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Apple pie of your dreams

How often do you forget your passwords? I feel like I have the embarrassing record in how often it happens to me. So the early fall Apple pie is coming now, right before Christmas. HEY, still counts!

Ingredients:

  • 1 glass of flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (cold!!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 big apples
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • brown sugar
  • lemon juice

Add flour, sugar, salt and egg to the bowl. Cut the butter into smaller pieces. Make the dough (don’t kneed it for too long so your warm hands don’t make the butter melt too much), cover the bowl and put it back to the fridge for around half an hour.

Cut the apples into thin slices or grate them, then place them in the colander, pour some lemon juice over them so they don’t get dark and let the juice go. Preheat the oven to 360.
Take 2/3 of the dough out of the fridge and fill the pan bottom evenly. Use a fork to make a bunch of small holes in the bottom and put the dough in the oven.

after 15 minutes take the base of the oven. Mix apples with some cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar, then spread them evenly over the base.

Take the rest of the dough and use a greater to shred it over the apples. Try to do it quickly so it doesn’t get warm.

Put the cake back in the oven and bake for another 20-30minutes. When the top looks baked take the cake out.
Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

it’s the easiest apple pie I know and oh so tasty! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
xoxo

lazy Strawberry cake

Yo Yo Yo!

Summer is almost there! It was so nice and warm (and even hot some days) lately, that there was only a few desserts I want to eat. And since it’s strawberry season, I went all the way into this!

It the cake that is 1. easy 2. relatively fast 3. everyone likes 4. just yummy. It also has a few ingredients only and you can use any fruits you want (hey there plums, waiting for you and September). |So without further delay, I present to you STRAWBERRY CAKE!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk (warm)
  • 3/4 oz active yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 oz rapeseed oil (or any oil you like)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 cups of strawberries

Take 3 spoons of warm milk and a spoon of sugar and mix it with active yeast and leave it in a warm spot to grow. In the meantime add all ingredients but strawberries to the big bowl. When the yeast grows add it to the bowl and mix all together. Set it aside in a warm spot for around an hour, and cover with kitchen towel so it is ever more warm.

Wash the strawberries. If they are big cut into smaller pieces and left them in colander to dry a little.

Move the dough to the pan (I used square 9″ pan), and put strawberries on top. Set aside for another 15 minutes in a warm spot and let the dough grow a little bit more. Preheat an oven to 380 degrees.

In the meantime you can prepare the top cover „crumbs”, which is not an obligatory part of the cake 🙂 But if you want it, cut around 1-2 oz of cold (!) butter into small pieces, mix it with sugar and flour, and put it on top of strawberries right before moving the cake to the oven.

Bake the cake for around 35 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes and let yourself eat it all at once 🙂

Hope you love it as much as I do!

xoxo

Ola

Rolls are rolling

There is a way to impress your significant other/in-laws/friends/potential home buyers/neighborhood kids/their parents and it is to make rolls. That smell amazing. That are super simple food. That make you look cool. Or whatever you want to put there.

Also admit, how many people around you make their own bread or rolls? It’s just cool thing to say.

SO without farther delay, here it is!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk (warm, but not too warm)
  • 3/4 oz active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • *grains (optional, to put on the rolls)

Separate around 1/4 cup of warm milk, add sugar and yeast. Mix it and put in the warm spot for the yeast to grow. In the meantime put flour and salt in separate bowl. When yeast grows, add this, and the rest of warm milk to dry ingredients. Mix the dough until you have a nice, solid ball.

Leave the dough in a warm spot for around an hour. You can cover it with kitchen cloth so it’s warmer. Take the dough from the bowl and form small balls that will be your rolls. Put them on the pan you will be using for baking and remember to leave around 2 inches between each. Then set aside in a warm spot again for another 30 minutes.

While waiting break the egg and stir it. Put it on top of the rolls and add some grains, sesame or poppy seeds if you want. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Bake the rolls around 20 minutes or until the start getting nice brown color on top.

You can eat them right from the oven. Seriously, just add butter and they are awesome. And your house smells awesome. And everyone around is more than happy. Also warning – they disappear in 10 minutes. This portion makes around 10 and they were gone super fast.

You will love it! I swear!

xoxo

Ola

The easiest brownie

Here’s the thing – brownies are awesome. Majority of people (and everyone I know) loves them. This one is my go to, if I need quick snack, when I have unexpected quests or if someone around needs dessert like ASAP.

Btw, it won’t take 5 minutes to have it ready but 5 minutes is all you need to make the whole apartment smell like chocolate. Usually helps 🙂

Ingredients (square 9×9 inches pan)

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 spoon of honey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 small eggs
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (ideally unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup flous
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

So there are two ways to make the brownie. You can make it more like a chocolate block, or more „light” one. I personally prefer the 2nd option but feel free to make if the way you like it more.

If you want lighter, „fluffier” brownie, start with separating egg whites and yolks. Use a mixer to make an egg whites foam then add sugar and mix it to be smooth. Then add egg yolks and continue mixing

If you want your brownie to be more compact skip the foam part and mix it all together.

Melt the butter (I recommend putting the bowl with butter in a pot with warm water, but you can also use a saucepan), add to eggs and sugar mix and stir together. Slowly add cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt while stirring.

Put a little bit of oil or batter on the pan. In the meantime preheat oven to 370 degrees F. Add chocolate chips to the mix and lightly stir with a spoon. Move the chocolate mix into the pan.

Bake for 30 minutes. When done, check with the toothpick if the cake is dry inside. You want the cake baked but not super dry, so it’s good if you see some grease on the toothpick.

You can melt a few chocolate chips and put it on top, but I personally prefer the plain one. There’s enough chocolate inside 🙂

Cut into squares, serve while still warm.

Enjoy 🙂

Ola

Lemon Babka Easter style

Hey Hey!

It’s been a while, huh. Moving is not as easy as I thought. Well, technically getting used to new everything in new apartment in new country (crazy!) and then going straight for vacation. Because why not?

So I’m back, I’ve been making stuff, but they disappear before I even manage to take a pic! This is what happens, when your husband has been living on Ubereats and frozen meals for a year 😮

Thankfully, I managed to take a few pic of the cake that’s my Easter fav. Simple – check, tasty – check, goes with everything – check. Didn’t look as pretty as the ones I used to make at home, but well, getting used to new kitchen is part of the deal. The good thong though is finally using all those shower/wedding gifts! Shout out to my KitchenAid mixer I love so much now!

Let’s see what we have here.

LEMON BABKA

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups of regular flour
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs (medium size)
  • 1 cup of butter (almost a cup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 big/2 small lemons

Separate egg yolks and whites. Keep the butter warm and soft. Mix in a bowl 4 egg yolks, and butter. Add lemon juice while mixing.

In a separate bowl make the egg white foam. When all ready add sugar.
Combine mixtures together and start slowly adding flour and baking soda while still mixing, until you have a smooth dough.

Prepare the medium size bundt cake pan – butter it or use olive oil. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. Move the dough to the pan and put in the oven. Bake for 50 minutes.

When all done, take the cake off the oven and let it cool down. You can either use some powder sugar of top, or make a sugar-lemon glaze.

For the glaze, mix powder sugar, a little bit of lemon juice and little bit of warm water into smooth, dense form. Pour the glaze over cool cake. You can add lemon or orange zest on top.

Enjoy the cake

xo

Ola

Hey hey, brownie is ok

Hejka,

So tomorrow is my last day at work, and the long tradition in our team is to bring goodbye cakes. I thought chocolate has been my theme last month so why not continue it?

It’s been a while since I first brought my homemade chocolates and it’s an easy treat for all those dieting so there is tons already packed – with almonds, hazelnuts, cranberries, coconut etc. But not everyone is dieting (thankfully!) so the right choice to keep with the theme was a brownie. This time – with surprise inside!

Brownie

Ingredients (smaller pan)

  • 7/8 cup of butter
  • 2.5 cup of dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 glass of sugar
  • vanilla extract (1 tbsp)
  • 3/4 glass of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of milk

Put the metal bowl over the pot with hot water and melt the butter. Add 2 cups of dark chocolate (break into pieces before). Enjoy the smell while mixing it until it is completely smooth. Let it chill for a while. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Separate egg whites and yolks. Whip egg whites to perfectly still foam. Later add sugar, then egg yolks, then mix the mixture with egg and butter mix. Add vanilla extract.

foam is fun

When all is mixed into smooth, chocolaty, mind-blowingly smelling mix slowly start adding flour and baking soda. Slowly mix, to make sure there’s not lumps. What I did this time, is adding a „surprise” inside. If you want to add something, pour half of the mix into the pan, then add your surprise. I crushed Reese’s cups and added those, then covered them with the rest of chocolate mixture.

YUM!

Let it bake for around 40 minutes. You can check if the cake is good by poking the middle with the toothpick and checking if it comes out dry (yes, I poke my cakes when they don’t behave right!).

smells soooo gooooooooood!

Now I melted the rest of the chocolate (0.5 cup) in 1 tbsp of milk (just enough to make sure it wont burn) on the smallest heat you can! and poured it all over the cake (I thought it will be enough to make a „drip cake” impression but was enough just to cover the top. Next time!). Added some chocolates on top as a decoration and hid in the fridge 🙂

I will update it with „after” pictures as soon as I remember! It smells amazing!!!!!

Ok now I need to run to the store for something really sour cause the amount of sweetness is killing me haha.

Good luck if you try. It is super simple!

xoxo

Ola

Feeling Blue (Cheese)

Hejka!

Spring is here! Or it’s good at deceiving us. I go outside, feel the sun on your face and forget about everything I was supposed to do. Do you have the same?

Either way, it’s warm during the day and cold at night, so there’s nothing better than a proper snack/lunch/however-you-want-to-name-it tart. This time one of my favorites – blue cheese and pear tart. Check this out!

Blue cheese and pear tart

Ingredients (medium size tart):

  • Pastry tart base
  • 3 big pears/4 medium
  • 7 ounces of blue cheese of your choice
  • A handful of walnuts or hazelnuts
  • 1 egg
  • 3.5 ounces of sour cream
  • salt, pepper, herbs of your choice

Form the dough in the tart or pie base. Cut blue cheese and pears into slices of cubes (I personally prefer cubes and like to mix it with small cubes of blue cheese before putting on the dough), put them on your dough.

Cut hazelnuts into small pieces and add them to your cheese and pear.

Mix egg, cream and spices together. Pour the mixture on the rest of ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C. Bake the tart for 30-40 minutes (until the sides are gold color). Eat warm.


Highly recommended for girls nights, goes perfect with wine and gossips 🙂

Like what you see? Comment!

Ciao!

Ola

In love with homemade Chocolate

Cześć!

The snow outside makes me feel like it’s December, no almost mid-March. Why winter, why?!

Also, the weather makes the cravings even worse, there’s not enough snacks in the apartment to make me happy. So, looking for the easiest solution to make my brain think I consumed 2514072491 kcal in sweets, I made those – HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES.

What I won’t tell myself:

  1. It’s healthy
  2. It’s homemade so just the „good things”
  3. I can eat tons and it’s still better than chocolate from the store

What I will tell myself:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Chocolate with cranberry
  3. Chocolate with cranberry and almonds
  4. Just the right amount of sweetness

Homemade chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 2 1/3 cup of dark cocoa
  • 5-7 tablespoons of honey (depending how sweet you want it to be)
  • dried fruits, almonds, nuts, raspberries, coconut shrims, orange zest etc.
  • optional 1 teaspoon of brown sugar if you want it to be more sweet/fudgy-like

Melt the coconut oil over hot water. I usually put a metal or ceramic bowl over the pot with hot water so it slowly melts with the heat from water, and when the water gets cooler I heat it up over over low heat (turn the heat when you see water starting to boil!).

When it’s liquid enough, add honey, and mix until it melts into the oil. Important – the honey shouldn’t fully melt.

Slowly add cocoa to the oil-honey liquid while still slowly mixing, until blended. When all is well blended you may try a little (be careful though, HOT!) to check if you are ok with the level of sweetness.

Pour mixture into chocolate mold, or a small cookie sheet (in that case use baking paper).

Put anything you like on top of your chocolate. My personal favorite is cranberry (cause it gives it more sweetness without adding sugar or more honey), Goji berries and almonds, or just candied orange zest, but you can add whatever makes you happy!

Let it cool down, and move to the fridge to chill for 1.5-2h.

EAT IT ALL, but first take a pic and send it to your friends to invite them over. Everything tastes better when shared with friends.

Et voila! Simple, effective, makes your belly (and your brain) happy.

Let me know how you like it!

xoxo

Ola

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