Category Archives: BAKERY

Plum dumplings with bread crumbs

Plum dumplings with bread crumbs

Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking.

All around the world various types of dumplings are very popular. Different types of dumplings may be find in European cuisine – Savoury dumplings in UK and Ireland, gnocchi in Italia, in Scandinavian countries, in central European cuisine under different names (knödel, knedlik, knedle, žlikrofi…), in Eastern Europe, Middle Eastern cuisine, American cuisine…

Here we’ll give you a nice recipe for dumplings with plums, especially popular in Central Europe, and could be served as dessert or, even, as a quick lunch. Instead of plums you may use apricot (one half of apricot in each dumpling), or even try a chocolate piece.

Cheese bourek recipe

Cheese bourek recipe

Bourek (or börek, bouréki, burek, ) is very popular in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, especially in North Africa and throughout the Balkans.  It can be filled with cheese, often feta, sirene or kaşar; minced meat, or vegetables. A bourek may be prepared in a large pan and cut into portions after baking, or as individual pastries. The top of the bourek is often sprinkled with sesame seeds.

In many countries bourek and similar pastry are considered as “fast food” and could be consumed on the streets.  It is often consumed with yogurt. Apart from being sold at bakeries, bourek is served in specialized stores selling bourek (or pitas) and yogurt exclusively.

Blackberry and apple muffins

Blackberry and apple muffins

The muffins become very popular dessert all around the world. They are delicious as an on-the-go breakfast or an afternoon treat with a nice cup of tea. A muffin is an American English name for a type of quick bread that is baked in small portions, though English traditional muffins is something a bit different to what is today’s worldwide known cake. Many forms are somewhat like small cakes or cupcakes in shape, although they usually are not as sweet as cupcakes and generally lack frosting. They may be filled with sweet fillings, such as chocolate, toffee, lemons or various fruits.

What ‘American-style’ muffins means is that the muffins are made, not from a yeast dough like the English Muffin, but rather they use a chemical leavener (baking powder or baking soda). Maybe it would be better to describe them as a cross between a bread and a cake. American-style muffins can be further divided into two types: bread-like and cake-like.  Each type has its own technique for mixing the batter.

Peppery cheese bread

Peppery cheese bread

Cheese bread has become a really popular among many bread makers these days. With so many different kinds of cheeses and flavors, the choices seem endless. Cheese can be made from cows, goats, sheep and even from water buffalo milk. Creating different textures and flavors to help enhance any bread recipe.

Peppery cheese bread is good for serving with various soups, main dishes, salads, and also as breakfast with sour cream or yoghurt.

Danish Cinnamon Snails

Danish Cinnamon Snails

Americans would call these cinnamon rolls, but this version is the original Danish version and it’s absolutely wonderful. In California Danish pastries are sometimes called “snails,” because of their snail-like appearance. The cuisines of Northern Europe and North America widely serve cinnamon rolls in their meals. In Sweden, Cinnamon rolls are immensely popular and called by the name ‘kanelbulle’. In Sweden, there is a coffee break caked ‘fika’ in which cinnamon rolls are widely eaten. However, they are traditionally served with coffee or tea at Christmas time. Apart from being a breakfast food, cinnamon roll can also be consumed as a sweet snack at any point of time in the day. It is basically a comfort food.