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German Peach Kuchen

German Peach Kuchen

This is a very popular recipe in the Saxon cuisine of Transylvania, peaches and custard baked to a chewy, gooey perfection on a tender cookie crust. Can be made all year around  with canned peaches, but try the fresh ones in the summer first. Served hot with ice cream or alone cold, the recipe is so popular that I even found a version of it in a Saxon Cook Book published in 1955 by the Transylvanian Saxons immigrated to United…

Walnut Cake With Egg Yolk Glaze

Walnut Cake with Egg Yolk Glaze

This is a very old family recipe. Very popular in Transylvania and other parts of Eastern Europe, this cake is known as the " recipe of walnut cake with egg yolk glaze". I love easy desserts and easy baking. This recipe fits exactly my passion for real ingredients that most of us should have in the pantry. The cake is made with flour and ground walnuts, butter, sugar and egg whites. The egg whites will give the cake an airy, fluffy…

Coconut-Almond Lemon Bars Recipe

Coconut-Almond Lemon Bars Recipe

I found this recipe in a Taste of Home Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004. I was intrigued by the ingredients used - a tasty combination of coconut, lemon and almond. This is not your classic lemon bar, but a twisted, delicious version of it. One thing I changed in this recipe was the amount of sugar used in the filling. Call me crazy, but for me, less sugar means more flavor in your mouth.  I also used blanched almond flour and…

Coffee And Cinnamon Brownies Recipe

Coffee And Cinnamon Brownies Recipe

This is one of my favorite recipes for brownies. First time I made the recipe my husband loved the brownies so much, that he asked me to make the recipe the next day. The chocolate brownies are good, but the Cappuccino ones are out of this world, so you need to try them! The coffee enhances the chocolate flavor and the cinnamon and nutmeg take this easy recipe to a next level and brings elegance to it. Just a note on…

Super Easy Lemon Bars

Super Easy Lemon Bars

This is one of the easiest Lemon Bars recipe you will ever find around and it comes from a great book I got recently, " The Clueless Baker". Elegant and irresistible, these bars have a serious lemon hint. They are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Great for potlucks also, picnics or graduation parties. I made these super easy lemon bars last night. This morning, I dropped them off in the media center of the building where we live. The bars…

Cheesecake Squares Recipe

Cheesecake Squares Recipe

This recipe comes from a great book I got recently, " The Clueless Baker". The book is filled with great ideas not only for the young bakers but also for the more experimented ones. The recipes in this book are very easy to follow and I discovered unique ones that I really loved. If you want to try another recipe from this book, you should try this one I made the other day( Super Easy Lemon Bars ). Let me tell you, the…

Austrian Cream Cheese Bars

Austrian Cream Cheese Bars

According to my husband, these Austrian Cream Cheese Bars are the best bars he ever ate in his life. I have to recognize myself that these are ones of the best I ever tried in my life. This is an old recipe I found among other million recipes I own. I am sure you know what I am talking about. Yeah, the recipes you collect and think that one of these days you are going to make them, but you…

Walnut And Rose Hip Jam Bars

Walnut and Rose Hip Jam Bars

I am very happy to finally be able to share with you a recipe that is the closest to my heart, the Walnut and Rose Hip Jam Bars. The recipe comes from my grandmother, Herta, who used to make it very often. She made these bars using walnuts from the walnut tree that was growing in the back  yard, and rose hip jam she was making from scratch. My grandma is not around anymore, but the walnut tree that is over 100 years…

Meringue Farmer Cheese Cake

Meringue Farmer Cheese Cake

My mom sent me this recipe long time ago, from Romania, by mail. The recipe was called Meringue Farmer Cheese Cake from Tante Anicuta. Tante Anicuta was my grandfather's sister. She loved to bake. Many of her recipes got lost over the time, so this recipe is very special to me. Tante Anicuta lived in Fagaras, a little town in the heart of Transylvania, where my dad's side of the family was from. I used to spend summer vacations at Fagaras,…

Plums Coffee Cake-Summer Dessert

Plums Coffee Cake-Summer Dessert

Back in Romania, the end of August is the time when plums are in season. I grew up with the so called "Italian plums", the ones that are smaller, round, juicy, with a stone that can be removed easily. People back home make jams, cakes, compotes and even brandy out of these fruits, trying to use them while they last. This plums coffee cake is not something difficult to make. In fact, it is just a sponge cake with fruits.…

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