Oreo Crown Pavlova for Belgiums National Holiday

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It’s the 21st of July today which is Belgiums National Holiday! Hooray!

I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to make because I don’t want to make the same things year after year. I’ve made a Belgian Flag Cake and some Brussels Waffles before. This year won’t necessarilly be about the colours of our flag or a famous Belgian dessert. This year’s National Holiday recipe will be about the Crown. That’s right. Belgium still has a king and a queen. They don’t have that much power anymore but I actually like the fact that we still have a royal family. It’s charming.

So to celebrate the 21st of July and therefore also our royal family: Oreo Crown Pavlova with strawberries.

What we need:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 190 g caster Sugar
  • 1,5 tsp cornflower (maizena)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 roll of crumbled oreos = +- 70 g (I like to use a small food processor to get the best result. The Braun Multiquick 9 works perfectly but you can use any type of brand/machine you like)
  • 250 ml heavy cream
  • 2 sticks of PureVia (same as canderel of any other sweetener)
  • Strawberries
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Baking sheet lined with parshment paper

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven at 135ยฐC
  2. Add the cornflower to the sugar and blend well
  3. Put the egg whites and vinegar in the mixer and whip on medium low speed
  4. Once bubbles are starting to form, go to a high speed
  5. Let it whip until the merengue becomes quite white and foamy
  6. Add the sugar to the merengue 1 spoon at a time whilst whipping (this to prevent the air from dissapearing)
  7. Keep it going until all the sugar is dissolved (you can check this by rubbing a tiny bit between your fingers. No grains? Perfect!)
  8. Take some merengue (just a tiny tiny bit) and make some dots on the baking sheet. Put the parshment paper on top and flatten it down. This will make it stick.
  9. Toss the Oreo crumbs in the mixer but don’t mix.
  10. Take your ice cream scoop and just start scooping merengue and Oreo and transfer them to the baking sheet
  11. Make a small dip in the pavlovas to fill with cream later on
  12. Bake for about 1 hour
  13. Let them cool completely
  14. Put the PureVia and cream in a bowling and whip it to a smooth whipped cream
  15. Top every merengue with cream
  16. Cut the strawberries in 8 and put them on top of the cream. Take apart so it looks like a little crown
  17. Sprinkle with Oreo crumbs
  18. Share and enjoy!

I hope you guys like these mini Oreo Crown Pavlovas for the 21st of July ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Have a delicious day โค

Xxx Sarah

Summer Berry Layered Pavlova

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It’s FRI-DAAAAY! I’m always happy when Friday presents itself but especially this one. Becaaauuusseeee I have a fantastic dessert to share with you! That’s why ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve been wanting to make a Pavlova for quite a while now but I never really had the guts to get myself to it. Now I know you don’t need guts. At all. This Pavlova recipe is easy and delicious. My favorite combo. Oh and it looks absolutely amazing, don’t you think.

Summer Berry Layered Pavlova

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May & June Favorites 2017

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I’ve been so busy lately, I completely forgot about my favorites in May! *slaps her head*
So this edition will be a compilation of May and June Favorites. Because they’re all worth seeing so I couldn’t leave them out.

As always, the favorites are listed in a random order.

Are you guys ready for some Summer inspiration?

May and June Favorites 2017

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Apple Crumble on the BBQ

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I had the honor to be invited to Elckerlijc, the restaurant of Peter De Clerq, last night. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s the BBQ Master of Belgium ๐Ÿ˜‰ I thank him, Braun and Lewis PR for the wonderful evening they had planned for us.

Knowing Peter is the King of BBQ, you must know what I’m about to share today, aren’t you? Of course you do. You’ve probably read the title of this blogpost :p

Apple Crumble on the BBQ. An idea I would have never came up with on my own. When I think thought about dessert on the BBQ, I thought of pineapple and banana. But this is far better! Finish it off with some vanilla ice cream and you’ll find yourself in heaven.

Apple Crumble Recipe

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Cantata: Tea lover paradise!

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I went shopping with The Boyfriend last Saturday and we came across this lovely tea, coffee and gift store in Wijnegem Shopping Center: Cantata.

They have more than 170 different kinds of tea and more than 50 coffees. You can imagine the tea lover in myself having a blast… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Homemade Speculoos Ice Cream with Mamita’s Bakeries

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I promised you another Ice Cream recipe and I actually think this one is even better than the Stracciatella Ice Cream recipe ๐Ÿ˜ฎ (almost can’t believe I’m writing this).

What makes this Speculoos Ice Cream so good? The speculoos! I had the chance to try Mamita’s Bakeries’ speculoos and it is just so good! I’ve always been a fan of speculoos, but I never liked the super spiced ones. You know, so full of spices it becomes a different kind of cookie. At least, that’s what I think. Mamita’s Bakeries has a more spiced speculoos than the famous one we probably all know and I don’t need to mention. But the good thing – no great thing even! – is that this speculoos is just perfect. I mean it! It has that yummy crunch and a more profound speculoos taste, without it becoming something different. I guess you’ll just have to taste one to understand what I’m trying to say here.

I’ll tell you all about Mamita’s Bakeries in a second but first: Ice Cream Time!

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Yummy Stracciatella Ice Cream without ice cream maker

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It’s sunny outside! That calls for some yummy homemade Ice Cream!

Today, we’re making my absolute favorite Ice Cream flavour: Stracciatella! I know, Brownie or Cookie Dough Ice Cream is delicious as well but I really prefer Stracciatella. Australian Ice Cream has the best Stracciatella in my eyes but I did hope this recipe from Koken Op Hakken could live up to it. That way I can make it myself. All Summer long ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Baffo: The BEST pizza in Glasgow!

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I promise this is the last post about my trip to Scotland but I have to share this one. Really. It’s super important that I tell you this because I don’t want you to miss out on the BEST pizza in Glasgow (and beyond). If you visit Glasgow, this is the place to be for some freakin’ good pizza ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s freshly made ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Must-do’s while in Scotland: from drinking to eating and dancing.

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I told you about Bibi’s Bakery in Edingburgh last week. Today I will tell you about the must-do’s while in Scotland ๐Ÿ™‚

Must-do #1: Whisky tasting!

To be honest, I don’t like Whisky. At all. But I do believe it is something you must try in Scotland. It is the country of Whisky after all.

There are many ways to have yourself a Whisky tasting:

  • Buy some bottles and taste them yourself
  • Go to a Whisky tasting
  • Drink a Whisky in the pub
  • Have dinner with Whisky

I would prefer the latter. Not just because it involves any eating (actually yes, that is the main reason) but because you don’t have to drink that many Whisky’s if you really don’t like them. Trying any of the other options could become a bit expensive if the Whisky isn’t your cup of tea.

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Bibi’s Bakery: the sweetest spot in Edinburgh

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You may have noticed my little dissapearing. I went to Scotland last week ๐Ÿ™‚ It was my very first time and I very much enjoyed it. It was everything I thought it would be and more. You remember that movie “P.s. I love you”? That landscape. Unfortunately for me, Gerard Butler wasn’t around. Everywhere we looked there were fields and adorable black faced sheep. Not a single rain drop to be seen. Wait what? That’s right, we didn’t have any rain in the first three days. Amazing! Scotland is known for its rainy climate but we only had little of it on our last day. I think I may therefore have a little “twisted” memory of Scotland than others…

My favorite part of the trip was a visit to the city Edinburgh. Such a fantastic city! It has a modern side and across the bridge lies the medieval city with the castle on the hill. (reference to Ed Sheeran intended). I absolutely loved this city! All those ancient buildings, statues, monuments and tales. But more important: a very very very cute and yummy bakery! I accidentally bumped into Bibi’s Bakery on my way to Rosies Street (this is the street you’ll want to find if you’re looking for a pub). I came out of Marks & Spencers (went to buy chocolate chips cookies, obviously) on the wrong side of the building on Princess Street. This is the main shopping street, parallel to Rosies Street. So I walked to the next crossing and walked up to Rosies Street. I stopped at the corner to look at the name plates to make sure I was going to Rosies Street. There I saw a building being renovated. It had a grey banner on it with pink letters. (Ping ping! Alert!) I looked down and saw the one thing I needed to see to get me interested:

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