Friday, June 1, 2012

Middle Eastern Themed Morning Tea - 30 May 2012

On Wednesday I did another fundraiser morning tea at work with the help of my wonderful friends, but this time it was Middle Eastern themed. The food was just amazing with homemade gozleme, baklava, Turkish cake, carrot and chickpea falafels and more goodies.

Through this morning tea we were able to raise another $160 for the Heart Foundation bringing us to a total of $8,300! I love doing these morning teas and spending time in the kitchen trying out new recipes. Especially because we have a different country or continent every time it makes it so much more fun!

The New York Marathon is also approaching with only about 5 months to go! I am so looking forward to it and just know it will be an amazing experience!

Here is the recipe for the gozleme that I made for the morning tea:

For the dough you need the following:
  • 200g milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 150g natural yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 600g flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon rapadura sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. First put the milk, egg, yoghurt, oil and yeast into the Thermomix and process on speed 6 for 4 seconds.
  2. Next warm everything in the bowl for 3 minutes at 50 degrees at speed 2.
  3. Put the remainder of the ingredients into the bowl and knead for 2 minutes on interval speed.
  4. Leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes and then divide into 16 portions (to make 16 gozleme)

To make the filling you need the following:
  • 150g cheddar cheese
  • handful mint
  • handful parsley
  • baby spinach to your liking (I used about 2-3 handfuls)
  • olive oil to brown the meat
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of the following spices: coriander, cumin and paprika
  • 250g mince of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of one lemon 
  1. First grind the cheese on speed 9 for 6 seconds and set aside.
  2. Next chop the herbs and spinach on speed 6 for 2 seconds and also set aside.
  3. Next put oil, garlic, onion and spices into the bowl and process on speed 6 for three seconds.
  4. Cook for 3 minutes on Varoma speed 1.
  5. Next add the mince and flour and cook on speed 1 at 100 degrees for 8 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and lemon juice.
  7. Cook for another 2 minutes on 100 degrees reverse speed 2.
  8. Leave the meat mixture to cool.

 To assemble the gozleme roll out the dough into rounds and place 1 tablespoon of each the cheese, the meat mixture and the green mixture on it, squeeze the edges together.

Finish the gozleme of by frying them in a pan and serve with lemon wedges.

During the Middle Eastern morning tea these went really fast and everyone loved them. One of the things I love about my Thermomix is definitely that it gives me the flexibility to make everything from scratch and I know exactly what is in it.

What is your favourite Middle Eastern recipe?

Have an awesome long weekend! 

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