Homemade Sweet Cheese.

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Hello everybody.

We had a big brunch this morning for my mother in-law’s old friends.
Lovely group full of  old memories, besides things I made I ordered others like haluva, kibbeh and yalanji.

I made falafel rolls,cheese platter, Greek salad, date rocca salad and za’tar puffs.

For dessert I kind of created two elegant dishes, made cream cheese yesterday then molded it today to two parts. One with caramel, walnuts and figs. The other with strawberry sauce and almonds.

ingredients and method:

  • 2 liters of fresh milk.
  • 9 tablespoons white vinegar.
  • 1 small pack cream (علبه قشطه صغيره)
  • Boil milk well then add the vinegar, curd will immediately start to crumble.
  • With a sieved spoon collect curd in a fine sieve so as all water goes out.
  • Add the cream and mix well.
  • when no more water comes out put a kitchen towel on top and cool it in the fridge for several hours.
  • you can serve it with any sauce you like e.g caramel,strawberry,honey …etc.

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Everybody loved it, a really nice looking elegant dish. Other desserts were brought by the guests ,a dessert done in a  Shishani sweets bakery ,  delicious as well.

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Traditional Apple Pie.

Hello everybody.

No cooking today,I still have lots from yesterday,plus I went out with my friends for breakfast to a kind of new place in town Shakespeare & co. really pleasant place,beautiful decor, tasty food and excellent service I might say :)

This doesn’t mean no work,my mother in law’s school friends are coming tomorrow morning so I made apple pie and za’tar sticks but as round pastries this time, will be great with a cheese platter and Tabouleh.

You may find various apple pie recipes all over,I usually make this one which is easy and always work.

Ingredients and method of apple pie:

*Crust:

* 1 egg.

* 1 tsp vanilla or lemon zest.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

* 3/4 cup butter.

* 1 3/4 cups flour ( you may need 1/4 more to make a firm dough)

* pinch of salt.

* 2 tablespoons cold water.

 

Filling:

* 5-6 large apples peeled and cut to slices.

* 1/2 cup walnuts (optional).

* 1/4 cup raisins (optional).

* 1/4 cup brown sugar.

* 1 tsp lemon juice .

* 1 tablespoon cinnamon ( sorry forgot to add it in the photo)

 

* beat the egg.vanilla,sugar and butter till creamy.
* add flour and salt and knead well till you have a firm round dough ( add more flour if it’s sticky and you can’t handle it)
* leave to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
* spread 3/4 dough in pie pan evenly in bottom and sides.
* pinch it with a fork so as it won’t form a bubble.
* mix filling ingredients well and pour them into the pie pan.
* make shapes to decorate top of pie from remaining dough ,sprinkle surface with flour or use plastic bag for easier handling.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes or till sides and bottom are golden then toast the surface.
    You can reheat it and serve it with vanilla ice cream or as is with a sprinkle of icing sugar,depends on how the lovely ladies prefer tomorrow .
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