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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dessert Crepes with cherries - Palacinke sa visnjama

A family favourite.


2-3 cups of flour
2 eggs
Pinch of sugar
Warm water
1/4 cup of milk


In a large bowl combine all ingredients and beat with a mixer until well combined and there are no lumps in the texture. The texture should be fairly runny.

Heat oil in a crepe fry pan and using a ladle pour out some of the mixture into the pan. Make sure that your crepes are thin and that there are no lumps.


Cherry/Strawberry Jam
Egg white (beaten with one spoon of sugar)
Pitted Compote Cherries

Spread the jam over the crepe. Then spread the beaten egg white creme and add cherries throughout. Fold into a triangle and sprinkle with icing sugar.

Enjoy! :)

Choc-Banana Muffins

Super easy to make - yet a delicious treat!


2 ripe bananas
2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
2/3 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of choc bits (chopped or bought)
2 eggs lightly beaten
2/3 cup of milk
1 table spoon vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 180C. In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork. Sift flour into the bowl and combine with the banana with your finger tips until soft crumbs form. Add sugar, choc bits, eggs, milk and oil and combine. Stir with a fork until well mixed - the mixture should be fairly runny.

Spoon out into a muffin tin brushed with oil and place in oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and serve.

Happy Baking :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Corn Bread with Spinach and Cheese - Proja

Perfect for breakfast or with barbecues.


2 cups of cornflour (from your delicatessen)
1 cup plain flour
2 eggs lightly beaten
3 tablespoons cottage cheese
Spinach (finely chopped)
Pinch of salt
Mineral water


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and add mineral water. With a wooden spoon mix well until everything is combined well. The texture should be slightly runny.

Pour in a medium sized baking tray and bake on 185C for about 30-35 minutes or until set. You can also bake this in a muffin tray to get that cute muffin look.

Serve with mezze style meats or when making a barbecue.

Happy Baking!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Meat Burek

This is a traditional Serbian/Macedonian pastry dish with various types of fillings. My favourite is the meat burek, however the other fillings mainly consist of cheese and spinach. This recipe is as requested by a good friend of mine from Belgrade.

For the Pastry:

4 cups of flour
Warm water
pinch of salt and pepper

For the filling:

3 Shallots (diced)
500g Mince beef
2 medium sized potatoes diced into fine cubes


In a large bowl mix flour, salt and sugar and add water. Knead until you get a smooth soft texture and separate into 3-4 rounds (10cm by 10cm). Leave to stand while you prepare the filling.

In a pan add oil until it gets hot. Add the shallots and toss until they become translucent. Add meat, pepper and salt and mix until just brown. Dice potatoes and leave in a separate bowl.

With a rolling pin make each round of the pastry as wide as possible. Slowly stretch with your fingers (holding from underneath) until your pastry is as big as the dining table, it has to be very thin and almost see through with no holes. This will take practice until perfected.

Along the edge of the pastry add the mince meat mixture and the potato and then roll once or twice. Cut with a knife and roll it either in a circle or as shown above. Add the mixture alongside the edge of the remaining pastry and interchangeably keep on repeating this process.

Place the burek into a large oiled baking tray and bake on 200C for about 30 minutes or until the pastry is nice and golden. Once you take it out of the oven pour with a little bit of water and leave to stand for
10-15 minutes. Serve with a glass of buttermilk, or Greek style yogurt.

Happy Baking :)