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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Crispy potato pancakes

I love love potato pancakes..crispy on the outside served with sour cream and fresh cilantro mm.. Such hearty dish. Super easy to make 🙂 
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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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Pierogi with potato, cheese and Hungarian sausage

You don’t have to be eastern European to love this ultimate comfort food. I grew up making pierogi with potato, cheese and bacon bits filling. Steam it and serve with sour cream. They are good on next day as well; just warm it up by frying quickly on the pan. You could make it with different fillings but one of my favorite ones are mushroom, sauerkraut, meat and potato or sausage and potato. Give it a try 🙂 
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Rustic homemade peach galette

I decided to make one of my favourite summer desserts this time – Peach Galette. This is a simple, honest and delicious recipe of galette, made with fresh yellow peaches tossed with some sugar, butter and vanilla. I have a love for home made crust; I make several batches of dough in advance, and just wrap them in plastic wrap and keep it in the freezer until needed. If you have never made homemade crust before, you will be surprised at how easy it is to make it. Make this peach galette while peaches are at their best 🙂
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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”

Russian Blini (Crepes)

Today, we are cooking crepes. They are absolutely fantastic and very easy to make. Crepes are the perfect blank canvas for all sorts of fillings: creamy Mascarpone with coffee syrup, fresh ricotta cheese with berries, jam and fruits, ham and mushroom filling, spinach-artichoke-brie with little bit of honey, butter and drizzle of lemon juice, apple cinnamon filling, spinach- bacon-hollandaise sauce, and more.  Continue reading “Russian Blini (Crepes)”