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 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”

Persimmon (kaki) cake with white chocolate truffle frosting

So persimmons (sounds like some mythological creature, right?). I only recently found out how this fruit is called in English, I always knew them as “kaki”. Kaki is quite popular where I come from, there is even a yearly kaki festival in a town 10 min away from my home. I grew up with them, I was forced to eat them every autumn when my mother brought them home, I didn’t like them so much, they were too sweet for my taste and mushy (we had the soft variety, the one that is like a jelly). I still don’t like those that much. Continue reading “Persimmon (kaki) cake with white chocolate truffle frosting”

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”

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”