PASTRY RECIPE: BUREK WITH MINCED MEAT

When it comes to pastry recipes, the ultimate favorite in the Balkans is the Burek. There are a lot of varieties to this one with a lot of ingredients.

For today we are presenting you the meat version, Burek with minced meat.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck or a combination of beef, pork, and lamb
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 5 tablespoons Vegetable, sunflower or pumpkin seed oil
  • 1 (1-pound) package thawed filo dough
  • 6 large beaten eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups soda water

How to make it:

  1. In a large skillet, sauté onion and ground chuck until meat is no longer pink and the onions are translucent. Drain in a colander. Return meat-onion mixture to skillet and add parsley, salt, and pepper, and cook for 1 minute, mixing thoroughly. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Lightly coat a 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Separate filo dough into two piles (about 14 sheets each) and keep covered so they don’t dry out. Half will go on the bottom of the pie and half will go on the top.
  3. Place 2 sheets in prepared pan and brush lightly with oil, folding in any overhanging edges. Add 2 more and brush with oil. Continue until you’ve used one pile of filo.
  4. Spread the cooled ground chuck mixture evenly over the filo and to the ends. Begin covering the meat with the remaining filo, again using 2 sheets at a time and brushing with oil.
  5. Brush entire top lightly with oil. Using a serrated knife and a sawing motion, cut burek all the way to the bottom into 12 squares.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix eggs with yogurt and soda water. Pour over burek. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours. Heat oven to 350 F. Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.
  7. This makes a great luncheon course, entrée or appetizer and freezes well cooked or uncooked.

 

We bet that you all hate breakfasts? Not because we are not hungry in the morning. But because we don’t have enough time to cook something. And buying something from your nearest store can’t be real breakfast. That’s why we came up with a recipe that will make you fall in love in the first meal of the day.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (14-ounce) piece blitz puff pastry
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • Kosher salt
  • Parsley leaves, for garnish

How to make them:

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out puff pastry to a 5 1/2- by a 20-inch rectangle that’s about 1/4-inch thick. Trim edges and cut into four rectangular pieces.

  2. Place puff pastry squares on baking sheet and fold over edges to create a raised crust, giving a slightly curved shape to the edges pastry. Using a fork, prick bottom of the pastry.
  3. Bake pastry until puffed, golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, then gently press center of pastry shells to deflate it and create a well for the egg.
  4. Sprinkle cheese onto center of pastry shells. Crack an egg into a small bowl and gently slide it into a puff pastry shell. Repeat with remaining eggs and shells. Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on eggs and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  5. Bake until egg white is just set and yolk is almost set 8 to 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley leaves and serve immediately.

MUFFIN PAN TOMATO TARTS

Our new twist on the classic summer pie starts with puff pastry sheets.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (17.3-oz.) pkg. frozen puff pastry sheets, partially thawed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded (2 1/2 cups)
  • 11 ounces multicolored cherry tomatoes (about 3 cups), halved
  • 2 tablespoons torn fresh basil

How to make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Gently unfold both pastry sheets. Spread 1/4 cup mayonnaise on each pastry sheet; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cut each pastry sheet into 9 (3-inch) squares.
  4. Gently press squares into 2 lightly greased muffin pans. Divide cheese and tomatoes among tarts.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  6. Let cool in pans on a wire rack 5 minutes. Top with torn fresh basil. Serve immediately.

 

7 Easy Fruit – Filled Puff Pastry Desserts for First -Time Bakers

You do not have to be an experienced pastry chef if you want to eat your favourite pastry you usually buy at the bakery. Thanks to the amazing people who invented frozen puff pastry dough , the hard part is done for you. All you have to do now is choose the fruit that goes inside.

Here are 7  impossibly easy fruit-filled puff pastry desserts even first-time bakers can make.

 

Apple Tartlets

If you can slice apples and warm up some apricot jam, you can make  super-easy apple tarts. Make sure to slice the apples thinly so they get tender when they bake. You can make individual squares, or one big tart to share.

Peach Tartlets with Apricot Glaze

Here’s another impossibly easy tartlet made with fresh peaches instead of apples. You could also substitute plums, nectarines, or pears.

Apple Turnovers

For this one, you’ll cook the apples for a few minutes before filling and sealing the pastry triangles. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper so your turnovers don’t stick if a little filling seeps out.

Easy Apple Strudel

The apples aren’t precooked for this version, and you’re making one big pastry instead of individual turnovers. You can cut slits into the top before baking to let the steam escape so the filling doesn’t get too watery. Some reviewers went rogue and cooked the filling a bit before filling the pastry.

Black Walnut and Cherry Strudel

A cream cheese filling sweetened with sugar and made citrusy with lemon juice gives this cherry-filled strudel a tangy finish. You can use fresh or frozen cherries with delectable results.

Apple Galette

Call it a tart or a galette or a topless pie. Whatever. This dessert is so simple, the submitter invented it in a hotel room kitchenette: A pile of spiced apple slices is mounded in the center of a puff pastry sheet, then the edges are folded up to form an edible pie plate. Bake it, cool it, slice it, devour it.

Baked Dumplings

Can you handle one more version of apple-filled puff pastry? I sure hope so. You don’t have to make thin apple slices for this one. Wrap peeled and cored apple halves  in puff pastry squares with sugar-and-spice breadcrumbs. Then bake until the apple inside is soft and tender.

PASTRY RECIPE: A SUPER EASY CHEESY TART

Every one of us has those days when we want a comfortable pastry all for yourself. For that occasion, we have the perfect pastry recipe for you.

We are talking about a tart filled with cheese. It is heavy enough not to feel like you ate too much. And cheese enough to pick you up from your depression. So let’s go in the kitchen and prepare this wonderful pastry recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 350 grams flour
  • 175 grams salted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cream (30% fat)
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 300 grams gruyere cheese (grated Swiss)

How to make it:

  1. In a bowl, add flour, salted butter, and 1 egg. Mix with your fingertips, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of ice water (but no more so that the dough doesn’t shrink during cooking) to get a nice dough ball.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Remove from refrigerator and let rest for about 15 minutes before kneading.
  4. Roll out on a floured surface, and place in pie pan. Prick the dough with a fork. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  6. In a bowl mix the eggs, cream, milk, salt, and pepper.
  7. Spread the grated cheese all over the pastry, cover it and bake it for 30 to 35 minutes.
  8. Serve with a salad.

 

DESSERT PUFF PASTRY COOKIES WITH LEMON CURD AND BLACKBERRIES

You ever feel like making a dessert for your friends or your cocktail party? But we bet that you are out of ideas on what to make? Let us help you and give you an idea. Surprise them with something sweet and fresh. And with something that will look like it’s from a movie or a famous bakery.

This time we are giving you the recipe for a wonderful dessert. Puff pastry cookies with lemon curd and blackberries. Try it and enjoy it.

What you’ll need:

How to make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Place frozen puff pastry sheet on a work surface dusted with flour. Allow thawing for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a 1 1/2 to 2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out 12 round pieces. Place pastry rounds on the prepared baking sheet. Using a slightly smaller round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out inner circles in each pastry round, leaving them in place. Brush each pastry round with beaten egg.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and puffed, 13 to 15 minutes. Allow cooling completely before filling.
  4. Cut around the small inner circle of each pastry round and gently push it down. Fill each tartlet with lemon curd and top with a blackberry. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

BUREK MAKING: AFTER THIS, YOU CAN CALL YOURSELF A MASTER IN THE MAKING IT

When it comes to burek making, there is a special technique of handcrafting it. It is not a hard recipe. You just need to spend a little bit of your time in the kitchen.

But trust us, it is worth it. When you have a bite of the burek that you just made, you will be mesmerized. So let’s get cooking and surprise your family and friends with the best burek they have ever tried.

What you’ll need:

For the burek pastry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1cup warm water
  • 1cup oil, divided

For the burek filling:

  • 500 g ground beef or veal (or combination of both)
  • an onion, chopped
  • clove garlic, minced
  • teaspoons salt
  • 1tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2cup hot water

Let’s make the pastry:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour and salt to combine (with this method sifting flour is not necessary). Make a small hole in the middle and add water and two tablespoons oil. Start mixing slowly from the middle out, using your fingers or a wooden spoon (I prefer fingers as I have better control and feel for it). Keep adding flour to the middle until mixture forms a soft dough that isn’t sticky. Note: Depending on air humidity, you might have a little bit flour left over or you might need to add some more. The dough should look similar to pizza dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and pliable. Coat the dough with one tablespoon oil, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rest up for an hour at room temperature or store in a refrigerator for up to two days (if refrigerated, allow the dough to reach room temperature).

Prepare the filling:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and leave to rest, covered and refrigerated until dough is ready.
  2. TO ASSEMBLE: Line a large table with a clean tablecloth. 1. Remove the rested dough to a lightly floured work surface. Divide into 4-6 smaller even pieces for individual pitas or into 2 balls for one large pita pie. Knead each ball until smooth for about two minutes.
  3. Using rolling pin, roll out rounds to a flat circle. Coat each piece with more oil.
  4. Take one round of dough and place the edge over your floured fists so the rest hangs in the air. One at the time, move your hands up and down to rotate the dough (similar to the way pizza makers do), working your way around the edge of the dough until its weight allows it to stretch into a larger piece. When it’s too large to handle, place it on the tablecloth. If you are intimidated with this method, just use a rolling pin to stretch the dough as thin as possible without breaking it and then continue to step 5.
  5. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  6. Using your fingers, gently shake and pull the edge of the dough towards you to stretch out the center, until it’s even and transparent. Take care not to tear holes in the dough. If you do, pinch them together. It doesn’t have to be perfect; it won’t be visible when pita is done. If making pita pie, the dough will eventually cover the tablecloth. Trim the thick outer edges and discard.
  7. Drizzle pastry all over with oil. For individual pitas, spread some of the meat filling over the pastry, then continue to the next step. For pita pie, put half the meat filling along the long edges of the pastry, leaving a one-inch border.

  8. Start to roll the dough on one side by lifting the tablecloth towards the middle into a long, thin log. If making a pita pie, lift up on both sides of the tablecloth then cut the dough into the two logs with a knife.
  9. Tightly coil the small individual pita rolls into a swirl. Place into a greased baking dish. For the pita pie, lay one end of the roll into the middle of a greased large round baking pan. Carefully wrap the remainder of the pastry roll around itself to form a snail-shaped pie. Take the second roll and continue where the other roll had ended. (If you don’t have a round pan, then don’t coil, just cut the roll the length of your rectangular baking sheet and place next to each other).
  10. Brush the top of the pastry with more oil (no worries about this much oil, this dish needs it)
  11. Repeat stretching and rolling with remaining dough and filling.
  12. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until the top and base are crisp and golden. Optional: Bring one cup water and one tablespoon butter to a boil and drizzle over pita when done baking. Serve warm or cold with plain yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk. Call yourself a master of burek making.

PASTRY BITES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND STRAWBERRY JAM

Dessert is the ultimate favorite in every cuisine. Each culture has it’s own dessert, like in the US, there is the traditional cheesecake. In Turkey, there are many varieties of baklava. In Italy and France, there are small baked goods filled with wonderful ingredients.

This dessert recipe is a combination of a French small pastry and an American cream cheese filling with strawberry jam. So let’s get cooking and enjoy these lovely pillows.

What you gonna need:

For the Pastry:

  • 1 package (8-ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons or 226 grams) butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 package (8-ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, or to taste (if you prefer it sweeter, add more)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • strawberry jam

How to make them:

  1. In your mixer’s bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth, light and fluffy.
  2. Add flour and salt and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Lightly dust work area with powdered sugar.
  4. Transfer dough to work area and shape into a ball.
  5. Divide it into 4 rounds; flatten each round and cover each pastry dough with plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. In the meantime, prepare the filling by combining cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in your mixer’s bowl.
  8. Beat until creamy and smooth. Set aside.
  9. Dust work area with flour.
  10. Remove dough from fridge and let rest for 5 minutes.
  11. Roll out each ball of dough to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  12. Cut into 3×3 squares.
  13. Fill the center of each square with 1/2-teaspoon cream cheese mixture and 1/2 teaspoon strawberry jam. For a prettier presentation, using a pastry bag, you can pipe the fillings, one on top of the other.
  14. Overlap opposite corners of dough to the center and over the filling. Pinch seams together.
  15. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  16. Preheat oven to 375.
  17. Bake 10 to 11 minutes, or until edges are browned.
  18. Cool completely.
  19. Serve.

 

PASTRY GOALS: QUICHE WITH 4 KINDS OF CHEESE AND CHIVES

From times to times, we crave for some homemade pastry. And we also need some comfort food to warm up our heart and tummy. Therefore, we go to the store and get as many cheeses as we can. As a result, we will be extremely happy with the meal.

And that’s how we came up with this extraordinary pastry recipe, quiche with 4 kinds of cheese and chives. So feel free the next time you are feeling down to bake this pastry. It will pick you up from the first bite. From the first time you taste the combination of all those cheeses and chives.

What you’ll need: 

  • 250g Plain white flour
  • 65g Butter
  • 65g Lard
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 4 tbsp water (cold)
  • 200g Ricotta
  • 50g Gruyère (grated)
  • 50g Cheddar cheese
  • 75g Stilton
  • 3 tbsp chives (snipped )
  • Egg (free range)

How to do it:

  1. Place the flour, salt, lard, and butter in a mixing bowl and rub the fat into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Add about 4 tbsp cold water so you can make a firm dough. Furthermore, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C, gas mark 7).
  3. Roll the pastry out on a floured surface until large enough to line a 23cm loose-bottomed flan tin. Line the tin with the pastry then line with a circle of baking paper, then fill with baking beans.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Take out the paper and beans, then bake for another 5 minutes more until pale golden and cooked. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°c (fan 160°c, gas mark 4).
  5. Place the ricotta and the other cheeses in a bowl with the chives and eggs.
  6. Beat together until smooth then spread in the pastry case and bake for 20 –25 minutes until just firm, but still has a little wobble in the center. Allow to cool and serve at room temperature.

DESSERT IDEAS: QUICK AND EASY SWEET SHORTCUST PASTRY

No matter if you want to make a dessert for your family or friends, or it is just for you, this pastry is the perfect one. Try it and thank us later.

What you’ll need for this dessert:

  • 115g cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 225g plain white flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2tbsp caster sugar
  • 2tbsp ground almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten, plus extra to glaze

How to do the dessert:

  1. Place the butter, flour, salt, sugar, and almonds in a food processor. Blitz until you have a fine breadcrumb texture but do not overwork. Add the egg and half an eggshell full of cold water and mix well, using the pulse button until the pastry forms a ball. Again, do not overwork.
  2. Turn the pastry out of the processor and knead gently, just to bring it together. If you have doubled the mixture, divide the pastry in two. Flatten each piece of dough slightly (this makes it easier to roll when chilled) and wrap in clingfilm, then chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes – an hour or two would be better.
  3. Grease your tart tin. Lightly flour the work surface. Roll the pastry out so you end up with a circle about 4cm larger in diameter than the tart tin. Carefully roll the pastry onto the rolling pin and then over the tart tin, taking care not to stretch it too much.
  4. Immediately ease the pastry into the ring and use your thumb to gently push it into the bottom and corners; do not leave any creases on the outside edge or air between the pastry and the tin. Leave about 1cm overhanging the top edge of the ring. Trim off with a sharp knife or roll a rolling pin over the top to remove the excess. Use your thumb to squeeze up the top edge again (the pastry will shrink back a little during cooking) and pinch with your thumb and forefinger to make the edge more decorative. Using a piece of well-floured leftover pastry, push the bottom of the flan into the corners so it’s nice and flush. Chill for 30 minutes.     Preheat the oven to 200 C, gas 6.
  5. Cut out a round piece of greaseproof paper 4cm larger than the flan and place it inside the pastry-lined tart tin. Fill with baking beans and blind bake for 5 minutes or until the top edge is slightly brown. Remove the paper and beans, turn the oven down to 170 C, gas 3 and cook for a further 10 minutes, until the pastry is set, but has taken no colour. Remove from the oven, brush with beaten egg (to stop the pastry getting soggy when you add the filling) and then put it back in the oven for 2 minutes to seal. Cool for a little while before adding the filling.