Kalecha


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This is a food staple in Iraq, the day just does not go on with out these cookies…they happen to be a big time favorite in my home and as you begin to experiment more and more the recipe changes and they just keep getting better. So this recipe, is mine, after years of messing with the dough and the date mix…I have found one I truly love.

The dough

4 c. flour

1 c. granulated sugar

1 c. butter

1 teaspoon cardamom powder

 

The filling

2  13oz packs of Ziyad brand baking dates

1 tbsp cardamom powder

1 tbsp anise seed

1/2 tbsp of coriander

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp rose water

2 tbsp butter

 

Egg wash-which is just a beaten egg and a tiny amount of water

 

Mix up all the ingredients for your dough and set it in the refrigerator

Then preheat your oven to 350F

in a heavy bottom sauce pan, melt the butter and add your dates. You will want to let them cook down a little and then add all your spices. Stir really well, sometimes I add a small amount of water to the mixture and it makes it more spreadable when you are ready to make the cookies. Once the mix is stirred up and all spices are mixed throughout the dates, remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool to room temp.

You are now ready to finish making the best cookie ever lol. So get your dough out, flour your working surface, roll out your dough into long rectangle pieces and spread the date mixture over it and roll it up. Then cut it into desired thickness, set on a cookie sheet, spread the egg wash over the top of each cookie and bake away!!!!!!!!!!! They are done when they are a perfect golden brown! Yummmm

Serve with tea….we do loool. Enjoy!!!!!!

 

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Rocky Road Brownies


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Rocky Road Brownies Recipe

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup butter, melted

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 eggs

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup chopped nuts of your choice

1/3 cup chocolate chips

3/4 cup miniature marshmallows

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine marshmallows, almonds, and chocolate chips then set aside. In a medium-large bowl, mix (by hand) melted butter, sugar, and vanilla until blended. Add one egg at a time mixing/beating well. Add flour, cocoa, and salt and stir the batter until fully incorporated making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl including the bottom. Spray an 8×8 square pan with non-stick spray. Spread brownie batter inside the pan as evenly as possible. Evenly distribute the marshmallows/chocolate/almond mixture all over the top of the brownie batter. Using the back of a clean spoon, gently press down the topping mixture into the batter just enough so the topping is slightly packed down. Bake for 30 minutes or until done. Marshmallows will have a slight crisp edges. Allow to cool slightly before serving.  Brownies slice really nicely if completely cooled.

* These brownies are dense. Not cake-like or chewy. If you prefer a chewier brownie, substitute half the white sugar for brown.

Fruit tarts


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Sweet Pastry Crust:

1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purposeflour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsaltedbutter, at room temperature

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated whitesugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

Pastry Cream:

1 1/4 cups (300 ml) milk (whole or 2%)

1/2vanillabean, split lengthwise or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

3 largeeggyolks

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated whitesugar

2 tablespoons (20 grams) all-purposeflour

2 tablespoons (20 grams) cornstarch(corn flour)

1/2 tablespoon liqueur(Grand Marnier, Brandy, Kirsch) (optional)

Apricot Glaze: (optional)

1/2 cup (120 grams) apricot jam or preserves

1 tablespoon water

Topping:

3 cups (720 ml) fruit (raspberries, blackberries,strawberries, blueberries, kiwifruit, bananas, plums, pineapple, melon, etc.)

Sweet Pastry Crust:  In a separate bowl, whisk the flour with the salt. Place the butter in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, and beat until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten egg, beating just until incorporated. Add the flour mixture all at once and mix just until it forms a ball. Flatten the pastry into a disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes or just until firm (can place in freezer for about 10-15 minutes.)

Lightly butter and flour, or spray with a non-stick vegetable/flour cooking spray, an 8 – 9 inch (20 – 23 cm) tart pan with a removable bottom. Evenly pat the chilled pastry onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Lightly prick bottom of pastry crust with the tines of a fork (this will prevent the dough from puffing up as it bakes). Place tart pan on a larger baking pan and bake crust for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and continue to bake the crust for about 15minutesor until dry and lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely before filling. Can be covered and stored for a few days.

Pastry Cream: Ina medium-sized heatproof bowl, mix the sugar and egg yolks together. (Don’t let the mixture sit too long or you will get pieces of egg forming.) Siftthe flour and cornstarch (corn flour) together and then add to the egg mixture, mixing until you get a smooth paste.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan bring the milk and vanilla bean just to boiling (just until milk starts to foam up.) Remove from heat and add slowly to egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. (If you get a few pieces of egg (curdling) in the mixture, pour through a strainer.) Remove vanilla bean, scrape out seeds, and add the seeds to the egg mixture. (The vanilla bean can be washed and dried and placed in your sugar bowl to give the sugar a vanilla flavor.) Then pour the egg mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, whisk mixture constantly for another 30 – 60 seconds until it becomes thick. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the liqueur (if using). (Stir in vanilla extract is using instead of a vanilla bean.) Pour into a clean bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming. Cool to room temperature. If not using right away refrigerate until needed, up to 3 days. Beat or whisk before using to get rid of any lumps that may have formed.

Apricot Glaze:  Heat the apricot jam or preserves and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until liquid (melted). (Can also heat in the microwave.) Remove from heat and strain the jam through a fine strainer to remove any fruit lumps.

To Assemble Tart:To remove the tart from the fluted sides of the pan, place your hand under the pan, touching only the removable bottom not the sides. Gently push the tart straight up, away from the sides. The fluted tart ring will fall away and slide down your arm. If you want to remove the bottom of the pan, run a knife or thin metal spatula between the crust and metal bottom, then slide the tart onto your platter.

Spread a thin layer of apricot glaze over the bottom and sides of the baked tart shell to prevent the crust from getting soggy. Let the glaze dry (about 20 minutes). Then spread thepastry cream onto the bottom of the tart shell. Place fruit randomly on top of cream or in concentric overlapping circles, starting at the outside edge. After arranging the fruit, rewarm the glaze, if using, and gently brush a light coat on the fruit. If not serving immediately, refrigerate but bring to room temperature before serving. This fruit tart is best eaten the same day as it is assembled. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

Serves about 6-8 people.

Read more:http://www.joyofbaking.com/FruitTart.html#ixzz23co0wvOW