Happy 2021 dear readers 🙂 I hope after all the craziness of 2020, this new year will bring peace and slowly lead us back to normality.
Christmas is about 11.5 months away, but it doesn’t mean you can’t start gathering ideas for Christmas 2021 baking plans! Today’s recipe is one of my favourite cakes I’ve ever made – mainly because the final result always looks spectacular, and yet it’s really simple to make. A Yule log cake, with a hazelnut twist. Enjoy!
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Red velvet cake… with a twist? I wanted to attempt making the iconic cake for the first time, after eating it on a few occasions. Sadly, bright red cake with white cream cheese frosting isn’t a realistic, good idea anymore if you’re short on red food colouring and bake for someone with a white food phobia. The twists were a must. I found a recipe and adjusted it slightly – the final result exceeded my expectations!
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It’s been a while since I posted a layered cake recipe. This one is a great idea for when you need an impressive looking cake that’s simple and fairly quick to make. I generally love carrot cakes, but carrot cakes alone are often pretty dry, and get even drier the next day. This cake is fairly moist, and the white chocolate cream adds to it. It stays moist and tasty even one or two days later.
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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know that I love porridge. It’s quick, it’s healthy, it’s nutritious, and you can experiment with the flavours and toppings, so it’s never boring. Just like I love my porridge, I love my sweets. I used to hate coconut as a child, but as I grew older, I began to love it. Now, I love coconut in both savoury dishes (hello, delicious curry) and sweets, and Bounty chocolates are high on my personal top tier sweets list.
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Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Or even better, peanut butter and jelly combo? Typically seen on toasts, but I decided to try a different approach and made peanut butter pancakes and some quick, home-made strawberry jam. The combination turned out great, if I say so myself! It can also be gluten-free, provided that you buy certified oat flour. These pancakes will make a perfect, slightly indulgent but also quite healthy breakfast. Yummy!
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I love my kitchen more than any other place, really. I like to have it well-equipped, but I also like to have it pretty. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with rose gold homeware (and judging from the amount of rose gold items in homeware stores, I’m not the only one). I recently went through online stores in search for the prettiest rose gold kitchen I could find. Here are my top picks!
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One of the things I dislike in winter is the lack of summer fruits in shops. They’re difficult to find, and even when you do manage to find them in some store, they’re just… not the same. Bland and flavourless, yet massively overpriced. I love to use fresh fruits for desserts, porridge, pancakes and such. When that’s not possible, jam can be an alternative – but, in all honesty, store-bought jams aren’t the most appealing with their dubious ingredient lists. Making a whole batch of home-made preserves in summer is the best option, but even in winter it’s possible to make home-made jam, using frozen fruits – frozen fruits which don’t look all that appetizing when defrosted but luckily taste much like real summer fruits should. Today, I’m coming with a recipe for a quick, 15 minutes strawberry vanilla jam!
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Apples. One fruit available in stores in my country all year round. Perfect both to eat raw as well as to use it for cakes, desserts and other sweet dishes. Today, I’m bringing you a simple recipe for caramelised apples – super quick to make, great for all kinds of sweet dishes: I like to eat them on pancakes, waffles, with rice and sugar or in porridge.
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Today – the 2nd of February – marks the official end of Christmas in my country’s culture, tightly connected to religious aspect of Christmas (you can read more about our traditions here). This day makes a perfect occasion for my big Christmas-released project to be released for the first time. I’ve gathered all of my Christmas recipes, craft and gift ideas and inspirations that have already been published on this blog, added those that are still yet to be published (that’s right, I didn’t manage to post all of my Christmas adventures in December and had to schedule some for 2019) and arranged them all into a festive book. It took a lot of work, but it’s finally ready and available to download right now, for free, for everyone!
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The beginning of February marks the beginning of Valentine season. Pink, heart-shaped decorations are now present wherever you look. Whether you plan to celebrate the holiday or not, you can treat yourself – or your loved ones – with some scrumptious goodies! Preferably some that appeal not just to your stomach, but also your eyes. 🙂
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