Potica with four fillings

Holiday season is almost here and it’s time to start thinking what to put on the table for all the parties and festive dinners that are coming up. In Slovenia, no holiday passes without potica (pronounced potitsa), it’s a sweet bread roll with different fillings, but most commonly walnut one. I like the walnut filling (and you can find the recipe for that one here), but I get quickly bored of the “same old, same old”. So I decided to make it a bit more interesting and by interesting I mean pimping it up with 4 different fillings. Continue reading “Potica with four fillings”

Sugar free apple and plum pie

Lately I’m neglecting my blog. Not necessarily because of lack of inspiration, but more because life was quite busy in the past 2 months. Sadly when time is short, hobbies, which in my case means my blog, are the first ones to be neglected. We are living in our new house for a nice month now and I’m loving it. I love that we could paint it like we wanted, I love our new kitchen, I love the garden, but most of all I love the fact that it’s ours. Life is starting to settle just when fall is here. Fall for me means a drastic increase in my need for baking. Colder, darker, rainy days are just screaming for some cosy smell of fresh baked goods in the house. Continue reading “Sugar free apple and plum pie”

Poppy seed and strawberry cake with cream cheese and greek yogurt frosting

After a week of cold and rain, we woke up on Sunday with perfect blue sky and sunshine. It was about freakin’ time, because the lack of real spring was making me feel depressed. I’m the person that thrives when temperatures are above 25°C, so Belgian weather is and always will be a struggle. But let’s focus on the good days and Sunday was one of those. It was a picture perfect day – woke up a bit later than normal, had a lazy morning with some good pastry for breakfast, went for a run to burn that pastry, had a healthy lunch, an afternoon bake sesh’ and “stuck-in-the-couch” evening, only a day at the beach would beat it.  Continue reading “Poppy seed and strawberry cake with cream cheese and greek yogurt frosting”

Potica with walnuts and pecans

Easter is here. I always liked this holiday. Easter brings along all the good stuff – coloured eggs, enormous amounts of chocolate and other goodies, that appear on our tables only in festive times. But apart from that, I like Easter because it announces that spring is here which brings along longer days and warmer, sunnier weather. I don’t really do anything special on Easter, other than visiting family, but despite that I always make sure I colour the eggs and make potica.  Continue reading “Potica with walnuts and pecans”

Happy birthday to me! And a brownie cake with chocolate truffle frosting, caramel sauce and almond praline.

On Saturday it was my birthday, it’s the day when I have a right to my own cake, which, since I don’t live at home anymore and thus away from another potential cake maker – my mother, have to make myself. That is OK though, it’s an activity I like (if everything goes as planned) and always results in something good. This year I wanted something extra chocolatey so I went for a cake with brownie bottom, white chocolate and milk chocolate truffle cream and, and, and caramel sauce in between layers. Oh and there is also almond praline hidden in there. Don’t judge me – it was my birthday and I can eat whatever I want.  Continue reading “Happy birthday to me! And a brownie cake with chocolate truffle frosting, caramel sauce and almond praline.”

Baked whole wheat chocolate donut bites

It’s less than a week from Carnival or Mardi Gras or however you call it and it’s time to make something appropriate for the occasion. Since this year Mardi Gras comes just on my birthday and I want my birthday to be filled with cake and not donuts (or maybe I should consider a donut cake), I decided I’ll indulge in donuts a week before. It doesn’t make a difference for me, since here in Belgium Mardi Gras is not so big as it is in some other countries. I do miss it sometimes, I like to dress up and overeat with donuts.  Continue reading “Baked whole wheat chocolate donut bites”

Chocolate cake with cream puffs

How was your Christmas? I hope it was filled with good food and spent with people you love the most. This year I was the dessert maker for Christmas dinner and lunch. I took the job very seriously and here I am showing you one of the two cakes. I know I am a bit late for posting Christmas desserts, but since this cake can be made for other occasions as well, the delay is not a big deal. If you are still looking for a nice dessert for New Year’s Eve for example, this would work great. Continue reading “Chocolate cake with cream puffs”

White chocolate chip cookies with raisins and pecans

My December has been super busy so far. The last two weeks turned around so fast and I almost had no time to cook or bake. December without baking is not a real December and that had to change. So on Sunday I took some time to make cookies, while listening to a Christmas songs vinyl plate that I bought in June on a garage sale (it was 50 euro cents, if you’re wondering). These cookies are delicious, they are crunchy on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside. Laurens started to eat them when they were just out of the oven and still soft and professionally described them as smoochy (no idea where he got that word from). Continue reading “White chocolate chip cookies with raisins and pecans”

Raisin bread devils for Saint Nicolas

It’s finally here, Saint Nicolas’ day. I don’t know about your place, but here children get presents on the 6th of December. In Slovenia we put a plate the evening before and in the morning there are presents, some fruit and nuts and of course candy. St. Nicolas comes with angels and devils and if you’re not a good girl/boy, you get coal instead of presents and a willow branch, as a warning (it’s meant for spanking). Continue reading “Raisin bread devils for Saint Nicolas”