Actually it’s Canarian Bienmesabe. 🙂 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:
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
- Preheat oven to 175° Celsius (or 350° fahrenheit).
Doesn’t look so good…
- Mix all the wet ingredients except the lime juice.
- Mix all the dry ingredients plus lime zest.
- Add lime juice to wet ingredients as well as the dry ingredients and mix well.
- 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.
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.).
Bien me sabe!
I can’t believe it’s already week 10 and I’m more than halfway through the challenge! Time really flies…
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… 🙂
I have to admit this weeks’ challenge was a pretty easy one. Sigara böregi are made in a flash with just a few ingredients – at least if you don’t make the dough yourself. 🙂
Since yufka (or filo) dough is very difficult to prepare, it makes sense to buy it. So for the sigara böregi 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
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.
Add some salt and pepper if you like and knead everything well together, using your hands.
Take a small amout of cheese mix and lay it along the shorter side of the dough leaving some room left and right.
Fold over the left and right side and then roll the whole thing up.
Take a bit of water and wet the end of the roll in order to make the dough stick.
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.)
Fry rolls until crispy and golden brown.
The whole rolling up business is a bit diffcult to explain in writing. I hope the pictures are helpful!
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 here in the 2nd, 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 böregi
It’s rolled yufka dough traditionally filled with feta cheese. I think it will be a great dinner snack on a warm summer evening!
Finally… I proudly present
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:
Not pictured are the chocolate chips and walnuts…
2 cups flour
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
maybe some milk
- Preheat oven to 375° fahrenheit (app 190° celsius).
- Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and powder as well as a pinch of salt together.
- Add small cubes of butter and knead through.
- Add the chocolate/walnuts (or if your doing it the traditional way – cranberries or raisins)
- Add yoghurt and egg and knead well. If need be, add some milk.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- 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.
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…