When I know spring is around the corner, I start looking for one of my favorite products of this season: rhubarb! I just love the pink and green stalks with their sweet and tangy flavor. Every year I like to make a new recipe with it, which is so easy, because rhubarb is a super versatile vegetable. You can use it in desserts, breakfasts, sauces, jams and of course in cakes! This year I decided to make a cake from the rhubarb, but not an ordinary one. I felt the need to use a new technique, so I decided to make a tarte tartin. This was something I had never made before and I figured it would give the rhubarb an extra dimension through the caramellising process that happens in the pan. Because a rhubarb crumble is such a classic, I wanted a to incorporate a crumble layer as well. But it is not on the rhubarb, but in the base of the cake. Sounds delicious right?
Even though the wheather doesn’t show signs of spring at the moment (it looks more like fall actually) spring is here and it is Easter in exactly one week already! That’s why I decided to make some cute Easter bird’s nest cupcakes on this rainy day. To get in the mood a bit already. These cupcakes are really easy to make, not too big, so you can easily enjoy them with a cup of coffee or tea and I bet they would look great on an Easter Brunch table as well.
I love to read blogs from other foodbloggers as there is so much inspiration to be found on them to bake and cook. I often find the best recipes there. One of my absolute favorites is Uit Pauline’s Keuken. She has one of the most clean looking blogs with recipes of any kind. Most of the recipes are on the healthier side, as she also wrote the Voedselzandloper cookbook, but she also shares recipes you can really indulge on. I discovered Pauline’s blog when I was looking for a recipe for sweet potato fries. After that, I have made numerous from her recipes, so when I heard about her upcoming book, I definetely wanted to have it. I just knew there would be a lot of recipes in there that I would love to make!
The Foodhallen in Amsterdam was something I really wanted to visit, because I thought it had such an unique and amazing concept. I always have a hard time picking a restaurant when I go out for dinner, as I always want to try so many different foods and cuisines. In the Foodhallen, there are numerous vendors in an indoor foodmarket that create original bites of almost every cuisine you can imagine. You can just collect and combine all of the things you like and eat them at one location. How perfect is that for a food lover? Getting to try multiple things at once! Lees verder
As soon as I read that Menno, the winner of ‘Heel Holland Bakt 2014’ would be creating a book with his best baking recipes, I just knew I needed this book in my life. ‘Heel Holland Bakt’ is the Dutch equivalent of ‘The Great British Bakeoff’ where bakers from around the country battle against each other with the most wonderful baked goods. I have been watching every episode in awe, seeing the most amazing breads, cakes, cookies, desserts and even pizza’s. Menno was definetely one of my favorite bakers from the first episode: he had the knowledge, was creative in the given challenges and made delicious things with a no-nonsense attitude. Almost all of his creations turned out so well, it was no surprise to me that he won the 2014 series. And having the opportunity to bake his recipes at home makes me all exited for his book! Lees verder
Today we are celebrating the birthdays of both my father and I, so this is the excellent time to bake some cakes. I chose to make both of our favorite cakes, which is apple pie for my father and carrot cake for me. I have been wanting to make a carrot cake for years, but I was afraid it would not be a cake everyone liked. Now that carrot cake has become a bit more mainstream, I figured I would just give it a go. I have this amazing book with recipes from the Hummingbird Bakery and it has a recipe in it for an iced carrot cake with 3 layers. However, it calls for a springform with a 20 centimeter diameter, which is something I don’t own. So I decided to do some adaptations in the recipe and make a two-layered carrot cake based on the recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery book.