Cognac Mini Tarts

These lovely Cognac mini-tarts are my latest creation experimenting with the flaky strudel dough. Baked in muffin pan or tart tins are these a perfect bite-sized dessert that is made in no time especially when the dough is mixed in advance (it can be stored in a fridge for up to a week or in…

Tvaroh & Blueberry No-Bake Cake

Summer heat and some ladyfinger biscuits laying on our kitchen counter got me craving for some delicious refreshing summer dessert, ideally made in under thirty minutes. Tvaroh, a Slovak-style cottage cheese that I was saving for a special occasion (as it is not always readily available in my town) was about to be secretly finished…

Dutch Baby with Cognac Orange Cream

Dutch baby is a lovely & extravagant oven-baked pancake that puffs into a beautiful piece of art due to a very high oven temperature, sizzling-hot pan, and a good amount of butter in it. This great-looking, fluffy & pillowy creation is a magic that elevates your weekend brunch to another level – and it doesn’t take much…

Revani – Orange & Semolina Cake

Let’s take a short break from (my beloved) pastries and yeasted doughs and welcome an upcoming spring with a refreshing, sunny and juicy Greek dessert. Revani is a delicious and unique traditional Greek cake (often called Ravani as well) made with semolina flour, almonds, a lot of oranges and herb-infused syrup. The cake is a…

Krupica – Traditional Breakfast Porridge

Krupica (also known as a Cream of Wheat or Semolina Porridge) is a delicious breakfast porridge, a morning staple, and a widely enjoyed breakfast choice (and often a quick & easy dinner as well) in most households back home. I and most kids in Slovakia were served Krupica far earlier than we even knew how to…

Plum & Sweet Cheese Cake with Streusel from Fermented Dough

The fermented (or yeast-based) dough is probably my favorite base to lay delicious toppings on. There is nothing that can beat a freshly baked, deliciously smelling cake with hot, still bubbling fruits on top. The characteristic of the fermented dough is a very flavorful crumb and fluffy texture, that you can enhance even more if…

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 &…