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Easy Nazook – Middle Eastern Sweet Pastry   13 comments

My mom found a recipe my grandmother had for a Middle Eastern pastry called Nazook.  The recipe was originally typed in Russian…

Since most of the women in my family cannot read Russian, my mom dictated the recipe to me in english so that I could share it with the family.  I cut the recipe by a third!  I didn’t want that much Nazook hanging around my house!

 Her version of the above recipe is a little different based on her preference to use butter rather than margarine.  She also dissolved the yeast with a little salt and sugar in warm water.  She says this makes a difference.  I trust her on that since she’s 87 years old and has a “few” years of baking under her belt!

Here is the translation plus my own notes after attempting to make this recipe this weekend!  This is a two day process because of the yeast in the dough.

Nazook

Day 1

1½ cubes of butter softened

½ cup sour cream

½ package yeast

1½ cups flour

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

Beat butter and sour cream.

Dissolve yeast, salt and sugar in 1/8 cup warm water.

Add yeast and flour to the butter and sour cream mixture and mix well.

Put in a Ziplock bag in the refrigerator overnight.

Filling:

1 cube butter softened

1 cup sugar

1½ cups flour

Mix the above ingredients with your hands until crumbly. Place in a Ziplock bag in the refrigerator overnight.

Day 2

Assembling the Nazook:

Preheat oven to 350°

Take the dough and filling out of the refrigerator.

Divide the dough into 2 parts.

Flour your rolling surface real good!

Roll one section of the dough portion out thin – about a ¼ inch thin.

Divide the  filling into 2 parts.

Place 1 part filling on top of one part rolled out dough and pat down REAL GOOD (like you were making a pie crust). Then roll the filling topped dough (like a jelly roll) nice and tight. The filling will try to escape out the sides. Push it back in place. If your dough sticks to the surface, use more flour and a plastic pancake turner to lift the dough carefully from your surface as you are rolling. Once you have finished rolling the dough, lightly flatten and shape your dough.  Repeat with your other dough and filling portion.  You should now have two pastry rolls.

Using a very sharp knife, slice off 1 inch and use your knife and your hand to transport the cut slice to your cookie sheet (this will hold the filling inside the dough). The filling will still try to escape!  I used a Silpat lined cookie sheet.

Bake one cookie sheet of pastry slices at a time in a 350° oven until the pastries are light golden brown – around 20-30 minutes depending on how thin you sliced the dough. This recipe will make 24 half inch thick pastries or 18 one inch thick pastries.

The picture above shows the Nazook I made.  I made half inch slices and one inch slices.  I think the thinner slices would be a great tea party addition…

Enjoy!

 

Posted May 30, 2010 by Lana G! in Baking, Delicious, Food, Photo, Recipes

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Food for Thought!   7 comments

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I am reading Suzanne Somers’ book Breakthrough and I thought the following information she quoted was fantastic!

A sliced carrot looks like our human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like our human eye, and science shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to our eyes and the function of our eyes.

A tomato has four chambers and is red. Our heart has four chambers and is red. Research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopene a red carotenoid pigment present in tomatoes and many berries and fruits and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of our heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and research shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A walnut looks like a little brain with a left and right hemisphere, similar to our upper cerebrum and lower cerebellum. Even the wrinkles (folds) on the nut are just like our neo-cortex. We know that walnuts help develop more than 30 neurotransmitters for our brain function, allowing a chemical substance to help fibers in our brain communicate with each other.

Kidney beans look like our human kidneys, and actually heal and help maintain our kidney function.

Celery, bok choy and rhubarb look like our bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium (salt) and these foods are 23% sodium. If you do not have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of our body.

Avocados, eggplant and pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female they even look like these organs. Research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. It also takes 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are apparently more than 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods; modern science has only studied and named about 141 of these.

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm, increase the number of sperm, and can help overcome male sterility.

Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the female ovaries.

Oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits look like the mammary glands of the female, and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like our body cells. Research shows that onions help clear waste materials from our body cells. As we have found out, onions even produce tears that wash the epithelial (outer) layers of our eyes. A working companion, garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from our body.

Posted November 6, 2008 by Lana G! in Delicious, Eating, Food, Health, Photo, Photography

Sunday Brunch   1 comment

Steve and I went to Trellis in Kirkland for Sunday Brunch to celebrate our anniversary.

Definitely a place we will be coming back to – the food was wonderful!

Happy Hour with the Happy Wonderer   9 comments

Friday evening, my sister and I went to a nice little wine cafe for happy hour before I went to pick up hubby from the airport.  Happy hour is a great way to have a scrumptious light meal for almost half the price.  The nice part about a light meal, is you can say yes to dessert!  Life is too short to say no to dessert!  

The Happy Wonderer had the lovely scampi fennel salad and I had the hanger steak on a pesto flat bread! Both were delicious. Our dessert was a warm blueberry and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream – a little something sweet to end the meal!

Lovely meal, lovely fellowship on a gorgeous day in Washington – what more  could you ask for?

How about a gorgeous sunset on Lake Washington…

WFMW-Mystery Novels that Give Back   7 comments

For WFMW this week, I want to share with you a yummy, easy cookie recipe that I got out of my mystery novel!  You have to love a mystery novel that gives back!  This recipe is so quick and easy you don’t even have to pull out your mixer!

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 Preheat your oven

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Mix all your ingredients like the recipe says (I halfed the recipe).  I also changed the recipe at this point because I didn’t have any cornflakes and I had a craving for peanut butter.  So I divided the dough after I added the peanut butter chips rather than chocolate chips and made half with cocoa added and half with pecans added.   

 

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 Last recommendation, keep the cookies in ball shapes.  Do not flatten before baking.

 

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Delicious!

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Pico De Gallo Weekend!   2 comments

I was inspired to make some fresh Pico De Gallo and Tostadas this weekend because I visited my new favorite website

The Pioneer Woman Cooks

This is an awesome website!  Fun, Fun, Fun! 

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Tostadas were Wonderful!  I am going to use one corn tortilla next time! 

Oh my was I full!! Hubby, of course, had no problem with the 3 tortillas.

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Sunday Morning Brunch – Spinach and Pico De Gallo Omelet with a Corn Tortilla for my toast alternative – because I love Pico de Gallo!
DELICIOUS!

Posted January 20, 2008 by Lana G! in Cooking, Delicious, Food

Free – Delight!   3 comments

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So, hubby went to Panera for dinner Thursday night while waiting for my DELAYED flight to finally arrive.  Since he was there pretty much until closing time, they told him he could have whatever he wanted out of the pastry display!  He asked, “Anything?!” To which they said “Yes.” My husband – bless his heart – picked the biggest pastry in the display!  WISE MAN!  This lovely $7.50 item was FREE!  I had a slice this morning with my yogurt. DELICIOUS!

Cranberry Walnut Panettone
NEW! A sweet dough made with egg, sugar, butter & cream cheese, filled with candied orange peel, cranberries & walnuts and topped with powdered sugar.

Posted November 30, 2007 by Lana G! in Delicious, Eating, Events, Food