Bread

Focaccia

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Here is a wonderful recipe that everyone will love: focaccia. This italian bread is a real pleasure for the taste buds and eyes. I’ve made this bread so many times in so many ways and it always turns out great. And it goes well with pretty much everything so it’s impossible to go wrong. Use sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic or just keep it simple with olive oil and herbs. Serve it for breakfast, as a side dish or appetizer. It always works great. I made this bread for my hungry friends and they loved it 🙂 Traditionally a lot of olive oil is used, but if you don’t like it oily then use less. Also try to use fresh herbs but if you don’t have any, dried are fine too. Oh so delicious…

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Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 3 cups flour (450-500gr)
  • 1 sachet dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water

For the topping

  • 3 or 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • rosemary
  • chilli flakes or paprika powder

In a bowl, mix water, yeast and sugar. Let this mixture stand for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it up. Knead the mixture for 5-10 minutes or until the dough doesn’t stick anymore (add more flour when necessary). Cover the bowl with a plastic bag and set aside for 30 minutes. Oil the bottom of a baking tray and transfer the dough to it. Spread the dough with your hands. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Press your fingertips in the dough and make dimples. Brush the top with olive oil and herbs and bake your focaccia in a preheated oven at  225°C for about 20 minutes.

Buon appetito 😉

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Poğaça

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I know that my promise of a new recipe every 10 days have passed but I had to take several weeks off because of other urgent things I had to do (sounds very mysterious but it’s not believe me :D) Now that everything (well, almost everything) is over, I’ll have more time to keep my blog updated I PROMISE 🙂  To show my good will here is the last recipe out of the 3, which is called Poğaça (pronounced poha-cha). Poğaça is a traditional pastry eaten in Turkey, especially during breakfast.  The traditional ones are prepared with feta cheese and parsley or just plain and you can find these anywhere. There are other types of Pogaça in Turkey (stuffed with meat or vegetables, sweet ones etc.) but this one is the most simple one. Traditionally, these buns are prepared with fresh yeast, for a better texture, but I had no fresh yeast or feta cheese so I kept it simple 🙂

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Ingredients (for about 15 pieces):
  • half cup milk or yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons oil (or half cup of oil, sunflower preferred)
  • 1, 5 cup of flour
  • 1 sachet baking powder (or dried yeast)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Separate the egg yolk from the white in a small bowl. Mix in a large bowl all the other ingredients. Knead for about 10 minutes to get a soft non-sticky dough (the sticky dough becomes non-sticky so don’t worry).  Cover the dough and let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour. Take out the dough and divide it into small balls. Flatten the balls a bit, brush the top with egg yolk and sprinkle some nigella and/or sesame seeds on it. Place the poğaças on a tray covered with baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven at 175C till they are brown.
Great with Turkish tea 😉
Afiyet olsun!

Garlic bread

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The last recipe for this month. Let me present you: the uber delicious garlic bread. This easy to make recipe is pretty much my favourite on my list of effortless food. Not only it’s easy to make but you’ll get loads of compliments for it. And do I even have to mention that these slices are indispensable with pasta? 🙂 Usually, I use 1 or 2 garlic cloves because I don’t like the overwhelming taste of it, but you can add more or less to your taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of bread (Ciabatta, baguette or Turkish)
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tablespoons butter (I combine the two)
  • basil and oregano (or parsley)
  • salt and pepper
  • tomato (optional)
  • Mozarella cheese (optional)
  • chili flakes (optional)

Cut the bread into slices. Mince the garlic in a saucepan and place on the stove. Add the oil and butter. Then, add the herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir till the butter is melted, wait 2 or 3 minutes and remove from the stove. Spread the mixture over the slices or dip the slices in the mixture. You can garnish them with chopped tomatoes or mozarella cheese (or any other cheese). Place the slices in the oven and bake them till they turn golden brown (for about 15 minutes).

Bon appétit!