Lemon and pistachio soft cake.

Lovely readers, I have to share this amazing cake with you ­čÖé I wanted to try something new and fresh for the springtime and here I am with a combo lemon + pistachio nuts! This cake it’s simple, soft and really fresh… Perfect for breakfast or a nice spring dessert.

Lemon and pistachio cake 

 

Ingredients:

250gr flour

2 lemons

One handful pistachio nuts

2 tablespoon coconut butter

180gr brown sugar

One glass of milk

15gr baking soda

Some raisins

White chocholate

Directions:

Preheat the oven at 180C. Mix the sugar with the peeled pistachio nuts, the lemon zest and lemon juice. Add raisins if you prefer. Add milk and coconut butter. Stir well till everything is well mixed. Toss the flour into the bowl and stir, add baking soda and mix from the bottom to the top. Set in the oven for 40 minutes. Smelt some white chocholate and spread it on top of this lovely cake before enjoying it!

Bulgur salad.

I am writing this post while I am eating this delicious salad just prepared. Easy, perfect for the coming summer, with a taste of Mediterrean sea… This dish is a success (despite of my picture ­čśë )

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Bulgur salad

Ingredients:

200gr bulgur

one red pepper

cherry tomatoes

black olives

one carrot

one small onion

homemade pesto

fresh mint

pistachio nuts and almonds

Directions:

Cook the bulgur in boiling water for 15 minutes. Chop the veggies and toss them in a large bowl, add olives and smashed nuts. Rinse the bulgur and let it cool down for 10 minutes, set in the bowl. Add some tablespoons of pesto and fresh mint, mix well and be delighted! You can add avocado slices and hard boiled eggs if you like.

Back to my roots.

This cake has a unique ingredient, a special liquor barely unknown in other areas than my region in Italy. It was brought to me by a dear friend of mine who asked me to prepare this lovely cake for her. 

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Ciambellone all’anice

Ingredients:

300gr plain flour

1 egg

180gr brown sugar

1 cup of milk

1 lemon peel

15gr baking powder

1 small glass Varnelli – anis liquor

Directions:

Preheat the oven at 180C. Mix the flour with the baking powder and a pinch of salt. Whisk the egg with the sugar in a bowl, add milk and grates lemon peel. Toss the wet ingredients into the bowl with flour. Add the liquor and mix well. Set the dough in a ring-shaped tin and bake for 35 minutes. Serve at room temperature with icing sugar. 

Red beetroots and dates muffins.

Yesterday I was so tired after a whole week of working/suffering from the icy wind here in Amsterdam (…but I still cycle everyday :P) but, you know, you are never too tired to bake muffins! This morning we had our delicious freshly baked muffins waiting for us on the table ­čÖé
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Red beetroots and dates muffins
Ingredients : (make 10)
one large beetroot
1/2 cup of dates
1/2 cup brown sugar
one egg
1/2 cup of milk
one cup of wholewheat flour
cocoa powder
cinnamon
15gr baking powder

Directions :
Preheat the oven at 180┬░C. Clean and chop the beetroot, toss in a large cup with the dates and reduce them in a cream with the help of a mixer. Incorporate the beetroot cream with one egg, sugar and milk. Whisk well and add flour. Add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, cinnamon and baking powder. Set the mixture in a muffins mould and bake for 15 minute. Gnammm! ­čśŤ

Tiramis├║ and happy new year.

Hi everyone, happy 2015 to you, who keeps reading my lately lazy blog ­čśë ­čÖé Hope you had a lovely Christmas and lot of fun on new year’s eve!
I came back with plenty of recipes which I would love to share with you guys and I will begin with a dessert, the other way around! Enjoy!


Tiramis├║
Ingredients:
500ml cream
cocoa powder
savoiardi – ladyfingers
espresso coffee
dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Prepare 3 large cups of espresso coffee (I used my beloved italian Moka) and set aside. Prepare the filling by whipping the cream, add sugar if needed and 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Take the biscuits and soak one by one in coffee, layer a large tin with them. Fill the tin with alternate layers of biscuits and cream till the edge. Sprinkle pure chocolate chips on the last layer of cream and set the tiramis├║ in the fridge for at least 5 hours. It will taste better if prepared one evening before serving.

Banana, apple and cookies.

Yesterday we were celebrating Sinterklaas here in the Netherlands and our cupboard was filled with pepernoten, tiny little spiced biscuits, so I decided to add them to this weird cake. Lekker!! ­čśő

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Banana, apple and pepernoten cake
Ingredients:
two riped bananas
one small apple
100gr brown sugar
3 tablespoon coconut butter
one glass of yoghurt
180gr flour
15gr baking soda
one large handful of pepernoten
cinnamon, lemon zest

Directions:
Preheat the oven at 180C. Smash the bananas in a bowl, add sugar and coconut butter. Reduce it in a puree and add yoghurt, cinnamon and lemon zest. Gradually add the flour mixed with baking soda, stir well. Crunch the pepernoten and toss them into the dough, set the mixture in a tin, add apple slices on the surface and bake it for 40 minutes.

Banana loaf.

Finally my version of the famous banana bread, which appears in every food blog and cooking website! Well, not much to say, just that it is delicious! ­čÖé


Banana bread
Ingredients: (make 1 loaf)
200gr flour
3 ripe bananas
100gr brown sugar
small glass of milk
pinch of cinnamon
15gr baking soda
chocolate
poppy seeds

Directions:
Preheat the oven at 180┬░C. Smash the bananas into a bowl and mix with sugar until you get a creamy dough. Mix the flour with baking soda and a pinch of cinnamon, strain the flour as a fountain and pour the banana cream in it. Add milk and stir energetically. Add finally chocolate chips, poppy seeds and stir well. Grease a baking tin, pour the dough into and bake for 35 minutes. Serve.