• cupcakes,  desserts,  puddings

    Chocolate cups filled with vanilla pastry cream and fruits

    Chocolate- checked. Vanilla pastry cream – checked. Fresh fruits, for vitamins – checked. These chocolate cups filled with vanilla pastry cream and fresh fruits are the perfect summer desert. They are super delicious and very easy to prepare with a few ingredients. As regarding the fruits, my kids asked bananas and peaches but you can also use strawberries, pineapple, apricots, blueberries, raspberries or any other fruits you might like. In winter you may also use canned or frozen fruits. Vanilla pastry cream is very easy to prepare. It needs to be cooked only for a few minutes and you don’t need any special skills or instruments. But in summer time,…

  • desserts,  puddings

    Chocolate pudding

    Creamy, flavorful and comforting chocolate pudding is simply the best dessert. I could never say no to a cup of chocolate pudding.And it’s also quick and incredibly easy to make from scratch. All you have to do is to mix all the ingredients and to cook until thickened.Chocolate pudding makes the perfect treat no matter the season. A bowl of warm chocolate pudding will warm your soul in a cold winter day. Chocolate pudding makes also the perfect summer treat served cold, topped with fresh fruits or whipping cream.You can also add nuts, raisins or rolled oats. Use your imagination, there’s no limit! Ingredients for chocolate pudding: – 600 ml…

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    Homemade sweetened condensed milk – video recipe

    Did you know that you can prepare sweetened condensed milk at home, from scratch, using only 2 ingredients? And no special skills or special instruments required :). All you need is milk, sugar, a pot and a stove. It’s very easy to prepare: just combine the milk and the sugar and cook until thickened and reduced.     You can use homemade sweetened condensed milk for your morning coffee, for cakes, cookies, candies, doughnuts, ice cream and many other goodies. The advantage of this recipe is that you can prepare the amount you need. In Romania we can find sweetened condensed milk only in a few supermarkets and only 397…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Diplomat cake

    No bake, very easy to make and absolutely delicious, Diplomat cake is the most popular cake in Romania. It’s a wonderful combination of vanilla cream, whipped cream, fruits, and ladyfingers.To prepare this cake I used a 25cm (9.84in) diameter pot. I made an upside down cake. If you use a loose base cake tin, start assembling the cake with the ladyfingers layer.After preparation, you must refrigerate the Diplomat cake for at least 6 hours. Over night is even better. You should also try: Kinder Pingui cake Brigadeiro cake After Eight cake Chocolate biscuit cake Italian Mimosa cake Ingredients for Diplomat cake (25cm diameter/ 9.84 in) Note: metric and USA  measurements–…

  • cakes,  desserts

    Fruit yogurt cake

    Try this delicious no bake fruit yogurt cake to satisfy your sweet tooth in a hot summer day! So refreshing and flavorful, this delicious fruit yogurt cake makes the perfect summer treat. And it’s so incredibly easy to make :). This wonderful cake is made from plain yogurt, whipped cream and fruits, with a lady fingers base. So, you don’t have to bake anything and that’s a big plus in summer time, right? 🙂 You have though to use the stove for a few minutes to melt the gelatin. As regarding the fruits, I used apricots and peaches but you may use your favorite fruits. You may use fresh or…

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    Homemade caramels

    Quick and easy homemade caramels recipe! Soft and buttery, vanilla flavored or a little bit salty, these homemade caramels are a real treat! Homemade caramels are much more tasty than commercial ones and incredibly easy to make. And you don’t need a candy thermometer or any other special instruments. Or skills :). You need only 3 ingredients (or 4, if you decide to add vanilla sugar or salt).To prepare these delicious homemade caramels you have to start by melting the sugar. Then add the butter and the heavy cream and cook until thickens and reduced. It’s like a caramel sauce but cooked a little bit longer. If you like, you can…

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    Vanilla pastry cream recipe

    This vanilla pastry cream is a recipe that you really must save. It’s absolutely delicious, very easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. Vanilla pastry cream, also known as crème patisserie, is a cream made of milk, sugar and egg yolks and thickened with flour or cornstarch. You can use this delicious vanilla pastry cream to fill all kind of pastry, eclairs, cakes or pies. You can use it as it is or you can combine it with whipped cream or butter. Combining vanilla cream and soft butter you will obtain the Mousseline cream, which is excellent for cakes. You can use this delicious vanilla custard recipe to…

  • desserts,  puddings

    Floating islands

    Floating islands recipe, Ile flottante, how to make floating islands, French floating islands, quick and easy desserts Floating islands are a dessert of French origin consisting of meringue floating on a milky custard sauce. In Romania we call this dessert “Bird’s milk”. In my childhood I actually believed that my mom was milking a bird to prepare us the dessert :). I have no idea why it’s called like that. In French cuisine the term used for this dessert is “œufs à la neige” (eggs in snow). Floating islands are an absolutely delicious dessert, vanilla flavored, very creamy and incredibly easy to make. The whites are beaten and shaped with spoon into…

  • desserts,  salads

    Fruit salad

    Easy fruit salad recipe, how to make fruit salad, fruit salad topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips and peanuts, refreshing fruit salad Easy to make, very refreshing and full of vitamins and nutrients, fruit salad is the perfect summer dessert. You can use your favorite fruits, fresh or canned. Raisins go very well in this fruit salad and I always use them. Before adding raisins to the fruit salad I soak them in warm water with rum flavor. Raisins will taste better 🙂 You can also add nuts, oats or bulgur. I always top fruit salad with whipped cream and I sprinkle some chocolate chips and peanuts. It’s a delight!…

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    Chocolate pastry cream

    Chocolate pastry cream is one of my favorites. I use it often for filling pastry, cakes, pies or cookies. I also like to use this chocolate pastry cream to prepare easy desserts with fresh fruits and crackers. And I can’t tell you how absolutely delicious are the crepes filled with chocolate pastry cream To prepare this chocolate pastry cream I start by making the vanilla pastry cream and I add cocoa powder and chocolate. You can use cocoa powder or chocolate but the cream will taste better if you use both of them . You can use the chocolate pastry cream as it is or you can mix it with whipped…