I know, I know… I look like I am obsessed with focaccia as I’ve been publishing many focaccia recipes lately (at least sharing many focaccia photos on instagram story..). Well that is because I guess I am a bit obsessed really!
Well, I know you, friends in Helsinki, you will look at the weather outside while reading this very summery recipe and think, where did the summer go? We had an amazing weather in May with temperatures going up as far as 26C and we were all happy and also quite shocked. But now it’s back to normal June weather, which is, meh. And yet, this cannot stop us from eating cakes which resemble summer!
So, nowadays I’ve been very much into brownie baking. But so far it was always with regular all-purpose flour. This one is both gluten free and one of the most delicious ones I baked!
A few months ago I posted a focaccia recipe with lots of basil and olive oil on top. Since then, I’ve been baking focaccia with different toppings for many occasions, from caterings to friends dinners. This topping is yet slightly traditional, but there is one special ingredient in it – a Slovenian herbal salt that my friend Helena brought as a gift from home.
I’ve been lazy last week. The weather has been absolutely amazing in Helsinki, it’s been like summer, and I mean real summer. So I just wanted to give myself a good rest before a series of caterings starts this week until the end of May. I did some sports and I spent time with myself, some friends and Tolkien (I started to read The Silmarillion).
When I was a kid, my mother used to make a “börek” (general name for many salty pastries in Turkish) with phyllo dough called “muska” (amulet in English). These were little triangles with cheese filling, fried in vegetable oil. I always hated the name because it came from the religious nonsense. But the pastries, they were gooooood!
When my friend Viivi asked me if I could do the catering for her birthday party, she wanted specifically brownies for the sweet side of the menu. She was even quite specific about the type of brownie she wished to have: with raspberries. I gladly accepted the challenge – and I call it a “challenge” because I had never made any brownies before that!
I love phyllo dough. Whatever you make with it comes out delicious (ok, yes, most of the time, depending on you too..). It is a very commonly used ingredient in Turkish cuisine and I grew up with all sorts of fillings and types of phyllo dough. This one has meat – not my favourite ingredient as I am not much of a fan of meat, but it reminds me of home so I like this little pastry. About 3 years ago, I posted a Turkish dish with many memories: manti, aka dumplings. This recipe is one other version of it, some call it “high society dumplings” and I absolutely have no idea why they call it that. There are several differences between this pastry and the other, more traditional dumplings: this one is made with phyllo dough while the other one has different dough, this one is baked and the filling is greasier and spicier. Also, these are individual, big pastries and one pastry can fill a person quite good. …
I love the taste of cornbread, whether it is made only with corn flour or with a mixture of corn and other kind(s) of flour. This bread has even more interesting combination in its batter: there is also pumpkin puree in it!
When you think of Greek (or Mediterranean) salad, what kind of ingredients come to your mind? I guess mostly olives, tomatoes, feta.. maybe some herbs… onions? Yes, so imagine these muffins like a salad bundled up in a muffin form!