Let’s bake something

I don’t know about you guys, but me…this time of the year…it means baking.

I was reorganizing and taking a look at my Culinary Tuesdays and came up with the idea to share with you guys my three favorite sweet recipes of the blog. I will bake some new stuff and share with you the process really soon, but meanwhile…let me indulge you with some fun recipes that you can cook this holiday season and share with your friends and family.

Cinnamon Paleo cookies

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Carrot cake

Lemon Pie

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Cinnamon Paleo Cookies

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I know it’s been long since my last recipe post, but going from a very-comfortable-big-lovely kitchen to a mini-countertop-micro kitchen is no walk in the park. I am starting to feel the Christmas vibes all around me and I thought it would be a lovely idea to bake some cookies.

I am a huge fan of cinnamon and this cookies will definitely kick my sweet holiday craving this month. I searched for some base recipes for the Paleo cinnamon cookies but found myself adding and replacing some ingredients from the original recipe. That’s just me…you guys can go ahead and follow the original one.

I added two tablespoons of grated orange zest and doubled the cinnamon. I also substituted the maple sugar and the molasses with stevia unrefined powder (I found this amazing ingredient in the herbal shop). They came out pretty yummy.

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Enjoy!

One of my favorite recipes: Lemon Pie

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I made this pie for my birthday. It didn’t last a second after the “happy birthday” song. You should know that you need some time to bake this because it is divided into three different processes. I have to say this is one of my favorite desserts so that is why I learned how to bake it.

Ingredients for the crust:

– 150 gr butter (room temperature)

– 1 3/4 cups flour

– 1 whole egg

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

– 1 teaspoon sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Directions:

– Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.

– In a bowl mix butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add flour, sugar and cinnamon. Mix with your hands until you have a firm ball. Spread in a pie pan and pinch the crust several times with a fork.

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– Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust gets golden. Let cool.

Ingredients for the filling:

– 1 can condensed milk

– 3 egg yolks (save the egg whites for the meringue)

– 1/2 cup lemon juice

– 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions:

– Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour over the already cooled crust. Now it’s time to make the meringue.

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Meringue ingredients: 

– 3 egg whites

– 3/4 cup confectioners sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions:

– In a bowl mix the egg whites and slowly add the confectioners sugar and the cream of tartar. Make sure you electric mixer is grease-free and very clean because the meringue will not come out as expected. Mix until your meringue form nice peaks. Pour the mix into a piping bag and decorate your pie as desired.

– Bake for 15 more minutes or until the meringue gets brown peaks.

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Enjoy!

 

Easy and fast: chocolate truffles

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I love truffles and I hate that they trigger my migraines. The first thing the doctor told me was “forget about chocolate” and when he did, I thought I had been slapped. So I have tragically banned chocolate from my life but secretly eat it from time to time (followed by a terrific headache).

Since this week is my birthday (yey!) I thought it would be nice to treat myself. I followed this recipe from Dough Puncher and I have to say I loved it.

I didn’t have any heavy cream at home so I substitute it boiling 1/4 butter and 3/4 milk. Then I measured 1/2 cup for the recipe.

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Enjoy!

Organizing my “baking shelves”

There is no doubt I like to be in the kitchen. I cook, bake and keep it clean. The problem is sometimes, when I am in a hurry, I leave a mess after my cooking tutorials. Yesterday I was searching for my piping bag and found a terrible mess in my “baking shelves”. This particular place in the kitchen is supposed to be for storing my utensils but lately is has become the place where we “hide” most of the things lying around.

If I take a longer look at this picture I am going to have a heart attack. (What the hell is the rubbing alcohol doing in there??)

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I took everything out, cleaned the space and rearranged everything. (Not to mention I put the rubbing alcohol where it belongs.)

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Now I can continue living my life in peace. (Seriously, who on earth could store the rubbing alcohol there??)