desserts recipes

poached pears in red wine & spices
poached pears in red wine & spices

This perfect and simple wintery dessert transports me back to a very happy, spontaneous and magical day, probably about 30 years ago. It was in Montreal and I was visiting my family on my birthday weekend, from Ottawa or Paris, I really can’t remember. We were just planning an intimate family evening dinner for 4 which, right after...

14.01.2023
a more beautiful french-style apple cake
a more beautiful french-style apple cake

A French-style apple cake is another example of simplified and humble perfection, because it’s like a pound cake (already perfect) with apples. This version uses equal weights but double the volume of apples to the batter to create a huge cake that keeps fresh for over one week in the fridge and is so moist and tasty that it can be...

22.10.2022
«koulourakia» greek easter cookies with citrus zests & vanilla
«koulourakia» greek easter cookies with citrus zests & vanilla

The Orthodox Easter festivities this year are exactly one week after the Catholic and Protestant Easter holidays, so I thought I’d post a recipe for these cookies today, on this first Easter Monday, when most of you will be officially on holiday from work and school, instead of waiting until next weekend ! There are so many variations to...

18.04.2022
spiced brandy & citrus babas
spiced brandy & citrus babas

A little crown-shaped yeasted brioche-like cake with a hole in the middle, that is baked then allowed to dry out and later soaked with a sweet aromatic syrup to which you add a strong alcohol and perhaps glaze it too so it could be shiny and then fill it up with pastry cream or just top it off with a flourish of whipped cream and then decorate it...

12.02.2022
mediterranean fruit cake with brandy glaze
mediterranean fruit cake with brandy glaze

The chilly winter months (I feel like it’s freezing here and I don’t remember November being so cold in the past !) lend themselves to and actually encourage, denser, darker cakes filled with sweet dried fruits and a touch of alcohol of course, to better warm your bones !  Here’s a version with at least 7 varieties of...

27.11.2021
new year’s «vasilopita» cake
new year’s «vasilopita» cake

The memories of my family’s new year’s VASILOPITA cake (celebrating Saint Basil) were it’s density and compactness, with the occasional large air bubbles appearing throughout its crumb, it’s tenderness and its moistness and the magical intermingling aromas of mastic resin, mahlab kernels, orange zests, nutmeg and...

29.12.2022
«stafidopsoma» wholesome honey & raisin bread buns
«stafidopsoma» wholesome honey & raisin bread buns

Poor little raisins, so often forgotten and considered much less interesting or fancier than other red or blue dried fruits. And yet, at home, we often had an after dinner ritual, instead of eating overly sweet desserts (which was rare in our home after dinner), and that was eating freshly peeled or sliced fruits or the other option, which was to...

23.07.2022
almond & rose & candied cherry soft amaretti cookies
almond & rose & candied cherry soft amaretti cookies

A spring version with floral notes and pink and red tones, for yet another variation of these soft amaretti cookies, to be prepared for the Easter (both Catholic and Orthodox) or Passover or Ramadan festivities this year. They’re still as easy to make with one part egg white + two parts sugar + three parts ground almond powder, with new...

09.04.2022
candied chestnut & chestnut cream galette des rois
candied chestnut & chestnut cream galette des rois

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2 ALL !!! … with a multi-layered, multi-glazed puff-pastry creation, filled with a chestnut cream mixture and topped with a candied chestnut, but not for today of course but rather for the days around Epiphany coming up on January 6, which is when people most often enjoy a traditional “galette des rois” in...

01.01.2022
chocolate & peanut chewy amaretti cookies
chocolate & peanut chewy amaretti cookies

Let’s prepare a Halloween version of this reinterpreted amaretti recipe together, but without the almonds. Once again, it’s still as easy as 1-2-3 but with 1 part egg white + 2 parts sugar + 3 parts ground peanut (not almond) powder and a few extras like cocoa powder, mini-chocolate chips and chopped roasted & salted...

23.10.2021
«portokalópita» orange & filo cakes
«portokalópita» orange & filo cakes

Portokalópita (from “portokáli or orange and “pita” or cake) is a typical Greek cake whose main ingredient is sweet orange, dried shredded filo as well as yogurt, eggs, sugar and vegetable oil. It belongs to the family of desserts called “siropiasta”, which are sweets that are bathed...

17.12.2022
«roxakia» cookie & puff-pastry rolls with cocoa & walnuts & syrup
«roxakia» cookie & puff-pastry rolls with cocoa & walnuts & syrup

Try to imagine a dense and moist cocoa, walnut and cinnamon cookie, wrapped in a layer of puff-pastry dough and then soaked in a sweet aromatic syrup, with hints of vanilla, citrus and cognac. This is my version of greek ROXAKIA ! My mother’s younger sister and thus my aunt, ANNA, who spent her younger years raising me when my parents...

28.05.2022
lemon & ricotta «ciambellone» cake
lemon & ricotta «ciambellone» cake

Here’s a versatile cake recipe that I seem to be able to remember how to make without even looking at the written recipe, because the measurements are easy and I modify some ingredients each time, depending on what I have available. The cake shape never changes though and it’s always a “ciambellone”, which is the name of...

12.03.2022
«melomakarona» spice & honey syrup christmas cookies
«melomakarona» spice & honey syrup christmas cookies

These spicy and aromatic Greek Christmas cookies, (sometimes loosely translated as honey macaroons but rather resembling a syrup-drenched Mediterranean version of gingerbread or a softer speculoos cookie, but without the ginger and with lots of orange), exist in as many variations as there are villages in Greece and cities around the world where...

18.12.2021
tropical banana bread (with pineapple & coconut & lime & ginger & vanilla & cardamom)
tropical banana bread (with pineapple & coconut & lime & ginger & vanilla & cardamom)

Do you have any over-ripe and mushy bananas on your kitchen counter or already frozen solid in your freezer in the hope of using them one day soon ? Do you also have other tropical ingredients like pineapple, coconut, ginger, lime, cardamom and vanilla ? Perhaps it’s time to make a very tropical banana bread. And even...

10.10.2021