The Food Exchange – Enjoy some Fudge this Easter!

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It is time for Lucya from Lucya Bakes and my monthly Food Exchange. This time we are a little bit early but we really wanted to post before Easter to give you a little inspiration with regards to some homemade or home baked gifts.
If this is the first time that you hear about the Food Exchange, here you can read all about it.

This April’s Food Exchange is another example why I love this project of Lucy and myself! I get to make things that often I – for whatever reason – have never made before. For April Lucy asked me to make Fudge – a very English kind of sugar candy. Continue reading

Puff pastry + cream = quick and yummy treat!

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On a Sunday a few weeks ago I really fancied something sweet and cake-like. However, I didn’t really want to spend the time in the kitchen to bake a proper cake…and I didn’t fancy leaving the house either.

The solution came to me when I looked in the fridge and saw a roll of puff pastry, which initially was meant to be used for a savoury dish.
Well, change of plans, this puff pastry had to be transformed into something sweet!

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The Food Exchange – Pound Cakes…a quick and easy Lemon Drizzle Cake

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I am so excited! After a 6-month-long break Lucy from Lucya bakes and myself are back with our monthly Food Exchange!
Our break had an incredibly adorable reason: the birth of Lucy’s son…sweet little Noah. Congratulations again, Lucy! Noah is such a beautiful little boy!

So, as you can see, there was a good excuse for our break 🙂 …and now we’re ready to continue baking. I really have to say I missed our little challenge because it is just so much fun and it makes me go out of my comfort zone and try out new cakes and bakes!

As Lucy and I are quite busy at the moment we chose cakes that are quick and easy to bake – we went for pound cakes. Lucy told me to make a Lemon Drizzle Cake – so here we go :)…

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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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