Cottage Cheese Buns with Plum/Date Sauce

If you have recovered from Christmas binging and overeating, perhaps you can afford to share these easy to make sweet buns. To make a lighter version, you can use less butter, but we love them just as the recipe says. Perfect desert to take to kids  or friends party, because they take less than 20 minutes to make. Once they were done, I had to freeze half of them, otherwise there would have been none left before the evening.   Ingredients: 250g cottage cheese 250g butter, softened 250g wholemeal flour handful of roughly chopped walnuts sweet plum sauce/ date paste 1 egg to spread on the top of buns       Instructions: In a large bowl mix all ingredients well together until it resembles a good pizza dough. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour. Roll on to the parchment paper, spread plum sauce or date paste, sprinkle with walnuts and fold the dough together in a shape of long log. With a knife cut about 3 cm thick slices and place them back on a parchment paper. You should be able to make about 12 buns. Bake in preheated oven on 180 degrees C for about 20-25 minutes until slightly brown. Super easy and absolutely... Read More

Cinnamon Cookies (by my uncle Majer)

Pre-word: Dedicated to my uncle (strejdulínek Budulínek) I come from a small town Trutnov in Czech Republic. My uncle Majer is certainly one of the people who influenced my relationship to baking most. Not only he was  (and still is at age 82) then best baker in the town, but his workshop was in a close proximity of my school.  The winding sweet smell could never have been missed. His marzipan roses and birds have landed on numerous amount of Trutnov’s wedding couples, including me, of course. As a child I would always find an excuse to sniff around his place, often proudly bringing a bunch of friends hoping, that he was not too busy and we would receive a generous amount of sweet treats. God they were so tasty! I do not know anyone else who would be more dedicated to his profession than my uncle. His every day routine would start at 4am, as people would want to have a first bite of these heavenly- heavy cream- super sweet Czech cakes with their coffee in the morning. They say it was not easy to work for him. He is perfectionist and people would often raise their eyebrows as my uncle tends to sniff everything, which is meant to go into his mouth, analysing every single ingredient and revealing, which one has been cheated on, especially when it came to a good quality butter. I have, in fact, always enjoyed his sniffing ceremony and for me he has always been someone who smelt like sweets even on Sundays when wearing clean and ironed clothes. I remember my first... Read More

Baked Pears with Apple Cranberry Reduction

It’s Christmas time. If you are looking for a guilt free and surprisingly easy pudding recipe, then you are looking into right place. Just follow the instructions and you will be surprised by results!   Ingredients: 4 large pears 1 cup apple juice (no added sugar) 1 cup cranberry juice (no added sugar) 1 tbsn organic cloves 2 cinnamon sticks handful of hazelnuts     —————————————- Instructions: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Wash and dry pears, cut a thin slice off the bottom to help them standing on the baking dish. Pour apple and cranberry juice with cinnamon and cloves into the baking dish. Bake pears for about 40 minutes, basting them with juice every 10-15 minutes. In a separate pan roast handful of hazelnuts until brown and sat aside. Remove pears from the oven, place on a serving plate and pour remaining juice over the top. Sprinkle with hazelnuts.... Read More

My Favorite Apple/Plum/Rhubarb Pie

This pie is a perfect gift, if you are planning to go for a visit to your friends or family. All dough ingredients clump up really well. It is a quick and yummy pie everyone will love!   Ingredients Dough 2,5 cups of whole meal flour 1/2 cup water 3/4 cup organic butter 1 egg Pinch of salt 1 tbsn of apple cider vinegar Organic lemon peel Apple slices (from 3-4 medium apples), plum halves OR rhubarb  Crumble 1 cup of whole meal flour 1/2 cup sugar 3-4 slices of soft butter —————————————- Instructions Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (350F). Mix all dough ingredients together in a large bowl, roll the dough and press into the pie shape lined with parchment paper or simply grease the pie shape with some butter. Place thinly sliced apple pieces (3-4 medium apples), plums, rhubarb or whatever seasonal fruits available, sprinkle with cinnamon, little bit of maple sirup if required. Top up with crumble and bake.      ... Read More

Raspberry Coconut Truffles

These are surely the tastiest truffles you have ever tried! Just make sure you have some raspberry or vanilla ice cream handy to serve them with. They barely last for two days in our house. That’s how delicious they are! Try for yourself and let me know! Almond flour might be difficult to get. Why waste the money, just make your own by placing raw unsalted almonds (including skin) in Vitamix or any other powerful blender. In fact you will get a higher quality and freshest almond flour ever that way! To make it little more complicated, I use my leftover almonds’ pulp from almond milk. After straining the milk, you will also get almond flour. Perhaps it is a good idea to make Almond milk and Raspberry Truffles together! For more info about how to make Almond Milk, check my Food Recipes section.   Ingredients Main Dough About 1/2 cup of raw almonds ( preferably soaked for at least 4 hours) 1 cup of shredded coconut 1 tbsn of coconut oil 1 tspn of honey 1 tbsn of vanilla extract Pinch of sea salt 10 frozen raspberries   Chocolate Coating 70 g of unsweetened raw cocoa butter 2 tbsn raw cocoa powder 2 tbsn of coconut oil 20-30 drops of stevia drops or 1 tbsn of honey 1 tbsn almond flour (not necessary) ——————————————————————————- Instructions Blend all main dough ingredients except raspberries in Vitamix or any powerful blender till almonds are shredded and sticky dough is created. Cover each frozen raspberry with a dough and let rest on a side. Melt all ingredients for chocolate coating together in a... Read More

Sweet Potato Brownies

These delicious guys are a proof, that you don’t have to feel guilty every time you eat brownies! Sweet potatoes make them moist yet slightly crunchy thanks to all walnuts. Ingredients 2 medium to large sweet potatoes 1/2 cup ground almonds 1/2 cup buckwheat flour (or brown rice) 14 dates, pitted 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped 4 tbsn raw cacao powder 3 tbsn maple syrup pinch of salt   Optional cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, organic lemon peel ————————————————- Instructions Peel and cut sweet potatoes in cubes and steam them for about 20 mins until soft and mashy. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (350F) In the food processor mix potatoes, dates and maple syrup. Mix the paste with all dry ingredients by hand. Spread on a parchment paper lined baking tray. Bake for about 45 mins on medium... Read More