Chocolate bread!

Hello! Remember me? Yes, I know, it’s been a while since my last blog post but I’ve come back with a new treat for you.

Meanwhile, I really want to know what you’ve been up to all this time. if you’re ok with it you can tell me in comments: maybe you baked/cooked/bought/ate something new and delicious, started/finished a new course, etc. Just anything that you don’t mind to share!

As for me, I was overwhelmed with uni work for last two weeks (I’m sure I’m not the only one) and, actually, I’m pretty sure it is not the end because of upcoming exams and tests for graduating. But I guess spring is the hardest time for any student wherever you study and live. Just to prevent my inactivity here I will put links for my twitter and instagram accounts, I’m more active there even when I’m busy.

Now let’s move from my long intro and excuses to the recipe of my treat.

As you my know I love chocolate especially chocolate cakes and breads and I decided to bake something pretty simple and delicious at the same time!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 120 g flour
  • 120 g sugar
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (in powder)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 handfuls chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Whisk eggs with sugar, add sour cream and cocoa powder. Stir everything. Mix flour, vanilla, cinnamon and baking powder then put this mixture to eggs. Stir again and add one handful of chocolate chips.

Put parchment into baking pan then put the dough. Add left chocolate chips from above. Bake for 40-50 min.

P.S.: I used whole wheat flour and brown sugar. Instead of sour cream you may use greek yogurt.


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Lemon muffins! 

It’s Sunday! It means that it’s time to bake something delicious and probably not as healthy as I wish it could be… Anyways some of you, guys, probably will spend this day with your family and that’s a great opportunity to surprise them with your baking skills. Even though you’re insecure about it these easy to make muffins will save your life. I promise! So let’s bake them!

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g flour
  • 150 g sugar
  • 200 g butter
  • zest of one lemon 
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 baking powder 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Whisk butter with sugar then add eggs and lemon juice. Mix everything. Add sifted flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Mix again. Add lemon zest and mix thoroughly. 

Put the dough into muffin cups and bake for 25-30 min. 

If you want to dress them then whisk 1 egg white with 50 g icing sugar. When muffins are cool, put the icing on them. 

Brownies!

It’s time to bake something with chocolate! 

I was looking for something healthy to bake this week and came up with an idea of this healthy (at least I hope so) alternative of brownies. 

The recipe is pretty simple and it doesn’t take a lot of time to make.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 banana 
  • 60 g greek yogurt 
  • 100 g whole wheat flour 
  • 50 g dark chocolate (melted)
  • 100 g raspberries

Instructions: 

Whisk eggs with banana. Add yogurt and chocolate. Mix everything. Add flour. The dough turns out thick but the berries juice will make it smoother, especially if berries are frozen. Add berries. Mix everything. 

Put in baking pan or on baking sheet covered with parchment and bake in preheated oven (180 C) for 20-25 min. 

P.S. before adding berries try the dough if it’s not sweet enough add several teaspoons of honey or other sweetener. 

Braided Apple Strudel!

Hello! Happy Sunday! Getting exited for a new week to come because the busy schedule is over and finally I will have more time to concentrate on the blog and create more ideas for recipes. So let’s start!

The next recipe is more the autumn one because it involves apples. Although we have this wonderful and healthy fruit all year round, in baking it’s used more exactly in this season because it’s the season for apples to ripen obviously. Anyways I decided to bake something using apples and my recently loved puff pastry. So welcome – braided apple strudel!

Ingredients:

  • 450 g puff pastry
  • 2 apples
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 tsp starch
  • 1 egg

Peel apples and cut them into little pieces. Put them into pan, add sugar and cinnamon and stew for 15-20 min till apples are smooth and the sauce is  thick and viscous like for a caramel. Cool this mass.

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Roll out the dough into square about 30×30 cm. Put it on baking sheet covered with parchment. Sprinkle a half of starch in the centre of rolled dough. Make medium size cuts on two opposite sides but not too long that you can make a braid. Then put apples in the centre and sprinkle again with starch. Do not add too much sauce! Make a braid. The end of the braid tuck underneath. Smear with an egg. Bake for 30 min.

Pour  left sauce from apples on the hot braid.

That’s it! The easy and tasty recipe and not so boring because of the form of strudel. It goes well for breakfast! Hope you’ll give it a go!

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Cherry Puff Pastry Tarts!

I’ve been really into puff pastry lately. It’s so easy to use especially if you just start baking.  You can find puff pastry at any supermarket or you can do it by yourself but it’s pretty time-consuming. Puff pastry is not only used in sweet treats but also as a base for pizza, vegetable tarts and  quiches. I went for sweet treats and made this puff pastry tarts with cherry. 

Ingredients: 

  • 600 g frozen cherries 
  • 450 g puff pastry 
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

Thaw out frozen berries on stove. Add sugar and boil for 5 min then cool them.

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Roll out the dough (0,5-1 cm). Cut out squares (even number). Put  half of squares on baking sheet covered with parchment.  Whisk the egg and smear the dough with it. Cut out little square holes in the other half of squares and put them on smeared dough from above. You’ll get little square baskets. Bake for 20-30 min. 

Into these baskets put berries. Leave them for the night for juice to soak up. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

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