Brazilian Carrot Cake

This is a super-easy cake, very moist and  tasty. It takes 15 minutes to make , and the kids are gonna love it !!
INGREDIENTS:
    • Cake:
    • 4 carrots
    • 4 eggs
      • 1/2 cup of canola oil
      • 2 cups of sugar
      • 2 1/2 cups of  all purpose flour
      • 1 tablespoon butter
      • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
      • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate Frosting:
  •  4 tablespoon of chocolate powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Teaspoon honey

HOW TO MAKE IT :

  • For the Cake:
    1. Prepare a 9×13 cake pan with butter and flour. Pre heat oven to 325 F
    2. Peel and roughly chop the carrots. Sift the dry ingredients together.
    3. In a blender mix the carrots, eggs, oil and sugar. Blend until its completely smooth.      Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the dry.
    4. Bake for 40 min.
    For the chocolate frosting: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Let it boil and cook for 5 min.  The cake should still be warm when you pour it over.
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Tuna Pie ( with bread and paté)

Ingredients :

1 package of sliced white ( or whole grain ) bread

2 cans of Tuna

2  table spoons of catchup

1  table spoon of mustard

6  table spoons of dressing sauce ( like Miracle Whip )

1 pinch of parsley

half  onion cutted in very small pieces

Milk to  soak the bread

How to make it 

1. Remove the bark of the bread slices

2. Mix all the ingredients together to  make the paté.

3. In a plate ,  you have to place 4 slices of bread , shaped in a square . With a spoon ,spill some milk over   the bread and cover it with paté.

4.. Over the paté  , place 4 more slices of bread , spill them with milk and cover the slices again with the paté .

5. Repeat this sequence until the last layer  is ready( it will be enough for 4 layers)

6. Cover the last layer with paté and the beside the pie you can finish the decoration with the dressing sauce

7. The decoration above the pie is according to your creativity( the photo is just a suggestion )

*Idea : eat the pie with a lovely green salad.Enjoy it !!

Fish Stew – “Moqueca “

This is a wonderful recipe from the Northwest of Brazil , specifically from the state  of Bahia. Easy to make, this meal is a real success !!

Fish Stew

2 lb  of  white fish fillets

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoon lime juice

½ teaspoon salt

1 chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

3 table spoons  of tomato sauce

2 tomatoes ( sliced )

1  big sliced onion

1 green pepper ( sliced )

1 red pepper (  sliced )

1 cup  of water

3 tablespoon parsley

½ cup coconut milk

Combine the fish with lime juice and salt in a bowl. Let it marinate while you
 prepare the sauté pan.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and add the chopped onion and garlic.

Saute the ingredients until onion becomes limp.

Put the sliced onions  over  the sauté ingredients, and start to prepare the layers : sliced onions , sliced green pepper ,sliced red pepper, sliced tomato , and  2 or 3 fish fillets  and keep in this sequence  before  ¾  of the t pan’s board . Then  add water, tomato sauce  and  simmer for 
about 10 minutes in medium heat or until fish is done.

Mix in the coconut milk, parsley and
 simmer for additional 5 minutes.

SERVE: Serve directly from sauté pan with white rice.

Esfihas

Did you know that esfiha is also called sfiha in Arabic? It means meat with dough.
In Brazil, Esfiha is very popular, and we serve it in cocktails, birthdays and even weddings. Delicious!

Esfihas from Brazil

Esfihas from Brazil

Ingredients

Filling
500 gr. ground beef
1 large onion chopped and 1 tablespoon of garlic
2 tablespoon olive oil
Sal and pepper to taste
Tomato sauce

Dough
1 1/2 cup of WARM water
1 small cup of corn or canola oil
1 tea spoon of salt
1 table spoon of sugar
30 g of dry yeast or ( 3 table spoon of fresh yeast)

Preparation
Mix in a blender  … You have to mix it all for 3 minutes.
In a bowl, put 750 gr of baking flour, make a hole in the middle, and begin to pour the mixture into the flour and mix with a fork and after it gets a good consistency, mix with your hands, for more 5 minutes, until it pulls away from the hand.
The dough must “rest” for 20 minutes.
After that make a roll and cut into 12 equal pieces. Open the dough (approximately 4 in diameter), place 1 tablespoon of the meat filling in the middle of the dough and close it by making a triangle (see the pictures). Place the Esfihas in a flour surface and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Bake in a hot oven, 400F for 20 minutes.

Sweet Condensed Milk Pudding

Sweet Condensed Milk Pudding

Sweet Condensed Milk Pudding from Brazil

Ingredients

Pudding
2 cans of sweetened Condensed Milk  (Eagle Brand)
2 cans of 3,5% milk (use the same can of the condensed milk to measure )
4 eggs (separate the egg yolks and the egg white)
Vanilla extract – 1 table spoon
Caramel
1  1/2 cup of sugar  to caramelize the pudding mold

Preparation

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Melt the sugar in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Once the sugar becomes a golden brown syrup after about 10 minutes, pour it immediately into a pudding mold, swirling so that the syrup coats all sides of the mold. Set aside to cool.

Take the white eggs and mix them until it turns to clear snow .separate it.
In a bowl mix the other ingredients (condensed milk, milk, egg yolks a vanilla extract) until they are combined .
In this mixture, add the egg whites and blend it with the fouet.
Fill roasting pan with boiling water to reach 1/3 up the sides of the pudding mold.
Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Allow flan to cool before unmolding onto a plate. Refrigerate before serving.

Time to prapare: 20 min
Time to cook: 45 min