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Walnut stuffed Dates with Coconut

Saturday, September 29, 2012 | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

A quick and easy recipe for dates stuffed with a mixture of toasted walnuts and sesame seeds flavoured with cinnamon, orange zest and rose water. For the coating, I have used coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds, but any other nuts or seeds would work just fine here. They are great as a light dessert, a snack, or just anytime you feel like a nibble.

  • 70 g Walnuts, toasted
  • 30 g Sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 20 g Brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Orange zest
  • 1-2 tsp Rose water
  • 10 g Coconut oil, melted
  • 30 Lightly dried dates, pitted
  • 30 g Coconut flakes
  • 40 g Pumpkin seeds, finely chopped
  1. Toast walnuts, and sesame seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant, about 5 minutes, and then remove them from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Place walnuts, sesame, cinnamon, sugar and orange zest in a coffee grinder. Process until you have a thick paste. Turn the paste into a bowl and stir in rose water.
  3. Fill each date with about a teaspoon of nut mixture. Brush with melted coconut oil and coat with coconut flakes or chopped pumpkin seeds. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

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Spiced Rye Bread with Sesame

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

A dense, moist rye bread lightened with whole-wheat flour, spiced with cumin and coriander. Cumin seeds are purported to contain enzymes that aid in digestion and are said to be effective in combating acid reflux. Coriander seeds are known to have anti-oxidant vitamin and rich in dietary fiber. So, the addition of spices adds not only flavour to the bread, but also nutritional potency.

Spiced Rye Bread with Sesame

adapted from Brot backen köstliche Rezepte aus der guten alten Zeit
  • 400 g Light rye flour
  • 140 g Wholewheat flour
  • 150 g Rye kernels
  • 7 g Dried yeast
  • 450 ml Water, lukewarm
  • 150 g Sourdough rye starter
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 40 g Sesame seeds
  1. Mix together light rye flour, wholewheat flour, rye kernels and dried yeast in a mixing bowl. Add in water, sourdough starter, salt, sugar, coriander powder and cumin.
  2. Knead with a a hand mixer fitted with dough hook attachments until the dough is smooth and pliable. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and shape into a ball. Dust the surface with a little flour and cover with a kitchen towel. Set aside in a warm place for an hour.
  3. Place a 26-cm springform ring on a floured baking tray. Knead the dough thoroughly on a floured work surface. Shape the dough into a ball and place into the ring. Cover the dough and set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Cut some decorative slashes on the top of bread. Brush the top with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake the bread in the middle of the hot oven for about an hour until nicely golden brown and crusty. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

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Cream of Chicken Soup

Sunday, September 23, 2012 | © 2011 |

Nothing beats the comforting and soothing feeling that a bowl of creamy coconut chicken soup can bring. Cozy up and enjoy this Thai-inspired chicken soup with homemade bread.

  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 Shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 Leek, white part only
  • 250 g Skinless chicken breast, chopped
  • 300 ml Chicken stock
  • 1/2 tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Fresh thyme, chopped
  • 100 ml Coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes, until slightly softened.
  2. Add in leek and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring. Add in chopped chicken, stock, and herbs. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  3. Remove from the heat and process with an immersion hand blender until smooth. Season the soup with salt and pepper and warm over low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and cook for another 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with sprig of thyme and serve immediately. | © 2011 |
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Garlic Chive Pull Apart Bread Muffins

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

The pull apart bread has been popping up all over the place, and as a bread lover, I can’t wait to try it with a homemade fresh herb spread. For the herbs, I used a mix of Chinese garlic chives and basil, but use any combination that suits you. Alternatively, you can use a ready-made pesto sauce. I have chosen to leave out cheese as husband is not a fan of it. Besides pesto, nutella or peanut butter would be great alternatives for the filling too.

PoolishDoughHerb Spread
  • 200 g Water
  • 200 g Bread flour
  • 0.2 g Fresh yeast
  • All of the starter
  • 110 g Water
  • 10 g Sugar
  • 8 g Sea salt
  • 300 g Bread flour
  • 10 g Fresh yeast
  • 25 g Fresh garlic chives
  • 10 g Fresh basil
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 50 ml Olive oil
  • 3 g Sea salt
  1. Combine all ingredients of starter together in a mixing bowl. Cover with a plastic film and set aside at room temperature for 16 hours.
  2. Add in the rest of dough ingredients and mix on lowest speed for 3 minutes, then increase the speed, continue kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Turn it out on a lightly floured work surface and gently knead for a few times. Return to the mixing bowl and proof, covered, for a further 30 minutes.
  3. Place all the ingredients of herb spread in a blender and process until combined.
  4. Divide the dough into 4 even portions. Roll each out into a 28x19-cm rectangle. Spread 2-3 tablespoons of herb paste on one rectangle, cover it with second rectangle, spread with 2-3 tablespoons of herb paste, top with third rectangle, then spread with herb paste, and top with the final rectangle. You might not need to use up all the spread. Cut into 18 pieces, each about 6x5.5-cm. Besides herb spread, you can also try the peanut butter filling.
  5. Place each stack into a muffin cup greased lightly with oil. Cover and proof for an hour or until about doubled in volume. Preheat the oven to 220C/430F. Bake for 20 minutes until nicely golden and crisp. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

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Pumpkin Spelt Muffins with Peanuts and Ginger

Monday, September 17, 2012 | © 2011 |

These spekulatius-spiced pumpkin muffins are moist and fresh in an airtight container for a few days, and freeze fairly well. They are the perfect treat for an autumn afternoon. If you don’t have spekulatius spice, use pumpkin pie spice or just cinnamon instead.

  • 100 g Whole grain spelt, ground
  • 120 g Refined spelt flour
  • 120 g Raw sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • 220 g Roasted pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp Spekulatius spice
  • 85 ml Coconut oil, melted
  • 60 ml Coconut milk
  • 50 g Candied ginger, chopped
  • 150 g Salted peanuts
  • Caramel, optional
  1. Preheat the oven 190C/375F. Line 12-14 muffin cups with paper liners. Sift ground whole grain spelt flour, refined spelt flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the roasted pumpkin puree, spekulatius spices, coconut oil, and coconut milk until well combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture and mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix or muffins will be tough. Fold in chopped candied ginger and 100 grams of salted peanuts.
  4. Divide the batter into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with some peanuts. Bake on the upper oven rack for 25 to 30 minutes until nicely golden brown. Drizzle with caramel sauce if desired, and serve warm. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

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Stuffed Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Friday, September 14, 2012 | © 2011 |

A stylish seasonal dish made from fresh ripe figs, creamy mild Chavroux, and crunchy pistachios, served with a green pepper grape syrup. You can serve this as an appetizer, a snack or even as a light dessert.

Stuffed Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

adapted from Küchengötter
  • 250 ml Grape juice
  • 5 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Green peppercorns
  • Fresh thyme
  • 30 g Pistachio nuts
  • 100 g Fresh goat cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Fresh figs
  1. Place grape juice and 3 teaspoons of honey in a saucepan. Cook the mixture on high heat until it becomes syrupy, about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220C/430F. Crush the green peppercorns with a mortar and pestle and add to the grape syrup. Finely chop the pistachios.
  3. In a bowl, stir together fresh goat cheese, 2 teaspoons of honey, thyme leaves, and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Slice each fig in half lengthwise. Make a depression in the middle with the back of a teaspoon. Fill the depression with goat cheese filling. Place them in a baking dish. Switch the oven function to grill and roast the filled fig halves for 6-8 minutes until the goat cheese is lightly browned. Serve with the grape syrup. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

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Overnight Yogurt Sunflower Seed Bread Rolls

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

This overnight bread, prepared with a mix of wholewheat and bread flours and 100% yogurt, has a crunchy crust and tender crumb with complex flavour and a beloved delicious sour tang due to the long, slow overnight fermentation.

Overnight Yogurt Sunflower Seed Bread Rolls

adapted from Hefe und mehr
  • 400 g Plain yogurt
  • 3 g Fresh yeast
  • 150 g Wholewheat grain, ground
  • 230 g Bread flour
  • 8-10 g Sea salt
  • Sunflower seeds
  1. Before you go to bed, dissolve fresh yeast with the yogurt in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, then add in remaining ingredients, except sunflower seeds. Stir first on slow speed until the dough comes together, then increase the speed and knead until it’s smooth. Cover with plastic film and proof overnight or up to 12 hours at the room temperature.
  2. Next morning roll dough on a well-floured work surface to 40 x 40 cm square. Fold each side in to meet in the middle, so you have a 20 x 20 cm square. Cut into 9 pieces. Brush the surface with water and coat with sunflower seeds. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and proof for 60 minutes.
  3. Place a roasting tray at the bottom of the oven and preheat to 250C/500F. Put the bread in the hot oven and pour a cup of boiling water into the roasting tray. Close the oven door and bake for about 20 minutes. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

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