Raisin Bread

Raisin Bread

We like it either way – fresh and warm, right from the oven and the next day, toasted and generously buttered. It’s not even close to a store-bought raisin bread, but much more flavorful.

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Sour Cream Ice Cream with Raw Sugar Toffee Sauce

Sour Cream Ice Cream

If you like sour cream and ice cream, you are certainly going to love this. Good quality of the sour cream really matters. The sauce is great with almost any ice cream or fresh fruit.

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Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream

What a wonderful way to get rid of these brown spotted bananas. And it’s a lot easier than baking banana bread and tastes superb. The recipe is coming from Alice Medrich’s “Pure Dessert”

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Crêpes

Crêpes

These are paper thin, almost translucent and very delicious French-Russian style pancakes. The recipe calls for baking powder and this is very unusual for this type of pancakes. But it doesn’t make them puffy and thick. They are both delicate and tear resistant at the same time which makes them perfect for different types of filling. Before I found this recipe I had made the crêpes as most of Russian women do – eyeballing everything. But isn’t it good to eliminate the guessing?

Makes about 3 dozens 8-inch diameter crêpes (only if you can guard them from little thieves trying to steal the pancakes while you are flipping the next one ).

You can scale the recipe down if this quantity is overwhelming. But you also can freeze them, filled or unfilled up to a month.

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Yeasted Apple Lattice Cake

Yeasted Apple Coffee Cake

It looks impressive and might seem like difficult to make. But there’s nothing complex in the shaping of this bread. Besides, the handling of the yeast dough is always calming and nerve soothing experience.

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Sundried Tomatoes and Feta Puffs

Sundried Tomatoes and Feta Puffs

These can be served as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to a salad. I like them warm from the oven with a tomato or roasted peppers pureed soup.

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