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Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Meet chocolate Bundt cake. The lighter version of it, to be exact. Just the right amount of sweetness, lighter than  its regular not-so-light cousin, still moist enough (don’t expect it to be super moist though) and delicious. I’ve made this cake several times already – always a hit with the family. The recipe is open to your imagination too. Love […]

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Turkish Baklava – Step by Step

Turkish Baklava

Have you ever tried Turkish baklava? If you have, you would agree with me that it is one of the most luscious, delicious baklava varieties out there in the world. Dripping with syrup, buttery, flaky, sweet, crunchy – it is so good! As much as I love store-bought Turkish baklava (Gulluoglu brand is awesome!) I also enjoy making it myself […]

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Banana and Berries with Cream

Banana and Berries with Cream

The recipe for this amazing dessert comes from a darling person, aunt Turkan, my friend’s mom. Aunt Turkan made it for one of our get-togethers here and I absolutely loved it. It was mixed fruits – plums, bananas, berries, grapes and other fruits I can’t remember –  lushly covered with a creamy blanket. The cream, my friends, was out of […]

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Fresh Berry Pavlova

Cake Pavlova

Friends, thank you for taking the time to watch the first episode of AZ Cookbook on AZRU TV. Some of you watched it even without understanding a single word I said:), but were kind enough to leave words of encouragement in their comments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those of you who missed my post about […]

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Chocolate Curd Cheese (or Ricotta) Muffins

We have mastered the art of making curd cheese at home, haven’t we? Now the time has come to incorporate our cheese into delicious dishes, both savory and sweet. We’ll begin with sweet then we’ll move on to savory dishes as well. In my future posts. One day I decided that wanted to use a freshly made batch of curd […]

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Classic Lemon Bars

We are fighting chocolate desserts versus lemon desserts wars. 3 members of the family against 1, myself representing the minority camp. But I am hanging in there, little by little converting the chocolate addicts to fancy lemon laden sweets now. I think it’s working as they happily devoured most of these luscious lemon squares when I first made them.  If […]

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Grated Pie Filled with Fruit Preserves

So I had this grand idea of redesigning my blog a little (nothing major) to start the near year’s blogging afresh, but little did I know that redesigning a blog is not as simple as it sounds to me. Honestly saying, I am not the one redesigning it and it is  M. whom I have forcefully mobilized to undertake what […]

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Fudgy Brownies

Some like them cakey and spongy, some like them dense, moist and fudgy. I belong to the latter group that would never say no to the kind of brownies you see in the picture above. These little squares are very intense, and mind you, very rich. But it is hard to resist the temptetation to reach for another serving, and […]

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Chocolate Pear Cake

Pear season is in full swing in California. Chocolate season is always in full swing in the family. Combine the two – you get a very chocolaty peary cake that you wish could stay in season for the longest time. If you love moist cakes, then you will love this cake. Treat pears as your bonus. Enjoy. Chocolate Pear Cake […]

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Black Velvet Chocolate Mousse

Here’s the recipe for a super easy chocolate mousse that you can whip up in no time. The waiting time to devour it is a little long, but it is totally worth it. Foamy, light, luscious and velvety –  you’ll love this mousse! Black Velvet Chocolate Mousse Barely adapted from Luscious Chocolate Desserts, by Lori Longbotham The fist time I […]

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Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

Now that we’ve made our perfect sponge cake, it’s time to take this classic to the next level – slather it with whipped cream and adorn with strawberries and you have a double classic. You can’t go wrong with cream and berries combination. Enjoy! Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake Barely adapted from Williams-Sonoma Baking To make the cake you will need: 1 […]

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A Perfect Classic Sponge Cake

Classic Sponge Cake

You’ve probably heard it before. Maybe you’ve said it to yourself about sponge cakes: “My cake didn’t rise a bit. It was one big gooey mess. Dense and tasteless. It rose in the oven only to fall flat as soon as I took it out. I’ll never bake another sponge cake again, never ever!” Sounds familiar? It definitely does to […]

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Coconut Meringues + Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is the International Women’s Day, a holiday that is celebrated widely in Azerbaijan just as in many other parts of the world. I would like to congratulate all the women on this occasion and wish them all the best. As a dedication to them, here’s the recipe for my favorite meringue with coconut. Light as a feather, these will […]

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Tiramisu from Scratch – Daring Baker’s Challenge

And I thought I made tiramisu in the past…Store-bought ladyfingers, store-bought mascarpone cheese, whip up a no-cook raw egg-mascarone cream in seconds, slather it in-between the soaked-in-coffee ladyfingers, and call yourself the tiramisu queen… Until the daring bakers announced the challenge for the month of February! TIRAMISU from SCRATCH! Yes, yes, ladyfingers from scratch, mascarpone cheese from scratch, cooked zabaglione, […]

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Honey Cake (Medovik) – Step by Step

honey cake

In my recent interview to Women’s Forum I mentioned that I didn’t cook much back in Azerbaijan, but that I baked a few cakes. Well, honey cake, known as medovik or medoviy tort in Russian, and balli tort in Azeri, originally Russian but equally famous across the ex-soviet republics, is one of those cake. My sister and I, or sometimes […]

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Lemon Upside-Down Cake

Calling all lemon lovers! This is ONE cake you must try – it will tantalize your lemon loving palate like no other. The cake tastes super lemony with intermingling sweet and tart notes. The lemon slices arranged on the bottom of the pan become an impressive top once the cake has been baked and inverted. Every time I bake this […]

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AZ Cookbook is 2 + Cream Cheese-Swirled Brownies

Today AZ Cookbook is 2 years and 2 days old! Yay! For some odd reason I thought the blogiversary, that is the 2 years mark, was today, but after checking back on my It’s official now post I realized it was on January 23. Bummer. But it’s ok. Better than skipping the 1st blogiversary altogether last year, only to remember […]

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A Sweet Thank You – Cocoa Almond Meringues

Thanksgiving is almost here! A wonderful reminder that we have so much in life to be thankful for.  So I wanted to thank you, my readers, for the tremendous support you have shown me since the launch of AZ Cookbook, for your friendship and loyalty, for bearing with me and coming back to read whenever I disappeared then emerged again. […]

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Cake Napoleon – Step by Step

Ask anybody who was born and spent a good chunk of his/her life during Soviet Union what the most popular cake of the era was, chances are you will hear Napoleon.  It is true. It was super popular back then. It still is; after many years after the collapse of the USSR, the cake reigns supreme and graces every pastry […]

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Apple Charlotte (Sharlotka)

Apple Charlotte

I did some change to my blog header. Have you noticed it? I decided to change my blog title from Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook to AZ Cookbook, to perfectly match my domain name. No…Actually, that’s really not the reason why I did that. Those who know me well, know I am my worst critic, sometimes to a maniacal extend (I know […]

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Crumb Cake “Fragile”

fragile-pie

This recipe comes from my friend Sevinj (chokh sagh ol, Sevinc!). She learned how to make it from a cooking show back in Azerbaijan hosted by Shirin khanim (Khanim is equivalent to Ms or Mrs in English). Since the cake didn’t have a name and Sevinj wrote that the cake is super fragile, I branded it “Fragile” and this is […]

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Ganache Mousse Macaron Sandwich Cookies

So, what do you do when you have 5-6 egg whites sitting in your fridge and waiting to be used up before they go bad? Right! You make Helen’s Macaron sandwich cookies! Helen is a baking whiz. And not only baking; she is also a photography whiz with so much to learn from. I literally want to bake everything I […]

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Strawberry Cheesecake – Daring Bakers Challenge

cheesecake

Here it comes again – another sweet and delicious DB treat. The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. Abbey is Jenny’s friend. She tweaked and played with a basic cheesecake recipe and perfected it. Well, what can I say? Abbey, you did an excellent job. This was […]

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Shekerbura – Step by Step

shekerbura

If Samani is a green symbol of Novruz, two desserts, Pakhlava (baklava) and Shekerbura, are the spring holiday’s sweet symbols. No Novruz table is complete without these delicious nut filled delights. I have posted the recipe for Easy Baklava before and time has come to pair it up with Shekerbura to complete a Novruz table. Shekerbura is a sweet pastry […]

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Flourless Chocolate Cake – Daring Bakers Challenge

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE‘s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge. I have to confess that I was half-daring this time: I only made […]

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