Monday, January 28, 2013

Black Forest (Forêt-Noire)

Black Forest by Stelios Parliaros!!  
You can find the recipe here. It is relatively easy to make and delicious! 

Thank you Lien! Have a nice trip back home!
For those of you who want a healthy snack try these delicious Energy Bars!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Daisy, Cupcake Birthday Cake

 A Daisy, Cupcake Birthday Cake for a sweet girl called Melina.
Happy Birthday Melina!!

 Bitter sweet chocolate cake with chocolate feeling!!

Orange flavor Cupcakes decorated with pink and white fondant.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Finax Mjolmix Gluten-Free (Gluten Free Bread Loaf)

This was my first attempt of using a gluten free mixture for bread, and I have to admit that I was impressed with the results.
I mixed all ingredients in a mixer. The texture of the uncooked dough was very elastic.  It looked like a boiled potato mashed in a food processor.

 The package instructions were very clear and easy to follow, but I made a few changes to the recipe according to what I believe worked better.
The bread texture was incredible, but you could understand the difference in the taste.  I am pleased that there are solutions for people who cannot tolerate gluten and I will try to use gluten free mixtures for cakes, cupcakes and pancakes as well.
Finax Mjolmix Gluten-Free (Gluten Free Bread Loaf)
Makes 1 huge loaf

900gr Finax Gluten-Free Flour Mix
16gr dried yeast (or 50gr fresh yeast)
2 tsps salt
800ml warm water (-37ºC/-99ºF)
60gr melted margarine (or melted butter, or 50ml olive oil)

Preparation Method
1. Preheat the oven at 200ºC (400ºF, Gas Mark 6).
2. Mix the flour, dried yeast and salt in a bowl. (NOTE: if using fresh yeast proceed as per package instructions)
3. Add the water and the oil to the flour mix.
4. In a mixer (using dough hooks), mix the ingredients for 5 to 7 minutes. The mixture will be very elastic.
5. Pour the mixture in a greased loaf tin (approx. 3 litres).
6. Cover the tin with cling film and/or a damp cloth and leave in a warm place to rise for approximately 35 minutes.
7. Brush the top of the bread carefully with water (this will give the bread a nice golden color, during baking)
8. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.  Take the loaf off the tin and continue baking for another 15 minutes.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ballerina Shoe Cake

Happy Birthday Olia!

This was a last minute cake.  I think I could do better... but fortunately Olia loved it, so I was happy too :-)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Vasilopita for the 1st Day of 2013

Happy New Year 2013!!!
On the 1st day of each year, in Cyprus and Greece, we bake Vasilopita.  The name "βασιλόπιτα" comes from βασιλεύς 'king' + πίτα 'pie', but was reinterpreted as Saint Basil's (Βασίλειος) cake.

There are a million recipes for this type of cake, and we all believe that our recipe is the best :-)

My mum usually bakes an orange cake, with almonds.  I use orange puree, masticha powder and zizimbri (ginger), and instead of butter I use extra virgin olive oil.  

Dream of Cakes


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