Peach and Cherry, Almond Galettes

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Look at these beauties. One would think I spent hours in the kitchen kneading but truth is, they couldn’t be easier. They are so much simpler than tarts as they don’t require blind baking. Basically you make the dough entirely in the food processor (you only need to know how to use the “pulse” function), roll it into a rough circle, add your topping and bake. That’s it. Seriously. Continue reading

Almond Tahini Biscuits

tahini cookies.jpgThese delicious cookies are something between the Greek «halva», Cypriot tahini pies and butter biscuits. They are crunchy, intensely flavoured with tahini and a lovely almond crunch. I particularly like the hint of cinnamon and sea salt in every bite. They are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Best part, they can be mixed entirely in a food processor in no time. These sweet temptations improve in taste and texture the next day. They can be kept in a biscuit tin or airtight container for weeks. If they last that long. Continue reading

Baked “Anari” Cheesecake with Pomegranate seeds

pomegranate cheesecake.jpgI saw quite a few posts on Instagram of people picking apples this time of year. Well, in Cyprus, Autumn is the season for the sweetest, reddest pomegranates. I love them everywhere. Sprinkled over Salads, over a luscious pannacota or, in this case, over a creamy cheesecake. I used a combination of Philadelphia and “Anari” cheese which is the Cyprus version of Ricotta cheese, only lighter. Surely, this is not a guilt free cheesecake but it’s considerably lighter than the all Philadelphia version. The creaminess of course, is all there. Continue reading

Blueberry, Ricotta (Anari) and Almond bake

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I didn’t grow up on blueberries. In fact, I first tasted fresh blueberries in London, about ten years ago. Even though I am lucky enough to live on an island that produces all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables in abundance, Cyprus is just too warm for blueberries. I absolutely love this tiny berry that stains your mouth blue. Luckily I can now buy them fresh from my local supermarket, but frozen ones are a really good alternative. Continue reading