had to do it. They looked to me like energy bars – considering the filling, but in a very pretty presentation. You can read more about them here.

There are many types of Mooncakes, depending on the filling you choose to put in them. I choose the five-nuts version. The original recipe is here, but as you already know me I modified a bit the recipe to suit the ingredients I had.

The most important part of these cookies is the mold, you can make them without it but they wouldn’t be as pretty 🙂

I found mine on amazon

Now for the cookies, there are two parts: the crust and the filling. I made my crust using: 75 g honey, 35 g oil, 10 g water and 150 g flour.

For the filling I used: 45 g walnuts, 45 g almonds, 160 g seeds mix (sunflower, sesames, pumpkin), 75 g glutinous rice flour, 30 g honey, 30 g oil, 25 g sugar, 30 g water.

The filling must be sticky and easy to form into balls

that will be then covered with the crust

This recipe is for 10 cookies, so I formed 10 balls and 10 pieces of crust. Covering the filling balls with the crust require a bit of attention because the crust is a very thin layer.

Then I put the ball into the mold, gently press to form the cakes and then push it out

They already look pretty 🙂

After finishing all 10 cookies I made a eggwash from one egg yolk and a tablespoon of water

I baked the cakes in a hot oven for 5 min, take them out and bush them with the eggwash, put them back for another 5 min but at lower heat and take them out again for a second eggwash, than put them back for another 10 min or until they become golden

Take them out on a rack to cool down

and serve only one ! they are calorie bombs 🙂

but they are so yummmmy

Who need energy bars when you can have Mooncakes made at home 🙂

They are perfect for a sweet treat or to be taken with you on trips.

Happy cooking !

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