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This is the place where I will show you my cupcake decorations and some other nice cupcake recipes 🙂 You know that every family has their own favourite cupcake recipe. Our family has a lot, but this is the best of the best- Hi- hat cupcakes. This is the recipe for this one. I know […]

My Christmas

Hey, Happy New Year! Wish you all the best and a lot of sweet moments in this year. Now I will present you most of our Christmas recipes.

This picture shows Christmas cookies, Cookies with honey, 3- chocolate cookies, Brownies cookies and Christmas biscotti.

However, before I type the recipes I want to tell you more about my Christmas. As you know, I love Christmas and I am like 5- year old child, because I can’t wait to open my presents and every Christmas Eve I go to bed early (before 12 am.) because when I was child my parents told me that if I go to bed after midnight, Santa will not come, so it became a tradition 🙂 At Christmas morning I am always the first person who gets up, because I always get up around 6-7 o’clock. This year everything was the same : ). When I got up I tried to be quiet and I ran to the Christmas tree to find and open my gifts. Like every year Santa brought me the thing that I want 🙂 This year I wanted something that will help me when I want to make some nice decoration and it is really good place to store my things, because before that everything was everywhere 😀

Let’s continue with my story… when I opened my presents my mum got up and it means that she must find and open her presents, which make me happy too, because I love when people open theirs presents. However, Christmas is not only the time when we have lots of gifts, it’s also the time when we gather the whole family and have very good time together. I love these holidays. Yes, I have a lot of work in the kitchen, but I love the time which I spend there 🙂

InBulgariathere are some recipes which are indispensable part of our table, like cookies with honey, baklava (my mum make it every year), cookies with Turkish delight (I haven’t done that)  and some other.  We make also make some other desserts, they are always different, because we must have choice and things for everyone 🙂

Ok, I will give you some of recipes.

Cookies with honey

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2 eggs

1 ½ cup sugar

1 cup oil

4tbsp honey

10g cinnamon

1tsp soda of bicarbonate

Flour (since it becomes soft dough)

Beat eggs with sugar, then add oil and honey. Mix together some flour (1 cup) with bicarbonate soda and cinnamon. Beat together flour and egg mixture. Then add flour since dough become soft and sticky. It mustn’t be too hard because and cookies will be too hard. Form little balls from the dough and put them to grease with baking sheet tins. Put peace of walnuts on every ball and bake in preheat oven to 180C until it become lightly golden. If you like you can make really small balls and then you can blind two cookies with jam or you can dip each cookie in melt chocolate.

3-chocolate cookies

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225g semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped

80g tablespoons unsalted butter

75g all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

100g brown sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

100g white chocolate, chopped

100g milk chocolate, chopped

Preheat the oven to 180C. Heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until almost melted; do not overheat. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; beat in melted chocolate. Mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough 2 to 3 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in centers, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Brownies cookies

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110g all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/3 teaspoon baking powder
75g lightly salted butter, softened
85g sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
30g unsweetened cocoa

Preheat oven at 180C. Whisk dry flour, salt and baking powder in bowl and set aside. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa in mixer. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.

Roll out cookie dough on floured counter. Cut into desired shapes, brushing extra deposits of flour off the top.  Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm and the centers are slightly soft and puffed. Then put nuts and candies until they are hot. Leave to cool and decorate with white chocolate.

This is our cookies. But I also make traditional Italian Christmas bread- Panettone.

There is something fromFranceon our table too- Yule Log

If you want my recipes just tell me and I will write them.

I also make some culinary gifts- Truffles and Homemade Ferrero Rocher. I don’t have photos, sorry about that, but I will give you the recipe.

Chocolate Truffles

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135ml double cream

20ml glucose

100g dark chocolate

100g cocoa

200g dark chocolate

Boil cream and glucose. Chop the chocolate and mix with boiled mixture. Leave to cool, then transfer to refrigerator for 24 hours. Form balls dip; them to the melt chocolate and sift with cocoa powder.

Homemade Ferrero Rocher

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100 g hazelnut wafer biscuits, crushed
150 g toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
200 g Nutella
150 g dark chocolate
4 1/2 Tbsp oil

Combine wafer biscuits, hazelnuts and Nutella in a bowl. Leave in a fridge for about half an hour and then shape into small balls. Again, leave in the fridge to harden.

Meanwhile, in a double boiler, melt chocolate with oil. Using a toothpick, dip each truffle into melted chocolate and leave on a plate. After you’re done with all the truffles, leave them in the fridge. I coated them only once, so I had a lot of leftover chocolate. Seemed more like the original with the bumpy texture, but if you wish, you can coat them as many times as you like.

Makes about 25 truffles.

And I want to finish with something which is typical for Bulgarian and Turkish cuisine- Baklava.

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800g filo pastry

1kg walnuts

250g butter

1 ½ kg sugar

2l water

Grease the tin with butter. Put 2 length of the filo, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with chopped walnuts and put other 2 length of filo. Do the same since everything finish. Cut the baklava into triangles. Preheat the oven to 150C and bake it for 1h and 30 minutes. In this time you can make the syrup. Put the water and sugar. Leave it to boil for 20 minutes. Then flood the baklava with syrup and leave for one night.

I think this is enough; I hope that I don’t miss something. The recipes from New Year’s Eve will be in the next post. Have a nice year people. I will try to help you to make your life sweeter.

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This is the place where I will present you my cake decoration. “Welcome Home” Cake Love Cake My Birthday Cake Rainbow cake

Ho-Ho-Ho, how are you? Is there some Christmas mood already? If you are sad or depressed remind that after 10 days is Christmas Eve and when you see all lights and Christmas trees it will make you smile : ) I hope this recipe make you smile too.

I have never done something like that, but it always have first time. My family love these slices and said that they have the same taste like twix and it can be true because there is cookie in the bottom, caramel in the middle and chocolate on the top, it sounds delicious, right? You can try them for Christmas; they will be perfect candies for children and adults.

And this is the recipe:

Products (makes about 24)

For the base:

250g flour

75g caster sugar

175g unsalted butter

For the filling:

90g unsalted butter

90g brown sugar

2 x 397 cans sweetened condensed milk

For the topping:

90g plain, 90g milk and 50g white chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180C. Line and lightly grease a 33x 23cm Swiss roll tin (I don’t have that one and bake it in normal tin). Put the flour and caster sugar in a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Work with your hands and form dough.

Put the dough into prepared tin and press it out with your hand to cover the base. Prick all over with a fork and bake for 20 minutes, until lightly brown. Leave to cool.

To make a filling, put the butter, sugar and condensed milk into a pan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Stirring constantly, bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture very gently, stirring constantly, for about 5-10 minutes, or until it has thickened and has turned a caramel colour. Take care that the mixture does not burn on the base of the pan. Remove from the heat.

Pour the filling mixture over the cookie base, spread evenly, then leave to cool.

To make the topping, melt each type of chocolate. Spoon lines of the plain and milk chocolate over the set caramel filling. Add small spoonful of white chocolate. Use a skewer to form a marbled effect on the topping.

That’s all. Don’t make mistake to put this in refrigerator, I did that and after that I should wait an hour to warm up, because the chocolate was frozen.

Bon appétit! Have a nice evening, and don’t forget- It’s Christmas time! : )

Acorns

Hey, there are exactly 12 days until Christmas Eve and less than 6 days since I will see my sister (happy).This recipe is perfect for Christmas too, it is normal to cook only Christmas recipes, isn’t it?  These acorns became really cute and tasty, I am proud of myself : )

If I must tell the truth they take a little more time, because it takes time to form the acorn halves and then to stick them together. Never mind how long it takes the result is really amazing. My family love them and one of the reason that they like them so much is that this is one of the recipes from their childhood and from mine too, but I don’t like jam so this cookies has never been part of my childhood 😀

This is the products for about 25-30 acorns:

For the dough:
400 g flour (+/-)
2 eggs (medium size)
80 g cold butter
100 g caster sugar
1p. vanilla sugar
pinch of salt

Beat the eggs with vanilla sugar and salt. Mix the cold butter and sugar. Then sift the flour and add the egg and butter mixture. Make dough.

Form acorn’s half, you can use tea spoon or make them with hands.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Put the cookies in greased sheet and bake them until lightly golden.

Leave them to cool.

For the cream:

3 tbsp jam

1 tbsp finely ground nuts

Mix the products for the cream. Take one cookie, put a little cream and stick together. Then you can dunk them in melt chocolate and sprinkle with ground nuts (I used walnuts)

That’s all. They become really delicious : ) Surprise your family with some homemade cookies. Cookies are never excessive : )

Have a nice week!

Christmas Biscotti

Hey, It was one really good day- nice weather, nice people and Christmas magic feeling. My today’s recipe tells “Christmas”. The kitchen smelled so nice after that… mm… the taste is really awesome too.

There are wide varieties of ingredients which make these biscotti so delicious. It was my first time when I made biscotti and they became just the way they must be. They are easy to make and only baking time is a little long, preparation is fast. This is the recipe:

Products (makes 20-30)

Adapted from Sunshine’s Kitchen

2 eggs

100g caster sugar

70g brown sugar

1 tsp lemon rind

2 tbsp orange rind

300g plain flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

60g dried cranberries, soaked in rum

60g dried pineapple, soaked in rum

40g almonds, baked

40g pistachios, baked

Put the eggs and sugar (both) into a bowl and beat well. Add the orange and lemon rind.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Then mix the flour mixture with egg’s one. Beat until it become sticky dough.

Add the almonds, pistachios and dried fruits and mix well.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease the baking sheet.

Halve the mixture. Shape each half into a flat “sausage”. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Remove the “sausages” from the oven.

When cool, cut each “sausage” diagonally into slices. Return and bake them again for 15-20 minutes.

You can serve them with coffee or wine. They will be perfect for culinary present for Christmas. You should cook them; this is the best recipe for biscotti that I found.

See you soon, have a nice evening.

Chocolate kisses

Hello! Today is cloudy and cold here and I want to bake some cookies for my family to give them a little peace of nice feeling. My choice was this wonderful chocolate kisses. They are chocolate rich and so soft and melt in the mouth.

Moreover you can make them with white, plain or dark chocolate, whatever you like. I made with white chocolate, because my father love white chocolate, I don’t like it so much, but I can’t eat them so my taste doesn’t matter in this situation.

They are easy to make (I think I said that all the time, but it is easy)

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Adapted from “The Cookie and Biscuit Bible”

150g white chocolate or 75g plain and 75g white

115g butter at room temperature, diced

2 eggs

225g plain flour

Icing sugar, to decorate

Melt the chocolate. Beat together the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour over the butter, sugar and egg mixture and mix in lightly and thoroughly.

Add the chocolate. Knead the dough until smooth, wrap in clear plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 190 C. Grease 2 baking sheets.

Take rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough and shape them into balls. Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheets and bake about 12 minutes. Dust with sifted icing sugar.

It will be good to have 2cm between each ball, because they become bigger.

It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes (20 minutes preparation, 1 hour cooling and 10 minutes baking) and makes about 24 cookies.

This recipe is nice for Christmas and for every time of the year. You should try it. Have a nice day 🙂 See you soon 🙂

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