Puff Pastry Cheese Twists

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I find these cuties to be a great choice for appetizers.

Your guests will surely love them!

The story of me finding the inspiration to prepare them starts on our recent vacation in Hungary.

Actually, I saw it on TV while trying to fall asleep in a hotel.

Kids were preparing them with a little help from some lovely lady.

But the kids made their own dough.

And I didn’t.

The kids DID.

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So you need:

1 package of  that puff dough I was talking about

as much ketchup as you like

as much hard cheese as you like (the stronger in flavor the better)

as much oregano as you like (fresh or dried)

1 egg to spread on top

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1. Preheat an oven to 350 F (176 C).

2. On a floured surface roll out the thawed dough into a rectangle shape.

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3. Spread ketchup over the surface.

Sprinkle with grated cheese and oregano.

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4. Divide the sheet of dough visually in half and fold it over to form two layers.

Roll gently with a rolling pin to seal.

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5. Cut into 1 1/4 inch (3 cm) strips.

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6. Twist the strips.

Place them on a baking sheet, pressing down the ends.

Brush the pastries with the egg mixture and sprinkle lightly with oregano.

7. Bake for 13 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove the pastries from the baking sheet and let cool on a wire rack.

Bon Appetit!

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Enjoy!

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Today’s Highs ‘n Lows

Life offers us highs and lows on a regular basis.

That’s indisputable.

I had it all in one day!

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My today’s high.

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Hello everyone!

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And the low.

I was down… down on the ground! And made a perfect picture!

Oh, I wish especially for my lows not to get any more dramatic than this. Ever!

And I wish the same to you dear friends…

Strawberry Dumplings

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OK, the first plan today was to make plum dumplings, because I had some plums in the fridge from our last visit to my parents’.  As I was gathering the ingredients I opened the fridge and, to my surprise, the plums were gone.

My boyfriend, though he had been informed about my plans with them, just did what felt right for him last night.

What can you say?

Let’s make strawberry dumplings!

And good they were!

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These are the ingredients.

To make the dough you need:

4 larger potatoes

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp butter, softened

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour, or as needed

To fill the dumplings you need:

about 20 fresh or canned strawberries, cut in halves

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And to cover the dumplings you need:

1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, melted

1/2 cup (100 grams) white sugar

1 cup (120 grams) bread crumbs (I used grind corn flakes)

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This is how it was all put together:

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1. Clean the potatoes thoroughly and place them into a pot with enough water to cover.

Bring them to a boil and cook until tender. It should take about 35 minutes.

Then drain and let cool.

When potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel and mash them. Set aside to cool.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the prepared potatoes, salt, eggs and flour until well blended.

If the dough is still wet and very sticky you can add more flour. But be careful not to add too much because then the dough gets too tough and we don’t want that.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.

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3. On a well floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4 inch (0,6 cm) thickness.

Cut the dough into even squares of about 2 1/3 inches (6 cm).

You can put 1/2 tsp sugar on each square (that is optional, but if you use fresh fruit, it is fine to use the sugar, because the fresh fruit is not so sweet).

But look at me!

I used canned (quite sweet) strawberries but still had put the little heap of sugar onto each square.

Somebody likes it sweet!

And then place a strawberry half on the top .

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4. Bring the corners around to the top, …

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… pinch together all the seams to seal and form a nice neat dumpling.

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5. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup (115 grams) of butter in a pan over medium heat. Stir in bread crumbs and 1/2 cup (100 grams) of sugar. Continue to cook and stir until browned.

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6. Bring a large pot of water to a slow boil. Place about 6 dumplings into the water at a time. Once they float to the surface (sometimes I have to help them, because they get stuck on the bottom), continue to cook them for about 5 more minutes. Transfer cooked dumplings to a bowl.

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7. Roll warm dumplings in the mixture until covered.

These dumplings can be filled with many other fruits like plums, apricots or anything else you dare to put in them.

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Marble Bundt Cake

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This cake was a must on our Sunday table nearly every weak when I was I child.

It looks very sophisticated, but let me tell you, it is one of the easiest I make.

The ingredients should be enough for a 10 inch (25 cm) pan.

I used quite a large bundt pan so I doubled the amounts.

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To make it you need:

3  medium eggs

2 1/4 cups (270 grams) cake flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2  cup (240 ml) vegetable oil

1 1/4 cups (250 grams) white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup (240 ml) milk

4 teaspoons cocoa powder

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And this is how:

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1. Preheat an oven to 350 F (177 C).

2. Spread oil over the inner side of the bundt or tube pan and dust it gently with flour.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together eggs and sugar.

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4. After about 5 minutes, when it looks just about this, you can add oil and the vanilla extract.

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5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

6. With the mixer on low speed alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the batter.

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7. Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan.

8. Stir the cocoa powder into the other half of the batter, mixing well. Then gently, spoon by spoon, add the cocoa batter to the pan.

This will create the wonderful marble effect.

9. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

This cake will keep for a couple of days at room temperature.

Enjoy dear friends!



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