♥♥ When two Cultures mixed (。◕‿◕。) Anything in my Page are only simple thing, but I did it with great love.

Steamed Sponge Chocolate Cake with Chocolate frosting

It's another order came to me to make another cake. In Turkey cake with decoration like this they call it "pasta". When I got here at first time I got confuse with this "pasta" word because Turkish call "makarna" for Pasta :)) 

Anyway, I made this "pasta" with steamed sponge chocolate as base (recipe as follow). And chocolate frosting as filling between layer and to cover the cake (recipe below). For garnish I use chocolate whipped cream (ready mix).. Since I'm still learning to decorate cake, so here it is my simple chocolate cake decorating .... And thanks God, they liked the cake, both taste and the simple decoration d(^,^)b 



Size of the cake 8 "


Ingredients:
For Chocolate Sponge cake base:
 3 medium size eggs
 ¾ cup caster sugar
 1 ½ cup flour
 ½ cup dark cocoa powder
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1 tsp Vanilla essence
 ½ cup whole milk
 ½ cup olive oil (or other vegetable oil)
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Tepsi Ispanakli börek (Spinach pastry)

It's my another version of Ispanakli börek (spinach pastry), different from my previous Ispanakli börek, it's "tepsi" (Tray=English) Ispanakli börek cause I made it in tray (not individually like before). With yogurt-butter sauce spread between the layer, I believe it will be your favorite too.
Here is the recipe from my mother in law...

Ingredients:
 5 sheets phyllo dough
 1 kg fresh spinach, washed and roughly chopped
 ± 300 g crumbled feta cheese
 100 gr butter, melted. Plus for grease pan
 2 tablespoons yogurt

 2 tablespoons milk
 1 egg, beaten
 black and white sesame

Method:
 1) Boil spinach until soft, drain well. Mix the eggs, yogurt with  melted butter and 
2 tablespoons milk, set aside. Grease a 40 cm diameter pan with butter.

2) Take one sheet of phyllo dough, spread to cover pan base, let the rest of phyllo edge un-cut (as picture A). Spread with a lot of butter mixture ( B-pictures). Sprinkle with feta cheese and spinach (image C)
3) Take another sheet of phyllo dough, torn/ cut and cover on  spinach and feta cheese as second layer. Brush again with butter mixture-Figure D. Put spinach and cheese again over phyllo (image E). Do it same thing to make some layers until filling mixture finish.
4) Cover with remaining phyllo dough, spread with butter mixture and sprinkle with black sesame and white. Bake 160⁰C until cooked and golden brown on both the top and bottom.


Serve warm.




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Kiwi Panna Cotta with Pom jam sauce

Creamy and d'lish dessert is always being number one request from hubby. Except his favorite tiramisu, he always craves something like this, panna cotta. 
 Ingredients:
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 3 tablespoons water
- 4 tsp gelatin powder
- 1 cup (200 ml) heavy cream
- 1 cup (250 ml) milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence

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Japanesse style CheeseCake with Lemon Candied Topping


Selam Everybody...Merhaba from Turkey.

Who doesn't like cheese cake? I'm one of you... Fan of it. And if you follow my blog you will notice that mostly my family dessert are cheesecake! 
After tried many kind of cheesecake, today I make different kind from my previous post, it's Japanesse style cheese cake.. try it also in your kitchen and you will find out the different between new york style cheese cake @(^,^)@



Ingredients:
- 200 g cream cheese at room temperature.
- 80 ml ​​whipped cream
- 50 g unsalted butter, plus for greasing pan.
- ⅓ cup all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup cornstarch
- Lemon Zest of 1 large lemon
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp fine salt
- ½ cup caster sugar
- 4 large eggs. Separate yellow from white part

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SUCUKLU PİDE (Turkish style sausage Pizza)

Sucuk (read: soujouk) is a dry, spicy sausage in Turkish cuisine eaten from the Balkans to the Middle East and Central Asia.
Sucuk consists of ground meat (usually beef, but pork is used in non-Muslim countries and horse meat in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan), with various spices including cumin, sumac, garlic, salt, and red pepper, fed into a sausage casing and allowed to dry for several weeks. It can be more or less spicy; it is fairly salty and has a high fat content.
Sucuk may be eaten cooked (when raw, it is very hard and stiff). It is often cut into slices and cooked without additional oil, its own fat being sufficient to fry it. At breakfast, it is used in a way similar to bacon or spam. It is fried in a pan, often with eggs (e.g. as breakfast in Egypt), accompanied by a hot cup of sweet black tea. Sucuk is sometimes cooked with haricot bean or incorporated into pastries at some regions in Turkey. In Bulgaria, raw, sliced sujuk is often served as an appetizer with rakia or other high alcoholic drinks. In Lebanon, cooked sliced sujuk is made into sandwiches with garlic sauce and tomato.
Sucuk is also commonly used as a topping on savoury pastries in Iraq, Syria, Israel and Lebanon; sujuk shawarma is also occasionally found. In these countries, it is often regarded as an Armenian speciality known as Armenian sausage. Akin to sujuk shawarma, scjuk döner was also introduced in Turkey in late 1990s.
Source: Wikipedia


Beside Kıymali pide and tavuklu pide, this sucuklu pide is the most favorite in my family dinner table. I love it too. Frankly speaking, at first time, I didn't like this sucuk at all.. it's new and had different taste in my tongue.. and I didn't like the smell.. :p . I think too much cumin in it. But after sometimes... slowly I can take this meal and become fan of it  d(^,^)b 
And pide (pita bread), as you know is Pizza a la Turkey so I believe it will be soon your family's favorite too...

Serve: 8 pieces medium size

Ingredients:
PIDE bread Ingredients:
 4 cups flour, divide.
 4 tsp instant dry yeast
 1 tablespoon sugar
 1 ½ cups lukewarm water, divide.
 6 tablespoons olive oil (or other vegetable oil)
 2 teaspoon salt
Topping ingredients:

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TIRAMISU CHEESECAKE



This is really great combination for Cheese cake lover and Tiramisu lover ... Cheesecake with tiramisu flavor. It's even surprising me how wonderful this dessert being in our family dessert table.. Everybody love it!
@(^,^)@


For an 8 "springform pan

Ingredients:

  • 150 gr lady finger (about 16 large biscuit)
  • 25 gr butter. Melted. Plus for greasing pan.
  • 1 tablespoon strong instant coffee. Dissolve with 3 tablespoons hot water, set aside.
  • 500 g cream cheese. Room temperature.
  • 1 cup caster sugar.
  • 1 whole large egg, at room temperature.
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch.
For the topping:
  • Chocolate cream frosting ready mix
  • Shaved semi sweet cooking chocolate.

Method:

1) Rub  8 "(± 20 cm in diameter) springform pan evenly. Cover bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 175 ⁰C, place one pan fill with water on bottom rack of oven. Prepare another rack in center of oven to put cheese cake later.

2) Crush lady finger with food processor, pour melted butter and 2 tablespoons coffee solution alternately, pulse until they just combine well. Press the crumbs at the bottom of springform pan, set aside in refrigerator.

3) In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and caster sugar, beating well until smooth, mix in remaining 1 tablespoon coffee solution and eggs, beat until blended. Turn off mixer.

4) Mix in flour and cornstarch, Use manual whisker stir until blended and no lumps. Pour into prepared pan. Place on middle rack of the oven and bake for 45 ~ 50 minutes until center is set. Slightly open the oven door and turn off the heat. Let the cheese cake cool in oven about 30 minutes before removed from the oven. Chill before decorated with toppings. Here I use ready-mix chocolate cream smeared on the surface of my cheese cake then sprinkle with shaved semi sweet chocolate. Chill in refrigerator before serving minimum 2 hours.


Enjoy.


It's Chosen daily Top 9 at Foodbuzz , June 17 2011. http://www.foodbuzz.com/top9?date=2011-06-17



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Turkish Poppy Seeds Semolina Pudding (Rıvani)

It is the simplest dessert I ever make. No time consume, with only using 3 eggs you can get great and delicate dessert such this.. try it! you gonna love it too d(^,^)b



 Ingredients:
- 3 medium size eggs
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 6 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 6 tablespoons semolina
- 6 tablespoons of flour, sifted
- 100 g butter, melted (or ½ cup olive oil), plus for greasing pan
- 2 tablespoons poppy seed
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp powdered vanilla
- 1 package (10 grams) baking powder
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STUFFED ZUCCHINI

This is now become my favorite, great pilaf for stuffing in my fave vegetable Zucchini. And hubby likes it so much until he ate 3 portion ! He likes eat it with yogurt, it's nice though, you can try with yogurt also. But me, I like it with sprinkle of chili flakes and mix vegetable pickles... 
And here I share my recipe, maybe you'd like to try it also.
Ingredients:
 3 medium zucchini.
 1 cup rice, wash and drain
 150 gr beef / lamb, roughly chopped
 1 medium onion, finely chopped
 2 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
 1 teaspoon cumin powder
 1 teaspoon all-spice powder
 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
 Salt to taste and pinch of sugar
 1 ½ cups beef broth or hot water
 2 tablespoons margarine / butter for sauteing
Ingredients for sauce:
 3 medium fresh tomatoes, finely grated.
 1 tablespoon tomato paste / chili paste. Dissolve in 1 cup hot water
 1 small onion, finely chopped
 Small amount of oil for sauteing
 Pinch of salt


 Parsley for sprinkles, chopped coarse


Method:
1) Peel Zucchini, Halved lengthwise, scrape and remove the core. Soak in salt water for few minutes.
2) Heat the margarine / butter. Cook meat until tender, stir in garlic and onion, saute until fragrant and transparent. Combine the rice and stir well. Put all the spices and stir well. Pour the beef broth / hot water, stirring until blended. Cover the pan and reduce heat. Cook until broth is absorbed by rice (± 15 minutes). Turn off heat, set aside.
3) Make the sauce: Heat a little oil, saute onion until fragrant and transparent, cook in grated tomatoes and tomato/ chili paste solution , put some salt and bring to simmer. Turn off the heat.
4) Take zucchini, fill all of them with stuffing. Prepare a wide pan with a lid, and cook zucchini in tomato sauce till zucchini cooked (soft), about 20 minutes.
:: Note. If wide pan not available, you can do batching cooking, but 1st divide the tomato sauce into two.


Serve warm with a sprinkling of chopped parsley and yogurt (or chili flakes) d(^,^)b



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Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd Glazed

 I don't like too sweet cake for my tea/ coffee time. Just simply fresh for dessert also. And this one is easy and quick one to make. You can serve it with additional lemon curd on your dessert plate.. Perfect one to entertain your family.

Ingredients:
- 3 medium size eggs, beaten.
- ¾ cup caster sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 ½ cups flour, sifted.
- 170 g unsalted butter, plus for smear the bundt pan.
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ tsp fine salt
- Lemon Zest of 1 medium lemon



For Glazed:
Lemon Curd, you can use your own lemon curd or you can make and see recipe here.

Method:
A) Pre-heat oven to 160 ⁰C. Grease your bundt pan (about 1½ liters capacity) with butter/ margarine.
B) Whisk eggs, milk and lemon Zest. Set aside. With electric mixer, whisk : flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.


C) Beat in butter and half of egg mixture into the flour mixture, beat with a low speed until well blended. Add the mixer speed and beat in remaining egg mixture. Whisk until blended about 1 ~ 2 minutes. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 40~ 55 minutes (depending on your oven conditions). Check with a skewer inserted in middle of cake comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature before glazed it with lemon curd.


Enjoy and serve with lemon curd.




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