baked goodies

Coconut Cake – 2 Ways

This recipe makes the easiest and most delicious coconut celebration cake. If you are craving simplicity, you can make it in a bundt pan – just half the cake and icing recipes below  – and if [...]

Lountza, Cheddar & Chive Scones

Fall has arrived in Cyprus. It’s not immediately obvious, as the days are still hot, and the beaches still busy. But, in the mornings, it is tangibly cooler and the sunrises that little bit later. As [...]

Carrot Cake with Mitsides Village Flour

A carrot cake should fulfill two criteria in my books: it should be moist and have a great cream cheese topping. This one is both of those. It also is – dare I say – healthier [...]

Modern Flaounes (Cyprus Easter Bread)

Cyprus Easter Cheese Bread, (“Flaounes”) play an incredibly important role in Cypriot cuisine. Since I was a little girl I remember my mom’s best friend and my mom getting together once a year to make heaps [...]

Tropical “Koulourakyia” With Coconut & Rum

OK, so this recipe has a tropical twist. Those who know me, know that I love Hawaii. We used to go every Christmas with my family. My family had a restaurant, and in the restaurant business [...]

“Melomakarona” With A Ginger Twist

“Baby, it’s colllld ouuuutside…” Do you listen to Christmas music while you bake in December? I do. And my favourite thing to bake? Cypriot Christmas cookies. They remind me of my family and friends, because I [...]

Focaccia Bread

Soft, fluffy. Salty. A touch of sweetness and oil. These are qualities that describe my perfect Focaccia bread. I am making bread because it is olive season in Cyprus right now. That means that my family [...]

“Koupa” Pie

I must confess that I love “koupes” (pork-filled fried-bulgur pastries) but sometimes I feel bad eating them because they are fried. So I decided to see if I could make a healthy version of a “koupa”, [...]

Frozen Berry Meringues with Blueberry Sauce

Part of the “When Afrodite’s Kitchen Meets Foodsaver” Series Meringues and fruit make for the perfect summer dessert in my books. They are light in taste, and pair well with fresh whipped and cold fresh fruit. [...]

Peach Crumble with Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

It’s most definitely summer fruit season. The markets are filled with cherries, strawberries, and the most gorgeous peaches. I went the other day and came away with bags and bags of fruit. I knew looking at [...]

Tsoureki recipe by Kalopesas (Cyprus Easter Orange Bread)

Sometimes I wonder who created the Easter Bunny? Think about it. It’s a giant rabbit that has a basket full of chocolate Easter eggs. Anyhoo, I’m all for any occasion to hide chocolates around the house. [...]

Apple Meringue Sponge Cake

This recipe – believe it or not – actually has roots in Cyprus, though I can’t actually say that it is based on anything traditional. It was given to me by someone close to me, by [...]