Home made corn tortillas and crispy chips

Hi guys, I hope you had a great week.

Today, I’m sharing this quick recipe for home-made tortillas that you can use for tacos and to make crispy tortilla chips. You can always go ahead and buy ready to go tortillas and make chips out of it, but then it wouldn’t be home-made, right? I assure you, it’s really very simple. Since corn is gluten-free, there’s no resting of the dough required and it’s impossible to overwork the dough (which makes it a fun activity to involve your kids in 🙂 ). Fresh corn tortillas are chewy, tender, and make much better tacos than store-bought tortillas.  Continue reading “Home made corn tortillas and crispy chips”

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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Creamy macaroni and blue cheese

Warm coats are coming out and coffee bill is rising steadily.. which means autumn is here finally… 🙂 I believe there are tons of reasons to enjoy this season…like beautiful colours, cozy sweaters, cool tights, hot drinks, caramel apples, thanksgiving, pumpkin carving, and of course, comfort food. Here’s one great recipe for you guys to enjoy this weekend. Stay warm and smile! 😉

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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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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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Coffee Almond Cake

I am experimenting with different flours lately. Here’s my version of coffee cake made of almond flour. Not too heavy yet delicious, rich and packed with flavour :-). I divided the original recipe in half as it is just for me and my husband. For a larger number of people I double this recipe to make 4 layers cake. For the cream I used freshly whipped cream infused with almond extract and a little bit of sugar. I don’t usually use traditional butter/sugar frosting when baking just for two of us, as I find it too heavy and on the unhealthy side, but everyone is different. 
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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”

The secret to a soft and chewy Naan

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I love homemade bread. Well, I quess my husband loves homemade bread and I love making him happy. So I guess it’s a win win. Plus, I mean homemade Naan? There’s not much better than soft, warm and chewy bread with butter. It’s stinking amazing.  The whole process takes me about an hour ( including inactive time 30 minites). The recipe yields 6 small Naan.  So here we go.
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