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When in the mood for something sweet, I can’t even allow myself to think about having something else than 10 g of dark chocolate or a fruit. See, I’ve become accustomed to a generally healthy lifestyle. Milk chocolate bars and potato chips have been out of my vocabulary for years now – except for my pregnancy cravings which I have, thank God, grown out of. But sometimes, a fruit or a tiny piece of dark chocolate just don’t cut it. That’s when a homemade dry cake comes to mind.

Over the past few years, I have come to embrace winter and its cold weather. I never find myself complaining about the rain or wind during this time of year simply because I enjoy cozying up at home and having great conversations with family and friends over food. Some of you might be thinking this weather is ideal only if you get to stay at home all day. On the contrary, I appreciate home even more when I’m away at work all day. There’s something actually comforting about getting home to take a hot bath and curl up in front of the TV with a nice snack. Since tea is my go-to drink during weeknights, the best snack to go with it is a bowl of fluffy madeleines. My friend Hisham thinks it weird to love fluffy shell-shaped mini cakes so much, but for me, they’re little pieces of heaven. Besides, they’re the easiest dessert to make and the satisfaction you feel after removing them from the mold is kind of weird to describe. You have got to make it! Here’s an easy and hassle-free recipe:


madeleine recipe | breadonbutter

What you’ll need (for 21 madeleines)

  • 150 g flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 70 g butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest of a clementine (2 teaspoons)
  • 1 tsp baking powder

How to make it

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 190 degrees celsius
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until the mix is foamy
  3. Add the melted butter, the zest, the flour and the baking powder, and mix well
  4. Fill 2/3 of each madeleine mold, and bake for 10 minutes, checking constantly

madeleine recipe | breadonbutter

Are you a madeleine fan?

I’ve been thinking lately about the cake recipes I already master (example lemon cake, fluffy chocolate cake and baba au rhum), and decided it was time to add a few newcomers to the list. So I’ve been trying out new ones, this one included. I wasn’t expecting it to be an immediate success but it definitely entered the list of possible cakes to bake when in need of a warm snack.

coffee cake | breadonbutter

The preparation doesn’t take much time, but it does need baking time so be patient.

Coffee Cake Topped With Caramelized Toffee Nuts

What you’ll need:

coffee cake | breadonbutter

For the Cake

  •  150 g unsalted butter, softened – You can use the Lurpak Cook’s Range butter blocks for better measurement, they’re 50 g each.
  • 130 g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk, extra
  • 150 g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 0.25 cup skimmed milk

For the Toffee Nuts

  • 220 g caster sugar
  • 0.5 cup water
  • 20 g butter
  • 100 g raw almonds (or any choice of nuts, they can also be mixed)

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Place the softened butter and brown sugar in a bowl and beat for about 10 minutes until creamy
  3. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat well
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and beat until combined
  5. Place the coffee and hot water in a cup and stir
  6. Add the coffee mixture and milk to the butter mixture and fold through
  7. Spoon the mixture into a greased mold
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean, then set aside
  9. Make the toffee nuts: In a saucepan, place the caster sugar, water and butter on medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes until dark golden, then continue mixing with a wooden spoon until a soft caramel paste forms. Add the nuts and stir to combine. Spoon immediately over the cake and serve!

coffee cake | breadonbutter

coffee cake | breadonbutter

coffee cake | breadonbutter

Are you a coffee lover? Would you make this cake?

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If you’re a cook at heart, you surely know about the food network. Their portfolio of cooks and chefs is the most fascinating and diverse. Naturally, I have my favorites, and Giada de Laurentiis is unquestionably one of them. Italian by origin and Emmy Award winner for outstanding Lifestyle host, this woman fascinates me and inspires me.

A few days ago, Jean showed me this delicious ricotta lemon cookie recipe to try at home, knowing how much I love baking. Turns out it was a recipe from Giada on the foodnetwork.com. So I had to try it right away! And then of course, give it a Christmassy feel. So here goes!

Ricotta Lemon Cookies Recipe

What you’ll need:

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

For the Cookies:

  • 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • The zest of 1 lemon

For the Glaze:

  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice
  • The zest of 1 lemon

How to make it:

Make the cookies:

1) In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.

3) Add the eggs one by one, mixing in between until combined.

4) Add the ricotta, lemon juice, and lemon zest and beat to combine.

5) Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

6) On an oven tray, place a baking sheet and spoon”how much” the dough on top, evenly and leaving a bit of space between each so they don’t stick together later.

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

7) Bake for 15 minutes or until golden on the sides then let them rest and cool 20 minutes.

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

Make the glaze:

1) Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest and stir until combined and smooth.

2) After the cookies have cooled, spoon the glazing on top and let it harden for 2 hours.

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

Have it with a dark coffee or mint tea!

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

 What do you think? 

Whenever I think of an orange cake, it takes me right back to my childhood when we used to gather for birthdays of each and every family member that could exist; sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, parents, you name it! And the sticky orange cake was there every time, with fresh oranges and candles on top. It was THE happy cake. So 2 nights ago, we tried to bring it back, and it was as tasty as I can remember!

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Cake:

– 4 Eggs
– 220 grams Sugar
– 150 grams All-Purpose Flour
– 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
– 150 grams melted Butter
– 120 grams Almond Powder
– 1 teaspoon of Lemon Zest

For the Syrup:

– 225 grams Sugar
– 125 ml Water
– 2 Oranges, thinly sliced

How to make it:

1) Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius

2) Make the Syrup:
Put the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat on low fire until the sugar dissolves
Add the orange slices and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes
Remove from fire and drain, preserving the syrup and putting them both aside

3) In a mixer bowl, beat the eggs and sugar for 8 to 10 minutes for the mixture to become very pale and triple in volume

4) On top of the mixture, sift the flour and the baking powder, then mix delicately with a spoon while raising the dough to keep air in the mixture

5) Add the butter, the almond powder and the lemon zest and mix again (with a spoon)

6) Prepare your mold with a baking sheet and press the sliced oranges at the bottom and on the sides, pressing gently so they don’t come off

7) Pour in the mixture and place in the oven for around 30 minutes or until a stick comes out clean

8) Take out of the oven, let it cool for about 10 minutes then turn the cake over and pour some syrup on top

Keep the rest of the syrup in case someone wants to add some more

Voila! 🙂 Happiness!