Lemon lavender cake is an excellent treat in anticipation of summer. Think a zesty loaf with a subtle lavender scent. The amount of lavender in a cake can vary, but I believe in not overdoing it. Personally, I like the scent of lavender to stay in the background, just to intensify the overall flavour of the cake. But I don’t enjoy sweets that are made with only lavender. A total lavender cake smells too much like laundry soap to me. This is why I decided to pair lavender with lemon to make this lovely lemon lavender loaf. Continue reading
Rose macarons. Made with actual roses, the flowers. This was my highest ambition when back in the summer last year I made a rose petal preserve. My mom suggested mixing it with strawberry jam and using that as a pie or brioche filling. She draws her inspiration from the Polish tradition of using rose petals in baked goods. As we experimented with the fragrant flowers, my mind was racing in the opposite direction, conjuring up the thought of rose macarons.
Cornmeal cornbread is a fantastic complement to a hearty meal. Traditionally served for Thanksgiving, I find it incredibly suited year round. Entirely gluten free, it is an excellent option for gluten intolerant guests. I baked my first loaf last year precisely because it is gluten free! I had ran out of gluten-free flour and needed to cater to people with gluten intolerance. There was almond meal at home, but any type of nuts was banned from the workplace so that was not an option. My last card was cornmeal. So I figured that a nice loaf of cornbread was better than nothing. Continue reading
Apple cinnamon pie rhymes with comfort food (no, it doesn’t). But seriously, this might be the most basic pie, yet to so many people it brings back childhood memories. A warm apple pie that fills the room with its flavour. Add the warming hint of cinnamon and you reach sensory heaven. What’s more? The butter, of course. A proper buttery and flaky pastry that, when warm, releases its butter scent. Apple, cinnamon, butter. Warm. Want some more? A side of sweetened whipped cream. BAM! Continue reading
I’ve been an advocate of shortcrust vegetable pies for years. I started making them when I didn’t even have a tart pan but was using a springform pan, instead. It works, and it can look pretty, too. Then I started going smaller and made them finger-food-sized baked in the muffin tin. Also something to be proud of. Until I finally got myself a proper tart pan and started producing the real deal. My favourite? Definitely the mushroom tart.
Remember Nutellotti? The super easy three-ingredient Nutella-based biscuits? When I first made them I had been inspired by the recipe popping up in my newsfeed and triggering my curiosity. The same has happened again, recently I stumbled upon another three-ingredient cookie recipe that features a spread – peanut butter this time – and I was hooked. I had to try it. Continue reading
Baked cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts. The first version I have tried in my life is the Polish sernik, often made by my mom (in Italy with ricotta cheese). The Polish version of the cake, at least in the area where my family is from, often features raisins inside; a more appreciated (by me) variant is with pieces of canned peaches in the filling. I personally prefer it “bare” – just cheese. My favourite version is definitely the cream cheese-based American variant, also known as New York style cheesecake.
What’s not to love about cinnamon buns? They’re the best! The wicked combination of cinnamon, butter and a yeast dough, and then all the icing one can add, and their smell when they come straight out of the oven… Oh I could write a whole post about my love for freshly baked cinnamon buns. Now imagine the same buttery smell, that decadent cinnamon filling, and picture this all in a loaf. A cinnamon sweet bread loaf, aka cinnamon buns baked in a loaf pan, aka a sweet bread loaf that tastes cinnamon buns. Need I say more?
Blueberry tart is a summertime favourite. When the season is right and the bushes in the forests are exploding with the dark and delicious berries one can only pick, bake and repeat. Blueberry picking in the forest is seriously almost a therapy, it’s so relaxing. Baking is another stress reliever to me. Just get me a bowl, some flour and sugar and I will instantly feel better. Making blueberry pie is the perfect finish after a relaxing walk in the woods, when you come back with a bucket full of the delicious little fruits.
This blog was started on July 19, 2015. One year later, on the same day, I was too busy travelling back to Sweden to celebrate Electric Blue Food’s first year. July 19 is also a day that I usually spend baking, as it also happens to be my boyfriend’s birthday (the fact that I started blogging on his birthday was absolutely random). Again, spending the day on the road, I didn’t get to bake and ended up procrastinating also his birthday cake, along with the anniversary blog post. I know, bad me. Continue reading