Mini Passion Fruit Pies

Happy Tuesday!! I’m back! Sorry I haven’t posted any recipe for the last couple of weeks but I was mostly baking and not posting much here! Please, remember to follow me on Instagram so you know what’s happening everyday in my kitchen @Pastry_Tales

This recipe is perfect for Summer. Passion Fruit is a very well known fruit in South America (We call it MARACUYA). This tropical fruit is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, so you can add it in any meal you want! I grew up drinking passion fruit juice, it was my favorite Summer homemade drink.

These mini pies are super easy to make. First, you make a crust: I used animal crackers and it worked perfect! Second you make the filling with passion fruit pulp, eggs and condensed milk. You might be thinking… but.. where do I get passion fruit? It’s kinda hard to find at the regular produce part of your supermarket. You should go to a Hispanic grocery store, find the frozen fruit and get it there. I always get the one with seeds because I like to use them for decoration.

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Chocolate Fudge Cake

Happy Wednesday! It’s a hot hot day here in Northern California. Our power has been turned off several times during the last couple of days because PG& E thinks is the best way to manage fire season. So, for now no more baking this week! I don’t want to have a cake in my oven and then have my electricity gone! Not fun!!

Today I introduce you to my favorite kind of birthday cake ” Chocolate Fudge Cake”. This moist chocolate cake is topped with a frosting that is one of the most popular in Peru. This fudge frosting is made with condensed milk and cocoa powder.

Just a simple chocolate cake covered with fudge frosting and colorful sprinkles. My favorite, the one my mom used to make for my birthday. This cake is perfect for any celebration, easy to make and delicious!

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Strawberry Lime Cake

Happy Monday! It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post but I’m back with this tasty recipe that is perfect for your Summer days.

Things have been fine around here but my dad lost his brother (my uncle). It was very hard for my dad to accept that his youngest brother died. It has been really sad watching my dad not accepting what is going on but a week ago he finally watched a video of the ceremony my uncle received (he was a very well known general down there in Peru) so he finally realized his brother was gone.

I’m not sure when I’ll be going back to Peru but it’s very possible that my husband and I will be traveling to Lima in December to spend the holidays with my parents. I haven’t spent Christmas with my family since I got married, so yeah, it has been a while.

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Vanilla Cheesecake Squares with Wine Gelée

Happy Monday! How is every doing? I’ve been super sick with a bad cold for the last 4 days. I’m feeling a bit better today, but I’m so tired of coughing so much! My husband is sick too so… yeah… it’s been fun!

Let’s start this new week with a new recipe. This is about a vanilla cheesecake topped with a red wine gelée. I know… it sounds a bit fancy and complicated but it’s actually not! I used animal crackers for the crust and guess what? It tasted amazing!!

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s been about maybe 5 years since the last time I spent it with mom, but I got to see her not too long ago and stayed at her house for about a month so we had a bit of time to go do “our thing” like going for coffee or shopping. I know my two older brothers will go see her on Sunday, so I’m very happy about that.

I think I’ve mentioned it before but my mom used to bake and cook a lot. I think that’s why I like to be in the kitchen so much. I always watched her baking for birthdays, dinners or any special occasion. She was a great host. Now, she doesn’t bake/cook anymore because she has a maid (Diana) plus her memory issue is getting worse with time. I’m teaching Diana how to make desserts like breads and cookies so my parents can still enjoy homemade goods.

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Churro Cupcakes

Yield 16-18 regular size cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups white granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (If you don’t have buttermilk, just mix 1/2 cup regular milk with 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar and let it sit for 15 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yoghurt, room temperature
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Almond Alfajores

It’s Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was fine, trying to catch up with a lot of things here at home after being away for a whole month. So far, everything is going ok at my parents house with the new caregiver and stuff, let’s cross fingers that everything goes fine.

Alfajor cookies are very popular in South America. There are many versions of them specially in Argentina and Peru. I grew up watching my mom making them from scratch, so I think I’m kinda an “expert” when it comes to baking alfajores.

Alfajores are usually made with cornstarch and flour but this time I’m using almond flour to give a nutty flavor (and maybe making them a bit healthier too?). The result was very good. The filling is dulce de leche that you can buy it at the store (I love La Lechera brand) or you can make it at home if you have the time.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Happy Saturday! Hi friends, I’m back. As you might know I was in Peru for a whole month helping my parents to adjust to some changes. My dad was hospitalized and now he is back home with a caregiver. There have been a lot of changes so I had to go to help my parents to adjust to all of this and make this transition as smooth as it possible can get. It hasn’t been easy. I came back home emotionally and physically exhausted. Hopefully with these new changes, I’ll have less stress on my back, we’ll see how it goes.

Now that I am back home, I’m trying to catch up with lots of things. One of them is baking! I haven’t posted anything on my blog for a month but now that I’m back I promise to post 2-3 times per week as always.

Also, I’m very thankful for my awesome baking community on Instagram, I really appreciate all your kind messages of love and support!

Now, let’s talk about about this recipe. I have a lemon tree on my backyard so I’m always trying to figure out what to bake with them. One morning, I was craving something sweet with my coffee so I grabbed a couple of lemons and made these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. They are soft but a little crunchy on the top (I love to sprinkle sugar).

Let’s start with the recipe!!

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Mini Strawberry Cakes

Happy weekend!!! Hello from Lima-Peru again! I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of days dealing with the process of adapting my parents to the new caregiver (first ever) that will take care of dad, this is a big change for everyone at the house, not easy, but I’m working for this transition to be as simple as possible. I’m pretty tired but I feel a little bit better knowing that we have the help we need for dad to be in good condition.

Today, I took my mom to the mall. I know she hasn’t done much in the last couple of weeks because of my dad’s health, she really needed some time out of the house to do her own thing. It was good to be just with her plus she kept telling me how nice it was to be out of the house “to breath some air”.

My best friend came last night, we ordered pizza and talked for a couple of hours, it was nice to yack about random stuff that was not my parents situation. Tonight, I just wanted to be with my laptop, work on my blog and drink some coke. Tomorrow, I have stuff to do for my parents but I might go out for dinner with a couple of my college friends.

Of course, I miss my husband, dogs and home. Hopefully I’ll go back at the end of April.

Now, let’s talk about this recipe. I’m not really a fan of vanilla cake (I’m a chocolate cake person), BUT when I think of Spring/Summer cakes, vanilla and strawberry combo comes to my mind. This recipe is about mini angel food cakes topped with strawberry buttercream. The buttercream is made with freeze-dried strawberries (Trader Joe’s).

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