Oatmeal cookies: baking for the soul

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After a long week of running around like headless chicken, sorting out troubles that are either not mine or created by others with the sole purpose of “entertaining” me, one of the things to which I look forward the most is having half a day to spend in my kitchen. When I cook, especially if it is only for leisure, the mind is free to wander and get a well-deserved rest.

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Tiramisu: my Italy on a plate.

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I left Italy 12 and a half years ago, in a very turbulent period of my life, sometimes it felt more like escaping than simply moving, and I have never really looked back in the strict sense of the words. I left without really knowing what I was going to find, but with the certainty, somewhere inside of me, that I would have not come back. I have been visiting a countless number of times, but not as if I was going home; for some reason, for me, from that very moment, Italy became my “former” home.

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Banana pancakes: the best family breakfast

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OK, I know what you will all think now, so much for a blog with some proper adult baking and no “baby baking”: she makes one Guinness and chocolate cake and thinks she can get away with that, we turn our eyes for one second and we find ourselves with banana pancakes! But I promise you, if you manage to follow until the end you won’t be disappointed as there are so many reasons why these pancakes are a great treat.

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Chocolate and Guinness naked cake: baking back to grown-up world

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I come back to this blog after an excessively long break. A break that was needed but that was never planned to be this long. A break because when a little ball of cuteness of 52 cm x 4kg literally bursts into your life your priority list doesn’t just need to be readjusted, it pretty much disappears in front of you, you don’t even remember there ever was a priority list.

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Pistachio, Orange e chocolate Runeberg Cakes, or Dante’s Peaks

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Last week on Friday Finland celebrated Johan Runeberg, national poet and namesake of one the most popular and loved sweets, the Runeber Cake. As most things in Finland people stick to the traditional recipe in q almost religious way: a tall tower of almonds and breadcrumbs sponge and a shiny topping of raspberry jam glaze surrounded by a layer of sweet icing.

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Choux-rros: a decadent comfort to help you through winter.

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Let’s face it: by no mean climate is Finland’s big thing. Finnish weather excel in the extremes: the frosty winter when everything around is covered in a fluffy, magical, enchanting layer of white and the warm summer, when colours are so overwhelmingly strong and lively that thsy can almost be perceived with senses other sight, they almost have a smell and a sound. But the summer is usually too short and, even worse, winter is unbearably long.

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Hazelnut and orange cake: it’s time for celebration.

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Last week it was my husband’s birthday. As a tradition, I asked what kind of cake he would have liked to celebrate his special day and for the first time in 10 years I was given free rein to make whatever I felt like. I could have gone for some wacky flavours or some strange ingredients but I guessed that my conservative audience would have appreciated a more traditional, albeit new (at least for my kitchen), combination.

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