The Croissant Challenge

The Croissant Challenge

September 09th, 2008  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry


A couple of weeks ago, when Vera and I were planning the brunch menu, the last thing I needed was a baking challenge. The menu was already ambitious and required two full days of proofing dough and baking, but I just couldn't resist... Flaky, buttery croissants that crackle as you bite into them... Even more butter on top with homemade plum jam... Chocolate dripping from half of ...

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Feta Cheese & Mint Börek

Feta Cheese & Mint Börek

April 29th, 2007  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Börek is a traditional Turkish layered dough dish, generally filled with cheese, ground meat or vegetables. The most popular fillings are feta cheese, spinach, potatoes and ground meat flavored with a variety of herbs and spices. The dough, called yufka in Turkish, is quite labor-intensive. Not many Turkish households attempt to prepare it themselves. They are sold in 3-5 sheet packs in supermarkets here. Yufka is essential for ...

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