I’m endlessly looking for a reason to bake something sweet in the kitchen. Name-days in our house are the perfect opportunity. Much like a birthday celebration, the honoree picks the dinner menu. Something special for dessert is a give-in.
Kourabiethes – Powdered Sugar Greek Butter Cookies: A melt-in-your-mouth, festive and traditional Greek holiday cookie that is simple to prepare.
It is not uncommon to see these bite-sized snow-ball looking treat on the Greek dessert table during the holidays. These delicious and heavily powdered treats are called Kourabiethes and they are melt-in your mouth wonderful! But wait… there’s more! Two modern variations of this delicious traditional recipe included: Cinnamon Kourabiethes and Pistachio-Matcha Green Tea Kourabiethes create a beautiful festive dessert platter!
Blueberry, Peach and Raspberry Crumble: A Fresh and Simply Delicious Summer-Inspired Dessert.
Rich and Chewy Baklava Bon Bons made with Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies and Decadent Baklava
There are two things I have a hard time shaking: Cookies and Cake (Ok, three things: Ice Cream, too). If you were to mention the word ‘cake’ in a sentence I would obsess about it until I ate a piece. For example: years ago my son and I needed to leave a kid’s birthday party early. Unfortunately, we left before cake was served. That night, after putting my then 2 year-old son to bed, I made a cake in order to scratch the itch. I then proceeded to eat two (large) pieces. The same is true with cookies. Talk of cookies = me making a batch of my favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Greek Chocolate without hesitation.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Kellogg Pop Tart. To join in the celebration, I thought how fun would it be to create a homemade pop tart. Then, I thought it would be fun to “Greek-ify” it by creating a Baklava flavored pop tart. And then, I thought it would be fun to create a Greek-ified Baklava flavored pop tart with lots of icing on the top, simply because I’m a sucker for frosting and icing. And so, the homemade Baklava Pop Tart with Maple Icing was born.
Pastitsio (pahs-TEET-see-o) is a well-known Greek meal. Some refer to it as “the Greek lasagna” and just like lasagna, a large pan of this delicious pasta based favorite goes a long way. But this dish can be tricky; creating a nice thick layer of béchamel sauce on the top of layers of noodles and spiced seasoned meat is an art and when it doesn’t go your way, it can be a disappointing disaster. Trust me, I’ve prepared many of them (disappointing disasters, that is.). Sometimes I feel like I am praying and wishing for the béchamel to levitate atop the layers… but that never seems to work for me.
Brace yourself: this recipe is a small variation to the already proven delicious Greek Spice Cake Donuts (Fanouropita) but here now in muffin form. This classic Greek recipe is so tasty and delicious, versatile and simple. Once you master the basic recipe there is no limit to the type of variations that can be created! (hint hint: there’s more variations to come…!)