desserts recipes

icy chocolate and biscuit blocks
icy chocolate and biscuit blocks

This easy dessert is a reinterpretation of something my mother makes for us which she calls a log but others call it a mosaiko or even a chocolate salami ! I call mine blocks because this is what they resemble, not only in appearance but also in weight and density (a bit like cobblestones too). My mother’s version uses a combination of...

24.07.2015
rhubarb ginger tarts
rhubarb ginger tarts

It’s rhubarb season ! This unusually tangy vegetable is used for sweet as well as savoury dishes. My friend and neigbour was kind enough to bring me about two and a half kilograms of rhubarb stalks from his parents’ farm north of Paris last week so it was time for me to prepare 3 dishes with it ! We’ll start with the simplest and...

21.06.2015
cold oven pound cake
cold oven pound cake

This recipe is for what is called a "pound cake" in English or a "quatre-quarts" in French. Usually cmposed of 4 equal parts of eggs, sugar, dairy such as milk and butter and flour. Probably the simplest and yet most delicious and moist and honest cake you'll ever make. I always flavor mine with vanilla and sometimes also...

25.05.2015
lemon-lime & geranium sorbet
lemon-lime & geranium sorbet

A sorbet is always a nice way to end a heavy meal or even as a refreshing pause before a main dessert (if you'll be having that too). It is quite easy, especially if you have an ice cream maker to churn and aerate the mixture, instead of doing it by hand, but either way is fine and will give good results. The difficult yet beautiful way of...

28.04.2015
greek easter tsoureki buns
greek easter tsoureki buns

The traditional Easter bread served in Greece is traditionally braided, with a red-dyed hard-boiled egg inserted in the middle and then baked. Like many yeast breads, these easter breads require two risings, so plan your timing when making them. My reinterpretation results in smaller individual portions like muffins or cinnamon-buns. The ball of...

08.04.2015
champagne cake and champagne frosting
champagne cake and champagne frosting

What better way to celebrate than with a sip of champagne as well as a bite of champagne cake with champagne frosting ! The idea came about for France’s national holiday called Bastille Day on July 14th, which is also the reason I used red and blue berries to decorate it like France’s blue, white and red flag, but ideally I would keep...

15.07.2015
coconut balls with goji berries
coconut balls with goji berries

My next door neigbour in Paris who is originally from Beirut showed up one day at my door with these wonderful, moist, sweet coconut balls, topped with golden raisins. Usually I’m the one who is supposed to cooks stuff but her sweets were divine and as she mentioned, they were also quite easy to make so I wanted to share this recipe with...

12.06.2015
melopita honey pie
melopita honey pie

Melopita means honey pie in Greek. Melopita recipe is a simple cake that people in Greece were making using only 3 main ingredients such a soft neutral cheese like myzhithra in Greece, ricotta in Italy or brousse in France, eggs, honey and a few little extras for flavourings such as cinnamon and citrus zest, what could be simpler ?...

16.05.2015
maple fudge speculoos squares
maple fudge speculoos squares

A maple fudge recipe to continue with my Belgian-Canadian inspired culinary experiments, following the mussels and fries poutine recipe a few days ago, it was time to switch to a sweet recipe… something very, very sweet ! I combined (and crushed) the spicy ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and anis biscuits from Belgium called speculoos with...

22.04.2015
easter chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake
easter chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake

Easter & chocolate . . .  For kids, it's all about the chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate everything, the more the better ! We're all familiar with cheesecake, whether baked or non-baked, with or without a cookie crust, with or without a topping. But "kadaifi filo" pastry dough (unfamiliar to some) is like...

03.04.2015
raspberry & rose shortcake with kadaif
raspberry & rose shortcake with kadaif

Fresh summer berries, flowers petals, cool and creamy filling, and kadaif shredded filo dough (like angel-hair used in several Mediterranean countries for sweet and/or savoury preparations and that I’ve already used in my Easter hazelnut & chocolate cheesecakes) … What could be better as a summer dessert ? It’s easy to...

06.07.2015
frozen passion fruit & yogurt ice cream sticks
frozen passion fruit & yogurt ice cream sticks

I have a very dear friend who travels a lot and often brings me back fruit from far-and-away countries (legally of course !). This is a quick, simple, refreshing and very creamy frozen dessert that everyone should make ! Only 3 main ingredients, 1 mould for frozen desserts (or an ice-cube tray) and skewers or sticks ! In this recipe, I also tried...

03.06.2015
chocolate magic shell and bananas
chocolate magic shell and bananas

I absolutely had to find out how to make that chocolate syrup that turned into a magic hard shell chocolate coating that we loved when we were kids growing up in North America, and of course covered our ice cream with it ! The "magic" was that this chocolate syrupy liquid (at room temperature) turned into a hard chocolate coating on...

07.05.2015
fried apple rings
fried apple rings

Spring is finally here and we've spent most of the winter eating apples and oranges. Here's an idea for a simple apple snack before the spring and summer seasons provide us with other fruits that we've missed. My mother used to make these for us as a healthier version of a dessert or snack. Just peel, core, slice and coat your apples...

18.04.2015
rolled baklava fingers
rolled baklava fingers

"Baklava" is right up there with moussaka and spanakopita for things we love to eat and rarely make (or at least not often enough). The preparation of the baklava filling, the layering of the fragile filo dough, the buttering and the assembly could hinder anyone's good intentions as well as their wavering appetites. A big thanks...

28.03.2015