scalloped potatoes 2

Cheesy herbed scalloped potatoes

While I was still a college student, ten years ago,we were  learning about hospitality and culinary Arts. It was so amazing and frustrating at times,to learn different cuisines and their foreign terms. That was the time I first tried potatoes au gratin (scalloped potatoes).  So cheesy and easy to make!

It’s perfect for your busy days,when you are out of time being in the kitchen,preparing  you lunch for hours. My picky husband absolutely loved it and asked for more!

cheese and potatoes

The herbs and spring onion brightens and lightens the dish, the nutmeg gives depth and the caramelized onions take it to a another level. This dish is a crowd pleaser!

sclloped potatoes

HERBED POTATOES AU GRATIN WITH PROVOLONE CHEESE (GF)

Serving: 6-8   Cooking time: 40-50 min.   Difficulty:Easy

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions (sliced crosswise, see how to slice onions)
  • 6 medium-small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced (1/8-inch thick, it helps to use a mandoline)
  • 3/4 cup grated provolone cheese, divided 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (or black pepper if that is what you have)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg,grated
  • 1/3 cup vegetable  stock (or chicken or beef,for a non vegetarian option)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced thyme
  • 1 green onion chopped

 

DIRECTIONS:

Sauté onions:

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil on medium high heat in a thick-bottomed sauté pan. Add the sliced onions, stir to coat with the olive oil, and cook until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2.  Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. In a large bowl put the sliced potatoes and gently toss with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 cup grated provolone cheese, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan, salt,nutmeg and  pepper.
    Butter a large gratin dish or 9×13 casserole lightly and line with the caramelized onions in an even layer at the bottom of the dish.Or you can make individual  in ramekins.
  4. Layer onions at the bottom of your baking dish,arrange the sliced potatoes in a pattern over the onions.
  5. Pour stock over the potatoes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and a teaspoon of butter,cut in small cubes.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400°F for 45-50 minutes (or until fork tender) and 25-30 minutes for the individual ramekins.
  7. Remove aluminum foil. Broil for 5 minutes, uncovered, until lightly browned.
    Sprinkle with minced rosemary and thyme to serve.

Enjoy!


ΠΑΤΑΤΕΣ ΟΓΚΡΑΤΕΝ ΜΕ ΤΥΡΙ ΚΑΙ ΜΥΡΩΔΙΚΑ

Μερίδες: 6–8   Χρόνος ψησίματος: 40–50 λεπτά  Βαθμός δυσκολίας: εύκολο

ΥΛΙΚΑ:

  • 2 κουταλιές της σούπας ελαιόλαδο
  • 4 φλιτζάνια κομμένο σε λεπτές φέτες τα κρεμμύδια (κομμένα σε φέτες σταυρωτά, δείτε πώς να φέτα κρεμμύδι)
  • 6 πατάτες μεσαίου μεγέθους, ξεφλουδισμένες, κομμένες σε λεπτές φέτες (πάχους μισού εκατοστού)
  • 3/4 φλιτζάνι τυρί τριμμένο προβολόνε
  • 1/2 φλιτζάνι τριμμένο τυρί παρμεζάνα
  • 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού αλάτι
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού άσπρο πιπέρι (ή μαύρο πιπέρι, αν αυτό είναι ό, τι έχετε)
  • 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού βούτυρο
  • 1/4 κουταλάκι του γλυκού μοσχοκάρυδο, τριμμένο
  • 1/3 φλιτζάνι ζωμό λαχανικών (ή κοτόπουλο ή μοσχάρι, για  μη χορτοφαγική επιλογή)
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού ψιλοκομμένο  φρέσκο δεντρολίβανο
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού φρεσκο  θυμάρι
  • 1 κρεμμυδάκι φρέσκο,ψιλοκκομένο

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ:

Σοτάρετε τα κρεμμύδια:

  1. Ζεσταίνουμε 1 κουταλιά της σούπας ελαιόλαδο σε μέτρια προς δυνατή φωτιά σε μία κατσαρόλα με παχύ πάτο.
  2. Προσθέστε τα κρεμμύδια κομμένα σε φέτες, ανακατεύουμε για να καλυφθούν τα κρεμμύδια  με το ελαιόλαδο, και μαγειρεύουμε μέχρι να ροδίσουν, περίπου 15 έως 20 λεπτά.
    Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 200 βαθμούς.
  3. Σε ένα μεγάλο μπολ βάλτε τα σε φέτες τις πατάτες και τα απαλά ανακατεύουμε με 1 κουταλιά της σούπας ελαιόλαδο, 1/2 φλιτζάνι τυρί τριμμένο προβολόνε, 1/2 φλιτζάνι τριμμένη παρμεζάνα, το αλάτι, το μοσχοκάρυδο και το πιπέρι.
  4. Βουτυρώνουμε ένα  πυρεξ 20Χ30 εκατοστά ή μπορείτε να κάνετε τισ πατάτες σε ατομικά ραμεκέν (κεραμικά ατομικά  φορμάκια)και στρώνουμε στον πατο τα καραμελωμένα κρεμμύδια.
  5. Στρώνετε τις φέτες πατάτας  πάνω από τα κρεμμύδια.
  6. Προσθέστε το ζωμό πάνω από τις πατάτες. Πασπαλίζουμε με το υπόλοιπο τυρί και ένα κουταλάκι του γλυκού βούτυρο, κομμένο σε μικρούς κύβους.
  7. Καλύψτε με αλουμινόχαρτο και ψήνουμε στους  για 45-50 λεπτά (ή μέχρι να μαλακώσουν) και 25-30 λεπτά για τα μεμονωμένα ramekins.
  8. Αφαιρέστε αλουμινόχαρτο. Ψήστε για 5 λεπτά, ακάλυπτο, μέχρι να ροδίσουν ελαφρά.
    Πασπαλίζουμε με ψιλοκομμένο δενδρολίβανο,κρεμμύδι και θυμάρι.
earl grey lemon cake

Earl grey lemon cake (gf)

earl grey tea cake

 

 

Earl grey and its beautiful bergamot deep flavor! The first time I tried earl grey,was while I was studying Hospitality and culinary Arts in Greece. It was a love at first sight! Not a tea lover,more like a coffee junkie but there is something about this tea that makes me want to drinking it over and over again. Recently,I made an Earl Grey ginger iced tea and it was dreamy! Just like this beautiful cake!

I have always wanted to make an earl grey cake,but for some inexplicably reason,I was quite hesitant.

Luckily,I stumble upon this amazing recipe from Lily’s cakes and her tangy yet sweet and scrumptious recipe. Of course,I made my mandatory tweaks,and the results were stunning. Fluffy,tangy with the fruity,floral and citrusy notes from the tea and lemon. Not overly sweet with the lemon soaking syrup making it even fluffier!

lemons

earl grey lemon cake


EARL GREY LEMON CAKE (GF)

Yields: 1 loaf   Cooking time: 40-50 minutes  Difficulty: Easy

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 and 1/3 sticks unsalted butter,room temperature
  • 1 cup  powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 large eggs,beaten
  • 3 tea bags Earl Grey tea powder
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/8 tsp  salt
  • 2 tbsp full-fat milk (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Lemon syrup:

  • 3 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 30ml mineral water
  • 2 tablespoons honey, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350F. Line parchment paper in your loaf tin and set aside. I used three small loaf tins,but you can use the regular size.
  2. In a small bowl add the flour,salt and baking powder,and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl,whisk your  butter  until it’s creamy.
  4. Add in the honey, the  sugar and whisk very well until light and fluffy.
  5. Little by little whisk in the beaten egg, whisking well between each addition.
  6. Slowly add in the Earl Grey tea, ground almonds, lemon zest, salt and milk. Don’t over beat it.
  7. Sift half the flour mixture into your bowl and with a rubber spatula fold in then fold in the other half.  Your cake batter should be shiny and smooth.
  8. Pour  into your lined loaf tin. Level out and smooth with the back of a metal spoon.
    Draw a line down the middle with a slanted spatula or butter knife. If you do this well it can help the crack that develops in the oven look straighter and neater, but a crooked crack is fine too so no worries.
    Bake around 40 to 50 minutes, depending on your oven or 25-30 for the small tins. Insert a toothpick or skewer,and it should come out dry. Do not over bake it!

 

While cake is in the oven,prepare your lemon syrup:

 

  1. Bring the water, lemon juice and honey to the boil. Pour into a clean bowl let it cool for a little bit.
  2. When the cake is done baking, let it cool for 15-20 minutes and cover it with a tea towel.
  3. Make holes with a skewer and pour the lemon syrup over it,until absorbed.

 

tea battertea cakeearl grey cake


ΚΕΙΚ ΜΕ ΤΣΑΙ EARL GREY (ΠΕΡΓΑΜΟΝΤΟ) ΚΑΙ ΛΕΜΟΝΙ

Μερίδες: 4     Χρόνος ψησίματος: 40–50 λεπτά   Βαθμός δυσκολίας: Εύκολο

 

ΥΛΙΚΑ:

  • 1 και 1/3 ραβδιά ανάλατο βούτυρο, θερμοκρασία δωματίου
  • 1 φλιτζάνι ζάχαρη άχνη
  • 2 κουταλάκια του γλυκού μέλι
  • 2 μεγάλα αυγά, χτυπημένα
  • 3 φακελάκια τσαγιού Earl Grey τσάι σε σκόνη
  • 2 κουταλιές της σούπας αλεσμένα αμύγδαλα
  • ξύσμα από 1 λεμόνι
  • 1/8 κουταλάκι του γλυκού αλάτι
  • 2 κουταλιές της σούπας πλήρες γάλα (σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου)
  • 1 φλιτζάνι χωρίς γλουτένη αλεύρι για όλες τις σκοπό
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού μπέικιν πάουντερ
    σιρόπι λεμονιού:
  • 3 κουταλιές της σούπας φρέσκο χυμό λεμονιού
    30ml μεταλλικό νερό
    2 κουταλιές της σούπας μέλι, με γεύση

 

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ:

  1. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 180 βαθμούς
  2. Στρώστε μία μακροστενη φορμα ψωμιού με αντικολλητικο χαρτί. Χρησιμοποίησα τρεις μικρές στενομακρες φόρμες, αλλά μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε το κανονικό μέγεθος.
  3. Σε ένα μικρό μπολ ρίχνουμε το αλεύρι, το αλάτι και το μπέικιν πάουντερ, και το αφήνουμε στην ακρη.
  4. Σε ένα μέτριο μπολ, χτυπήστε ελαφρά το βούτυρο σας έως ότου είναι κρεμώδες.
  5. Προσθέτουμε το  μέλι, τη ζάχαρη και ανακατεύουμε πολύ καλά μέχρι να αφρατέψει.
  6. Σιγά-σιγά προσθέτουμε τα  χτυπημένα αυγά, ανακατεύοντας συνεχώς.
  7. Σιγά-σιγά προσθέστε το τσάι Earl Grey, τα αλεσμένα αμύγδαλα, το ξύσμα λεμονιού, το αλάτι και το γάλα.
  8. Προσθέστε το μισό μίγμα αλεύρι στο μιγμα με τα αυγά και με μία  σπάτουλα σιλικόνης ανακατευουμε ελαφρά από κάτω προσ τα πάνω και στη συνεχεια προσθέτουμε το άλλο μισό αλεύρι. Το μείγμα θα πρέπει να ειναι λείο και ομοιόμορφο.
  9. Ρίξτε το μείγμα στη φόρμα.
    Με τη σπάτουλα σχεδιαστε μία λοξή σχισμή στο κέντρο του κέικ. Μ ε αυτό το τρόπο το κέικ δε θα κάνει ρωγμές.
  10. Ψήστε περίπου 40 έως 50 λεπτά, ανάλογα με το φούρνο ή 25-30 για τις μικρές φόρμες. Τοποθετήστε μια οδοντογλυφίδα  και πρέπει να βγει στεγνή. Μην το ψήσετε παραπάνω!

Ενώ το κέικ είναι στο φούρνο, προετοιμάστε το σιρόπι λεμονιού σας:

  1. Σε ένα μικρό κατσαρολάκι,προσθέστε  το νερό, το χυμό λεμονιού και το μέλι και αφήστε το να πάρει μία βράση. Το σιρόπι δε χρειάζεται να ειναι παχύρευστο. Ρίξτε το σε ένα καθαρό μπολ αφήστε το να κρυώσει για λίγο.
  2. Όταν το κέικ ειναι ετοιμο, αφήστε το να κρυώσει για 15-20 λεπτά και καλύψτε το με μια πετσέτα κουζίνας.
  3. Κάντε τρύπες με ένα πηρούνι και ρίξτε το σιρόπι λεμονιού από πάνω, μέχρι να απορροφηθεί.

Απολαύστε το με μία κούπα τσαγιού!

tartlette

Tomato and halloumi galette (gf)

 tart

There is something about galette that makes my culinary imagination go wild and be so indecisive… Is like a blank canvas,you can put anything your stomach desires! Personally,love both savory and sweet. In the past,I made a sweet version sweet nectarines with the kick of ginger,all laying in a  bed of biscuit galette. So delicious!

Today,I’m trying a savory galette with the pastry dough from my Strawberry Nutella hand pies. This pastry dough is so flaky,buttery and fail-proof! I found the recipe from Just a Taste and I made the gluten free version of it.

This time,we’re trying a tomato halloumi galette. Flaky dough,juicy ripen tomatoes with a briny slightly rubbery herbed haloumi cheese. Halloumi is a Greek-Cyprian cheese, which when pan fried or grilled is amazing! This beauty will satisfy the biggest doubter!

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TOMATO AND HALLOUMI GALETTE (GF)

Servings: 4      Cooking time: 20-25   Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS:

For the dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup cold sour cream

For the filling:

  • 4 oz cream cheese,room temperature
  • 8 oz  halloumi cheese,shredded
  • 1 big tomato,thin sliced
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg for eggwash

DIRECTIONS:

Make the dough:

  1. In a large bowl,whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  2. Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like wet sand.
  3. Stir in the sour cream,don’t worry if the dough becomes wet. Then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.
  4. Knead the dough a few times until it comes together, adding more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky to handle. Roll the dough into an 8×10-inch (20×25 cm) rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.
  5. Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into an 8×10-inch (20×25 cm) rectangle. Repeat once more then wrap it  in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.

Assemble the galette:

  1. Preheat oven at 425F. Line parchment paper in a sheet pan and set aside.
  2. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll a 12 inch circle onto a well floured surface.
  3. Cover the pastry evenly with the cream cheese leaving a 1 inch border all around.
  4. Season with pepper,green onions and add the shredded halloumi cheese.*
  5. Arrange the tomatoes leaving a 1 inch border.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and add thyme.
  7. Fold the border in to cover the edge of the tomatoes all around.
  8. Brush the pastry edges with the egg wash.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, slice and serve.

Note:* Halloumi cheese is quite salty,so is better to keep salt out,when you season the cream cheese layer.


ΤΑΡΤΑ ΜΕ ΤΟΜΑΤΑ ΚΑΙ ΧΑΛΟΥΜΙ

Μερίδες: 4    Χρόνος ψησίματος: 20–25 λεπτά  Βαθμός δυσκολίας: Εύκολο

ΣΥΣΤΑΤΙΚΑ:

Για τη ζύμη:

  • 1 1/2 κούπες αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις,χωρίς γλουτένη
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού αλάτι
  • 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού μπέικιν πάουντερ
  • 1 κούπα  κρύο ανάλατο βούτυρο, κομμένο σε κύβους
  • 1/2 κούπες κρύα ξινόκρέμα ή γιαούρτι
    Για τη γέμιση:
  • 115 γραμ. τυρί κρέμα, σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου
  • 225 γραμ. χαλούμι, τριμμένο
  • 1 μεγάλη ντομάτα, κομμένη σε λεπτές ροδέλλες
  • 2 φρέσκα κρεμμυδάκια, ψιλοκομμένα
  • 2 κλωναράκια θυμάρι
  • αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • 1 αυγό για επάλειψη

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ:

Κάντε τη ζύμη:

  1. Σε ένα μεγάλο μπολ, χτυπήστε ελαφρά το αλεύρι, το αλάτι και το μπέικιν πάουντερ.
  2. Προσθέστε το κομμένο σε κύβους βούτυρο και τρίψτε με τα δάχτυλά σας για ενωθεί  το βούτυρο με το αλεύρι μέχρι το μείγμα να μοιάζει με υγρή άμμο.
  3. Ανακατέψτε τη ξινόκρεμα ή γιαούρτι, μην ανησυχείτε αν η ζύμη φαίεται πολυ υγρή. Στη συνέχεια, τοποθετείστε την ζύμη σε μια καλά αλευρωμένη επιφάνεια εργασίας.
  4. Ζυμώνουμε τη ζύμη μερικές φορές , προσθέτοντας περισσότερο αλεύρι, 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού,αν η ζύμη είναι πολύ κολλώδες. Ανοίγουμε τη ζύμη σε 20 × 25 εκ. ορθογώνιο και πασπαλίζουμε με αλεύρι και τις δύο πλευρές. Διπλώνουμε τη ζύμη σε  τρίτα.
  5. Περιστρέψτε τη ζύμη 90º και ανοίξτε και πάλι τη ζύμη σε  20 × 25 εκ.ορθογώνιο. Επαναλάβετε για άλλη μια φορά, στη συνέχεια, τυλίξτε το σε πλαστική μεμβράνη και βάλτε το στο ψυγείο για τουλάχιστον 30 λεπτά.

Τελειοποιώντας την τάρτα:

  1. Προθερμαίνουμε το φούρνο στους 200 βαθμούς. Στρώνουμε λαδόκολλα  σε ένα ταψί και το αφήνουμε στην ακρη.
  2. Πάρτε τη ζύμη από το ψυγείο και ανοίγουμε έναν κύκλο 20 εκ. σε μια καλά αλευρωμένη επιφάνεια.
    Καλύψτε τη ζύμη ομοιόμορφα με το τυρί κρέμα, αφήνοντας ένα 2.5 εκ περιθώριο.
  3. Πασπαλίστε με το πιπέρι, τα πράσινα κρεμμύδια και προσθέτουμε το τριμμένο χαλούμι. *
    Προσθέτουμε  τις ντομάτες αφήνοντας 2.5 εκ. περιθώριο στις άκρες.
  4. Προσθέτουμε  αλάτι,πιπέρι και  το θυμάρι.
    Διπλώστε προσ το κέντρο τη περισσαυάμενη ζύμη .
  5. Σε ενα μικρο μπολ χτυπήστε το αυγό με 1 κουταλιά της σούπας νερό και με το πινέλο πασπαλίστε τις άκρες της τάρτας.
    Ψήστε για 20-25 λεπτά, μέχρι η ζύμη να είναι χρυσή.Αφαιρέστε από το φούρνο και αφήστε το να κρυώσει μέσα στο ταψί για 10 λεπτά.

Σημείωση: * Το χαλούμι είναι αρκετά αλμυρό, οπότε είναι καλύτερα να αφαιρέσετε το αλάτι, όταν πασπαλίζετε το  τυρί κρεμα.


tomatoes tart

 

almond and apricot

Apricot ginger crumble oat bars (gf)

Years ago,I made strawberry crumble oat bars,and the results were  disappointing… It was a huge hot mess,a red-brownish mass(something like auburn!). I got so disappointed,I gave up. Is not something I grew up with nor I ever tried it in my adult life.

Last month,though,something changed. Something was itching deep inside to make those damn bars! And the Pinterest research begun. As I was trying to find some good looking oat bars,with a reasonable amount of butter included in the recipe,I found those beautiful, crumble bars from Cooking Classy.  I mean,these babies look to die for!My only problem was,I got to make them gluten free.

It wasn’t difficult to make a kind of different,gluten free version of it. The results were stunning. Slightly buttery,crunchy with the great oat flavor,and then the filling. Oh,that filling is definitely mouthwatering! Apricots and the slighlty citrucy and peppery ginger are meant to be together!

These bars,is a great way to transform fruits and oats into something  every kid,big and small will devour!

 

almond and apricot

apricot and oats

apricot bars 2

 


APRICOT GINGER CRUMBLE OAT BARS (GF)

Servings: 4-6   Cooking time: 35-40 minutes   Difficult: easy

Crumb layer:

  • 1  cup gf all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1  cup  rolled old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)

Apricot ginger Filling:

  •  2 cups apricots,pitted and diced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger,finely diced
  • 1/3 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

DIRECTIONS:

For the crumb layer:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8×8 inch baking dish and line with parchment paper, grease parchment.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add in oats, brown sugar and granulated sugar and whisk to blend, while using fingertips to break up small clumps of brown sugar.
  4.  Pour melted butter,almond extract and vanilla over oat mixture. Stir with a spatula until mixture is  moistened.
  5. Press 2/3 of the mixture into prepared baking dish, set aside remaining 1/3.

For the filling:

  1. Add diced apricots and ginger to a medium mixing bowl.
  2.  In a small  bowl whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Pour sugar mixture over apricot mixture and toss to coat. Pour apricot  mixture over bottom crumb layer in baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle remaining 1/3 crumb mixture over top. Bake top is golden brown and crisp and filling is bubbling, about 35 – 40 minutes.
  4. Cool completely then cut into squares.

ΜΠΑΡΕΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΑΚΩΝ ΜΕ ΡΟΔΑΚΙΝΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΖΙΝΤΖΕΡ

Μερίδες: 4-6   Χρονοσ ψησίματος: 35-40 λεπτά  Βαθμός δυσκολίας: εύκολο

Για τη βάση:

  • 1 φλιτζάνι αλεύρι χωρίς γλουτένη για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού μαγειρική σόδα
  • 1/4 κουταλάκι του γλυκού αλάτι
  • 1 κούπα βρώμη,χωρίς γλουτένη
  • 1/2 κούπα αμυγδαλόψιχα
  • 1/2 κούπα καστανή ζάχαρη
  • 1/2 κούπα κρυσταλλική ζάχαρη
  • 3/4 κούπα ανάλατο βούτυρο, λιωμένο
  • 2 κουταλάκια του γλυκού εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
  • 1/4 κουταλάκι του γλυκού εκχύλισμα αμυγδάλου (προαιρετικό)
    Για τη Γέμιση:
  • 2 κούπες βερίκοκα, χωρίς κουκούτσια και κομμένα σε κύβους
  • 1 κουταλιά της σούπας φρέσκο τζίντζερ, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 1/3 κούπα κρυσταλλική ζάχαρη
  • 1 κουταλιά της σούπας νισεστέ,χωρίς γλουτένη

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ:

Ετοιμάστε τη βάση:

  1. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 180 βαθμούς. Λαδώνουμε ένα τετράγωνο ταψί 20×20εκ. και στρώνουμε με αντικολλητικό χαρτί.
  2. Σε ένα μπολ χτυπήστε ελαφρά το αλεύρι, τη σόδα και το αλάτι.
    Προσθέτουμε τη βρώμη, μαύρη ζάχαρη και κρυσταλλική ζάχαρη. Με τα δάχτυλα σας προσπαθείστε να διαλύσετε τα κομματια της καστανής ζάχαρης,όσο μπορείτε και ανακατέψτε ελαφρα έτσι ώστε να ομογενοποιηθεί το μίγμα των στερεών υλικών.
  3. Ρίξτε το λιωμένο βούτυρο, το εκχύλισμα αμυγδάλου και βανίλιας πάνω στο μείγμα της βρώμης.
  4. Ανακατέψτε με μια σπάτουλα έως ότου μίγμα να είναι υγρό.
  5. Πατήστε το 2/3 του μείγματος στο πάτο του  ταψιού.

Για τη γέμιση:

  1. Σε ενα μέτριο μεγέθους μπωλ,ανακατέψτε τα κομμένα σε κύβους βερίκοκκα και το τζίντζερ.
  2. Σε ένα μικρό μπολ χτυπήστε ελαφρά μαζί τη ζάχαρη και το νισεστέ. Προσθέτουμε  το μίγμα ζάχαρης πάνω από μείγμα βερίκοκων και ανακατεύουμε καλά έτσι ώστε να καλυφθούν ολα τα βερίκοκκα με τη ζάχαρη. Ρίχνουμε το μείγμα βερίκοκων πάνω από τη βάση τησ βρώμης.
  3. Πασπαλίζουμε το υπόλοιπο  1/3 από το μίγμα της βρώμης. Ψήστε περίπου 35-40 λεπτά,μέχρι οι μπάρες να εχουν ενα χρυσό καφέ και να ειναι τραγανό.
  4. Αφήστε το να κρυώσει εντελώς, στη συνέχεια, κοψτε το  σε τετράγωνα.

 

strawberry lemonade

Strawberry lemonade cupcakes (gf)

 

 

 

 

Anna is a huge strawberry fan,strawberry everything and everywhere,which sometimes sounds and looks disgusting but most of the times is just amazing! Last time she asked me for strawberry lemonade cupcakes,I doubted she would be able to eat it,because she is an extreme case of a picky eater. There is no doubt,I loved the idea,though!

In order to achieve that bright pinkish color,I added a vegan jello powder,but you can use regular,too if you are not vegetarian like me.

We prepared our ingredients and start mixing,adding,messing the whole kitchen with jello powder… Ugh! If you have little children around,you’ll definitely understand the feeling,but I love the idea of helping me prepare food and baked good! It’s twice the trouble,but totally worth it!

I’m not going to lie, I ran out of ingredients for my frosting,so I had to improvise and play cool in front of Anna. All I got was heavy cream and a little bit of powdered sugar,and the results were stunning! The frosting was so light,not overly sweet,unlike the regular frostings and the lemon addition brighten up the whole cupcake. It’s a really well-balanced dessert,with no butter and not much sugar. You will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

 

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She had to eat 3 cupcakes just to make sure everything tasted great…

strawberry lemon cupcakes

strawberry cupcakes

strawberry lemonade


STRAWBERRY LEMONADE CUPCAKES WITH WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING (GF)

Serving: 12 cupcakes    Cooking time: 15-18 minutes   Difficulty: easy

 

INGREDIENTS:

For the cupcakes:

  • 2 large eggs,at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 TBSPS lemon juice
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 2 TBSPS Strawberry Vegan jello or regular for the non vegetarians
  • pinch of salt

For the frosting:

  • 3 cups very cold  heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest from a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

Make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven at 350 F. Line cupcake liner in your tin and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add all the dry ingredients: rice flour,corn starch,almond meal,baking powder,salt and jello powder. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl,with an electric hand mixer,beat eggs and sugar for 2 minutes until fluffy and slightly pale.
  4. Add olive oil,yogurt,lemon juice,lemon zest and vanilla extract and whisk again.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until well incorporated.
  6. Fill 2/3 of the tin and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Let them cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting:

  1. In a stand mixer or electric beat the cold heavy cream with the rest of the ingredients until stiff peaks formed. DO NOT OVER BEAT! You don’t want to turn into a butter!
  2. When cupcakes cooled completely,put frosting into a piping bag and start piping!
  3. Top each cupcake with a fresh strawberry.

Enjoy!


ΚΑΠΚΕΙΚ ΦΡΑΟΥΛΑ ΜΕ ΚΡΕΜΑ ΛΕΜΟΝΙ

Μερίδες: 12 κάπκεικ  Χρόνος ψησίματος:15–18 λεπτά  Βαθμός δυσκολίας: εύκολο

ΥΛΙΚΑ:

Για τα κάπκεικ:

  • 2 μεγάλα αυγά, σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου
  • 1/2 φλιτζάνι κρυσταλλική ζάχαρη
  • 3/4 φλιτζάνι ελαιόλαδο ή ηλιέλαιο
  • 1 φλιτζάνι απλό γιαούρτι (εγώ προτιμώ ελληνικό γιαούρτι)
  • 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού ξύσμα λεμονιού
  • 2 κουταλιές της σούπας χυμό λεμονιού
  •  1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
  • 1 φλιτζάνι ρυζάλευρο
  • 1/2 φλιτζάνι άμυλο καλαμποκιού (νισεστέ χωρίς γλουτένη)
  •  1/4 φλυτζάνι αμυγδαλόψιχα τριμμένη
  • 1 κουταλιά της σούπας μπέικιν πάουντερ (χωρίς γλουτένη)
  • 2 κουταλιές της σούπας ζελέ φράουλα
  • πρέζα αλάτι

Για την κρεμα λεμόνι:

  • 3 φλιτζάνια πολύ κρύα κρέμα γάλακτος
  • 1/4 φλιτζάνι ζάχαρη άχνη
  • εκχύλισμα βανίλιας 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού
  • ξύσμα από ένα λεμόνι
  • 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού χυμό λεμονιού

 

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ:

Κάνουμε τα καπκεικ:

  1. Προθερμαίνουμε το φούρνο στους 180 βαθμούς. Βάζουμε τα θηκάκια  στο ταψί για κάπκεικ.
  2. Σε ένα μικρό μπωλ βάζουμε όλα τα ξηρά συλικά: ρυζάλευρο, άμυλο καλαμποκιού, αμυγδαλόψιχα, το μπέικιν πάουντερ, το αλάτι και σκόνη ζελέ. Αφήνω στην άκρη.
  3. Σε ένα μέτριο μπολ, με ένα ηλεκτρικό μίξερ χειρός, χτυπήστε τα αυγά και τη ζάχαρη για 2 λεπτά μέχρι να αφρατέψει.
  4. Προσθέστε το ελαιόλαδο, το γιαούρτι, το χυμό λεμονιού, το ξύσμα λεμονιού και το εκχύλισμα βανίλιας και χτυπάμε ξανά.
  5. Προσθέστε τα ξηρά συστατικά και χτυπήστε ελαφρά μέχρι να ενσωματωθούν όλα τα υλικά.
  6. Γεμίστε τα 2/3  από το κάθε θηκάκι και ψήνουμε για 15-20 λεπτά.
  7. Αφήστε τα να κρυώσουν εντελώς πριν βάλετε την κρεμα.Κάνουμε την κρέμα:

Σε ένα μίξερ ή ηλεκτρικά νικήσει το κρύο κρέμα γάλακτος με τα υπόλοιπα υλικά μέχρι να σχηματιστεί δύσκαμπτες αιχμές. ΜΗ ΤΟ ΧΤΥΠΗΣΕΤΕ ΠΕΡΙΣΣΟΤΕΡΟ ΑΠΟ ΟΣΟ ΠΡΕΠΕΙ! Δεν θέλετε να μετατραπεί σε βούτυρο!
Όταν  τα cupcakes κρυώσουν εντελώς, βάλτε τη κρεμα  σε ένα κορνέ και αρχίστε να βάζετε τη κρεμα στο πανω μερος του κάπκεικ.
Βάλτε στο κάθε cupcake με μια φρέσκια φράουλα.

 

 

zucchinis

Zucchini parmesan chips with feta sauce

 

Today,we have a quick,easy,crunchy and scrumptious appetizer,promised to please kids of all ages!

If your kid or husband is struggling in the thought of a veggie in their dish,then you came to the right place. Anna is more of a steamed and raw veggie lover,she doesn’t get so excited in the view of something different. She is a huge veggie lover,but she is still a toddler,so I have to cut her some slack. But,as a parent I always incorporate veggies or type of foods that she doesn’t quite like and try to hide them. Just as I do with my husband.

These chips are baked,perfect for a diet and definitely you won’t stop eating them! They are so darn addictive! The feta sauce is something my husband loves. Creamy,slightly briny and fresh from the herbs and green onions.

Give it a try and you’ll remember me!

 

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ZUCCHINI PARMESAN CHIPS WITH FETA SAUCE

Servings:4  Cooking time:  15-20 minutes  Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 zucchinis, thinly sliced to 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

For the feta sauce:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven at 425 F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs,paprika,salt,pepper and Parmesan; set aside.
  3. Working in batches, dredge zucchini rounds in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
  4. Add zucchini rounds to the sheet pan , and bake until evenly golden and crispy, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. In the meanwhile,prepare feta sauce: Simply,combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until thoroughly blended and become sauce.
  6. Remove zucchinis from the oven and serve immediately.

ΤΣΙΠΣ ΚΟΚΟΛΥΘΙΩΝ ΜΕ ΠΑΡΜΕΖΑΝΑ ΚΑΙ ΝΤΙΠ ΦΕΤΑΣ

Μερίδες:4   Χρόνος μαγειρέματος: 15-20 λεπτά  Βαθμός δυσκολίας: εύκολο

ΥΛΙΚΑ:

  • 1 φλιτζάνι τριμμένη φρυγανιά χωρίς γλουτένη
  • 1/2 φλιτζάνι τριμμένη τυρί παρμεζάνα, ή κεφαλοτύρι
  • 2 κολοκυθάκια, κομμένα σε λεπτές φέτες πάχους 1/2 εκ.
  • 1/2 φλιτζάνι αλεύρι χωρίς γλουτένη δωρεάν για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • 1 κουταλάκι του γλυκού πάπρικα
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού αλάτι
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού πιπέρι
  • 2 μεγάλα αυγά, χτυπημένα

Για τη σάλτσα φέτας:

  • 1 κούπα ξινόκρεμα ή γιαούρτι
  •  1/2 κούπα τυρί φέτα
  • 1 φρέσκο κρεμμυδάκι
  • 1/4 κουταλάκι του γλυκού σκόνη σκόρδου, ή φρέσκο πολτοποιημένο
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού αλάτι
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού μαύρο πιπέρι
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού θυμάρι
  • 1 κουταλιά της σούπας ελαιόλαδο

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ:

  1. Προθερμαίνουμε το φούρνο στους 220 C. Σε ενα μεγαλο ορθογώνιο ταψί,απλώνουμε αλουμινόχαρτο.
  2. Σε ένα μεγάλο μπολ, ανακατεύουμε τη φρυγανιά, την πάπρικα, το αλάτι, το πιπέρι και παρμεζάνα,αφήνουμε στην άκρη.
  3. Πασπαλίζουμε τις φέτες  κολοκυθιών στο αλεύρι, έπειτα τα βουτάμε στα αυγά, στη συνέχεια, πασπαλίζουμε στο μείγμα της φρυγανιάς.
  4. Προσθέστε κολοκυθάκια  στο ταψί και ψήνουμε μέχρι να ψηθούν ομοιόμορφα με ενα χρυσό  χρώμα, περίπου 15-20 λεπτά.

Εν τω μεταξύ, ετοιμάστε τη  σάλτσα φέτας: Απλά, Συνδυάστε όλα τα συστατικά σε ένα μπλέντερ και πατήστε μέχρι να ομογενοποιηθούν όλα  και να γίνουν σάλτσα.
Αφαιρέστε κολοκύθια από το φούρνο και σερβίρετε αμέσως.

Καλή όρεξη!

apricot blondies

White chocolate apricot brownies (gf)

 

Time for some sinful dessert,ladies and gentlemen! I think of it as a break from my monthly sweet “withdrawal”. I’ve manage to control my sweet tooth for quite a while,and I’m proud of it!

Every time it’s my monthly detoxication from all these sweets,I clean and organize my pantry an hide on the upper shelf where there is no way to reach it,unless I climb up like my little Tarzan.  When detox is done,I resurface all the no-no,full of guilt ingredients. Need to be noted,that we don’t have any sweet snacks in our pantry. You see,that’s the “curse” of the baker! I’m a big supporter of baking from scratch,with some rare exceptions,and I love it when my baking goods are not overly sweet. I love the balance of flavors,just like this recipe.

The idea of white chocolate brownies,came up spontaneously and it was more like a last minute thought. I got plenty of  fresh,organic apricots and it would be a embarrassing  not to add them in my brownies…

Soft,chewy,moist and with the fruity addition of the apricots these brownies were meant to be a stable in our family!

 

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Anna,my little and trusty assistant while mixing!

WHITE CHOCOLATE AND APRICOT BROWNIES

Adapted from Back for seconds

Servings:12  Cooking time: 25 minutes  Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 oz white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup gf all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 fresh apricots,pitted and  diced  in 1/4” cubes

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F. Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt butter and white chocolate and stir until smooth.
  3. Add sugar and stir with a wooden spoon. Add salt,vanilla extract and eggs and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the coconut and flour and mix thoroughly.
  5. Last, add  in diced apricots and stir with a spatula.
  6. Pour mixture into the pan and bake for approximately 25-28 minutes,until a toothpick inserted comes clean.

white chocolate blondies


ΜΠΡΑΟΥΝΙΣ ΛΕΥΚΗΣ ΣΟΚΟΛΑΤΑΣ ΜΕ ΒΕΡΙΚΟΚΟ

Μερίδες: 8  Χρόνος ψησίματος: 25–28 λεπτά   Βαθμός δυσκολίας: εύκολο

ΥΛΙΚΑ:

  • 1/2 κούπα βούτυρο
  • 120 γρ. λευκή σοκολάτα
  • 3/4 κούπας κρυσταλλική ζάχαρη
  • 2 αυγά σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου
  • 1/2 κτγ αλάτι
  • 1 κτγ εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
  • 1/4 τριμμένη καρύδα
  • 1 κούπα αλεύρι χωρίς γλουτένη για όλες τις χρήσεις.
  • 2 φρέσκα βερίκοκα, κομμένα σε μικρούς κύβους.

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ:

  1. Προθερμαίνουμε το φούρνο στους 180 βαθμούς. Bάζουμε αντικολλητικό χαρτί σε ενα πυρίμαχο ταψί 20 Χ20 εκ.
  2. Σε ένα μπολ,λιώνουμε το βούτυρο με τη λευκή σοκολάτα,μεχρι να λιώσει εντελώς.
  3. Προσθέτουμε τη ζάχαρη και ανακατεύουμε καλα με μία ξύλινη κουτάλα.
  4. Στη συνέχεια προσθέτουμε το αλάτι,το εκχύλισμα βανίλιας και τα αυγά. Ανακατεύουμε καλά μέχρι να ομογενοποιηθούν.
  5. Προσθέτουμε τη καρύδα και το αλεύρι και ανακατεύουμε μέχρι να ενωθούν καλά όλα τα υλικά.
  6. Στο τελος,προσθέτουμε τα κομμένα βερίκοκα και ανακατεύουμε ελαφρά. Ρίχνουμε το μείγμα στ ταψί και το ψήνουμε για 25~28 λεπτά,μεχρι να ροδίσει ελαφρά. Για σιγουριά, βάλτε μία οδοντογλυφίδα,αν βγει καθαρή είναι έτοιμο.
  7. Αφήστε το να κρυώσει εντελώς πριν το σερβίρετε.
almond butter oats

Almond butter banana chocolate cups (gf)

 

almond butter oats

There was a really difficult and busy month. Anna had an  allergy skin test and she is allergic to pollen,cats and peanuts. I was so relived,we finally,found out why her skin is so irritated. As an allergic myself to numerous  of things, I know how to make her understand why she feels sick,and she seems to comprehend!

That was a wake up call for my husband and I. I realize I had to be more cautious with our eating habits.  You see, as I said in a previous post, I love desserts more than anything and with Anna’s food allergy in combination with my gluten intolerance and food allergies I had to change. Therefore,I wanted to challenge myself and try not to eat as many sweets as before,for as long as I can.

Weeks ago,I saw an amazing post from Misfit Baker, No bake peanut butter bars with chocolate ganache, and of course I had to make them! With only few tweaks, I made these beautiful chocolate and almond butter banana cups! I substitute the peanut butter with almond butter and the graham crackers with gluten free oats. The results: outstanding! Even my picky husband loved it! What’s better than banana and chocolate combination?

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CHOCOLATE AND ALMOND BUTTER BANANA CUPS

Servings: 4      Preparation time: 10 minutes   Difficulty: easy

INGREDIENTS:

filling:

  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe banana,smashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest

Chocolate topping:

  • 1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Line cupcake liners in a muffin tin,set aside.
  2. In a food processor, add the gluten free oats and press until becomes like a flour form,but not too fine.
  3. Add banana,almond butter,and pulse until comes together.
  4. Add honey,orange zest and vanilla extract

To make the chocolate cover:

  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave,until smooth.
  2. Let it cool for a little bit.
  3. Take a teaspoon of the melted chocolate and pour it in cupcake liner,spread as much as you can. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
  4. Add a tablespoon of the filling and cover with the melted chocolate. Repeat with the rest.
  5. Put them in the fridge for 2-4 hours until firm.

ΜΠΑΡΕΣ  ΣΟΚΟΛΑΤΑΣ ΜΕ ΓΕΜΙΣΗ ΜΠΑΝΑΝΑ-ΑΜΥΓΔΑΛΟΒΟΥΤΥΡΟ

ΥΛΙΚΑ:

  • 1 κούπα βρώμη χωρίς γλουτένη,
  • 1 κουπα αμυγδαλοβούτυρο ή φυστικοβούτυρο
  • 2 κουταλιές της σούπας  μέλι
  • 1 1/2  μπανάνα,λιωμένη
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι του γλυκού ξύσμα πορτοκαλιού
  • 1/2 κουταλάκι εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
  • 1 κούπα κομματάκια ημίγλυκη σοκολατα

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΣΗ:

  1. Σε μια θήκη για μάφινσ ,βάλτε τα χάρτινα θηκάκια για μαφιν;.
  2. Βάλτε τη βρώμη στο μούλτι και πατήστε μέχρι να γίνει σε μορφή σκόνησ,αλλ όχι πολυ ψιλή.
  3. Σε ενα μικρο μπωλ, ανακατέψτε τη βρώμη με τα υπόλοιπα υλικά
  4. Λιώστε τη σοκολατα και αφήστε τη να κρυώσει λιγάκι.
  5. Πάρτε ένα κουταλάκι του γλυκου απο τη λιωμένη σοκολατα και απλώστε τη στο χαρτινο θηκάκι για το μάφινσ.
  6. Βάλτε μία κουταλιά τησ σούπασ απο τη γέμιση και σκεπαστε με ενα κουταλάκι του γλυκού λιωμένη σοκολατα.
  7. Επαναλάβετε με τα υπόλοιπα.
  8. Βάλτε τα στο ψυγείο για 2 με 4 ωρες μέχρι να σταθεροποιηθεί.

 

 

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Shortbread cookies with strawberry sauce(gf)

 

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Almost a month ago,I made these beautiful Strawberry nutella hand pies  and they were a big hit! My daughter absolutely loved them. So,she asked me if we could make cookies with her new cookie cutters. You see, she is my assistant and she needs her(actually mine) cookie cutters. As I was trying to find an easy cookie recipe, I thought of that pie crust.

Anna put her Doc Mcstuffins robe,her cute little rolling pin and her cookie cutters and she was waiting for the dough to be ready.

One of the great things about this pie crust is the fact that rolls easily and is buttery and flaky. She made her own cookie shapes and I made mine. It was so much fun! Adding some chocolate chips to the dough and top it with some strawberry-orange sauce. These cookies melt in your mouth!

 

 


Shortbread cookies with strawberry sauce

 Servings: 4-6   Cooking time:20 minutes    Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS:

For the strawberry sauce:

  • 1 1/2  cups strawberries,diced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold  water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Prepare the pie crust and at the end add the chocolate chips in the dough.
  3. Roll it into a 12×12 inch square and with a 3 inch (3.5 cm) cookie cutter cut  circles and keep cutting until you run out of dough. Sprinkle with some sugar on top.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

To make the strawberry sauce:

  1. In a medium-low sauce pan,under medium heat add strawberries and sugar. Stir frequently.
  2. When the strawberries start soften and all the liquid comes out add the orange juice and  vanilla extract. In a small bowl add the water and the cornstarch,stir until well combined and add it to the strawberry sauce. Simmer for 6-10 minutes.
  3. Let it cool.
  4. When the cookies are ready,serve with the strawberry sauce on top.

 

 

 

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texas sheet cokies

Texas sheet cake cookies (gf)

 

As a chocoholic and dessert lover,I’m always thinking of what kind of dessert should I eat 24/7,and I know for some of you it might be exaggerating but to me is normal!

 

texas sheet cookies

I got my daddy’s genes for sure! He is a huge dessert lover, both him and I can substitute our meal for dessert! Not so healthy,that’s why we don’t do it…anymore!

Few weeks ago,I fell in love with Texas sheet cake by NancyCreative. The moist cake,and the luscious icing…Chocolate on top of chocolate! So,I decided to make a gluten free cookie version of it! Can you only imagine? A bite size goodness of this cake and before you know it,you end up devouring the whole sheet of cookies. Not that it happened to me…No, hypothetically speaking! These cookies are moist with a kick of coffee.

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INGREDIENTS:

cookies:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1⅓ cup all purpose gf flour ( I used Bob’s Red Mill )
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Icing:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 TBSPS instant coffee (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

To make the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment , set aside.In bowl of stand mixer beat butter and sugar together until light, scraping sides frequently.
  3. Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated. Mix in baking powder and salt.
  4. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in flour. Dough will be thick.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl heat chocolate chips on high in 30 second increments until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds.
  6. Mix melted chocolate directly into cookie dough until evenly mixed.
  7. Drop dough by a measured tablespoon sized mounds onto baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes until cookies just appear set. They will still be very soft on the inside. DO NOT overbake!!
    Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Make the icing:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine butter, instant coffee,cocoa powder and milk over medium heat, whisking until melted together. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar.
  2. Pour icing over cookies and allow icing to set before serving.

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Almond butter  and m&m's blondies

Almond butter and m&m’s blondies (gf)

For a long time I’ve been looking for smooth almond butter and finally, I found it! I,recently,discover Barney butter  and is definitely my latest obsession! So smooth and light and not overwhelming whatsoever.

My daughter is totally in love with this. She is one of those kids who gets disgusted by peanut butter. Yes, I know..is weird but it really happens! She told me to make some cake and add a little bit of almond butter. So,I thought “Hmm.. BLONDIES!”

These beauties are so irresistible,the almond butter blends beautiful with the orange and the chocolate is just superb! Soft,moist,chewy and chocolatey it will definitely make you eat more than one piece!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg,room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup almond butter,I used smooth Barney Butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup m&m’s or chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F. Prepare an 8×8 inch pan with foil and cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl,beat the egg with a stand mixer,or whisk by hand if you want,until becomes frothy. Add the honey and  continue beating on medium speed,until well incorporated.
  3. Add almond butter,vanilla extract and orange zest and continue beating on low.
  4. Finally,add baking powder and salt.
  5. Using a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula,add the m&m’s or chocolate chips,and stir well until well combined.
  6. Pour the batter in the baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes,until golden brown and A toothpick inserted into the center will come out with a few moist crumbs when done.
  7. Allow the blondies to cool down completely,before serving.

 

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Banana cake with Nutella frosting (gf)

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Please raise your hand if you are a banana cake lover… Now raise both hands if you love Nutella over anything baked! I’m a huge banana cake lover,the fragrant ripe bananas make the cake so moist and scrumptious!

I was thinking of a sweet crepe flavor combination I like: Nutella,banana and coconut. Probably,I was drooling  as usual.As I start dreaming of that crepe,my thought bubble said “Why not a banana-coconut cake with nutella?” That’s when  my research on Pinterest for a great banana cake,began and I found this exceptional recipe from Cooking Classy. Of course I made my tweaks and the result was stunning! Moist,light and well-balanced flavors that will make you asking for more!

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Photo inspired by Cooking Classy

I’m telling you people,this cake is dreamy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups (286g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (228g) sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (368g) mashed overripe bananas (from about 3 large)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Nutella frosting:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup nutella

Directions:

For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a  10 by 10 inch baking pan and set aside.
    In a large bowl, using a hand mixer,cream together sugar and butter then mix in sour cream and eggs. Don’t forget to scrape down the bowl during the process.
  3. Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Add the flour,coconut, salt,baking powder and baking soda then mix well.
    Pour batter into prepared baking pan, spread into an even layer and bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 33 – 38 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. Pour Nutella in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk with a hand mixer,(or by hand if you are traditionalist!),until soft peaks form.
  3. With a rubber spatula,add gradually the whipped cream into the nutella and fold gently. Fold until well incorporated.
  4. When is done,spread the frosting on the cooled cake. Sprinkle some shredded coconut if you like and keep refrigerated.

 

Pillowy nutella frosting!
Pillowy nutella frosting!

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Strawberry Nutella hand pies (gf)

 

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Season of the strawberries is here and so is summer! There are so much to love about summer,walks at  the beach under the warm sun, the food is getting as lighter as possible and the desserts fruitier and fragrant!

Now, let’s put our forks and knifes down,for a little bit because it’s time for hand pies! I love the versatility of hand pies, savory with cheese,meat or veggies or sweet with chocolate,or juicy fragrant fruits for the sweet lovers,like myself.

Flaky,buttery pie pockets stuffed with Nutella and organic strawberries. As both of the filling ingredients bake,they unite into a chocolatey and fruity sauce,hard to resist! Isn’t one of the perfect combinations with Nutella? Oh my goodness! For those who are a bit hesitant about the sweetness of the pies,I assure you, it’s not overwhelming at all.

Let your fingers cover with flakes of buttery pie crust and enjoy the filling oozing out of it!


INGREDIENTS:

For the dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup cold sour cream

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 2 cups diced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar,depends on the sweetness of the strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons gf all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • Crystal sanding sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Make the dough:

  1. In a large bowl,whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
    Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like wet sand.
  2. Stir in the sour cream,don’t worry if the dough becomes wet. Then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.
  3. Knead the dough a few times until it comes together, adding more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky to handle. Roll the dough into an 8×10-inch (20×25 cm) rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.
    Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into an 8×10-inch (20×25 cm) rectangle. Repeat once more then wrap it  in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes while you make the filling.
    To make the filling:
    In a small bowl, combine the diced strawberries with the flour and sugar, tossing to combine. Set aside.
    Assemble the pies:
  4. Preheat the oven to 425ºF (220 C)
    Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out to a 14×14-inch (35×35 cm) square. Always floured surface.
    Using a 3-inch (3.5 cm) circular cookie cutter or cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough.
  5. Place  the dough circles on a  parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Spread a portion of the Nutella in the centers of half of the dough circles leaving a  border around the edges. Spoon a small portion of the strawberries atop the Nutella.
  6. Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle then use a fork,or just your finger, to seal the edges of each pie. Whisk together the egg with the water to make an egg wash. Brush each pie with the egg wash, and using a sharp knife, cut two or three vents on the top of each pie.
  7. Sprinkle the pies with crystal sanding sugar.
  8. Bake the pies for about 15-18 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
    Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles.

Notes: 

The dough might not be as the regular pie dough,and that’s normal. To prevent the knife sticking in the dough while cutting the vents,dip the sharp edge in the flour.

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Chocolate brownie cupcakes with peanut butter frosting (gf)

 

IMG_7850Decadent,moist and fluffy brownie cupcakes with peanut butter frosting ready to be devoured! I know,I know! It’s summer time and most of us are trying so hard to get ready for the beach or pool,by being on diet! Ugh! My whole life I’ve been trying to resist chocolate and all these temptation but it was and still is,IMPOSSIBLE!

Last week,I tried to do a week chocolate and everything sweet,withdrawal.My experiment yet successful it made me just a tad more nervous that usual and snacking all the time something savory. You see,I was trying to drown my sorrow in crackers and wood fired Napolitana pizza.

The bottom line is: I will not do it again for such a long time,maybe a two-day withdrawal would be fine. Right?

So,to recover from such a shock,I made these beauties! chocolate brownie cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. I’m not so font of using peanut butter,as I was trying to find a recipe on Pinterest,I found this incredible peanut butter frosting from Sally’s baking addiction.

The brownies are decadent,moist  and slightly crackly on top with the fluffy and dreamy peanut butter frosting,definitely the perfect marriage. Is  going to bring tears of joy in your eyes!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces (226 grams)  dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • 5 Tablespoons (75g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (250g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • peanut butter cups,cut in half
  • chocolate syrup(optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Line a cupcake pan with liners; set aside.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and place that bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the simmering water. Stir until the butter and chocolate are completely melted.
  3. Add in the brown sugar, espresso powder and vanilla; whisk well to combine. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Once the mixture has slightly cooled, add in the eggs and yolk, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Whisk in the flour, salt, and baking powder – careful not to over mix here! Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Divide the batter among the prepared cupcake cups.
  6. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 21-25 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting:

  1. Using a  stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the softened butter on medium speed for 1 minute until completely smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the peanut butter and beat on medium-high speed until the two are combined.
  3. Add the confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat on low speed for about 20 seconds, then gradually increase to high speed.
  4. Beat on high for 1 minute.
  5. Frost cooled brownie cupcakes and top them with the chocolate syrup(if using) and half peanut butter cups.

Enjoy!

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Parmesan and pine nuts Shortbread (gf)

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It was right after I put my daughter for a bedtime,and like any other kid she remembers,that she is hungry,she wants to pee,she is thirsty,right before she has to go to sleep! I’m pretty much sure,I’m not the only one experiencing that every single night. So I made sure,she fell asleep,and decided to drink some wine to calm me down a bit…Yes,ladies and gentlemen, I’m one of those,but I always drink responsibly!

 

As I was pouring some wine in my glass,I felt I was missing something. That poor wine was all alone,without any cheese platter,or grapes! Then the pinterest search began! I was looking for something cheesy,herbaceous and crunchy,and I was lucky enough to find that incredible recipe from Savory Simple. Easy,scrumptious,cheesy and herbaceous shortbread! The addition of the pine nuts gives a beautiful crunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces grated Parmesan (grate it yourself for the best flavor)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 cup  pinenuts
  • 1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon water

 

Instructions

Place the butter in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on medium-low until becomes creamy.
Add the parmesan, salt, pepper, rosemary and gluten free flour one at a time until evenly combined. At the end,add the pine nuts.
Add 1 tablespoon of water to help bring the dough together.
Place the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap and shape it into a log. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.

 

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Take the dough out of the freezer,unwrap it and slice it into a 1/2 an inch.
Place the crackers on a sheet pan and bake for approximately 22-25 minutes.

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Nectarine and ginger galette

Nectarine and Ginger biscuit galette (gf)

Nectarine and ginger galette
Nectarine and ginger galette

Spring has come with its warm weather,short sleeved shirts and fruity recipes! Each season has its beauty,but spring here in Las Vegas,comes a little bit earlier,but is still enjoyable.

One thing I truly love,when days are warmer,is taking my daughter at the park for picnic,playing and make her so exhausted she would beg me going home. Yes,I know… I’m pretty much sure,though every parent is thinking the same way as I do. Your little ones playing and getting some Vitamin D from sun,always with sunscreen protection,and you get the satisfaction of getting your little fireball tired,therefore everybody WINS!

Some of the snacks we are taking with us in our picnic,is homemade biscuits, a great recipe I found from your homebred mom which I tweak as usual, and my peach lemonade iced tea. So light and refreshing, it keeps you going!

One day,after our picnic, an idea came to me: “What if I combine the biscuit dough and the fruit in one recipe?” That’s home the nectarine and ginger biscuit galette was born. Really easy to make,don’t let the number of steps fool you,I just love to be organized! Juicy and aromatic nectarines,with the warmth of cinnamon and the bright kick of the ginger,all packed in a buttery,flaky biscuit dough. This hybrid is a result of a greedy food lover,who can’t make up her mind whether to make just biscuits with macerated nectarines or fruit tart,and loves flavor combinations that are fresh and unusual!

INGREDIENTS:

Makes 2 6-inches galettes

For the filling

  • 4 nectarines,ripe
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger,shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon Amaretto
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter,room temperature (Wash,peel and cut the nectarines into 1 inch cube. In a medium bowl add all the ingredients except coconut and butter. Mix very well and set aside.)
    For the biscuit dough
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup arrowroot flour or cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup banana,mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold butter,cut into cubes
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg,beaten

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven at 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a food processor,mix together the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cover counter with additional gluten free flour to make rolling easier. Add in cold butter and mix together until crumbly and pea sized.
  3. Add in egg,smashed banana and milk. Mix until a cohesive dough forms(will be slightly sticky) Cover counter with additional gluten free flour (or just cornstarch)to make rolling easier. Roll out dough to ½ inch thick.
  4. Fold dough into thirds lengthwise.
  5. Fold dough into thirds crosswise.Roll out to ½ inch thick and repeat process two additional times.
  6. Divide the dough in two,and roll out the dough into a 6-inch circle. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Spoon the fruit (not the juices) into the center of the dough leaving a 1-2 inch border all around. Sprinkle with the coconut on top of the fruit.
  8. Gently fold the edges of the dough over the fruit. Press gently to seal the edges. Brush the edges of the dough with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown. In a small sauce pan,add the liquid from the fruits and the butter.
  10. Let it simmer for 3 minutes and remove from the heat. When the galettes are ready,drizzle with the sauce

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CHERRY CABERNET CUPCAKES

Chocolate and cherry-red wine cupcakes (gf)

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It’s still winter time,the sky is grey and moody, with cold and rainy weather, and the low temperature makes you want to stay home,sleepy and cuddle up! All we need is a cup of rich and creamy hot chocolate or a full glass of full-bodied red wine at night to relax after a long day,while kids are finally asleep! Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working mom or dad,we all deserve occasionally a special treatment.
What’s better than the chocolate and red wine combination? The one ingredient compliments the other and both marry so perfectly together. The chocolate-cherry red wine cupcake will definitely steal your heart! These are no your ordinary cupcakes.There is plenty of alcohol,in those cupcakes,so these are not for kids.
Once you sink your teeth into it,you get the deep chocolate flavor with wine undertone,rich cherry and red wine filling with a silky cream cheese frosting. There is something special about that cherry-wine filling. It’s like a present inside a delicious little package! These sweet goodness will satisfy the most refined tastebuds.

CHOCOLATE CHERRY AND RED WINE CUPCAKES (GLUTEN FREE)
INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1¼ cups gluten free all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon baking power
• 2 tablespoons dutch process cocoa
• ½ cup whole milk
• ¼ cup reduced wine *how to in notes*
• ½ cup unsalted Butter (melted and cooled)
• 2 tablespoons oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


 

INSTRUCTIONS
1 Preheat your oven at 350 F. Line your muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2 In mixer bowl beat sugar and eggs, until smooth and creamy
3 Add in flour, baking powder and cocoa
4 Pour in milk, wine, butter and oil.
5 Beat for one minute until smooth
6 Mix in vanilla on low speed
7 Fill lined cupcake pans with 3 tablespoons batter
8 Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

NOTES
1 cup red wine (I used a Cabernet Sauvignon
Boil one cup of red wine until it reduces in half (about 10-12 minutes on medium low heat)

FOR THE CHERRY-RED WINE FILLING:

• 1 cup red wine
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 1/3 cup cherries,pitted
• 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1. In a saucepan add the first three ingredients. Reserve a teaspoon of the red wine.
2. Let it reduce on low medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
3. At the end,mix the reserved red wine with the cornstarch and add it in red wine-cherry reduction.
4. Remove from heat.
FOR THE VANILLA FROSTING:
• ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (set at room temp about 10 minutes, but should still be cool)
• 8 oz. cream cheese (directly from fridge)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (always use pure vanilla extract if possible)
• 4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
• 1 to 4 Tablespoons heavy cream, heavy whipping creamDirections:

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until fully combined and smooth, about 30 seconds.
2. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
3. Slowly add the heavy cream, a little bit at a time until desired consistency is met. (Don’t add too much if you want the frosting to stay in place when piped on cupcakes.)
4. Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.

ASSEMBLE:

Core out the cupcakes.
Fill each cupcake with the cherry-wine filling.
Top it with the vanilla frosting,and drizzle with some of the filling on top.

CHERRY CABERNET CUPCAKES

avocado chocolate cookies

Soft chocolate avocado cookies (gf)

Avocado&chocolate cookies

I know that it sounds weird,but it does work. Really! Soft  cookies with the addition off the nutritious avocado and the richness of chocolate. My daughter and I loved them,my husband on the other hand was quiet skeptical and he didn’t want to try in the beginning. “Avocado is for guacamole,not for cookies!” I’m pretty much sure,he wasn’t the only one!

Well.. You can’t make a decision until you give it a try! And finally he did… He was so surprised that chocolate and avocado go well together, and you don’t taste the avocado. Finally,he got convinced.

That reminds me of the chocolate avocado mousse I made while ago.

I found the recipe from an exceptional blog,and I fell in love with these cookies! Of course,I couldn’t help myself and I made couple of changes.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Medium Ripe Avocado
  • 5 tbs Honey
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Almond Butter
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup Chocolate Chips
  • Zest from one orange

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare a baking sheet with parchment.

Cream together the avocado and honey until smooth. Then add the egg and mix until no lumps remain.
Next add the almond  butter and orange zest and slowly add the Cocoa Powder 2 tbs at a time. If the mixture looks too sticky, leave 1 or 2 tbs out. You want the consistency to be smooth just like the peanut butter.
Stir in the Chocolate Chips by hand and put the mixture in a plastic sandwich bag. Cut a hole the size of a nickle in one corner and squeeze out 1 inch rounds onto the parchment.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the middle of the cookies look set.

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almond cookies

Cashew and white chocolate almond cookies (gf)

almond cookies

 

There is always an excuse for baking some cookies. Whether is Easter, Christmas,Mother’s Day or summertime I,personally always find an excuse to make something sweet,a cake,cookies or doughnuts,to company my morning coffee. Nobody wants to begin his/her day with a plain coffee and an empty stomach!

Fragrant,soft and nutty,these cookies are simply gorgeous! The white chocolate flirting with the cashews and the floral notes of orange come along. I’m telling you,these cookies are out of this world scrumptious! My picky daughter ate them with her milk and she loved them! So simple to make and a great way to make your little ones help you. Besides, what’s baking without a messy kitchen?

 

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup cashews,toasted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven at 375 F.Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine almond flour,baking soda and sea salt and set aside.
  3. Mix vegetable oil and maple syrup in a mixer until creamy but not fully incorporated, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add whole egg,egg whites,orange zest and vanilla extract,mix for 2 more minutes.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix for 1 minute.
  6. Add white chocolate chips and toasted cashews and mix with a spoon until well combined.
  7. Place large rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets,about 1 inch apart. Flatten slightly,to 1-inch thickness. Bake until set and golden, about 15 minutes.

 

almond cookies 4

pistachio cake with strawberry tiopping

Strawberry upside down pistachio cakes (gf)

 

Some of the goods I got from my vacation in Greece, was organic,non-GMO( luckily,Greek seeds are not GMO yet!),raw pistachios. There is a huge pistachio production in Greece. The aroma and the taste are so unique and delicate,certainly that differentiate from the other type of nuts.

Did you ever had a whole bunch of ingredients,of what seems to be,unlikely ingredients,that surprisingly work perfectly together?That’s what happened to me,few weeks ago. A pound of pistachios and a can of strawberry pie filling were still sitting on the pantry and starring at me. It didn’t take long before I realize it was about time to marry those to and make something otherworldly and mess worthy!

Truth is,I’ve never EVER used can of pie filling. I bought it,just because..No reason why! I know I’m not the only one buying things from the super market you were not thinking about! I put lemons in the party as well. I love lemons,and their acidic and bright flavor would definitely level up the cake.

As a base for my cake,I used the same from Toblerone cakes . Airy,fluffy and moist with the beautiful caramelized strawberries on top and the fragrant lemon.

 

 

pistachio cake with strawberry tiopping

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • zest and juice of a lemon
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup pistachio,finely ground
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oven at 350 F.
Put your cupcake liners in your cupcake tin.
In a medium bowl,whisk with a hand mixer,the eggs and sugar until becomes pale and creamy.
Add the olive oil,the yogurt,vanilla extract,zest and juice and whisk again.
Add the rice flour,corn starch,ground pistachios,salt and baking powder,until thoroughly incorporated.
Add a tablespoon of cherry pie filling in each well of the muffin tin.Fill up 2/3 of the tins and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Let them cool down an flip the muffin tin.

 

pistachio cake