All posts tagged: Dessert

Cheesecake brownies or the celebration of cultural mixing

It’s almost our favourite time of the year in Germany: Advent. This means that the Christmas markets are opening, cities turn into a wonderful twinkling fairy tale and it’s time for lots and lots of baking. Before moving to Germany, Advent meant nothing to us, well maybe never ending masses and nuns telling kids that Christmas was not about presents and big meals, and Christmas preparations started a couple of weeks before Christmas Eve. However, the German Advent has stolen our hearts and become our favourite part of the German culture. Now the best part of Christmas is actually Advent and we start celebrating Christmas related everything as soon as November comes to an end. We are not the biggest fans of German culture, to be honest. We miss Spain, we love our background and we hardly incorporate any German customs into our everyday life. However, we have to admit that in Advent we embrace almost every German tradition and really enjoy this wonderful time of the year. Well, we put up the Christmas tree …

Chocolate, orange and olive oil cake

Somehow Winter has arrived. Yes, I know there’s a lot of Autumn left but the last few days have felt like Winter. Temperatures have dropped, the terrible North Sea wind is back making our ears and noses little ice blocks and our fire place is full with candles again. So all we can do is bundle up and enjoy warm cups of coffee with a piece of cake. It sounds boring and oh so cliché but the comfort that a cup of coffee and a piece of cake bring in these long, dark afternoons is exactly what makes this season bearable. These days we miss Spain so very much, but we also like to make the most of the characteristic cosy German atmosphere, hence the candles in the fire place and the coffee and cake in the afternoon. In this cake, our take on a recipe we found in this book, we’ve used the best of both worlds: extra virgin olive oil and oranges from Spain and dark chocolate made in Bremen. You will need: …

Raspberry and pistachio brownies

We are addicted to cookbooks. Our Amazon orders usually include at least a couple of them. In fact, I will dare to say that the cookbook section in Amazon is our favourite shopping spot. Usually when we get a new cookbook, we feel the urge to prepare all the recipes in one week. We get excited, choose the most appealing recipes and then cook, cook, cook. And eat, eat, eat, of course. If after that week we repeat most of the recipes at least three times, then the book is a success. If not… well, it  will sit beautifully in our little kitchen library. We never throw books away! So let’s say our kitchen library is not that little anymore… However, there is a cookbook that we’ve been using on repeat during the last few weeks. Right after tasting the first mouthful of the first recipe we made (icnredible chicken burgers with a delicious courgette and chilli salad), we knew it was going to be one of our favourites. And indeed it is! If you …

Chocolate and mascarpone pots

This week has been particularly long. It has been one of those “just give me a pint of ice cream and a Big Bang Theory marathon every night” kind of week. But since everytime we buy our favourite ice cream we eat in in one sitting, we decided to create our own substitute for ice cream. Just to keep fitting through the doors, basically. Fear not, we are not going to give you a recipe with frozen banana / stevia / avocado cream / black beans / whatever “healthy” ingredientthere’s left in the market. These chocolate and mascarpone pots are as naughty as it gets, but we’ve tried to minimized the damage (and the guilt) by using skimmed milk, bio yogurt, dark chocolate and just one tablespoon of sugar. And no palm oil, the latest enemy of human health. Is this good for you? Well, it’s better than supermarket bought ice cream, that’s for sure. You can lick a pear if you want to stay skinny, but we need our chocolate fix no matter the …

Chocolate chip blondies

We tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago in an attempt of improving our office coffee break game. We weren’t very sure but the result surprised us so much that we’ve already cooked more than two batches in the last few days. These vegan (well, that’s optional), light blondies are surprisingly good. They might not look like much, but they are addictive! First it was gluten, then sugar and now comes the palm oil. The supermarket is full of cancer threats and since I’m a hopeless hypochondriac I’ve been trying to bake our very own, healthy (ish) treats for a while now like these almond bites, this coconut vanilla cake or these coconut chocolate bars. Notice a pattern? Coconut. And for this recipe we also used a lot of coconut based ingredients. Coconut sugar, which is great if you want to cut off refined sugar, and coconut butter, which we found a little bit hard to work with (you can always use normal butter to make things easier). Tip: work the dough with your hands and a …

Coconut and vanilla cake

This is my favourite time of the year. Advent in Germany is glorious. The otherwise dark afternoons are now full of twinkling lights, poffertjes scent and happy people drinking Glühwein at the Christmas market. Since we have already watched Love, actually there is only one thing to do until Christmas: bake, bake, bake! This recipe is our take on a coconut loaf from this book. You see,  I got a cookbook focused on vegetables for my bithday but all I’ve tried so far are a couple of dessert recipes. These amazing salted caramel chocolate brownies, for instance. So me. However, my intentions are good:  we try to eat healthy most of the time… that’s why I’m munching on spicy kale chips while writing this post and we used coconut sugar instead of refined sugar for this recipe.  If only to spread a good amount of Nutella over this delicious cake afterwards, though. This cake has lots of perks: the ground almonds, spelt flour and coconut sugar make it lighter and easier to digest, the preparation …

Nutella puff pastry bites

We love puff pastry. It’s light, it can go sweet or savory and it turns every ingredient that goes with it into comfort food. This recipe is perfect if you want something sweet but not overly so, if you don’t have much time to bake and if you love Nutella. Plus it will make your house smell amazing.

Gluten free chocolate lime squares

These small pieces of chocolate heaven are gooey, rich and gluten free. You know my thoughts about the whole gluten intolerant crazyness, so I know it’s a bit odd that we have published two gluten free recipes on a row… But they are too good not to share them. So, gluten intolerant or not, you’ll love these squares. The strong chocolate flavour with a zingy lime touch is absolutely delicious and perfect for this transitional weather: lime to remember Summer, chocolate to anticipate Autumn. And you can freeze them, which is nice because otherwise you’ll eat them all in one go!

White chocolate cake with lemon butter cream

Even though I love baking I don’t like spending hours in the kitchen and I have to admit I’m scared of lots of recipes because they look so complicated. I just feel I won’t be able to achieve a decent result. If you are a little bit like me you’ll love this cake: it’s incredibly easy to prepare but looks way more complicated that it actually is. Besides, it would be the perfect end to last week’s menu.

Old school chocolate mousse

Hello! We hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter! We are still on mini vacation and we are trying to make the most of it. Besides, on Friday we head to Berlin for The Hive Conference so this week looks pretty good! And nothing better to start the week than an old school chocolate mousse. Well, this chocolate mousse will actually improve any week, month or year. It’s pure pleasure. Creamy happiness. Airy delight. This is a real show stopper and it’s my dessert of choice if I want to make a good impression. If you follow every step you will find that it’s actually very easy to prepare.