Τηγανόψωμα Με Φέτα Και Μέλι || Fried Little Breads With Feta And Honey

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Ήρθε η εποχή που θα πάμε πάλι στο χωριό μας. Που θα φτιάχνουμε πρωινό για όλη την οικογένεια και θα έχουμε τον χρόνο να το απολαύσουμε όλοι μαζί, παρέα, στη βεράντα μας, χωρίς βιασύνη και άγχος. Ήρθε η εποχή που θα θυμηθώ τα δικά μου παιδικά χρόνια στο χωριό, με παρόμοιες στιγμές στο πρωινό τραπέζι και τη γιαγιά μου να μας φτιάχνει τηγανόψωμα με φέτα και μέλι.

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Easy Homemade Bread

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Baking bread is theraputical. Is fun. It makes my kitchen feels alive. I feel alive. So, I baked two of these lovely little loaves. Some butter, honey and homemade bread is the perfect way to start your day.

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Easy Homemade Bread.

400 gr. all purpose flour

8 gr. dry yeast

220 ml warm water

1 ts sugar

1 tbs salt

Add in a bowl the yeast, 100 ml of water, 3 spouns of flour and the sugar. Mix well and leave it aside for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 60*C for 15 minutes and turn it off.

In another bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and put inside the yeast mix. Stir well for 3 minutes until the dough is homogenised.

Place the dough in another bowl with some flour around it, cover it with a plastic membrane and put it in the oven for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven at 180*C. Place a non-stick paper on a pan, shape your dough and bake it for 30 minutes. After that, increase the oven temperature into 200*C and bake for another 10 minutes.

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The Salty Biscotti Blog Food Photography

Light Thoughts.

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Lately, I got obsessed with light.

I read all about it, search everywhere for information, try to spot the perfect shine all over my house. As if I have just moved in.

I was always curious about light and how it transforms everything. Even when in absence. Now, that situations force us to stay inside to be safe, now that I am constantly at home for 3 whole weeks, now, I feel like I am learning my house all over again. So, I look at it, as if it is new to me. I observe it`s corners and how the sun reflects on the objects, upon the curtains, how it comes in through windows, how rooms change as hours passing by.

I hope I express myself correctly, it feels like magic. Especially in the early hours. Perhaps I am being a little more romantic these days. After all, I am constantly surrounded by my photography and baking books. Still, I need to stay creative. I miss it. I miss my routine. I miss “my freedom”.

I am full of thoughts.

Full of light thoughts.

A Festive Cheese Plate

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The second day of the year, is the perfect day for a snack. With all the crazy amount of cooking and baking of the previous days for the festive family-meals, a cheese board and some wine is the best way to still feel the New Year`s atmosphere without spending hours in the kitchen.

So I created a very simple cheese plateau for two, from all the left overs in the fridge. We enjoyed it a lot and if you want to give it a try, here are some suggestion ingredients to use.

I put three kinds of cheeses, which were the base of the plate. A provolone dolce piece, which is an italian kind of soft aged pasta filata cheese, a piece of blue cheese and a Greek metsovone, which is a semi-hard smoked cheese, produced in the region of Metsovo. I added some prosciutto, a few salami slices, green olives, salty crackers, some breadsticks and croutons, apricot marmelade, some nuts, raisings and dried figs.

Feel free to add some fruits, fresh or dried, other kinds of marmelades or roasted bread slices and depending on the number of people, simply adjust the amount of food served in your plate.

Have a great day friends.

Foodie Photoshoot || Oreo Christmas Cookies

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This photoshoot was by far my favorite this Christmas. I had never tried oreo kourabiedes (Greek Christmas cookies covered with white or cocoa topping) before and Terkenlis, a top bakery and patisserie store in Greece, made my day. This treat is definitely on my baking list of 2020.

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Apple Tart

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It is almost the end of October and the weather in Athens is still in a summer mood. Not that it is a bad thing, but it is quite confusing. Imagine that my husband asked me to bake a strawberries tart… As much as I love strawberries, it is an apple season, so from taste`s perspective, an Apple Tart is a much more clever thing to bake.

Not as photogenic as I wanted to, but with a killer taste, this week`s recipe is this simple homemade apple tart. Who could resist a combination of apples, cinnamon, sugar, cognac and walnuts after all… Our kitchen smelled heavenly even the day after baking and I always feel so happy when my family members ask for a second piece.

If you are in the mood, check the recipe below. I would LOVE to receive your feedback.

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You Will Need For The Tart:

200 gr. cold butter, cut in cubes

40 gr. powdered sugar

440 gr. all purpose flour

2 eggs, at room temperature

You Will Need For The Filling:

1.800 gr. apples, peeled and finely chopped

300 gr. brown sugar & additional 40 gr. for topping

1 tea spoon cinnamon

40 gr. cognac

50 gr. walnuts

juice from 1 lemon

The Salty Biscotti Blog Food Photography apple tart

* Use an electric mixer to mix all the tart ingredients until you get a soft dough. Cut two large pieces of a plastic membrane and roll inside the dough at about 0.5 cms. Remove the top membrane and use the bottom one to transfer the dough into a large tart pan. Put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Place over the tart plastic membrane and cover it with lots of rice. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 °C for 12 minutes. Remove the rice membrane and bake for nother 10 to 15 minutes until golden. Remove the dough from heat to cool down before filling it with the apples mixture.

In a saucepan, place the apples and cinnamon and boil in medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add the cognac, stir the mixture gently and boil for another 8 minutes. Take it out of heat and add the walnuts. To prevent apples from getting black, add lemon juice from one large lemon.

Place the apple mixture in the cold tart and add some extra brown sugar on top. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Let it cool down for a few minutes and serve.

Enjoy!! Anthea.

The Salty Biscotti Blog Food Photography apple tart
The Salty Biscotti Blog Food Photography apple tart

Foodie Photoshoot || Chocolate Cookies

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I usually shoot between 13:00 pm and 16:00 pm, not only because my babies are usually asleep, but also because the light is more appropriate through my window. In this photoshoot, that happened around 8:00 am, I wanted to try a different kind of light, stronger, more vivid, play a little with shadows.

Manipulating light is a huge part in photography, let alone when food is involved and rules to be followed in order for the result to be satisfactory.

It was harder to get the images I had planned on my mind but it was fun too. Hoping that next time I will get better results, I am willing to try again working on such conditions.

The cookies tasted great by the way…

Have a lovely weekend friends.

Anthea.

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