Cheesecake Mosaic by Pierre Herme

I sincerely apologise for being absent from the blog for such a long time. It was all because I was concentrating on  becoming a better baker and a better photographer – which will enable me to bring better recipes to this blog. Firstly, I am continuing my online pastry qualifications. Secondly, I have taken a…

Classic Lemon Meringue Tart

I already have a recipe for Lime-Basil Meringue tart on my blog. And I did debate whether to post another citrus-meringue recipe. In the end I did decide to post this recipe since it contains some tips and tricks that I have picked up while undertaking my baking course. In fact, this tart I made as…

French meringues and Baking Classes

Today I want to chat a bit about baking basics, one of which is meringue and also about online courses which I started taking recently to improve my baking.

Chocolate Vanilla and Fig Loaf Cake

Ahhh, fall. Though I am not too excited to be heading into winter – since I prefer hot weather to cold – I cannot deny my excitement over all the fall colors, fall produce and all the holidays. One of the early fall ingredients that I absolutely adore is figs. I happened to have some figs…

Lamingtons

Some time ago I saw a picture of lamingtons in a magazine. I have to be honest – I have never tried one, and until that picture I never even knew what they were but the picture looked great. In addition the description such as: vanilla sponge first dipped in chocolate and then covered with…

Chocolate cake with chocolate cream “Prague”

I remember this cake from childhood. In fact, anyone who grew up in the Soviet Union will fondly remember this cake as being the crowning glory of any celebratory event. I have been meaning to make this cake for a while but I was always worried that I would not be able to recreate the taste…

Poppy Seed and Cottage Cheese Tart

The combination of cottage cheese and poppy seeds is quite a popular one in Eastern European cooking. In fact, any pies, cakes or cookies with poppy seeds usually bring about the memories of childhood. And as always going through my pantry and fridge I noticed that I still had quite a bit of poppy seeds…

Lime-Basil Meringue Tart

Summer is here (at least the calendar says it is summer, the weather may not entirely agree) and therefore, it is getting harder to work with tart dough. But I did have some dough in the freezer left over from previous week when I made a chocolate and caramel tart (I will post the recipe…

Matcha Brownies

I have been absent from the blog for a while, not for want of trying. I have been baking quite extensively, but have been either too lazy to post or was not quite happy with the result (which happens even to the best of us!). Just in the past week or so I made 3 different types of…

Russian Honey Cake (Medovik)

Today’s cake is my absolutely favorite cake. I do enjoy my “fancy” entrements, macaroons and cakes, but the Russian honey cake is still perfection for me. I have always thought that it was something that I just could not make myself due to its difficulty – but I could not have been more wrong. I am not saying…

Sans Rival (Filipino meringue and buttercream cake)

This cake is a special treat that is one of my husband’s favorite desserts.  I have tried making it about 2 years ago, found the recipe online (there are quite a number of those floating around) but I was just never happy with how the cake turned out. Were it the cake layers or the cream. Then…

Chocolate Salami

Today’s recipe is extremely easy to make, you can whip it up in practically no time and always have a ready dessert available. And what a perfect pairing this makes with a cup of coffee on a rainy day! This particular recipe I remember from my childhood, but I was reminded of it this Christmas…