Recipe: Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

This is a no-churn, no-ice cream maker ice cream but I learned a few tips I need to pass on to you. You have to have really whip the cream in order to get the height and fluffiness from the ice cream. You need to make sure your cream is at least 30% fat or it won’t whip at all. Do not add salt, it will just make it taste salty. Following these rules you too can make ice cream with nearly no effort that tastes really delicious.

Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

Recipe: Cinnamon Raisin Bread

This is a surprisingly easy recipe with perfect results. I’ve actually made this recipe a few times and incorrectly (!) once and it still came out just right. This bread is great on its own and not too sweet but it’s even better with some jam, butter, or even just a little cream cheese to really bring out the savory flavor of raisin.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies

These were so good that I absolutely could not believe it. Please run, don’t walk to make these gingerbread cookies. The best part about them was that they were so delicious it was difficult to stop eating them and the second best part was that they not only held their shape when they cooked but they didn’t need to be chilled before rolling. Wow!

Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe: Key Lime Pie

Ringing in the New Year a little late with this sweet recipe. Technically this is just regular lime pie as there aren’t any key limes to be found in Estonia but it still counts I think. This recipe comes together with very little effort and is a nice not too sweet dessert for any occasion.

Key Lime Pie

Recipe: Pear and Almond Tart

These tarts have an almond shell, almond filling, and then are topped with syrup soaked pears. They do take a bit of work to make but the result is pretty show-stopping and they taste like a really good pear and almond cookie. This recipe makes 4 tartlets, which should be just enough to small one large tart as well.

 

Recipe: Honey and Apple Challah

A twist on classic challah for Rosh Hashanah or if you just want to impress your friends with what amounts to a very fluffy apple cake, this honey and apple challah is really good with a big cup of hot tea or coffee on a cold day. The honey gives it a nice sweetness without being overwhelming. I only used a single apple but I kind of wanted more apples in it, I might try using apple butter instead of regular butter for extra apple goodness next time.

Honey and Apple Challah

Recipe: Tiramisu Cake

This is a great cake because it tastes like tiramisu but also this recipe has a FANTASTIC cake base. The base of the cake is made pretty differently from how I’m used to making cake and uses a ton of eggs in order to get its lift but it makes such a nice, springy cake that it’d be great for many other uses.

Tiramisu Cake

Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

These are your pretty standard peanut butter cookies (with or without add ins is your choice). The great part about this recipe is that it is made of things you have laying around the house, comes together without a mixer, takes maybe 10 minutes to prepare, and it’s basically fool proof. Perfect for last minute parties and baking with kids or just making for a special treat.

Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Recipe: Portuguese Egg Tarts

Portuguese Eggs Tarts or Pastel de Nata are a staple food in Portugal. I think they might be a national dish even, or at the very least they’re a local dish of Lisbon where I vacationed last year. I made these for Eurovision but they’re actually really easy to make and even easier to eat. This version of them is a creamy, heavier version than I had in Portugal which I actually favor.

Portuguese Egg Tarts