Torta di Mele Inglese – English Apple Tart


Many years ago I wrote down this recipe in Italian; we still call this tart in this way!

Long-long time ago I prepared this recipe with the daughter of a friend and I gave her the recipe as we knew that she will leave her family for her studies in another town. We did not met her and her family for ages, for years, until about one year ago we finally got again in touch and she remembered us that she got a recipe called “Torta di Mele Inglese”. What for a surprise: she is still preparing this recipe still now! While we almost forgot to prepare this for a few years. Why? Very simply, in the last year I tried so many new apple recipes and I did not open my old kitchen notes. “You should prepare this apple tart again, please!!!” was the comment of my family.

So now we are, I prepared and photographed this delish and I will prepare this more often; promised!

Compared to other recipes, this recipes requires less fat, less sugar and more apples!

It’s not only delicious and beautiful it’s also healthier!

Torta di Mele Inglese – English Apple Tart

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 1hr 20 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need:


  • 85 g margarine
  • 60 g sugar
  • 180 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 500 g apple sauce (or 500 g apples)
  • 1 teaspoon agar- agar or 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4-5 apples, peeled sliced


  • 5 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • Slivered almonds or chopped ones, to taste


  1. If you don’t use ready-made apple sauce, the first thing to do is to prepare this now: peel, core and dice apples, add about half cup of water and place everything in the microwave at maximum for about 5 minutes. After this time use you blender (I use the hand blender) to prepare the apple puree (apple sauce).
  2. With the food processor combine all the ingredients for the crust; if you don’t have a food processor begin cutting the margarine into the sugar and flour mixture with a fork, then add one the other ingredients and combine well still using the fork.
  3. Grease a 9-10 inch baking mold with high border and press the dough in it taking care to prepare a 3-4 cm high border.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  5. Now combine your apple sauce with the agar or with cornstarch. I use the blender.
  6. Pour the mixture on the crust, and arrange the apple slices to caver the entirely the surface. Eat any excess slices! J
  7. In a small bowl combine jam and brandy. Drop this over the apples and distribute it with the back of a spoon.
  8. Top with the almonds and bake at 180°C/350°F for about 50 minutes.
  9. Cool down completely before slicing.

Ww 11 smart points per portion (calculated as 10 portions in total)







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Avocado Pie


I’ve prepared this avocado pie a few time this summer, but I totally forgot about this until a friend asked me for the recipe.

The first time I prepared this I used a homemade graham crust, but the second time for a guest I needed to change the recipe and adapt it to a gluten free one.

I prepared this in a holiday apartment on Crete, and this was really perfect as not so many ingredients are needed and Crete is plenty of delicious avocados and lemons. I noticed that the avocados have a much intensive green and solid pulp that the avocado I get at home and the lemons are incredible tasty; I miss these lemons at home!

Well I simply bough almond ground, added sugar, salt, some and one egg. The result was excellent and everybody loved this pie.

This recipe can be changed for example using another crust or using limes instead of lemons.

The original recipe called for a whipped cream topping, but in summer I prefer to leave out this and we don’t miss it!

Avocado Pie

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 2 hrs excl. cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need avocado-pie

Crust (Gluten Free)

  • 200 g almonds flour (about two cups)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
  • 2 tablespoon margarine or coconut oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg


  • 1 avocado
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the crust.
  3. Grease a 9-10 inch pie mold.
  4. Press the prepared dough for the crust into the mold and bake until the borders begins to turn brown; this takes about 10 minutes. Let cool down.
  5. Blend avocado pulp, condensed milk, lemon juice and zest until smooth.
  6. Pour the cream into the crust and refrigerate until set.


Ww 13 smart points per portion (calculated as 8 portions in total)


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Chocolate Bars

chocolate-barsA great way to prepare Christmas gifts for friends and colleagues! A last minute surprise!

If you don’t have molds, you may prepare this on a tray covered with baking papers. Break in pieces only when hardened.

Have fun!

Chocolate Bars

  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Autor: chocolate-bars

You need:

  • Silicone molds as for financier or other small molds


  • Chocolate almost any kind which melts well


  • flavors (oils bitter almonds, orange, rum ….)
  • grounded spices (cinnamon, chili, cardamom, ginger powder, nutmeg)


  • candied fruits (cherries, oranges, lemons, ginger…)
  • dried fruits and berries
  • chopped or whole nuts (best if previously roasted) as almonds, pecan, walnuts, pistachio, peanuts…
  • red pepper, optional as topping
  • sugar pearls


  1. Melt the chocolate (I melt about 200 g for each batch) in a water bath until creamy.
  2. If you wish add some grounded spices to taste and stir well.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate in the molds.
  4. Top immediately with nuts, candied fruits, sugar pearls, red pepper.
  5. Shake gently the mold to level the content.
  6. Place in a chilled place (fridge or in winter on the balcony) for about two hours until completely hardened.

December 18th (Advent 2016)

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