Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

My lemon tree is blooming so I decided to remake my lemon bread recipe. This loaf is packed with fresh lemon juice and zest. The crumb is really nice and soft. I made a lemon icing to spread on top and believe me I think this is better than the Starbucks one because it is less greasy and the glaze looks and tastes better.

Guess what! Tomorrow is my birthday and for the first time ever, I have zero plans because covid of course. I decided to not bake my own cake so I’ll go to a bakery to get one. 38 years here I come!

The videos for this recipe are posted on my Instagram so don’t forget to follow me here.

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Churro Alfajores

If you visit my blog for a while, you know I enjoy baking alfajores and I’m always trying to come out with new flavors. Alfajores are made with regular flour, cornstarch, vanilla extract, egg yolks and other simple ingredients and today I decided to add ground cinnamon and nutmeg to create a churro flavor version. They are filled with delicious dulce de leche (which is a milk-based caramel) and coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture.

You can find the video of this recipe on my Instagram highlights. Click Here.

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Tiramisu Cake

Happy New Year!! I’m back after some days of not baking at all. I hope you all are doing well and that we all have a better year.

January is my birthday month. I’ll turn 38 on the 14th. I was hoping to spend my birthday in Peru with my parents but again… COVID gets in the middle of my plans. I really don’t have any plans for my birthday so I decided to bake a couple of cakes during January to celebrate.

This cake has 2 soft vanilla cake layers. After baked, I brushed some homemade espresso syrup on top. Covered with a delicious espresso mascarpone cream filling and frosting.

Video for this recipe is on my Instagram @pastry_tales

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Champagne Cupcakes

Hello guys! Happy Tuesday! This is my last recipe for 2020 and I think it fits perfectly to welcome the new year. I baked with champagne before but I never got enough taste of it so I decided to make a champagne reduction for the cupcake batter and frosting and guess what! It worked really good.

The mini cakes are soft and fluffy with a good taste of champagne. The frosting is a light whipped cream frosting made with fresh raspberry puree and champagne reduction.

After this post, I will take a break from baking but I’ll be back with a new recipe very soon. Happy New Year! I hope that 2021 is better for all of us. Stay safe and don’t forget to wear your mask. Cheers!

Let’s start with the recipe. Video for this recipe is on my Instagram @pastry_tales

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Crème brûlée

Just a few more days to end this crazy 2020. I don’t know about you but I’ll spend New Years Eve at home, watching tv and cooking something with my husband and dessert is something in our menu for sure.

Crème brûlée is a great idea for New Years because it looks festive/fancy, doesn’t need a lot of ingredients and is super easy to make.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you want to watch how I made this dessert, don’t forget to visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

Oh! I forgot to mention that I’m using gold paper cups (my sister in-law gifted them to me, thanks Nancey!) BUT if you do the same be careful when you use your kitchen torch. You can safely use regular porcelain/glass ramekins.

If you have never made crème brulee before, I recommend using glass/porcelain ones.

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Christmas Loaf

Hello friends. This is my last Christmas recipe of the year. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.

I will have one more recipe before New Years, so stayed tune for that.

Let’s start with this recipe. Video for this recipe is on my Instagram @pastry_tales

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White Chocolate Bourbon Gingerbread Bars

Happy Monday! When my friends at Four Roses asked me if I wanted to be part of their holiday collab, I said YES! We always have Four Roses Bourbon at home and I love baking with it.

This recipe is super quick and delicious, perfect for the holiday season because it has spices, molasses, chocolate and a good splash of bourbon.

Also, I posted a video of how I made these bars on my Instagram, so don’t forget to check it out. Click HERE.

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Dulce de Leche Cones

These treats are perfect for your Christmas cookie box or cookie swap because they are different than your regular cookies, taste delicious and they keep well for many days. They taste even better a day or two after making them.  

These cookies have 3 parts: an alfajor cookie base (similar to a shortbread cookie) made with cornstarch, regular flour, vanilla, butter. Then, it has a swirl of dulce de leche. Finally, everything is coated in dark chocolate. They are delicious and very popular in South America specially in Argentina. 

This homemade dulce de leche is made with sweetened condensed milk by Magnolia

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Gingerbread Flan

Flan is one of the most popular desserts in Latin America and because Christmas is just around the corner, I decided to bake a flan packed with spices, perfect for the holiday season. 

The caramel AND custard have spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  Every bite will make you think of gingerbread. 

Let’s start with the recipe and don’t forget to visit my Instagram page @pastry_tales so you can watch the video of how I made this delicious flan!

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Walnut Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are my favorite cookies for Christmas. They are so pretty and delicious that you will want to eat them all.

I have some recipes for Linzer cookies here on my blog but I am always trying to come out with different ideas for the cookie dough and filling AND today, I want to show you how to make the cookie part with toasted walnuts. Filling is just a raspberry jam which is delicious with the nutty flavor of walnuts.

This recipe is for the collab I’m hosting today on Instagram #linzercollabfriends. If you want to watch how I made these cookies and the Linzer cookies that my super talented friends made, click HERE.

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