Plum Butter (Lekvár) with Less Sugar

Plum Butter, in Slovak called Lekvár, is one of the most beloved and commonly used fruit preserves in Slovakia and neighboring countries. Used in a range of desserts, cakes and sweet dishes this staple is enjoyed all year long. Back in the days most households with plum trees used to make their own Plum Butter….

Banana Power Bites

This cake always brings back memories of when I lived in Nepal. I used to bake it once a month for a regular trail-race competition I used to participate in. Each runner in the competition got a piece of my Banana Power Bite to energize before the long run. One thing to real quick mention here…

Palacinky – Slovak Style Pancakes

Pancakes, Crepes, Palatschinken, Blini, Blinciki, or in Slovak – Palacinky. This is the simple recipe for traditional Slovak Palacinky made my way. Everyone likes theirs differently – this is how I like mine. Very thin and crisp on the edges, with tiny holes in the center.  Fluffy, soft & simply delicious. Few tips before making Palacinky…

Grapefruit & Lime Tart (Vegan)

Bright, juicy, and slightly sweetened summer tart made in no time. The combination of coconut and fresh citrus is refreshing, a touch of rosemary enhances the vibrant flavors and roasted cashews provide butter-like aftertaste. To highlight the flavors and to enhance the herbal and zesty sensation of the grapefruit cream layer, I used this Grapefruit &…

Red Wine Poached Pears

Luscious & decadent dessert that can be served warm or cold. Poached Pears is a traditional French recipe that was originally developed to consume unattractive-looking fruits with a grainy flesh in a fancier way (kind of zero-waste recipe of old times, wasn’t it? 🙂 Preparation is very easy and can be very quick as well…

Spiced Cherry Lavash Cake

This is the cake of my childhood – and brings back memories of celebrating birthdays and name days with my family around the table. Most of the time with this very same cake. Traditionally we use ladyfinger biscuits instead of the lavash bread but lately, I was experimenting a lot with my recently most favorite…

Grandma’s Doughnuts

Doughnuts soft and fluffy like a cloud, filled with most delicious homemade fillings. Crunchy, fluffy, creamy. Following my Grandma’s recipe and proving doughnuts for several hours to develop the right kind of flavor and texture – we could not even expect different than a perfect result. I took a twist on those traditional Slovak doughnuts…

Orange & Olive Oil Muffins

Sweet and tangy. Simple yet sophisticated – Sunday morning & Friday night. That was just a few words that described those refreshing (and pretty) summer muffins that are, straightforward – enjoyed more by adults than kids. Strong flavor and aftertaste of olive oil is what makes them insanely delicious, irresistible, and kind of adult-ish. Your…

Mini Pavlovas

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been teaching classes on traditional Eastern European pastries where I only use egg yolks. Hence, ten egg whites in my fridge were getting older and older as I was trying to figure out what delicious treat they could turn into. Chocolate mousse did not sound very exciting to…

Fit Beetroot Brownies

Who loves beets in cakes as I do, will definitely love this moist and fudgy chocolate brownie that doesn’t just taste great but is on the healthier side of sweet treats as well. With this recipe, I am not aiming to imitate the taste of pure-chocolate brownies and hide the taste of beets to snack…