Citrus Cake Vasilopita

Five years ago, I made my first variation of the Greek New Years Cake, Vasilopita, for Sophaki Cooks. Rather than a single loaf or cake, I used the same traditional ingredients to make cupcakes. And while I still maintain cupcakes are a brilliant form for a cake with a lucky coin baked inside, this variation…

Dark Chocolate & Brandy Truffles

Back in college, one of my closest friends told me that my love language is food. While I hadn’t come to the realization at the time, she couldn’t have been more right. It’s not just a hobby I enjoy, but how I show love to others. One of the simplest ways to express your love with…

Chocolate Dipped Koulourakia

Just recently, I made my very first batch of Koulourakia. Yes, it’s true. While I always helped my mom, I finally made them on my own. I was working based off of my mom’s recipe so I  was expecting results similar to hers. Well, that didn’t happen. The texture of the dough was not smooth because I put…

Fig & Goat Cheese Whipped Cream Pavlovas

While I like to think I’m a generally productive person, procrastination can sometimes sneak its way into my life. I’ll wake up one Saturday morning and think of things I need to do. Of course, what I actually do is a different story. What I need to do: Clean my house What I actually do:…

Baklava Cheesecake Cupcakes

Baklava cheesecake has become a popular dessert choice lately and I can see why. Who doesn’t love Baklava? Who doesn’t love cheesecake? Who wouldn’t want to eat both Baklava AND cheesecake at the same time? It’s everywhere and it’s good. Over the holidays, I decided to give it a try. I found a recipe from…

Ouzo Melon

On a hot summer day in Greece, meals at a Traditional taverna often begin with a shot of Ouzo alongside an array of appetizers or mezedes and end with a “dessert” of freshly cut melon slices. For some Greeks, Ouzo and melon are staples of summer dining which is why I’m surprised I haven’t come across this combination…

Honey & Yogurt Panna Cotta

In the world of Greek desserts, the spotlight is always on the intricate, ultra sweet and most time consuming desserts. Example: Baklava. I guess any dessert with individually buttered sheets of dough, layered in between beds of finely chopped nuts and drenched in a honey syrup deserves some sort of recognition, but not all of it. While Greek yogurt drizzled with…

Karidopita: Walnut Spice Cake

If you’re still wondering which holiday dessert to make this year, stop now. Let me introduce you to the dessert you’ll want to make this year and next: Karidopita. Karidopita is a moist, yet substantive Greek walnut cake flavored with cinnamon and clove spice. The cake’s moisture comes from the simple syrup poured over it…

Galaktoboureko: Semolina Custard Pie

If I were to take a poll of all Greeks, Greek-Americans and Grecophiles (yes, that’s a thing) and ask them to name their favorite dessert, I think that Galaktoboureko would take the prize. If you’re not already familiar with it, Galaktoboureko (pronounced Gah-lak-toh-boo-reh-koh) is a traditional Greek dessert of thick semolina custard encased in paper-thin layers…

Mason Jar Pistachio Layer Cake

Several months ago I made a “Pistachio Petit-Four” layer cake from a favorite blogger. Everyone loved it. Those who weren’t around for a bite, hated it (and me) because of the obnoxious check-out-how-good-this-looks (and you can’t have any) pictures I was sending over from my phone in between bites. Sorry brother. Though sometimes I enjoy…

Modern Wedding Cookies

Growing up, my best friend’s name was Hanna. We met in elementary school and after realizing we lived in the same neighborhood, began meeting up after school to roller blade. I had no idea at the time that we would become the friends we are today. Between our rollerblading days and now, we’ve had adventures…

Pistachio, White Chocolate + Rosemary Scones

Today you’re researching proper scone making and tomorrow you’ll be brushing up on your Spanish vocabulary, but you’re not studying for a test in English Baking 101 or planning a trip to Chile. So, why then? Because you’re a knowledge junkie.  You’re curious about anything and everything and never satisfied with what you already know. If this…