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Tag: #pastry

Using filo

I featured these filo cigars stuffed with ricotta on tv this week and you can find the recipe on Littlerock . Filo pastry is such a good alternative to other pastries. Did you know it contains 299 calories per 100g as opposed to puff pastry with 598 per 100g? And you need to use a lesser quantity of filo to make a crust. I … Read More Using filo

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Vine Tomatoes on filo crust

Tomatoes are in season and locally grown spring onions are very cheap in the market at the moment. I am using the Greek filo pastry given to me by Mrs Rallis earlier this week when she came to record a programme with her daughter Nina Maria who made the most wonderful dessert that I will be sharing with you later this week. But for … Read More Vine Tomatoes on filo crust

Strawberry and gbejna in Pistachio Pastry with no added sugar

Soft local fresh cheeslets and the fleshiest perfumed strawberries are encased in a pistachio crust, drizzled with thyme honey and sprinkled with more pistachios. Can you think of anything tastier? It was delicious. My extra pastry from covering the tart dish turned out to be the belle of the ball. I have added no sugar to this bake and the pastry is made with … Read More Strawberry and gbejna in Pistachio Pastry with no added sugar

Pistachio pie crust and the secret of baking blind …

I had a bumper baking day yesterday and I have to share the secret of blind baking, something I have done before but perhaps in more detail. Some of my friends are not convinced yet and still use the ‘beans’method. But i guarantee that if you use this you will not go back to your beans. A better end result, quicker, easier, smoother … … Read More Pistachio pie crust and the secret of baking blind …

Easy Weekend baking … Strawberry Frangipane with a gluten free option….

Frangipan is a baked almond cream usually used to fill tarts. My frangipan today is a soft, moist cake, alone with no tart case or heavy topping, simply topped with fresh strawberries before baking and you can use any fruit. Its amazingly light and delicious if eaten fresh on the same day, although it does keep for a week in an airtight container and … Read More Easy Weekend baking … Strawberry Frangipane with a gluten free option….

The Mediterranean Dream and Orange Walnut Stromboli

It is bright, sunny and glorious on the island today. Over the last year I have written a lot about The American Dream on this blog and in the local press. As we turn on our TVs we see the bad freezing weather conditions all over the world and once again I am reminded that I live the Mediterranean Dream every day that I … Read More The Mediterranean Dream and Orange Walnut Stromboli

And on Christmas Eve, Raspberry Cream Tart …

Very early before sunrise on Christmas Eve in the heart of the Mediterranean today, the strong winds howl and from my bed where I sit with a cup of coffee writng this post I hear the waves splash viciously against the rocks. I close my eyes and dream of summer, I long for the sun, the warmth and the brightness that fills me with … Read More And on Christmas Eve, Raspberry Cream Tart …

Renato’s sweet ricotta pies

A savory version of these individual sweet ricotta pies are very popular on the island but the sweet ones are rarely seen. They will start making an appearance in the local confectionaries as Christmas draws closer. They are very festive decorated with bright red and green sugar and delicious with bits of candid peel and chocolate grated into the filling. This recipe was passed … Read More Renato’s sweet ricotta pies

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Pears in Filo with Egg Free Custard

This dessert looks gorgeous and can be made quickly as you can poach the pears beforehand and keep them in the fridge overnight. I made it like a pie and it is suitable to present and serve it at the table as it looks quite amazing. I am sure that you can make individual pears in Filo in the same way if you would … Read More Pears in Filo with Egg Free Custard

Mrs Hennessy bakes Irish Foccacia using Rachel Allen’s recipe !

The table is set for dinner with Waterford Crystal and Newbridge Silver cutlery at the home of HE the Ambassador Jim Hennessy and Mrs Monica Hennessy Mrs Hennessy welcomed me to her home and prepared a most delicious meal. She is a person of great warmth and intelligence and a wonderful mother to three children. Her eldest daughter is studying medicine in Dublin and … Read More Mrs Hennessy bakes Irish Foccacia using Rachel Allen’s recipe !

Salmon, Fior di Latte and Walnut Tart

Supper tonight is a simple tart with fresh poached salmon, Fior di Latte and Toasted Walnuts accompanied with a simple mixed leaf salad. I like the texture of the finished pastry of this recipe. Always willing to try something new, I added a whole egg rather than an egg yolk to the dough and I ended up with a very workable dough with literally … Read More Salmon, Fior di Latte and Walnut Tart

Kourabiedes ! crescent cookies…. so light, so Greek….

As blue as the Mediterranean waters … I have very fond memories of living in Limassol when the kids were younger and we loved the local food. The bakeries were always brimming with traditional sweets and pastries and today I am making Kourabiedes. You can have them plain or stuffed with dates and I am making the plain version today. These butter cookies have … Read More Kourabiedes ! crescent cookies…. so light, so Greek….