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April 23rd, 2018 | sweets

Rhubarb sour cream cake

As children, in spring we held the huge rhubarb leaves from Grandmother’s garden like elephant ears and found it hilarious. At some point, our kids had the same fun on the giant leaves with the red stalk. And so are the photos from childhood days similar from generation to generation

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March 9th, 2018 | sweets

Pasteis de Belem

Admittedly, the original we tried during our shore leave in Lisbon tasted even better. This certainly has atmospheric reasons. Anyhow, I’ve tried many recipes for Portugal enthusiasts – and here’s one that really works, is simple, and comes very close to the original.

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February 4th, 2018 | sweets

Hamburg Franzbrötchen

Hamburg without Franzbrötchen? Unthinkable! 1,000 secret recipes and each tastes a little different. But they all taste like Hamburg. Shore leave without Franzbrötchen is no shoreleave. For those who do not have Hamburg in their schedules, here you get the best Franzbrötchen recipe ever.

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December 12th, 2017 | sweets

Hamburg Brown Biscuits for 3rd Advent

The advent dream of my childhood: the original Hamburg Brown Biscuits. In my grandma’s recipe book in grain and lot, today it is more feasible in grams and teaspoons – my favourite pastries for Christmas! The photo is some years old. Then, our children stamped names on the cookies – a nice idea as a small Christmas gift.

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December 8th, 2017 | recipes

The Christmas Stollen Project

Christmas Stollen never played a role in my childhood. We rather preferred Hamburg brown cookies or spekulatius for our Christmas baking. Anyway, without Christmas Stollen Christmas in some places of Germany is not even imaginable…That’s the reason, why I found it always exciting. A heavy yeast dough with candied fruit, raisins and a dash of good rum. The Stollen must traverse several weeks (minimum two weeks) before you eat it – if you do manage to defend it against the family. Attention: This weekend is your last chance to bake a Stollen, which can be served “well matured” at Christmas on your coffee table. Otherwise, you must wait another year…

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December 3rd, 2017 | sweets

All cookies already eaten up? Bull’s-eye poppy seed biscuits

This year’s first advent coffee party and all cookies already eaten up? Now rescue is at hand: Bull’s-eye poppy seed biscuits are good looking and can be filled with various red jellies – just what you find in your store: currant or grape jelly for example. My personal favourite is elderberry jelly to fill them.

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November 30th, 2017 | sweets

Piedmontese chocolate pudding with vanilla quince

A beautiful and strong coffee, anyone? Then, after a substantial meal, this specialty from the Piedmont is the right! In Piedmont, this pudding is called also Bonèt, because its form probably reminds something to a hat or a chef’s hat. Another story around the Bonèt comes from the Langhe. It states that one puts so to speak “a hat” – a crown – on dinner with this dessert. Anyhow, it tastes excellently and even better when prepared the day before. Incredibly handy when you expect guests.

 

PS: The Vanilla Quinces are a perfect match!

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November 24th, 2017 | sweets

Finally it’s pre-Christmas season again: Vanilla Crescents

A German classic among the Christmas cookies. Vanilla crescents is a must on every plate of Christmas goodies. The crescents taste even better with homemade vanilla sugar. And it’s easy!

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November 23rd, 2017 | sweets

Vanilla Quince

Quinces are childhood memory for me. Grew up on the North Sea every summer we visited our grandparents in the Odenwald, a German low mountain range. In their (kitchen) garden they grew a quince tree in addition to many other fruit trees. Plums, apples, pears, we also had in our garden at home, but I had never seen quinces in North Germany. I thought they were unique in my grandparents‘ garden. Grandma Anna’s quince jelly was my favourite!

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