Filed under 4. Dolci (dessert)

Apple and Goat Cheese Dessert

Apple and Goat Cheese Dessert

Recently we had green apple and goat cheese as dessert at Restaurant Jacob in Leiden. I have a few bottles of a wonderful late harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre that I thought would work particularly well with that combination. And that is how I came up with this very simple but delicious dessert of green … Continue reading

Banana Oat Bran Quark Stevia Muffins

Banana Oat Bran Quark Stevia Muffins

For months now I’ve been making muffins for breakfast with oat bran, quark (or cottage cheese or skyr), eggs, and stevia as the base. I bake them every weekend to eat for breakfast during the week. These muffins are nutritious because they are high in protein and high in fiber, low in fat, and contain … Continue reading

Foie Gras Ice Cream

Foie Gras Ice Cream

We love foie gras and I was curious to try and make foie gras ice cream. I looked at some recipes on-line, but found none that made sense to me. Some even suggested to discard (!) or save for another use the fat rendered from the foie, and to replace it with butter?! That would … Continue reading

Homemade Stroopwafels (Dutch Syrup Waffles)

Homemade Stroopwafels (Dutch Syrup Waffles)

Stroopwafels are a Dutch treat that is very popular both inside and outside the Netherlands. They are thin round waffles, filled with syrup that has a hint of cinnamon. They are very addictive! When a Dutchman wants to charm a foreigner, the best gift to bring is a box of these syrup-filled waffles. They can … Continue reading

Lychee Ice Cream

Lychee Ice Cream

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2017 with delicious food and wine. As my first contribution to this, I present to you homemade lychee ice cream. Lychees are a  tropical fruit with a complex delicious aroma and flavor. When turned into ice cream, they become a very special treat. It is a bit of … Continue reading

Spiced Pear Ice Cream (Stoofperenijs)

Spiced Pear Ice Cream (Stoofperenijs)

This is the last post in a trilogy of posts with the recipes of the components for the dessert that I served at game & wine dinner parties over the last three Saturdays: marzipan mushrooms, almond madeleines, and in this final part: spiced pear ice cream. I wanted to serve something fitting for the autumn/winter, … Continue reading

Almond Madeleines

Almond Madeleines

Madeleines are classic French small cakes that have to be slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with a wonderful aroma of either vanilla, citrus zest, or, as in this case, almonds. They are not difficult to make, but you do need to have a special pan to give them their characteristic shape. … Continue reading

Homemade Marzipan Mushrooms

Homemade Marzipan Mushrooms

Marzipan and almond paste are pretty similar, as both are made by grinding almonds and sugar together. The differences are that marzipan is sweeter than almond paste (almond paste is 50% of almonds by weight, whereas marzipan is 35-45% almonds), and that marzipan has a smoother texture. Marzipan is often colored using food coloring and … Continue reading

Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Mousse

Recently, Mimi blogged about pumpkin mousse, a decadent mousse with mascarpone. I liked the idea of pumpkin mousse, and made my own version, leaving out the mascarpone. The result is feathery light with a good balance between the pumpkin flavor and the spices, and only mildly sweet. I’ve only used a bit of sugar, which … Continue reading

Hazelnut and Beet Cake

Hazelnut and Beet Cake

Yes, you’ve read it correctly, a cake that contains beets (also known as beetroot). When I saw this recipe on Polianthus’ blog, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. I am glad that I did, because the beets combine very well with the toasted hazelnut and give the cake an earthy flavor. The … Continue reading

Blackberry Rose Water Sorbet

Blackberry Rose Water Sorbet

Rosenmuskateller is a rare dessert wine from Alto Adige/Südtirol, the German speaking north-east of Italy. It is made from the rare grape of the same name, related to other muscat grapes but with the distinctive quality that it smells of roses! I thought it would be great to pair this with a dessert that includes … Continue reading

Quark Cake with Cherries (Kwarktaart met Kersen)

Quark Cake with Cherries (Kwarktaart met Kersen)

Summer has finally started (not just on the calendar but also the weather) and that means that cakes for which you don’t have to turn on the oven are the preferred solution for dessert. Although this recipe is tagged “baking”, it doesn’t require any actual baking. Kwarktaart is a typical Dutch kind of cake: a … Continue reading

Strawberry Tartlets

Strawberry Tartlets

Strawberries with pastry cream on a sweet shortcrust pastry crust are a classic. You could make a large tart, but it looks much better and is easier to serve when you make individual tartlets. There are some special techniques used in this recipe: the strawberries are covered with a thin layer of apricot jam to … Continue reading

Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée

Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée

When I posted my recipe for crème brûlée, I got suggestions to try white chocolate creme brulee (which I did and liked) and passion fruit creme brulee as well. Blogging is a continuing source of inspiration for my cooking, and vice versa, and fellow bloggers and followers play a vital role in that process. And so … Continue reading

White Chocolate Crème Brûlée

White Chocolate Crème Brûlée

When I posted my recipe for regular crème brûlée, CampariGirl suggested I should try making it with passion fruit or white chocolate. Since passion fruit appears to be out of season, I opted to make it with white chocolate. White chocolate pairs very well with strawberries, so I served it with strawberries as a garnish. I … Continue reading

Soul Food, Part 4: Sweet Potato Pie

Soul Food, Part 4: Sweet Potato Pie

As the dessert for our soul food dinner, Selena suggested we bake a sweet potato pie. This is like pumpkin pie, but made with sweet potato. Of course we made the pastry crust from scratch, using the new method that guarantees a flaky crust (but with the regular amount of butter). The flavor of the … Continue reading

Oat Bran Cottage Cheese Muffins

Oat Bran Cottage Cheese Muffins

This is the latest result in my quest for a nutritious breakfast that is high in protein, fiber, and complex carbs, and low in sugar and fat. More importantly, it is also very tasty. Even though oat bran may not sound very tasty, these muffins are delicious with a moist crumb and they stay moist … Continue reading

Pistachio Orange Cookies

Pistachio Orange Cookies

I thought it would be nice to make acetani with pistachios instead of almonds, and the result was amazing. Unlike acetani, the flavor of the orange zest blends in to support the pistachios, rather than being the star. These delicious pistachio-orange cookies have great depth of flavor. They aren’t crispy but nicely chewy. They are made … Continue reading

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is one of the best known and most delicious of French desserts. I used to make it often about a decade ago, long before I started blogging. Back then I made it so often that I got tired of it. But now I was reminded by a friend who asked for the recipe. … Continue reading

Apple Almond Paste Tart

Apple Almond Paste Tart

This French-style apple tart is special because of the almond paste filling. If almond paste is not available, you can substitute with ground almonds and sugar. It is best to use tart apples for this tart, for a nice contrast with the almond paste. For most baking, it is better to use the oven with … Continue reading

Date and Pear Cake

Date and Pear Cake

The recipe for this cake with pears and dates is from Tuttacronaca, an Italian blogger who has unfortunately stopped blogging. It has some similarities to the sticky date pudding I posted recently, as it also has dates, caramel, and cognac. The addition of pears freshens up the dessert, and leaving out the caramel sauce also … Continue reading

Sticky Date Pudding

Sticky Date Pudding

Today marks the 4th anniversary of this blog. This is the 859th post. There have been over 870,000 views in those four years, and the number of followers and daily views is still slowly but steadily increasing. It’s been a great journey and the best part is all the interaction with you, my readers. So … Continue reading

Fresh Fig Ice Cream (Gelato di Fichi)

Fresh Fig Ice Cream (Gelato di Fichi)

Fresh figs have to be imported and because they are quite perishable they are not often of a great quality, but sometimes some nice figs are available in the Netherlands. A nice way to use them is to make ice cream. I’ve used a recipe from SeriousEats that uses lemon zest and lemon juice to … Continue reading

Parsnip Walnut Cake (Torta di Pastinaca e Noci)

Parsnip Walnut Cake (Torta di Pastinaca e Noci)

I’ve adapted this parsnip and walnut cake from a recipe I liked on Simona’s blog Grembiule da Cucina. The combination of parnip and walnut works very well, and to brighten up the woody flavors I added some ground aniseed. To make the cake even more flavorful as well as gluten-free, I replaced the crumbled biscuits in … Continue reading

Almond and Fig Tart

Almond and Fig Tart

A while back Silva posted a prune and frangipane tart on her blog that she referred to as Torta Delizia (delicious tart). She used to eat this cake when visiting signora Gigia in the town where she grew up, and years later she got the recipe from signora Gigia’s daughter. I made a very similar tart with … Continue reading

Banana Peanut Cranberry Oats Cookies

Banana Peanut Cranberry Oats Cookies

I’ve joined nearby gym Lijfkracht exactly one year ago, and the reason that I’ve managed to keep going there several time a week for the past year is in large part thanks to the helpful, skillful and friendly staff there. And so I thought it would be nice to thank them with some baked goods. … Continue reading

Berry Tart (Crostata ai Frutti di Bosco)

Berry Tart (Crostata ai Frutti di Bosco)

Do you know which posts get the most likes? Cakes. Always cakes. And so I keep baking them. Because what food blogger doesn’t want lots of likes on his posts? Seriously though, cakes are great as dessert because you can make them in advance and when it is time to serve dessert, all you have … Continue reading