Carrot Cake

Happy Monday! I had some carrots in the fridge waiting to be used so I decided to make a carrot cake because Easter is just around the corner and I’m pretty sure that you might be already thinking about what dessert to make.

This carrot cake is soft and packed with cinnamon, carrots, pineapple, coconut and walnuts. BUT, you can use any other kind of nuts or dried fruit that you prefer or have at home.

This recipe is for 2 layers (6 inch) but if you want to make a bigger cake just double the ingredients.

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Lemon Bread

Happy Sunday! How is everyone holding up? I know it’s been a couple of crazy weeks. Having a blog allows me to talk to people from all over the world and I can tell you that this virus is affecting people in ways that you can’t imagine. People loosing their jobs, old people dying, pregnant women worrying about their babies and health, cancer patients or people waiting for important surgeries are hoping to get their treatments/surgeries to be done, people dying alone and not letting their loved ones to say bye. This is a very sad time for everyone.

On my side, everything is doing ok. My husband and I are safe at home but I worry about my family in Peru. I know they are ok for now but the fact that they closed the borders (no one can get in or out the country) makes me nervous because if something happens I can’t travel to be with them. Hopefully everything comes back to normal soon. Remember that staying home is the best we can do right now.

People have been asking me for this recipe for a couple of weeks now. This lemon bread is what you need to make your quarantine better. Simple to make, tastes delicious and you might have all these ingredients in your pantry.

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Chocolate Orange Cake

Happy Tuesday! Things have changed so much since the last time I posted. This CoronaVirus is affecting the whole world. I don’t think people is taking it seriously. I can see people going out with their whole family, playing at parks, etc. Hopefully it doesn’t get too bad until this country put more severe rules.

I haven’t been baking so much because it’s kinda hard to find products like flour, eggs, butter, etc. I’m trying to take care of the ingredients I have and just bake once or twice a week.

On a happier note, I made this cake for my husband’s birthday about a month ago. He gave me the idea of using chocolate and orange. The result of his idea was really really good.

This dark chocolate cake is made with good quality cocoa powder, oil, orange extract, orange juice and other goodies. It’s filled with orange marmalade and covered with orange flavored white chocolate ganache.

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Sigh of Lima (Suspiro Limeno)

This Peruvian dessert is one of the most popular specially during the holidays like Easter. The base is a creamy mixture made with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and eggs. It’s topped with a delicious meringue that you can add Port wine but because I want this dessert to be kid friendly I will omit the wine.

It is usually served in individual containers that is why I’m making them in 4 oz. Mason jars. This dessert doesn’t need to be baked in the oven. You can make this dessert in smaller glasses too because it’s a rich dessert and you don’t need a big serving.

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Raspberry Cobbler

Happy Monday! I had a big bag of frozen raspberries so I thought it was a good time to use them for a cobbler. Raspberries and chocolate are a great combo so I decided to make dark chocolate biscuits to be the topping.

This dessert is the perfect treat for Spring time. You can serve it with ice cream or whipped cream.

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Churro Cookies With Homemade Dulce De Leche Filling

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is doing great. The weather has been so nice here, warmer and longer days are the best!

I’ve been thinking about this recipe for a long time. As you know, I’m from Lima-Peru so one of my favorite treats growing up were churros filled with dulce de leche.

Today, I’m showing you how to make baked churro cookies filled with homemade dulce de leche. This homemade dulce de leche or “manjar blanco a la olla” is very popular in Latin American countries.

Let’s start with the recipe and don’t forget to watch the videos on my Instagram @Pastry_Tales

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Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Hi friends! I’m back from my trip to Peru and this is my first post for February. My trip was fine, super busy with my family and friends. I’m still trying to catch up with things at home but I wanted to share this recipe with you guys.

These oatmeal cookies are the perfect treat for your breakfast or any time of the day. They have a nice soft texture and are topped with a smooth vanilla icing.

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Happy 2020 my friends! I’m very excited because this is my first post of 2020 and I can’t wait to share all my new recipes with you all.

I’ve been very busy this month. Right now I’m in Lima-Peru visiting my parents. As you might know they both aren’t doing very well. Mom suffers from an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease but she is doing pretty good (pretty good comparing to other people who have this disease). I think a big factor of this horrible situation is to catch it on an early stage so they can get proper medicine to slow the progression.

On the other side, dad’s health is declining faster, he is getting older and older super fast and his abilities like walking or eating are deteriorating faster than what I thought (or saw face to face 9 months ago). BUT, I’m very thankful for the caregivers because having them at home makes it possible for my parents to stay at their own house which is where they want to be and not in a senior living facility.

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Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Bars

Happy Friday! How was your Christmas celebration? My Christmas went completely different as I thought it was going to be because my plan was to go to Peru and spend it with my parents, but things changed and I moved my trip for next month. So, on Christmas Eve we went to my husband’s brother house to have dinner and we played white elephant. We just stayed home on Christmas day, hubby cooked prime rib and I made a couple of sides. We had hot chocolate and ate lots of cookies and panettone.

Now that Christmas is gone, we are all thinking on what to do for New Years. I don’t have plans yet BUT it’s very possible that I see a friend with her family on January 1st. She is traveling all the way from Peru to attend her cousin’s wedding and she is going to be in Sacramento which is kinda close to where I live. Hope I can get to see her!

Let’s talk about this recipe. These cheesecake bars have an animal cracker crust (or you can make it with graham crackers too), topped with a silky dulce de leche cheesecake which contains gelatin and topped with a wonderful smooth dark chocolate glaze.

Recipe? Of course. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram so you can watch how I make my recipes @Pastry_Tales

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Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Happy Saturday my friends!! With this recipe I say goodbye to Christmas recipes for this year. I wish I had more time to bake and post more Christmas goodies but maybe next year I start holiday baking just right after Halloween.

These cupcakes are delicious, soft chocolate-espresso mini cakes with a hint of peppermint and they are topped with a delicious vanilla-peppermint whipped cream frosting.

Let’s start with the recipe.

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