• cookies,  desserts

    Chocolate Ischler cookies – video recipe

    So tender and flavorful, filled with chocolate and covered with chocolate, these chocolate Ischler cookies are the best! Ischlers are Austrian cookies but they are also very popular in Romania. We love to have these nutty, tender and loaded with chocolate cookies on each Holiday, especially for Christmas. According to the original recipe, Ischlers consists of two Linzer cookies filled with jam (especially apricot jam) and topped with melted chocolate. More chocolate recipes here. I’m a huge chocolate lover, so I prefer chocolate filled cookies. They are so rich and decadent 🙂 The dough is pretty easy to make. It can be a plain Linzer dough or it can be…

  • breakfast,  desserts,  puddings

    Yogurt noodle pudding

    Try this baked noodle pudding for breakfast or as a dessert. You’re going to love it! So rich and flavorful and yet incredibly easy to make with a handful of ingredients, this yogurt noodle pudding is my favorite comfort food! This yogurt pasta pudding calks for simple and budget friendly ingredients: noodles, yogurt, eggs and sugar. Also, this recipe is incredibly easy to prepare. All you have to do is to cook the noodles for a few minutes, combine all the ingredients and bake. My dad has a different recipe for the noodle pudding. He makes a savory-sweet pudding with feta cheese, eggs and sugar, very tasty and comforting. It…

  • desserts,  pies

    Sweet cheese and raisin pies – video recipe

    Soft and fluffy, packed with flavor and loaded with sweetened curd cheese and raisins… Mmm, I’m already drooling :). These sweet cheese and raisin pies are the best homemade pies and you definitely have to give them a try! These hand pies are very popular in Romania and there are 2 versions: the sweet version (which I prefer) and the savory version. For the savory version use only 1 teaspoon of sugar and replace the curd cheese with feta cheese. Optional you may add 2-3 green onions or 1 bunch of fresh dill. But now let’s get back to our sweet cheese and raisin pies. The dough is very easy…

  • appetizers and snacks

    Homemade pizza crust – video recipe

    Make your own pizza dough from scratch, add your favorite toppings and bake the best homemade pizza!I love this recipe, it’s easy to make and delicious and it calls for simple and budget friendly ingredients. When I ask my kids what they want for dinner the answer is almost always the same: pizza. I know, it’s much more easy to order pizza but I prefer homemade food. Homemade pizza is very tasty, you can make the crust as thin or as fluffy as you want and you can add your favorite toppings. To make the pizza dough you need you need flour, water, fresh or dried yeast, a little vegetable…

  • preserves

    Pickled red bell peppers (video recipe)

    These pickled red bell peppers are the perfect balance of salty and tangy with a touch of sweetness. Learn how to make at home the best pickled red bell peppers that keep crunchy for up to 2 years! Don’t worry, they won’t last that long because they are absolutely delicious 🙂 The end of summer and the beginning of fall is canning season in Romania. We can fruits and vegetables to fill up our pantry for the winter season. Sometimes it looks like we want to fill up our pantry for the next 10 years :). I’m not such a big canning fan but a few jars or pickled red bell…

  • cakes,  desserts

    La Bête noire (The Black beast) – flourless chocolate cake (video recipe)

    This black beast cake is the best chocolate cake! It’s pure chocolate! It’s so rich, creamy and flavorful and yet incredibly easy to make :). I love this flourless chocolate cake because it looks fancy but it’s quick and easy to make with a handful of ingredients. It’s definitely a recipe for beginners! I saw this recipe on Liz blog and I said to myself: “hey, this cake has such a funny name and it looks sooo good!” So I put it on my to do list. Why is this cake called the “black beast” or La Bête Noire? I really have no idea :). I’ve made some research on google…

  • desserts

    Drop doughnuts (video recipe)

    Are you looking for the best doughnuts? Soft, fluffy, absolutely delicious doughnuts and yet incredibly easy to make? Well, stop looking! These drop doughnuts are the best doughnuts ever! If you don’t believe me, just make a batch of doughnuts and you’ll see 🙂 These drop doughnuts are my favorite! They are a little moist on the inside and so flavorful… The secret? These delicious drop doughnuts are made with yogurt which keep them moist on the inside. As I was saying, these delicious doughnuts are incredibly easy to make: all you have to do is to mix all the ingredients. No kneading nor raising time required but for better…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Peach sponge cake – video recipe

    Soft and fluffy sponge cake, juicy and flavorful peaches and a dust of sugar… Mmm, delightful! Peaches. Again :). I promise, this is the last peach recipe for this summer! It’s almost fall, pies season. Oh, I can’t wait to treat myself with a piece of apple pie or pumpkin pie. By the way, which one do you prefer, apple pie or pumpkin pie? For me it’s very difficult to decide so I take a piece of each :). But I was talking about peaches and sponge cake. This is such a great combo, don’t you think? The cake is sweet, vanilla flavored, and the peaches are so flavorful, juicy…

  • breakfast

    Cinnamon peach pancakes

    Light, fluffy and so flavorful, these cinnamon peach pancakes make the perfect summer breakfast! It’s peach season, so here’s another peach recipe: Cinnamon peach pancakes. These pancakes are soft and flaky, vanilla and cinnamon flavored but also quick and easy to make in the morning. It’s actually a piece of cake to prepare these cinnamon peach pancakes with only a handful of ingredients. Now let me tell you a few things about these ingredients Buttermilk. Buttermilk is the key ingredient when you want to make light and fluffy pancakes. Using buttermilk is also a matter of flavor and texture. A substitute for buttermilk? You may use low fat yogurt. Sugar.…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Easy peach cake (video recipe)

    So flavorful, soft and light as air and topped with whipped cream, this peach cake makes the perfect summer treat. And it’s so incredibly easy to make and budget friendly 🙂 This peach cake is an amazing combo of soft and flaky sponge cake, juicy and flavorful peaches and whipped cream. It’s so refreshing! A few tips about how to make the perfect sponge cake. – Always use fresh, room temperature ingredients! Why room temperature ingredients? Because when at room temperature, certain ingredients like eggs, butter, and dairies form an emulsion which traps air. While baking in the oven, that trapped air expands and your cake will be soft and light as…