Seared Peaches with Greek Yogurt

Seared Peaches with Greek Yogurt is one of those recipes that takes minutes to make, but as a result, you get a restaurant-quality dish. I mean, who wouldn't be impressed with beautifully caramelized peaches topped with tangy yogurt and drizzled with honey? I think it's one of the simplest yet elegant desserts to celebrate stone fruit season and warm summer weather. It's also an ultimate crowd pleaser and a great dish to make for your 4th of July celebration or backyard BBQ, minimum effort - ... Continue Reading

Vatrushki – Eastern European Sweet Cheese Buns

Vatrushki is one of those sweet childhood treats that makes me very nostalgic. Mom often baked them for me when I was living with my parents. Probably that's why I decided to share this recipe right before Mother's Day. This recipe is a bit time consuming, but the result is totally worth the effort. Also, you can divide this recipe by two and make a smaller batch. What's Vatrushki? Vatrushki - plural, Vatrusha - single, pronounced vat-roosh-kah. It is a traditional Eastern European ... Continue Reading

Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette with Buckwheat Crust

I'm posting this Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette recipe right before Mother's Day. So if you're looking for something special to treat your mom, look no further. Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette is one of those desserts that instantly reminds me of spring. Every year I wait for April to go rhubarb and strawberry hunting at my local farmers market. And every year I look for the recipe that will make those ingredients shine together. I think this time I found a perfects one that will stay with me for many ... Continue Reading

Softest Paska (Kulich) – Sweet Easter Bread

Paska (also known as Kulich in Russia, and Panettone in Italy) is a Ukrainian name for a sweet, soft, and incredibly aromatic bread that's traditionally baked for Orthodox Easter and brought to Easter service to get blessings from a priest. Paska is usually decorated either with meringue-like egg white frosting (my personal favorite), or sugar glaze and topped with colorful sprinkles or dried fruits. The Paska recipe I'm sharing with you today is my absolute favorite. It's rather ... Continue Reading

Candied Butternut Squash with Ice Cream and Pistachios

I like making elaborate desserts, but sometimes it's so nice to cook something very straightforward yet utterly delicious and satisfying. This Candied Butternut Squash with Ice Cream and Pistachios is all about elegance and simplicity. I was inspired by classic Turkish dessert Kabak Tatlısı Tarifi which is basically pumpkin slices cooked in simple syrup. In my version, I added a little bit of lemon juice and zest to make the flavor more interesting and to cut the sweetness. I think it worked ... Continue Reading

Vegan Coconut Mango Tapioca Pudding

Today I'm sharing with you a recipe of delicious Vegan Coconut Mango Tapioca Pudding, which was a huge hit on my first cooking master class. This pudding-like coconut milk dessert combined with ripe mango pulp is rich but at the same time very light. With this simple dish, I tried to capture a little bit of summer warmth and sunshine, because the food is not only fuel for our bodies but also a great source of joy for our souls. There are two small tricks to make this Vegan Coconut Mango ... Continue Reading

Light Kefir Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Panna Cotta is one of those desserts which look very fancy but actually incredibly easy to make. This silky, custard-like goodness is so great for summer. Because let's face it, it's not fun to spend a few hours in the hot kitchen baking pies and sweating next to an oven. That's why summertime is when Panna Cotta can shine in all it's glory, especially when topped with seasonal berries or fruits. For this particular recipe, I suggest cooking simple Strawberry Compote to add a little brightness ... Continue Reading

Buttermilk Orange Panna Cotta

Light but creamy Buttermilk Panna Cotta is a foolproof dessert choice. You can cook it way ahead of time plus it's almost impossible to find a person who doesn't like it. Everybody will enjoy this creamy vanilla bean deliciousness topped with fresh oranges. It's a perfect dessert for warmer weather. Especially spring, when you can sit outside and have a teaspoon of light panna cotta and a sip of slightly chilled sweet wine. Yeah, life can be unbearably good sometimes! It's surprisingly easy ... Continue Reading

Refreshing Blood Orange Coconut Sorbet

This is the first batch of a blood orange sorbet we've ever made. The result came out so great that we immediately fell in love with this simple dessert. We like it for its fantastic purple color and refreshing citrusy, slightly tart, flavor. We already can tell, that this sorbet will be incredibly good during a warm spring day when the sun is shining bright, and you crave for a scoop of a frozen treat. There are quite a few blood orange sorbet recipes floating around the web these days. ... Continue Reading