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My style of baklava is nut-heavy, as you can see. I like it that way, though it does produce a baklava that isn’t easy to eat according to formal Turkish baklava etiquette. If you’re a stickler for formality, cut down the nuts. The result will be pieces of baklava that are easier to spear with a fork and pop into your mouth. Start with the nuts. Pulse them in your food processor until they’re finely chopped by not ground down to a paste. Add your brown sugar and spices… …and stir. ..and trim them down to size using a ruler. Since filo will get brittle with only a few minutes’ exposure to the air, you’ll want to cover it with a kitchen towel… …spritzed lightly with water. Now for the fun part. Apply butter to the bottom of your pan. Drop in a filo layer and butter it liberally. Spread on half your nut mixture… …and pat it down gently. Now start layering on more buttered sheets of filo. …then the remaining half of your nuts… …then eight more buttered layers. Now then. Related:  sweet

Ciasto kruche z rabarbarem i kruszonką Jedno z tych ciast, które zaczynamy piec wiosną i pieczemy do końca jesieni, wymieniając tylko owoce. Bardzo smaczne, bardzo też kruche (warto je nakładać na talerzyki łopatką, by się nie kruszyło). Nie za słodkie. Składniki: 2 szklanki mąki pszennej 1/2 łyżeczki proszku do pieczenia 1/2 szklanki cukru pudru 185 g masła 3 duże żółtka 1 łyżka gęstej kwaśnej śmietany 1 kg rabarbaru 6 łyżek cukru 1/2 szklanki dżemu truskawkowego (użyłam dżemu z borówki, do dostania w Ikea) Kruszonka: 185 g mąki pszennej 100 g cukru 125 g masła cukier waniliowy (1 opakowanie) Makę przesiać z cukrem i proszkiem do pieczenia, dodać pokrojone na kawałki masło i dokładnie posiekać. Piekarnik rozgrzać do temperatury 180ºC. Rabarbar obrać, umyć, osuszyć i pokroić na 1 cm kawałki. Przygotować kruszonkę: mąkę wymieszać z cukrem i cukrem waniliowym. Przestudzone ciasto posmarować cienko dżemem, wyłożyć na nie odsączony rabarbar, posypać łyżką tartej bułki i na końcu posypać pokruszoną kruszonką. Smacznego :)

How to Make a Rose Apple Tart I love pie. Love it. LOVE it. For flavor, it can't be beat, in my opinion. No finer dessert around. But even I have to admit it has a more humble, rustic appearance than a fancy cake. I was inspired by classic French apple tarts. This was more of a technique than a recipe, really, but I'll list out the ingredients I used, too. Rose Apple Tart Recipe single pie crust recipe Four or five large apples, sliced thinly 1/3 cup sugar 1 t cinnamon 2 t lemon juice 2 T butter, melted First thing's first: make your dough. Press the dough into your tart pan and brush with melted butter. Pin It Next up, core and slice your apples. Use this technique for coring your apples. Pin It Slice your apples thinly. Pin It Now it's time to start forming the roses. To create the center of the rose, roll one apple slice in a tight coil. Pin It Do you see what I mean about using the coring technique I linked to above? Pin It Pin It This apple tart was delicious just as it was.

Magic Custard Cake Update! A Chocolate version of this magic custard cake. Get the Chocolate Magic Custard Cake Recipe Here When I saw a magic custard cake recipe on Pinterest two weeks ago, I was floored. I mean, it left me in a state of delicious shock that something so simple could create an incredible piece of dessert. For two weeks, my obsession grew for this cake and I stalked Mabel’s site everyday and with the help of Google Translation, was able to follow almost every word and praise from her readers. I wanted to call this a Magic Custard Cake and after a search on Google, I realized that there were many variations of this classic “Magic Custard Pie” already being shared from kitchen to kitchen. So, to make up for all the years of being void of this wonderful magic custard cake, I inhaled two slices in one sitting. Truly a magical piece of cake, this dessert is to not too sweet (which I love the most) and is loaded with a wonderful middle layer that’s soft and custard-like. love, diane Ingredients:

Caramel Tart-Caramel Tarts-Chocolate Tart-Chocolate Tarts-Pasta Frolla Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 8th July 2011 When I finally decided on Lemon Meringue Tarts for the holiday weekend I knew I would have to offer another choice because not everyone in my family is a fan of citrus desserts. It didn’t take me too long to decide on the other option because everyone in my family loves chocolate. I decided immediately to pair the chocolate with luscious caramel. I also wanted to add a few different textures and flavours. I present to you pure indulgence, Chocolate-Caramel Tart – crispy, hazelnut sweet short pastry with four layers of goodness – caramel, toasted hazelnuts, dark and milk chocolate ganache, and milk chocolate glaze. I could have stopped with the dark and milk chocolate ganache layer but the chocolate lover in me took over. Wow! The classical pairing of chocolate and caramel is one of my favourites but adding toasted nuts brings any dessert to another level for me. I wish the kids enjoyed the pairing as much as I do. Comments (57)

Cinnamon Roll Cookies Forget the weights get your bicep curl on in this hand to mouth cookie lift. For a heavier lift, stack a few cookies together. Then have a few more for some extra reps and your arms should be perfectly sculpted. See these cookies not only taste good, but they will make you look good. No lie. Cinnamon Roll Cookies Alright all story telling aside, the cookies have a crisp edge with chewy crumb and a soft crackle from the glaze. A few notes: Keep in mind the dough will be sticky, so I used wax paper to guide the dough into a roll. Cinnamon Roll Cookies Makes approximately 4 dozen two inch cookies | Preparation: Line bake sheet with parchment paper and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Ingredients: Instructions: Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. To make glaze: Sift powdered sugar and add in 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until drizzling consistency is achieved. Assembly: Drizzle tops of cookies with glaze and let stand at room temperature until glaze dries completely. Leave a Comment

Chocolate Greek Yogurt Dip It happens to the best of us. We set out with great intentions of only eating healthy. Until we walk past someone devouring a chocolate ice cream. Then the "I will start tomorrow" thoughts set in. I got thinking, I mean Chocolate is a super food, so I can make it healthy, right? If you love chocolate and fruit, this is for you! Chocolate Greek Yogurt Dip ½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, or 3 tsp stevia, or 3 Tbsp. agave nectar ½ tsp. vanilla fresh fruit (for dipping) Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles I am not eating sugar this week. Well, I haven’t caved in yet:) So far, so good! I just need a week to detox a little. I am still eating fruit, but no desserts and that means no cookies. Gasp! Well, just because I am off sugar doesn’t mean that you have to feel deprived. During the holidays, I made Monique’s Brown Butter Snickerdoodles. I decided it was time to take the snickerdoodle to another level by adding caramel and sea salt. That GREAT snickerdoodle just got transformed into a cookie that is off the charts. The cookies are soft with a nutty brown butter flavor. The classic cinnamon sugar mixture is the perfect finish to the cookies. I am seriously craving a Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle right now. Please eat a cookie for me! Share me! Brown butter snickerdoodles with a caramel surprise inside! Yield: 2 dozen cookies Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 8-10 minutes Ingredients: Sea salt, for sprinkling on top of cookies

Nutella Cheesecake Nutella Cheesecake Recipe Best-ever NO BAKE Nutella Cheesecake with toasted hazelnut, to-die-for richest and creamiest cheesecake | Prep Time: | Cook Time: | Total Time: Ingredients:10 oz (280 g) graham crackers (digestive biscuits)5 tablespoons soft unsalted butter1 13-oz jar Nutella (at room temperature)¾ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts1 lb (450 g) cream cheese (at room temperature)½ cup confectioners’ sugar (sifted) Method: Break the graham crackers (digestives) into the bowl of a processor, add the butter and 15 ml or 1 tablespoon of Nutella, and blitz until it starts to clump. Tip into a 23 cm/9-inch round springform and press into the base either using your hands or the back of a spoon. Beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth and then add the remaining Nutella to the cream cheese mixture, and continue beating until combined. Take the springform out of the fridge and carefully smooth the Nutella mixture over the base.

Canadian Beavertails Eh? - My Square Frying Pan “Youre going to make what?? AND put them on your blog”??!! This was the confused/horrifed reaction of a few friends when I told them I was cooking up ‘beaver tails’ for my next post. They thought I had gone completely mad, and no doubt were also wondering where in fact I would find some beaver tails in Australia?? Then I explained…. I first discovered this Canadian pastry while living in Canada in 2000 and working the ski season in Banff. I was recently reminded of these little pockets of hot crispy, donut-y goodness when giving my good friend Bea travel tips on her impending trip to Canada last month. While in Canada, Bea was going out for a day of skiing with “Bill” (not his real name – “Bill” is a little blog shy). Unfortunately, Bea was so distracted by Bill that she managed to ski right on past the beavertails shop and straight into the car park. Particularly wonderful eating when the weather is awful but so SO good, anytime really is a great excuse to eat beavertails. Enjoy! Gillian

apple nachos - gimme some oven On Friday night, I finished season six of Mad Men. At 2am. About a week after starting the season. On Netflix. I mean, I don’t even blink an eye nowadays when a friend asks what show they should “start” next in April. Well, to harken back to the good ol’ days when Don Draper and his family would have sat together around a “set” to watch a show, at a designated time each week, no computer in the house, but perhaps with an Old Fashioned in hand, I made a simple shrimp saute to share with you today inspired by the classic cocktail. Read more This week has been one of those perfectly normal weeks that makes me adore life. Meals shared with friends every day of the week. Lest I ever forget, most often it’s those normal things are the best things. Wishing you a weekend ahead full of the best of things. :) Read more Since I am right in the middle of binge-watching season six of Mad Men this week, I thought it might be apropos to do a quick post on how to make an old fashioned cocktail. Read more

Cheap Chef - Easy Peasy Lemon Brownies Recipe 3/4 cup all purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce 2 large eggs 1 1/2 lemons 1 cup powdered sugar Lemon Brownies – I know what you’re thinking. If it doesn’t have cocoa powder or chocolate of any variety how can you call them brownies? Because they’re made like a brownie, they look like a brownie – they feel like a brownie and most importantly they are just as moist and delicious as a brownie. Argument closed – here is my recipe for easy peasy lemon brownies! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour batter into a parchment or wax paper lined baking dish for easy removal. While your lemon brownies are cooling it’s time to make your lemon glaze. When your lemon brownies have completely cooled remove them from the baking pan and pour over half of your glaze, spreading it over the brownies evenly using a rubber spatula. Lemon Brownies