Pâte brisée Pie shell

Shortbread dough is very popular when making quiche, pie, tart and tartelettes. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make this unsweetened pie shell. It turns out light, crumbly, crunchy and deliciously buttery. After trying making this recipe you will never go back to store-bought crust again.

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Pâte brisée Pie shell
Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap, then freeze. It can last up to 3 months.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or on the clean table surface combine salt and flour together. Add chunks of softened butter.
  2. Use finger to combine until crumbly.
  3. Add egg yolks and start to knead the dough, only add as much water as dough needs. Do not over-knead.
  4. Shape into a ball.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 380°F. Unwrap dough and roll into a thin circle between two pieces of parchment paper.
  7. Fit dough into a tart pan, press firmly on bottom and sides. Trim any extra dough. Pick all over with a fork.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until pie shell is lightly golden.

Potato Pancakes (Draniki)

One of my husband’s favorite food is draniki. Russian style potato pancakes. Perfect for breakfast or branch. I’ve seen draniki  recipes that use mashed potato also, but I personally prefer my potato to be coarsely  grated, because then you have more crispy ends. Traditionally draniki are served with sour cream, but you can also serve them with ketchup or cottage cheese.

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Potato Pancakes (Draniki)
You will need some extra olive oil, draniki absorb oil very fast.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Peel and grate potatoes. Squeeze grated potatoes with hands, extracting as much liquid as possible.
  2. In a large bowl beet eggs, baking soda and buttermilk, add grated potatoes, salt, pepper and flour, mix well.
  3. In a large iron skillet heat the olive oil until hot. Place the tablespoons of batter in the pan and flatten with spoon.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the bottom is golden brown.Turn over and cook on the other side.
  5. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve them hot with sour cream.

Almond Flour Banana Bread

This banana bread gets its amber color and caramelized taste from brown sugar and the taste is amplified by the almond flour. This is not gluten-free recipe, you need to add a little of all purpose flour too.

If you don’t have almond flour or brown sugar, you can try our famous Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread.

If you are looking for gluten-free recipe, try our Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins.

 

 

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Almond Flour Banana Bread
Although the chocolate chips and walnuts are not mandatory, they add a whole new level of taste and texture to this cake.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180C). Grease a large bread pan and set aside.
  2. Mash bananas with a fork and mix them with brown sugar.
  3. Add eggs and mix well.
  4. Add melted butter,
  5. and almond flour.
  6. Then add all purpose flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well.
  7. Add walnuts
  8. and chocolate chips.
  9. Pour the batter into bread pan and bake for about 55 minutes.
  10. Banana bread is ready when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

Lemon Cake

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Whether it be a plain piece of dark chocolate or a decadent caramel cheesecake, I can’t remember the last time I turned down dessert. My mouth  waters every time I see or think of this Lemon Cake. Each time I’m at Starbucks, I know what I will be ordering. I can’t guarantee  this Lemon loaf tastes exactly like Starbucks, I personally think it’s better. You tell me. 🙂

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Lemon Cake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Icing
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Icing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
  2. Combine eggs and sugar.
  3. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract.
  4. Add vegetable oil and mix.
  5. Gradually add greek yogurt and mix until combined.
  6. Stir in baking powder.
  7. Slowly add flour. Blend until smooth.
  8. Pour the batter into the baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and quickly cover the pan with aluminum foil, and return to the oven, for the last 10 minutes, to prevent excess browning.
  9. Cool the loaf in a pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool completely.
  10. Whisk confectioners' sugar with lemon juice until smooth. Spoon evenly over the loaf and let sit for about 30 minutes.

Chocolate Chip and Nut Cookies

Excellent Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies. I’ve tried a lot of different chocolate chip cookie recipes, and this one is the best one by far. They have the right balance of flavor and texture. My kids remove them from the oven as soon as the edges turn gold. They don’t look done when they are, so be carefully not to burn the bottoms.

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Chocolate Chip and Nut Cookies
Dough balls may be frozen, which is very convenient when you have someone coming over. Don't forget to add some extra time to the baking.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla sugar.
  2. Add eggs.
  3. Little by little add sifted flour ,mixed with salt and baking soda.
  4. Add chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Spoon out the cookie dough using a cookie scoop(use your hand if you don't have cookie spoon) and place on the parchment lined baking sheet. Divide the nuts and seeds on top of the each cookie and gently press down on the dough ball to flatten slightly.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are set but the middle is still soft.
  7. Let cool cookies for few minutes then transfer them with a spatula to a rack to cool completely.
  8. Enjoy it with glass of milk or your favorite tea.

Pork Schnitzel

Schnitzel is the German word for “cutlet”, which is usually made with veal and is thinly pounded, breaded and fried in oil. I make my Schnitzel with pork and it tastes just amazing, soft inside and crispy outside.

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Pork Schnitzel
The trick to a tender, juicy schnitzel is not cutting the meat super thin, but rather using a meat tenderizer to pound the meat down to a 1/4 inch thickness.
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cut the meat into 6 equal pieces. Place each piece between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with the flat side of meat tenderizer, until about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. You will need four large dinner plates: In the first plate, combine together flour, salt and pepper. Whisk eggs and milk in the second plate. In your third plate stir together paprika with bread crumbs. And one empty plate.
  3. Dip each piece of meat one by one into the egg mixture.
  4. Then dip into flour.
  5. And again into egg mixture.
  6. Then into bread crumbs.
  7. Place your coated schnitzel on the plate number four.
  8. Pour oil into a large skillet about 1/2 inch. Heat the oil over medium heat.
  9. Once the oil is hot, carefully lay in each prepared schnitzel, cooking one at a time. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes. Turn it over to brown the other side.
  10. Transfer to paper towel. Repeat with remaining pork slices.
  11. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.

Homemade Egg Noodles

Absolutely love these Homemade Egg Noodles! My sisters and I used to make them together when we were growing up. They are fabulous with chicken stock, or homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

 

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Homemade Egg Noodles
If it's anyone's first time for making egg noodles, add the extra water or flour bits at a time until you get a dough that you can knee very easy and it will smooth out nice, when rolling on the floured surface.
Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
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Instructions
  1. Use a fork to beat the eggs, until smooth. Add salt and buttermilk and whisk. Stir in flour, one spoon at a time, until the dough come together in a ball.
  2. Flour a flat surface and roll the dough out.
  3. Once the dough reaches 1/4 inches thickness, use a sharp knife or pizza cutting wheel to cut the dough. You can cut them as wide or narrow as you like, but cut them as evenly as possible ensure uniform cooking time.
  4. Dust with a little flour and spread to dry.
  5. Let the noodles dry for 2-3 hours.
  6. Cook in 3 quarts boiling salted water for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  7. Drain and serve with butter.

Quick Almond Cake

This is very unique recipe. All you have to do is whisk all the ingredients together in the mixer bowl for 1-2 minutes, bake for 30 minutes and voilà, you can enjoy the cake with your favorite cup of tea.

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Quick Almond Cake
You can use any cake pan you like or have. My favorite one is loaf pan, and I usually make it without the almonds on top. Easy to cut and easy to pack for lunch or picnic.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Grease a cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk all the ingredients together until combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan. You can sprinkle with almonds if desire.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Remove your cake from the oven and allow it to cool. Transfer to a plater. Dust it with powdered sugar before serving.

Easy Madeleines

Very light, fluffy and tasty French cookies.  I’m not sure if anything beats these madeleines, but I’m very positive that nothing beats a fresh homemade one. Classic small sponge cakes shaped like seashell, usually made with lemon zest. I love lemon, but I decided not to add any to my madeleines. I just like them plain.

You can find molds for mini-madeleines. That’s really nice and you can savor them for a cafe gourmand.

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Madeleines
To make an authentic madeleine, you will need a madeleine pan. But you can use a muffin pan or any cake pan.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine eggs and sugar. Whip until light. Add milk and mix well.
  2. Carefully fold in the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt.
  3. Add melted butter and mix throughly until smooth. Let the batter rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter madeleine pan. My pan makes 12 cookies at a time. From this receipe you'll make 24 cookies.
  5. Spoon batter into the prepared molds, filling 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden and the tops spring back. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes.
  6. With a knife or fork carefully loosen the madeleines from the pan and then tip the whole pan out to a prepared plate.
  7. If you want to make it in a loaf pan, it will take much longer, about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake come out clean.

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

Bananas, nuts and chocolate… how can you go wrong? I made it with my 7 year old daughter this Saturday. She loves banana bread. The Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread was absolutely delicious. I made 2 loaves, so we can have it for breakfast on Sunday.

If you are looking for gluten-free recipe, try our Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread
The Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread is best if served the next day.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8x4 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix thoroughly, then add dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  4. Stir in chopped nuts and chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. If necessary, cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil for the last 10 minutes, to prevent excess browning.
  8. Cool the bread in pan on wire racks for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool completely.
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