Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Okay, okay. I know what you're thinking. Again a cornflour recipe?!

I know. I'm obsessed with cornbread! And I finally found the perfect recipe, so my journey to find the ultimate cornbread can rest. Introducing: Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread. Not my grandmother's recipe, but someone's grandmother's recipe. This recipe has a cake-like bite to it, but savory enough to present it at dinner. The recipe came in highly recommended at AllRecipes. It's sweet and moist!

Taste: 5 out of 5
Consistency: 5- out of 5
Overall appeal: 4.5 out of 5

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread: All Recipes

- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
- Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! Nutella Banana Quesadillas

Nutella Banana Quesadillas

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Galentine's Day!

Yes. I just learned today what Galentine's Day means. Anyway, I am just so full of love today. My best friend, also my maid-of-honour surprised me with the sweetest breakfast delivery this morning. It included a heart-shaped sweet bread, similar to a brioche with marzipan in the middle. Heart-shaped butter, heart-shaped cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries, love-tea and a homemade jam! That made my whole day.

After a sweet, sweet breakfast, you'd think I had enough sweet for the day?! Think again. I'm Paris Loves Pastry, and I love... well... pastries! I picked up a Valentine's Day cake for my valentine. It's a vanilla cake with Nutella and strawberries in the middle. I'm saving it for dessert.

At lunch I made myself Nutella banana quesadillas. I love cooking with leftovers, and I had some tortillas laying around. I normally don't eat this much Nutella. In fact, I always buy a very small jar, and can't quite finish it by myself. But today is the day for Nutella I guess. And bananas. So here's the recipe. It's fabulous!

Taste: 4.5 out of 5
Consistency: 5 out of 5
Overall appeal: 4 out of 5

Yes that is a heart-shaped butter on top.

Nutella Banana Quesadillas

Banana Nutella Quesadillas: Inside Bru Crew Life

Ingredients: serves 2
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 large tortillas
- 2 bananas
- 1/4 cup Nutella
- Butter for frying

- Heat butter a large skillet on medium heat.
- Butter one side of the tortillas and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.
- Spread Nutella on the other side of the tortillas and place banana slices on half.
- Fold the tortillas in half and place in the warm skillet. Fry each side until golden brown.

So this is the fabulous cake I got for Valentine's Day from Piece of Cake in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Valentine's Day Cake

I can't wait to eat it!!! Gotta control myself for a few more hours until my Valentine comes home.
It's a vanilla cake with Nutella and strawberries inside.
They wrapped it in the prettiest box. I love the card they added.

Valentine's Day Cake

And then the sweetest gift from my maid-of-honour. A Valentine's Day breakfast.

Valentine's Day Breakfast

Valentine's Day Breakfast

It included a heart-shaped sweet bread, heart-shaped butter, heart-shaped cheesecakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, love-tea and home-made jam.
How cute!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

Valentine's Day Cake Pops

Cream Puff Cake

Rose Bundt Cake

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Champagne Macarons

Rosebud Madeleines

Valentine's Day Recipe

Chocolate Raspberry Éclairs - 7th Blogoversary!

Red Rose Tartlets

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Rose Macarons

Passionately Chocolate Tartlet

Rose Cupcakes

Chocolate Truffle Cakes

Luscious Chocolate Raspberry Cake


Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Recipe

Moelleux au Chocolat avec Caramel Salé

Valentine's Day Recipe

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Valentine's Day Recipe

Chocolate Heart Scones with Strawberry Glaze

Here's a look back on romance-inspired recipes from previous years!
Paris Pastry

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Paris Loves Pastry Blog 10 Years Old - Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk Pound Cake

February 4th was Paris Loves Pastry's 10th blogoversary!

So I had this amazing, extravagant cake planned for my 10th blogoversary that I had been planning for months. Unfortunately my child dog got sick, and we've been going with him to the vet daily. I have a dachshund and last week he injured himself in his back. It turns out he's got a hernia. He's doing okay, but he has to rest in his bench for 6 weeks. I hope he gets better soon!

So I really couldn't bake the amazing-extravagant cake I was planning to because, I have to be with my dog every minute in case he needs to pee-pee or poo-poo, and can't go grocery shopping when I'm at home with him. There was a second cake I had in mind because baking a buttermilk cake so reminds me of my early years of blogging when I baked Nigella Lawson's Birthday Buttermilk Cake almost weekly. It is one of the most visited posts I've written for Paris Loves Pastry. Which surprises me because it's such a simple cake.

Simple, but amazing.

I guess you don't need much more than that. I think most people would prefer to eat a home-made delicious buttermilk cake, than a over-the-top colourful cake. I would anyway. So I tried a new buttermilk cake recipe that had good reviews. Eating it, it immediately reminded me of a Southern buttermilk cake - which is such a comforting taste.

Taste: 4 out of 5
Consistency: 4 out of 5
Overall appeal: 4 out of 5

Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk Pound Cake: Taste of Home

- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2-1/2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Confectioners' sugar, optional

- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add alternately with buttermilk and beat well.
- Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.

Let's take a look at the last 10 years of baking with my blogoversary treats!

1st blogoversary - Chocolate Éclairs

Chocolate Éclairs

2nd blogoversary - Almond Cupcakes

Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes

3rd blogoversary - Blackberry Meringue Cream Pots

Blackberry Meringue Cream Pots

4th blogoversary - Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Luscious Chocolate Raspberry Cake

5th blogoversary - Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Happy Birthday Cupcakes!

6th blogoversary - Birthday Banana Split Cake

Birthday Banana Split Cake

7th blogoversary - Chocolate Raspberry Éclairs

Chocolate Raspberry Éclairs - 7th Blogoversary!

8th blogoversary - Jumbleberry Crumble

Jumbleberry Crumble

I skipped the 9th blogoversary last year because I was in the middle of a move :)
Hope you'll follow me for blogoversaries to come!