The 2016 Food Blog Awards competition came to an end with the winner in the Sweet Treats category being Marislurp. I want to congratulate her and wish her the best!!!

I left the competition early as I never completed all the baking tasks and honestly couldn’t keep up with the competition. I feel sad because this time the competition, at least in the Sweet Treats category, was very intense. Last year I was lucky to meet new people and make good friends. This year, to my surprise, the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere that characterized the contest was gone. I was ashamed to read facebook posts from other contestants saying that, since they didn’t win, the contest was fake. They think the winner of the category isn’t good enough. Wait a minute. What????? Somewhere along the way we’ve lost it. We lost the real meaning in all of this.

Anyways I know I owe you a tsoureki recipe. I have the “material” needed as I baked and photographed my sweet breads before the due date but I never managed to put the post together. I wanted this post to be the ultimate tsoureki baking guide. I had everything planned and took the photos I wanted for my short how-to video but writing the post seems so overwhelming at the moment. I just want to rediscover the joy in baking without feeling obliged to create blogging worthy content and take descent food photos.

I have some thoughts on how I can fit food blogging back into my life but for the next few months I’ll let things roll slowly. Maybe I’ll re-write some old posts and change my bog’s header to fit the season? We’ll see. Until then I think you can check my recipe index for delicious recipes.

Do you have any ideas about Sweet Applepie? Is there something you would like to see? A specific recipe? A baking technique? Let me know.

Good-bye for now friends.

It’s cake day today. My love for citrus flavors in cakes, sponges and desserts is known. So no surprise, I have a Ginger Lemon Bundt Cake with Honey Lemon Glaze for you today. Although I love all things complicated and challenging in baking, as a new mom, I recently discovered the joy in making easy, preferably one-bowl, recipes; baked goods that only need a few minutes of mixing and can hit the oven right before the baby wakes from a 30 minute nap.

I also found out that all goods pre-made (pre-baked) that can be held, carried around and eaten with the use of one hand make the perfect breakfast. Cakes fill all the boxes and a slice of this Ginger Lemon Bundt Cake with Honey Lemon Glaze is a great way to start a busy day.

This cake was made with Robin Hood all-purpose flour, the flour that gives the best results in any baking experiment. As you already know Sweet Applepie is nominated for the Best Sweet Treats category in the 2016 Food Blog Awards. You can vote for me by clicking here.

Hello everyone!

I am officially wishing you happy New Year through my 1st recipe post. Many have started the year with special weight loss programs and detox recipes, so what? I am sure there are people out there that have wisely chosen not to eat too much during the holidays or maybe there are people like me that could use some weight. The first post of the year, my recipe for an Upside Down Apple Pie, is also the first post for the 2016 Food Blog Awards. As you may already know, Sweet Applepie is nominated for the Best Sweet Treats category. You can vote for me by clicking here.

This year’s baking challenges include pie, cake and sweet bread making with Robin Hood all-purpose flour as an ally to all our baking experiments. I decided to start with pies and cakes and dedicate February to sweet bread (tsoureki) baking.

I was really excited to see that Robin Hood flour is the sponsor for the category I am competing this year. I know the product really well as I use it widely in my baking. Robin hood all-purpose flour is made from high quality Canadian wheat and it’s consistent high quality characteristics provide bakers and cooks with the confidence that they will always have the best results.

Note: The giveaway is open for Greek citizens only. You can find more info about entering the sweepstake in the Greek post here.

Calling all coconut lovers; I have a special recipe for you.

I give you the ultimate Coconut Pineapple Cake recipe, which also happens to be dairy-free for those interested. A cake that people who tested it described it as the lightest dessert they have ever had. I know, you expect Christmas cookies and traditional dessert recipes from me this time of year but bear with me. I’ll explain everything.

A few days ago I received a Greek copy of the book The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook published by Terzopoulos Books. I must admit I wanted to buy this book. It’s been in my cookbook wish list for quite some time. I wanted to try at least one Hummingbird Bakery cupcake recipe, as they are said to be delicious.

It’s been a while. People who have been following this blog for a while know one thing for sure:
I am not a consistent blogger.
There have been times when new posts kept coming each week followed by periods of silence (both short and long).
This is probably one of the reasons why my blog isn’t popular (I think it also comes with the fact I am not aggressive on social media). Blogging is a hobby for me and this blog’s name and layout have changed more than once while I was trying to find my style and fit blogging into my life.Vegan waffles - Sweet Applepie blog #waffles #vegan #breakfast #dairyfree

What’s been going on lately:
Well, first of all I’ve been full time busy taking care of my baby and trying to figure out how to live without dairy (and for a short period of time also without eggs, corn, soy and…wait…WHEAT!). Going wheat and corn-free at the same time is really tricky because most packaged gluten-free flour mixes contain corn starch. This actually means that you have to buy a bunch of different flour types (e.g. quinoa flour, potato starch, rice flour e.t.c.), study their chemical properties and combine them make your own flour mix which is practically impossible to do when you have a teeny tiny cute little baby in your arms almost all day long. I must admit I practically starved for a month. Anyway, this is behind me now. I’ll do the dairy-free thing for a couple more months and then I am done. I am counting days. By the way all these cheesy pasta and puff pastry twists recipes on Pinterest don’t help at all!

Hello friends,

This is the last post of a short series with suggestions on how to make our food a bit healthier. I know, not everything is baking related but as I’ve mentioned in the past this blog changes as my life changes. I’ve been spending more time cooking than baking lately. There is little time available and the need to feed oneself nutritious food is more important than the desire to bake delicious treats. A new post is coming soon with an update on what I’ve been doing lately and a dairy-free waffle recipe. 

Now, let’s see some stunning ideas for cooking fish.

Although fish is a nutritional food – holding an important position in the Mediterranean food pyramid and suggested to be included in your diet one to three times a week – not everyone is a fan of the most traditional recipes. In order to enjoy this healthy and delicious food and to make fish easier to include in your weekly menu, we’ve gathered some delicious recipes for you to try.

Butter is a necessary ingredient in most of our favorite recipes, from cakes and pasta to sandwiches and risotto. However, if you are looking for healthy butter substitutes – either because butter isn’t a heart-friendly option, or in order to take better care of your health overall – you can find some great ideas in the list below. The results are equally delicious, and the meals you create will have been made with ingredients that can help to keep your calorie intake, fat intake, and cholesterol levels in check.   

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.

saladWhen 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.

Greek Walnut Cake with Syrup - Sweet Applepie #cake #walnut #syrup #bakingSeptember 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.

Baked Pineapple Cheesecake - Sweet Applepie #cheesecake #baking #pineapple #baked cheesecake

Baked Pineapple Cheesecake - Sweet Applepie #cheesecake #baking #pineapple #baked cheesecake

Hello everyone!

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.