Baked Apples with Tvorog Cheese

Baked Apples with Cheese Ingredients:4 medium Granny Smith apples, or other crisp hard apples1/2 cups Tvorog cheese (you can substitute with ricotta or fromage blanc)1 tablespoon raisins1 tablespoon honey1 tablespoon pine nuts1/4 teaspoon cinnamon1 oz fresh red currant (optional) Method:Preheat the oven to 350F. Using a paring knife, slice off the top of each apple and carve out the center and seeds, be careful to not cut all the way through the bottom. You want them ... Continue Reading

Honey Cake -Mevovyk

Honey Cake -Mevovyk Honey Cake Layers3 large eggs6 oz honey1 stick butter1/2 cup granulated sugar1.5 tsp baking soda1.5 tsp lemon juice15 oz white flour (have some extra near you for dusting surface)Cream18 oz sour cream7 oz heavy whipping cream1 cup granulated sugar1 tsp vanilla extractDecoration2 oz roasted walnuts LeyersTo a medium saucepan add honey, butter, sugar, and melt them together over medium heat, whisking until all ingredients are melted.Remove the pan from ... Continue Reading

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