Strawberry Pie

Hi guys!

I love strawberries. And I – obviously – love pie… So today’s recipe definitely is one of my favorite things: Strawberry Pie! Super easy and super loved by almost everyone πŸ™‚
Looking for a dessert to please your crowd on a Friday or Sunday afternoon? This is your match!

Strawberry Pie

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Traditional Apple Pie

Hi guys!

It’s getting colder, darker, wetter and a little bit more cosy inside. I’ve even busted myself at thinking about Christmas already…
Can you blame me? πŸ˜‰

I love apples. And I love Apple Pie even more!Β I bet you do too.
I’ve always wanted to make a gorgeous traditional Apple Pie. You know, the one with the weaved crust on top. I find it so beautiful πŸ™‚

And here it is! I’ve finally took the time to make one myself. With weavings and all πŸ™‚
It was the perfect weather for it anyways! Rainy, dark and very cold so what better way to warm the house than with an oven turned on πŸ˜‰

Apple Pie

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Twelfth-night Pie (Driekoningentaart)

Hi guys!

Do you know what day it is today? Exactly! It’s the Twelfth-night or Driekoningen!
I don’t know if you guys celebrate this day but we, Belgians, do πŸ˜€ Children go door to door to sing and hopefully get some candy! (At least I always wanted candy as a kid. Nowadays kids want money rather than candy… Where did the world go)
Anyway, the kids love it!
There is a pie for this day. The pie was originally served on January the 5th.
The pie hides a bean or a figure inside and the one who gets the piece with the bean wins the crown!
This person gets to be the king on january the 6th.

I have some great memories from this day! As a child, I always went to my grnadmother to sing and eat this delicious pie.
For some mysterious reason, I always got that bean! I accuse my granmother for having something to do with this πŸ˜‰
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Kiwi Pie

Hi guys!

Remember what I told you about fruit pies? Today I want to bring you another one: Kiwi Pie! I made mini versions πŸ™‚
I’m taking them to my friends at Fiesta Friday.
And I’m also taking them to Foodie Fridays! So excited to join a new link party! Maybe I’ll see you there?

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I don’t know about you guys, but I love kiwi. It’s green, exotic and delicious!
Let me tell you some of the advantages of kiwi. There are 7 good reasons to eat a kiwi each day:
(Source)

  • Monday: Full of vitamin C
  • Tuesday: Good for our digestion
  • Wednesday: Very low in calories (Hello there Victoria Secret model body!)
  • Thursday: full of antioxidants
  • Friday: low glycemic index
  • Saterday: source of folic acid
  • Sunday: it is just so delicious!

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Let’s get baking!

What do we need:

  • 1 puff pastry
  • kiwi
  • 0,5 L milk
  • 2 eggs + 3 egg yolks
  • 2 spoons of vanilla sugar
  • 70 g sugar
  • 30 g flour
  • baking tin

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How to:

Preheat the oven at 200Β°C.
Roll out the puff pastry. Cut circles to put in the baking tin. Cover the puff pastry with dried beans or something else you use to prevent the dough from rising.
Bake the puff pastry in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
Then remove the beans and bake the dough for another 10 minutes.

Cook the milk in a saucepan.
Mix the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla sugar together until it becomes a creamy mixture.
Poor in a little bit of the milk while stirring. Add the rest of the milk.
Put this cream back in the saucepan and let it thicken on a low fire.

Make sure everything is cooled.
Cut the kiwi’s.

Put the cream on top of the dough and add the kiwi on top of it.
You can cover the little pies with some jam if you want.

TIPS:

  • Try to cut the puff pastry a bit bigger than supposed to because it’ll shrink a bit in the oven.
  • Make sure the cream dooesn’t cook because then it will shunt.

I hope you all enjoy my mini kiwi pies and have a lovely Fiesta Friday!

Have a delicious day ❀
xxx Sarah

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Banana Cream Pie

Hi guys!

Just like Minions do I like bananas.
I also often go bananas πŸ˜‰

Why is it that we like fruit pies so much? Is it because our brain tells us it’s not THAT bad for us because there’s fruit in it?
I know my brain thinks like that…

I can promise you this: your brains WILL tell you it’s not that bad because this pie has bananas in it.
Why? Because it is just that good!

I’m bringing this lovely & creamy pie to my friends at Fiesta Friday!

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What do we need:

  • 3 or 4 bananas
  • 1 roll of flaky pastry
  • 250 ml cream (> 40% fat)
  • 0.5 l milk
  • 5 eggs (2 eggs + 3 egg yolks)
  • 2 spoons of vanilla sugar
  • 70 g sugar
  • 30 g flour

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How to:

Let’s make the cream first.
Cook the milk.
Mix the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla sugar and sugar together until it becomes a foamy mixture.
sift the flour and add it to the foamy mixture.
Add a little bit of the hot milk and stir it gently.
Poor in te rest of the milk while you keep stirring the mixture.Put this mixture back on the stove.
Let the mixture thicken at a low fire. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon.
Pay attention to it that it doesn’t boil!
When it’s thick enough, let it cool.

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Roll out the flaky pastry and put little holes in it with a fork.
Bake the bottom of the cake for 15 minutes at 200Β°C.
Put the cream on it.
Slice 3 or 4 bananas (depends on how much you want).
Put the little slices on top of the cream.
Whip up the cream. Top the pie with the cream and you have a wonderful creamy banana pie!

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I hope you guys enjoy!
Let’s party!

Have a delicious day ❀
xxx Sarah

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Lojola: My favourite place in Antwerp

Hi guys!

Last Friday, I took my best friend to Lojola.
Lojola is my favourite place in Antwerp, Belgium!
A friend introduced it to me and it was love at first sight!
It is the best coffee & cake store ever! Not only does Jolien (the owner) make fresh cakes and pies and other delicious stuff every day, the interior is amazing!
Lojola is a little bit kitschy but it is so so cozy!
I also love the building itself! It is such a beautiful old building!
I have some photographs for you to prove it πŸ˜‰
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Lojola makes you happy! The street and the square where you can find Lojola is also very beautiful!

Now, let’s prove the inside is super kitchy but SO cozy! I wouldn’t change a thing about it!

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No, we didn’t go there just to feel happy in this cozy spot!
We did try some of the delicious treats!
My best friend and I went for the crumbles! Apple-Forest Fruits Crumble and Blueberry Crumble (YUM!)
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Jolien just made some Banoffee Pie (the one on the right!)
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She posted the recipe for this Banoffee Pie on her blog: Banoffee Pie
(She won first place in a baking competition on Belgian TV with this pie!)
But the recipe (and the blog) are in Dutch. So I will be making this incredible pie and I’ll post an English recipe πŸ˜‰
But it may take a while :s

We really REALLY liked these pies!
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Oh god! Where did that piece go!?! πŸ˜‰

We wanted some tea too πŸ™‚
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And after the hot ones, we wanted to try the HOMEMADE Ice Tea!
My god! It was soooooooo good! I could keep on drinking it the whole afternoon…
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Let me tell you something more about Jolien.
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Jolien started Lojola about 4 years ago. I found it quite funny how she started because they first found the building and then decided what to do with it.
This little, cozy building is just perfect for a tearoom! And that is exactly what she thought!
Jolien is a self-taught baker who started by making Martha Stewart’s recipes.
She told me that her first cakes and pies weren’t really what they were supposed to be…
She’s even surprised no one ever told her to search for something else to do instead of opening Lojola!
But I am very happy to say that she does am amazing job!Β  Her pies are DELICIOUS!
And she does it all by herself!
What a women…

Where does the name “Lojola” actually come from?
The name came from ‘iGnatius of Loyola’. He was the founder of the Jesuits. Apparently he must have been quite a fast liver :p
The square where we can find Lojola also has the Carolus Borromeuschurch. This church used to be the iGnatius of Loyola church.
That’s why Jolien chose the name Lojola!
I like the fact that she incorporated a little bit of local (VERY local) history in the name πŸ™‚

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Yup! We LOVE Lojola!
And YES! We will visit it again and again and again…

Want to visit Antwerp? Visit Lojola too!

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Hendrik Conscienceplein 14
2000 Antwerp

Have a delicious day ❀
xxx Sarah

p.s. Lojola has a Facebook page: Lojola
Check here the amazing and delicious treats Jolien made!