January 26, 2020

Hazelnut Rolled Rugelach (egg-less)


Makes 16 large cookies

3/4 cup hazelnuts
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
1 & 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Prepare hazelnuts in advanced.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and arrange hazelnuts in one single layer.
    Toast until golden brown and fragrant, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Place on a clean kitchen towel, cover, and let steam for 1 minute.
    Using the towel, gently rub the nuts to release their skins.

Place hazelnuts in a bowl of food processor and process until small bits, not powder. Add sugars and mix together. Keep in a covered container.



Using a fork, mix the butter, cream cheese to thoroughly combine. In a medium bowl mix baking powder and flour and add to cream cheese mixture. Knead a dough, cover with plastic and leave in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Divide the dough and hazelnuts mixture into 2 equal parts. Rub flour all over a rolling pin. Working with one dough disk at a time, place the disk on a clean, well-floured surface. Sprinkle with some hazelnuts mixtures all over the top. Applying some pressure with the rolling pin, roll gently from the center of the dough to the top and bottom edges. Rotate the disk and roll to the top and bottom edges again.

Re-flour the work surface and rolling pin, turn the dough over, sprinkle the surface with more hazelnuts mixture and continue to roll the dough from the center out to the edges. Turn over and roll again, rotating the disk to ensure even rolling until the dough is about 12 inches in diameter, thin but not transparent.

Cut the circle into 8 equal wedges. Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with second chunk of dough and hazelnut mixture.
Bake about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.


Russian version (Valentina Zarkan)

January 17, 2020

Poor Student Quick Bread (Healthier American version)


Make 1 loaf (9 x 5 inch)

1 & 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup spelt flour
1 tablespoons flax seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup buttermilk or kefir
1 egg
2 tablespoons fruit jam of your choice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar (for sweeter version 3/4 cup)
1 teaspoon baking soda diluted in 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts
1/4 cup dry cranberries

In a medium bowl mix flours and seeds.

In a large bowl, mix buttermilk, jam, egg, vegetable oil, and sugar. Using a spatula, stir until everything evenly combined. Dilute baking soda over the buttermilk mixture, add to it and slowly sprinkle with flour mixture. Using the same spatula, carefully stir everything together. Add chopped nuts and dry cranberries.

Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and level with an offset spatula. Bake on the bottom rack for about 40 minutes. Move the loaf pan to the upper shelf and bake for 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven, give 10 minutes to cool inside loaf pan. Remove a quick bread from the pan and give time to cool off completely. Wrap tightly into aluminum foil and keep moisture in. Slice and serve for morning tea or coffee.


Кекс "Бедный студент" в Америке

На 1 кекс

1 и 1/4 чашки белой муки
1/4 чашки муки Spelt
1 столовая ложка семян льна
1 столовая ложка семян чиа
1 стакан пахты или кефира
1 яйцо
2 столовые ложки фруктового джема на ваш выбор
2 столовые ложки растительного масла
1/2 чашки сахара (для сладкой версии 3/4 чашки)
1 чайная ложка пищевой соды, разведенная в 1 чайной ложке яблочного уксуса
1/4 чашки мелко нарезанных орехов
1/4 чашки сухой клюквы

Нагреть духовку до 350 Ф (180 Ц). Приготовить прямоугольную дорму для выпечки хлева размером. Смазать растительным мамсло и побрызгать антипригарной жидкостью.

В средней миске смешать два вида муки и семена.

В большой миске перемешать кефир, варенье, яйцо, растительное масло и сахар. Используя кулинарную лопатку, все хорошо размешать. Погасить соду уксусом и влить в кефирную смесь. Добавить мучную смесь, орехи и сухую клюкву. Все хорошо перемешать.

Вылить тесто в подготовленную форму для хлеба. Выпекать на нижней решетке около 40 минут. Поднять на верхнюю полку и печь в течение 5 минут.

Вынуть из духовки, дать 10 минут остыть внутри формы. Вынуть кекс из формы и дать время полностью остыть. Плотно завернуть в алюминиевую фольгу. Нарезать ломтиками и подать утром на завтрак.

January 12, 2020

Mini Italian bracelets with Maple Roasted Walnuts (egg-less)


Makes about 2 & 1/2 dozens 2-bites cookies

1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (if have no on hand whole-wheat flour, use all-purpose)
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup (8 tablespoon) butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons water, room temperature
1 tablespoon sugar

Maple walnuts
3/4 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons maple syrup
A couple dashes cayenne pepper

For brushing
2 tablespoons jam, any kind
1 tablespoon water


Coat walnuts with maple syrup and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Spread on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325 F for 15 minutes. steering halfway, until golden brown. Cool before finely chopping

Raise the temperature in oven to 350 F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick baking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix flours and baking powder. In a large bowl place butter, water and sugar. Using a whisk, mix everything together and add flour mixture. Make a dough and leave on a counter for 10 minutes.

Divide dough into 30 balls. Roll each ball into rope, 4-5 inch long. Form each rope into circle, crossing the ends and truckling under. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes on a lower third shelf and 5 minutes on upper third shelf.

Warm up the jam and water a bit. Using a baking brush, moist each cookie with liquid and sprinkle with maple walnuts.


January 03, 2020

Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon with Light Marinated Salad


Recipe from "Diabetic Living Magazine, Fall 2018"

Sevings 4

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
½ teaspoon honey
 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 (1 pound) skinless salmon fillet, fresh or frozen
Olive oil cooking spray


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine mustard, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary, honey, salt and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Combine panko, walnuts and oil in another small bowl.

Place salmon on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mustard mixture over the fish and sprinkle with the panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Lightly coat with cooking spray.

Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.


Light Marinated Salad

Makes about 4 cups

25-26 oz (750 gram) fresh cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup sugar
100 ml apple cider vinegar (5%)
50 ml vegetable oil
2 tablespoons salt
2 sweet green peppers, cut into medium chunks
2 cloves garlic
1 mini jalapenos, cut into 2-3 chunks
1 medium bunch of parsley, chopped

Prepare shallow 8-cup dish.

To make a marinade, place pepper, garlic, parsley, salt, sugar, vegetable oil, jalapenos, and vinegar in a bowl of a food processor. Process until all veggies will be finely chopped.

Bring a big pot of water to boil and add cherry tomatoes. Keep the tomatoes in the water for 30 seconds or until you can see their skins beginning to crack and peel. Quickly drain the water and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Using a sharp folk or stick, poke each tomato and place on the bottom of prepared shallow dish. Pour marinade over, cover with clear plastic and leave on a counter for a couple of hours. Place in refrigerator for a night to marinate. On the very next day prepare a 4 cups glass jar with a lid. Using a big tablespoon, carefully transfer salad to a jar, cover with a lid and keep in a refrigerator for another 2 days.

Serve with sandwiches, dish, meat, grains or just a mashed potato.