Swedish cake Prinsesstårta

Thanksgiving weekend is finally here 🙂 well, almost amyway. It means fun get together with family and friends.. and mounds of yammy food 🙂 I was experimenting with Swedish princess cake that I first saw on great british bake off. I really wanted to make it perfect for the holidays. But, alas, yet have to learn how to make it. First of, french sponge genoise is extremely difficult to make I find. As soon as you try to mix in batter in, the whole mixture just colapses and looses it’s volume. After two fails, I made it happen. Also, instead of corn starch I used corn flour first time. The recipe was calling for corn flour and even though I had bells ringing in my mind, I assumed I should trust Mary Berry. After all that, on my third time it came out just great 🙂
The cake is super moist and just enough sweetness in it, with layers of raspberry jam, vanilla custard and fresh whipped cream. Yam.
I hope you guys have a great weekend. Stay warm 🙂

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Orange Chiffon Cake

I don’t know about you guys but I love orange flavour in baking. This elegant cake is simply divine  fantastic. Bright, vibrant orange flavour comes from plenty of fresh orange juice and orange zest. The cake is light, airy and moist. Perfectly sweet without being overwhelming. Time to get your family and friends together for dinner and surprise them with this refreshing dessert. I hope you guys will give it a try 🙂 If you do, please let me know how it turned out for you.
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Coconut cake

Hi there, how is everyone doing? I have a fun and exciting weekend ahead of me..I will be sitting in the class both days from 8.30am-4.30pm studying! sigh.. So, tonight I’m busy with preparation for the class, refreshing my memory and going through the old notes. With that sad, I will still share very easy and quick recipe for delicious coconut cake. It takes about an hour from start to finish to make it. Have a great weekend guys! 

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Tarte au Fromage (French goat cheesecake)

I found an amazing French cookbook dating back to 1943. One of the recipes that I would like to share with you guys today is Tarte au Fromage, French cheesecake that made in the Pitou Charante region of France. It is a light (definitely lighter in comparison to NY cheesecake made of cream cheese and cream) and just a little bit sweet tart made from goat cheese which is placed in an extremely hot oven for 15 minutes to create the burnt looking top and then turned off to finish cooking the pastry in the residual heat. Doesn’t  it sound like an awesome experiment to try out? 🙂
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Perfect holiday gift- homemade raspberry jam!

I can never get enough of the incredible flavours that available at the market in the summer time. One of my favourite ways to hold on to the season’s freshest berries is by making jam. It is easier to do than it sounds. You just need few basic ingredients that you probably have at home and some fresh berries. Today, I choose black and red raspberries. Savour the summer and make some jam! I plan to give it away as gifts for holiday season, and will present my jam in personalized cute mason jars. Touch of summer in the mid of winter. Can’t wait for holidays to come!
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Coffee crepes with creme fraiche and peaches

Juicy golden peaches and crème fraiche conjure up the sweet taste of summer. They are delicious and sweet as the filling for these light coffee-flavored buckwheat crepes. This recipe is lighter than the one I used to make Russian blini. I serve these crepes for breakfast, lunch or sometimes as a dessert after dinner. Enjoy 🙂

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Jam filled butter cookies

These cookies make perfect holiday gifts and sweet treats for someone special year-around. Bake a batch with ingredients you probably already have at home, and share them this weekend 🙂 You won’t see it on this picture, but I have filled cookies with different types of jams (apricot and cherry) so it came out colourful and beautiful. Give it a try!
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German chocolate coffee cake

This past weekend I had my mother-in-law birthday so i baked delicious bday cake with her and our favourite things: chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuts, milk and coconut. I used the basic German chocolate recipe and modified it for our taste. It turned out to be such a hit, even my picky nephews ate it 🙂 No cake was left at the end of the evening!

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French Beignets

These yummy little French fritters are found anywhere in New Orleans and for very good reason: they are unbelievably delicious. Beignets are made from a deep fried choux paste, which is dough made from yeast, flour, sugar, eggs, butter and evaporated milk. You can not go to New Orleans as often, but you can certainly make your own Beignets any time you want to. Now, the secret to these is cold fermentation. The best thing you can do as a home baker, leave the dough in the refrigerator overnight instead of letting it rise in a warm place. This process slows down the yeast development, while still allowing the enzymes that naturally occur in the flour to do their work (converting starches to sugars). It makes the dough more flavourful and very delicate. I encourage you to give it a try. I use the same approach when I make Brioche Loaf and, oh my, it tastes like heaven and very easy to make. I will be posting the recipe to it shortly. Continue reading “French Beignets”

Healthy breakfast muffins

There are probably hundreds of different yet similar recipes of muffins. Here’s my version of it. I use this base with rolled oats, ground flaxseed and chia seeds to make a healthy portable breakfast option. The only thing changes about it is what kind of nuts I use.  Continue reading “Healthy breakfast muffins”