marți, 28 februarie 2012


      Lets see: what are you doing if you loooooooooovvvveeeeeeeeee caramel and nuts and this recipe makes you die for a piece of it, but don't have any pecan on hands? You become creative, no? At least so did i. This is my version of the recipe, where i replaced the pecans with walnuts and the result was more than what i expected.

The dough:
1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (80 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (95 grams) granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg (i used one medium egg)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
I stired all the ingredients into a bowl, untill i got a tough dough.

I lined up a pan with baking paper and press the dough in it, using my fingers (wet your hands, if the dough stick to your fingers). I let it chill for 1/2 hour, baked it at 175C, untill the edges were golden.

I let it cool off completelly.

The topping:
3/4 cups (150 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream
3 tablespoons (40 grams) unsalted butter, cut into bits
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1 cup (114 grams) pecans, toasted cooled, and coarsely chopped (we dont have pecan trees
here, so i replaced the pecans with walnuts, the taste it is not too different, i think)
I cooked the sugar into a pan until it melted and became golden caramel. i poured in cream and cooked on low fire untill the caramel was dissolved. I removed it from head and added butter, vanilla, salt and walnuts.

I spreaded it on the top of cooked dough and baked it until it started bubbling on the edges.I let it cool completelly and cut it in bars.
       Enjoy it!!!!!

luni, 27 februarie 2012


      ...since i didn't post anything on my blog!!!!!!!!! And so many things happened. We left from the village, returned to Bucharest and now i'm in Italy, since october last year. I'll be here for a few more months, i think. I missed my blog and posting here. I missed reading the other blogs. I just hope the things will settle a little bit and i'll have time to post again.
      For now, lets try something sweet, just to remember how to do it, so...
         YOGHURT PIE!!!!!!!!!

2 pounds yoghurt
7-8 eggs
1/2 pound sugar
8 sheets of phillo pasta
vanilla, lemon zest, raisins
2 teablespoons of melted butter
Beat up the eggs with sugar untill they increase their volume 2-3 times. Add them to the yoghurt, add in the vanilla, the lemon zest and the raisins. Mix well. Grease a pan with a spoon of butter, grease 3 sheets of phillo pasta with melted butter and lay them one in top of eachother in the prepared pan, pour 1/3 of the yoghurt, lay another 2 sheets of pasta, add another 1/3 of yoghurt. Lay the last layer of 3 sheets of phillo and the rest of the yoghurt. Bake it for about 40 minutes at 350F. After you take it out of the oven let it cool
off for a few minutes and, if you want, dust it with powder sugar.

 Enjoy it!!!!!