Monday, February 28, 2011

A Tart You Will Never Forget!!


This is my favorite tart recipe. The crust and cream were adopted from Mr. Stelios Parliaros baking program “Glykes Alchimies”. Mr. Parliaros is my favorite confectioner. I have two of his books, and believe me, whatever he does is a success. His sweets are like poetry!!!

I used one apple, one pear, one orange and one strawberry for my final decoration. The final addition to the tart was one or two tablespoons of pistachio nuts.

I do not like using any type of gel on top of this sweet. I find the taste of the fruits much better than the typical gel they usually use on top of tarts.

Since I am not sure whether I can share this recipe with you I will just add a link to Mega TV and Glykes Alchimies. The program is in Greek but I am sure the recipes can be found in English as well.

I hope you like it too!!!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gluten Free Chicken Pie

 
This is an easy and quick recipe that combines meat, cheese and vegetables. I wanted a pie without using flour so I decided to give this pie a try.








Chicken, Peas and onion in the fry pan.






All ingredients in the Pyrex






All ingredients including fresh cream and beaten eggs.






Topped with Anari Cheese or Parmesan Cheese.







Cooked and ready to be served.












My husband's plate :-)






Here you can find the detailed recipe. I hope you find this a quick and tasty solution.

Gluten Free Chicken Pie

Serves 6

Ingredients
3 tablespoons of Greek olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 chicken breasts cut into pieces
200gr peas
200gr mushrooms
4 large eggs
½ a cup of fresh cream or milk
Salt & Pepper
Anari or Parmezan cheese

Preparation Method
1) Heat olive oil in a fry pan; add the chopped onion and allow to fry for 1-2 minutes. Do not over cook.
2) Add chicken in the fry pan. Allow to cook for 10 minutes.
3) Add the mushrooms and peas; allow to cook until the chicken becomes golden brown.
4) Transfer to a Pyrex.
5) Beat together the eggs and fresh cream; pour on top of the chicken.
6) Season with salt and pepper.
7) Top with freshly grated anari or parmesan cheese.
8) Cook in a preheated oven (180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4) for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the pie becomes golden brown.
9) Serve hot or cold.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am sure you all know what a chocolate chip cookie is. I am almost certain that most of you tried to make some of these cookies at least, one time in your life.  The only reason I posted this recipe is because my husband and kids never have enough of these cookies, so I thought, that this is a good opportunity to share my recipe with all of you.  Try it. I am sure you will love them.  For those who are on a diet I have to be honest... Making this recipe is not a good idea :-)!!!

Makes about 30 cookies


Ingredients
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
250gr unsalted butter at room temperature (I used kerrygold butter)
1/3 cup light-brown sugar (or dark brown sugar)
1½ cups caster sugar
1/3 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla essence)
2 medium eggs
1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup milk chocolate chips

Preparation Method
1) Preheat the oven to 175ºC (350ºF).
2) In an electric mixer combine together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. (Use the paddle attachment)
3) Add the salt, vanilla and eggs; beat until well mixed.
4) Whisk together the flour, baking soda and baking powder and add to the butter mixture; mix until just combined.
5) Stir in the chocolate chips.
6) With the help of a spoon, form balls of dough. Place the dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 5-6cm apart.
7) Bake for about 10-11 minutes, or until they become golden around the edges.
8) Allow 2-3 minutes to cool and then transfer, with the help of a spatula, on a wire rack. Let to cool completely.
9) Store them in an airtight container. Do not freeze.



Friday, February 11, 2011

Fruit Ice Cream in Minutes!


For the last year or so, I am on a diet. So I always try to find ways to satisfy my appetite with delicious, healthy and tasty desserts.
Tonight I was craving for ice-cream, so I thought I will try something new. I opened the fridge and I saw yogurt, apples, pears and blackberries. My ice-cream was almost done!!


Here you can see all the ingredients besides the honey. Sorry I forgot it...



But here you can see all ingredients including honey :-) !!!



One pear, one apple, 15 blackberries,  200mg yogurt, 2 table spoons of vanilla flavor or essence and 2-3 tablespoons of honey combined together in a blender.  Then 10 minutes in the freezer and 5 minutes in the ice-cream machine.


The ice cream is almost ready... Not to worry about sugar, fresh cream or added unhealthy ingredients.  An ice cream perfect for everybody!!



Enjoy!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Easy Cupcakes, with a Greek touch!!


I love cupcakes because they give you the possibility to decorate each and every one of them in a different, unique, way. I always decorate them with the help of my kids, and I have to admit that most of the time they are more creative than I am :-)


A few days ago I decided to try a basic orange cake recipe, but with a variation. I wanted to add in the cake mixture a Greek touch. Masticha was the 1st thing that came in my mind. I searched through my cupboards and I found a small wooden box I bought from Crete last April, while we were there for a wedding. In the box I found masticha!!! The magic ingredient as I call it. But that was not enough for my cupcakes so, I opened the fridge and there was a bottle of masticha liqueur.

The next thought was olive oil. So I thought I will replace butter with olive oil, and there was my Greek Cup Cakes recipe!!


(At the end of this post I will link my recipe to Kopiaste.org where you can find details about Greek Masticha.) 

The Recipe for eighteen cupcakes goes as follows:

Ingredients
130gr orange puree
100gr Greek extra virgin olive oil
100gr caster sugar
100gr light brown sugar
250gr all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
20gr of masticha liqueur
5gr of masticha powder

Preparation Method
1) Preheat the oven to 170ºC (340ºF).

2) Mix orange puree* and olive oil.

3) Whisk eggs and sugars until light and fluffy.

4) With a wooden spoon combine (1) and (2) above.

5) Sift flour, baking powder and masticha powder together; add it in the orange mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.

6) Fill the cupcake pan with the mixture (1/2 each)

7) Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes.

* Boil the orange in a casserole full of water for 1 hour; remove orange seeds and mash.

                         

You can decorate them in any way you like. The ones I have here were decorated with Swiss meringue butter cream, with a touch of red food color. My kids are responsible for the rest!!!

Details about Greek Masticha can be found in Kopiaste.

Dream of Cakes

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