Chess-cake

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Alright alright, I know that it looks more like a football but… the main idea was to make a cake which would be black and white and… here it is :)
That was the day when I felt like eating… something – yes, something… because I really didn’t know what to eat exactly… You probably know these silly cravings :)
While browsing the net, I found this Chess-cake and suddenly it was decided – that’s the cake to be made! Let me say that these were eyes eating mostly but… that’s quite essential too, isn’t it? :)
And I won’t be pretending that this is one of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever eaten. It’s very tasty with this nice black and white effect – that’s why I would recommend to check it out :)
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Granola with cashew and banana chips

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All good things come to an end… The same happened to my first granola :)
I’ve had an idea for a new granola for quite some time so when the time came, I decided to make another one. Of course, I won’t be recommending things that can be found in Sweet Fit because they’re so obviously good that they don’t need any special recommendations. Seeds, nuts, oats, dried fruit – simply perfect. As an extra, I can say that this granola is a bit more… refreshing. Good job orange juice! :)

So next weeks of eating straight from the jar are coming ;D
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Florentynki

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My favourite snacks are back!
Adore it, adore it, adore it!
When it comes to Sweet Fit, I had my favourites at the beginning but now..? No way! It’s really impossible to say which are the most delicious! :)

I’ve known Florentynki for ages but only as a ready-made product which I could buy at the baker’s. They were yummy. But these home-made ones – sooo way better! I won’t be buying them anymore… unless a huge wave of laziness hits me one day ;P

Oh, and one more thing to say, the recipe is taken from Kinga Paruzel’s blog, where she warns against hot caramel. Me myself and I am warning you not to stay close to the pan while melting the sugar ;D Not to mention, checking the inside of the pan… unless you’re fond of explosions ;D
Just be careful :)

Exceptional they are :)
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Mini-Tarts with White Cream and Passion Fruit

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Since passion fruit curd has been on Sarenka Baking for quite some time and not so long ago mini-tarts were posted too, I think it’s high time I introduced… THEM :)
Before making them, I had these two opposite predictions in my head – “Either they’re really good, or a complete disaster…” I guess it was connected with my limited taste imagination :) On the one hand, reading the recipe I nearly felt this sweetness coming from the cream, on the other hand, there was passion fruit with all its sourness… Then what? Will it go together or maybe quite the contrary?
The only thing I could do was to check them out… and so I did :)
Soooo… In my humble opinion… the tastes combine quite nicely :) Tarts are sweet, true, but if they’re too sweet? Nope, I would be far away from claiming so. Oh, not to forget, at the beginning you may feel quite awkward eating passion fruit seeds but it’s a matter of getting used to them :)
I really recommend them. Satisfaction guaranteed :)
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Mini Shortbread Tarts

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Actually, I was wondering if posting them as a separate recipe would be a good idea… Having made my decision – here they are :) There is some special crumbliness about them which I liked a lot. Simply delicious, they can be eaten with no extras, no additions… What’s more, they give out such delicious smell… Yummy :)
I think what’s also really nice about them is that there many different ways of using them – with jams, chocolate, nutella (oh yes!), with fresh fruit and cream on top… Oh my! Really loads of options :)
And that is why, I thought they deserved their own place here :)
I’ll be coming back to this recipe not once, not twice :)
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Passion fruit curd

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Ehh… passion fruit… this problematic passion fruit ;D The hunting took me more than half a year. Really, nowhere to be found (imagine the city I live in ;P) I almost decided on buying some pseudo-passion fruit stuff on the Internet and… ha! those who wait are rewarded (well, mostly ;P) I couldn’t believe my eyes when I entered Tesco supermarket and saw them lying on the shelves… waiting for me ;D Sooo, into the basket and straight to the checkout! The cashier was so polite to ask me what it was because… she didn’t have the foggiest idea ;D Well, no wonder – if they’ve got passion fruit on offer once a year…
Having bought it, I rushed home thinking what to do with my passion fruit curd :)
One thing is sure, I’ll definitely share my ideas later on :)

Now… the thing is, I can’t decide which curd is better – this one or maybe the lemon one :) Both are de-li-cious :) And that is why, I highly recommend trying both… You never know what can be to your taste until you check it out, right? :)
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Croissants with nut-chocolate filling

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How to put it..? I just cannot stand MarciƄskie Croissants! (here you can find the recipe) And I know it’s all about this tradition of eating them on 11th November but… I strongly oppose, no no no!
I’m not sure why I don’t like them so much… Lately, I’ve noticed they’ve got this marzipan as on of the filling ingredients. Something I don’t like at all. So maybe that’s the reason..? Oh well, we can’t have everything, can we? :) Maybe one day I’ll find it in my heart to make and like them but as for the time being… bleee, nope :)

Yet, I let the tradition take its course and make croissants which were appealing more to my palate ;)
I experimented a bit with the filling and one thing for sure, I’ll experiment on it even more next time :)
Just a small warning, my croissants are far from being sweety sweety. So if you have a sweet tooth, add some more caster sugar (or use milk chocolate instead of a dark one)
Should be fine then :)

Oh, and one more thing – they look crippled, I know… So what ;D
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Chocolate Square

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Takes only a quarter to prepare it plus one night of waiting in the fridge (it’s awful, I know ;P) and it’s ready!
If you need sugar desperately, you really have to make it!

I saw dozens of versions of this square. This is one is sooo ours, home-made and I think (subjectively so) the best of all! Need a proof? Half of it disappeared in only 15 minutes! Well, let’s face it – Chocolate Square is highly addictive. Eat a piece and you’ll immediately crave for more… Sooo a small helping can’t do any bad ;P

To finish, buy milk powder of a good quality and make it… It’s a must! :)
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Nutella Brownies

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Never ever have I made brownies. And as they say, that’s classic in baking.
I had several attempts to make it, you know, just out of curiosity. The main problem was the audience since there are few people in my family who are fond of sad layer : ) Sooo, it would be rather pointless to bake something that no one would even try… On the other hand, it was just impossible that half of the world was wrong… Reading different comments I saw only oohs and achs over brownies cakes… then how could it be bad?
When it comes to new tastes, I’m trying to have as open-minded palate as possible (and I hope it won’t change at all). The decision was made – make brownies.

My impressions – that’s not sad layer, no no no : ) The texture is heavy and wet – true but… what’s the most important – it’s hell yummy!!! Soooo chocolatey, perfect with a cup of coffee – it won my heart : ) For sure I’ll check on other versions of brownies and I presume I won’t be disappointed at all : )

This brownies was made from here but… from half of the portion provided… What a shame…

PS There is a real chocolate phase going on here ;D
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Muffins with nuts and chocolate

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Don’t know what to bake, bake muffins : )
Don’t know which ones, nuts and chocolate is always a bingo choice : )
A real key to success it is.

Personally, I like this kind of muffins a lot. Why? Hmm… It’s nothing sophisticated but… just have a bite and there is no turning back – yummy yummy yummy : )
The taste of nuts is definitely present but it does not steal the show at all. Big pieces of chocolate found inside are a nice surprise and simply pure pleasure : )
However, if the main audience here will be children, turn to sweet chocolate (or semi-sweet at least) – children are famous for having a sweet tooth ; )
For adults, stick to classic bitter taste : )

Though they do not look as awesome as the original ones, they’re delicious : )
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