A recipe to note down: pancakes


pancakes|marmite et ponpon

Being Lebanese, we cherish every meal of the day. We love food and we enjoy it! I know nothing can beat our Lebanese breakfast, it’s wholesome, varied and irresistible, but when you try this amazing recipe, you will add it on your favorite breakfast list; the best basic recipe!

pancakes|marmite et ponpon

For that you will need (yields 9-10):

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 free range egg
  • 15 g butter melted
  • more butter to grease the pan

Mix together dry ingredients and make a well in the center. Mix egg and milk until combined, pour it in the well along with melted butter. Whisk until all ingredients are incorporated.

Heat a pan greased with butter. Poor the same amount of batter each time to get homogeneous pancakes (i used a quarter cup to control the size). Cook each side for 2-4 minutes until nicely browned.

pancakes|marmite et ponpon

pancakes|marmite et ponpon

Drizzle some maple syrup or even chocolate syrup depending on your taste. Enjoy!

pancakes|marmite et ponpon

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le Soleil nutella puff pastry


le Soleil nutella puff pastry|marmite et ponpon

A gooey sun, made of two ingredients and thousand feelings of bliss. Each ray takes you to a different world full of light and warmth especially when shared with a family. One of the best things during summer vacation, i get to share my recipes with my family, not just for appreciation but for the pleasure of sharing. I believe, the best family gatherings are over food!

le Soleil nutella puff pastry |marmite et ponpon

It’s a very simple and easy dessert prepared in no time and served in less than half an hour. All you need is 2 sheets of puff pastries, thawed and rolled into 2 same size circles, and 1 1/2 cup of Nutella.

Place one of the puff pastry sheets on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread the Nutella avoiding 2cm from the edge. Brush this left 2cm with water and place the other puff pastry sheet on top and press them well together.

Place the lid of Nutella jar in the middle and cut into 4 rays starting from the lid. Then cut each quarter in half, then each eighth also in half. You will get a total of 16 rays.

Remove the lid and start twisting each ray by putting your finger near the center and gently make 3-4 turns. Repeat with each ray.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Brush with egg wash (one egg + 1tsp cold water) and bake for 20 mins or until nicely golden. Let it barely cool done before all get their hands on it.

le Soleil nutella puff pastry| marmite et ponpon

le Soleil nutella puff pastry | marmite et ponpon

Do i even need to say that the end result was heavenly? Nothing was left after 10 minutes! Only the trace of “once upon a time there was a sunny flaky Nutella pie on this parchment paper…” it’s always a happy ending when there is chocolate!

See you in the next fairy tale…
sunny nutella puff pastry|marmite et ponpon
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A summer addiction: Watermelon and Bulgarian salad


Watermelon and bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

I believe that salads promoting fruits are always a hit especially for summers days. Watermelon and Bulgarian cheese is a perfect refreshing salad, celebrating summer at its best. If you wish to impress your guests, this is one incredible salad that deserves a big applause.

Watermelon & bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

 

Everything about this salad is amazing, from the watermelon to the Bulgarian cheese, rocket leaves, fresh mint leaves and roasted almonds. And I decided to top it off with a sweet balsamic and olive oil dressing.  It was the perfect finishing touch to this salad.

There is no precise amount for the ingredients, you will need pieces of watermelon cut in square shapes and slices of Bulgarian cheese, same size, to insert between. You decide how many piece you need, depending on the amount of guests you have. Top each watermelon and cheese square with rocket leaves and few fresh mint leaves. A handful roast almonds to give it some crunchiness. Drizzle a little of olive oil and sweet balsamic glaze.

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese| marmite et ponpon

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese | marmite et ponpon

Isn’t that screaming summer?! If you give it a try give me your comments. Happy Lebanese summer days:)

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Zaatar (thyme) and cheese straws


zaatar(thyme) and cheese straws |marmite et ponpon

These savory straws are perfect as appetizers, quick and easy to make and most of all they are addictively tasty. Yes i am hooked on these flaky sticks.

The most common recipes call for cheese, but being Lebanese and fond of our man’oucheh zaatar (thyme), can’t but give it a try using this frangrant and flavorful herb!

Man’oucheh  style straws, and it’s heavenly delicious!

zaatar(thyme) and cheese straws| marmite et ponpon

To make Zaatar straws you need:

  • a sheet of puff pastry (250g) makes 10-12 straws
  • egg wash (one egg +1 tbsp cold water)
  • 1/3 cup ground zaatar (prepared with sumac and sesame as for man’oucheh )
  • pinch of salt

Roll out the defrosted puff pastry on a lightly floured board until almost 25×30 cm. Beat the egg with one table spoon of cold water and brush the surface of the pastry. Sprinkle the zaatar and salt and with the rolling pin press gently the zaatar into the dough. With the knife or pizza wheel cut the puff pastry into (1.5-2cm wide) strips. Twist each strip and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to bake for 15 mns (in a preheated oven to 200°C) until browned and puffed then turn them to bake for another 10 minutes.

 

zaatar(thyme) and cheese straws|marmite et ponpon

zaatar(thyme) and cheese straws | marmite et ponpon

To make cheese straws you need:

  • a sheet of puff pastry (250g) makes 10-12 straws
  • egg wash (one egg +1 tbsp cold water)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded gruyere
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

Roll out the defrosted puff pastry on a lightly floured board until almost 25×30 cm. Beat the egg with one table spoon of cold water and brush the surface of the pastry. Sprinkle the garlic salt, pepper, gruyere and parmesan. With the rolling pin press gently the flavorings into the dough. With the knife or pizza wheel cut the puff pastry into (1.5-2cm wide) strips. Twist each strip and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to bake for 10 mns (in a preheated oven to 200°C) until browned and puffed then turn them to bake for another 10 minutes. Don’t over bake to not burn the cheese, they are more delicate than the zaatar straws.

zaatar(thyme) straws and cheese straws | marmite et ponpon

zaatar(thyme) straws and cheese straws| marmite et ponpon

You’re gonna sooooo love these melt in your mouth deliciousness. Try it with a glass of wine or bottle of beer, and enjoy!

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Purslane, avocado and rocket salad


purslane, avocado and rocket salad|marmite et ponpon

An easy and quick salad for those hot days when you look for a refreshing breeze. The blend of purslane, rocket, avocado, tomato, onion and pomegranate seeds make it so flavorful and nutritious.

In the beginning i found it a bit awkward to add purslane to this salad, i am used to the traditional one that mom used to make for us with tomato and cucumber. But since i am a lover of these soft leaves i wanted to give it a try and add it to this unconventional salad.

purslane, avocado & rocket salad|marmite et ponpon

For those who doesn’t know, purslane leaves have more omega 3 fatty acids than in some of the fish oils. Surprisingly, 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves provide about 350 mg of alpha linolenic acid. Research studies show that consumption of food rich in omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Without forgetting it’s very low in calories (just 16 kcal/100g) and fats. This amazing green leafy vegetable is also rich in dietary fibers, vitamins (A, C and some B complex) and minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese). Isn’t it magical?!

purslane, avocado & rocket salad |marmite et ponpon

For two, you will need:

  • purslane leaves, almost two cups
  • a bunch of rocket leaves, almost 3 cups
  • one small onion cut a la julienne
  • one medium tomato coarsely chopped
  • one big avocado sliced
  • half cup pomegranate seeds

Mix all together and serve with a vinaigrette dressing (apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil and salt), or lemon and olive oil. Choose upon your taste.

purslane, avocado & rocket salad| marmite et ponpon

Vegetarian or vegan people will cherish this treasure. If you are avoiding animal products, go for this healthy dark green leafy vegetable and enjoy all the benefits of fish! I am sure i will be testing other ways to use this highly beneficial purslane and most of all succulent.

purslane, avocado and rocket salad |marmite et ponpon

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