Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sweet cheese pastry (knafeh) recipe


The Arabic Food Recipes Kitchen (The home of Delicious Arabic Food) invites you to try Sweet cheese pastry (knafeh) Recipe. Enjoy the Arabic cuisine and learn how to make Sweet cheese pastry (knafeh). 

Popular throughout the Levant, this syrup-soaked cheese dessert is commonly encased with kataifi pastry, but this recipe from Sydney's modern Lebanese restaurant Embers Mezze Bar uses a crushed Corn Flakes and semolina mixture instead. The golden crust, topped with rose petals and pistachios, barely contains the molten cheese centre.

Serves 20
Preparation 30min
Cooking 1hr
Skill level Mid

By
Charles Fisher

Ingredients

160 g unsalted butter, melted
440 g Corn Flakes, finely crushed
4¼ cups milk
110 g (½ cup) caster sugar
90 g (¾ cup) fine semolina
600 ml thickened cream
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp rosewater (see Note)
500 g mozzarella, coarsely grated
rose petals (dried) (see Note) and pistachios, to serve

Ater (sugar syrup)

440 g (2 cups) caster sugar
½ tsp lemon juice
½ tsp rosewater (see Note)

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions

Chilling time overnight

You will need a 24 cm x 34 cm x 4 cm tray for this recipe.

Place melted butter and Corn Flakes in a bowl, mixing with your hands to combine and completely coat cereal. Press half the mixture evenly onto the base of a 24 cm x 34 cm x 4 cm tray. Refrigerate until needed.

Place milk, sugar, semolina and cream in a large saucepan. Dissolve cornflour in 1 tablespoon of warm water and add to saucepan. Place over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, for 12 minutes or until very thick. Remove from heat and stir through rosewater. Allow to cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Spoon half of the semolina mixture over Corn Flake base, then scatter over mozzarella. Cover with remaining semolina mixture, then scatter over remaining Corn Flake mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes or until mixture is just starting to bubble around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, then refrigerate overnight.

To make syrup, place sugar in a saucepan with 250 ml (1 cup) water over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 200ºC. Cut knafeh into 20 slices in pan, remove pieces with a palette knife and place on large oven trays. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese just starts to ooze from the sides. Drizzle with syrup and scatter with rose petals and pistachios. Serve immediately.

Notes

• Rosewater, from Middle Eastern food shops, delis and select supermarkets, is a musky flavouring that is made by distilling rose petals.

• Rose petals (dried) are from specialist and Middle Eastern food shops.

Photography by Chris Chen. Food preparation by Phoebe Wood. Food styling by Justine Poole.

Source: sbs.com.au



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Baklava tarts with berries recipe


The Arabic Food Recipes Kitchen (The home of Delicious Arabic Food) invites you to try Baklava tarts with berries Recipe. Enjoy the Arabic cuisine and learn how to make Baklava tarts with berries. 

Get the best of both worlds with the sweet combination of sweet tarts and baklava.

To Prep 0:50   
To Cook 0:15
INGREDIENTS 13
DIFFICULTY ADVANCED
MAKES 6

delicious. - December 2008 , Page 90
Recipe by Valli Little
Photography by Brett Stevens

Ingredients

80g walnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 loosely packed cup (80g) brown sugar
12 sheets frozen filo pastry, thawed
100g unsalted butter, melted
1 cup (280g) thick Greek-style yoghurt
1 cup (240g) sour cream
2 x 125g punnets raspberries
Icing sugar, to dust
Honey, to drizzle

Method

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease six 12cm loose-bottomed tart pans.

Step 2
Pulse nuts, spices and brown sugar in a food processor to finely chop.

Step 3
Lay 1 filo sheet on the bench (keep the remaining filo covered with a damp tea towel as you work). Brush with a little butter and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons nut mixture. Lay another filo sheet on top, repeat with butter and nut mixture. Fold in half to form a 24cm square, trimming edges if needed. Brush top with butter. Push pastry into a tart pan, then fold edges, crimping and folding to form a 1.5cm-wide rim. Brush with more butter, then cover with a damp tea towel while you repeat with remaining filo, butter and nuts to make 6 tarts. Place on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until crisp and golden. Cool in pans.

Step 4
Turn out tart cases and place on plates. Combine yoghurt and cream, then spoon into the tarts. Top with berries, dust with icing sugar, drizzle with honey and serve.


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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spicy Dahlia chips recipe

Spicy Dahlia chips recipe

The Arabic Food Recipes Kitchen (The home of Delicious Arabic Food) invites you to try Spicy Dahlia chips Recipe. Enjoy the Arabic cuisine and learn how to make Spicy Dahlia chips.

Frozen French fries never tasted so good. Fried then finished with Lebanese spices with an added kick from Aleppo pepper, you’ll never look at tomato sauce the same way again.  

Serves 4
Preparation 5min
Cooking 5min
Skill level Mid


By
Shane Delia

 

Ingredient 

vegetable oil, for deep-frying
500 g store-bought French fries
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
50 g flaked almonds, toasted
pinch of red Aleppo pepper
pinch of sumac
pinch of ground coriander
1 lemon, juiced
15 sprigs coriander, torn
salt, to taste

 

Cook's notes  

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions  

Heat the oil in a deep fryer or deep saucepan to 180˚C. Cook the fries for 3–5 minutes or until golden.  
Meanwhile, place a large frying pan over medium—high heat. Add the oil and garlic and cook for 2 minutes until aromatic. Add the flaked almonds and cook for 1 minute, then, using a slotted spoon, transfer the fries directly from the hot oil into the frying pan. Add the remaining ingredients and toss really well to ensure all the seasonings are well dispersed.  

Transfer the fries to a serving dish and serve immediately.  

Source: sbs.com.au

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easy Tomato Cucumber Hummus Snack Recipe


The Arabic Food Recipes Kitchen (The home of Delicious Arabic Food) invites you to try  Easy Tomato Cucumber Hummus Snack Recipe. Enjoy the Arabic cuisine and learn how to make Easy Tomato Cucumber Hummus Snack.

Yield 1-2 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Ingredients

hummus (about 1-2 tablespoons per piece of toast)
cucumbers, thinly sliced
tomatoes, thinly sliced
basil, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
optional: a few pinches of dill

Directions

  1. Spread hummus on toasted bread, top with sliced cucumbers and/or tomatoes, and chopped basil.
  2. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. If desired, sprinkled with dill.
  4. Enjoy!
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lebanese-Style Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

 Lebanese-Style Stuffed Eggplant

Ingredients

6 (5- to 6-inch long) bambino (also called Baby Bell) eggplants (about 6 ounces each)
1/2 cup long-grain or jasmine rice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 (14 1/2-oz) can diced tomatoes in juice
3/4 lb ground lamb or beef chuck (not lean)
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

Hollow out each eggplant with a melon-ball cutter, working from bottom end and leaving about 1/3 inch eggplant flesh along interior walls. Rinse rice in a sieve under cold water until water runs clear. Drain well.

Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Fry pine nuts, stirring frequently, until golden, about 3 minutes, then transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Sauté onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer 1/2 cup onion mixture to bowl with pine nuts. Add stock, tomatoes, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to skillet and simmer, uncovered, while stuffing eggplant.

Add rice, meat, allspice, one teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to bowl with onion mixture and mix well with your hands.

Stuff eggplant with meat mixture, being careful not to pack tightly (rice will expand during cooking). Transfer stuffed eggplants to skillet with tomato sauce and simmer, covered, carefully turning once, until rice is cooked through, 50 minutes to one hour (cut one in half to test). [Check in on your dish periodically; I managed to burn my sauce because I wasn’t paying attention, although it was still surprisingly tasty.]

If sauce is watery, transfer eggplant to a plate and boil sauce, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, 3 to 5 minutes, then adjust seasoning if necessary. Return stuffed eggplant to sauce. Squeeze lemon over dish and sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Source:Smitten Kitchen

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Manakish Bi Zaatar Recipe

Manakish Bi Zaatar

Preparation time 30 mn
Serves 8
Cooking time 5 mn

Ingredients

For the flat bread dough

2 cups all-purpose-flour
2 tsp dried yeast
½ tsp salt
1tsp sugar
1½ cup warm water

For the filling

3/4 cup zaatar mix (pre-mixed dried thyme with sumac and sesame seeds)
1 cup Al Wadi Al Akhdar extra virgin olive oil

Preparation
  1. To make the filling, mix zaatar and olive oil and set aside.
  2. To make the dough, sift the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in the bowl of an electrical robot and mix for 10-12mn on a low speed adding water gradually until the dough comes together leaving the sides of the bowl clean. It should feel smooth and elastic. Cover with cling film and leave it in a warm place for about 2 hours, till it has doubled the size.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7/220°C /425F/.
  4. Divide dough into 8 portions and roll each portion between your palms like a ball shape.
  5. On a floured working surface, knead each ball flat using a rolling pin until even and about ¼ inch thick.
  6. Spoon the zaatar mixture over the disk-shaped bread.
  7. Slide your bread on a lightly greased baking sheet and cook for about 5mn or until the dough is crispy and brown. Serve warm.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Middle Eastern Kibbeh Recipe


Recipe by Ron Shepherd

Source: Food Network

"Kibbeh is a wonderful dish from the Middle East traditionally made with lamb meat but beef is acceptable, too. I prefer it made into patties and fried in olive oil. However, it is most often found in restaurants in baked form. Serve kibbeh with tahini, a sesame seed paste."

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
  
Ready In: 32 Minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients:

2/3 cup medium coarse bulgur
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground allspice  
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds lean ground lamb
3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

1. Place bulgur in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with water just to the top of the bulgur. Place in the microwave and cook on High 1 to 2 minutes until bulgur is swollen and the water is absorbed. Toss briefly and allow to stand until cool.

2. Place the mint leaves in the bowl of a food processor. Process, gradually adding onion through the feed tube, until both mint and onion are finely chopped. Stir the mint-onion mixture into the bulgur, with the cumin, allspice, salt, and pepper. Stir the bulgur mixture into the ground lamb and mix thoroughly. Using damp hands, shape the lamb mixture into small, palm-sized patties.

3. Place the olive oil in a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the kibbeh patties and cook until outside is golden brown and center is cooked through, turning once, about 6 minutes on each side.

Photo By: LeAnna Quartuccio

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