All posts tagged: christmas

a gingerbread story

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It all began with the idea of a competition. A competition between family and friends. A friendly one, of course. This is the Great Gingerbread House-Off. The brief: A gingerbread house should be built, from scratch, edible and breathtakingly beautiful with no limits concerning style or century.  the gingerbread house With an engineer and designer combining forces, the duo did not rest from start to finish. With a prototype built and dimensions noted, the dough was made: 2 […]

dried fruit and oat cookies

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This is the time of the year when Erzgebirgian Arches and the beautiful stars of the Moravian Church shine through our wintery darkness. It’s also high time to start with the Christmas bakery. These dried fruit and oat cookies are equally delicious made with fresh fruit pulp instead of dried fruit. My favourite version? Fresh fruit pulp  + raisins! Or… dried fruit + a handful of chocolate chips?? As the fruit is the last ingredient to be added, I suggest you divide […]

mango + almond mousse topped with caramelized cranberries

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Surprisingly the mixture of mango and almond puree creates an entirely new flavour. You almost can’t recognize the two components. It’s neither fruity nor nutty. Instead it tastes well balanced, gentle and fresh with a hint of amaretto. mango + almond mousse 1 ripe mango 3 tablespoons organic raw almond puree Blend both ingredients and refrigerate. caramelized cranberries 150g fresh cranberries  4 tablespoons brown sugar In a  nonstick pan melt sugar on low heat until it starts to caramelize. […]

coconut pancakes for breakfast and a forest walk

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Merry Christmas to all of you! Coconut pancakes with Greek yoghurt and pomegranate  180g rice flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 pinch of salt 5 eggs 400g coconut cream 2 tablespoons oil or butter for frying Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl or in a blender. Batter should be rather liquid in consistency. Heat a non-stick pan over low heat. Pour in a small amount of batter (about 4 tablespoons to form a thin pancake.Continue until […]

pistachio rosewater snowballs

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These cookies have a delicate floral aroma. Rose water and cardamom give them a slight Moroccan reminiscence. They taste wonderful with mint tea! 1 cup (130g) unsalted shelled raw pistachios 2 cups (280g) flour 1 teaspoon ground cardamom a pinch of sea salt 1 cup  (90g) powdered sugar 1 cup /225g) butter, softened 1 tablespoon rosewater another cup of powdered sugar to roll the warm cookies in Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with […]

Dresdner Christmas Stollen

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It’s that very special time of the year. I’m burning pine-scented candles (Annick Goutal Noël  are the best!), I’m hanging box wreaths around the house and sipping spice tea whenever I have a quiet moment to spare. During the month of December I want to share with you some German Christmas bakery: the famous Dresdner Stollen, an elegant gold sprinkled chocolate and caramel tart and some easy-to-make pistachio rosewater snowballs. Dresdner Christstollen 1kg flour 120g yeast 200ml […]

Grandma’s Classics: Thüringer Stollen (Thuringian Christmas Cake)

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When two people marry it usually involves a fusion of traditions. Especially in the time of Advent and Christmas I love to go back to a recipe that I learned from my family in law: The Thuringian Stollen! My family used to bake basketfuls of Christmas cookies, but no Stollen at all, so I adopted the Thuringian version as my own. Now, of course, Dresden is the hometown of the world’s most famous Stollen. I […]

Terrace Heart Biscuits

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My dear friend Mela sent me a recipe of her grandmother and a picture of herself (cute!) as an extra feature for this blog! I was so excited about the submission so I felt rather guilty for taking so long with the actualization of the blog post! Mela, I finally baked the terrace heart biscuits, so what do you think? I must say, they were fingerlicking good!   The recipe (as seen above): 120g sugar […]

making Advent wreathes

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It has already become a great tradition that the day before first Advent my closest friends and I get together to turn fresh pine green, ivy, box, holly and laurel into the most beautiful Advent wreathes. We make wreathes for our doors, for the windows, for the childrens’ school and the typical wreathes with four candles to be lighted one more every Advent Sunday. I’m horribly untalented in tying together the wreathes. My part rather consists in decorating. […]