Thursday, 27 October 2011

Daring to bake..Povitica!


Traditonal walnut and cocoa filling.

Povitica (also known as Nutroll, Potica, Kalachi, Strudia) is traditionally served during the holiday season. It is traditionally made with an English walnut filling but as a whole batch of dough makes 4 separate loaves i decided to try out some different fillings. Firstly i started with the traditional walnut filling.

Pumpkin pie & white chocolate Povitica.
The next loaf i made was a pumpkin pie and white chocolate filling. Unfortunately i had a bit of an issue, the filling wasnt thick enough & started spilling out when i put the dough in the pan & sinking to the bottom whilst cooking. This didnt matter at all though as it was extremely delicious & has been gobbled up faster then i could get it out of the pan!!

Another i did was a cream cheese, cinnamon and honey filling with pecan chunks & chopped prunes. It tasted quite nice but i didnt make enough filling so it was probably my least favourite out of the 4 loaves.

Finally my last loaf was a savoury Povitica. This had a basil pesto, sundried tomato and a herby cheddar cheese filling. This was quite delicious!

All in all a very enjoyable challenge with some very popular finished products! Thanks Jenni :D

The Daring Baker’s October 2011 challenge was Povitica, hosted by Jenni of The Gingered Whisk. Povitica is a traditional Eastern European Dessert Bread that is as lovely to look at as it is to eat!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Time to make Moo Shu - Daring Cooks

The October Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Shelley of C Mom Cook and her sister Ruth of The Crafts of Mommyhood. They challenged us to bring a taste of the East into our home kitchens by making our own Moo Shu, including thin pancakes, stir fry and sauce.


Moo Shu is generally made with pork for the protein along with cabbage, green onions, bamboo shoots and wood ears(fungus).
I made Moo Shu prawns for the challenge and it was delicious! The whole family loved it and we ate all the pancakes! I didnt get the best pictures because they were messy & hard to photograph but i think the proof is in tasting them!
I added red capsicum along with carrot , zucchini and red cabbage to the mixture for a bit of colour and added nutrition. The hoisin sauce i made with peanut butter but i think next time id try it with the black bean paste as i didnt particularly like it on its own, it tasted fine all together though.

I also loved the pancake cooking process, which involved rolling 2 balls of the dough out on top of each other, cooking them & then separating them - i was truly amazed at how well it worked!

Thanks so much for a really fun challenge!!