My mini Battenberg Cake

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I think in my family the marzipan-fans clearly outweigh the non-marzipan-fans. Especially around winter-time there are quite a few people you can make very happy by offering them some marzipan :). One of these people is my stepdad and when I went over to Germany for a surprise Birthday visit I took with me a Birthday-Battenberg-cake which I made the day before.  Continue reading

Winter Wonderland cake

As much as I am looking forward to some warmer weather…I still love winter when it is crisp and cold and maybe even snowing a little bit.
Around Christmas I made a Winter Wonderland cake, that fits all around the cold months and will look great on a coffee table in January or February.

Whilst I love baking I can be VERY clumsy when it comes to decorating cakes and although this cake is certainly nowhere near perfect, I was very happy and a little bit proud with how it turned out :).
The cake was first made by my stepdad as a birthday cake for my mum and I loved the taste…I mean, the filling is made with Prosecco – what is not to like?! ;). As the original recipe was a Thermomix recipe and as I couldn’t get all the ingredients here in England I adapted the recipe a little bit and wrote it down for you in this post.

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There is no Christmas without baking Hazelnut Macaroons!

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At Christmas time something would be missing for me if I couldn’t bake traditional German and Austrian Christmas biscuits – there are so many different one’s and if I had the time I would like to make at least 10 different kinds of biscuits.  This year we managed to bake five different kinds. We made them last Sunday and now they’re all “hidden” away so that they don’t go quite so quickly. Many of them we will give as small gifts to family and friends…but some of the biscuits are for us to enjoy on the weekend :).

There is one kind of biscuit that I make every year – my dad’s and my favourite one’s: Hazelnut Macaroons. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them :).
I use my dad’s recipe and the amazing thing is you only need four ingredients to make them. It is 10 days until Christmas so I thought I’d share the recipe with you – there is still plenty of time to make them.
Soooo…have a look at the recipe below, grab the ingredients and a bowl (you will only need one! Not too much to clean up then! ;)) and get started..

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Welcome autumn – let’s make a plum tart!

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According to my blog plan I wanted to show you some pictures of one of the places I travelled to a while ago…but then my mum last weekend suggested making a plum tart and after I made it I really had to take some pictures to share it here on the blog. Well, plans are here to be changed, aren’t they ;).
It is a really great recipe and the cake is so, so delicious.

My mum told me she has been using this recipe for years and it is one of her favourites. In the last weeks she has already made several plum tarts.
The beauty of the cake is that there are only few ingredients and that it is super quick to make. There is no waiting involved as the dough doesn’t have to rest in the fridge etc.

Have a look below and give it a try :).

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The Food Exchange – Breakfast

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Today Lucy from www.lucyabakes.com and I are back with the monthly Food Exchange – the theme is Breakfast. If you haven’t read about Lucy’s and my Food Exchange, please have a look here where you can find all the details and recipes we tried out before.
This month Lucy’s suggestion for me was making Crumpets.
Before I moved to England I had never heard of Crumpets…but after trying then I immediately discovered that they are super, super delicious!

Crumpets are toasted and then eaten with butter, that melts in the pores of this tasty and quite fluffy flour and yeast bake. I always thought making them must be quite difficult, so I never gave it a try – for me they were one of these things that you buy every now and then, but that you never really consider making yourself.
When Lucy suggested this bake to me and I looked at the recipe I couldn’t wait to give it a try because it actually sounded more than doable to me.

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When life gives you lemons… (III)

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After Part I and Part II of my small lemon-series of blogposts today in Part III it is all about cake. I’ve made a few lemon cakes before but I wanted to try a new recipe this time. So, I looked at all my recipe books and found a Martha Stewart recipe for a Lemon Chiffon Cake – Now, this is definitely a cake I hadn’t heard before so I just had to give this American classic a try.
I adapted the recipe a bit as I didn’t have all the ingredients at home but it worked really well, so I decided to post my version here on the blog.
The cake is sooooo fluffy – enjoy 🙂

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