Sunday, June 18, 2006

Mixed Fruits in the Oven

Mixed Fruits in the Oven
2-3 peaches, peeled, sliced
2-3 plums, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup sugar

Topping:
1 orange's juice
English Devon cream or very thick cream
Walnuts

Place the peaches, plums and sugar with the insides up in a round baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Cook for 10 minutes. Take the dish out, add blueberries and put back in the oven. Cook another 15 minutes. Pour the orange juice all over and let it cool down for 10 minutes.

Place in small service plates. Sprinkle some walnuts on top of each and also put 1 tablespoon of cream on top. Serve it with a spoon, you should eat this dessert with the juice and melted cream:)

I've cooked this Ina Garten recipe from her TV show a few times for my family, and we all loved it. I wanted to share with you after adding a bit of a Turkish touch with the Kaymak (thick Turkish cream):)

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Puff Pastry with Asparagus

Puff Pastry with Asparagus
1 pkg Puff Pastry (Tender flake 397 g)

1/2 cup cheese, grated (any kind, I used cheddar to give it colour)
1 bunch asparagus, peeled
4 big size mushrooms, brushed, sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Crushed red pepper
Salt
Pepper

For the Puff Pastry, follow the instructions on the box. Each block of pastry rolls out into a 12-inch (30 cm) square. You will use only one block for this recipe. For the other block you can bake Talas Boregi or Puff Borek. Roll it and place on parchment paper. Make 1 cm wide frame with a knife. This part will puff up when baked. Make holes inside the frame using a fork. This part won't be puffy when baked.

Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Put the pastry on the oven tray and bake for 10 minutes. If the center puffs up, use a fork to bring it down. Sprinkle the cheese, place the asparagus and mushrooms all over the inside part. Then sprinkle the red pepper, salt and pepper. Pour olive oil all over. Increase the heat to 400 C (200 F) and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Cut in square pieces with a pizza cutter and serve as an appetizer.