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”

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”

Apple compote

Autumn is here. You can feel it, you can see it and you can smell it. And everybody talks about it, some being ecstatic about it, going all crazy for plaid and pumpkin and others (like me) trying to find little things that would make it more cheerful, because what lays ahead are just dark mornings and cold. There is one good thing about autumn – apples and pears (and cuddling under the blanket with hot chocolate of course). Continue reading “Apple compote”

Fig tart with honey vanilla cream

Fig, this sticky, sweet, oddly looking, mythical fruit. Some suggest it’s even the “forbidden fruit” that caused Adam and Eve to be banished from the Garden of Eden. If that is the case, I can totally understand why they couldn’t resist them. Imagine this: it’s a nice sunny day, you are sitting under a fig tree, hidden in its shadow, a light breeze in the air is playing with the leaves and every once in a while there is a ray of sun gently passing your face.  When you look up, the branches are full of ripe figs, so full that are almost bursting open. You pick one and smell the sweetness in it before you even open it (except if you take one that is too ripe, than you smell fermentation). And then you eat it and it’s so good that you want more and before you know it, you ate so many that your belly hurts and you get stomach cramps, but it doesn’t matter, because it was worth it. Continue reading “Fig tart with honey vanilla cream”

Yogurt cake with berry compote

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_MG_2023fix02Even though summers in Belgium may not always be what you expect from summer to be, that being sunny and warm, these last couple of days have been exactly that. And warm sunny days are always accompanied with the smoky smell in the air as everybody takes out their grills and goes in full barbecue mode. This weekend we did just that, and as every meal needs a dessert I decided to make something lighter to complete a hard core meat overdose. The cake is an adapted version of the No-Bake Greek Yogurt & Berry Cheesecake from Bare Root Girl blog. Continue reading “Yogurt cake with berry compote”