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Strawberry marshmallows June 6th, 2019 | Süßes

Strawberry Marshmallows

In Hamburg they call marshmallows “Hamburg Speck”. Who doesn’t immediately think of the Hamburg Dom [one of the biggest, longest lasting and oldest outdoor fairs in the world] of love apples and Ferris wheel. This recipe for strawberry marshmallows, however, actually tastes even better than the memory can be.

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tonka bean mousse with blood orange ragout and crispy won ton slices February 9th, 2019 | Süßes

Tonka bean mousse with blood orange ragout

In five days is Valentine’s Day! Unfortunately, my dearest captain is not ashore. But if he were there, I would spoil him with this dessert: It comes along in three layers: a blood orange ragout, seasoned with grenadine, a quark yoghurt mousse flavored with tonka beans, and topped with deep-fried wonton strips and salted caramel. A dessert that sparkles in your mouth, and certainly enchants your sweetheart!

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Zitronen February 3rd, 2019 | Süßes

Lemon and orange cake a la Martha Zwerg

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best and quite often these are the old family recipes. So it is with this wonderful lemon and orange cake. Quickly prepared, let it steep overnight and it is as juicy and as fruity like no other cake – just perfect!

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Tonkabohnen Eis mit Dulce de Leche und Knuspernüssen December 31st, 2018 | Süßes

Tonka bean ice cream with Dulce de Leche and crispy nuts

My Tonka bean ice cream is a feast for the senses! That’s why this wonderfully creamy ice with Dulce de Leche and fine, caramelized pecans was the highlight of our this year’s Christmas menu. Simply gorgeous, this Tonka flavor!

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Christmas "Schokoli" are cookies with chocolate, tonka bean, stuffed with a hazelnut kernel December 9th, 2018 | Süßes

Christmas “Schokoli” with tonka bean

Christmas “Schokoli” are chocolate cookies of my childhood. We made them every Advent season. I refined my mother’s recipe with a bit of tonka bean. This is how the small, tender chocolate balls taste even better! And somehow even more Christmassy!

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“Stutenkerl” – a traditional German Saint Nicholas pastry shaped as a man with a pipe November 27th, 2018 | Süßes

“Stutenkerl” – a traditional German Saint Nicholas pastry

How many times did I put a pastry man – a “Stutenkerl” – into my children’s Santa Claus’ boots. And how many times did one of them land in our ready-made boots for St. Nicholas Day in my own childhood. But so far I had never baked such a pastry man myself, although it’s really easy. And the result is just fun!

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Carinthian cake seen through a smartphone display November 1st, 2018 | Süßes

Carinthian cake – like on the alp

An Austrian farmer’s wife gave me the recipe for this traditional Carinthian cake. Many years ago, when there was no internet and no airbnb, we had rented their mountain hut for the summer holidays. A hut without running water, without electricity and light. But with a wood stove, ringing cowbells, marmots and heavenly peace. As a welcome gift, we found this cake on the table. When I bake it today, I can almost smell the hut.

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Campari Torte August 28th, 2018 | Süßes

Campari orange in white pantsuit

Many years ago, I once met an elderly, chic lady in a white pantsuit on the pier of Usedom [island at the Baltic Sea]. She was sitting there enjoying a Campari orange. As she left, she stopped by our table, said what great kids we had, and left. That was a magical moment. Since then, I have dreamed of living in the house by the sea, drinking my Campari orange in my white pantsuit in the early evening. I’m still working on it. And until then there is the drink as a cake. My Campari cake is the cracker in the summer!

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July 23rd, 2018 | Süßes

Red fruit jelly as with grandma

In July, strawberries, currants, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries abound. The market tables are bending and one would like to buy all of them at once. The famous North German red fruit jelly called “Rote Grütze” always reminds me of childhood days. On hot summer days we enjoyed it with cold milk – and of course the fruits came from Grandma’s garden.

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Erdbeer Torte mit Joghurt und Basilikum May 24th, 2018 | Süßes

Strawberries, yoghurt, basil – the perfect cake

At our home, our daughter is the backing-expert. I also bake well, but I prefer the hearty things. For our daughter baking means to relax, to come down, you could almost say: “to chill”. At the age of 14, she baked this fantastic strawberry yoghurt cream cake with basil for her brother’s birthday. Respect!

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