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No-Knead Bread

Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

White no-knead bread – golden baked! A couple of years ago when mom was visiting from Baku, I wanted to proudly demonstate my new baking skills to her. She watched curiously expecting difficult techniques and methods but soon realized no specials skills were involved in the making  - I mixed a few ingredients together, never kneaded anything but stirred with […]

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Classic Dinner Rolls – Best Ever!

These days the family likes to hear “Dinner rolls are served!” more than “Dinner is served!” because they can’t get enough of homemade dinner rolls, especially when they are utterly, sinfully, ultimately good, like the ones made from the recipe below. When the rolls are almost ready, the hungry members of the family line up in front of the kitchen […]

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Sweet Milk Bread (Shirin Chorek)

Do you see yellow in the picture? I mean the beautiful yellow inside the slice of bread? Don’t rush to blame photoshop for this. The poor thing is not to blame (at least not completely) and does not deserve a possible “color enhancement” accusation. It’s all because of turmeric. The power spice is blame as I happened to add it […]

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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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Turkish Sesame Ring (Simit)

Turkish Sesame Ring - Simit

If you ask a Turk living away from Turkey to name 5 foods items he or she misses the most, chances one of them will be simit. M. would also add cheese and tea to go with it. Simit is a popular street food – a crispy and chewy twisted ring studded with sesame seeds all over. It is sold […]

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Honey Rolls

I love baking rolls, especially those that garner me lots of praise and compliments (that’s how modest I am), and this is exactly  what mi amiga Marysol’s honey rolls have been doing for me ever since I’ve spotted her  recipe and the appetite-stirring pictures on her delicious blog, I’ve made honey rolls using Marysol’s recipe several times already, each time […]

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Pizza – Daring Bakers Challenge

It´great that it is still October 29 here and I am not late to post my October challenge. It’s not 12 am yet:) Makes me feel like Cinderella for a day:) The reason for my belated post is that I procrastinated and waited until the very last day to bake my pizza. I baked it only a few hours ago. […]

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Potato or Meat Pies a.k.a Pirojki

Potato Pirojki

This is a hands down winner in our family. Pirojki. They are believed to have originated from Russia, but have well blended into the cuisine of Azerbaijan and are popular both among the grownups and children alike. These dough pockets, stuffed with savory fillings such as cabbage, mashed green peas, potato or meat, can be either deep fried or baked […]

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Dumpling Soup (Dushbere)

AZ Cookbook | Dumpling Soup (Dushbere)

Hi, I am back. And I am going to challenge you today as I did myself yesterday, cooking dushbere, Azerbaijani dumpling soup. It is my four-year-old daughter’s favorite, who loves this soup so much that she will trade her favorite macaroni and cheese for a bowl of dushvere without any hesitation. When she asked me to make it again yesterday […]

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Tandir (Tandoori) Bread

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UPDATE: This is my entry to Click, a monthly theme-based photography contest hosted by Jugalbandi. This month’s theme is: YELLOW for Bri. You can read my dedication to Bri at as well the bloggers’ appeal to support her HERE. *********** Nothing wrong about it but … honestly, I do crave Tandir Bread sometimes. Tandor or Tandoori as it is better […]

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