Marbled Vanilla and Quark Cheese Cake

Cheese cakes are on top of my favorite cakes, but as they take a while to bake and set, and as they are quite heavy and sweet, I end up rarely making them.
Yet, the crave for the wonderful tangy flavor of baked fresh cheese is always there, so I came up with a fairly quick “fix”, in the form of the following cake. Continue reading

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

It’s not clear who was the first to add zucchini to chocolate cake, but no doubt it was a wonderful idea, as the zucchini give the cake a very moist texture and enhances the chocolaty flavor. Continue reading

Cinnamon and Raisins Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is actually not a bread, but a very tasty cake, with many versions. It is made by rolling yeast dough balls in butter and sugar, then baking them together as a whole cake. The pieces of dough can be pulled apart easily, hence the name. Continue reading

Rhubarb, Apple and Coconut Crisp

When I saw some nice fresh rhubarb in the market, I immediately grabbed a few stems. I didn’t have a clear idea of what to do with it, but also didn’t want to let it stand for too long. My solution was to make a version of my “usual” fruit crisp (recipe can be found HERE) with it. Continue reading

Citrus Sponge Cake

Citrus Sponge Cake Ronit PensoAfter visiting Israel and Spain, with their wonderful citrus fruits, honey and olive oil, I came back craving for more. So, I came up with this moist and aromatic citrus cake, and was very happy with how it turned out. Try it and enjoy. Continue reading

Banana Yeast dough Cakes

Banana Yeast dough Cakes Ronit PensoI often end up with overripe bananas, that usually find their way into one-bowl type of cakes. As this time I was planning on making yeast dough roulades, I’ve decided to see how they would work in this type of dough. Continue reading

Almond and Semolina Mini Cakes with Spiced Milk Syrup

Ronit Penso Almond and Semolina Mini Cakes These tasty mini cakes are a combination of two favorites: THIS semolina cake with milk syrup, and THESE almond-cardamom Friands.  Continue reading

Orange Raspberry Jelly Roll Cake

Orange Raspberry Jelly Roll Cake Ronit PensoA tasty homemade cake is a nice way to start the New Year.
The following old fashioned/”retro” Jelly Roll cake, is just perfect for this purpose, or for any other weekend brunch. It can be easily prepared from simple ingredients, yet still looks sophisticated and festive. Try it and enjoy. Continue reading

Candied Quince and Meyer Lemon Upside-down Cake

Candied Quince and Meyer Lemon Upside-down Cake Ronit PensoIf you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed my fondness for upside-down cakes. I like the combination of caramelized fruity layer and cake so much, that I constantly come up with new ways to prepare it.
This time I was lucky to have found beautiful fresh quince and Meyer lemons, so I’ve decided to use both in one cake. Continue reading

Spiced Brownies with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Cream Cheese Swirl

Spiced Brownies with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Cream Cheese Swirl Ronit PensoChocolate and cream cheese combination is one of my favorites, so when I was planning to bake a batch of brownies, I’ve decided to add a cream cheese swirl to it. Continue reading

Caramel and Apple Upside-down Cake

Caramel and Apple Upside-down Cake Ronit PensoThe Jewish New Year is celebrated today, and this brings back memories of traditional foods even to an agnostic such as me. One of these culinary traditions is to dip a slice of apple in honey, and eat it as a symbol for a sweet New Year. Many other sweet dishes are added to the table as well, in order to emphasize this hope for a sweet New Year. Continue reading