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Summer Harvest Cream Cheese Tart

Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.

Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.

Can you believe it that it’s almost the end of August? Before the Summer begins I always have lots of plans and prep for all the activities like it’s going to last for a year. And then it goes by so so quickly. I don’t usually mind because I love Autumn, but this year the Summer was super short here. I would love for it to last for at least a couple more months.

Anyway, tomatoes are here. And peppers! I found these perfect colorful tomatoes at a local farm before we had our own. Well, we had a few and I mixed those in. Aren’t they pretty? I mean the color is amazing but they taste even better.

They are getting more abundant now so I’m planning on making this summer harvest cream cheese tart again sometime soon along with the roasted tomato galette that I’ve been making for years.

Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.

After finding these beautiful tomatoes and peppers I really felt like making something similar to pizza but with less work. I love how easy it is to make it. A puff pastry crust, a garlicky cream cheese spread and fresh summer harvest veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and onions. It’s a perfect late Summer dish! You can add other veggies that you find in the garden right now.

Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.

How to make a perfect puff pastry crust?

This crust doesn’t need any pre-baking, but I do have a few tips that make this crust beautiful and delicious.

  1. Score a cm (1/2 inch) edge around the crust. This is going to separate the edge from the middle where the filling will be.
  2. Make some holes with a fork in the center part of the crust where the filling will go. This will prevent the crust from puffing up and give a nice crunchy crust.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.
Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.

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Sumer Harvest Cream Cheese Tart

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword puff pastry tart, summer tart, tomato tart
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 4-5 big tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper or any other pepper

Cream cheese Spread

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese (100g)
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • a few basil leaves

Garnish

  • basil
  • pine nuts
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 egg for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.

Cream cheese spread

  1. Finely chop basil and garlic.

  2. Add garlic, basil, salt, and honey to cream cheese and mix with a spoon to get a silky consistency.

Tart

  1. Place the puff pastry onto a sheet pan lined with baking paper. You can make a rectangular tart or make them any other shape.

  2. Score a 1cm (1/2 inch) edge around the puff pastry like shown in the images above.

  3. Using a fork make holes in the center part of the pastry.

  4. Spread the cream cheese filling onto the center of the tart.

  5. Cut onions, tomatoes, and peppers into thin slices and place them on top of the tart.

  6. Using a fork, whisk one egg and spread a thin layer over the edge of the tart. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds.

  7. Bake in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden and crunchy.

  8. Serve warm or cold. Garnish with fresh basil and pine nuts.

Celebrate the late Summer produce with this delicious summer harvest cream cheese tart.

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Blackberry Almond Sponge Cake

This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!

This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!

Are you enjoying the Summer berries? It feels like each week a new sort of berries is ripe and ready to be eaten or turned into delicious dishes and desserts. Right now, we’re drowning in blackberries.

The forests are full of those tiny sweet and tart berries. I love using blackberries in desserts because they add some tartness and therefore make the dessert taste fresh and not too sweet.

I realize I’ve never posted a berry sponge cake like this here yet, but I actually make this kind of cake all the time, probably more than any other. Why? Mostly because they are so easy and quick. If there are friends coming over and I have to bake in the last minute it’s either something like this or some brownies. And the simple desserts usually end up being the ones that people like the most.

So don’t get scared because there’s cake in the name of this recipe. It’s foolproof, I promise!

This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!
This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!
This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!
This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!

I just remembered I haven’t talked about what’s happening in my life for a while. Lots of photography work and some vacations in between 🙂 I had my first wedding photography gig this past Saturday and I really enjoyed it, especially because everyone was amazing and so nice. I found myself forgetting that I’m actually working sometimes.

And now I have 3000 photos to go through and find the best of the best. The worst part of being a photographer, in my opinion, is culling… omg, I hate it, but it needs to be done.

This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!
This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!
This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!

If you have any berries growing right now, not only blackberries, you can use them in this sponge cake. Please let me know if you do!

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Blackberry Almond Sponge Cake

Course Dessert
Keyword blackberries, cake, sponge cake, summer berry cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • zest of one orange
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g blackberries (about 1 1/2 cup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).

  2. Mix all-purpose flour, almond flour and baking powder in a bowl.

  3. Whip the eggs and sugar in a stand mixer on high speed for about 1 minute, then add yogurt and mix until well incorporated.

  4. Add oil and orange zest and continue mixing until the oil is well incorporated.

  5. Set the mixer to medium speed and add the flour mixture one tablespoon at a time until you have a uniform smooth batter.

  6. Line a 23cm (9 inch) cake tin with baking paper or alternatively brush the inside of the tin with softened butter.

  7. Pour the batter in the tin and top with blackberries.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

  9. Leave to cool in the tin before taking the cake out.

This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!
This luscious blackberry almond sponge cake is easy to make for any family occasion. Very easy delicious almond sponge and fresh summer blackberries are a winner combo!

No-bake Frozen Coconut Cakes

These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you’re in it for a win!

These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!

Hi guys! We’re back from our summer vacations and I’m ready to go back to work. We went to the seaside, tried camping with our son for the first time, we went to a spa, hiking, biking and lots more. So pretty active as we like it. I must admit I missed cooking and shooting food a little bit, so I’m excited to start new projects next week.

But today, I’ll be sharing a recipe for these delicious mini no-bake frozen coconut cakes which many of you liked on Instagram. It wasn’t intended for the blog, but for the Eat Capture Share Summer challenge that was organized by Kimberly from The Little Plantation.

These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!
These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!
These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!

Lots of people have been asking me if I’ll share the recipe and it’s finally time. These really ended up not only beautiful but also very delicious and refreshing.

First, I wanted to use coconut yogurt, just try it out. I’ve never tried coconut yogurt, so I have no idea how it tastes. If I ever test it with this recipe, I’ll let you know and add that version if I find it tasty. All I had at home was Greek yogurt which I love and always have some in my fridge. I mixed it with some creamed coconut and icing sugar and… omg the taste! If you love coconut, you’re gonna love it.

I added some whipped cream and red currants on top, but you can add any seasonal fruits or something more exotic like mango or honey-roasted bananas.

These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!
These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!

What is creamed coconut?

Have you ever made anything with creamed coconut? It’s the solid version of ground-up coconut flesh. You’ve probably heard of coconut milk and coconut cream. Both of them are made using creamed coconut mixed with some amount of water. Coconut cream has lower water content than coconut milk. If you ever want to make something with coconut, but don’t want the liquid then creamed coconut is what you need.

It’s actually very simple to make at home as well. All you need is a good food processor or a coffee grinder and some desiccated coconut. By grinding the desiccated coconut as finely as possible, you’ll get a thick paste called creamed coconut. I assume that the bought version is somehow additionally dried or stripped of fat. I’m not sure. I assume since it’s harder and drier than the homemade version.

Both are delicious and both can be used in this recipe.

These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!
These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!

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No-bake Frozen Coconut Cakes

These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are a perfect summer dessert. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!

Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword bundt cake, coconut cake, frozen cake, no-bake cake, yogurt cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freezing time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 mini cakes
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

No-bake Crust

  • 60 g Medjool dates pitted (2-3 dates)
  • 2 TBSP desiccated coconut
  • 2 TBSP almond butter
  • 1 TBSP coconut butter

Coconut Cream

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (about 400g)
  • 1/4 cup creamed coconut
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar

Toppings

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • seasonal berries for topping

Instructions

No-bake Crust

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until just sticking together.

  2. Divide the mixture into 6 silicone muffin moulds and press down with your fingers to cover the bottom.

Coconut Cream

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until smooth.

  2. Top the no-bake crust with the cream.

  3. Place the cakes in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until frozen enough to take from the moulds. If you save them for later, take them from the freezer 30 minutes before serving.

Decoration

  1. Right before serving whip the whipping cream until stiff and top the cakes. Decorate with seasonal berries.

These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!
These no-bake frozen coconut cakes with sweet creamed coconut and Greek yogurt on top of a no-bake almond crust are the perfect summer desserts. Add some whipped cream and seasonal berries and you're in it for a win!

Roasted Peach Coconut Slushie

This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.

This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.

Oh, I love this Summer so much! It’s not as hot as last year but warm enough for it to feel like Summer. We’re chilling in the garden most a lot and we’re so lucky to have a lot of kids in the neighborhood so they all play together and all us parents have time to chat and refresh with cocktails and ice cream.

Today I’ll be sharing a recipe that’s sort of like a mix of a mocktail and ice cream. At least I think so 🙂

It’s a delicious roasted peach coconut slushie. A frozen drink is what it is! And if you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you know I love roasting fruit because roasting adds such a nice flavor and it caramelizes the sugar, therefore, it gets even sweeter. With this one I wanted to add a bit of creaminess and coconut cream seemed like the perfect food to complement sweet peaches.

Roasted peaches are seriously one of the best things there is. If you’ve ever tried my Roasted Peach And Strawberry Fizz you know what I’m talking about. This is the most popular recipe from my blog and I say it’s definitely amazingly delicious because the fruit is roasted.

This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.
This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.
This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.
This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.
This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.

So the recipe…

It’s very simple. All it takes is for you to roast some peach wedges, peel them and freeze them. Add some coconut milk, cane sugar, bee pollen and lastly some ice cubes to make it really icy.

Then you simply blend these and you get the most refreshing creamy summer slushie.

This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.
This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.

If you love slushies and you wanna try another really great one, here’s my Watermelon Slushie Recipe.


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Roasted Peach Coconut Slushie

Course Dessert
Keyword ice cream, slushie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 3 peaches
  • 1 cup coconut milk chilled
  • 3 TBSP cane sugar
  • 2 TBSP bee pollen optional
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Remove the pits from the peaches and cut them into eight wedges each.

  2. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven at 175°C (350°F) for 25 minutes.

  3. Leave the peaches to cool for 10 minutes before peeling the skins off. Freeze the peaches without their skins overnight.

  4. In a blender, mix frozen peaches, coconut milk, sugar, and ice cubes until you break the ice into very small grains.

  5. Serve immediately.

This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.
This roasted peach coconut slushie is so fresh, and easy! This icy blend of sweet peaches and coconut cream is perfect summer treat.

Mediterranean Garlic Ricotta Shrimp Pasta

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

Even on the busiest and most stressful days, I want to eat a real meal. Something delicious and creamy with a character. It’s pasta I usually crave on these days. What do you crave in the busiest of days? Let me know in the comments below. Sometimes I make pasta salad and nibble on it during the day. Pssst… don’t tell anyone!

But for reals, the amount of pasta we eat. And it’s not only because we’re busy. It’s mostly because we love pasta. If you’re a pasta lover like me, then this is the recipe for you.

The flavors here are mild but so indulging and balanced. The lemony ricotta sauce with peas and shrimp is to die for on its own, but then you add some garlic and glasswort and you’ve got a treat that you can make in seconds.

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

Have you ever tried glasswort?

It is apparently also called sea asparagus and grows in salt marshes. It is edible both raw and cooked and delicious either way!

I tried it for the first time last weekend when I randomly saw it in the store and I just had to try it.

What does it taste like? It’s like eating the sea and I mean that in a good way. It is very salty so you should be careful with how much you put in a dish. I especially love the crunch. It kinda reminds me of the exploding candy that I ate as a child. Remember, the ones that feel like there are bubbles popping in your mouth.

Not to worry. If you can’t get your hands on sea asparagus, you can still make a super delicious garlic ricotta shrimp pasta. You can add some pickled capers for the salty Mediterranean flavor. Works just as nicely.

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

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Mediteranean Garlic Ricotta Shrimp Pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword shrimp pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 250 g dried pasta
  • 1/2 cup ricotta (100g)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas (100g)
  • 300 g shrimps peeled and deveined
  • 15 g glasswort (sea asparagus) or alternatively, 2 TBSP pickled salted capers
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • a few springs of thyme
  • zest of 1 small organic lemon
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta as long as stated on the packaging stirring every two minutes. Once cooked, drain the pasta, but leave some pasta water to use for the sauce.

  2. While your pasta is cooking prepare the sauce. Place a large skillet on medium heat. Add butter and garlic and fry for a few minutes stirring occasionally. When the garlic turns lightly golden, add the shrimps, peas, glasswort, and thyme. If you are using capers instead of glasswort add them midway through cooking (when you turn the shrimps). Season with salt and black pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes and turn the shrimps midway through. Shrimps are done when they turn pink. Remove the shrimp, peas, and glasswort (or capers) from the skillet.

  3. Add ricotta, lemon juice, lemon zest and a little pasta water to the skillet and whisk to make it creamy. Add just enough pasta water for the sauce to be creamy but not runny. Remove from the stove. Season with salt and black pepper.

  4. Save a few shrimp, peas and glasswort (or capers) for decoration. Return the rest of the to the skillet and mix.

  5. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the sauce and mix to coat the pasta with the sauce.

  6. Serve warm and top with the remaining shrimp, peas and glasswort and some grated parmesan cheese.

This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).
This quick and rich garlic ricotta shrimp pasta is incredibly creamy and luxurious and has a lovely sour and salty flavor from lemon and glasswort (sea asparagus).

Vegan Cherry Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches

Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.

Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.

Can you imagine Summer without ice cream? Hmmm… I can’t, even though I wasn’t always a huge fan of ice cream. I think I talked about it in one of my old posts. 

Now,  I can’t imagine how I’d survive the Summer heat without ice cream at least once a week. 

Since I don’t have an ice cream machine I always make a no-churn version and I even have a little trick to make a no-churn ice cream creamy with no lumps of ice. 

How do I make my no-churn ice cream smooth?

I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way is to blend the mixture again after it has frozen halfway through. I mix with a spoon once after an hour. Then,  after another hour I take the ice cream out and mix it again in my blender. This mixed the ice crystals that form at the edge of the container and make it nice and smooth again. Then I return it back to the freezer and leave to freeze until done. Honestly, I think the consistency is super similar to the machine made ice cream. I’m all about gadgets, but who’s got the place?! 

Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.
Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.
Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.
Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.

I created this recipe in collaboration with Tereza from Teresamisu. If you missed the last recipe we created together,  here is our delicious Vegan Pea And Asparagus Pie

We decided to use sweet cherries as the base for the recipe and start from there. Tereza is known for creating healthy dishes and a lot of them are vegan. So I was totally on board with trying to make vegan ice cream but my first thought was NO COCONUT. I love coconut,  don’t get me wrong,  but I hate to see sooooo many vegan ice cream recipes based on coconut milk. I was thinking there’s a way to make delicious ice cream without it,  for sure. So cherries got me thinking. Almonds are the first thing that came to mind and man I’m glad I went that way! 

Oh and btw, I have a coconut ice cream recipe in store for one of the next posts 😉 but that one is meant to have a coconut flavor!

Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.
Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.
Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.
Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.

This is basically a marzipan ice cream. I like marzipan and if you love it too,  you are going to love this cherry almond ice cream sandwiches!

Tereza created the recipe for the cookies and guess what? She also used almond butter without us even discussing the recipe. Talk about soul sisters 🤣

You know what,  I’m not gonna blab for much longer. Let’s just get to the recipe. Happy beginning of the Summer,  everyone! 

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Vegan Cherry Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches

Course Dessert
Keyword ice cream
Servings 5 ice cream sandwiches
Author Anja Burgar & Tereza Poljanič

Ingredients

Cherry Almond Ice Cream

  • 1 cup medjool dates (about 10 medjool dates), pitted
  • 2 cups almond milk (500ml)
  • 1 cup almond butter (250ml)
  • 2 cups cherries (350g), pitted
  • 2 1/2 TBSP cane sugar

Almond Cookie

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey for non-vegan version
  • 1/4 cup almond butter, peanut butter or tahini (90ml)
  • 3/4 cup walnuts (or any other nuts), blended into a flour (90g)
  • 1 1/2 cup cup buckwheat flour (150g)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 TBSP cocoa powder

Instructions

Almond Cookie

  1. In a bowl, mix up maple syrup and almond butter until fully combined. Mix in ground walnuts until fully combined. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda and raw cacao. Add it to the almond mixture. The mixture will be thick and sticky so it’s best to use your hands.

  2. Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter to get the desired shape. Make small dents on the surface of the formed cookies for decoration if you wish.

  3. Place the tray in the fridge for 30 min while you pre-heat the oven to 175°C.

  4. Bake for 10-12 mins. Remove the biscuits from the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool down completely before assembling the sandwiches.

Cherry Almond Ice Cream

  1. First, make the cherry jam. Place pitted cherries and cane sugar to a blender and mix until smooth. Pass the mixture through a sieve and discard the solids that remain on the sieve. Place the cherry juice in a small pot and bring to a simmer, then let simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool at room temperature.

  2. Then prepare the ice cream base. Add dates and half of the almond milk to a blender and mix until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth.

  3. Transfer the ice cream mixture to a loaf pan or small baking tray with high sides. Freeze for two hours, mixing once after an hour. After two hours scoop out the half-frozen mixture to a blender and mix until smooth. This way you get rid of big lumps of ice.

  4. Transfer half of the mixture back to the same pan, then add half of the cherry jam and use the
    backside of a spoon to make some swirls. Place the rest of the ice cream mixture on top and add the rest of the cherry jam. Repeat the swirling and freeze until scoopable.

Assembling The Sandwiches

  1. When the ice cream is frozen enough to form scoops make large scoops and place them over cookies. Cover with another cookie. Place ice cream sandwiches on a tray and save in the freezer.

  2. Leave them at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Wrap your hands around something wonderful with this vegan cherry almond ice cream between two delicious almond chocolate cookies.

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette With A Twist

This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!

This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!

Here’s another pie second week in a row. Okay, it’s a galette, but technically that’s a pie, right? I’m obsessed with pies lately. The shortcrust pastry and fresh seasonal ingredients are a perfect combo. Plus there’s so little work with pies and galettes. Although they look like you put a ton of work into making it. Remember, I love this kind of recipes 🙂

It’s getting pretty hot in our neck of woods but I’m baking all the time anyway even though we don’t have air-conditioning. All of a sudden there’s a ton of fruit and we can’t eat it all raw. So making pie is a perfect way to fix it.

Btw, if you still don’t have my guide to eating seasonally, you can get one here. I also address the issue of using the abundance of a certain season to make foods for later when it’s not available.

This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!
This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!
This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!
This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!

So I took the classic combo of sweet red strawberries and juicy tart rhubarb and make it into a delicious strawberry rhubarb galette. But I added a little twist to it. DA DA DAM…

Here it goes…

It’s ELDERFLOWER. I added a few tablespoons of elderflower cordial to marinate the strawberries and rhubarb. It’s very subtle but adds a nice kick. If you like, you can also add some elderflower blossoms right into the filling! Or sprinkle some on top before serving. Gotta love elderflowers <3

As for the pastry, it’s a very simple sweet shortcrust pastry. It’s a prooved recipe, that I use almost every time I make a sweet pie. To find out how you can make the pastry extra flaky check my previous post. So how ’bout we start cookin’?

This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!
This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!
This simple and classic strawberry rhubarb galette with a twist will sure to be your new summer favorite!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Galette With A Twist

Course Dessert
Keyword galette, pie, rhubarb pie, strawberry pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

  • 280 g flour (1 1/3 cup)
  • 140 g butter chilled and cubed, (1 1/4 stick)
  • 3 TBSP cane sugar
  • 5-6 TBSP ice cold water

Strawberry Rhubarb Filling

  • 400 g strawberries greens removed and cut in quarters
  • 300 g rhubarb stems cut into 1 cm (1/2 inch) chunks
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 3 TBSP elderflower cordial

Other

  • 1 TBSP milk
  • 1-2 TBSP cane sugar for dusting

Instructions

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

  1. Combine flour and sugar in a food processor. Pulse to mix. Add the butter and pulse a few more times. You should still be able to see some small chunks of butter no bigger than peas.

  2. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of ice water over flour mixture at a time. Pulse a couple of times. If you pinch some of the crumbly dough and it holds together, it's ready. If not, keep adding water onetablespoon at a time.

  3. Strawberry Rhubarb Filling

  4. In a large bowl, mix cut strawberries and rhubarb with sugar and elderflower cordial. Transfer to a large strainer and place over a bowl to catch the liquid. Leave for 30 minutes at room temperature.

Assembling the Galette

  1. After the dough has chilled in the refrigerator for an hour, you can roll it out. If it is too stiff, let it sit for 5-10 minutes at room temperature before rolling.

  2. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat, clean work surface and on top of the dough. 

  3. Place a clean baking sheet onto a work surface and sprinkle it with some flor. Using a rolling pin, roll it out from the center of the dough to about 3-4 mm (1/8 inch). Every once in a while you may need to gently lift under the dough and add a sprinkle of flour.

  4. When the dough has reached the right size transfer the crust together with the baking paper onto a baking tray.

  5. Place strained strawberry and rhubarb mixture over the pastry. Leave 2-3 cm edge and fold it over the fruit to form a galette.

  6. Using a brush, cover the crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

  7. Place the galette in the freezer while the oven is preheating to 200°C.

  8. Bake the galette for 40 minutes and leave to cool before cutting.

Vegan Pea And Asparagus Quiche

This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests! 

This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of the year! I feel like the Winter has been way too long this year (although, I love it so much). Not even a month ago I was still wearing a winter coat and this past weekend I’ve been swimming in the sea. Crazy!

I’m so glad it’s summer already. Okay, late Spring, but it feels like Summer 🙂

If there’s one ingredient I love about this time of year it’s asparagus. I love it raw because it tastes kinda like peas and I love eating peas raw just as well. But both of those are also incredibly delicious cooked. So, today I’m sharing a recipe for a vegan pea and asparagus quiche that I created together with the lovely Tereza Poljanič from Teresamisu.

We were secretly admiring each other’s work for a long time, so we met a while ago and came up with the idea of creating a couple of recipes together. If you don’t know her yet, go check her out! Tereza is a multi-talented lady. She runs her blog, a TV cooking show, writes cookbooks and so much more. Such an inspiring lady!

This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!
This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!
This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!
This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!

Back to the recipe!

This was my first time trying out tofu filling. I don’t cook with tofu very often so I was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful the filling came out. It’s a very simple filling. All you need is some onions, garlic and some herbs like basil and mint. We used pumpkin seed tofu, but you can use any firm tofu. The almond milk makes it all very creamy and ties everything together.

Place some fresh asparagus and peas on top, bake and that’s it.

This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!
This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!

Oh yeah, and we included a delicious crust recipe. Here are some tips on how to make the crust flaky and how to prevent it from shrinking during baking.

How to make a flaky pie crust:

  • Use cold ingredients and use your hands as little as possible so you’re not warming up that dough.
  • Little chunks of butter (or coconut butter) should still be visible in the dough. The size of the chunks shouldn’t be larger than a pea.

How to prevent pie crust from shrinking?

  • Resting the pie crust is crucial. It should rest after making the dough and after you’ve rolled out the dough and placed it in the pie tin
  • Don’t overwork the dough. This way it gets too firm and shrinks.
  • Don’t stretch the dough when placing it in the tin.
  • Poke holes in the bottom.
  • Use pie weights or dry beans to weight down the crust while pre-baking.
This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!
This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!
This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!
This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!

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This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!
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Vegan Pea And Asparagus Quiche

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword vegan quiche
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Author Anja Burgar & Tereza Poljanič

Ingredients

Dough

  • 280 g all-purpose flour (1 1/3 cup)
  • 140 g coconut butter (or regular butter for a non-vegan quiche) chilled and cubed, (1 1/4 stick)
  • 4-5 TBSP ice cold water
  • 2 tsp salt

Filling

  • 400 g Tereza’s Choice pumpkin tofu or any other firm tofu
  • 100 ml almond milk (1/3 cup + 1 TBSP)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • bunch of basil and mint chopped
  • handful of peas
  • handful asparagus

Instructions

Dough

  1. Combine flour and salt, in a food processor. Pulse to mix. Add the butter and pulse a few times. You should still be able to see some small chunks of butter no bigger than peas.

  2. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of ice water over flour mixture at a time. Pulse a couple of times. If you pinch some of the crumbly dough and it holds together, it's ready. If not, keep adding water one
    tablespoon at a time.

  3. After the dough has chilled in the refrigerator for an hour, you can roll it out. If it is too stiff, let it sit for 5-10 minutes at room temperature before rolling.

  4. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat, clean work surface and on top of the dough. 

  5. Using a rolling pin, roll it out from the center of the dough. Every once in a while you may need to gently lift under the dough and add a sprinkle of flour.

  6. Using a rolling pin, roll it out from the center of the dough. Every once in a while you may need to gently lift under the dough and add a sprinkle of flour.

  7. When the dough has reached the right size, gently roll it around the rolling pin and place it over the pie tin. Do not stretch the dough.

  8. Use your hands to gently press the dough into the tin.

  9. Use a rolling pin to roll over the edges to trim them.

  10. Place the prepared crust into the refrigerator for another 30 minutes, then take it out and use a fork to create small holes on the bottom. Don't worry, once the dough is baked the wholes will disappear.

  11. Place a piece of aluminum foil onto the crust and add dried beans or pie weights onto the crust and bake it for 15 minutes at 200 °C.

  12. Take the baked pie out of the oven and leave to cool slightly.

Fillling

  1. Meanwhile prepare the tofu filling. Caramelize the onion and add garlic at the end. Then blend the tofu in a food processor with 100 ml of almond milk and the caramelized onion and garlic, blend until smooth consistency. 

Finishing the Quiche

  1. Add the filling on top of the pie crust, lastly add peas and asparagus on top. Brush with a little olive oil and bake another 20-30 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

This simple vegan pea and asparagus quiche recipe is so easy to make and a great way to treat your guests!

Grapefruit-Elderflower Mocktail

Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy – the best kind!

Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!

After the elderflower cordial recipe from yesterday, I just had to make a delicious summery mocktail. Nothing beats the summer heat like a super refreshing drink. I made a non-alcoholic recipe, but I added a hint on how to make it boozy in the notes if you like that 🙂

We’re spending so much time outside now, that it’s finally hot and feels like summer is just around the corner. You know, no more long sleeves and socks… Grrr, I hate them, I truly do! The greatest time of year is when I can move my socks to the back of the closet. So yeah, we’re thinking about buying some kind of transportable cooker or grill, so that we can prepare dinners outside.

During the Winter it’s become such a nice habit to cook the dinner together with hubby and son. We really wanna continue doing this through the Summer, but we also want to be outside as much as possible.

Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!

Back to the recipe, this is another very simple recipe and it literally takes minutes to make. And if that is not enough, it’s packed with flowery elderflower flavor and has the citrusy zing of grapefruit and lime. What else could you ask for?

What if I don’t have elderflower cordial on hand?

You can use fresh or dried elderflowers just the same. Pour half a cup of boiling water over 2 elderflowers and add 1/4 cup sugar. Let steep for 10 minutes. Let cool down. Use it as the syrup in the mocktail.

Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!

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Grapefruit-Elderflower Mocktail

Course Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword elderflower mocktail, grapefruit mocktail
Servings 4 drinks
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup elderflower cordial (link to the recipe in notes)
  • 3/4 cup grapefruit pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 TBSP lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cup sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Mix elderflower cordial, grapefruit juice and lime juice in a jar.

  2. Place ice cubes in 4 glasses.

  3. Pour over the mocktail mixture and add sparkling water.

  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL RECIPE HERE
  2. COCKTAIL VERSION: Add a shot of gin to each glass and enjoy!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!

Elderflower Coridal (Elderflower Syrup)

A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

 A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy!  Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

When I think of a refreshing Spring drink, the first thing that comes to mind is elderflower cordial. It is such an essential refreshment during this time of year.

I don’t make it often, though. My parents-in-law make a ton every year. They give another ton to us. Sorry for exaggeration but it’s really a huge amount! If I made more, I don’t think we’d drink anything else during the year.

If you’ve read my Guide to seasonal eating you know I’m all about preserving food that’s in abundance for other times of the year. If you haven’t picked the guide yet, you can get it here. Elderflowers are in full bloom over here in Slovenia. They are a bit late this year as most of the flowers and foods. If you have them too, go ahead and pick some and make some elderflower cordial. It’ll last you through Winter!

I was so excited to see the blossoms that I just had to go and make a batch of the cordial 🙂

A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.
A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.
A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.
A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

So, what makes the elderflower syrup so special, you ask?

I say it’s the flowery flavor and the added citrus zing. And it is so versatile. You can drink it diluted with water or sparkling water or make a cocktail or mocktail. But here’s the thing, you can use it in baking. I love elderflower desserts. I put elderflower in cookies and cakes all the time!

Let me know in the comments below, what is your favorite way to use elderflowers?

A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.
A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

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Elderflower Cordial

Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 20 elderflower heads
  • 1 l water (4 1/4 cups)
  • 1 kg sugar (5 cups)
  • 2 organic lemons cut in slices
  • 1 tsp citric acid (optional)

Instructions

  1. Remove any insects from the elderflower blossoms. Do not wash them!

  2. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.

  3. Place the elderflowers and lemon slices into a large container (or a pot) and pour the syrup over the lderflowers and lemons. Cover and let steep for 24 hours at room temperature or in the frige.

  4. Strain the syrup through a fine-meshed sieve lined with a cheesecloth or a paper towel and add citric acid. Stir well then pour the syrup into sterilized bottles or jars.

  5. Once opened store the bottle in the fridge.

Notes

The citric acid adds flavor and acts as a preservative to make the syrup keep longer. You can find it in any grocery store. You can also omit it and simply add some lemon juice instead. 

A recipe for homemade elderflower syrup or elderflower cordial: sweet and citrusy! Making elderflower syrup at home is super easy and requires so little work.

Walnut Chocolate Star Bread (Egg-free)

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

While this gloomy weather continues, I’ll be sharing a new comfort recipe with you guys! All I want during these cold days is some sweet bread, but not just any sweet bread. I want one with nuts and chocolate – my favorite!

The idea for this walnut chocolate star bread recipe actually came from making a traditional Slovenian potica. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know my son’s allergic to eggs and he’s a kid and loves chocolate. That’s why I created this super soft and fluffy egg-free dough with a the most delicious lemony flavor. And I added some yummy chocolate to the traditional walnut filling. I baked this first during Easter and we all loved it, so I had to share it with you.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Since I never made star bread before, I decided to make it a little mor einteresting than the traditional roll. In fact, you can roll it however you like, but take into consideration that you might need to adjust the baking time if you change it’s shape.

Also, when it comes to the filling. I tested it with hazelnuts as well and it is just as delicios. Think nutella! The reason why I included wallnuts in this recipe is the traditional aspact of this dish, but basically you can try other nuts too 🙂

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

So, how do you make the walnut chocolate star bread?

The dough recipe is super easy. It consists of standard ingredients like flour, yeast, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, butter and milk.

For the filling you need finelly grated walnuts (or some other nuts), sugar (a part can be replaced with honey), heavy cream, butter and chocolate.

To create the beautiful star shape you need to divide the dough into three equal parts and roll each one to 26 cm (10 inch) diameter.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Cover two layers with the filling in a thin layer and not all the way to the edge. Cover with the top dough layer that’s not covered in filling.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Place a small glas or cup in the center and cut the dough radially into 16 identical strips like shown in the photo below.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Then take two strips by the ends, twist twice in the opposite directions and pinch the ends together quite firmly.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Here are some ideas to customize this chocolate star bread recipe:

  • swap walnuts for hazelnuts or pecans
  • swap lemon zest with orange zest
  • add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the filling
  • add 1/4 cup cranberries that have been soaked in warm water (or better – rum) for 10 minutes
  • swap dark chocolate with milk chocolate or nutella
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

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Walnut Chocolate Star Bread

Course Dessert
Keyword star bread, sweet bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Sweet Dough

  • 2.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup + 2 TBSP milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp vanilla seeds or vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter melted

Walnut Chocolate Filling

  • 1 cup finely ground walnuts
  • 35 g dark chocolate
  • 35 g milk chocolate
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 3 TBSP heavy cream

Other

  • 1 TBSP milk or 1 egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water (for egg wash)

Instructions

Sweet Dough

  1. In a small bowl mix 2 TBSP sugar, half of the milk and yeast. Cover and wait for it to activate and start foaming.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, vanilla seeds (or extract) and sugar at low speed to combine all the ingredients. Add the rest of the milk and melted butter and mix until the dough comes together. Lastly, add activated yeast. Continue mixing until a soft smooth dough forms. You can do this by hand, as well. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise at room temperature for 60 minutes or until double the size.

Walnut filling

  1. While the dough is rising, you can prepare the walnut chocolate filling. Melt butter and chocolate in heat proof bowl over the top of the saucepan with simmering water.

  2. Add sugar to the butter and chocolate mixture and stir well.

  3. In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer (not to a boil!) and pour over ground walnuts. Add butter and chocolate mix to the walnuts and mix to get a uniform filling. Let cool to a room temperature.

Making the Walnut Chocolate Star Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°C).

  2. On a clean and lightly floured working surface, divide the dough into three equal parts and shape into spheres. Roll each of them out on a piece of baking paper into roughly 26cm (10inch) circles.

  3. Leaving the baking paper below, cover one layer with half of the filling leaving a cm (1/2inch) room at the edge. Cover with the second layer and add the rest of the filling. Cover with the last layer. Place a small glass or bowl in the center and cut 16 equally-sized slices, leaving the center connected. Twist the slices in pairs away from each other. Then pinch the ends of each pair together. Set the star aside to rise for 40 minutes at room temperature.

  4. Lightly brush the star with milk (or egg wash). Bake in the oven until deeply golden and puffy, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Balsamic Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes

Strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and balsamic strawberries. One bite of these and you will agree, these are the best!

Strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and balsamic strawberries. One bite of these and you will agree, these are the best!

Hey guys! I’m ready. For strawberry season!

Okay, I’ve been ready for months, but it’s finally a week or two away. Do you already have strawberries where you live?

The ones in our garden are just starting to grow the little green strawberries so we won’t have them for a while, but there’s a plantation right out of town where they grow the most delicious strawberries. I’m stalking their Facebook page so I can go there immediately. I know, crazy!

Strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and balsamic strawberries. One bite of these and you will agree, these are the best!
Strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and balsamic strawberries. One bite of these and you will agree, these are the best!
Strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and balsamic strawberries. One bite of these and you will agree, these are the best!

I’ve created this recipe a while ago for a magazine I was featured in and I’m so happy that I’m sharing it with you today. These are strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream and balsamic strawberries on top. They have a delicious little surprise in the middles also. A yummy dollop of strawberry jam.

When it comes to cupcakes, I don’t like heavy frostings like buttercream. Whipped cream or cream cheese is what I love most. To be honest, I usually make them without frosting anyway, but strawberries need cream. These are the two thing I think go oh so great together.

So, why did I choose yogurt. When it comes to dessert, I like them fresh and just a tiny bit acidic. I think it adds to the flavor and makes it a lighter dessert in general. Yogurt is in my opinion one of the best ingredients that adds such nice flavor and freshness to desserts.

Strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and balsamic strawberries. One bite of these and you will agree, these are the best!
Strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and balsamic strawberries. One bite of these and you will agree, these are the best!

If you’ve been following me, you know I love recipes that are easy but look like million dollars. I mean, just look at how elegant this looks. And trust me, it doesn’t take any special skill to make them. These strawberry yogurt cupcakes are so simple and I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to stop eating them. Guilty! I ate A LOT 😀

If you haven’t tried it yet, I have another delicious strawberry recipe. They are my favorite Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Crêpes.

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Balsamic Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes

Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword cake, cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Decorating Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 cupcakes
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla seeds
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice

Balsamic Strawberries

  • 4 strawberries greens removed and cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Other Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp icing sugar
  • 3 TBSP strawberry jam

Instructions

Balsamic Strawberries

  1. Place strawberries in a small bowl. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and honey. Mix well and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F) and prepare a muffin tin with liners

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla seeds. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add yogurt, sunflower oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest and mix on medium speed to combine all ingredients. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture one spoon at a time.

  4. Fill the muffin tins to ¾ volume and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  5. Once the cupcakes are cooled to room temperature, use a knife or a round piping tip to cut a 2-3 cm deep hole in the middle of the cupcakes. Drizzle some of the liquid from the balsamic strawberries into the holes, then fill them with strawberry jam.

  6. In a bowl, whisk whipping cream and icing sugar until firm.

  7. Frost the cupcakes with whipped cream. Top them with 2 strawberry quarters each and drizzle with the remaining liquid from strawberries.

Strawberry yogurt cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and balsamic strawberries. One bite of these and you will agree, these are the best!

Orange Dutch Baby

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It’s made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it’s naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

One of my all time favorite dishes are crépes. Seriously, I used to make them at least once a week. Since little J has egg allergies we had to swith to egg-free. We usually make Amerikan-style pankakes made with banana and add all kinds of flavoring in the dough or on top of the pancakes. J’s favorite – CHOCOLATE 😀

You are wondering why am I blabbing about pancakes when this is a Dutch baby recipe. Dutch baby is also called a German pancake, so here’s where my thoughts come from. Also it basically uses the same ingredients.

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

I only recently tried dutch baby for the first time. I saw so many amazing photos of Dutch baby but never quite got to try them. And I must say I missed out BIG TIME. And they are sooo easy to make.

One of the reasons why I never tried them was because I didn’t have a cast iron pan. What?! I know, I know… I recently bought one so now I can try some new dishes, yay!!

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Okay, back to the orange dutch baby. Oranges and Winter go hand in hand in my book. I couldn’t imagine cold days without some freshly squeezed orange juice or any dessert that includes oranges (or some other citrus). So making an orange Dutch baby is a no brainer. I think I’ll have to make them every Saturday morning. And some banana pancakes for my son 🙂 There’s no way he can watch me eat the Dutch baby and be okay with not having something just as delicious.

This orange Dutch baby has very little refined sugar. Actually, since it includes whipped honey even the light sprinkle of powdered sugar in not necessary. I love a tiny bit, though. The recipe also includes a super easy orange sauce that you can use in other desserts as well. It’s awesome on brownies 🙂

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Have you ever heard of whipped honey? I love it! Whipped honey is nothing but… well, honey that is whipped. Nothing fancy or difficult but totally different to regular honey. Also, if you buy non-pasteurized honey (which I suggest you do) you know it crystalizes. Whipping it makes it runny again without heating it. Let me know if you try whipped honey or my orange Dutch baby in the comments below.

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Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
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Orange Dutch Baby

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It’s made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it’s naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword dutch baby, easy recipe, german pancake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Dutch Baby

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour mix (approx. 1/3 wholewheat flour and 2/3 plain white flour)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 TBSP clariffied butter
  • 1 orange cut in slices skin removed
  • powdered sugar to taste

Orange Sauce

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (approx. 3 oranges)

Whipped Honey

  • 1 cup unpasteurized honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 °C (425 °F) placing a 25 cm (10 inch) iron pan in the oven to heat as well.

Orange Sauce

  1. Pour freshly squeezed orange juice into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Let simmer until the volume is about 1/4 of the initial volume. Set aside.

Whipped Honey

  1. Whip honey on medium-high speed for 10-15 minutes. The honey will become airy and pale white.

Dutch Baby

  1. Mix eggs in a blender on high speed for a few seconds so they start to bubble.

  2. Add flour mix, milk, cinnamon and salt and mix on medium-high speed for another few seconds or until the ingredients are well combined.

  3. Take the pan out of the oven, place over high heat and add clarified butter. Wait until butter is bubbling then add the batter and return to the oven.

  4. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave sit in the oven for an additional 5 minutes. This will keep the Dutch baby bubbly structure.

  5. Take out of the oven and sprinkle powdered sugar over (You can omit this step), top with orange sauce, 1 TBSP of whipped honey and fresh orange slices. Enjoy!

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas With Homemade Enchilada Sauce

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that’s made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

I can’t believe tomorrow’s Christmas already. Hasn’t December just begun??

I had plans to do some thorough house cleaning plus some more baking and decorating, but my son’s been home all week long with a cold and an ear infection. Although I can do some cleaning with him around and helping, there’s just no way I can do it in detail. Still, it was fun having him at home, we haven’t had the whole day to ourselves since he started kindergarten.

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.
These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

We’re making plans what to eat during holidays. Me and my husband are huge fans of Mexican food. So I’ve made a recipe for chicken enchiladas with a homemade enchilada sauce. The recipe is very easy! We usually end up making too many so we eat them again next day for breakfast. Okay, I admit, maybe we make too many on purpose 😛

We have a favorite Mexican restaurant and we used to only order beef enchiladas there. We’re crazy about beef! Then one evening we decided to try chicken enchiladas. I guess we always order them with chicken ever since. They use cabbage in the filling and it just goes so well with chicken and the tomato sauce. So that was the inspiration behind this recipe.

For the filling you can use leftover chicken, because we all know big Christmas dinners leave us with a ton of leftovers. I hate throwing food away and love recipes that transform those into something very delicious.

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.
These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

I hope you are having wonderful holidays and I wish you peaceful and loving moments with the ones you love!

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Shredded Chicken Enchiladas With Homemade Enchilada Sauce

The BEST chicken enchiladas, hearty but full of veggies!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken enchiladas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Chicken enchiladas

  • 8 corn tortillas (20cm/8inch)
  • 1 cooked and chopped chicken breast (leftovers can be used)
  • 1/4 cabbage head
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 400 g mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 lime
  • 1 avocado (cut into thin slices)
  • chopped coriander

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  • 800 g canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice (or cranberry juice)
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 TBSP peanut butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 fresh chilli
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

  2. Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens a bit.

  3. Use a blender to make a smooth sauce.

Chicken enchiladas

  1. Thinly slice cabbage and onions. Cut red bell pepper in small chunks and grate carrots. 

  2. In a skillet sauté onions, cabbage, carrots, and red bell peppers. When they soften add garlic and sauté for another minute.

  3. Place the sauteed vegetables in a big bowl and add shredded chicken breast, half of the shredded mozzarella and 1/3 of enchilada sauce (or more if the mixture seems too dry). Mix well and divide into eight parts. Use each part to fill one tortilla and roll them o keep all ingredients inside.

  4. Add 1/3 of enchilada sauce to the bottom of the baking pan. Place rolled tortillas on top and pour the remaining 1/3 of enchilada sauce over the tortillas. Add the other half of mozzarella on top and bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden.

  5. Use pomegranate arils, avocado, lime and coriander as garnish. Serve warm.

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

Mango Margarita Smoothie

Who doesn’t love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos? I sure do!

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

Hey, it’s been a LOOOOOONG time. Way to long. 

I’ve missed posting here so much. I’ve kicked myself in the rear end this week and made a plan for a few future recipes. Hopefully, I can see them through! Baby Jernej is not so little anymore. He’s standing on his own now, crawling all around the place, exploring the world and filling our hearts with all kinds of joy. If you wanna see what’s going on in our personal life head on to my personal Instagram account

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do! Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

And now to the recipe. Today is National Margarita Day and I made a non-alcoholic mango margarita smoothie.

I’d say cheers, but it’s long gone.

There’s something about mangos in smoothies. Puréed mangos give such a nice smooth texture to drinks. They are one of my favorite fruits to put in smoothies, besides avocados. All due to the texture. Okay, and flavor too 😀 What are yours?

Since becoming a mom, maintaining a healthy diet has been so hard. The biggest problem for me is forgetting to eat, which I find super weird and annoying. And that’s why recipes like this are super important… Simple, easy and done in no time. I’m planning on sharing a few other recipes suitable for mom’s with little time to prep and also for little kids to enjoy. Btw, baby J tried the mango margarita smoothie and he approves 😀

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do! Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

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Mango Margarita Smoothie

Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 mango (chilled)
  • 3 oranges (chilled)
  • 2 limes (chilled)
  • salt for garnish

Instructions

  1. Peel mango and juice oranges and limes and blend all until smooth.

  2. Run a lime wedge around the outside of a glass and dip the rim in some salt for garnish and taste. Pour in the smoothie.

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!