It’s been a month at home with the baby. 30 whole days. I would say the most difficult part for me is breastfeeding. I am trying to make it work. I will say, from my experience so far, that breastfeeding is not as easy as it is usually described to be.
One of the most challenging parts is to feed yourself. When you have no time to cook and no free hands to prepare a proper meal potato chips, chocolate bars and store bought cookies held in the kitchen cabinet often become the number one choise for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is however another, healthier, option; You can have a salad instead. Just send someone to the market to buy some bags of pre-washed salad vegetables for you. Set the potato chip bag asside and keep reading to learn how to make a healthy and delicious salad.
When you want to eat healthily, but don’t have the time to cook a hot meal, salad is a quick and easy solution. That’s if you’re making it with the right ingredients – if you’re not, your salad could be a less-than-ideal option for your cholesterol levels. Don’t worry, though: the smart tips below are here to help you to make delicious and healthy salads every time.
September is almost over but temperatures are still high, like summer high, and that’s not cool at all I tell you. I miss the pleasant petrichor that follows autumn rain and the feeling of the slight cool breeze on my face. I don’t think we are going to get into fall mood for another month or so though.
That’s about climate of course because baking is another story. Apples, walnuts, grape must and fresh grape syrup are now on the market and I can’t hold myself. I know most of this stuff can be found all year round nowadays but you know it and I know it: Fruit and vegetables taste best when eaten in season.
Last year I baked Greek Grape Syrup Cookies. Today I am sharing a recipe for a Greek Walnut Cake.
I was in my mother’s house when she decided to make this cake and I managed to take some photos because I really wanted to share this recipe with you.
A few days ago, on the 13th was the blog’s birthday! Last year I made an impressive Concorde Gateau (aka Chocolate Mousse Meringue Cake) to celebrate the day. Today I have a Baked Pineapple Cheesecake with Greek Yogurt and Ginger for you. It’s a special dessert dedicated to a special day.
This cheesecake was on my “to bake for the blog” list for quite some time now. I don’t know why it took me so long to share this recipe with you.
With swollen feet and an intense feeling of hunger, that almost never goes away, I keep counting weeks. My due date happens to be September 13; same day as the blog’s birthday. Doctor ordered rest because baby needs to put on some weight so any baking plans have been left aside for the moment. It’s kind of sad because I’ve been trying for quite some time to make this blog better. I have so many ideas about recipes, new posts and YouTube videos all noted down in my bullet journal (it’s my new thing).
Although I have been told that the first few weeks (or maybe months) with a newborn are really difficult I hope that after a while I will be able to start baking regularly again. Maybe wearing a sling or a carrier could help? I don’t know. All I know is I am not ready to give up blogging.
Here we go! Another pie crust dedicated post. Today I am sharing my favorite Flaky Shortcrust Pastry recipe. This crust is amazing to use when making American style fruit pies and mousse pies. The main characteristic of this dough is flakiness.
The basic ingredients for the Flaky Shortcrust Pastry are the same with the ingredients used for the Pâte Brisée: Flour, Fat, Water/Liquid, Salt, Flavorings. I won’t get into describing everything in detail, in order to avoid boring repetitions. You can read the detailed post about the Pâte Brisée and the ingredients mentioned above, here. I will, though, talk about the things that are different regarding ingredients, ratios and the method used to make this dough.
The suggested type of flour for the Flaky Shortcrust is all-purpose flour because it is considered to have the right gluten content to provide structure to the dough, enough to create the desired layers, without making it tough.
This is the first post of a series dedicated to tart and pie crusts. My goal is to give you the basic information about pastries and show you how to make crusts for your favorite tarts and pies. The recipes I am going to present to you are simple as I really want to focus on crusts.
I always have a hard time presenting in detail complicated recipes, with many different components, without creating a really long and boring post.
Today we are making a Strawberry Galette focusing on the famous Pâte Brisée; the delicious dough we often meet in savoury tarts and quiches, galettes and rustic fruit pies.
Pâte Brisée is actually the French shortcrust pastry and it is more or less the same with the English shortcrust (I would say that probably the only difference is that in many English crust recipes butter is substituted for lard). I do, however think that Pâte Brisée (or the European shortcrust in general) is a bit different from the American style shortcrust.
Differences will be more obvious after my next post, which will be dedicated to the American shortcrust. Today we are baking the French way.
The term short in baking
Baked goods with little gluten development, as a result of high fat content, are considered to be short.
Fats like butter, shortening, margarine and lard have the ability to shorten gluten strands. When mixed with flour, fat surrounds its particles preventing the formation of gluten. The result is tender baked goods.
Orthodox Easter is only a week away and it’s time to start scheduling our holiday baking. Those who fast will bake these cookies only a few days before Easter, to eat on Easter Sunday but in my opinion these cookies can be an all year round thing. No need to wait for Easter. Make them once and you’ll know I am right.
I made a video for this recipe because I wanted to show you how to shape the cookies. The dough is pliable and you can shape it as you like but there are some traditional, commonly used, shapes and it seemed easier to show than try to describe in detail.
I know, another no-recipe post BUT I must say I have something baked and photographed so there will be a new post soon. I promise.
Today is the day: The day of the name change.
I announced that there would be a name change a few months ago. I already knew the name and I had the new domain registered. Now it’s time for you to know too.
The new Blog name is: Sweet Applepie.
Do you like it? I love it! Now I want to explain what it means for me.
Well, first of all it’s the obvious: This name is about the real Apple pie. The dessert I used to hate until I discovered how to make it. Apple pie was the first pie I ever made with the first pastry dough I ever made from scratch (it was a pâte brisée). Now it’s my favourite pie and whenever I make it I can’t help but think back at the beginning of my baking journey.
Secondly, this name reminds me of my beloved dog. Yes I will get into that now. When we got our doggie we decided to name him after Tintin’s dog friend. In Tintin’s Greek cartoon compilation the adventurous white doggie is called Milou (I know probably the name is not the same at the original cartoon series). Now, the name Milou sounds close to the Greek word Milo which means Apple. Over the years our sweet dog acquired many nicknames, with one of them being “Milopitas” which freely translates to “Apple pie”. So there it is my Sweet pet friend…my Sweet Applepie!
So the new name is shorter than the last one. I think it’s easier to remember and it has several positive connotations for me.
I have the new domain on which is www.sweetapplepie.eu but the old domain www.sweetapplepie.eu will be up for a while in order to make the transition easier.
How are you? No recipe today, just some news.
Well, it’s obvious I am taking a break from baking and posting. At first I thought I did not have to talk about it. Τhen some friends asked me if I had completely stopped blogging and I changed my mind. I am in the middle of a pregnancy situation guys :-). I am now officially 4 months pregnant so I think it’s safe to share.
When this year started I made a detailed baking and posting plan. My blogging goals for the year included posting at least once a weak and create content for special holidays. But then we learned about the pregnancy and soon after I developed a serious food and smell aversion. Also, some small issues keep me in bed almost all day long.
Just like that, plans changed and blogging was left behind. As people who have been following the blog for a while already know, I started baking in a very difficult period in my life and having a hobby like that kept me “alive” and active for a long time. Winning the Best Baking Award a few months ago was something I had never imagined happening but it did and it made me feel good because this blog is not only about creating new content in order to gain more readers, it’s about sharing loved recipes with people. Recipes I love and make me feel good, along with details I find important for baking success. I would really love to know that I was able to successfully guide a novice in his first baking journey.
Oh, these cookies. Are you a firm believer that healthy and delicious don’t go together? Well, you might want to reconsider. Bake these Tahini Oatmeal Cookies and you will be amazed by the aromas that will fill your house. Then just one bite will get you to cookie heaven.
I am not a healthy eating fanatic, you should be able to tell by now, and although I am not a big fan of having oats raw as breakfast either (I usually eat them in granolas), I really love incorporating them in cookies, muffins and crumbles. I find they add interesting texture in baked goods.