Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Favorites

Here are some of my favorite posts from this past year!

Baking 

My childhood Cheesecake. You can divide it into two layers, you have the creamy-dreamy top half and then the bottom half is where you find all the cottage cheese and almonds.

 I just can't get enough of macaron tarts. I always thought they we're so pretty and elegant. I also thought that they we're really complicated to make, turns out that it's not that hard. 

Lemon meringue pie as always been one of my absolute favorite desserts! This recipe is no exception. 

Candy 

Sometimes things just work out even if you planed for the result to be totally different. My homemade Toblerone with hazelnuts was one of those cases. 

These raspberry macarons are really fresh and fruity, perfect for spring and summer! 

Nutella truffles. The reason why these are on my favorites list is because they are so incredibly simple to make but are so delicious! And who doesn't love Nutella?! 

Food

And then there's the Club bagel. The recipe is inspired by the club bagel that I always get at one of my favorite lunch places in Luxembourg Coffee Lounge. I am really happy with how it turned out! 

The shrimp seviche is one of my favorite appetizer. Especially for spring time. 
All the flavors complement each other so well and all the colors are just so beautiful! 

The red chicken pasta is a super simple dish that only takes about 15 minutes to make. 

DIY 

My marble Macbook cover is probably my favorite post of the year. Every time that I look at my computer I get happy because I think that it turned out so great! 

Heart shaped card holders that you can use as place card holders or just to place any type of card with a message on it. 

The candy bags are a fun little detail that you can use all year around! 

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

2 Years!


It's insane that two years have already gone by! 

During the past year I tried to expand the blog a bit. I started the Facebook page for the blog that has been quite a boost! I also made my first youtube video just for the fun of it! 

Unfortunately there were a lot of other things around me taking up my time and focus these past months. (Things like my job, different events and school of course). Therefore I had to take a tiny step back from blogging and baking. 
What this has taught me is that instead of just giving up on the blog because I don't have the time I'm going to start taking it more seriously. Start planning ahead and instead of having a lot of posts maybe having a fewer amount but that are planed and more serious in a way. 
I'm really looking forward to this next year and can't wait to share more recipes and fun DIY's with you!

Last but not least I also want to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and I really hope that you are enjoying your holidays! 
I celebrated Christmas with my family and then went to Paris with my sister for two days!
Now I'm going to start planning the new years festivities. 

Lots of love,
Sofia. 


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Friday, December 26, 2014

Chocolate Tart

Did anyone just scream ''chocolate!!''? Well that's what my friend did when she saw these and yeah, that is what it is.. This dessert is quite heavy but it is the perfect ending to a meal, just make sure that it is a small portion! You can serve it with fruit on top, whipped cream or just like this! Simple and elegant. 
These take about 1 hour and thirty minutes to make. 

What you need:  
For the crust:                                                   
120g butter that is room temperature               
1dl confectioners sugar                                          

2 tablespoons cocoa
3dl flour 
1 egg yolk


For the topping: 
300 62% chocolate
1.5 dl powdered sugar
2dl heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons unsalted butter


How you make them: 
Start with the crust, 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Step2: Mix all the ingredients together, wrap it in saran wrap and let it set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. 
Step3: Roll it out to a big circle that is about 4mm thick and then place it in small pans with loose bottoms and use a knife to remove the dough that is not deeded along the edges.
Step4: Poke small holes in the bottom with a fork and then bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes till they're golden brown.
Step5: Take them out, let them cool and turn of the oven because you won't be needing it anymore. 

Continue with the filling: 
Step6Chop the chocolate into small pieces and combine the chocolate and the powdered sugar in a heatproof bowl. 
Step7: In a saucepan bring the cream to a gentle simmer and then add it to the chocolate and stir until the chocolate has melted
Step8: Place the bowl with the mixture on top of a sauce pan with simmering water in it until the mixture has become smooth.
Step9: Whisk the egg yolks. In a separate heatproof bowl take about 1dl of the chocolate and mix it together with the eggs, then pour the mixture with the eggs into the other mixture and whisk to combine it all well. 
Step10: Fill the crusts with ganashe and then put them in the refrigerator until you serve them. 


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DIY Candy bags

I got a little bag from my good friend Gabriella that was filled with different kinds of soap from Lush.
I thought that it was cute and wanted to do something similar for my sister and her family but instead of soap i filled with homemade candy. 
I made some candy (using this recipe) and then I didn't have any bags to put them in so I made some myself. This is how I made them. 

What you need: 
Wrapping paper (It's best if it's made out of paper and isn't shiny or covered with plastic, it will hold it's shape better that way). 
A pen or pencil
Ruler
Scissors 
Glue
Something to fill the bags with. 

How to make them: 
Start with the sides and bottom. 
Step1: Cut out a piece of wrapping paper that is about 30x40cm.
Step2: Start by drawing a line that is 6+7+6+7cm long (so 26cm). Make sure that you have about 8cm to spare below the line. Draw a dot on the line after 6cm, another dot after 7cm, again after 6cm. 
Step3: Draw a line from each dot that is directed upwards and that is 11cm and then also one on each side of the line. 
Step4: Draw another  26cm long line on top so that you now have four rectangles
Step5: Under the second rectangle from the left you are now going to draw another rectangle. Where you drew the dots you are going to draw two lines that are directed downwards and 6cm long. Then connect them with a 7cm long line at the bottom. This is going to be the base that the bag stands on. 

Continue with the lid and what connects the sides. 
Step6: On top of the square to the right you're now going to make a little lid or flap that will make you able to close the bag. Draw a dot 1cm in from each side and then draw a line upwards from each dot that is 2cm long.
Step7: Connect the edges so that you have the sides for the lid. 
Step8: Now you are going to draw 4 smaller flaps. 3 underneath of the sides and then one on the side of the square to the right. (look at the picture, that ill make it a lot easier!)
Step9: Cut the whole thing along the sides. 

Time to start folding. 
Step10: Start folding each and every line that you have drawn. Also fold the rectangles that are furthest to the left and second to the right right down the middle. 
Step11: Glue the first flap together with the bottom square. Make sure that they're on the inside  and that all the sides are aliened so that you don't have to see them on the outside. 
Step12: Continue with the rest of the flaps. 
Step13 and 14: The end result should look like this.

Step15: Now you can fill it with your Christmas candy. I used this recipe and wrapped each piece with baking paper.  Now You just have to close the lid. You can seal it with tape, glue or wax like I did. 



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Friday, December 19, 2014

Five Details

How I spend a lot of my free time. Either on my computer, on my phone, baking or finding inspiration for all kinds of things (fashion, interior design or cooking) in magazines. 

Flowers really are an understated gift. I rarely have fresh flowers at home and they just do so much for your space. I love both giving and getting flowers as a gift (obviously I only give them to people who I know will enjoy them and take care of them). 

Sometimes I get creative. This wall is one of my favorite parts of my room. It's filled with different memories. Postcards, a cap that means a lot to me, photos, the luxembourgish flag and a bunch of paintings and drawings that I've made, drumsticks, bunny ears and so much more! 

A daily reminder to say yes more often. 

Starting to miss summer and spending time with my family in our summer house. The room behind this window is where we always eat our meals (if we're not eating outside). I just love to sit around that table, especially in the evening when my sisters kids have all gone to sleep and it's just us grownups left. Each time I learn something more about them. 
This summer was extra special because my grandparents were there. They're both over 90 years old and they just know so much and have so many stories to tell. 


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Monday, December 8, 2014

This years Gingerbread House


A lot of people don't have the patience for things like this but for me this is like therapy!  
It may have taken me five hours to complete this little project but it's not like i had any other plans that day. Decorating gingerbread houses was never a tradition in my family, well at least not when I was a kid. For the past 6 or 7 years I have made it a traditions and made one each year and I love to see how they just look better and better for each year! 

I bought the gingerbread pieces at a store and then put them together with caramelized sugar
For the piping details I just mixed confectioners sugar with water. 
Start with 1 tablespoon water and 1.5dl confectioners sugar and mix it all together. 
Continue to add sugar till you have reached a consistency that is a bit thicker then glue. 
Now you just have to pour it into a piping bag with a tiny tip and start piping! 

It becomes a lot easier (and prettier) if you pipe the details on the side of the house before you put the house together. 



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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Apple Pie

Apple pie is such a classic dessert that I always go back to during fall and Christmas times. 
This recipe takes about 1,5 hours to make. I would serve it warm with either vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on the side. 

What you need:
for the dough:
3 dl flour
125g butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water

for the filling:
5 red apples
50g butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 dl sugar 

How you make it:
Start by making the dough: 
Step1: Combine the the ingredients for the dough.
Step2: Wrap the dough in foil and put it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Continue with the filling:
Step3: Wash your apples and cut them down the middle.
Stap4: Cut the core out of all your apples, slice them in thin slices and place them in a large bowl.
Step5: Melt the butter then take it of the heat and add the sugar, cinnamon and cardamom.
Step6: Pour the melted butter over the apples and make sure that all the apples are covered in melted butter.
Step7: Pour the apples into a large frying pan and place it on medium heat so that the apples cook in the butter and become soft. Cook them for about 10 minutes.

Step8: Preheat your oven to 200°C
Step9: Butter a pie dish.
Step10: Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and roll out your dough so that it is 4-5mm thick.
Step11: Place the dough in your dish and poke small holes on the bottom of the crust.
Step11: Bake your crust for 10 minutes then take it our and fill it with the apples.
Step12: Bake the pie for another 30-40 minutes and then serve it warm with some ice cream or whipped cream. 

I also made smaller pies. Just because I felt like it. 


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