It’s no secret I love birthdays as it means a chance to bake and be creative! Here’s what I did for a friends birthday whose two most favourite things in the world are reading books and drinking chai! Put the two together and what do you get? Ta-daa … a book box full of goodies to enjoy with a cup of chai! Goodies include mini chocolate cupcakes and savoury biscuits 🙂 … Can’t wait to see her reaction to this … Happy Birthday Ridhima!
Book Box full of goodies by The Bakealogue
Whose birthday is it next then? 😀
If you’re anything like me and prefer simple recipes for dinner, then this Spiced Chicken Roast recipe is for you! This was dinner last night accompanied with some roasted potatoes, cous cous salad and bread. Perfect for all you busy bees out there as it’s just a case of marinating a day before and shoving in the oven 2 hours before din din the next day … I personally thought the ingredients and amounts mentioned were just right (am not a fan of very spicy food) but by all means spice it up or less according to your own taste buds …
Spiced Chicken Roast
Chicken (with skin) – 1 kilo
Cayenne Pepper – 1tsp
Paprika – 1 tsp
Salt – 1tsp
Dried Thyme – 1tsp
Garlic Powder -1tsp
Black Pepper – 1 tsp
Lemon (sliced) – half
Olive Oil – to drizzle
Before you start, dab the chicken with tissue to make sure it is dry.
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients except olive oil and lemon.
Drizzle a little olive oil over the chicken.
Now add the spices to the chicken amd spread well with your hands making sure all of the chicken is well marinated.
Place the lemon inside the chicken cavity.
Allow the chicken to marinate overnight or at least for a few hours.
Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
Place the chicken to your baking tray and allow to cook for at least an hour and 30 minutes (or more depending on your oven).
Allow the chicken roast to cool for approximately 10 minutes after taking it out of the oven.
Been a while since I baked a savoury, so it’s ‘Yay Day’ for all the savoury fans as I finally got around to baking Cheese Fatayer today. Fatayer is a popular Middle Eastern savoury that has various fillings such as spinach, meat or simply cheese. Though you can shape the dough whichever way you want, Cheese Fatayer typically consists of a boat-shape. The tutorial I watched made it look so easy to do that I had even decided to portray the look of the famous gondola’s you see everywhere in Venice (holiday still fresh in my mind!). But it was a different story, when it came to doing it myself, and as I clearly need a lot more practice, you’ll just have to settle for this flower until I get better at it 😀 …
Recipe as follows:
Ingredients for the dough:
All Purpose Flour: 2 and 1/2 cups
Instant Yeast: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Whole milk (lukewarm): 1 cup
Olive Oil: 1/3 cup
Method for the dough: In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients and add the milk and olive oil. Knead until it forms a smooth dough. You can add a little more flour if it gets too sticky. Cover the dough and let it rest for approximately 10 minutes. Divide the dough into equal small sizes, and roll out into an oval shape.
Add the cheese filling in the centre and wrap it around the sides and ends.
Bake in your pre-heated at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 10 – 15 minutes or until it turns golden brown in colour.
Optional: I always like to brush the bread with garlic butter as soon as it comes out of the oven as it adds a nice shine and flavour. But it’s just a personal preference so you can skip this step if you wish to. Read the rest of this entry
Yesterday was one of those days where I was quite organised about everything and was done with all chores beforehand and a free evening to enjoy until ……. I switched on a cooking channel and the lady was baking Focaccia bread! Just couldn’t resist and had to bake it the very same evening! This has got to be one of the easiest and quickest bread to bake. My fave part is how it involves very little work and the entire process is done in the baking dish itself! So this recipe is certainly for keeps!
Ingredients for the dough:
All Purpose Flour: 3 cups
Olive Oil: 1/4 cup
Active Yeast: 2 and 1/2 tsp
Sugar: 4 tsp
Salt: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Water: approximately 1 cup or as required to get all the ingredients to bind together.
For the toppings:
Green Pepper (sliced): 1
Onion (sliced): 1
Tomato (sliced): 1
Italian Herbs Seasoning: to sprinkle
More alternatives you would like to use can be olives, jalapeño, or even cheese!
In a bowl, knead together all the ingredients for the dough. Grease your baking dish. Spread your dough evenly throughout the dish.
Cover the baking dish with a cling film and keep in a warm place for approximately 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
Meanwhile, chop all the desired vegetables you wish to add as the topping and set aside.
Once the dough has doubled in size, then gently form dimples throughout the dough using your hands.
Add approximately 2 tbsp of Olive Oil on top of the dough, followed by the toppings of your choice.
Pre-heat your oven at 200 degrees Celsius, and bake your bread for approximately 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Congratulations! Your Focaccia Bread is ready to be served! 🙂
Pizza on Pita bread anyone? The perfect way to make pizza in just 5 minutes! All you need is good quality pita bread, toppings of your choice and cheese to top it up! Then it’s just a few minutes wait until the cheese melts in the oven (or even grill pan) … and you have a delicious pizza good to go! 🙂
Pizza on Pita Bread
Scratching your heads wondering what to make for tea? Try these Twisted Cheese Straws today … it’s a simple and quick recipe to bake! In fact you can even get your kids involved with this one as they will enjoy the activity … Can’t stop munching on these at the moment *nom nom*
Going to keep it short today, as still have to bake a cake for a friends birthday AND get dinner sorted … laterz!
Twisted Cheese Straws
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So what have you been upto today? I spent a good part of this morning looking up Croissant recipes and was pretty horrified as I didn’t realise it’s such a long and tedious process … As there’s no way I was going to spend most of my weekend in the kitchen, so I decided to create a shortcut recipe for croissants that takes a matter of 20 minutes from start to finish! All you really need is puff pastry and some Nutella (or any filling of your choice) and then just follow the steps shown in the pic .. By the way, please don’t forget to brush the croissant with a beaten egg right before it goes into the oven! It really is that simple!
The combination of puff pastry and nutella is amazing … and that’s a lot coming from someone who is not even a Nutella fan … I just had an open bottle that needed to be used up so thought I’d just experiment with that as the filling and man did it taste good! Can’t believe I didn’t think of this before ….. Have a great weekend everyone!