March 2019

Super Crusty No Knead Bread {Vegan}

Super Crusty No-Knead Bread {Vegan}

With this easy No-Knead bread we officially start our Pre-Pesach cleaning season. Ha! Better to start early with the cleaning of the infamous flour in the cabinets and this is an excellent recipe to get started, as it is effortless and you just need 4 basic ingredients, a bowl, a “caldero” ( or you can use a cast iron pot or dutch oven with a lid) and patience to wait until is done!  

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Any person that bakes at home has to eventually make this super crusty No-Knead Bread. The most basic of all breads, continue to be the king, for its simplicity and perfect crusty exterior. It also requires minimum effort on our part, and it so versatile you can have it ready tomorrow for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Any time is the perfect time to have freshly baked bread at home so, let’s get to it! 

Once you have mixed the dough, the dough have to rest for a long time. This is the price we have to pay for “no knead bread”!! This process is call “fermentation”. It is when the yeast is activated and start eating the sugars and fermenting the dough. I am not going to get into the nitty gritty of bread baking here, but essentially this process will help our dough rise, among other things. 

I let my dough for 12-14 hours at room temperature, and it was good; but in reality the fermentation process can be a lot longer (up to 24 hours in this particular case) if you want. This will develop more complex aromas in the dough. It’s magic happening. Your dough will be ready when is full of tiny air bubbles, very elastic, and at least doubled in size (image #1). At this point you need to she a ball. Your dough will be sticky so don’t panic. Shape a ball and get ready to bake. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: keep in mind that, when shaping YOU DON’T WANT TO INCORPORATE MORE FLOUR INTO THE DOUGH , you just need enough flour to be able to shape the dough into a ball without it being a sticky mess.

It is always a good idea to have some hummusbabaganoush and salads ready for when it’s munch time! 

Easy, Vegan & Super Crusty No Knead Bread {Just 4-ingredients}

Course Breakfast, Dinner

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven or Cast Iron

Ingredients
  

  • 450 gr Bread flour
  • 300 gr Lukewarm water
  • 4 gr Instant yeast
  • 10 gr Salt

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine flour, yeast and salt. Add the water and mix well with a fork or wooden spoon until a rough dough is formed.
  • Place the rough dough on a lightly oiled bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature (see notes) for at least 12-14 hours.
  • Before you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 232°C (450°F). Place the cast iron pot or dutch oven with its lid inside to preheat as well.
  • Place the fermented dough on a flat surface sprinkled with enough flour to avoid the dough from sticking. Gently shape a ball.
  • Carefully take the cast iron pot out of the oven, place a piece of baking paper on it and gently place the dough ball inside.
  • Put the lid on the dutch oven, take back to the oven and bake for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, carefully remove the lid and bake for another 30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and crusty.

Notes

The time of 12-14 hours is average for room temperature (around 20°C or 68°F).
If the average temperature in your kitchen is over room temperature, you can ferment your dough in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap for up to 24 hrs. If that's the cake, before you are ready to bake, take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before shaping and baking. 
If the average temperature in your kitchen is colder than room temperature, you can leave your dough to ferment in he counter. It might just take a bit longer to be ready for baking. 
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Savory Hamantaschen Round-Up: Top 10

Today is all about Hamantaschen Round Ups, so in this blog post you’ll find our 10 Favorite Savory Hamantaschen from the Bloghosphere!!

Do you have more of a sweet tooth? Check Out: Sweet Hamantaschen Round-Up

This is guarantee to make you drool! To go to the recipe, just click on the title!
Let’s start!

1. Pretzel & Hot Dog Hamantaschen

This probably would be the most kid-friendly hamantaschen within the savory selection. Yum!

2. Shashookah Hamantaschen

Homemade Pita dough with Shashookah! Genius!

3. Cheese & Vegetable Pasty

4. Pulled BBQ Brisket

This should be the new classic hamantaschen!

5. Salt & Vinegar Potato Knish

6. Caramelized Onions hamantaschen

OMG! I love caramelized onions! And, these babies have also cheese and tomato which creates the perfect balance.

7. Lox & Cream Cheese

Which one is more popular? Brisket or Lox? While we solve the mystery, let both be “the new classic”. I just can’t decide!

8. Corn Dog

Love this totally different dough made with corn flour

9. Cheesy Jalapeño

Anything with cheese would be amazing for me, but I can’t eat jalapenos, so I would use bell peppers instead. Why not?

10. Vegan Savory with Spinach

Of course, I couldn’t let this behind! Even though I am not vegan, I enjoy vegan food, and there are times when I also miss it, and I am almost certain, nobody will tell these babies are vegan!

Do you know any other savory hamantaschen we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments section so we can add it!

Happy Purim!

Sweet Hamantaschen Round-Up: Top 10

Today is all about Hamantaschen, so bare with me as I present to you our Sweet Hamantaschen Round Up from the Bloghosphere! Yay!

Are you more of a Savory folk? Check Out: Savory Hamantaschen Round-Up

To go to the recipe, just click on the title!
Let’s start!

1. Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Hamantaschen

Chocolate Chip cookie dough with halva filling and chocolate drizzle. Sound, look and must taste good.

2. German Chocolate with Coconut Cream

I particularly love this concoction: chocolate, cream of coconut and pecans! Sounds like a dream come true. Yum!

3. Cannoli Hamantaschen

This is definitely a dream come true for the dairy lover. Both, the dough and the filling have cheese and it also features chocolate chips. De-li-cious!

4. BabkaTaschen

This is more of a soft dough, more bread like (of course, is babka inspired), so if you want to get out of the ordinary definitely try this one.

5. Churro Hamantaschen with Dulce de Leche

Churro + Dulce de Leche = Perfection.

6. Funfetti Cheesecake

Super festive looking funfetti cookie dough with cheesecake filling. The perfect looking cookie for purim.

7. Krembo

Until I was preparing this list I didn’t know what krembo was, so don’t feel bad if you didn’t know either. Anyways, this combo is what my childhood dreams were made of: crunchy biscuit on the bottom, meringue on top and all coated with glorious chocolate. Yum-my!

8. Cookies & Cream

This one is self-explanatory 🙂

9. Rosemary-Almond Ice Cream filled Hamantaschen

Another fancy take on hamantaschen that sounds perfect for any artistic soul out there, or any ice cream lover really.

10. 4-ingredients Peanut Butter Hamantaschen

These might not be the prettiest, but they are definitely the easiest, plus they need just 4 ingredients (and flour is not one of them!)

Do you know any other sweet hamantaschen that we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments section so we can add it!

Happy Purim!

4-Ingredients Peanut Butter Hamantaschen {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

You read that right; you just need 4 ingredients to make these Peanut Butter Hamantaschen.

A few days ago I was taking care of my son and niece, and they wanted not just to eat cookies but to make them; and the easiest cookies I could think of was the Classic Peanut Butter Cookies.

Mid-way to the process of gathering the few ingredients I thought, why not to make them “purim style” in the shape of hamantaschen? So… we made Peanut Butter Hamantaschen with Chocolate Chips as filling.

To be honest with you, I felt like cheating because this is pure and simple the old peanut butter cookies with a new shape, but this is one of those “oldie but goodie recipe” and if you are looking for something quick to do, you might find this twist useful.

How to make the Peanut Butter hamantaschen

To make these Peanut Butter Hamantaschen you’ll need peanut butter, eggs, sugar and chocolate chips (or your filling of preference). The process couldn’t be easier, just mix peanut butter, sugar and eggs in a bowl and mix with a fork until it forms a thick batter.

Then, scoop out your portions (I weighed mine 25 grams each) and you are ready to shape.

To shape the hamantaschen, take one portion of your cookies dough and flatten it out the better you can as a circle. Then, pinch the center with a fork and place a few chocolate chips in the center. Finally, fold in the edges until you have a triangle.

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What you need to do next is to bake these goodies over parchment paper and enjoy! 🙂 Bake at 180ºC (350ºF) for approximately 12 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly brown. Let them rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes before munching!

When you make these Peanut Butter Hamantaschen, don’t forget to tag #kasheribbean on social media and, don’t forget to follow on instagram and pinterest to keep up with more easy recipes!

If you are short on time and your kids love peanut butter, or if you are simply looking for an easy recipe to do with them, this would be perfect for you. Even though these don’t look super pretty, I really enjoyed my time in the kitchen with the little ones and they had fun! It was also an opportunity to introduce them to a new activity (and who knows?! They might enjoy it as well in the future!) and the cookies disappeared quickly.

Now, tell me, what other fillings will you use for these Peanut Butter Hamantaschen? Let me know in the comment section below!!

Happy Purim!! 😉