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”

Apple and pear pie with pecan frangipane

The first time I ever made a pie, was for Laurens. A deep dish apple pie. Since then I made several and most of them were apple or pear pie variations. I think these two fruits are perfect for a pie, pie is a humble dessert and so are apples and pears. I’ve never been a big fan of pies, I found them boring, but lately I’m becoming a big fan, especially of the buttery and flaky crust. Continue reading “Apple and pear pie with pecan frangipane”

Apple and marzipan galette

If there is one advantage of short autumn (and winter) days, it is that they force you to get in the cosy mode earlier in the day. And when I’m in the cosy mode I always feel like baking something. There is something comforting in the smell of fresh baked goodies. And eating them is comforting as well. Continue reading “Apple and marzipan galette”

Nona’s strudel

Yesterday would be my grandmother’s birthday. She was the best grandmother anyone could think of, she would do anything for you and she put everybody else’s needs before her own. But she is not here anymore, she was taken away from us, out of the blue a year and a half ago. The memories are still here though and always will be. My grandmother was good in a lot of things, among others she was a great cook, but if you would ask her, nothing was ever good enough, aways striving for perfection.  Continue reading “Nona’s strudel”

Fruit tartlets with chocolate crust

Recently I got my hands on the Ratio, a book by Michael Ruhlman. It’s a recipe book, but not quite so. It explains the ratios of ingredients in diferent dishes like in baking or when making sauces. It’s a great book to learn the basic and it’s perfect for those who want to know how to bake something without a written recipe. I wanted some practice in making something new without scanning different recipes for ideas. A couple of weeks ago I bought mini tart tins and I wanted to put those in good use. I decided to make fruit tartlets, but to make it special, I wanted them with chocolate crust. Continue reading “Fruit tartlets with chocolate crust”

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”