• cakes,  desserts

    Vanilla custard slice

    This vanilla custard slice is a very popular Romanian dessert. It is made with vanilla custard and puff pastry and, optional, with whipped cream. It’s an absolutely delicious dessert, an incredible combo of creamy, sweet, vanilla flavored filling and crispy and crumbly puff pastry. This vanilla custard slice is also incredible easy to make, of course, if you decide to use  commercial puff pastry. You also have the possibility to prepare puff pastry from scratch but it takes a lot of time. I have to admit that I prefer the faster and easier way: I call my husband and ask him to buy a pack of frozen puff pastry :).…

  • cakes,  desserts

    TV cake (Budapest cake)

    This TV cake, also known as Budapest cake, is a famous Romanian cake. I don’t know where the name comes from because it doesn’t look like a TV, but I can tell you for sure that it’s an absolutely delicious cake. TV cake is also very easy to prepare with a handful of ingredients. It’s made from plain sponge cake,  thin cocoa cake sheets and vanilla cream and topped with a delicious sticky cocoa glaze. You have to work a little to roll out the dough, it’s true, but you get a huge cake, enough for a crowd, and it totally worth the effort. You really have to try this…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Brigadeiro cake

    Do you like Brigadeiros? I love those stiky, chocolate-caramel flavored candies, chewy on the inside and coated with chocolate sprinkles. So, I decided to make a cake, an absolutely delicious Brigadeiro cake. This Brigadeiro cake is quick and easy to make and yet so delicious that you can’t stop eating. It’s a delicious combo of chocolate sponge cake, condensed milk, chocolate and cocoa cream mixed with whipped cream and coated with chocolate sprinkles. Do you know that feeling when you want to make a cake and you don’t know how to decorate it?  Well, this problem is solved: chocolate sprinkles all over the cake. The chocolate sponge cake is very…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Chocolate sponge cake recipe

    Soft, flaky and incredibly easy to make, this chocolate sponge cake is every chocolate lover’s dream. All you need is these 4 ingredients: eggs, flour, sugar and cocoa. You may fill this cake with your favorite cream: chocolate or vanilla custard, nutella, butter cream or any other cream. To prepare this delicious chocolate sponge cake you have to follow the same steps as for plain sponge cake. The only difference is that you have to combine flour with cocoa. So, in this case the magic formula fir the perfect chocolate sponge cake is flour+cocoa+sugar=eggs (weight without shells). All the other rules are applicable and you have to respect them. You…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Homemade éclairs recipe

    Éclairs. My favorite dessert. I could never say no to these delicious crisp pastries filled with custard and topped with chocolate. Oh, my goodness, what a delight! And you know what? These little sweet pastries are also incredible easy to prepare with a handful of ingredients. For the best results you have though to follow a few rules. The batter, the so called “Pâte à choux”, is made of flour, water (or half water and half milk), butter and eggs. Although it contains no raising agent, this “Pâte à choux” has the ability to rise almost three times its original size, creating a hard outer shell and an almost hollow…

  • cakes,  desserts

    The Carpathians cake recipe

    “The Carpathians” cake is a wonderful layered cake which makes the perfect choice for Christmas or for New Years Eve. It’s name comes from the resemblance to a mountain peak. The Carpathians are the largest Romanian mountain chain so, here’s the name: The Carpathians. This absolutely delicious layered cake is made from very thin cake sheets and caramel cream and topped with melted chocolate. You may also sprinkle some crushed nuts or coconut flakes. The Carpathians cake is a pretty simple cake but you have to work a little to roll out the sheets. If these are your first cake sheets, it may seem quite difficult to roll them but…

  • desserts,  pies

    Yogurt pie with phyllo dough

    I love pies, no matter what the filling is, sweet or savory. I already posted some Greek pies with phyllo dough: Spanakopita (Greek spinach and fete pie) and Kolokithopita (Greek zucchini and feta pie). This yogurt pie with phyllo dough is rather Romanian than Greek, or at least is more popular in Romania :). Anyway, the origins aren’t very important but the taste is absolutely divine. This pie is a delicious combo of crispy phyllo dough and creamy, vanilla flavored yogurt filling. And, of course, there’s raisins, because I love them. If you don’t like raisins you can replace them with cherries, sour cherries, raspberries or something similar. This yogurt…

  • Brioche, rolls,  desserts

    Cinnamon swirl bread recipe

    Soft, fluffy and packed with flavor, this homemade cinnamon swirl bread is my family’s favorite. It’s so simple and yet so incredible yummy. The filling is what makes the difference, a gooey and delicious filling made with butter, cinnamon and sugar. It’s like a huge cinnamon roll :). And you know how much I love cinnamon rolls. This delicious cinnamon swirl bread makes the perfect choice for breakfast, for dessert or for an after school snack. It’s very easy to prepare and do you know what is the most difficult part of this recipe? Waiting :). Waiting for the dough to rise and waiting for the cinnamon swirl bread to…

  • Brioche, rolls,  desserts

    Pumpkin cinnamon rolls

    Soft, flaky and packed with flavor, these pumpkin cinnamon rolls are the best! They’re absolutely divine! 🙂 As a food blogger, I’ve tested so many recipes and I can tell you for sure that you’re going to love this pumpkin cinnamon rolls recipe. The pumpkin flavor is very subtle and blends perfectly with the cinnamon swirl filling. If you don’t know, you won’t guess there’s pumpkin :). So, even though you’re not a pumpkin lover, you should try these delicious pumpkin cinnamon rolls. To prepare this recipe you need pumpkin puree. It’s OK to use canned pumpkin puree but, if you have some extra time, I recommend to prepare it…

  • desserts,  vegan

    Homemade pumpkin puree

    Make pumpkin puree from scratch is incredibly easy and all you need is pumpkin :). I prefer homemade food because is fresh, tasty and healthy. It’s true, I don’t have time to make pumpkin puree every time I need it, but, when I have enough time, I prefer to make it myself rather than to buy it from the store. You have the possibility to prepare a large amount of pumpkin puree and keep it into the refrigerator for a few days – up to one week, or into the freezer for up to 3 months. To prepare pumpkin puree you can use any kind of pumpkin but there will…