Flourless chocolate cake

The flourless chocolate cake is a delicate gluten free dessert that melts in your mouth. The recipe is absolutely simple without any flour! All you need is chocolate, butter, sugar and eggs.

Flourless chocolate cake

Natalija
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g chocolate chips (60%)
  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1/4 tbsp powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Melt the chocolate and butter on a water bath or in a microwave. Mix well.
  • Add sugar and mix well.
  • Separate yolks from egg whites.
  • Add yolks into the melted chocolate and mix.
  • Add salt to the egg whites, and beat into a thick foam.
  • Using a spatula carefully fold in whipped egg whites into chocolate mass.
  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Generously butter a baking pan and pour the batter into the cake pan.
  • Bake in in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes. The exact time of baking depends on the oven, size and quality of the baking pan. Once the the cake is moist and not liquid inside (it’s not a lava cake) – it’s ready. Please, don’t overcook!
  • Let the cake cool then carefully remove it from the pan. Dust it with powdered sugar and serve.
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Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner

Pasta and ground beef is nothing new, but when you add feta cheese, onion and fresh dill to it, it takes your pasta to a whole different level. Enjoy this Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner!

Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner

Irina
You might seriously consider making a double batch of this Beef and feta pasta dinner because your family will definitely ask you for more.
Prep Time 35 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 500 g pasta uncooked
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 200 g feta cheese

Instructions
 

  • Peel and chop the onion.
  • Coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil. Add onion and sauté until softened and brown, stirring once in a while.
  • While the onion is cooking, cook pasta, according to the package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
  • Fully cook the ground beef. Drain grease. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Use your hands or the tines of a fork to crumble the feta cheese.
  • Add onion, ground beef and crumbled feta to cooked pasta. Shower on a generous dusting of fresh dill and using two spoons, toss the pasta well.
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Golden Baked Мashed Potatoes

If you find yourself with more left over potatoes than you can deal with, this recipe is for you!

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Golden Baked Мashed Potatoes

While you can just simply reheat mashed potatoes, or make pancakes, my favorite way to serve leftover mashed potatoes is this Fluffy Baked Mashed Potatoes.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1,2 kg potatoes
  • 90 g butter
  • 100 ml heavy cream or milk (warm)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes. Chop the potatoes into cubes. Place them in a medium pot. Add salt to the water and cook for 15-20 minutes. When they are fork tender, strain the potatoes.
  • Add butter and mash until smooth and creamy.
  • Next, pour the warm heavy cream or milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Coat a baking dish with butter. Transfer potatoes to the prepared dish. You can make some shapes on the top.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes until the top is golden.

Easy Madeleines

Very light, fluffy and tasty French cookies. 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.
Course Cafe gourmand, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 220 g sugar
  • 120 ml milk
  • 200 g all purpose flour sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 120 g unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine eggs and sugar. Whip until light. Add milk and mix well.
  • Carefully fold in the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt.
  • Add melted butter and mix throughly until smooth. Let the batter rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • With a knife or fork carefully loosen the madeleines from the pan and then tip the whole pan out to a prepared plate.
  • 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 Yule Log (Bûche de Noël)

Chocolate 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.

Chocolate Yule Log (Bûche de Noël)

Natalija
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 55 mins
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

Sugar syrup

  • 150 g sugar
  • 300 ml water

Chocolate ganache

  • 200 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%)
  • 200 g dark chocolate (60-70% cacao)
  • 15 g unsalted butter

Biscuit

  • 4 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 120 g sugar
  • 120 g all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

Chantilly cream

  • 200 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%) very cold
  • 25 g mascarpone cheese
  • 1 Tbsp sugar

Decoration

  • Few meringues, pieces of chocolat

Instructions
 

Sugar syrup

  • 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

  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until the mixture becomes thick, fluffy, and triples in volume.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold in flour and cocoa powder.
  • 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.
  • Turn upside down onto clean kitchen towel and carefully remove parchment paper. Let cool down.

Chocolate ganache

  • Boil the heavy whipping cream. Pour the boiling cream over the dark chocolate. Wait for one minute.
  • Then mix it until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add butter and mix until this is fully dissolved.
  • 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

  • Beat together very cold heavy cream and cold mascarpone cheese until this is whipped. Keep gradually adding sugar.

Assemblage

  • Paint the biscuit with sugar syrup.
  • Spread the chantilly cream evenly over the biscuit.
  • Roll up firmly.
  • Tightly cover with plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge until chocolate ganache is ready.
  • 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.
  • Before serving, dust with cacao cocoa powder and decorate with meringues or pieces of chocolate.
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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
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes washed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 50 ml buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 50 g all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (plus extra)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
  • fresh herbs (optional)

Instructions

  • Peel and grate potatoes. Squeeze grated potatoes with hands, extracting as much liquid as possible.
  • In a large bowl beet eggs, baking soda and buttermilk, add grated potatoes, salt, pepper and flour, mix well.
  • In a large iron skillet heat the olive oil until hot. Place the tablespoons of batter in the pan and flatten with spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook until the bottom is golden brown.Turn over and cook on the other side.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and serve them hot with sour cream.

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
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 225 g butter softened
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar (optional)
  • 100 g sugar
  • 330 g all purpose flour sifted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 350 g chocolate chips
  • 50 g walnuts
  • 50 g hazelnuts
  • 50 g almonds
  • 50 g pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla sugar.
  • Add eggs.
  • Little by little add sifted flour ,mixed with salt and baking soda.
  • Add chocolate chips and mix well.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are set but the middle is still soft.
  • Let cool cookies for few minutes then transfer them with a spatula to a rack to cool completely.
  • 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
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dip each piece of meat one by one into the egg mixture.
  • Then dip into flour.
  • And again into egg mixture.
  • Then into bread crumbs.
  • Place your coated schnitzel on the plate number four.
  • Pour oil into a large skillet about 1/2 inch. Heat the oil over medium heat.
  • 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.
  • Transfer to paper towel. Repeat with remaining pork slices.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup has always been one of my favorite soups, for fall and winter. Every time I make this soup it makes the house smell deliciously welcoming. What make this soup special, is that I use Homemade noodles. You can add store bough ones, but it just wouldn’t taste the same.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken throughly washed
  • 5 quarts cold water
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 bay leaf `
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 cup homemade noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large carrots peeled and sliced
  • Fresh dill

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in a large soup pot. Add water, onion, bay leaf, dried rosemary, black peppercorn and salt. Cover with lid, bring the water to boil and simmer over medium low heat.
  • If you see the scum on your broth, remove it with slotted spoon.
  • Cook for 90 minutes, until chicken is tender and easily comes off the bone.
  • Transfer chicken to a large dish.
  • Strain the broth into a large bowl.
  • Wash your soup pot and pour broth back to a pot.
  • Add carrots. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the homemade noodles to the pot, turn the heat up to high and boil noodles until tender (about 7 minutes).
  • Using two forks, pull the meat from the bone and shred it slightly.
  • Return the shredded chicken to the pot when there is about 2 minutes left for the noodles to cook.
  • Add fresh dill, salt and pepper to taste.

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 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (more flour for rolling)

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Flour a flat surface and roll the dough out.
  • 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.
  • Dust with a little flour and spread to dry.
  • Let the noodles dry for 2-3 hours.
  • Cook in 3 quarts boiling salted water for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain and serve with butter.

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