the most autumn-ey pie

As for me, it’s much more difficult to avoid temptations and stick to a healthy lifestyle when fall season comes. Once September is here, we are immediately surrounded by pumpkin spice lattes, caramel muffins, apple fritters and so on. And although I don’t have a sweet tooth, all those tastes and smells are tightly associated with warmth and comfort and coziness, and these are the things that my soul asks for in a dreary St.P weather. So, I took a look around and decided to combine everything autumn-ey in a pie. Here we have apples, caramel, pumpkin spice and fragrant warming spirits. The recipe is simple – no, seriously, I tried to make it without my casual kitchen utensils and bake it in an old oven with no window and thermostat and it went out perfect). The result is so amazing that all my teeth are turning into sweet teeth.…

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Kanelbullens dag 2017 is right here!

Every year on the 4th of October people in Nordic countries celebrate National Cinnamon Bun Day. It’s Kanelbullens dag in Sweden, Kanelsnurrensdag in Norway, Korvapuusti päivä in Finland and so on. You can find a cinnamon roll in every bakery, every supermarket, every newspaper spot in Stockholm, and 95% of it would be really fresh and delicious. Almost every time I visit Sweden I eat no less than one bun every day. Although today I’m not there, I tried to recreate the atmosphere of a cozy Swedish bakery by baking lots of Kanelbullens, and I suppose that I succeeded.  

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Carrot cake with chocolate soil and marzipan carrots

I’ve never been a carrot cake fan. Seriously, I’ve been wondering why do people eat this boring cake that needs a ton of cream to slide down the throat. So, it’s not surprising that the last one I tried was years ago at Starbucks (and that one was not that bad because it has an impressive amount of lubricant). Years later, on a dark cold winter morning I was drinking my coffee and looking for some challenging cake recipe with a delicious and comforting result. I’ve found this nice and simple Donna Hay’s recipe, made it and was pretty much satisfied with the result. The cake was chewable enough, but it was…. well, basic. I kept trying to make something more interesting, something more festive, added a kilometre of ingredients so my creation could still be the carrot cake but with a holiday spirit. It was a big hit every…

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