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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. […]

Erzgebirgian Christmas

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Hope, you all had a good 1.Advent weekend! Mine was filled with decorating the house and – lovely tradition- making Advent wreathes together with my best friends (which certainly means having tea and coffee and a lot of gossiping..). Saturday my talented brother stopped by and helped me to brainstorm on my new kitchen plans. More about this project soon: I’m actually planning to transfer my kitchen from the north to the sunny side of […]

opulence in red and green

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Only one week until 1. Advent! For us it’s the weekend we light the first candle of the Advent wreath and we decorate our homes in the traditional colours: sprigs of fir, box and holly, red candles and ribbons. Red faced little apples and nuts on silver plates, pine sprigs and amaryllis on the window sills. Feel inspired by my pictures; if you are interested you find all these pretty things in Ursula von Hake’s […]

45 days until Christmas: time for the first rough planning

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For now I’m collecting ideas, browsing cookbooks and blogs. I write to-do-lists and have a look into my chests filled with  Christmas decoration in the basement.  I call up my dearest relatives and friends to find out how many guests we will  have on Christmas. Hopefully last year’s crazy snowfalls  won’t keep them off from coming. Ah, and have you already thought about Christmas gifts? Everything planned and fine?? If you are looking for pretty […]