Tag: baking

Simple Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Simple Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Let’s roll our sleeves and start making this easy-to-follow recipe for homemade sausage rolls. Flaky puff pastry encases a flavorful blend of seasoned sausage, creating a perfect handheld treat for any occasion.As a twist, we’ll add a creamy feta cheese mix to elevate the taste […]

Phyllo Feta Rolls

Phyllo Feta Rolls

How about a Mediterranean escapade with this Feta Phyllo Roll recipe, where layers of crisp, golden phyllo pastry embrace a luscious filling of tangy feta cheese?Let’s raise the bar on your appetizer game effortlessly as this simple yet sensational dish takes center stage at your […]

Homemade Pizza Puffs

Homemade Pizza Puffs

Imagine the irresistible aroma of melted cheese, zesty tomato sauce, and your favorite pizza toppings wrapped in a perfectly baked puff. This homemade pizza puff recipe satisfies your pizza cravings and adds a fun and portable twist to the classic pizza experience.
Start your ovens!

What you’ll need for homemade pizza puffs:

  • two puff pastry sheets
  • 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • one finely minced garlic clove
  • 18 oz crushed tomato can
  • 2-3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • ½ Ts kosher salt
  • ¼ Ts freshly ground pepper
  • ½ Ts dried oregano
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • one beaten egg

Thaw two puff pastry sheets on a paper towel, then preheat oven to 400 F (204 C). While the sheets are thawing, let’s make the tomato sauce.
Finely mince one garlic clove. Add 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil and 1 Tbs butter to a saucepan on medium heat. Let the butter melt, and then add the minced garlic and saute for half a minute. Don’t let it burn; it will taste unpleasant. Pour the crushed tomato into the saucepan and add the fresh thyme leaves. Add the freshly ground pepper, salt, and dried oregano, then simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes with the lid on.
After about 10 minutes of thawing, carefully unfold the pastry puff sheets so they won’t break and prop the ends like small tents. Let it thaw completely for 5-7 minutes.
Unfold the ends so the puff pastry is flat, and pinch the seams together to reseal the folds.
Place one of the puff pastry sheets on a parchment paper lined sheet and add the tomato sauce on top, spreading it evenly. You may only need some of it, but enough to cover the sheet.
Add the shredded mozzarella on top. Next, add the pepperoni slices in a single layer. You could have half with pepperoni and the other half without as a vegetarian option.
Grate some Parmesan cheese on top and cover with the other pastry sheet. Gently press it down. 3:20 – Cut the pastry into bite-size squares (2 inch/5 cm squares) using a pizza cutter.
Beat an egg, brush the pastry surface, pierce the top with a fork for the steam to escape, and lightly grate parmesan.
Place in the oven in the middle rack for about 15-20 minutes or until the pastry puffs up and it’s golden brown and delicious.
Transfer to a cooling rack using the parchment paper, and serve while warm.

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

Imagine a golden-brown exterior giving way to a fudgy, melt-in-your-mouth center, sending waves of chocolate bliss through your taste buds. This isn’t just a recipe; it’s a journey into the heart of chocolatey decadence. Let’s dive into perfection with these irresistible homemade chocolate brownies! You’ll […]

Basic Sourdough Bread

Basic Sourdough Bread

Here’s the process I’m using for my basic sourdough bread. Even if it looks like it has a lot of steps, it’s a simple recipe once you get started. I’ll assume you already have the starter. I will make a separate video on how to […]

Transylvanian Chimney Cake

Transylvanian Chimney Cake

Chimney Cake
Chimney Cake

 

 

So, prompted by my friend Valerie from KumoCafe (who posted a blog post and tasted the real thing in Romania) and mixed with a longing for a somewhat obscure pastry I’ve tasted long, long ago also in Romania I embarked on a quest to bake the Transylvanian Chimney Cake (aka Kürtőskalács).

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Mushroom Pastry

Mushroom Pastry

It all started with the ridiculous amounts of mushroom I usually buy from the grocery store. I always over estimate the quantity for mushroom consumption in our family. So, as it is with all those brilliant ideas, when stars align and you have just the […]

Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

This bread involves heaps of dried cranberry (9 ounces to be precise), that paired with walnuts, scream “Christmas”, and tastes pretty darn close to Panettone (texture & taste) which we usually associate with this time .

The Return of Sour Dough – Night One

The Return of Sour Dough – Night One

Day One - sponge, starter feeding and grains

For those of you lucky dogs and ducks that inherited a piece of my multi-million dollar sourdough starter, here is the first blog post in the series discussing how to actually bake a sourdough bread that will gain back your spouse’s respect, as your kids and friends would bow in front of you and address you as “Your Royal Majesty”. This series is a remastered version of the original Sourdough Chronicles I wrote a while ago.

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Roasted Onion and Asiago Miche

Roasted Onion and Asiago Miche

You know that fall is approaching when you start baking. Lately the temperature in Chicago was more baking-friendly so I thought it was time for another BBA Challenge dust-off here with a delicious Roasted Onion and Asiago Miche.