Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mousse

I have been baking up the storm recently – although this may not be reflected (yet!) on the blog. Mostly, I have been perfecting traditional techniques and trying out new flavors. In the near future I will post some of those recipes here. Today’s cake was born partially out of the need to use up…

Chocolate Crinkles

Today I would like to propose one more recipe, which would satisfy your sweet cravings, yet, it is oh so easy to make. I would like to introduce you to chocolate crinkles, yummy chocolate truffle-like cookies. I have also added a bit of rum for some grown-up kick, but of course, this can be omitted. The recipe…

French Apple Cake

While roaming the kitchen and looking what to make out of the easy everyday ingredients, I found some apples.  There are probably a million variations of various apple pies, apple tarts, apple strudels in various cuisines. I wanted to make something tasty but not extremely time-consuming. Then I came upon a recipe for this French…

Russian Dumplings (Pelmeni)

Today I would like to present a very traditional Russian dish. This dish brings me back to my childhood and sitting around the table and watching Mom making those dumplings. They are a bit time-consuming to make, but the recipe below make a whole bunch, and those dumplings freeze just so well and this makes for…

Creme Caramel

Creme caramel is one of those absolute comfort desserts for me. Some sort of variation of this dessert exists in many cuisines. In some it is known as flan, in some creme caramel. The variations on what ingredients are included in the recipe are endless. Filipino flan is made with condensed and evaporated milk (which I…

Classic Cheesecake

I have always liked cheesecakes. But making them – and ensuring that they look and taste good – is deceptively difficult. I have seen various recipes, and tried making them, but the result was always either a cracked top, a texture that was too compact, a shrunken cake – you name it, I have seen it all….

Chocolate-Banana Loaf Cake

I have been absolutely obsessed with cooking with chocolate recently. I find it extremely interesting how from a “simple” bar of chocolate so many new creations can be made. Today I want to propose a slightly more grown-up and holiday take on the usual banana bread. This particular bread not only is full of chocolate, but also…

Raspberry Truffles

For the past couple of weeks, I have been working on making some truffles  (mainly experimenting with various flavours, working on perfecting tempering techniques) to be given as gifts.  Although at first glance truffles do not look too complicated, they are not the easiest to make and require the use of some complex techniques. But truffles are…

Apple Muffin Cake

I have been absent from the blog a little bit – but that does not mean that I have not been busy in the kitchen.  I will shortly post a recipe for some edible Christmas gifts – namely, some chocolate truffles.  Why not give a home made gift this year? The cake today was made…

Tarte Alsacienne (Alsace apple tart)

Today I want to present a Tarte Alsacienne (a tart with caramelized apples and vanilla custard baked to perfection). I have been obsessed recently with baking tarts. This, I suppose, stems from the fact that I started attending Patisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu and we have been working on tarts (and learning different types…

Old-fashioned Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff was not something I ate when growing up. I have tried making it a couple of times but could never understand the appeal of the “standard” beef stroganoff, which to me always seemed to be swimming in cream.  So I was extremely excited when I saw this recipe, although admittedly apprehensive – a beef…

Olive Bread

I absolutely love making bread. It is extremely time consuming, but it is also in a way therapeutic, the whole kneading process just leave you in your own little world with the dough. And what can be better than biting into a warm and crunchy loaf which just came out from the oven… Pretty much…