Thursday, 31 August 2017

Summer baking + traveling to Macedonia and Greece 🍩🍰⛱

ok, here I am with some new bakes and some new photos from the summer  
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Bagels 



These bagels are made using:

200g wholemeal flour
300g white flour
1 pack of instant yeast, 7g
1 tsp salt
325ml warm water
1 egg for glazing
seeds for topping 

Sieve the flour into a big mixing bowl, add the yeast, salt and the water.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes if doing by hands.
Divide the dough into eight equal-size pieces.
Take one piece and roll it into a ball then dip your finger in a little flour and push it through the centre of the dough ball. Make the hole about 4cm wide by spinning it around.
Place the bagel into a baking tray and repeat with the rest of the dough balls.
Spray the bagels with oil and cover with plastic wrap.
Leave to rise for about 40 minutes.
Then brush the bagels with whisk egg and sprinkle some seeds of your choice.
I have used sesame, onion and caraway seeds.
Bake the bagels for 25 - 30 minutes on 200 C 





Birthday cake for my mother in law 


Raspberry, vanilla & white chocolate cake with almond flowers by Lorraine Pescale






Almond twists 


I can only say these almond bakes are divine:

dough; 250ml lukewarm milk
1 egg, beaten
85g sugar
1 tsp salt
1 or 2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
7g instant yeast
500g white flour
75g butter, room temperature 


filling: 25g ground almonds
25g sugar
50g soft butter
1 egg for glazing
20g almond flakes

Whisk together the milk, egg, sugar, salt and cardamom.
Mix the flour and yeast, add the liquid and mix with a wooden spoon.
Finally add the butter and knead it into the dough.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
Return the dough to the mixing bowl, cover with clean tea towel and leave it to rise for 1 hour.
After that, divide the dough into 2 pieces, using a rolling pin, roll each dough into a rectangle size 15x25 cm.
Spread the butter over the dough and scatter the almonds and sugar. Place one dough on top of the other, buttered side down.
Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into 15 strips.
Twist each strip into a knot and place it on a baking tray.
Brush the beaten egg over the top and sprinkle with flaked almonds.
Bake for 10 - 12 minutes on 200 C 









Sunrise over Macedonia





Olympia, Greece 







The starfish was picked by my brother in law 


Beach read




Skopje, Macedonia




Turkish coffee made on outdoor fire πŸ’œ



My dad's chilies 


The basil 



The tomatoes 


The peaches


The 12 kg watermelon 





2 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos from your visit home, and the baking! That bagel recipe I will need to save, they look so good, and so do the other sweet things too. I love that Macedonion sunrise, and all that fruit and veg is also impressive. I'm sure you had great time!

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    1. Thank you so much, I had a very nice time with my family xx

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