Saturday, March 16, 2013

And co...ok ! Back from Rome

After all I've eaten in Italy, it's natural that I begin my new adventure with Italian cuisine. I love risotto and I found the idea of adding balsamic vinegar in one of my books. Here's what you'll need :

It's a simple recipe, begin with the olive oil and the onion, then add the rice, the wine until absorbed and then add stock one ladle at a time stirring all the way during 15/20 minutes.
Add the butter and cheese and vinegar and let it rest 2 minutes.

Serve with some vinegar and Parmesan on top.

I love the simplicity of this risotto and the subtle taste of vinegar.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

And co...ok !

Hi everyone, It's been a long time, and I've baked quite a lot in the last few months but unfortunately I didn't find the time to write. Those who follow me on Facebook could follow my pictures but I'll try to get back to writing, and also add a new page. From now on I will also use the "and co" from the blog address trying to share not only baking recipes but also cooking stuff. I hope you'll enjoy it ! See you soon on the web ! Bakeaholicly yours

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May day

So many rainy days in April and no baking... sad isn't it? Some baking disasters made me take a break. 
But today was such a lovely day, bank holiday (We have four of them this month, I love may!!!), spending time with friends I don't see often enough, sunbathing in the Jardin du Luxembourg... that I wanted to get back to blogging and soon baking !
We have a tradition here, we give muguet (I think you call it lily of the valley) to bring luck, I'm not superstitious ("Superstition ain't the way ") and I can't actually give it to you, but you'll have a picture of it !

I still have recipes from last month to share with you, like this cheesecake recipe. I LOVE cheesecake, and now that Philadelphia is available in France I love it even more ! I used to buy it on my trips to Germany so that I could bake a real one at least once a year, and now I just have to cross the street to find it ! Isn't that great? (I know, such little things make me happy sometimes!)


You'll need : 

  • 500g cream cheese
  • 200g/ 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 40g 1/3 cup flour
  • juice and zest of a lime
  • 35 cl crème fraîche
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.
for the frosting :
  • 22,5 cl crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp sugar

And then : 

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. crumble the cookies and mix with the butter, sugar and spice (by hand).
  • Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Press crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes.

  • Take out the pan and turn the oven up to 250°C/460°F.
  • Mix all the ingredients (adding one at a time, starting with the cream cheese) and whisk until incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture into the pan.

  • Bake for 10 minutes and without opening the oven turn the temperature down to 120°C/250°F and bake for a further 1h15.
  • If you want to add a frosting, mix the cream and sugar and pour on the cake 15 minutes before the end of baking time and put back the cheesecake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Let it cool. 
  • and enjoy !

Have a nice week, and if you're French or Greek, don't forget to vote on sunday ! :)

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

As American as apple pie...

When it comes to baking something american, you just can't forget apple pie, can you? It's been my first attempt at baking such a pie, and since I want it to be easy for my colleagues to eat (without spoons, plates...) I've decided to bake mini pies, but you can still use this recipe to bake one big pie.

Apple pie(s)

You'll need

For the dough:
  • 500g/ 5 cups flour
  • 50g / 1/3cup confectioner's sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 250g / 2 sticks butter
  • 2 eggs (large)
  • 4 tbsp milk
For the filling:
  • 7 apples (granny smith), peeled, cored an cut into pieces
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
  • 5 heaped tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1tbsp butter
  • zest and juice of one orange and one lime
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp cardamom
  • seeds from one vanilla bean.
  • one egg yolk
  • 1 tsp milk
  • light brown sugar

  • Put all the dry ingredients in a food processor or a stand mixer and mix until the mixture gets crumbly. Then add the milk and the eggs and work it together until you have a ball of pastry dough. You can also do it by hand, but you already know how lazy I am)
  • Let it rest one hour in the fridge, wrapped in cling film.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pan on medium heat, melt the butter then add the apples and pears, cook for a minute and add the sugar and the zest and juice of the orange and lime, the spices and vanilla seeds.
  • Cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes until the fruit have softened.
  • Leave it to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • Roll out three third of the dough on a floured surface. Cut out small circles (if you want to bake small pies) and put them in small cake pans (I used mini cupcake pans). You want the dough to hang a little over the edge.
    • Cut small circles out of baking paper, put them on the dough in the pans and fill with dry beans, so that you can precook the dough without letting it rise. Put in the oven for about 5 minutes (10-15 minutes of one big pie).

  • Then take the beans and paper off and add the filling. 
  • Roll out the rest of the dough and cut out small circles to cover the pies with. Don't forget to make a small hole on each one, I used the tip of a pastry bag.
  • Once the pies are covered, fold the edges.
  • Beat the egg yolk with the milk and brush the pies with it.
  • Sprinkle with light brown sugar.
  • Let it cook in the oven for about half an hour (45 minutes if you're baking a big pie).

You can serve it hot or cold, with custard or ice cream !

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Monday, March 12, 2012

With a zest of lemon

Good evening everyone, the week end is almost over, I still got a lot (!) to do but I'll have break and post a new recipe. I've decided to dedicate this month to American baking (and I'm already thinking about which country I'll pick next month). I've never been in America, all I know come from books I've read, or movies I saw, so my mind may be full of clichés but I believe my knowledge of American baking is pretty good, since I've read a LOT about it or tasted many sweet things during the past few years.
I'll start with Lemon Squares, I found the idea in a friend's blog Highwaytocook, and thought it was the best way to start my little journey, and without chocolate for once ! (And by the way, for those following the blog, the nutella jar is still there ! ^^)
So here it is, I didn't use the same recipe as my friend because I had mine but hers is really interesting and I'll definitely try it soon.

Lemon squares

You'll need : 

  • 150g/ 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 30g / 1/4 cup icing (confectioner's) sugar
  • 125 g / 1/2 cup butter (cut into pieces)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp starch
That was for the dough, and now the filling : 
  • zest of a lemon
  • 16 cl 3/4 cup lemon juice (I used half lemon half lime)
  • 250g 11/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 tbsp flour
Icing sugar for dusting

That's how it goes : 
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
  • In a stand mixer (use the paddle attachment) mix all the ingredients for the dough until it gets crumbly. You can also do it by hand, with a fork, but I get soooo lazy sometimes...

  • Press into the bottom of a square pan.
  • Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  • For the filling, beat all the ingredients together and pour onto the dough .
  • Turn down the oven to 150°C/300°F.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, let it cool for 15 minutes, take out of the pan and dust with icing sugar.

  • Cut into squares or bars.

Have a nice week! 

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Winter break's over !

Hi you ! I'm back!!! I was exhausted after all the Christmas baking ! ;) And then in january; I've been soooo busy, that I couldn't bake anything, isn't that terrible?
So I got back slowly to my tiny little kitchen and I come back with some cupcakes, reaaaally sweet cupcakes : Chocolate Nutella cupcakes with nutella filling and chocolate nutella frosting. Is that too much? Maybe, but in that case, what I do is bake small cupcakes, the perfect sweet bite with coffee after lunch for instance !
The hardest thing in this recipe is that when you buy a jar of Nutella, you have to try not to eat the rest of it when you're finished ! (I bought it three weeks ago and the jar is still here, I'm soooo proud of me right now!!!! And now I'm wondering, how long can I keep a jar of Nutella? It never happened to me before, I have to check!

Ok now the recipe. I've adapted it from the Hummingbird bakery cookbook :

Chocolate Nutella cupcakes

You'll need : 

  • 100g / 3/4cup flour
  • 20g / 4tbsp cocoa powder
  • 140g / 3/4 cup sugar
  • 11/2 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 40g / 3tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 120ml / 1/2cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 120g / 8 tbsp hazelnut and chocolate spread (such as nutella)
for the frosting : 
  • 300g / 3 cups icing (confectionner's) sugar, sifted
  • 100g / 7tbsp butter at room temperature
  • 40ml / 8tsp whole milk
  • 40g / 1/2 cup coacoa powder
  • 1 tbsp nutella

How it goes : 

  • Preheat the oven to 170°C / 325°F.
  • Put the flour, coacoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  • Slowly pour the milk into the flour mixture, beating well well until all the ingredients are well mixed. Add the egg and beat well. 
  • Add one big tbsp Nutella.
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until 2/3 full and  bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
  • Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • When the cupcakes are cold, hollow out a small section in the centre of each one and fill with a dollop of nutella.

  • for the frosting :
  • Beat the icing sugar, butter and coacoa powder together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment on medium slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
  • Turn the the mixer down to slow speed. Add the milk to the butter mixture a couple of spoonfuls at a time.
  • Once all the milk as been incorporated, turn the mixture up to high speed. Add the nutella.
  • Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. 
You can now decorate the cupcakes ! 

Happy to be back !

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kling Glöckchen klingelingeling...

Christmas goodies part 2. I discovered these cinnamon stars (in German Zimtsterne) as I was living in Germany, and since then, they're part of my Christmas baking. When it comes to Germany, I'm a bit nostalgic, and baking helps me deal with it (or makes me even more nostalgic, I'm not sure^^), anyway, you have to try this recipe !


  • 200g (7oz) marzipan
  • 3 egg whites
  • 300g  (2 1/3 cup) icing sugar
  • 100g  (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 200g (1 3/4 cup) ground hazelnuts
  • 200g (1 3/4 cup) ground almonds
for the icing:
  • 180g (1 1/3 cup) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg white

  • First, knead the marzipan with an egg white, then add the sugars, cinnamon and the remaining egg whites.
  • Fold in  the hazelnuts and half of the almonds until it comes together and form a dough.
  • Preheat the oven at 150°C/300°F
  • Sprinkle a suitable surface with the remaining almonds and roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1cm/ 0.4in. Cut into stars.

  • Place them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
  • Mix the lemon juice, egg whites, and icing sugar. You must have a thick but runny icing.
  • Spread the icing on the stars.

  • Bake for about 10 minutes until the icing gets lightly golden.

  • Let them cool on a wire rack
Frohes Fest !

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