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…

Mom’s Apple Pie with Meringue

Crispy and buttery pie crust holding plenty of sweet & sour cinnamon-tossed apples, all of it covered under a light, pillowy meringue. Delicious apple pie prepared in a traditional way served year-round but most often during apple harvest season. Mom usually makes this pie at least once a week when we are harvesting apples in…

Moldovan Walnut Vertuta

Vertuta is a delicious traditional Moldovan pastry (very common and popular in Romania and parts of Ukraine as well) that can be baked into a sweet or savory pie. When sweet, the pastry very much resembles a typical Slovak hand-pulled strudel and when prepared savory a delicious Greek spanakopita. A base for Vertuta is a…

Apricot Linzer Torte

Linzer Torte is a traditional Austrian cake consisting of buttery nut & flour crust and a fruit preserve, most usually raspberry or apricot. Its name is derived from a place of its’ origin, a picturesque Austrian city – Linz. A typical design of the cake is made with a criss-cross or so-called lattice pattern on…

Ricotta & Rye Scones

Delicious, soft, flavorful and nutritious Ricotta & Rye Scones disappeared in my kitchen faster than I managed to turn them into the dessert I was originally aiming for (Scones filled with whipped honey cream cheese, strawberries and tarragon 🙂 – never mind, second trial will be next weekend. Lately, I’ve been exploring different varieties of…

Lemon-Saffron Loaf with Poppy Seeds

This delicious Lemon-Saffron Loaf is an elevated version of an all-time classic – traditional lemon pound cake. Lemon pound cake is one of my favorite comfort-treats enjoyed with an afternoon coffee or as sweet breakfast on weekends mornings. I tried two versions of the loaf – one plain and simple without anything on top –…

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…