Is cinnamon babka really the ‘lesser babka’?

It’s a stormy rainy day and I’m in the mood for baking! There’s nothing quite like kneading beautiful silken yeast raised dough on a wintery day while wearing your pajamas. I obviously love the simple things in life!! Babka is a wonderful sweet bread filled with swirls of chocolate or cinnamon. It’s similar to brioche…

Chocolate Cinnamon Pear Cake

Now that the weather is cooler my favourite but often underrated fruit, pears, are now in season. Pears are beautifully delicate, sweet and so versatile to use. This chocolate and cinnamon pear cake is a wonderful comfort cake for those cold nights when you are curled up on the lounge watching a movie. The pears…

Apple and cinnamon cake

What do you do when you have wrinkly old apples in a fruit bowl and no one wants to eat them? Well if you’re me, you bake them into a cake of course! This apple and cinnamon cake is an instant classic and full fills all my comfort food requirements. There’s something about the combination…

Hot cross buns (one a penny, two a penny)

Easter is almost upon us and as an avid baker, I could hardly wait to bake up a batch of hot cross buns. The smell of cinnamon through the house always fills me with contented bliss. Over the last few years, my family has come over to my place on Good Friday for toasted hot cross…

Traditional Gingerbread Biscuits

The smell of freshly made gingerbread is quintessentially Christmas for me. The combined smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves is magical in the way it can summon fond memories of distant family Christmas gatherings and of my first winter Christmas. Though funnily enough I wasn’t too fond of eating gingerbread as a child, just…

Sultana Cinnamon Breakfast Loaf

My family loves a good fruit loaf for breakfast, especially on the weekend, lightly toasted and smothered in real old fashioned butter. As fruit loaf is so easy to make, it’s fortunately something we can enjoy often. This recipe makes two loaves, so one for now and one for the freezer, or it could also…

Cinnamon Buns (Bulkas)

The smell of cinnamon always take me back to my childhood. My grandmother liberally used cinnamon in most of her baking, from layered palacsinta (pancake) cake to babke. The smell makes me feel like I’m being lovingly enveloped in my grandmothers arms once again. Cinnamon mixed with lavender perfume, her bright red lipstick and gold…

Chocolate and Pear Tart

It’s my birthday today (forty no less! – see Here for my ramblings) and even though I have a strict ‘no cooking’ policy on my birthday, I’ve made an exception to make this decadent tart. I first tasted a chocolate and pear tart from a local Swiss patisserie a number of years ago and instantly fell in love…