So yes, I know that it’s not exactly pumpkin time right now. However, I had a few cans of pumpkin puree sitting quietly in my kitchen and I thought this was a good time to get my hands on them!
Right this moment, I have a massive headache. I am looking at the screen with lowest brightness and even that dim light sends lightning bolts inside my head. I am wishing that something to make me happy, like these shortbread bars, were here right now.
So, I’ve never been a fan of apple pies, really. But it goes back to my dislike for heavy pie doughs. That’s why when I made this pie, using phyllo sheets as the pie dough, I absolutely loved it – it is so so much lighter and crispier, and indeed flakier than other pies.
Last week I had my close friends from school for dinner. It was very refreshing to cook for friends in between all the catering gigs! I made a nice little menu from baba ganoush to stuffed peppers, but I also wanted to try something new. And as the absolute lover of phyllo dough, of course I baked something with it instead of many other options!
Autumn is full on with cool weather, falling yellow leaves, a bit of rain and a bit of sunny days altogether and days getting shorter. And so I continue flirting with pumpkin and in this post, our relationship is all about being a nice and delicious pie with a friend a bit unusual to tag along in pies: phyllo!
I love eggplant so much that I could perhaps even eat it raw (though, it may be an exaggerated move!). I also love anything with phyllo. Therefore, naturally, the combination in this börek satisfied me a lot!
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!
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.
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!