Posts Tagged ‘Cakes’
Now coffee cake doesn’t actually have coffee in it, but it is ideal to eat while drinking a cup of your favorite joe! It must be the pairing of roasted coffee beans and sweet brown sugar cinnamon that not only fill your house with home warming smells but all the way down to your heart.
I love enjoying coffee cake on the weekend, with or without guests. And I love when my husband wakes up to the sweet aroma of cinnamon and coffee, he follows his nose to the kitchen with the biggest smile on his face!
I personally am not a huge fan of all the Greek syrup sweets, most of the time they are just too sweet. Having said that though, I do like the occasional syrup cake. The two most popular are Ravani and Karydopita (walnut cake). Ravani, that you see here, is a simple semolina cake lightly infused with either lemon or orange zest. Two versions I have grown to love are a coconut Ravani or a cinnamon one, like below!
Things have been busy the last few days here, we have and are trying to jump through all the right hoops to ensure that everything is in place for the transfer abroad. And let me be the first one to say that hoops are not always so easy to jump through, and I will be so relieved once we step on American soil. There is still a lot that needs to happen before we get there, and we are walking forward by faith alone!
Figs are very popular here in Greece, especially during August! But if you are like me, there are just so many figs you can eat alone. I am sure that there are tons of recipes that you could add figs to including jams, breads, spreads, and cakes. I came across this great little recipe a long time ago and have been waiting to flourish in fresh figs to make it. It was so easy to put together and the taste was simple yet full.
I thought it was quite good for breakfast, and paired nicely with a little espresso!
I can’t wait to show you pictures of my new kitchen too, besides going from a 2 room house, we will now have 2 bedrooms (for you to all come visit!), 2 bathrooms, a living room, small office, and a dining room table (have I ever mentioned that we eat holding our plates, usually on the couch?!) We will most definitely feel like a king and queen in our new home, and even though we will not be able to afford any outside luxury – our home is sure to become a place of peace and comfort, not to mention full of SPACE!!!!!
I have been trying to cut back on sugar and refined carbs these last coupe of weeks because in 32 days I will be standing in a short little dress on the beach while by best friend gets married to a wonderful man!
I have a problem though. I don’t like being told what to do or what I can and cannot have, even from myself Diets do not work for me, only exercise and nutrition do and we all know those take the longest to see results. I like desserts but don’t crave them unless I am trying to avoid them… can anyone else relate or am I just a little crazy?!
Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, and although Greeks don’t really celebrate birthdays, THIS American girl surely does!!! V requested strawberry cake but there were no strawberries to be found yet on the island, maybe in a couple of weeks. Instead, I made a double layer walnut cake and filled it with his favorite vanilla creme (instant and hassle free)!
We arrived back home at four o’clock this morning after a very long and somewhat perilous trip all around Greece! We took the ship last week (anywhere from 10-13 hours long) from Lesvos to Kavala, drove to Halkidiki (stayed a week), drove all the way to Athens, and took the ship back to Mytilene, I think we covered some serious ground.
Now, I like sheet cake but if you ask my mom, aunts, or Nana… they would tell you how much they adore it. It is a very requested and well used recipe in my family, maybe only second to homemade Belgian Waffles! Let’s just say my mom has been known to sneak into people’s houses to steal a couple pieces of cake when no one was looking!
Simple Banana Crumb Cake Recipe:1 cup whole wheat flour1 cup oat flour (simple ground oats)1 tsp. baking soda1/2 tsp. salt1/2 cup butter, softened2/3 cup sugar (1/3 brown; 1/3 white)2 eggs1 cup bananas, mashed1/2 cup yogurt1-2 tsp. vanilla1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts, optional1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
3/4 cup oats
1/3 cup sugar (light brown)
1/2 -1 tsp. cinnamon
dash of salt
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 cup nuts, chopped, optional
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all of the dry ingredients together, I prefer to use a fine hand colander. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy, then slowly add eggs one at a time. Scrape the bowl well and sift 1/2 of the dry mix and fold until moistened. Slowly keep folding in the bananas, yogurt, and vanilla. Add the remaining dry mix and gently fold until just well mixed, finally add the nuts and/or chips if you choose to do so. Pour into a cake round/square pan that has been either buttered well or parchment added.
That is how long I have been married to my handsome, funny, wonderful, and ever so talented husband. The past year has indescribably flown by, and now we eagerly begin our adventure of year two!
To commemorate our anniversary we are taking a small trip to the island of Chios, south 3 hours by boat. We will be gone for a few days and I am excited to explore, take pictures, and celebrate “us” -
All the way from Lesvos, Greece … we wish you a very blessed New Year 2011. May you strive to be the person God has made you to be, may He lead you in each step you take, may you listen closely for His voice and follow, may you choose to find the love, joy, peace, and patience in everything God allows to come across your path, and may this build your faith and wisdom every day of 2011. Our coin was in Christ’s piece, I guess that means we will all be blessed this year as long as we are following Him!
Vasilopita Recipe (Makes one large round cake or two smaller cakes)
4 cups flour, sifted (I use 1/2 cups whole wheat)
2 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon or all spice
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1-2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk
zest of 1 lemon or orange
1 coin (cleaned and wrapped in foil)
Preheat oven to 350°F and butter or line your round cake pan. Sift dry ingredients in small bowl and cream butter and sugar in another bowl. Add eggs to sugar mixture gradually, then stirring in vanilla and zest. Alternately mix in the dry ingredients with the milk, beginning and ending with the milk. Bake for 40-45 minutes, remove and cool on rack. Decorate with powdered sugar and or icing.
Homemade Cake with Orange
This is a very simple and easy cake to make, and it is probably one of the most common here in Greece. You can change the flavor of the cake by using half cocoa to make a marble cake or even using another fruit zest of your preference. Here, I used the whole wheat version and added orange zest.
It is big enough to share and it stays incredibly moist for a few days if you choose not to share and keep it all yourself.