Saturday, April 28, 2012

Double Tier Birthday Cake

This cake was made for a special friend of mine. 
Happy Birthday!!

It was a chocolate fudge cake. All decorations were made with fondant.

Great party at "The House Restaurant and Lounge Bar" in Limassol.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fresh Strawberry Sorbet with Honey

This is the easiest Strawberry Sorbet recipe ever!!  Few days ago I wanted to create a light strawberry sorbet so I came up with this recipe.  It is extremely easy to make and very good in taste. My kids loved it...!!
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Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

Ingredients
700gr fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon of Vodka
1 teaspoon of strawberry essence
1/3 cup organic honey

Preparation Method
1) In a food processor puree strawberries; then blend all ingredients.
2) Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. 
3) Serve!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shirt and Tie Birthday Cake

This Birthday Cake is dedicated to two special "Boys"; Demetris and his dearest friend Neophytos.
Happy Birthday to both of you!!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tsourekia for Greek Orthodox Easter

Happy Easter Everyone!
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This is my 1st attempt of making Tsourekia, a traditional Greek treat for Easter. I found an excellent recipe from Kopiaste.org.  My friend Ivy creates wonderful recipes and she was the only one I could trust on this.

I changed a few ingredients though. Instead of using chestnuts I used Nutella and walnuts, in two of the four Tsourekia.  The other two are plain. I used 6 small eggs, 3/4 of a cup of anise tea, orange zest and evaporated milk. And by the way I forgot to sprinkle sugar on top of Tsourekia before I baked them.  The cooking time was half an hour and the taste is SUPER!!!

I think  I will make Tsourekia more often. They are incredibly delicious! Thanks Ivy for sharing this recipe with us. Have a Happy Easter!!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Daisy Cupcakes for Spring (Vegan)

Spring is here!!
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Cupcakes for Spring
Makes 24

Ingredients
½ cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 tbs maple syrup
Juice of 3 fresh oranges
Zest of an orange
2 cups of all purpose flour (sifted)
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
3 tsps of baking powder
½ cup of almonds (crashed, to sprinkle on top before baking)

Preparation Method
1)  Preheat oven to 170ºC (340ºF).
2)  Mix all ingredients together with a hand whisk.
3)  Scoop mixture into a cupcake pan and add on top the crashed almonds.
4)  Bake for 20 minutes in 170ºC (340ºF); then continue baking for another 5 minutes to 160ºC (320ºF).
5)  Allow to cool before decorating. 


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Chocolate Nest

Happy Easter!!
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This is my Easter post for this year. It is a triple chocolate fudge cake with Cadbury small chocolate eggs on top.

Below you can find a similar recipe to this one which is equally delicious! 
I used Wilton's Tip No.234 to form the chocolate nest. 
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Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for the Cake
200gr caster sugar
4 large eggs
170gr all purpose flour
30gr unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp unsweetened vanilla extract 


Filling Ingredients 
1 jar of diabetic strawberry jam (250gr)
(½ glass of hot water to dissolve the jam if needed)
1lt of double fresh cream
70gr unsweetened cocoa powder
50gr powder sugar (or more, it depends on how sweet you want your filling to be)

Cake Preparation Method 
1) Preheat the oven to 170ºC (338ºF).
2) Grease a 20cm round pan.
3) Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
4) With an electric mixer beat together the eggs and sugar for 8’ minutes, until light and fluffy; then add vanilla extract and the sifted flour (one tablespoon at a time). Do not over mix.
5) Bake for forty minutes. Allow 5’ minutes before you remove the cake from the pan. Set cake aside and allow to cool completely before you decorate it.

Filling Preparation Method
1) Sift powder sugar and cocoa powder.
2) With an electric mixer beat fresh cream, sugar and cocoa powder until the mixture becomes a cream. Do not over mix; if you do, you will have a cocoa butter and not a cream.

Cake Decoration
1) Divide sponge into three layers.
2) Spread strawberry jam on each cake layer and then on top of the jam, spread 1cm of cocoa cream.
3) Repeat on all layers.
4) Cover cake with the rest of the cream.
5) You can decorate your cake in any way you like.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Light Banana Pudding (eggless)

Few days ago I wanted to use some bananas I had at home, so I came up with this recipe. 

The dessert was very light in texture and lasted for over one week, in the fridge. 
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Light Banana Pudding (eggless)
Makes 4
 
Ingredients
3 small ripe bananas
200gr light cottage cheese                       
1 cup milk (1.5% fat)
1 tsp vanilla essence
10gr gelatin powder (1 sachet)
1/3 cup cold water
1/3 cup hot water
1/6 cup honey
Ground cinnamon for decoration

Preparation Method
 1) Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water and allow to stand for 5 minutes.  Then add the hot water and allow gelatin to fully dissolve.
2) Blend bananas, cottage cheese, milk, vanilla essence and honey.
3) Add dissolved gelatin and blend mixture for 2 more minutes.
4) Pour mixture in 4 small Bundt silicone molds; refrigerate over night.
5) Serve plain or with ground cinnamon.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bitter Chocolate Yogurt Ice Cream



Last weekend, physically, I was not feeling very well. Nothing seemed to taste good so I decided to create an ice cream which would have a strong taste.  The original recipe did not include honey, but since the ice cream really tasted bitter I decided to add a tablespoon of honey to give it a more balanced flavor.

I was quite pleased with the result. The only “negative” aspect of this recipe is that if you keep it in the freezer over night, it becomes hard and you have to microwave it for 20 seconds before you serve it. 
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Bitter Chocolate, Yogurt Ice Cream
Makes 4 scoops

Ingredients
100gr dark chocolate (74% cocoa)                   
200gr light Greek style Yogurt (2% fat)
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon vanilla essence

Preparation Method
- Melt chocolate in the microwave. (Stir every 30 seconds)
- Combine yogurt, melted chocolate and honey; microwave for another 20 seconds until you get a smooth texture.
- Add vanilla; stir to combine.
- Freeze mixture. For better results, stir every 15 minutes. Repeat 4 times.
- Serve with fresh chopped strawberries.

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