Apple cake

This apple – cinnamon cake is a small paradise! Simple ingredients that create small velvet bites. It’s one of those cakes that one piece is never enough.. And when the second piece is over you use your finger to eat all the crumbs from your plate (or you get a third one and get the…

Lemon biscuits

It’s been a while since I made those biscuits. We already ate them with my family during Easter! It is actually the third recipe I made using the dough of the ‘Kalitsounia’ recipe. Adding some lemon juice and the lemon skin for aroma I transformed the original dough into these delicious biscuits. Again, there is so much happiness coming from baking your own…

The Big ‘Kalitsouni’ – Sweet cheese tart

So we talked about ‘Kalitsounia’ right? Delicious Cretan mizithra small pies. The thing is that one portion of the recipe will give you around 60 pieces. A lot.. Which is great if you are doing them with your friends/mom/kids but what if you’re living on your own, in a small house (so not so much space to spread…

“Kalitsounia” – Cretan sweet cheese pies

‘Kalitsounia’ is a traditional Cretan recipe especially made during Easter. The combination of mizithra, a mild cheese with sugar and cinammon is a wonderful way to have a light and yet tasteful dessert. Crete is famous for its local cuisine so it’s no wonder how everyone going there wants to try ‘Kalitsounia’ which are nowadays…

Raisins cookies

I made these cookies for the first time 6 years ago. It was part of a Christmas gift I was preparing for my friends. I was a little skeptical to be honest. You know how most people don’t like raisins in their sweets/desserts? Raisins cookies? Why? Well, why not?These cookies were such a big success that…

Chocolate truffles

Not sure what to write here. I mean, it’s chocolate, how can you go wrong with that? You can’t. In fact you can ‘go’ a lot of ways: cacao, cinnamon, coconut, grated biscuit. Even if you are 10 years old or someone who never cooked something before you cannot mess this up. This truffles will melt in…

Quince chutney cake

In Greece there is this dessert category, the so called ‘Spoon sweets’ or else fruit chutneys. Every Greek mom (or dad, but usually mom) makes a few during summer time together with jams. And what is regularly happening is that your mom wants you to have one or two or more jars, until you say…

Butter cookies with jam

 Thinking about what to post next, lying in the bed of a hotel as I’ve been traveling for work past few days, I found the photos of these cookies in my desktop waiting there since last summer.. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in my still new house at that time, and since in Netherlands sun isn’t always a…

Marble cake

Marble cake is what you make when you: want to please yourself and others, need some comfort food, need a nice smell for your home, want to empty your head of thoughts and cool down, want a treat for your guests, want a good looking cake lying around your kitchen, want to have a proper all inclusive…

‘Vassilopita’ – New Year’s Cake

In New Year’s eve in Greece, we make a special cake (it could be sweet cake or savory pie) in which we ‘hide’ a lucky coin. The cake is split into pieces for all family members and attendants of the night and whoever gets the piece with the coin supposed to be ‘lucky’ for the…

‘Melomakarona’ – Christmas honey syrup cookies

‘Melomakarono’ is the other major Greek Christmas dessert next to ‘Kourampies’. In this case honey is the basic ingredient giving also the name to the dessert: melo-.. from meli (μέλι, Greek word for ‘honey’). Apart from honey, cinnamon is also big contributor here and of course syrup and walnuts.. As a person, I’m not the biggest fan of…

‘Kourampiedes’ – Christmas cookies

‘Kourampies’ is a typical Greek Christmas dessert made with butter, almonds, flour and powder sugar. It’s a lovely cookie with excellent aroma that you will encounter in every house during December. Being in Netherlands almost the whole month of December, I wanted to get some of this ‘home’ feeling so even though I know I will eat lots…