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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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June 30th, 2018 | sweets

Strawberries, the stars on the early summer stage

When strawberries step on the stage, you can be sure: Now it’s getting delicious! With this strawberry-orange-mascarpone-cake they have a big performance! Their role in the play: the icing of a fine, fresh cake made from orange, mascarpone, curd and cream. Strawberry’s duet partner is the vanilla. Unbeatable!

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June 12th, 2018 | sweets

Wanderlust to Scandinavia

If there are Scandinavian cinnamon buns at home, then I know our daughter is going on vacation to the far north of Europe, or she has just returned. Yesterday it was time again: incredibly seductive scent of cinnamon and cardamom moved through the house. And in fact: in two weeks she’ll start. Sweden, Norway, Finland.

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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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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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Hamburger Franzbrötchen February 4th, 2018 | Süßes

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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Hamburg Brown Cake - a traditional North German Christmas cookie December 12th, 2017 | Süßes

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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Christmas Stollen 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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