Zucchini Apple Ring

This simple vegetable and fruit cake is pure wholesomeness. The lack of excessive amounts of fats and sugars is supplemented by this vegetable /fruit combo. The zucchini and apple make this cake delightfully light and healthy. This is another cake ideal for breakfast too
and the citrusy glaze with toasted cashews is both tangy and crunchy. Continue reading

Cherry Berry No-Bake Cheesecake

Here’s a quick 4th of July no-bake dessert that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Then pop it into the fridge to firm up for 3 or 4 hours to have a no fuss delicious cheesecake. To enhance the “red white and blue” theme more you could use raspberries or strawberries in addition to the blueberries. Here I used the “vignola” cherries that are sweet and juicy but are a bit darker in color. Continue reading

Magic Amaretti Cake

The “magic” in this one-bowl cake lies in the formation of three distinct layers: a chocolate, a cream and a crunchy top layer. It doesn’t require any icing – just a sprinkling of powdered sugar is enough but if you wish to make it more fancy as I did in the picture you can also add a strip of chocolate sugar paste around the edge of the cake – and maybe why not a simple chocolate rose on top. Continue reading

Rice Cake

This delicious cake is said to have originated in the 1400’s in Bologna. It was especially served for “Corpus Domini” a religious holiday at the end of May. This is a typical Italian “homestyle” cake with ingredients you can easily find in your pantry. This recipe in addition is completely gluten free as the rice is substituted for flour. My version is also lactose free as I used almond milk in place of regular milk which makes it even lighter. A richer version of this recipe can be found in Florentine pastry shops in the form of a pastry called “Buddini di Riso Fiorentini”. These are little pastry cups filled with a similar rice mixture enriched with pastry cream. Not to be missed the next ime you’re in Florence! Continue reading

Honey Glazed Chocolate Krantz

This raised sweet dough coffee cake reveals its chocolate swirls as soon as you cut the first slice. The honey glaze highlights this krantz with its natural sweetness. Wonderful for any special occasion or holiday. To preserve the freshness of this loaf it could be a good idea to finally get rid of plastic and wrap it in “Bee’s Wrap” a natural wrapping made of bees wax infused cotton material. I love its delicate fragrance and it’s totally reusable. A small step in sustainability! Continue reading

Copycat Cake

This is a real copycat cake, even the cat put his stamp of approval on it! Actually this is an imitation of a cake from Vicenza which they call ” La Gata” (cat in dialect). The recipe is so secret that I couldn’t find it anywhere so I used the ingredients printed on the box where the cake came in and followed a quick video where they demonstrated the procedure. The cake came out slightly different in taste but delicious anyhow. I used the stencil that came with the original cake to decorate the top. Well worth a visit to this city – Vicenza is a city of art, Palladian architecture and also renown for its jewellery industry. Don’t miss the jewellery museum and of course don’t forget to pick up the cake! Continue reading

Touch of Mint Caprese

That touch of mint and pistachios in this recipe has turned the traditional caprese into something really special! Actually it turned out by accident in that I only had half the amount of almond flour but I did have some ground pistachios which I substituted. The same with the chocolate – half of which I had to add mint flavored. But the result was surprisingly better than I thought and now is my favorite! Continue reading