Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Vegan Chocolate Mousse?  Is that possible? I have been baking for a while now and I think I have tried a few things: I have baked cakes with so many different flours and sugars, I tried EVERY coconut product on the market and I also added funky vegetables to cakes in order to improve texture. So last week when someone told me that chickpea water (yes that bizarre liquid you discard in your sink when you open a can of chickpeas) can be whipped like egg whites I was amazed. How come Had I never heard of it? No surprise: I went home for the weekend and I was committed to making a chocolate mousse using chickpea water for brunch. And so this vegan chocolate mousse was born. The secret is using good chocolate: sweet potatoes bring creaminess and sweetness, while chickpea water gives some … [Read more...]

Baby Matcha Eclairs

  This is one of the cutest recipes I have ever made: tiny eclairs filled with a delicate matcha cream and glazed with the coolest naturally green glaze. Baby eclairs are so much better than regular ones because you can eat more than one without an excuse, plus they are perfect for a party! You can double and triple the recipe and make multiple flavor creams and icings: for the cream swap the matcha with your flavor of choice (coffee extract, vanilla extract..)  and add some colorant to your glaze. Baby Matcha Eclairs (makes about 12) Matcha cream Ingredients 250 g full fat milk 1 egg 5 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp matcha 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp + 1 tsp flour Instructions Heat the milk in a medium pan, when it boils, add in the vanilla and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Monster Tarts

If you were looking for a quick, delicious and absolutely terrifying treat for your Halloween party, you just found it. These mini chocolate tarts are the so dark! Put together a cookie crust, a simple chocolate ganache, and some whipped cream and you will have the cutest Halloween treat on the planet that will please everyone! No oven needed and they are ready in less than two hours! Ideally, you should make these in a mini silicon muffin mold but any small round shaped tin will do (just make sure to line the tin with baking paper if it’s is an iron tin otherwise the tarts will be tricky to unmold). You can also make a large tart and cut out small tarts using a round cutter (neatness of the tarts will depend on your cookie cutter quality, obviously mine wasn’t very good eh.). Double, … [Read more...]

Strawberry Vanilla Tiramisu

The other day I was talking to some French friends about the famous Italian dessert Tiramisu when I realised that none of them knew that Tiramisu means "cheer me up" in Italian. I think it's probably the most genius dessert name anyone as ever come up with and pretty much summarise the meaning of all desserts in general.  Although I have never been that much of a fan of Tiramisu when I was younger I am starting to experiment more with recipes and  I have learnt to enjoy this classic. This spring version is super quick and easy to make and a perfect dessert for a tea party or a dinner. It’s colourful and fresh and it will surely cheer your mum up if her Mother's Day in anything but perfect! Recipe Cream: 3 large egg yolks (at room temperature) 3 tbsp. sugar 1 … [Read more...]

The Homemade Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout cookies are only sold for a short 6-8 weeks every year. You can only sell so many to receive your cookie badge! So, what about the remainder of the year when the rest of us are starving for the delicious Girl Scout cookies, but there's no troop selling them? You make the homemade Girl Scout cookies! In addition to being about to make them (and eat them!) any time you want, making the Girl Scout cookies homemade allows you to control the ingredients. No weird chemicals, GMO's or corn syrups if you are in control of making them! 1. Thin Mints by The Little Epicurean - Those thin, melt in your mouth cookies. The classic cookie come to life in your own kitchen! I bet you can't eat just one! 2. Trefoils/Shortbreads from Fork & Beans - Though these cookies require a … [Read more...]

Low Sugar Coconut Brownies

Until a few years ago I had never even thought of adding vegetables to baked goods, then one day I tried a vanilla cupcake recipe that included grated zucchini and I realized how great it was: vegetables help to reduce sugar and fat content in many baked goods while maintaining the texture. For those of you out there who hate beets don't worry I do too and you can not absolutely taste them in this recipe, they are only there for texture purposes. As the title suggests, these brownies contain less sugar than most recipes and they are also gluten free, which allows me to call them healthy (ish) brownies. These are not some of those fudgy brownies you eat a square of and you are full for the rest of the day, instead, they are very light and moist and I could finish off the whole batch by … [Read more...]