Keren Brown: July 2008 Archives

Jelly Roll Cookies

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These cookies are the kind that go great with coffee,not a moist cookie but a rolled up dry cookie filled with jam and nuts and covered with powdered sugar. So delicious!

So here is the recipe, the fun part is that the dough is made in the food processor.

Jelly Roll Cookies

3 and half cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
3/4 cup of powdered sugar
2 sticks of butter (cut into cubes)
2/3 cup of milk
1 and half cups of strawberry jam or date spread
1 cup of crushed walnuts
3/4 cup of raisins
Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top.

1. Place first four ingredients in food processor and process using the metal blade.
2. Add the milk and pulse until you get nice dough.
3. Divide the dough into 3 parts. Roll each part into a thin rectangle.
4. Spread with 1/3 of jam and then sprinkle with 1/3 of nuts and 1/3 of raisins.
5. Gently roll up the dough like you would a jelly roll and place on a baking sheet with the opening facing down. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Use your knife to score the top (every 2 cm) so that they will be easy to cut into cookies later.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until golden.
7. Let them cool and then cut them. Sprinkle with sugar.




How to Make Pita

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If you have a standing mixer, pitas are really easy to make. We make them and I freeze them. These pitas actually have pita pockets. The first time I made them, the pockets weren't very puffy but they tasted just as great. If you get a flat pita, don't fret. The taste is the same.


3 and 1/2 cups of flour
1 pack of yeast (I used a pack and a tiny bit of the next for better results)
1 and a 1/2 cups of water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 a tablespoon of salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil

1. Put flour in mixer with dough hook and add yeast.
2. Add water, sugar, salt, and olive oil . Mix until you get a slightly sticky, shiny dough.
3. Place a tiny bit of oil in the bowl, roll the dough in the oil and let dough rise until doubled in size.
4. Heat oven to 500 degrees.
5. Divide into balls and let rest for 10 more minutes.
6. Roll into flat discs and place in oven for 5- 7 minutes. Stay close to the oven and keep checking until the pitas have little golden areas.

Pitas can be frozen and heated in microwave.

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