Baking Challenge – European Style: Week 9 – Turkish Sigara Böregi

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
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 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!

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…

Baking Challenge – European Style: Week 8 – Ireland

Summer is finally here! This will be the first complete week with high temperatures here in Germany!!! Yeah! Of course, this has nothing to do with baking whatsoever, but I’m just so excited! 🙂

But back to baking… I’ve decided to go with Ireland this week. A friend of mine has just been there and those pictures of green meadows, rough hills and the stormy ocean are just inspiring. Everything seems to be so lush and natural.

Whenever I think about Irish food, nothing sweet comes to mind. Maybe that’s because it’s so well known for its Guiness and more hearty dishes? However when I rummaged around the Internet, plenty of sweet recipes popped up. Since it’s going to be hot this week (have I already mentioned this?!? ;-)) I don’t want to spend more time than absolutely necessary in the kitchen. Therefore I picked a rather simple recipe: the Irish spotted dog. This is a fruity soda bread. I like those cake-like breads, because they make  an easy snack and usually can be kept for a while.

So, I’m baking away…

Baking Challenge – European Style: Swedish Toscakaka

Yummy! Is about all I have to say about this cake. It’s buttery, almondy deliciousness.

I’ve combined several recipes and changed it according to my taste. Here’s what I did:

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140 gr. flour
1,5 tsp baking powder
135 gr. sugar
125 gr butter (melted or at least room temperature)
2 eggs
75 gr. yoghurt (natural, unsweetened)
vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tbsp milk

100 gr almonds
55 gr. butter
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
1 tbsp flour


  • Preheat oven to 175° Celsius (345° Fahrenheit).
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs one by one and incorparate well.
  • Add vanilla extract.

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  • Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add part of flour mix and yoghurt/milk. Always alternating between the two until everything is all well mixed together.
  • Grease and flour baking pan (preferably round).
  • Pour dough into baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes.
  • About 5 minutes before you take out the cake, start preparing the topping by putting all topping ingredients into a cooking pot.
  • Set the pot on the stove at medium-high temperature.
  • Start stirring as soon as the mixture starts to melt.
  • Cook until it bubbles up and slightly thickens.Takes about 5 minutes.

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  • Take cake out of the oven and evenly distribute the hot topping mix on the cake.

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  • Bake cake for another 15-20 minutes until the topping bubbles and starts to turn brown.

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I think I definetely need to go to Sweden now! If only have of the food over there is as good as this cake, I’m going to be in food heaven. 🙂

Baking Challenge – European Style: Week 7 – Sweden

After a short break last week, I’m back with week 7 of my European baking challenge. Since Midsummer is such a big thing in Sweden, I decided to go with this wonderful country for this weeks’ challenge.

I’ve never been there, but have a lot of friends who travel there regularly and love it. For me it’s the land of Pippi Longstocking, Bulllerbü, red houses and countless lakes. And, of course, the land of Ikea.

However it’s also the land of delicious food – also brought to us by courtesy of Ikea. 🙂 My husband is a huge fan of their köttbullar (little meatballs) and I love, love, love the little cinnamon buns. For this week I decided to go with another traditional Swedish sweet treat: an almond cake. I haven’t decided yet whether it’s going to be a simple sponge cake or the more fancy Toscakaka with a caramel-almond topping.

If you want to get started with some great Swedish recipes or some travel info about this beautiful country go here:
Pernilla Elmquist
Anne’s Food
Visit Sweden
Nomadic Matt