12 posts tagged dessert

Super Easy Cottage Cheese Doughnuts

Dreaming about soft, hot, and light as a feather homemade doughnuts? There is nothing easier! We called this recipe Super Easy Cottage Cheese Doughnuts for a reason. Just a few simple ingredients, you probably already have in your kitchen, and you can make the magic happen. Spend about 40 minutes of your time to get one of the most delicious breakfast/dessert you can imagine. When we deep fry something, we like to use sunflower oil. It has a high smoke point and a neutral flavor, unlike ... Continue Reading

Best French Lemon Crêpes

If you follow Viva La Food long enough, you've probably noticed that we are crazy about crêpes. We have several different recipes on our website, such as Beer Crepes and Caramelized Apple Crepes. We often cook them for brunch or even dinner, and always experimenting with different recipes and proportions. All things considered, we're incredibly happy to share this French Lemon Crêpes recipe, which we can name the most foolproof we've created so far. The secret is instead of using ... Continue Reading

Fantastic Chocolate Pear Cake

Funny story, we made this Pear Chocolate Cake for the first time just a few days before it appeared on the cover of Bake from Scratch magazine. Our pictures were so similar for a second we thought they published our photo. But that was just a coincidence proving that great minds think alike =) We've never compared the recipes but can tell you that our version is excellent. This dessert is a pure chocolate delight with tender pears inside. Continue Reading

Halloween Mini Butternut Squash Compote Pavlovas

Halloween is one of my favorite American holidays. Witches, demons, and ghosts are my theme =) Plus you can dress up as silly as you want to. I always wait for this day with a childlike excitement. But this year is even more special! Why is that? Because I collaborated with amazing girls from LatteJournal to bring you not only cooking inspiration, but also a whole bunch of ideas for a sophisticated Halloween Dinner decoration. Awesome, isn't it?! Wait for my next post and see our cool ... Continue Reading

Honey Fig and Almond Tart

September for me is definitely a fig season. I buy them a lot from local Trader Joe's. Usually we eat them all before I can think of a good recipe, but this time, I decided to act fast and cook a nice fig dessert. This NY Times article is where I got my inspiration. I changed the recipe and transformed it into a Honey Fig and Almond Tart. I also wanted to practice in taking moody food pictures, so this is my first experiment with colors and light. Looks pretty nice for a rookie! You ... Continue Reading

Weightless Belgium Waffles with Caramelized Pears

I guess I can write a cookbook and name it "10 000 Calories Breakfasts." You know I just love crazy decadent breakfast recipes. What can a girl do with such a passion? Just let herself go and cook Belgium Waffles with Caramelized Pears =) A few Christmases ago Santa got me a pretty cool waffle maker I wanted so bad. And I used it only once. I don't know why maybe I needed a powerful dose of inspiration or something. But this excellent piece of culinary equipment was waiting until this day to ... Continue Reading

Odile’s Fresh Orange Cake

I rarely post someone else's recipe, but this cake is pure magic. I found the recipe in the wonderful cookbook "Baking Chez Moi" which I saw on my friend shelf. I grabbed my attention instantly. Written by Dorie Greenspan, a talented author, and an awesome baker, this book is full of passion for baking. It inspires and makes you want to bake every cookie and cake you see there. TIP: Try different type of oranges. Mix and match to find your favorite combination. As for this Orange cake, I ... Continue Reading

Flourless Raspberry Cake with Homemade Cheese

This Flourless Raspberry Cake with Homemade Cheese is a tribute to my mother, who is my favorite cook in the whole world! I don't usually cook a lot of Ukrainian dishes, probably because they are too familiar to me, and because I'm in a constant search of something completely new and challenging. However, this cake is as Ukrainian as it can get, because it requires one particular ingredient - tvorog. Tvorog is a type of fresh farmers cheese, common in Eastern Europe; it's extremely ... Continue Reading

Brownies with Pecans and Homemade Caramel Sauce

Here is one more recipe for Chinet Baking Series! Perfect recipe to celebrate National Dessert Day, October 11. I hope you guys will like it, because I literally can't stop eating this brownies! Continue Reading

Wonderful Banana Bread

Today I decided to give a new life to an old recipe. Found this banana loaf recipe a couple of years ago and since then it's my favorite. When I cooked it for the first time, I didn't know how to handle my new DSL camera, so I made the awful pictures. Now I have decent photography skills, and I can show you this banana bread in its full glory! I got hundreds of compliments for this cake, especially when I served it with a warm caramel syrup and a little bit of whipped cream. Continue Reading