Walnut, Orange and Honey Yafawi Sfeeha

Thin crispy spirals filled with walnut and orange, soaked in a honey, orange and rose syrup.

thumb_DSC05668_1024The July Daring Bakers’ Challenge was brought to us by Manal from Manal’s Bites. She introduced us to an authentic Palestinian dish from Java that is served as a main meal along with a bowl of soup or a salad. The “Yafawi Sfeeha” or also known as “Milwayeh” which means twisted, is crispy yet tender and full of flavour.

Yafawi Sfeeha can either be sweet or savoury, so I decided to go for a sweet, nutty option suggested by Manal, but I used a syrup as well, for some extra flavour!

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I had no idea what to expect with these, as I had never heard of them before, but they are delicious! I’m so glad they were chosen as the daring bakers challenge. The sweet filling means they taste a bit like a Baklava, but with a completely different texture.

I’m really intrigued as to how these would taste with one of the savoury fillings, so I will probably make some more soon!

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Variations: I think using pistachios instead of the walnuts would be amazing, and you could also change the spices, cardamon would be a good alternative to cinnamon.

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Ingredients: Makes 8 Rolls

The Dough:

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 200g milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

The Filling:

  • 250 walnuts
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • zest of 1 orange

The Syrup:

  • juice of one orange
  • 3 tbsp honey

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The Make:

The Dough:

Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl, and mix to form a rough ball. Turn out onto a clean work surface and knead for 5-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

Return to the bowl and leave to rest for 2-4 hours, then divide into eight 100g balls and leave to rest again for a further 2-4 hours.

The Filling:

Blitz the walnuts in a food processor to a coarse mixture. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the sugar, cinnamon and orange zest.

The Syrup:

Combine the honey and orange juice in a small plan and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, untill it begins to bubble vigorously, remove from the heat and set aside.

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Assembly:

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking tray.

Stretch each pice of dough out into a large rectangle, as thin as possible. Scatter over the walnut mixture and roll up into a long sausage shape.

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Twist the roll into a swirl and place into a well oiled baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.

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Remove from the oven, and pour over the syrup mixture. Leave to cool, then scatter over some rose petals, and decorate with walnuts. Serve and enjoy!

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Squash and Bean Veggie Fajitas with Fresh Guacamole

Fajita wraps, filled with a spicy butternut squash and black eyed bean mix, served with fresh guacamole and lettuce.

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This is my follow up recipe to my Vegetarian Lasagne, for meat free week. Who doesn’t love a delicious spicy fajita? Well this recipe allows you to get all the flavour of normal fajitas with no meat to be seen!

I got the idea for the lettuce topping when I was eating out in Wahaca, because all the tostadas and taquitas are served with this lettuce and sour cream topping, which adds so much fresh flavour and crunchy texture, so I wanted to recreate it at home.

The guacamole and lettuce are obviously optional, and the fajitas taste great just on their own, but the added extras do make this recipe just a bit more special, and will help to win over any meat-oholics you are feeding!

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Varations: You could use any kind of bean in this recipe; Black beans would be really tasty, and you can add any other veggie of your choice, I think some sweetcorn would go really well.

Ingredients: Serves Two

The Fajitas:

  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 Chilli
  • 2 Large Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 400g Butternut Squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 x 400g tin of Black Eyed Beans
  • 2tbsp Paprika
  • 1tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1tbsp Ground Coriander
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Hand-full of fresh coriander
  • Limes, to serve
  • 4 Tortilla Wraps

The Lettuce

  • 1/2 an Iceberg Lettuce
  • 5tbsp Soured Cream
  • 150g Lancashire Cheese, crumbled

The Guacamole

  • 1/2 a Red Onion
  • 1/2 a Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Chilli
  • 2 Ripe Avocados
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 handful of Fresh Coriander.

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To make

The fajitas:

Preheat the oven to 200°C

Peel and chop the squash into small 2cm cubes, coat in oil and 1tbsp of paprika, bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until cooked through and caramelised.

Finely spice the onions, garlic and chilli, fry over a medium heat for 10 minutes until they begin to brown. Then stir in the finely sliced red pepper and fry for a further 5 minutes.

Add the beans, spices, salt and pepper the the pan with a splash of water,cook until the water has all evaporated. Stir in the butternut squash and remove from the heat.

The guacamole:

In a small blender, blitz together half the onion, one avocado, the chilli, garlic, coriander and lime juice. Finely chop the rest of the onion and avocado and stir into the blended mixture in a small bowl. Top with some chilli.

The Lettuce:

Finely chop the lettuce and place in a wide, shallow bowl.

Spoon over the soured cream and scatter over the crumbled Lancashire cheese.

To serve:

Warm the tortilla wraps in the microwave, spoon a good helping of the veggie filling onto the wrap, and top with the guacamole and lettuce. Squeeze over some lime juice and wrap up. Delicious!

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