Pain D’épices New Style!

This is what I call a French basic; pain d’épices! Among many cakes and sweet treats that remind me of my amazing childhood in France, pain d’épices has a special place in my heart. In fact, it was one my favorite ”gouter” (this is an unmissable 4pm snack time that any child or adult BTW,…

Liège Waffles.

Who does not crave waffles? For breakfast or just for the pleasure to eat them? To be honest, I love waffles. They are a must eat in France (I know they come from Belgium originally!). Most of the time, when I was younger, I used to eat the industrial ones; American and Belgian waffles are…

Canelés.

A canelé, is a French pastry, from Bordeaux to be more precise. I find those striated cylinder cuties rich in taste and charming. Traditionally, it’s flavored with rum (not in this recipe, I replaced it by orange flower water) and vanilla. It has a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. The…

All Chocolate Cupcakes.

Fact: chocolate isn’t my favorite flavor when it comes to cakes, ice cream and so on… I prefer more fruity or creamy stuff! However as I find cupcakes super cute, I like to make an exception every now and then. Today’s recipe is about giving you some fluffiness in your cupcake and some smoothness in…

Chocolate Almond Marble Cake.

When I think about how many cakes and sweets I have been baking for the past 4 years, I cannot really count them on my two hands! I believe I became a bake-aholic! As a matter of fact, I was not fond of baking back home and please do not ask me what’s for dinner…

Red Velvet Macarons.

I love red velvet cake, cupcakes, whopies! They have this subtle cocoa taste (surprisingly, I am not a huge fan of chocolate cakes!) and a smooth and fluffy vanilla cream cheese buttercream. At the moment I have a macarons ”craze”… I have been baking them maybe twice (thrice) a day, challenging the moody weather here…

Mini Lemon Meringue Pies With Homemade Lemon Curd.

  Lemon is one of these fruits I constantly have at home, not only for baking but for cooking too. It’s so refreshing to add a twist of lemon when it comes to bake a pie! Usually I go for the bigger size but today I was thinking, why not make smaller size pies so…

Macarons With Nutella Ganache.

Macarons are an essential in French pastry. They are beautiful, delicate, and toooooo precise. However, with a few tips and the right technique, they are completely achievable, even at home. There are two ways of baking macarons shells (the batter consists of ground almonds and confectioner’s sugar folded into meringue). The first technique, is to…

Montecaos.

This melt-in-your-mouth cookie, also called ghuribia, is widely baked across North Africa. It is very famous in Oran, Western region of Algeria, where you can notice a strong Spanish heritage. I love montecaos, they have a soft, crumbly texture, made from crushed nuts and sugar. Originally baked during by the Andalus, one follower told me…

Fekkas.

  Fekkas are those bocotti-like Moroccan cookie. Their particularity is that they are baked twice. In Morocco they are avaialble in different shapes, sizes and flavors. This recipe is for a classic version called fekkas msseoues with almonds and raisins. As an alternative, those crispy and tasty bites, can be made with roasted sesame seeds, anise… These biscuits are…