Happy Pancake Day 2017

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I always forget about Pancake day and find out on which day it is when it is already here. So today I have a quick and simple recipe for everyone who want to celebrate Pancake day with…pancakes! And I added some of the most mouth-watering photos of pancakes to make you think about all possible variations and combinations.

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vegan chocolate pretzels

Secret Ingredient Pretzels

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vegan pretzels

Pia’s bakery is back in business, taking care of her best customers: her family, boyfriend and friends. Who ever gets to the kitchen first. 🙂 I baked these pretzels for a road trip but … Well there were no more left when we got in the car. I think that self control isn’t possible when the kitchen smells of fresh baked goodies.

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Vegan Surprise Croissants

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To be honest, I was kind of scared of making vegan croissants. Slovenia has a lot of good bakeries with very delicious croissants, I visited Paris in autumn and I consider France as the homeland of croissants … My expectations were very high and as I’m trying to make and eat more and more vegan meals, I’m always afraid that they won’t turn out as good as their ”usual” versions. And the little voice in my head says I don’t have the time and energy to change my eating habits. The truth is no, I don’t have time, but I have the energy. If I don’t make any huge changes overnight that would probably lead to spending hours and hours in stores, looking for the right foods to eat, I have time. Maybe it will take a year, maybe two, but I will figure everything out. Maybe I’ll even stop occasionally craving cheese (and ending up ordering a huge pizza). I have to say to myself that everybody can’t become vegan overnight. Some need months, some years, but if there’s will, there’s a way. Even if a pile of gauda in standing in the way :).

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Swirly Muffins

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I’m a little bit late with this post, but most of you probably remember (maybe a bit blurry:)) that people around the world were celebrating Halloween on Friday. In Slovenia, Halloween in mostly celebrated by students, as it gives us a good excuse for a party, but it’s actually a new thing around here. I don’t know if Slovenian kids nowadays go trick or treating, at least I’ve never heard a knock on the door. And why is it like that? Why don’t kids around here go trick or treating? Well, it has nothing to do with health or not wanting them to eat too much candy :). We actually have another holiday, when every kid and a lot of students and grown ups dress up. It’s on different date every year, I think it has something to do with the date of Easter which also changes each year, and the best thing is it lasts more then one day, as there are different events through the week. It’s named Pust and it celebrates the passing of the winter and beginning of spring. And on this holiday, kids go from house to house, where people give them candy and sometimes some change. Which is really nice if you come from a small village, I loved that holiday when I was a kid, and even now it’s more likely that I’ll dress up for Pust than for Halloween.

Oreo Chocolate Muffins

Oreo Muffins

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Baking every week has really become a habit for me. I just can let a week go by without mixing something in the kitchen and trying out something new, hoping I will get something edible (or hopefully very tasty) out of it. I think that my family and friends like that habit 🙂 So I couldn’t let the week go by without baking something. But what?

Well, I have recently found out that Oreo cookies are vegan! Happy day! I mean, everybody loves Oreo :). And what is another food that (probably) everybody loves? Muffins! So I decided to join them to bake some extra yummy dessert. First, I dug up an old muffin recipe, one I used over and over in high school and then forgot about it when I moved out and went to college. I loved the pure chocolate taste and interesting texture, as they didn’t include butter and eggs. Maybe I was drawn to the vegan side before I realized it 🙂 So I called my mum and asked her to find a small piece of paper, torn out from a notebook, with a barely readable recipe written on it. Luckily, she found it and I could still (kind of) understand the instructions. Okay, enough talking, let’s get to the baking!

Choco-Coco Vegan Pie

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I’ve had these two gorgeous pie plates for about a year now, but they were just stuck in the cupboard, waiting for the perfect moment. And the inspiration finally appeared in France, where I saw a lot of mini pies, beautifully decorated and even more tasty. I got home and … Oh look! The coconut butter expires in 5 days! Let’s use it while I still can without worrying about stomach problems!:) I did some internet research to find inspiration no. 2 – some vegan pie recipes. After all, his was the first (I’m not kidding, first) time I was baking a pie and I had no clue what options I had. And I felt like eating chocolate and raspberries, one of my favorite dessert combinations. So after I got a feel what I can do and what to do to make this pie delicious I got to work and made a mess out of my kitchen but oh well, the result was worthy of all the cleaning up. And I have a dishwasher 🙂

Chocolate Covered Cupcakes

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I’m a chocoholic, from a chocoholic family. I have a boyfriend, who is an even bigger chocoholic than I am, and, as you have probably guessed, most of my friends are incurable chocoholics. So whenever I bake something, there is one crucial ingredient I have to include, otherwise the plate would stay full. Lately I’ve been trying to find some healthy-ish and vegan recipes, as I discovered that refined sugar and the most common white wheat flour have an awful effect on my skin and general feeling, and I almost completely stopped drinking milk (unless that is the only one a coffee place I visit has, I hate espresso :))

Sacher cake

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As I am just in the ”getting ready for holidays and reading old recipes” mood, here is a recipe for a delicious Sacher Cake (best one of all I had tried:):

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8 eggs
150 g of flour
150 g of bitter chocolate
150 g of butter
100 g of milled sugar
50 g of sugar (for the egg white snow)
2 spoons of coffee
bit of salt
1 small spoon of baking powder

First, melt the chocolate above boiling water. Then mix yolk, butter and sugar (for one yolk add some sugar) and after getting a clear mixture, add melted chocolate and coffee. Make snow from egg whites then softly mix it in the previous mixture along with flour (again, slowly: some egg white and some flour). You put everything in a cake baking dish and bake cake for 45-60 minutes at 175°C. After it gets cold, slice it up horizontally in two parts.

For decoration:
Soak the dough with mixture of 2 dl of water, 3 spoons of sugar and 2 spoons of rum (melt everything in water). Melt marmalade in a dish and spread it across the cake (middle, up and sides). Make a frosting from 1 dl of milk,1 chocolate and 1 spoon of butter (previously mixed in a dish and heated) and spread it over the cake. Let your imagination flow and add something new every time (like the slices of white chocolate on the picture).

Invite your friends over for a piece of cake and enjoy a nice evening:)

Je t’embrasse,

Pia

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