I don’t really know why, but Eton Mess was something that I wanted to make for quite a while, but for some reason I didn’t. And it can be so easy to make, especially when you have ready made merengue, so the lack of time could not be my excuse. But now, I finally tried to make it! And I even baked my own merengues for it!
Eton Mess is basically a layered dessert with cream, merengue and fruit and you can make many variations on this dessert. Because we all love red fruits the most in my family and it gives the dessert a nice and fresh look, I decided to make a raspberry Eton Mess. To give it some extra color, I topped it with some vibrant green pistachios. And I can tell you it was a crowd pleaser!
I have a weakness for anything that has Oreo in it. It doesn’t matter if it is in a cake, milkshake, chocolate, dessert or just on its’ own. There is just something about the combination of the dark, chocolate cookies and the vanilla layer inbetween the cookies that is perfect! Sweet, but not too sweet, crunchy and soft at the same time. So when I heard about this Magnum-like Oreo icecream, I had to get my hands on it. Because, well, icecream is one of my other weaknesses (yep, I am indeed a massive sweettooth) and what could be better than combining the two? It took me a couple of months to find them unfortunately. I almost feared they wouldn’t make it to my local Albert Heijn, but then, all of a sudden, they were there! There was only one box left actually, which I took home with me of course.
I saw an ad about the new limited edition Snickers with hazelnuts and as a vivid candybar and hazelnut lover, this was not something I could ignore. So after work, I was strolling through my local Albert Heijn in search of the Snickers, but before I found them, something else caught my eye: a limited edition dark chocolate Kinder Bueno! As I love dark chocolate more than any other kind of chocolate, there was no other option than taking this Kinder Bueno home with me as well. So there I was, on the couch with two different limited edition candybars, trying to decide which one I would taste first. A tough job, I can tell you that! After like, 10 minutes, the dark chocolate Kinder Bueno won. Lees verder
I tried to think of the English equivalent of bokkenpootjes, but I just could not think of anything. They are a bit like ladyfingers, except that bokkenpootjes are made with almond flour, consist of two cookies filled with cream and are coated with chocolate, so yeah, not quite the same. I guess it is just a typical Dutch cookie. They are crispy, yet chewy on the outside and have this delicious vanilla cream between the two layers. These are one of my favorite cookies, because the almond, cream and chocolate combine so wonderfully! I guess they got their name bokkenpootjes, because the look a bit like a goats’ foot (which is what bokkenpootjes means in Dutch). I wanted to make my own version of them so badly for a long time already, that I decided to just give it a try. These cookies are a bit more work than any regular cookie, because of the different components and they do require some more skills, but the taste was so amazing that it was definetely worth the work, so don’t let this scare you! 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.
I admit I am a chocolate (and caramel) addict. If I would allow myself to, I would have chocolate any time of the day. Of course, one of my favorite desserts involves chocolate as well. We often buy premade chocolate mousse from the supermarket, but today I wanted to make a fresh chocolate mousse from scratch.
As a matter of fact, I thought making this mousse would be easy peasy. It turned out to be a little bit more work than I expected, but it is still a very manageable recipe. You need 3 separate bowls to prepare the different components of the mousse. Don’t think you can just combine things in less than 3 bowls, because it is just not possible.
I have seen so many recipes for this thing called ‘bliss balls’ (quite a strange name if you ask me). I do like the idea of making something healthy and sweet, as I am a sweet-tooth but at the same time I am conscious of what I eat and I don’t always want to stuff my body with a truckload of sugar. As I do this often enough with all the baking I do, I felt I could use some balance. So i looked up healthy snacks and this ‘bliss balls’ thing came up very frequently. Most of the times they involved oats or almonds, but that was not quite what i had on my mind. I wanted to try something else and because I always love cashews I decided to put them in the mix. I know cashews are not the healthiest nuts I could choose, but as this would still be a snack, I figured this was okay.