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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Let's go nuts for doughnuts! A Daring Baker's Challenge

vegan donut

This month the Daring Bakers were challenged to make doughnuts! Woo hoo! With the cold weather gradually setting in, these sugary treats are quite welcome. I tried hard not to eat too many; they turned out really good!

The Daring Kitchen


The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

I am not including a recipe this time as I would like to test this recipe one more time before posting it. The dough was a vegan (of course) baked yeast based one. The doughnuts were soft and fluffy, although best eaten the same day.

I'll be back with the recipe some time soon.

vegan donut

Saturday, 16 October 2010

October 2010 Daring Cook's Challenge: Stuffed Grape Leaves

stuffed vine leaves,daring cooks challenge

Stuffed grape leaves (also known as dolmades) is something I always buy at the store in cans or just ordered from restaurants. I had never actually thought of making my own until this month's Daring Cooks Challenge. It was a nice challenge and I now like the homemade version better. Apart from how simple it is to make stuffed grape leaves, it is also very versatile.

(I am posting this challenge 2 days late by the way!)

The Daring Kitchen


Our October 2010 hostess, Lori of Lori’s Lipsmacking Goodness, has challenged The Daring Cooks to stuff grape leaves. Lori chose a recipe from Aromas of Aleppo and a recipe from The New Book of Middle Eastern Food.

I found the grapes leaves preserved in brine.

stuffed vine leaves,daring cooks challenge

I bought a pack that contained loads of leaves!

stuffed vine leaves,daring cooks challenge

I think this is going to last me a year, I hope they don't go off quickly; I'm not sure of their lifespan.

After separating them, I let them soak for a bit in some boiling water. I should have done this 2-3 times as was suggested in the recipe but I was short of time, so I did it just once.In consequence, the leaves were not as soft as I would have liked them to be.

As for filling, I only used some left over rice and grated carrots with a simple seasoning.

Stuffed Grape Leaves
Ingredients (about 8 - 10 stuffed leaves)
8 - 10 vine/grape leaves (if preserved in brine, soak and rinse a few times in hot water. If using fresh ones, soak in hot water until tender.)
1 cup cooked rice
1 medium-sized grated carrot
1 teaspoon tabasco
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Salt to taste

  • Mix all ingredients together (except vine leaves).
  • Proceed to filling the leaves.
  • Filling is relatively easy, you might need a little practice with the first ones if you've never done some sort of dough wrapping before.
  • Place a little filling in the centre of the leaf, turn the extremities closest to you over the filling and roll back to enclose firmly.
  • Then fold over the extremities on the sides and roll to enclose.

stuffed vine leaves,daring cooks challenge

  • Place all stuffed leaves in a bowl and dizzle with olive oil. Let stand for a while before serving. 

Yummy, this made a nice lunch and it kept well for two days.

stuffed vine leaves,daring cooks challenge
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