desserts recipes

dark caramel-glazed apple & walnut cakes
dark caramel-glazed apple & walnut cakes

"A cube of glistening darkness . . . topped by a golden square of pale caramel & crowned with a walnut kernel . . ." yeah … whatever ! I made these little numbers by modifying and transforming my chococolate-covered clementine almond cakes recipe (see recipe here) by using home-ground walnut powder,...

11.03.2017
date & walnut sticky toffee cake
date & walnut sticky toffee cake

SOOOOOO . . .  what do you do (in the winter) when you have loads of walnuts and dried dates and breadcrumbs & earl grey tea too ? The 2 kg of dates and 2 kg of walnuts and the earl grey tea we’re all given to me by my friends & neighbors and the breadcrumbs (also 2 kg at least) are the result of my own weekly bread I make...

20.01.2017
poached apple pie 'pucks'
poached apple pie 'pucks'

APPLE PIE : American, European, French, British, German, Austrian, Scandinavian ?  ALL of the ABOVE my friends, and many more . . . (and I know this too well because I've prepared at least a dozen pies in the last 2 months). Each continent and country has its own versions. Some with top and bottom crusts, Others only with a bottom...

28.10.2016
'the summer’s end' fresh stone fruit topping
'the summer’s end' fresh stone fruit topping

SEPTEMBER isn’t all that BAD ! One week ago, I sincerely thought I was going to write up a kicking-and-screaming back to work September article. I changed my mind . . .  It only seems painful in that way, not because everybody’s getting back to work or school or both and vacationing is over but because the weather changes. No...

09.09.2016
cheery cherry clafoutis(h) cake
cheery cherry clafoutis(h) cake

BACK in response to POPULAR DEMAND … the less dense, less messy, lighter, neater and easier version of the CHERRY CLAFOUTIS ! Hundreds of you loved/liked this recipe I recently published on the social networks and many of you made it and sent me photos of your results (which I loved) so here’s a more precise and detailed...

25.06.2016
crunchy crumbly chocolate & cherry & caramel heart cookies
crunchy crumbly chocolate & cherry & caramel heart cookies

HAPPY "VALENTINE’S DAY" to my MAMA and my PAPA (and a very happy birthday to my mama this week too and who still looks fabulous) ! In your lifetime, you will end up with several “valentine’s day” candidates (I remember that as a kid in elementary school, we would all make hand-made cards in class and give...

12.02.2017
‘galette des rois’ with filo & almond & chestnut cream
‘galette des rois’ with filo & almond & chestnut cream

January 6 : ‘EPIPHANY’ or the visit of the 3 WISE KINGS and also my cousin ANGIE’s birthday (who is exactly 10 years and 1 day younger than I am) . . .  Happy Birthday my darling & youngest of cousins ANGIE ! January 6 is also the official date for the «GALETTE DES ROIS» or...

06.01.2017
fresh plum & date & pistachio cakes : rightside-up or upside-down ?!
fresh plum & date & pistachio cakes : rightside-up or upside-down ?!

Once upon a time (a few days ago), a few fresh PLUMS (the ones that turn into dried prunes later on) decided to have some fun and live it up before they lost their ‘freshness’ and dried up. They wanted to go on “dates” before their time would come. It just so happened that a few fresh DATES (the ones that turn into sweet...

24.09.2016
olympian ‘fleur de lait’ ice cream
olympian ‘fleur de lait’ ice cream

“AS PURE AS THE SNOW-CAPPED PEAKS OF MOUNT OLYMPUS” . . . I’m half-Olympian from my mother’s side. Not an Olympian like a citizen of the city of Olympia in the Peloponnese region of Greece, where the Olympic Games first took place. Nor Olympian like the athletes in the Olympic Games. But rather a half-Olympian (in the...

05.08.2016
strawberry vodka basil sorbet (for us adults !)
strawberry vodka basil sorbet (for us adults !)

"EVERYTHING WORTHWHILE TAKES TIME" . . .  even something with only 2 main ingredients and a few EXTRAS to make it SPECIAL … like when you make EGGS ! I REALLY BELIEVE that STRAWBERRIES that you just let SIT in a MIXTURE of SUGAR & CITRUS JUICE can indeed make life easier & better-tasting and gives you free...

19.06.2016
maple & walnut ‘not-so-poor-after-all’ pudding cake
maple & walnut ‘not-so-poor-after-all’ pudding cake

. . .  let me explain : the original name of this working-class (or actually for people not working at all) winter dessert from Quebec during the Great Depression and the Wall Street Crash of 1929 is 'POUDING-CHOMEUR' which can be left as is or literally translated into ‘poor man’s pudding’ or ‘pudding for...

02.02.2017
xmas chocolate candy bars
xmas chocolate candy bars

CHOCOLATEY & FRUITY & CREAMY & NUTTY & CRUNCHY & CHEWY & SPICY (but not too spicy this time) . . . ***and stop panicking, you all still have time to get everything done !!! Here’s an easy holiday recipe that is an adaptation from last year’s “chocolate holiday sausages” (see recipe here) but...

16.12.2016
peanut butter & strawberry jam swirl bread
peanut butter & strawberry jam swirl bread

The BIG RETURN … By now, you’ve already accepted it or have been forced to accept it because you no longer have the choice. Back to school for the younger ones (kindergarten, elementary, high school, university) and back to work for us older ones (office work, house work or taking care of your crazy family) . ....

16.09.2016
pancakes for p.k. (a special tribute cake)
pancakes for p.k. (a special tribute cake)

One week ago today, marked the passing of my dear friends’ father. His initials are "P.K." (of course I called him “uncle” because that’s what Greek kids call their Greek friends’ fathers, blood-ties or not). I’d like to express my sincerest condolences to the family for their deep loss...

04.07.2016
the “all 2’s & ½’s” yeasted cake
the “all 2’s & ½’s” yeasted cake

2’s & ½’s . . .  2 cups, ½ cup, 2 tbsp, ½ tbsp, 2 tsp, ½ tsp . . . do you get it now ?! Don’t ask me why I got stuck on the numbers 2 and ½ in the measurements but this is what happens when you feel like making a “yeasted” cake instead of using baking powder or...

21.04.2016