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Olive Oil and Rosemary Crackers

¬†I’ve been on a homemade everything kick for a quite long time.. ūüėÄ Homemade crackers is not an¬†exception. I’ve tried lots of¬†crackers¬†recipes and usually crackers turned out like cookies, not very crunchy,¬†tasted like shortbread cookies,¬†or I was¬†unable¬†to roll out dough thinly. Finally, after tasting and comparing different recipes, I created my own recipe of salty crackers. You need only few ingredients to prepare these amazingly tasty, crunchy and aromatic crackers! The dough contains extra virgin olive oil and rosemary, natural bitterness and pepperyness of the oil and piney aroma of the herb give incredible taste and smell to the dough and crackers. You can make sticks, twists or roll out the dough very thinly and cut out any shape you like. I enjoy these¬†crackers¬†as is, it’s a nice midday snack; you can also make a sauce and dip¬†crackers into it.Crackers Twists

This edible bouquet for all beautiful and¬†wonderful¬†ladies, who has brought many tasty dishes to¬†Fiesta Friday party today! A feast for the eyes and the stomach! ūüėČRosemary Crackers Bouquet

Olive Oil and Rosemary Crackers

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients
160g strong/bread flour
130g wholemeal flour + more if needed
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black or white pepper
1.5-2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 
150ml water
90ml extra virgin olive oil
 
  • In a large bowl, mix flours, baking powder, salt, pepper, rozemary. Add water and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon. Add olive oil and mix again. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead with hands. Add a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  • Cut the dough into¬†equal¬†6-8 pieces. Roll each piece into circle as thinly as you like, cut into squares, diamond shape. You can also cut into strips (1.5-2cm width, 15cm length) and then twist each strip.
  • Place crackers on a baking sheet and bake in preheated 220-230C (450F) oven for 10-11 minutes or until golden color.

I keep crackers in airtight container in the fridge up to 5 days.

 
Enjoy!

Apple Scones

¬†Many of you heard about these lovely biscuits, which are called scones. Whenever I see or hear ‘scones’ I immediately imagine¬†the Queen of the United Kingdom, how she’s drinking her 5 o’clock tea,¬†beautiful¬†china teacups are set on a huge royal table, and elegant waitresses serving various treats and of course scones! Did you know that¬†originally¬†scone was round and flat, usually as a medium-sized plate, it was made with oats and baked on a griddle, and only after that cut into triangular sections for serving. Only when baking powder became available and popular, scones began to be the oven-baked. Nowadays, scones are widely liked and popular not only in Britain. Saying honestly, scones aren’t popular in Russia, may be because of large and good variety of cookies and other cakes. Here, in the UAE the same thing, they are not sold in regular bakeries and stores, so I decided to make scones myself and here the result – buttery and tasty triangle scones. ūüôāTriangle apple scones

Apple Scones

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients
150g plain flour
100-120g wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp orange or lemon zest
2 tsp cinnamon
100g sugar
110g butter, very cold
110g sour cream
1 egg
1 apple
1 tsp lemon juice
Glazing
100g powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • In a¬†large¬†bowl or food processor, combine flours, salt, baking powder, sugar, zest, cinnamon. Grate the butter or cut into small cubes, add to the flour mixture and mix in. Knead the dough.
  • In a small bowl, add sour cream, egg and whisk to combine until smooth. Pour the mixture over dry and fold until just combined.
  • Peel, core and cut apple into small cubes,¬†sprinkle¬†with lemon juice. Fold apple cubes into dough until just combined.
  • Put the dough on a lightly floured surface, shape into 20-23cm and 2cm thick disk. With a knife slice the disk into 6-8 wedges.
  • Transfer wedges on a lined baking sheet with some space apart. Bake in preheated 180C oven for 15 minutes. Allow scones to cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the glazing. In a small bowl, sift icing sugar and whisk with lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle scones with the glazing.
Enjoy tea-time!

Chicken Liver P√Ęt√©

¬†Hey¬†guys! To say the last few weeks of my life have been filled with sport, beach and meeting with friends, so I hadn’t been posting regularly and commenting on your lovely blogs, but I will resume blogging and posting more often. ūüôā And I want to share with you a simple but super¬†delicious¬†recipe –¬†¬†chicken liver pate! The pate is very quick and easy to make, and require only a few ingredients. Another advantage is a low cost of chicken livers.¬†Pureeing¬†the cooked livers along with butter and a little cognac or brandy transforms the plain part of chicken into something magnificent! It’s a great breakfast on a slice of toasted bread or can be a nice appetizer topped with a cornichon or little pickled onion. ūüôāChicken liver pate

Chicken Liver P√Ęt√©

  • Servings: >6
  • Difficulty: easy
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If cooking for children, omit the cognac.
Ingredients
1 large onion
1 medium carrot
20g butter
500g chicken liver, cleaned
1+1 tbsp cognac (or brandy/whiskey)
1/2 tsp dried thyme or 1-2 tsp fresh leaves
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
50ml water or chicken stock
100ml cream  (12-15%)
50-60g butter, at room temperature
sea salt to taste
freshly grated black and white pepper to taste
Top
40-50g butter
 
Preparation
  1. Peel onion and cut into small cubes. Wash, peel and grate carrot.
  2. In a deep frying pan or saucepan, heat butter and add¬†vegetables, cook on a medium heat until soft (don’t brown). Add liver and fry for 8-10 minutes. Add one tablespoon of cognac, herbs and season to taste. Simmer on a medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add water, cream, bring to boil and turn off the heat. Leave to cool at room temperature.
  3. Transfer to a food processor or puree with hand blender. If the consistency is too thick, add more warm water or stock. Adjust the seasoning. Add soft butter, cognac and blend again.
  4. You can make a butter ‘lead’, for that heat the butter in a small bowl and pour over the cooled pate.
  5. Transfer pate to a bowl and keep covered in the fridge up to 5 days.

Enjoy! 

 

Plum cake

It’s a fact that spring came to this year-round sunny city too, and temperature start to creep slowly. During the day the weather is still nice for swimming and sunbathing without¬†uncomfortable sweating like in the summer¬†months. Another pleasure is to take an evening walk in the fresh air, or to sit outsite and enjoy sipping a tea while the weather is till cool. Having a tea without a piece of cake is¬†absolutely¬†wrong thing! ūüėÄ So, you can guess that one of my favourite¬†‘indoor activities’ is baking! I had mascarpone cheese and ripe plums that used to be a jam, but mascarpone was nearly to expiry date and I had to use it somehow.. Plum cake ingredientsIt was a ‘mix all what you have’ cake, I also added a splash of cognac for an extra hit. After a half an hour of baking the cake was still uncooked and I was a bit worried. But the final result was a wonderfully divine and¬†delicious¬†cake!¬†It was totally worth the wait:¬†tender, moist and filled with amazing flavour!¬†I will be making this cake again! ūüôāPlum cake (with mascarpone and cognac)

Plum cake with mascarpone and cognac

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients for 18cm baking tin
50g butter, very soft
80g brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp cognac (or brandy)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp lemon zest, optional
100-120g mascarpone, at room temperature
100-110 g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
4-5 dark plums, sliced
1 tbsp plum jam (or apricot jam), optional
Preparation
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the butter with sugar.¬†In a¬†separate¬†bowl, beat eggs with cognac, vanilla and lemon zest. Gradually stir into the butter mixture. Fold in mascarpone cheese.¬†Sift flour¬†with baking powder¬†into the batter, mix to combine.
  • Pour the batter into greased baking tin. Arrange plum slices on top. Bake in preheated 180C oven for 50-60 minutes or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean. Grease the top with jam. Let it cool slightly before serving.
Enjoy!
Tender and Tasty Plum cake

Best Ever Plum Crumble

¬†I discovered crumbles not long time ago, but¬†immediately¬†fall in love. Thank to the British for this amazing, simple and absolutely¬†delicious¬†dish! I’ve already tried various sweet crumble recipes – with peaches, mixed berried, pears.. I love them all! But.. Once I stumbled upon a new crumble recipe by James Martin, he is a well-known English chef; the recipe called for plums, spices and wine. And what do you think – it’s the best crumble I’ve ever made and tried! Plums with spices¬†saut√©ed¬†in red wine remind me mulled wine, and it’s incredibly tasty! This crumble is very aromatic and¬†delicious¬†even without ice cream on top! I slightly¬†adapted¬†the recipe – added oats and chopped nuts, walnuts and/or pistachios is a nice crunchy addition here.Plum crumble

Best ever plum crumble

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients 
20g butter
7-8 dark plums, halved, stones removed
1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 star anise
a pinch of fresh nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
20ml water
60ml red wine
2-3 tbsp golden syrup (I used honey)
2-3 tbsp brown or raw sugar
Crumble topping
50g plain flour
30g oat flour or fine oats
2 tbsp demerara sugar
40g butter, softened
2-3 tbsp chopped pistachios or walnuts
To serve
vanilla ice cream
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the plums and fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add the split vanilla pod, star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon stick to the pan. Add the water, red wine, honey and sugar and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes, until the plums break down to a thick sauce. Transfer plums with sauce to one or 2 individual baking dish.
  4. For the crumble topping, mix the flours and sugar together in a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in chopped nuts.
  5. Sprinkle the crumble over the plums and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden-brown.
  6. Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving with ice-cream.
Enjoy!

Plum crumble-2