Chocolate Yule Log (Bûche de Noël)

Yule Log (Bûche de Noël) is the French roll cake very popular during the Holiday season. This is a delicious version of Yule Log you can make at home using very simple ingredients you can find in every store.

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Chocolate Yule Log (Bûche de Noël)
Course Dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
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Ingredients
Sugar syrup
Biscuit
Chantilly cream
Course Dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Sugar syrup
Biscuit
Chantilly cream
Instructions
Sugar syrup
  1. In a small pot, bring cold water and sugar to the boil. Keep boiling for a few minutes, stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool down. When the syrup is cold, you may add vanilla or the Triple Sec liqueur (optional).
Biscuit
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until the mixture becomes thick, fluffy, and triples in volume.
  3. Using a spatula, gently fold in flour and cocoa powder.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in thin layer into the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center of biscuit comes out clean.
  5. Turn upside down onto clean kitchen towel and carefully remove parchment paper. Let cool down.
Chocolate ganache
  1. Boil the heavy whipping cream. Pour the boiling cream over the dark chocolate. Wait for one minute.
  2. Then mix it until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add butter and mix until this is fully dissolved.
  4. Let cool the ganache for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Mix and check frequently: the ganache is ready when it's not anymore liquid and has a spreadable texture.
Chantilly cream
  1. Beat together very cold heavy cream and cold mascarpone cheese until this is whipped. Keep gradually adding sugar.
Assemblage
  1. Paint the biscuit with sugar syrup.
  2. Spread the chantilly cream evenly over the biscuit.
  3. Roll up firmly.
  4. Tightly cover with plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge until chocolate ganache is ready.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap. Spread the ganache over the cake. Using a fork make lines to look like a log. Transfer the cake to a serving platter and let stand in the fridge for a night or at least 3 hours.
  6. Before serving, dust with cacao cocoa powder and decorate with meringues or pieces of chocolate.

Cranberry Cake

This homemade cranberry cake is perfect for the winter season. Its bright red color brings holiday spirit to your family dinner or friends party. Easy to make and and delicious!

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Cranberry Cake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380ºF. Grease and flour a cake pan.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar with mixer until slightly thickened.
  3. Add melted butter and mix well.
  4. Stir in the flour and baking powder.
  5. Add the cranberries and stir gently.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool. If desired, dust with confectioners sugar.

Ponchiki (Russian Doughnuts)

Every kid of the Soviet Union should remember the taste of golden and crunchy on the outside and fluffy and tender on the inside tvoroznye ponchiki. It’s a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a small ball and covered with powdered sugar. They don’t just look delightful, they taste the same.

You don’t have to take a trip to Russia to get the real taste of ponchiki : I’ll be sharing my recipe with you today.

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Ponchiki (Russian Doughnuts)
If you couldn't find farmers cheese in your local grocery store, don't panic : use ricotta. This is a good substitute for farmers cheese. Very similar taste. But be sure to drain the water out of the ricotta.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with sugar and salt, add baking soda and vanilla. Continue beating for 30 more seconds. Add two cups of farmers cheese and beat for 20 more seconds. Add flour and stir with a spatula. Dough will be sticky.
  2. Using a small ice cream scoop, or wet hands form dough into a small balls.
  3. In a large iron skillet, heat the oil until hot (350 degrees F). Add ponchiki, one at a time, and fry over medium heat until golden brown. Normally ponchiki roll over on their own, and you don't have to turn them over.
  4. Lift them with tongs, drain on paper towel. Toss ponchiki in powdered sugar while they are still hot. You can serve them right away.

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
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
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
Servings
servings
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
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
Servings
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Ingredients
Icing
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
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
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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
Prep Time 20 минут
Cook Time 5 минут
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 минут
Cook Time 5 минут
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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 5 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
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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.
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