Baking Challenge – European Style: Spanish Bienmesabe

Actually it’s Canarian Bienmesabe. ­čÖé It was really difficult for me to find something Spanish and baked that sounded good to me. I’m not a fan of churros and empanadas just sounded too South American to me. But, finally, after a looooooong search, I ended up with those little treasures called Bienmesabe. And if my Spanish does not let me down, I believe the name translates to something like “tastes good”. And they do! Well, basically anything that comes in form of a muffin can’t be so bad, I’d say. Here’s the recipe:


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1 egg
120 grams brown sugar
3 tbs honey
80 ml oil
150 grams yoghurt
200 grams flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 heaped tsp cinnamon
1 lime, zest&juice

for the topping
confectioners sugar
1 lime


  • Preheat oven to 175┬░ Celsius (or 350┬░ fahrenheit).
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Doesn’t look so good…

  • Mix all the wet ingredients except the lime juice.

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  • Mix all the dry ingredients plus lime zest.
  • Add lime juice to wet ingredients as well as the dry ingredients and mix well.

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  • Take a 12er muffin tray (line them with muffin cups or grease them whatever you usually do) and distribute dough evenly.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes. Take out and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
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Fresh out of the oven! Aaah, delicous!

  • While the muffins cool, mix together confectioners sugar and lime juice (Be careful not to take too much juice! A rather thick consistency works best for glazing.).

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  • Glaze muffins.

Bien me sabe!


Baking Challenge – European Style: Week 10 – Spain

I can’t believe it’s already week 10 and I’m more than halfway through the challenge! Time┬áreally┬áflies…

So this week I’ve decided to go with an easy one: Spain. What a beautiful and diverse country! It’s been ages since I’ve been to Spain the last time. On the mainland I’ve only ever visited Madrid and Barcelona – each for a couple of days. Not enough to get a real feel for neither culture nor food.

As far as food goes, Spain is best known for its tapas and churros. I found a great food and travel blog la tortuga viajera which gives you a good idea what Spanish cuisine is all about. However I still don’t have a clue what to bake. It looks like they are not so big on baked goods. Most things are fried.

Which means that there will be a big reveal on Thursday! Can’t wait to see what I’ll be making… ­čÖé

Baking Challenge – European Style: Week 9 – Turkish Sigara B├Âregi

I have to admit this weeks’ challenge was a pretty easy one. Sigara b├Âregi are made in a flash with just a few┬áingredients – at least if you don’t make the dough yourself. ­čÖé

Since yufka (or filo) dough is very difficult to prepare, it makes sense to buy it. So for the sigara b├Âregi you just have to lay out the dough, fill it and bake it. Easy! We enjoyed our little feta cheese rolls with a garlic dip. Delicious!

Ingredients (for about small 15 rolls):
175 grams yufka or filo/phyllo dough
200 grams feta cheese
a good amount of parsley
some salt/pepper

Lay out the yufka dough about 10 minutes before using it.
Crumble feta cheese into small pieces (I used a fork).
Wash and cut up parsley and add to the feta cheese.
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Add some salt and pepper if you like and knead everything well together, using your hands.

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Take a small amout of cheese mix and lay it along the shorter side of the dough leaving some room left and right.

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Fold over the left and right side and then roll the whole thing up.

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Take a bit of water and wet the end of the roll in order to make the dough stick.

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Take a frying pan and add a good amount of oil and heat it up. (For a fat free version you could also bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes.)
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The whole rolling up business is a bit diffcult to explain in writing. I hope the pictures are helpful!

Baking Challenge – European Style: Week 9 – Turkey

Turkey is one of the top vacation destinations among Germans. But you don’t have to travel to Turkey to get a good idea of turkish food. Since we have a rich culture of Turkish immigrants here in Germany – some live┬áhere in the┬á2nd, 3rd or even 4th generation – a kebab sandwich is as much a fast food staple as a slice of pizza or a burger.

Although, I’m a vegetarian, there are a lot of options in the Turkish cuisine for me even apart from the sweet pastries. Therefore I’ve chosen a savoury option for this weeks’ challenge: sigara b├Âregi

It’s rolled yufka dough traditionally filled with feta cheese. I think it will be a great dinner snack on a warm summer evening!

European Baking Challenge – Week 8: The Irish Spotted Dog

Finally… I proudly present

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the Irish spotted dog! Yeah!

It’s been soooo hot here lately that I just couldn’t bring myself to turn on the oven. Therefore the results of week 8 are well overdue.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe:

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Not pictured are the chocolate chips and walnuts…

2 cups flour
1/4 sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3 tb butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup chocalate chips and walnuts (or cranberries or raisins for the traditional recipe)
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1 egg
maybe some milk


  • Preheat oven to 375┬░ fahrenheit (app 190┬░ celsius).
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  • Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and powder as well as a pinch of salt together.
  • Add small cubes of butter and knead through.
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  • Add the chocolate/walnuts (or if your doing it the traditional way – cranberries or raisins)
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  • Add yoghurt and egg and knead well. If need be, add some milk.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
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  • Form a loaf out of the dough and place it on the paper.
  • Lightly cut an X on top of the loaf.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Let cool for some minutes before eating.
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  • Enjoy!

I have to say that this cake/bread was well worth the wait. We throughly enjoyed eating it! It’s been a bit crunchy on the outside but totally soft and almost fluffy on the inside. A perfect way to start your day or to sweeten up a lazy afternoon…