Vanilla Mascarpone Fruit Tart {Spelt Crust & Sugar Free}

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As I may have mentioned, I’m in the process of studying for the bar exam at the moment. So as you may have noticed, I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately. Why? Because to me cooking and baking is one of the best relaxations. The problem is, though, that when I get and idea about what I could create next or when I come across a recipe that I could make healthier and/or sugar free, I can’t stop thinking about it until I actually make it. I can’t really explain what happens in my brain but it’s like a million light bulbs would turn on at the same time and a billion hamsters would start running and I’m just going through possible ingredient swaps and shopping lists and plating ideas, all at the same time. As you can imagine, this can be quite disturbing when what I should be doing is thinking about the laws and how to memorize them all. The only solution to this problem is that I make the dish I came up with ASAP. The same was with this mascarpone tart recipe – “What can I change? Will it work? What can I add? Will my boyfriend and family like it? Will I like it? How should I decorate it? How should I photograph it?” This is why I made it yesterday evening and I got all the answers – all the changes worked and everybody loved it! It was half gone in the first 30 minutes. Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

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You may know me for my healthy meals and desserts. But with this recipe here I’m finding it really hard to find something healthy I could say about it. Maybe dark chocolate could qualify as healthy? Or maybe that it’s gluten free? Or as my friend put it really nicely: “Chocolate makes you happy. Happiness is healthy. There you go.” So yes, this recipe is chocolate with some chocolate and with some more chocolate. But it’s really delicious and that’s just what we all need from time to time. It’s all about balance so in order to prevent my page from being to healthy, I was obliged to post this recipe. And also, this cake looks so good it would be a crime not to share it, right? Continue reading

Concord Grape, Blueberry & Apple Galette {Gluten & Sugar Free}

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It’s been more than a year now, I believe, since I’ve attended two cooking workshops by Barbarella – Green Chef. Her workshops were vegan (which I am not – to the joy of my boyfriend (that was a very funny story, by the way, because we just started dating at the time of the workshops and he got really scared that I was vegan, since he wasn’t sure how that would work out with him being a true carnivore)) but she never forced anyone into being vegan. Most of us, who attended her workshop, were not vegan, actually. She is really creative, though, and as such, a true inspiration for all of us aspiring chefs. I got a lot of ideas from her recipes and I guess the inspiration lasts even a year and so later. This galette is one of the products of that inspiration. Continue reading

Super Delicious {Sugar Free} Cheesecake

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I am one of those people who are constantly thinking about what new they could create in the kitchen. I mostly start with what I already have at home and build from there. We’ve all bought food before for a meal or special occasion that we in the end ended up not using. It’s always better to buy more than to run out of food when hosting a lunch or a get together, right? So what to do with the extra ingredients now just lying around in your fridge or pantry, ingredients that you don’t really use on a daily basis? Come up with a way to use them, of course!

What I had in stock were my healthy chocolate chip cookies. I myself really liked them, but my family found them to be too healthy (with the exception of my boyfriend who loves them! ❤ ). Since I knew I wasn’t going to eat 30-something cookies myself, I had to come up with a way to secretly use them in another dessert and see if my family would “buy it”. Since I’ve always wanted to make a cheesecake and I now had healthy, wheat and sugar free cookies on my hand, it was an obvious choice. It just happened to be that the other “leftover” ingredient I had in my fridge was cream cheese. So I started searching for a recipe, and let me tell you, it was not an easy job! So many different alternatives, bake, no bake, only cream cheese, cream cheese and sour cream.. What they all had in common, though, were Graham crackers and sugar. The two things I did NOT want to use. I ended up choosing a recipe by The Kitchn for two reasons: it had the most extensive, step by step instructions for the perfect cheesecake (which, by the way, are so perfect in the original recipe that I suggest you just follow them to the word by following the link above and you should be fine) and, more importantly, it looked really good in the photo. Let’s face it, we all eat with our eyes as well. Continue reading

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies {for Breakfast}

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I’ve been on a no sugar (or better put: no desserts) “diet” since I came home from Macedonia (you guys have seen what I ate there and what the wedding looked like!) but I just couldn’t stop myself from doing some baking. It’s such a nice way to relax and take a break from studying. A few days ago I came across a recipe by Teresamisu for healthy chocolate chip cookies. After going through the ingredients I decided I wanted to give it an additional health twist by completely removing any kind of sugar (except the one coming from the fruit) since I’ve been reading on how coconut sugar (or other sugar replacements) is not that much better for us than regular sugar. Since bananas are naturally sweet and are often used as sweeteners, they seemed like an obvious choice. I also added some dried figs and gave it a try. Continue reading

Trdelnik or Kürtőskalács

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So it’s been quite a few months since we’ve been to Budapest and Prague but we just can’t seem to forget about the Kürtőskalács (as they call them in Hungary) or Trdelnik (as they call them in the Czech Republic). For more on these little treats, follow this link, but for this post let it be enough that we just could not seem to get enough of them.

Of course I decided I wanted to try to make them at home. And what better time to do it than to surprise my boyfriend with them for breakfast as part of my 1 year anniversary gift for him. It ended up being a really great surprise, especially since just a day before I decided to make them, we were walking around Ljubljana and he said: “Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a Trdelnik right now! I would eat one without giving it a second thought and without thinking about the calories!”

Now back to the recipe. The trick is, that Trdelniks are traditionally baked over an open fire. So that could be quite a big problem. The second, smaller one, was finding a recipe in English. So you can tell I was really happy when I came across this recipe which was (a) in English and (b) for Trdelnik made in the oven! Yaaay! I changed the recipe and used spelt flour instead of wheat, reduced the amount of liquid due to the differences in flours and used sukrin instead of sugar, and they turned out great. My boyfriend was super happy and he said they tasted just like the real deal! Great success!

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Panna Cotta {sugar free & super fast}

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Oh, no! You have guests coming over tonight nad have no idea what to serve them for dessert! Plus, it’s super hot outside so you don’t want to be heating your kitchen with a hot oven. But you also don’t want to serve them store bought cookies or cake, right? Well, I have a super quick solution for you, a dessert that will take you no more than 15 minutes to make (after that it “makes” itself by itself in the fridge) but will impress your guests and leave them wanting more. Here is a recipe for a four ingredient panna cotta (and no, one of them is NOT the store bought panna cotta mix!) that can be made sugar free or not (both options included below). Continue reading