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Blueberry Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

Blueberry banana bread (gluten free)

I love blueberries and banana bread. For years, I've been making this regular banana bread with blueberries with wheat flour, and I've been missing it terribly ever since I unexpectedly became gluten intolerant in the last several months and couldn't eat any regular baked desserts. Well, no more missing or crying over my blueberry banana […] Read More

Peach yogurt cake (gluten free)

Peach yogurt cake (gluten free)

I am so excited about this recipe! As I am slowly eating a second slice of this gluten free cake, I still can't believe that it tastes just like regular, everyday gluten/wheat based cake. So good! I am so happy about this cake: the flavor, the texture, the softness! And, because I am the only […] Read More

Blueberry vanilla bread with lemon glaze

Blueberry bread with lemon glaze

Blueberry vanilla bread with lemon glaze. This delicious bread is stuffed with blueberries, and deliciously flavored with vanilla and lemon zest. The glaze is made from freshly squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar. There is just enough glaze to cover the top of the bread with a drizzle and not to overwhelm the overall flavor […] Read More

Oreo truffles

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Creme Oreo Truffles

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Creme Oreo truffles made from crushed Oreos (with peanut butter creme filling) and crushed Butterfinger candy mixed in with softened cream cheese, coated in white almond bark.   Delicious little Oreo balls that are easy to make at home, and are very popular with kids and adults alike! I've always wanted to make […] Read More

Strawberry banana bread muffins

Strawberry banana bread muffins

Strawberry banana bread muffins - I made these recently because I had too many strawberries and needed a delicious and easy recipe to use them up. I reincarnated my favorite, time-tested banana bread recipe to make it into muffins, and it worked perfectly! They came out delicious. A favorite family breakfast! For 12 muffins I […] Read More

Blueberry Greek yogurt cake

Blueberry Greek yogurt cake

Delicious blueberry Greek yogurt cake made in a springform baking pan. I love using Greek yogurt in baking, as it gives a richer texture to the cake batter. You can use either a 9x3 springform pan (like I did) or a 9 inch round cake pan. The cake comes out just of the right height […] Read More

The best (and easy) peanut butter cookies

Best peanut butter cookies

These are truly the best peanut butter cookies I've ever tried! It's not only my opinion - everybody around me loves them too and asks for a recipe! I've posted about these cookies last year, and here I am writing about them again! The cookies have a perfect brownie-like texture: both chewy and soft at […] Read More

Strawberry cream cheese cookies

Strawberry cream cheese cookies

I made these strawberry cream cheese cookies two days ago, and they are AMAZING! They taste like a strawberry cake but in a cookie form! Thanks to the cream cheese and the strawberries, the texture is very soft! My husband says these are some of the most delicious cookies I've ever made, and he has […] Read More

Broccoli salad with strawberries, mango, and bacon

Broccoli salad with strawberries, blueberries, mango, apples, and bacon - with a homemade mayonnaise and sour cream based salad dressing. Deliciousness! Lots of healthy ingredients! This salad is crunchy, sweet and savory at the same time! Love the colors and the freshness of the ingredients. It's great for picnics, potlucks, and cook-outs! An added bonus […] Read More

Lemon blueberry bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon blueberry bread made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest and baked to perfection! It's an easy bread recipe - takes about 15 minutes to make, and you can use either fresh or frozen berries. It's quite refreshing to have a slice of this blueberry bread for breakfast with a cup of hot tea […] Read More

Quinoa salad with spinach, strawberries, and blueberries

Here is another delicious Summer salad: Quinoa salad with spinach, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mandarin oranges in a homemade Balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The dressing is made from scratch, using olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, mustard powder, onion and garlic powders. It's not a heavy dressing: it's very light and perfect for this kind of salad […] Read More

4th of July Crepes

4th of July crepes

Starting this Sunday, I am setting a little personal challenge for myself - to post a new crepe recipe every Sunday, for the next 2 months. Hopefully, each Sunday morning, if my challenge keeps up, I will have a new crepe recipe up on my site. And, to kick off this personal challenge, today I […] Read More

Chocolate chip strawberry shortcakes

Chocolate chip strawberry shortcakes

Chocolate chips and strawberry shortcakes go together amazingly well, as I discovered with this recipe! Chocolate adds just the right amount of sweetness to the biscuits, which have a delicious crunch on the outside while being soft inside. These shortcakes are so good, I almost ate 2 of them right out of the oven, without […] Read More

Apple, Blueberry, Peach Coffee Cake

Apple, Blueberry, Peach Coffee Cake

If you want to turn a simple coffee cake into something more colorful and Summer-ish, this recipe is perfect for you! This is the best coffee cake for the Summer: with generous amounts of blueberries, apples, and peaches - all together in one cake! The top of the cake is richly covered with crunchy cinnamon […] Read More

Strawberry spinach salad

Strawberry spinach salad

Introducing my new favorite summer salad: Strawberry Spinach Salad, with Blueberries, Mango, Avocado, and Cashew nuts, with a Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing. This salad has become a new favorite in my family, and we make it all the time. This salad is colorful and refreshing like summer itself, and the dressing is super delicious! I […] Read More

Strawberry chocolate chip cake

Strawberry chocolate chip cake

I made this strawberry chocolate chip cake last week, and it quickly became my new favorite strawberry dessert: delicious, colorful, pretty-looking, and perfect for the Summer! This cake is a winner in a lot of ways: it's extremely easy to prepare; the cake texture is light and fluffy; I use only 3 tablespoons of butter […] Read More

Blackberry tart recipe

Blackberry tart

I once had way too many fresh blackberries (and they were not even that sweet), and this blackberry tart was a perfect recipe to use them all to bring out the best in berries! The tart turned great, with fresh berries bursting in color and flavor in all of their glory, and with the lemon […] Read More

Banana bread muffins

Banana bread muffins

I make banana bread or banana bread muffins quite often, primarily because it's an easy extra snack I can take to work with me. It's quite nice to open my lunch box around 1 or 2pm and find a slice of banana bread or a muffin there, in addition to the actual lunch. Makes my […] Read More

Peach cobbler

Peach cobbler

Do you like peaches and cream? What about peaches and ice-cream? Or even better, a peach cobbler with chocolate chip ice-cream? Unbelievably delicious and easy to make. With the peach season knocking at our doors, I felt compelled to post this amazing recipe for my most favorite peach cobbler! It's a perfect Spring and Summer […] Read More

Easy blueberry muffins

Easy Blueberry Muffins

What makes a great blueberry muffin? To me, it's all about a fresh-tasting muffin, full of as many berries as the batter can possibly hold. I prefer to use a small amount of butter/oil in quick breads/muffin recipes, replacing most of it with Greek yogurt, which makes muffins lighter and moister and healthier. I also […] Read More

Banana whoopie pies with fluffy peanut butter frosting

Banana whoopie pies with fluffy peanut butter frosting is one of those delicious desserts that everybody likes! I love baking with bananas, and these whoopie pies are no exception: they are so good on their own, you could eat them without any frosting. But, of course, adding the peanut butter frosting doesn't hurt and makes […] Read More

Chocolate pear cake

Chocolate pear cake

I made this chocolate pear cake quite a while ago and really liked it, even though never before have I combined chocolate cake batter and pears. As I luckily discovered, pears and chocolate cake work really well together in this easy-to-prepare, everyday cake. Especially if you have a couple of very ripe pears that you […] Read More

Apple crumb coffee cake with caramel sauce

Apple crumb coffee cake with caramel sauce

This is a very basic everyday cake I've been making a lot lately.  Just a good simple apple crumb coffee cake.  I drizzle it with the caramel sauce (or dulce de leche), but it doesn't have to be - it's good on its own.  And, I want to clarify right away: there is no coffee […] Read More

whole wheat banana bread muffins with apples and pecans

Low-fat, whole wheat banana bread muffins with apples and pecans The Holidays are over, and I am having a little bit of a hard time getting back into my routines. You see, I am a person of habit, and when my daily habits get temporarily broken even by such joyful events as the Holidays , […] Read More

Chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies

Chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies - Christmas, Holiday cookies

You might have noticed that I've been on a cookie marathon this month, posting 9 holiday cookie recipes in the month of December alone! Today's beautiful chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies might be my very last (10th!) Christmas recipe this season. This is one of the best shortbread recipes I've encountered, and I am definitely […] Read More

Hazelnut shortbread cookies recipe

Hazelnut shortbread cookies recipe - Christmas, Holiday cookies

Hazelnut shortbread cookies recipe - for the Holidays! This recipe is ridiculously easy: only 4 ingredients. The cookies are phenomenal! You'd be thinking you're eating a very special cookie, and not something that you just whipped up in 10-20 minutes. Of course, in a large part, we have to thank hazelnuts for the deliciousness of […] Read More

Low fat banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe

Low fat banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - a Holiday version, with sprinkles! :) These have been my favorite oatmeal cookies this year! I like them to be on the chewy side (vs. cakey), and this recipe fits the bill, thanks to the old-fashioned (or rolled) oats, bananas, and Greek yogurt! Only 2 tablespoons of […] Read More

Almond crescent cookies with sprinkles

Almond crescent cookies with sprinkles- Christmas cookies

Almond crescent cookies with sprinkles - perfect Holiday cookies! When you look at them, you might think I have gone completely crazy. Sure, it's a holiday season and I decorated lots of cookies this month with sprinkles, but I apparently have gone completely overboard with this one: and these ones: The truth is almond crescent […] Read More

Ode to pecan shortbread cookies

Pecan shortbread cookies - Christmas cookies

Pecan shortbread cookies have been my faithful companions over the last several days. They are the reason I look forward to coming home from work every day. They are the reason my husband almost finished a gallon of milk in a matter of 3 days. You see, cookies and milk - those go well together. […] Read More

Easy chocolate cookies with sprinkles

Easy chocolate cookies with sprinkles - Christmas cookies

I love these easy chocolate cookies! They are really perfect for Christmas: so soft and colorful, and they taste wonderful! Am I talking in rhymes again? It happens when I get very excited about cookies! And these little treats are definitely worth your excitement! They keep very well in an air-tight for at least a […] Read More

Easy thumbprint cookies recipe

Easy thumbprint cookies recipe - easy Christmas cookie recipes

Today I am sharing a very easy thumbprint cookies recipe. These simple cookies are made with chocolate cookie dough and are perfect for the upcoming holidays: Christmas and New Year's Eve. I love how festive they look, especially if you fill them with different types of jam or fruit preserves. For instance, on these photos […] Read More

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, Christmas cookies

Looking for a simple, delicious, and festive Holiday cookie recipe that does not involve a lot of time and effort but still looks like a true Christmas cookie? Try these perfectly shaped vanilla sugar cookies, decorated with colorful sprinkles: Do you notice this really cute, rounded (not flat) shape of these cookies? It makes them […] Read More

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos

And the recipes for Christmas cookies continue! This is my second holiday cookie recipe of the season: peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos, decorated with sprinkles for a more festive look! This is a more festive version of Martha Stewart's peanut butter surprise cookies, and in my version I am using Rolos instead […] Read More

Peanut butter sandwich cookies with Nutella filling

I've spent so much time thinking about and cooking Fall and Thanksgiving recipes, I did not even notice that the Christmas season was slowly creeping up on all of us! Don't you feel like you have to urgently switch gears now and get yourself into a Christmas mode? I do! And, conveniently, these peanut butter […] Read More

Apple pumpkin bundt cake

Apple pumpkin bundt cake

You will fall in love with this apple pumpkin bundt cake and will be making it over and over again! The cake is so moist and fluffy, so very flavorful - it's like having Autumn on your plate! It will make a great addition to your dessert menu for Thanksgiving as an alternative or a […] Read More

Easy apple cake

Easy apple cake

An easy apple cake doesn't get any better than this! Tasty and moist, with great texture and flavor, packed with juicy apple slices, this is a perfect every day cake! It has become a regular in my rotation of Fall desserts! So easy to make: it takes literally 15 minutes to prepare, not counting the […] Read More

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

My obsession with pumpkin and very ripe bananas continues. This time, I decided to add chocolate chips to the mix. If you enjoy banana bread with chocolate chips, you'll LOVE these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! These muffins are so moist and light in texture, I am tempted to call them cupcakes, except there is no […] Read More

Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans

The apple saga continues: there's just been way too many apples around my house lately. I've been trying to put them to good use by making apple muffins and apple pumpkin breads, baking apple cobblers and apple crisps. I even started eating an apple a day. And, yet, I don't seem to make a dent […] Read More

Pumpkin banana muffins with apples and cinnamon

Are you enjoying the pumpkin season? I certainly am! I never thought I would enjoy pumpkin muffins so much until I made these. And you will want to make them too once you read what they are made out of. Please meet pumpkin banana muffins made with Greek yogurt, chopped apples, cinnamon, and, not least […] Read More

Pumpkin banana bread with apples

Pumpkin banana bread with apples

This is my new favorite banana bread recipe. And, as you can see, it's not just a regular banana bread. It's a PUMPKIN banana bread stuffed with apple chunks, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, and baked to perfection, with a gorgeous top crust! This recipe combines so many of my favorite things: bananas, pumpkin, apples, […] Read More

Apple banana muffins with pecans, dulce de leche drizzle

I am so happy with this recipe! It's definitely a winner! I really wanted to bake something that involved apples, cinnamon, pecans (it's Fall after all!), very ripe bananas, and muffins. I really wanted a muffin that tasted and looked like it belonged in the Fall season. So, after I was done baking these apple […] Read More

Greek yogurt chocolate chip muffins

Greek yogurt chocolate chip muffins

Sometimes I crave chocolate chip muffins for breakfast. Today is one of those days. I love to have a muffin with a glass of hot tea right after I've had some eggs and/or sausage. It makes my breakfast complete. These muffins are amazingly soft, light, with that beautiful airy texture! And not only that, they […] Read More

Super easy apple squares

Apple squares

This is my second apple recipe in a row! If only I could post apple desserts every day from now on until the Fall is over .... Maybe, someday... For now I have a day job I need to attend to - which sort of prevents me from publishing posts about apples every day. :) […] Read More

Thick and chewy banana oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips

I am very particular about oatmeal cookies. I only like them if they have a really chewy texture; and I am not too fond of cakey oatmeal cookies. Luckily, I found a great recipe that, with some of my changes, delivered exactly what I was looking for! Not only did I get my thick and […] Read More

Strawberry almond cake bars

Strawberry almond blondies

I can't believe the summer is actually over. It seems like just yesterday I started summer baking, enjoying all the fresh berries I could find, and here I am, 3 months later, and I did not even make a dent in the number of recipes I wanted to try when summer started! It's already September, […] Read More

Honey cake - Medovik Tort - торт Медовик

Today is a very special day, my blog's 1-year anniversary, which I am celebrating by baking a very special honey cake with a very special cooked flour frosting that even The Pioneer Woman raved about back in 2010. If The Pioneer Woman herself called it the best frosting she ever had and urged that you […] Read More

Greek yogurt muffins with Nutella

Greek yogurt muffins with Nutella

Do Greek yogurt and Nutella go well together? Can you combine the two and eat them for breakfast? The answer is yes, if you're talking about these muffins, made with Greek yogurt and a swirl of Nutella in the center. From now on, this could well become your favorite way to combine Greek yogurt and […] Read More

Greek yogurt pancakes

Greek yogurt pancakes

Have you ever been obsessed over a recipe? Do you have a favorite food you really liked when you were a child, only to never really taste anything like that in adulthood? You might think I am talking about some rare food or unusual recipe, but I am really only talking about pancakes. Pancakes are […] Read More

Berry tartlets with creamy kefir tart filling

Last summer I got really hooked into making all types of tarts and tartlets, and I have unfortunately completely neglected my beautiful Williams-Sonoma tart and tartlet pans since then. But I can't let the summer go by without posting at least one tart recipe. And, of course, because it's summer, it should be a recipe […] Read More

Dessert crepes with ricotta cheese, berries, and kiwi

My most favorite Summer desserts are always baked with berries or fruit, such as this bundt cake, these delicious mixed berry muffins, or this easy apple-plum tart. Then, there is another category of desserts where no baking is required and where you can create an endless number of combinations, - I am talking about crepes […] Read More

Mixed berry yogurt muffins

Mixed berry yogurt muffins

What is your perfect summer dessert? What screams "Summer!" louder than a bundt cake stuffed with all sorts of berries (my favorite dessert from last summer)? Yes, I've made that bundt cake many times last summer, but this year I have a new favorite: mixed berry yogurt muffins! Made with Greek yogurt and 3 types […] Read More

Slutty brownies with white chocolate chips

Slutty brownies with white chocolate chips

Slutty brownies - I must have been one of the last persons on the planet to notice these floating around on the internet (like a year late), and even then it took me a while to actually make them: slutty brownies have not made it to the top of my to-do list for quite some […] Read More

M&M Peanut butter cookies

This is one of my favorite, classic recipes for peanut butter cookies, and this time I added some M&M's of dark chocolate variety to dress them up a bit. You can't really go wrong combining dark chocolate candy and peanut butter, so cookies came out perfectly! They have a moist texture, almost like a brownie, […] Read More

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

A while back last year, when Smitten Kitchen cookbook just came out, I won it at one of the giveaways, which made me very happy because I really wanted her book and because I usually don't win anything. Since then, I have been using that cookbook mainly as my night time comfort reading, enjoying Deb's […] Read More

Crepes with ricotta cheese and blueberries

Because it was my mom who taught me how to make crepes, my dessert of choice for this Mother's Day is dessert crepes! I love crepes! My mom used to make them for me and my twin sister almost every other weekend when we were growing up. We would usually fill them with all kinds […] Read More

Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

These peanut butter cookies stuffed with Rolos and rolled in sugar belong in the hall of the best peanut butter cookies ever! I highly recommend these - they are definitely the best peanut butter cookies I have tried so far, especially considering how easy they are to make! The cookie itself (even without the rolos) […] Read More

Strawberry banana bread with blueberries

Strawberry banana bread, with blueberries

Whenever I make banana bread, it's usually because I have overly ripe bananas that are about to rot but I don't want to waste them. You should've seen these 3 bananas that went into this bread: they were black and already mushy inside their banana casing. My mother-in-law cringed when she once saw me save […] Read More

Chocolate chip and white chocolate chip cookies

I really liked this recipe for soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, so when I ran out them and wanted more, I decided to make them the way I actually prefer to eat my chocolate chip cookies: with both regular chocolate chips and white chocolate chips (or chunks, as you see in these photos). Combining […] Read More

Banana bread with blueberries

Banana bread with blueberries

Two very ripe bananas and one package of blueberries were sitting on my counter, so naturally I had to make a banana bread with blueberries. I wanted something different from the banana bread recipe I used a couple of weeks ago, so in addition to blueberries, I also added Greek yogurt. Well, adding the Greek […] Read More

Outrageous chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips | JuliasAlbum.com

As I was eating the last outrageous chocolate cookie, I began to wonder what those cookies would taste like if I used white chocolate chips instead of regular semi-sweet ones. It didn't take me long to start baking cookies again, and I have to tell you that these outrageous chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips […] Read More

Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies

These cookies were gone quicker than it took me to blink! I had to make a second batch, then the third one - all within the same week! This is my favorite recipe for soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, and it takes only 15 minutes to prepare these, plus 8 minutes of baking time. […] Read More

Berry clafoutis

Berry clafoutis

The main reason I wanted to make this baked French dessert was that I liked how it sounded - clafoutis. Doesn't it sound very French and sophisticated and refined? Plus, as you can judge from the name, the berry clafoutis is filled with berries (and I love sweets with berries), and it is different from […] Read More

Banana bread with walnuts

Moist banana bread with walnuts

This is simply the best recipe I've found so far for the most moist, perfectly sweetened, and easy banana bread. I added walnuts to this recipe, but they are totally optional, even though I love my banana bread with walnuts. This recipe is so easy, you don't even need a mixer - just mix everything […] Read More

Outrageous chocolate cookies

Outrageous chocolate cookies

Called outrageous chocolate cookies, these cookies definitely deserve their name for being outrageously attractive. The pictures don't even do them justice: these cookies look really pretty in real life, like small pieces of cake covered in a very thin layer of chocolate. If you want an easy to make cookie that's all chocolate and yet […] Read More

Apple tarte tatin, or caramel apple tart, with strawberries

Making this dessert with a very French name has long been on my to-do list, ever since I saw this recipe on Orangette and Smitten Kitchen. I became even more inclined to make this apple tarte tatin after reading that Molly of Orangette had superior results making it with a particular All-Clad stainless steel pan […] Read More

Rugelach with pecan and raisin filling

Rugelach with pecan and raisin filling

Rugelach is a pastry from my childhood, something my mom used to make when I was little. This cookie-looking pastry filled with ground raisins and nuts was one of my favorite dessert snacks back then. Fast forward 15 years, and here I am trying to reproduce this childhood treat and, given the constraints of my […] Read More

Dark chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

Dark chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

I've been craving for some homemade peanut butter cookies, and I've found this easy recipe that produced 32 most wonderful, no-fuss peanut butter cookies stuffed with dark chocolate chips. I would describe them as peanut butter cookies for adults: they are not overly sweet, and I use dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips. I've […] Read More

Blackberry almond crumble bars

Blackberry almond crumble bars

Valentine's Day was yesterday, and I have not had a real dessert in a whole week. Not that I am a dessert-freak that cannot go a week without something sweet, but no dessert even on Valentine's Day? Am I the only one without Valentine's dessert this year? I am feeling guilty in relation to the […] Read More

Soft yet crumbly chocolate chip almond cookies

Soft and crumbly chocolate chip almond cookies

There are many cookie recipes with chocolate chips out there, and here I am, adding yet another one to the pile. There is nothing original in this simple chocolate chip cookie recipe here, and my key ingredients are simplicity and being able to make them fast. This is the recipe I turn to a lot […] Read More

White chocolate macadamia nut cookies

White chocolate macadamia nut cookies

If I told you I had a sudden craving for a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie I'd be lying. But if I told you I had a huge bag of macadamia nuts purchased by my husband a couple of months ago and that last year I stored macadamia nuts for a whole year because I […] Read More

Chocolate covered hazelnut shortbread cookies

Chocolate covered hazelnut shortbread cookies, Christmas cookies

This is my fourth and the last cookie recipe in December. I always loved hazelnuts in chocolates but, surprisingly, I never used ground hazelnuts in a cookie until this recipe. The flavor and the texture of these cookies are really nice: cookies taste like chocolates with hazelnuts and at the same time crunchy. I love […] Read More

Almond crescent Christmas cookies

Almond crescent cookies, shortbread, Christmas cookies

Almond crescent shaped cookies .... I've been waiting to make them a whole year. One of my most favorite Christmas cookies, even their name - CRESCENT - opens your imagination to something whimsical and winterish, evoking images of Nordic mythology, Lord of the Rings, or simply crescent moon suspended over winter land. I adore crescent […] Read More

Cranberry noels

Cranberry noels, Christmas cookies

I crave no fancy cookies for Christmas - just give me a simple shortbread cookie and I'll be happy. It's all about simple cookies that taste good and bring back the childhood memories. I started last week with simple almond shortbread cookies, and these Christmas cranberry noels from Martha Stewart are also simple to make […] Read More

Almond shortbread cookies with Amaretto

Almond shortbread cookies with Amaretto

I am very much in a holiday mood, and this is my first recipe in the holiday cookie series that I will be posting over the course of the next 2 weeks. This is a classic Christmas almond shortbread cookie that everybody should try at least once in their lifetime. Because, first, the recipe is […] Read More

Peach shaped sandwich cookies with dulce de leche filling

My yesterday's post was about how to make homemade Dulce de Leche from sweetened condensed milk, and today's recipe is one of the ways to use Dulce de Leche in a dessert: in a peach sandwich cookie. I guess with this post I am officially opening the season of holiday baking on my blog! This […] Read More

How to make sweet tart crust dough, recipe, for 6 small tartlets

I love my Williams-Sonoma 6 mini-tartlet pan, and I can't get enough of it: it's so convenient to bake individually sized little tarts that look so pretty (both sweet and savory). This tart pan makes 6 mini-tarts, 3 inch diameter each. This is the minimum number of tartlets that I will usually bake at any […] Read More

Banana bundt cake

Banana buttermilk bundt cake with lemon glaze

Once again, my husband has purchased bananas to eat along with his work-out routine, and once again he's been forgetting to eat them. Predictably, I was once again left with 3 overly ripe bananas on my hands and one more dilemma in my head. I couldn't make banana bread because I don't have a bread […] Read More

Chocolate cupcakes, with no frosting

Dark chocolate cupcakes recipe, no frosting, topped with powdered sugar

It hasn't been a month since I made a chocolate cake recipe, based on one of the best recipes I've found so far, and I am already craving it again. I also recently purchased lovely brioche molds from Williams-Sonoma and hadn't had a chance to use them yet. I know that with brioche, one has […] Read More

Baked bacon and egg breakfast cups recipe

This is my third post for November NaBloPoMo - a recipe for baked egg breakfast tarts. Just like my other baked egg cups from a couple of weeks ago, these are very easy to make, provided you prepare the dough for tart shells in advance, because, although tart shells are super easy to make, the […] Read More

Apple cinnamon rose bundt cake

Apple cinnamon bundt cake

Want a warm and cozy Fall dessert? Then look no further than this apple and cinnamon coffee cake recipe (made with buttermilk or kefir) that I recently discovered on Martha Stewart's site. This easy-to-make recipe makes abundant use of Fall's fresh sweet (and tart) fruits and flavors, without overwhelming them with too many other flavors. […] Read More

Cinnamon apple pockets, puff pastry

Halloween cinnamon apple pockets, made out of puff pastry

Finally, here is my final recipe in the Halloween recipe series: cinnamon apple pockets, made out of puff pastry, made to look like wizard hats. I hope they do look like wizard hats. To me they do look like wizard hats, but it might be my wishful thinking because I've been staring at them for […] Read More

Easy spooky Halloween treats: chocolate bugs

Halloween chocolate bugs

For this Halloween, I didn't want to make any disgusting looking desserts (such as bleeding eyeballs or intestines), just something spooky and easy. So, my solution was to decorate all of my MANY-MANY Fall-themed desserts (that I don't seem to be able to stop baking) with spooky bugs made out of chocolate. As a result, […] Read More

Halloween apple and pear mummy treats

Halloween apple and pear mummy treats

Ever since Halloween cooking craze started, I've been seeing a lot of mummy themed foods, usually hot dogs wrapped in mummy-like pastry. Well, I wanted to wrap puff pastry around something other than a hot dog, so I thought why not make mummy apples and pears? Eating apple and pear mummy treats is like eating […] Read More

Baked egg cups with spinach, cheese, and grape tomatoes for breakfast

On weekends, for breakfast I often crave for a warm savory tart, filled with eggs, vegetables, and cheese. I love the taste of the flaky, crumbly, a little salty tart crust that melts in your mouth. So, I made mini baked egg cups with spinach and Gouda cheese this past weekend - smaller versions of […] Read More

Pumpkin puff pastry pie (tart) with apple-cranberry stuffed crust, chocolate bugs and wizard hats

Once upon a time, the pumpkin pie got infested with little chocolate bugs, spiders, and worms. Some of these creatures have eyes and are staring right back at you from the tart.  But, thankfully, there are three magic wizard hats (with cinnamon apple filling) to save the harvest.  It's a battle: the bugs have managed […] Read More

Plum and apple tart on puff pastry

Plum and apple tart puff pastry

This is that puff pastry dessert I was talking about earlier this week, when I got carried away baking puff pastry goodies for Weekend Cook and Tell Event at SeriousEats.com. Just like anything with puff pastry, this recipe is very easy: just peel, slice, assemble and bake. Plum and apple tart that you see on […] Read More

Chocolate bundt cake

The best chocolate bundt cake

I've been looking for a perfect chocolate cake recipe for a long time, and when I found this one on Epicurious.com with over 1,000 rave reviews, I had a strong suspicion that my search was over!   I wasn't disappointed, and you won't be either, if you try this recipe.  I used it to make […] Read More

Puff pastry pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

I decided to participate in Weekend Cook and Tell Event at SeriousEats.com and my photo was featured in their Round Up again, 2nd week in a row!!! For this weekend, the event was about making anything with puff pastry.   I love puff pastry, and for some time have been on a serious puff pastry kick, […] Read More

Berry bundt cake with lemon glaze

Triple berry bundt cake with blueberry, raspberry, blackberry

I discovered this triple berry buttermilk bundt cake recipe on one of my most favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen.  When Deb published that blog post, I found myself coming back to her site even more often, just to look at her pictures of this bundt cake full of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and not being […] Read More

Petite plum tarts (tartlets)

Plum tartlets with goat cheese mousse

I want to warn you right away - this is a very rich dessert! Not surprisingly why - goat cheese whipped together with heavy cream and sugar! I think plums are way overlooked and underused as ingredient.  So, to rectify this situation, I made a plum tart dessert.  I love plums as a fruit that's […] Read More

Breakfast tart with eggs, Gruyere cheese, and grape tomatoes recipe

This egg tart makes an amazing Sunday morning breakfast and is easy to make, if you prepared the tart shell in advance (a day before).   It also makes a great presentation.  The tart shell is super crumbly and melts in your mouth.  This is one of my most favorite breakfasts.  I highly recommend you to […] Read More

Cherry pie bars

This is just a simple pie, but there are a lot of memories attached to it.  When my twin sister and I were little, we would spend every summer vacation at our grandparents' house, away from the city noise.  The house had a wonderful garden with lots of fruit trees: apples, cherries, and many kinds […] Read More

White Chocolate Bread pudding with whiskey cream sauce

This bread pudding recipe is a favorite in my family.   It is a little more sophisticated version of a regular bread pudding, and what makes it so is adding white chocolate to the bread pudding and Creme de Cacao liqueur to the cream sauce. White chocolate bread pudding with cream sauce - made with […] Read More

How to make savory tart crust from scratch

How to make savory tart crust dough

This tart dough recipe produces an incredibly flaky crust, which you can use with endless savory fillings (as opposed to sweet) to fill your 9.5 inch tart pan. Basic savory tart crust 9.5 inch tart pan Prep time: 40 min Bake time: 40 min Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 9 tablespoons cold […] Read More

Pumpkin (Butternut squash) turnovers recipe

My mom used to make pumpkin or butternut squash turnovers when I was a child, and I always loved their sweet peppery taste. It's been more than 10 years since I ate these last time, so I finally decided to make them again, using puff pastry. Butternut Squash Turnovers Recipe Prep time: 60 min Bake […] Read More

How to make tart crust for 6 tartlets

How to make sweet tart crust dough, recipe, for 6 small tartlets

This is a basic sweet tart dough recipe, adapted from the cover for the tartlet molds I purchased at Williams-Sonoma. It makes a great flaky sweet crust for 6 small tartlets, which are 3 inches diameter each. It's a great way to make individual fruit desserts or small savory appetizers. This recipe will also work […] Read More

I've been making a lot of tarts lately (both sweet and savory), and wanted to share the basic recipe to make a slightly sweet and very flaky tart crust from scratch that can serve as a base for various fruit tarts and tartlets. This tart dough recipe produces an amazingly flaky and light crust, so […] Read More

Blueberry Tart

Blueberry Tart

If you want to bake a blueberry dessert that is all about fresh berries and pure blueberry flavor - this is the right recipe to use!  Nothing in this recipe interferes with the flavor of blueberries, and the tart shell is perfectly crumbly, sweetened appropriately as to not overwhelm the berries.   Whenever I bake […] Read More