Lemon and Pistachio Cake

IMG_6572This is one of THOSE cakes. The memorable ones. The ones you will be making again and again. You will take it to a friends house as a gift, bake it when your in-laws come for tea, or lock the door and keep it all to your self with a large jug of coffee. Its tender, aromatic, flavourful and as fresh as a summer’s breeze. 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

Lemon, Poppy seed, Yogurt cake

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I love a cake with some crunch. A little crunch. Like this lemon cake, baked with these small, black speckles, filling your mouth with the right amount of flavor and “bite”. It’s as if you want something to interrupt the tenderness of a cake, but not too much. Poppy seeds are great in sweets and this cake is no exception. Lemon is the right partner in flavor and yogurt adds moisture and tang. Finish it with a light drizzle of lemon syrup and start texting friends to come over for coffee. Continue reading

Lemon, Almond and Mastic Cake with lemon glaze

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You can call this my “lemon addiction”. Since it’s lemon season here in Cyprus I decided to bake my favourite lemon cake and eat it almost by myself over a cup of tea. I was gathering my ingredients while humming Ed Sheeran’s “photograph”, when suddenly there I was, face-to-face with one of my worst nightmares: NO VANILLA EXTRACT! I remained quite calm, considering the seriousness of the situation, and then suddenly it hit me: Mastic! The unbelievable aroma and taste of mastic works so well with the lemon and almonds. Of course, you can use vanilla if you can’t get a hold of mastic but if you can, give it a try. Continue reading