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lemon bars

Lemon Bars

These classic lemon bars have a soft buttery shortbread crust and a tangy-sweet lemon filling. You only need 8 ingredients for this recipe and not even a stand mixer. There are lots of recipes for lemon bars and usually the only difference is the thickness of the base, or in other words, the base-filling ratio. The…

Sourdough Discard Turmeric Bread

Sourdough Discard Turmeric Bread

With this Sourdough Discard Turmeric Bread another bread joins my “discard series”. I chose turmeric because it has a great color, but also a spicy, slightly oriental flavor and therefore fits perfectly to this bread. Turmeric is healthy and has digestive benefits. This sourdough bread has a more dense texture than other breads, but taste-wise…

Malasadas

Malasadas

What are Malasadas? Originally from Portugal, a Malasada is a doughnut without a hole. They are yeast-based dough balls that are rolled in sugar after being deep-fried. Sweet, light and fluffy. Once you start eating them, you can’t stop until they’re all gone. Originally, Malasadas were not filled. I can say that they taste delicious…

Berry Meringue Cake

Berry Meringue Cake

A dream of cake! Fruity Berry Meringue Cake with a shortbread base, a filling of creamy vanilla custard and fresh mixed berries with meringue peaks on top to finish.  I love the combo of sweet custard, meringue and refreshing tart berries. Once the cake is cold I used a kitchen torch to caramelize the peaks…

Basic Sourdough Bread

Basic Sourdough Bread

This is a recipe for a basic sourdough bread, made with your own homemade sourdough starter. Let the dough rise overnight in the fridge to bake the next morning or mix in the morning for a fresh sourdough bread in the evening. Sourdough bread is a naturally leavened bread made without commercial yeast. The wild…

Summer Granola

Summer Granola

Summer seems to be almost over, so I thought I’d hold on to it a little longer with this Summer Granola. The granola contains mangos, strawberries, raspberries and coconut. This combo of ingredients makes it not only smell like summer, but taste like it too. It is fresh, fruity and the shredded coconut and coconut…

Homemade flaky pie crust

Homemade Flaky Pie Crust

Making a homemade flaky pie crust from scratch doesn’t have to be intimidating. There is nothing more satisfying than making a pie from scratch yourself. Starting with a golden crust and ending with a delicious filling and all the things in between.  No matter if you need a single-crusted or a double-crusted pie, blind baked…

White Chocolate Mango Banana Bread

White Chocolate Mango Banana Bread

I love white chocolate, mangos, coconut and bananas. So why not mix it all up and make a White Chocolate Mango Banana Bread? Don’t get me wrong, I really like regular banana bread, but we all need something a little different in between, don’t we? The white chocolate chips and mangos complement the bananas in…

Baileys Irish Cream

Baileys Irish Cream

I haven’t had Baileys Irish Cream for a long time and then a few weeks ago I had a craving for it, so I bought a bottle. It was good and I thought that making Baileys at home should not be so hard. And what can I say, it’s pretty easy and tastes even better…

Matcha Cheesecake

Matcha Cheesecake

This Matcha Cheesecake is perfect for summer because this is a no-bake cheesecake. Especially when it’s warm, you do not necessarily want to turn on the oven, right? Neither the filling nor the crust are baked and so this cake is the best choice when it’s too hot or you don’t feel like baking, but…

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

For this creamy No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream, you basically only need a few simple ingredients like eggs, heavy cream, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and evaporated milk. This ice cream is delicious on its own, but also ideal as a base to stir in almost any topping you can think of, such as: Fresh fruit Cookie…

Sourdough Discard Sandwich Bread

Sourdough Discard Sandwich Bread

This Sourdough Discard Sandwich Bread is soft, chewy and has a wonderful golden brown crust. It is perfect for savory sandwiches but sweet toppings are also delicious on this bread.  If you work with homemade sourdough, you know that a lot of discard accumulates when feeding your starter. Those who read my blog also know…

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

A good Chocolate Mousse, I simply can not resist! Each bite melts in your mouth and this unique richness can’t be matched. Do you feel the same way? This chocolate mousse is light yet intensely chocolatey. Plus, it’s so airy and fluffy, which is why one serving is satisfying, but always leaves me wanting more.…

Strawberry Vanilla Layer Cake

Strawberry Vanilla Layer Cake

I love strawberries, especially when it’s strawberry season and I can buy them fresh at the farmers market. This Strawberry Vanilla Layer Cake is perfect to use the almost overripe and therefore extra sweet strawberries. This cake has a variety of flavors – starting with the fluffy vanilla cake layers, followed by a dreamy cream…

Mango Curd

Mango Curd

Fruit Curd can be used as a filling for pies, cakes, in cupcakes, but also as a topping on french toast, regular toast or scones. This creamy mango curd is so easy and quick to make and has a fruity, yet buttery flavor. Basically, curd is a mixture of fruit, sugar, butter and eggs and…

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Store-bought meringue cookies tend to taste dry, like styrofoam, and are often lacking in flavor. These homemade Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies have a fantastic texture and are packed with high quality chocolate.  To make these cookies, you only need a handful of ingredients, of which you probably have most at home anyway. Egg whites, sugar,…

Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

If you are into brownies, then you should try these Chocolate Chickpea Brownies. Yes, I admit they are not exactly comparable in texture to a “real” brownie, but they are close and a healthier alternative as well. Do you also wonder if the brownies taste like chickpeas? The answer is no, they don’t. They taste…

Sourdough Discard Bread

Sourdough Discard Bread

This Sourdough Discard Bread is the result of working with homemade sourdough. When you start making your own sourdough starter and of course later when you use your starter for baking sourdough bread, you will feed it over and over again to activate and maintain it. Overt time you produce a lot of “discard” and…

Matcha Marble Chiffon Cake

Matcha Marble Chiffon Cake

This Matcha Marble Chiffon Cake has a wonderful flavor of green tea. Made with simple ingredients like oil, eggs, sugar and flour, a chiffon cake is a light cake with a spongy texture. What is special about this Chiffon Cake?The cake does not require the use of leavening agents in the form of baking powder…

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough is pretty popular and I’ve been looking into it as well. Before you can bake your first loaf though, you’ll need a sourdough starter. It’s very easy to make your own starter and all you need is flour, water and a little time. What exactly is Sourdough?Sourdough is a small amount of dough that…

Crème Caramel

Crème Caramel

Crème Caramel is a custard based dessert. It sounds fancy and looks extravagant, but it is actually just a custard made of eggs, sugar and milk. However, what makes this custard special and the reason it’s called “Crème Caramel” is the caramel sauce it is baked in.  Sweet golden brown caramel is poured into a…

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cookies

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cookies

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cookies are the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. The magic happens in the oven when butter and brown sugar caramelize and the cookies get that amazing rich, crunchy flavor. You only need a couple of simple ingredients for the dough. Instead of regular flour, I used almond flour for these cookies. The…

Chai Tea Caramels

Chai Tea Caramels

Do you love chai tea and caramel? Then you have to try these homemade Chai Tea Caramels. They taste simply divine and are chewy, creamy and soft. These caramels melt in your mouth. Now if you think it’s too hard to make caramels from scratch at home, I can tell you that it’s not complicated…

Pistachio Babka

Pistachio Babka

As I have already made a Chocolate Babka and a Chocolate Pistachio Babka, it’s time for a Pistachio Babka. The base is a soft, brioche-like dough enriched with butter and eggs. For the filling I used pistachio cream, a little salt and toasted pistachios for a little extra crunch. Distribute the filling on the rolled…

Dulce de Leche Peanut Butter Cake

Dulce de Leche Peanut Butter Cake

What do you say to Dulce de Leche Peanut Butter Cake? Well, this sounds just dreamy and delicious, doesn’t it? The base is a vanilla cake and you have three fluffy cake layers here. In between you”ll find lots of dulce de leche, toasted peanuts and creamy peanut butter frosting. This cake has so much…

Spring Granola

Spring Granola

It’s spring, so I figured it is about time to make a spring granola. This granola contains lemon and orange zest and also lemon juice. This gives it a fresh scent and taste. It is not too sweet because of the acidity coming from both the lemon and orange. This granola is packed with healthy…

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you love malt? Then these malted chocolate chip cookies are just what you’re looking for. Sugar and barley malt syrup make these cookies soft and chewy in the center, but crispy around the edges. They are easy to make and yummy to eat! There’s absolutely nothing not to love about these wrinkly and sweet…

Braided Sweet Bread

Braided Sweet Bread

No matter if plain, with raisins or chocolate, a braided sweet bread is very popular. Traditionally, a lot of you serve this sweet bread at Easter, but I think it tastes delicious at any time of the year.  For this braid you only need a couple of ingredients and a little patience. Since this sweet…

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

I love coconut and this Coconut Cream Pie features a buttery crisp pie crust and a creamy coconut filling. Topped with a thick layer of sweet whipped cream and toasted coconut and you’re in pie heaven. If you’re into creamy pies with a flaky pie crust, you’ll love every bite. I think this pie will…

Mousse au Chocolat

Mousse au Chocolat

Mousse au Chocolat is a great dessert, simple yet clever. I love the light, airy and creamy texture and the rich flavor of chocolate which you can taste in every bite. There are a lot of recipes out there that contain raw eggs and not everyone can or wants to eat raw eggs. That’s why…

Digestive Biscuits

Digestive Biscuits

I’m a big fan of digestive biscuits. So far I have always bought them and they are good. However now that I’ve made them myself at home, I have to say that the homemade version tastes better to me, whether with or without chocolate. The best part is that you only need a couple of…

brioche burger buns

Brioche Burger Buns

These Brioche Burger buns are soft and fluffy, but because I used less eggs than typically used in traditional brioche buns, they are not as eggy and rich. When you pick them up, you can feel that they are lighter than regular brioche buns. I think they have the perfect texture and taste, and I…

White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cake

White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cake

This White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cake is moist, soft and the buttery almond streusel add a nice crunch to the cake. The combination of raspberries and white chocolate chips in the cake provide a perfect balance of sweet and sour. No matter if you have it for breakfast, snack or with your coffee in the…

chocolate banana bread

Chocolate Banana Bread

Banana bread is something that has been baked more than anything else in the past 12 months for sure. Well, I’ve had it on my list for a while now too and since I love chocolate, I ended up with a Chocolate Banana Bread. My goal this year is to make healthier recipes more often,…

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Cookies & Cream Cookies

Cookies & Cream Cookies are super soft and chewy with crunchy edges. The addition of butter, cream cheese and cornstarch is the reason these cookies are so incredibly soft, chewy and creamy. The oreos add a great crunch. The texture is so good and they have a perfect sweetness. I used the classic oreo cookies…

Soda Bread

Soda Bread is typically a round loaf with a golden-brown color and traditionally made with flour, salt, buttermilk and baking soda. The bread does not require yeast, instead all the leavening comes from the addition of baking soda and buttermilk.  This simple bread does not need complicated shaping, kneading nor time to rise, which means…

Caramel Vanilla Cake Bars

Caramel Vanilla Cake Bars

These Caramel Vanilla Cake Bars are made of a perfectly fluffy and tender vanilla base, filled and topped with a not-too-sweet caramel that’s soft enough to bite and yet firm enough not to run off the cake. Finished with a delightful cream cheese frosting and a nice swirl of even more caramel.  The frosting and…

lace-cookies

Lace Cookies

Lace Cookies are very thin and crispy cookies. The main ingredients are butter, sugar and salt. Other ingredients can be oats or flour, but there are also recipes which use nuts. These cookies are named after their delicate and see-through appearance. They are made in no time and taste like sweet brown butter and caramel.…

bread-pudding

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding is a bread-based dessert which is popular in many countries and is made by using stale bread, milk, eggs and butter. It’s not only a great dessert, but also perfect for breakfast or brunch on a lazy sunday morning. This recipe is perfect if you have leftover bread and want to turn it…

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Matcha Green Tea Caramels

Making homemade caramel from scratch is not as hard as you might think. If you like caramel and matcha, you must try these matcha green tea caramels. They are incredibly chewy, creamy-soft and melt in your mouth. The caramels taste better than anything you can buy in the store and the best part is that…

vanilla-loaf-cake

Vanilla Loaf Cake

Sometimes you want a cake that is not too complicated or fancy, but quite simple and of course delicious. This Vanilla Loaf Cake is perfect for that. A light vanilla sponge cake, topped with a dusting of powdered sugar after baking. And that’ s pretty much it! Most people like vanilla a lot and I…

lemon-crinkle-cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies are soft, buttery cookies with a crinkle effect on the surface and a delightful lemon flavor. This effect is created by rolling the cookie dough balls in powdered sugar before baking. As the cookies expand in the oven, the powdered sugar pulls apart in this beautiful pattern. In this recipe, I use…

Winter Granola

This winter granola is loaded with nuts, oats, some speculoos, cinnamon and other winter spices. I prefer it with yogurt or milk, some fruit, a cup of coffee and there you go, breakfast is ready. Doesn’t that sound like a great way to start the day? I love it, especially on cold or rainy days.…

best-of-2020

Best of 2020

2020 – a year that was so very different than expected. This year is almost over and so is my first year as a blogger. I look back on an adventurous year with both wonderful moments, but also moments of despair, you probably all know what that’s like. I was surprised when I looked through…

apple-fritters

Apple Fritters

Apple fritters are so fluffy and can be easily made at home. They make a delicious breakfast, dessert or afternoon snack. The fritters taste best warm, right out of the oil. Just roll them briefly in a sugar-cinnamon mixture and you’re good to go. They’re gone in no time, as they’re absolutely luscious. The batter…

chocolate-pistachio-babka

Chocolate Pistachio Babka

This Chocolate Pistachio Babka is made of a soft brioche-style dough enriched with butter and eggs. On top of that you have a filling of butter, chocolate and pistachios, which is spread on the rolled out dough. All of this is swirled into a loose loaf, baked and finally soaked in syrup. Babka is pretty…

poppy-seed-stollen

Poppy Seed Stollen

Poppy seed stollen is so easy to make and oh sooo scrumptious. This stollen does not have to be made weeks in advance like a traditional stollen, because the flavors need to develop yet. No, you can enjoy this stollen directly, or to put it another way, you should enjoy the stollen directly, because it…

chocolate-truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles are so delightful. The best part, they sound so much fancier than they are to make. Made from chocolate and cream, they are basically balls of chocolate ganache. The addition of butter makes them extra creamy. After mixing together a handful of ingredients, let the mixture set in the fridge and then roll…

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Chocolate Pistachio Slice and Bake Cookies

These chocolate pistachio slice and bake cookies are thick, soft in the center and crunchy around the edges. For slice and bake cookies you roll the cookie dough into logs, chill these in the fridge for at least a couple of hours and then slice them up and bake. You just need a handful of…

speculoos-cheesecake

Speculoos Cheesecake

Speculoos is one of the things that is absolutely essential for me at Christmas season. This christmasy speculoos cheesecake is so incredibly luscious that I could eat it all the time. The crunchy speculoos butter crumbs on top are amazing and complete this cake perfectly. As you can see, I am totally enchanted by this…

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Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Fudge

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Fudge – that simply sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? For this homemade fudge you only need 5 ingredients and the recipe is so simple. The combination of white chocolate with dried cranberries and fresh orange zest is an absolutely perfect fit. Besides, is this fudge not a real eye-catcher? The addition of…

chocolate-pretzel-brownies

Chocolate Pretzel Brownies

These Chocolate Pretzel Brownies are so full of chocolate, it’s absolutely amazing: super rich chocolate brownies filled with chocolate pretzels and topped with chocolate chips. Plus some sea salt for a perfect finish. You don’t even need a mixer to make this recipe. The ingredients are quickly combined in a large bowl, then baked and…

coconut-macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons are easy to make and irresistibly good. Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy in the center. The coconut flavor of the macaroons is more intense if you do not coat them with chocolate. This variation is also very delicious and that is why I usually make half a batch with and…

pear-almond-cake

Pear Almond Cake

This pear almond cake, is a simple cake that is perfect at this time of year and great for dessert or breakfast. You can serve it directly in the skillet, which makes a nice appearance. The cake is delicious on its own, just with a cup of coffee or tea, but ice cream or whipped…

pumpkin-marble-cake

Pumpkin Marble Cake

I love marble cake because it is basically two cakes in one. It is pumpkin season and therefore a pumpkin marble cake sounds perfect to me. Alternate spoonfuls of pumpkin and chocolate batter in a bundt pan to get the marbled look. This simple marbling technique creates beautiful patterns in the batter with little effort.…

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Halloween Oreo Pops

Still looking for a funny and spooky treat for this Halloween? Check out these decorated Halloween Oreo Pops. They are so cute and you only need a couple of ingredients to make them. You can prepare them at the last minute because they are made in no time and are absolutely delicious. You have so…

creme-brulee-cheesecake

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake is the perfect combination of a cheesecake and a crème brûlée, because it brings together the best of both worlds. A super creamy filling with a beautiful caramelized sugar crust that “cracks” so nicely when you cut it. So light and creamy – absolutely fantastic. I really love making the sugar crust…

peanut-butter-spider-cookies

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Halloween is just around the corner and this is a good time for Peanut Butter Spider Cookies. The base is a simple peanut butter cookie with a spider on top, made of chocolate balls, candy eyes and chocolate legs. Spooky and super sweet at the same time! These cookies are a real eye-catcher and are…

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Dulce de Leche Layer Cake

This dulce de leche layer cake has three moist and fluffy cake layers. In between you have plenty of creamy dulce de leche and crunchy milk crumbs. This cake is full of variety: fluffy, creamy, crunchy, sweet, salty and buttery… absolutely divine! What is the difference between Caramel and Dulce de Leche? Dulce de leche…

peanut-butter-protein-bars

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

To make these homemade peanut butter protein bars you only need a couple of basic ingredients and the best part is that they are made in no time – no baking. In terms of taste you can be creative. Add nuts, dried fruits, chia seeds, coconut, almonds, etc. to your dough or any kind of…

cinnamon-roll-cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake

This Cinnamon Roll Cake is a giant cinnamon roll – if you like the regular ones, you will love this giant version. A never ending cinnamon roll… well, almost! Slice the large cinnamon roll like a traditional cake and enjoy. Cinnamon rolls are comfort food for me. I can never get enough of them. This…

plum-crumble-cake

Plum Crumble Cake

The plum crumble cake is made of a sponge cake, a fruity filling and topped with crunchy crumbles. It is perfect for a warm late summer day and tastes sweet, sour and buttery. A touch of cinnamon in the crumbles complements the flavor. The crumble cake is done quite fast and tastes best when fresh.…

brioche

Brioche

Brioche is a classic french yeast bread known for its high content of eggs and butter. The combination of butter, eggs and flour makes a soft, fluffy bread and creates a pale yellow crumb with a thin golden brown, shiny crust. You can make Brioche in both sweet or savory flavor. Depending on your preferences.…

white-chocolate-matcha-cookies

White Chocolate Matcha Cookies

White chocolate and matcha is a great combo for me, that’s why I had to try white chocolate matcha cookies. And what can I say? These cookies are delicious! They’re soft, chewy, buttery and sweet, but not too sweet. The matcha flavor is not overwhelming, it’s perfect. But you should not use less matcha powder,…

Peach Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Peach Swirl Cheesecake Bars – the summer version of a cheesecake and also the end of this year’s peach season for me. The crunchy graham cracker crust and the silky smooth, fresh filling with the peach puree on top make these bars absolutely irresistible. Cheesecake bars are much faster and easier to bake than a…

mango-sorbet

Mango Sorbet

This mango sorbet is made in no time and you don’t even need an ice cream maker. A few simple ingredients to make a delicious refreshing sorbet. No matter which sorbet I look at in the supermarket, I always notice how many (unnecessary) ingredients are included and also that the sugar content is higher. Since…

pavlova

Pavlova

Pavlova is a dessert that requires only 5 ingredients, which you probably have in your kitchen anyway. The main ingredients are beaten egg white and superfine sugar. Pavlova is light and crisp on the outside with an airy marshmallow texture on the inside. In Australia and New Zealand it is a very popular dessert and…

healthy-raspberry-almond-granola

Healthy Raspberry Almond Granola

I love Granola served with yoghurt and fresh fruit. It is so delicious and refreshing, especially on hot summer days. As store-bought granola often contains a lot of sugar and other non-essential ingredients, this healthy raspberry almond granola is a great alternative. It is easy to make and contains only a couple of ingredients such…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy, buttery and full of high quality chocolate which adds a rich flavor to the cookies. Whether still warm, fresh from the oven or cooled to room temperature, they taste absolutely delicious. You can find so many cookie recipes. However, you do not need a lot of different recipes.…

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream

For me, ice cream is the best refreshment on really hot days and therefore the perfect summer treat. This blueberry swirl ice cream is incredibly creamy, but also fruity. The blueberry flavor complements the creamy, sweet ice cream and makes it incredibly delicious. You only need a handful of ingredients and the preparation is done…

lemon-pound-cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake is an incredibly moist cake, super rich and buttery, extra smooth with a beautiful crumb. A typical lemon pound cake is very dense but does not taste heavy. The thick lemon glaze and lemon zest on top perfectly finish the cake. Its flavor is so delightful and fresh, perfect for a beautiful…

healthy-twix-bars

Healthy Twix Bars

Healthy Twix Bars – can you believe it? Sounds more like a dream. Well, of course you can’t compare them to an apple, but compared to regular twix bars or chocolate bars they are healthy: gluten-free, no milk and no refined sugar. That doesn’t mean that they are low in calories, but the ingredients are…

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Banana Raspberry Nice Cream

Summer, sun and ice cream or banana raspberry nice cream. On hot days a refreshment feels so good, but sometimes you might want something lighter than regular ice cream, which often contains a lot of fat, added sugar and sometimes artificial flavors. A great alternative to regular ice cream is the so-called “nice cream” –…

Strawberry Mousse Cake

The strawberry season is still in full swing, making this strawberry mousse cake an excellent way to enjoy it. Deliciously fresh and the perfect choice for a beautiful summer day. When it’s warm outside, you’re not always in the mood to turn on the oven, and this is a “no-bake” cake that goes straight into…

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Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Banana chocolate oatmeal cookies are great for breakfast and with both banana and oats included, they are basically healthy, aren’t they? They also have less sugar than regular cookies. You can make them quickly and easily in the morning as the dough does not need to chill and they only need about 10 minutes in…

cream-puffs

Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs are filled pastries made from choux pastry. You can use different types of fillings, for example pastry cream or whipped cream. Dust the top with powdered sugar, coat it with chocolate ganache or enjoy it on its own, without additional toppings. To make cream puffs, fill the choux pastry into a piping bag…

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New York Style Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake is a classic cheesecake, there are of course several other types which are made in different ways: some are not baked, some are creamier, some are denser and there is also one which is “burnt” on purpose. Regular cheesecake relies on heavy cream and sour cream to thin the batter and…

Berry Galette

This mixed berry galette with a buttermilk crust is perfect for the summer, both as a dessert or for breakfast. Galette is a term used in the french cuisine to describe different types of flat, round or freely formed cakes. A typical galette is made from a single crust, with a fruit filling, where the…

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Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

For these chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies I used semi-sweet chocolate, salted and roasted macadamia nuts and a pinch of sea salt. These cookies are absolutely delicious straight from the oven, but also excellent chilled to room temperature. They are soft, chewy and full of chocolate with a rich and deep flavor. What makes a…

peach-almond-cake

Peach Almond Cake

This peach almond cake is easy to make, full of fresh peaches and topped with sliced almonds and powdered sugar. It is incredibly delicious, light, juicy, crispy and tender. I like this cake especially warm from the oven, but it is also excellent at room temperature. Fresh peaches, a fluffy texture and slightly buttery flavor…

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Éclairs

Éclairs are about 10cm long, filled pastries made from choux pastry of french origin. You can use whatever filling you like, for example strawberry, raspberry, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cream or custard. Usually it is covered with fondant or a glaze. To make éclairs, you fill the choux pastry into a piping bag fitted with a…

Caramel Banana Cream Pie

This caramel banana cream pie has a sandy, crumbly chocolate crust, a layer of tasty dulce de leche, a fantastic banana cream filling and fresh banana slices in between. It is a real delight for all those who love bananas and caramel. There is one thing that is key to the perfect taste of this…

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Dulce De Leche

Dulce de leche is a product from Latin America and is made by slowly heating sweetened milk. During this process the color changes. Dulce de leche is Spanish for “sweet made from milk” and is great for flavoring sweet foods like cakes, churros, cookies, waffles and ice cream or as a topping for crêpes and…

Salted Caramel Cookies

Salted caramel cookies are simply perfect. The sweetness of the cookie and caramel combined with sea salt creates the perfect balance between these two flavors to me. You probably think about a large thick cookie now that is crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. That’ s what I usually do.…

Canelés

Canelés are a french pastry from Bordeaux seasoned with rum and vanilla. They have a soft and tender center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. A canelé has the shape of a small striped cylinder with a depression on the top. This unique shape is the result of baking in a special mold, which is…

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Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake

Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake is a simple cake, but it has an incredible variety of different flavors. A buttery and tender cake, which is sweet and sour at the same time, topped with crunchy cinnamon crumbles and roasted almonds. The preparation time is not too long, so you can make this cake easily in the…

Vanilla Pastry Cream

Making a vanilla pastry cream has been a challenge for me several times in the past. Actually so simple, but it was either too liquid or too lumpy, but never the way I wanted it to be. I used custard powder and it did not work. That’s why I thought: why shouldn’t I also make…

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake is a very light cake with only 6 ingredients. Egg white is the main ingredient and you need 12 beaten egg whites for this cake. Key for success is to bake the batter in a special tube pan with a flat bottom and straight sides and when separating the eggs, make sure…

Cinnamon Buns

These cinnamon buns are made from a yeast dough with a cinnamon, cardamom, and sugar filling. The dough is rolled, sliced into single portions and baked in a cast-iron skillet. As soon as they are in the oven, the whole kitchen smells already like delicious cinnamon buns and once they come out of the oven…

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B’Day Truffles

B’Day Truffles or Birthday Truffles are made from a birthday cake base. Typical for this cake are the rainbow sprinkles and the beautiful vanilla flavor. At the end, the truffles are coated with a white chocolate shell and rolled in B’Day sand. These little truffles are not only great for birthdays, they are great for…

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Burnt Sugar Cake

Burnt Sugar Cake is a delicious buttery cake with a unique flavor, which is created by using burnt sugar syrup in both the batter and the frosting. To get even more flavor, drizzle caramel sauce between the two cake layers and on top. Finish with chopped, toasted pecans. This cake is so good. No chance…

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Peanut Butter Eggs

These peanut butter eggs are made from only 6 ingredients and taste absolutely fantastic. A perfect combination of creamy peanut butter in the center and a delicious chocolate shell. These eggs are easy to make and definitely better than store-bought candy. You should always have some in the freezer if you’re into peanut butter and…

Brown Sugar Rhubarb Cake

It’s rhubarb season, time for rhubarb cake. I bought fresh rhubarb at the local market…so here we go! What works well with rhubarb…? Brown sugar! I used dark brown sugar in this recipe because the higher percentage of molasses adds more flavor to this cake. Dark brown sugar has a malty, slightly tart flavor and…

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Chocolate Lava Cake

These little Chocolate Lava Cakes are simply incredible. Solid on the sides with a center of warm, liquid chocolate that flows like lava when you slice the cake. So rich and decadent. Best of all: you don’t need any special tools for making these cakes, not even a mixer. All you have to do is…

Madeleines

Madeleines are small sponge cakes with a characteristic shell-like shape, which are made by baking them in a special pan with shell-shaped cavities. Also the taste is similar to sponge cake, but a little lighter and the addition of grated lemon and orange zests adds a wonderful freshness to the Madeleines. They should be eaten…

carrot-cake

Carrot Cake

A juicy carrot cake with a delicious cream cheese frosting. Perfectly flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and filled with pecan nuts, carrots and applesauce. The spices are not overwhelming, but add a perfect balance to the cake. Besides, it is not too sweet. This carrot cake tastes even better the next day after the…

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are made from a yeast dough and are incredibly soft. In many regions they are traditionally baked around Easter, more precisely on Good Friday, and contain spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. The buns are marked with a cross and baked until golden brown. After baking they are coated with a glaze.…

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are my all-time favorite of all cookies. Chocolate and nuts are not only in the dough, but also on top of the cookies. This way you have chocolate and nuts in every single bite. I use salted and roasted macadamia nuts because they fit perfectly here. The additional sprinkling with…

apple-pie

Apple Pie

This apple pie recipe has a tender, lightly spiced apple filling and a flaky, buttery crust. Choosing the right apples is key to get a delicious apple pie with a wonderful filling and a perfect sweetness. Therefore I use a mix of different kind of apples. A slice of warm apple pie with a cup…

creme-brulee

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is a fantastic dessert. You only need a couple of ingredients like egg yolks, sugar, heavy cream, salt and vanilla. Typical for a Crème Brûlée is a thin caramel crust on top. Best of all, it is very simple to make this dessert at home. Tools & Equipment 6 Ramekins Instant read thermometer…

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