Poppyseed Custard Cake With Plums

, ,

This cake is a typical autumn cake for me, specially because of the plums.

Read more

Austrian Stewed Plums

, , , ,

Autumn is coming, in the evening the temperature is milder, daylight hours shorter and its time to harvest the fruits.

Read more

Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream

, , ,

This is a very creamy, really tasty ice cream that is not made using an ice cream machine. The taste and creaminess can definitely compete with the ice cream you buy. I find it even better. Especially now when the temperature rises, quick and easy.

Read more

Grießschmarrn – An Austrian Sweet Semolina Treat

, , , , , , ,

The Grießschmarrn is a typical Austrian sweet dish made of semolina. We have it mostly for lunch, one of my childhood memories. Tastes really delicious.

Read more

Simple Strawberry Cake

, , ,

I wanted to make a simple strawberry cake without a lot of frills, but with lots of strawberries. And this is what I got.

Read more

Poppy Seed Strudel

, , , , , ,

This poppy seed strudel is not the classical baked yeast dough, it’s a short pastry with sour cream.
So it’s perfect if you don’t have yeast.

Read more

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

, , ,

We love strawberries, mixed with rhubarb it makes a great combination. The sweetness and fruitiness of the strawberries and the slight acidity of the rhubarb harmonize perfectly.

Read more

Vindaye Poison – Fish Vindaye

, , , , ,

Mauritius is known for its mixed exotic dishes. A mixture of Indian, Asian, Arabic and Creole cuisine.

Finally a speciality from Mauritius for you. 🙂
Vindaye Poison is usually eaten cold with baguette.

It is a kind of preserving the fish with spices: turmeric, mustard seeds, chilli, garlic, onion and vinegar.

Will preserve in the refrigerator for several days.

The mustard seeds in Mauritius are dark brown and much smaller than the ones we know here in Germany. We got these from the Asian shop. They are called brown mustard seeds. We also use these mustard seeds for the Mango Kutcha.

Vindaye Poison – Fish Vindaye
Zutaten
  • 800 g fish steaks (cut in 2 cm slices) e.g. pangasius, tuna (best is a fish with less bones and firm meat.
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 3 middle onions
  • 2 tsp tumeric (kurkuma)
  • 70 ml vinegar
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 2 green chilli
  • oil
Anleitungen
  1. Salt and pepper the fish.

  2. Fry fish in hot oil until golden brown. After frying, place on kitchen paper to drip of.

  3. Cut onion in big slices, garlic in thin slices, chili in fine stripes. Using a mortar crush mustard seeds lightly.

  4. Break fried fish into equal pieces and remove fishbones.

  5. Heat in a wok 3 to 4 tbsp oil. Roast onions slightly.

  6. Add garlic, tumeric, mustard seeds, chili and stir.

  7. Add vinegar.

  8. Add fish and season with salt to taste. Stir carefully until the fish is coated with spices.

Rezept-Anmerkungen

In a jar, it keeps in the refrigerator for a few days.

As a reminder, here are some of our recipes from Mauritius. We had so many requests – which we are very happy about – so we will try to blog more “spicy” recipes in the future.

Enjoy cooking!
Maggi & Family

Please do not hesitate to share your ideas with me!
Suggestions and critics are welcome.
Instagram: use #sweetandspicyde or @sweetandspicy.de, so I can see your creations.

Strawberry Swiss Roll

, , , ,

It’s great, the strawberry season has begun! We love strawberries!!! Picked fresh from the field, of course, they taste best. Even hidden in that swiss roll, strawberries are the best!

Read more

Engadine Walnut Cake

, , , , ,

The Engadine Walnut Cake is made of short pastry filled caramelized walnuts.
It has become very popular, far beyond the borders of switzerland.

Read more

Mohnzelten – An Austrian Speciality With Poppy Seed

, , , , , , ,

Does Mohnzelten say anything to you? 🙂
Mohnzelten is a speciality of the Waldviertler region in the state of Lower Austria.
Just potato dough with a poppy seed filling.
As I always say, simple but really delicious! 🙂

Read more

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

, , , ,

Hot Cross Buns are originally from England and is part of the Easter tradition, Good Friday, actually.
Was originally baked with raisins, dried fruits and spices.

Is also an Easter tradition in many other English speaking countries. In some places you can even get Hot Cross Buns all year round and in many different flavours.

We have refined our Hot Cross Buns with cocoa powder and chocolate chunks. It is best to eat them warm with butter, jam is also great.

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Zutaten
For the dough
  • 250 g milk
  • 20 g fresh yeast or 1 sachet (7g) dry yeast
  • 500 g flour
  • 35 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of clove powder
  • a pinch of allspice
  • a pinch of nutmeg powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100 g sugar
  • 60 g softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g chocolate chunks
To brush
  • 1 egg yolk with 1 tbsp milk
For the cross
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 20 g flour
  • 70 g water
Anleitungen
  1. Disolve yeast in lukewarm milk.

  2. Put all ingridients for the dough -exept the chocolate chunks- in a mixing bowl.

  3. Knead to a smooth dough for minimum 5 minutes.

  4. Cover dough and leave to rise for about 1 hour until double in size.

  5. Put dough on a lightly floured surface and knead-in the chocolate chunks.

  6. Divide dough in 12 equal pieces.

  7. Form each piece to a bun.

  8. Place buns in a baking form with baking paper.

  9. Cover and leave to rise for about 1 hour.

  10. Brush buns with egg yolk-milk-mixture.

  11. Mix together, cocoa powder, flour and water for the cross.

  12. Put in piping bag and pipe crosses on the buns.

  13. Bake in preheated oven at 200° C for about 22 to 24 minutes.

  14. Tastes best, warm with butter.

Enjoy baking!
Happy Easter to you and your family!
Take care and stay healthy!
Maggi & Family

By the way, our son got this “forget-me-nots” from his schoolmate so that he doesn’t forget her! (Corona shut down 🙂 ) There was also a nice card and a chocolate bar! Soooo sweet.

Walnut Treats

, , , , ,

Since we still had some walnuts left from my parents garden, why not make some Walnut Treats?
Believe me, they are really good! Simple, moist, and they’ll keep for a few days and in the freezer even longer.

Read more

Tyrolean Nut Cake

, , , , , ,

I haven’t had this cake for a long time now, don’t ask why. 🙂 It’s quick to prepare and really delicious!

Read more

Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

, , , ,

In winter we love to eat oranges. For breakfast, freshly squeezed orange juice, in the afternoon just like that. And once in a while the oranges also hop into a cake, like in this one. 🙂

Read more

Poppy Seed Tart

, , , , , ,

I love this poppy seed tarte!!
It consists of a fine yoghurt base with a great layer of poppies on top. As topping we have the tasty meringue spots.
Simply heavenly!

Read more

Apple Cinnamon Treats

, , , , , ,

This Apple Cinnamon Treat is fruity, light, not too sweet and really delicious! It goes just as well with a festive coffee table as with a casual coffee klatch with friends. Big and small alike, like this great cake.

Read more

Rum Cut Cookies

, ,

These Rum Cut Cookies are a good change on the cookie plate. They are soft, nutty and of course with a dash of rum. Perfect to a good cup of tea.

Read more

Coconut Balls

, , , , , ,

These coconut balls are really juicy. Of course there is a full load of coconut in it. 🙂
It is also a good idea as a gift.
They are super easy to prepare, without baking or cooking…

Read more

Chocolate Pretzel

, ,

These Chocolate Brezerl are definitely one of our favourite biscuits this year. A crispy biscuit dipped in chocolate. Simple and so delicious!

Read more

Chocolate Peanut Fudge

, , , , ,

These little chocolates bites are so incredibly delicious! They melt on your tongue, with the delicate taste of caramel and crunchy peanuts. What a dream!!

Read more

Coconut Macaroons

, ,

In Austria we call it translated Coconut Kiss, and it is actually available at many fairs in Austria. But even in the Advent season they wont be missing. They are fluffy and really delicious!

Even Mr. Spicy likes them!! 😛

Coconut Macaroons
Zutaten
  • 4 egg whites
  • 50 g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 250 g coconut flakes
  • one dash lemon juice
  • round baking wafers (4 cm)
Anleitungen
  1. Beat egg whites, salt and sugar until stiff.

  2. Stir in icing sugar, not long.

  3. Fold in coconut flakes and lemon juice.

  4. Fill in a piping bag with smooth nuzzle and pipe on baking wafers.

  5. Bake in preheated oven at 140° C for about 22 minutes.

Enjoy baking!
Maggi & Family

Linz “Eye“ Cookies

, ,

These are probably one of the best-known Christmas cookies. The Linz “Eye” Cookies are cut out of a simple shortcrust pastry and filled with jam.

Read more

Chocolate Orange Crinkles

, ,

These biscuits are definitely one of our favourite biscuits this year. They are nice chocolaty, soft and the orange aroma comes through, just perfect! Looks great on the cookie plate, really tasty! I love it!

Read more

Quark Stollen

,

Stollen is a sweet bread with raisins, candied orange and lemon peel, and almonds. We always have it in the Advent season and for Christmas.
This quark stollen is very tasty and easy to make. It can be eaten immediately or can also be left to rest a week or two.

Read more

Hussar Biscuits

,

Hussar Biscuits are traditional Austrian Christmas cookies. They are easy to prepare and really tender and crumbly.

Read more

Austrian Poppy Seed Fingers

, , , , ,

An Austrian speciality.
We loved poppy seed fingers when we were little, we had them for lunch after a soup when we came home from school.
I still love them and so do our kids!

Read more

Pear Brownies

, , , , ,

Somehow I felt like I need chocolate. We also had ripe pears which should be used as soon as possible. And it has to be something quizy – quick and easy!!! So…

Read more

Plum Apple Jam

, ,

I did not want to deprive you of this jam. It really tastes very good. You can taste both the plum and the apple well.

Tastes good on Scones!

Plum Apple Jam
Zutaten
  • 500 g plums (pitted)
  • 500 g apples (cored and peeled)
  • 500 g jam sugar 2:1
Anleitungen
  1. Mix plums, apples and sugar in a big pot and let to rest for 1 hour.

  2. Bring mixture to boil until soft and blend.

  3. Let boil some more minutes.

  4. Fill jam in hot, clean jars. (Carefully, very HOT!!)

  5. Close the jars with lid instantly.

Rezept-Anmerkungen
  • The pot has to be big, because the boiling jam will rise and boil over.
  • Jars have to be very clean. I place the jars in the sink and pour boiling water over.
  • I pour the hot jam in a 1-litre jug, it’s then easier and cleaner to fill in the jars.
  • Careful! The jam is really hot!

Enjoy!
Maggi & Family

Salmon Quiche

, , , , , , , ,

„Is there anything I could take to the office for breakfast tomorrow?“ My husband was feeling like our kids, when they had to take something to school on special occasions.

Read more

Blackberry Curd

, , , , , ,

Lemon Curd is a long time on my to-do-list, but I did’nt get do it till now. Since I had some blackberries, I decided to make Blackberry Curd.

The result is a very creamy, silky and smooth “spread”.
It tastes fruity, slightly sour and not too sweet. And the great colour…..!

This curd is really easy and fast to do. Stored in the fridge it lasts 2 weeks.

You can use this Blackberry Curd for:

  • cake fillings,
  • tarts,
  • in crepes,
  • on ice cream and desserts,
  • on scones
  • or just as bread spread.
Blackberry Curd
Zutaten
  • 280 g blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 50 g butter
Anleitungen
  1. Bring blackberries and lemon juice to boil.

  2. Crush blackberries with fork or masher. Let it boil till juicy.

  3. Sieve blackberry juice in a pot.

  4. Add sugar to blackberry juice and bring to boil.

  5. Mix the egg and egg yolks in a separate bowl.

  6. Pour blackberry juice slowly to the eggs while whisking.

  7. Pour mixture back in the pot and heat on small fire for about 5 minutes until it thickens.

  8. Stir in pieces of butter.

  9. Fill the hot Blackberry Curd in a clean jar.

Rezept-Anmerkungen

Stored in fridge lasts about 2 weeks.

Enjoy!
Maggi & Family

Plum Crumble Cake

, , , ,

I had so many juicy plums here, so I decided to make a Crumble Cake with Plums.

Because I had some egg liqueur left, I put it in the dough.
This cake was very moist, fruity and because of the crumble also crunchy.

Also ran an die Zwetschken und fertig los…

Let’s plum!! Ready, steady….. ! 🙂

Plum Crumble Cake
Zutaten
Crumble
  • 75 g butter
  • 75 g sugar
  • 150 g flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Dough
  • 250 g softened butter
  • 150 g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 350 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250 g egg liqueur (advocaat)
And
  • 750 g fresh plums
Anleitungen
  1. For the crumble mix butter in small pieces with flour, sugar and cinnamon.

  2. For the dough whisk soft butter, sugar and salt until creamy.

  3. Add eggs one by one whilst mixing.

  4. Mix in flour, baking powder and egg liqueur.

  5. Spread dough evenly on baking tray with baking paper.

  6. Half and pit plums and place on dough.

  7. Top with crumble.

  8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° C for about 50 minutes.

Enjoy baking!
Maggi & Family

Summer Apricot Cake

, , ,

We have had this apricot cake a few times now. I also made it for my sisters birthday.
Delicious, fruity, fresh and crunchy with caramelized almonds.

Read more

Cherry Crumble Cake with Marzipan

, , , ,

We had lots of cherries this season, we made a crumble cake with cherries and marzipan, not to forget our cherry coconut jam.

Read more

Raspberry Chocolate Tart

, , ,

When I saw the ripe raspberries in our garden, I knew I had to present them perfectly. 🙂
Because we love berries and chocolate, so we combined them into a Raspberry Chocolate Tart.

Read more

Strawberry Semolina Tart

, , , , , ,

We love semolina porridge and we also love strawberries. So I thought – let’s make a tart out of both. And that is the result!

Read more

Strawberry Dumplings

, , , ,

How nice the strawberry season is! We love the little red fruits! The strawberry fields are full and just waiting to be picked and nibbled.

In Austria, we like to have sweet food for lunch, such as apricot dumplings, potato fingers or apfelschlangerl. The list could go on forever. 🙂
Today we have strawberry dumplings.
Main course or dessert, they are wonderful.

They just taste so delicious! Can’t stop eating!

The dough is simple and fast to do. (No need for it to rest.) Then the strawberries are placed in the middle of the dumplings. Placed in boiling hot water, before being rolled in delicious cinnamon crumbs. Ready to eat!! Give it a try!

Strawberry Dumplings
Zutaten
  • 12 – 14 big strawberries
Curd dough
  • 250 g flour
  • 250 g curd (quark)
  • 30 g softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • a pinch of salt
  • 30 g sugar
Cinamon bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 100 g bread crumbs
Anleitungen
  1. Knead flour, curd, egg, egg yolk, salt and sugar to a dough. Form to a roll.

  2. Cut dough in equal pieces, put in a strawberry, close dough and form to a dumpling.

  3. Place dumplings in boiling salted water and simmer for about 10 minutes.

  4. In the meantime roast breadcrumbs in butter, sugar and cinnamon. Stirring constantly.

  5. Remove dumplings from the water, drain and roll dumplings in bread crumbs.

Rezept-Anmerkungen

You can also freeze the strawberry dumplings.
Place the  raw dumplings (without boilling) on a plate in the freezer. When frozen, put in a freezer bag to store.
For cooking place frozen dumplings directly in boiling salted water.

Enjoy cooking!
Maggi & Family

Strawberry Sour Cream Cake

, , ,

Finally!! The strawberry season is open! There are a few strawberry fields in the region, where we go pick as much as we wish.
Then we have our first Strawberry Sour Cream Cake.

Easy to prepare and really delicious. The right cake when its warm outside.

For this cake we use “Schmand”. A typical Bavarian sour cream with a fat rate of at least 20%.
If you can’t get any “Schmand”, use half Creme fraiche and half Sour cream.

Strawberry Sour Cream Cake
Zutaten
  • 300 g fresh strawberries
Dough
  • 125 g softened butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 g flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp milk
Sour Cream Layer
  • 400 g "Schmand" (Sour cream with 20% fat)
  • OR half Creme fraiche and half Sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 75 g sugar
  • vanilla
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
Anleitungen
  1. Prepare a spring form with 26 cm diameter. (grease and flour)

    Preheat the oven at 180° C.

  2. Remove stem of strawberries and cut in half.

  3. For the dough: Mix softened butter, sugar and salt until creamy.

  4. Add eggs one by one. Mix inbetween.

  5. Mix-in flour, baking powder and milk.

  6. Spread the dough evenly in the spring form. (No baking.)

  7. For the Sour Cream layer, mix all ingridients together.

  8. Pour Sour cream mix directly over the dough.

  9. Spread strawberries on the sour cream layer.

  10. Bake for about 40 – 45 minutes.

Rezept-Anmerkungen

Taste best chilled.
This cake should be eaten at the soonest, because strawberries don’t look nice after 1 or 2 days.

Enjoy baking!
Maggi & Family

Asparagus Salad

, , ,

We love asparagus – specialy this asparagus salad!!!

Read more

Green asparagus wrapped in bacon

, , , ,

Asparagus must not always be “naked”. Here is a “dressed” alternativ. Quick and easy – Asparagus wrapped in bacon! 😉

Goes perfectly with wine or even beer, on an evening with friends or just “dinner for 2”!

Green asparagus wrapped in bacon
Zutaten
  • 12 spears of green asparagus
  • 12 slices of bacon
Anleitungen
  1. Cut the end of the asparagus and peel the lower third.

  2. Wrap the asparagus with bacon.

  3. Place on a baking tray with baking paper.

  4. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 25 minutes.

Enjoy cooking!
Maggi & Family

Rhubarb crumble cake

, , , ,

The beauty of spring!
It brings a lot of great things after the winter like wild garlic, rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries and many flowers, trees and bushes are blooming.
So enjoy the time outside! 🙂

Here we go with a rhubarb crumble cake for spring. The base is a simple fluffy cake. The rhubarb makes it moist, fruity and delicious. Topped with the crumble a great combination.

Read more

Wild garlic potato fingers

, , ,

The wild garlic season is coming to an end. Since the season is short we try to make the best out of it. Wild garlic paste is the best way to conserve and use through out the year.

Here is a German and Austrian speciality with wild garlic. The famous “Schupfnudeln” – wild garlic potato (dumpling) fingers.
What a great colour and taste!

Read more

Wild garlic cheese puffs

, , ,

A little snack for in between! Wild garlic cheese puffs!! Cream puffs are normally sweet, but you should try out one of these. Delicious!!

Read more

Wild garlic tarte with tomatoes and mozzarella

, , , ,

The wild garlic season is very short, so we have to use it out.

Read more

Wild garlic paste

, ,

We have been looking forward… its here!! The wild garlic!!!

Read more

Beigl – a traditional Snack in the fasting period

, , , ,

Beigl is an Austrian speciality in the fasting season. Very much enjoyed by children as an afternoon “teatime” snack instead of something sweet.

Read more

Carnival Titbits

, , , , , , ,

Another Austrian speciality the “Schürfi” aka “Polsterzipf” (Polster Zipf = cushion or pillow corner)

Read more

Choco Coco Delight

, , , , ,

Fresh tasty Chocolate Coconut Delight. Easy to bake and always a hit.

I got this chocolate base recipe from a colleague and couldn’t wait to try it out.

Read more

Napolitaine – Mauritian Treats

, , , , , ,

“Soft like cotton candy that melts-in-the-mouth!” thats what our daughter says, as she let one vanish away.

Heavenly!

Read more

Austrian Potato Fingers

, , , , , ,

Today we have a typical Austrian “Erdäpfelnudeln”. There is no englisch name known to me for this snack. That’s why I call them Austrian Potato Fingers. It used to be our midday fast food and since we were allowed to eat with our fingers it tasted 10 times so good. 🙂

Read more

Chocolate Kipferl

, ,

It’s now the 3rd Advent!!!

Read more

Walnut Apple Cake

, , ,

I wanted to bake a walnut cake, before our tratitional chrismas cookie baking challange starts 🙂 .

I added apples to make it more moist and tasty.

Read more

Poppy Seed Cake

, , , , ,

I just love poppy seed cake – irresistible!

 

This Poppy Seed Cake is moist and succulent. I got the recipe from a very good friend of mines! Thank you very much!!!

Read more

Apfelschlangerl – An Austrian Apple Cake

, , , , , , ,

Apfelschlangerl  – All-Austrian apple cake!

Surprisingly this apple cake is not really known in Germany. In Bavaria they would call it apple strudel, but its not an apple strudel. Read more

Buchteln

, , , , ,

 

We are going through a so called golden October. Cold in the morning, sunshine and blue sky during the day. A weather for Buchteln.

 

A typical austrian type of bun. Ovenbaked yeast dumplings filled with jam.

Read more

Poppy seed, plum strudel

, , ,

It’s autumn, when you get up in the morning and it’s no more 22 degrees but 2. Brrrr…. Altho during the day the sun shines beautiful.

The local fruits: apples, pears, plums and nuts are ready for harvest.

So today we will do something with plums – a poppy seed plum strudel! Read more

Strawberry Elderflower Cake

, , ,

Strawberry season is nearly over. Let’s plug some and prepare a cake! Read more

Elderflower Syrup

, , ,

Pluck some elderflowers.

 

 

I’ve made a elderflower syrup without using any kind of citrus fruit acid for maximum taste. Read more

Berry Chocolate Cake

, ,

Wild strawberries – I love them!! Delicious!! Read more

Rhubarb sour cream cake

, ,

Spring is here! Its rhubarb time! As a kid we loved to wear the huge rhubarb leaf as a hat.

Unfortunately we don’t have rhubarb in our garden, fortunately we have markets selling regional fruits and vegetables.

Actually rhubarb is a vegetable, but it is mostly used in sweet dishes, or as juice, marmalade, jam and in cakes and tartes.

Read more

Mango Kutcha

, , , , , , ,

This  is a fruity, spicy, slightly hot speciality from Mauritius. Delicious!

Mmmhhh!! Just thinking about it, brings water in the mouth. Read more

Garlic-Ginger Paste

, , , ,

We prepare our own garlic-ginger paste and store in the fridge for our daily use very practical.

Peel and garlic and ginger in equally amount. Put in blender.

Add salt and some oil and mix.

If it doesn’t mix properly, add more oil.

Put in a jar and store in fridge.

If not used too often, cover top of paste with oil.

Enjoy!

Maggi & Familie

Gingerbread House

,

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

 

OUR GINGERBREAD HOUSE

 

 

 

Maggi & Family

Winter Apple Cake

, , ,

2 days to Christmas….  Children are so excited…

What’s behind door 22? Read more

Olive Tomato Biscuits

, , , , , , , ,

Now that we had so much “sweets”… It’s now time for something “salty”…

These biscuits go with wine and beer or just for nibbling. 🙂 My sis’s and bro’s would say “ti gajak”… 🙂
Our children love them too. Also good for “in between”, picnics or snack for school.

Olive Tomato Biscuits
Gericht: Biscuits and Cookies
Zutaten
  • 50 g olives
  • 50 dried tomatoes in oil
  • 50 g cheese
  • 125 g butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 250 g flour
Anleitungen
  1. Chop olives and tomatoes. Grate cheese.

  2. Whisk softened butter.

  3. Beat 2 eggs, remove 3 tablespoon and put aside (to brush). Mix rest of beaten egg to butter.

  4. Mix olives, tomatoes, cheese, salt, pepper and milk to egg-butter mixture, add flour and knead with hands to a dough.

  5. Place in fridge for 1 hour.

  6. Roll out on a floured surface and cut out shapes you fancy. Put on baking tray with baking paper and brush with remaining egg.

  7. Bake in preheated oven at 210° C for about 12 minutes.

Enjoy baking!
Maggi & Family

Peanut Swirl

, ,

What’s behind door number 18. Read more

Beetroot Cookies

, , , , , , ,

Today is the 3rd Advent. In a weeks time its Christmas! The children are of course very excited.

What’s behind door number 17?

Read more

Poppy Seed Biscuits

, ,

What’s behind door number 16? Read more

Hot Caipirinha

, ,

9 days to go… to run! 🙂 Door number 15.

Read more

Anise Treats

, ,

How time flies! Let’s open number 13!

Read more

Gingerbread

, ,

This is the best Gingerbread ever!!
For us it is a must to bake these gingerbread for christmas.

Often it is the problem, that the gingerbread get hard. But not with this one. The dough has to be prepared and stored for two weeks before baking.

You can also build a gingerbread house!

5 from 1 vote
Gingerbread
Gericht: Biscuits and Cookies
Zutaten
  • 310 g flour
  • 250 g rye flour
  • 500 g brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbls bicarbonate of soda
  • 1,5 sachet gingerbread spice (22g)
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g honey
To Finish
  • 1 egg to brush
  • almonds to decorate
Anleitungen
Gingerbread dough
  1. Mix flour (both), sugar, bicarbonate of soda and gingerbread spice. Make a little hole in the middle, add in eggs and honey and knead.

  2. Place dough in a “hermetically” sealed tupperware and store cool for 14 days. (Gingerbread will stay soft)

After 2 weeks
  1. Roll out in 5 mm thick (on floured surface) and cut out in different shapes.

  2. Put on a baking tray (with baking paper), brush with whisked egg and place halved almond on it.

  3. Bake in preheated oven at 220° C for 6 – 7 minutes.

Winterly greetings
Maggi & Family

Cat Tongue Biscuits

, ,

We have this biscuits since years for Christmas time. Delicious and easy to make.

Cat Tongue Biscuits
Gericht: Kekse
Zutaten
Dough
  • 100 g butter softened
  • 75 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 100 g flour
  • 50 g starch
To dip
  • 100 g semibitter chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
Anleitungen
  1. Whisk butter, icing sugar and vanilla.

  2. Mix in egg and egg yolk one by one.

  3. Sieve flour and starch in and mix.

  4. Put dough in pipping bag with a small smooth nozzle. Pipe on a baking tray. (with baking paper)

  5. Bake in preheated oven at 180° C for 9 minutes.

  6. When the biscuits have cooled down, melt chocolate and coconut oil (bain marie), dip both ends of biscuits in chocolate.

Enjoy baking
Maggi & Family

Kokoskuppeln

, , ,

The second Advent weekend starts. Let’s look at what’s behind the door number 9.

Read more

Christmas Beetles

, ,

I call it Beetles, because for me they look like this. The recipe is from my dear aunty and she is amazing in baking. Thanks a lot!
They stay soft because of the marzipan (almond paste). Delicious!

Read more

Chocolate Mandarin

, ,

What is behind door number 6? Let’s look!

Read more

Almond Treats

, ,

5th of December; Let’s open the door:

Read more

Crumble Biscuits

, ,

4th of December: Are you curious? Find out what’s in door 4!

Read more

Coconut Sticks

, , ,

Today is the first advent sunday. Time to light the frist candle! Let’s open door number 3!

Read more

Florentine Peanut Biscuits

, ,

Christmas is coming!!

We have an Advent calendar on our blog. „Open“ a door everyday from today till 24 th of December.

Enjoy and have fun!!!

Read more

Scones

, , , , , , ,

Scones are typical english! They are eaten at tea time with double cream and a marmelade, black tea with a drop of milk.

We have scones mostly on weekends for breakfast. Warm with butter melting… I love it with jam. Just delicious!!!

 

My husband enjoys it with butter and cheese (preferably cheddar 🙂 ).

Our kids love it with everything!

 

The dough is easy and fast to prepare and baked.

This is the family recipe from Mauritius. It has been handed down over the last years and everyone in the family bakes them. From Mauritius to Australia to England over to Gemany/Austria.

 

Our daughter shows you how to make them:

Scones
Gericht: Breakfast, Tea Time
Länder & Regionen: English
Zutaten
  • 280 g flour
  • 2 TL baking powder
  • 1 TL sugar
  • 1 TL salt
  • 45 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 125 ml milk
Anleitungen
  1.  Whisk milk and egg.

  2. Sive flour and baking powder, mix in salt and sugar.

  3. Cut the butter in little pieces and mix well with flour.

  4. Pour milk-egg-mixture in center of flour and knead lightly.

  5. Put an a floured surface and roll out to 1,5-2 cm thick, cut out.

    Brush with milk.

  6. Bake in preheated oven at 220° C, for 12 - 14 minutes.

Rezept-Anmerkungen

They taste best still lukewarm.
We like to do twice the amount.

Enjoy baking! (it‘s really quick 😉)

Maggi und Family

 

 

Chocolate and Coconut Chip Cookies

, , , , , ,

Hello everyone!

Today we have Chocolate and Coconut Chip Cookies.

I love chocolate. Who does not? 🙂
Like everyone else I try not to eat a lot of chocolates, but sometimes it has to be “chocolate”!! 🙂

 

 

If you open a bar of chocolate, you have to finish it… otherwise it might go bad… 🙂

 

Same goes with Choco Cookies, just delicious. That´s why we wish to share this recipe.

 

 

Chocolate and Coconut Chip Cookies
Gericht: Biscuits and Cookies
Portionen: 70 Cookies (approx.)
Zutaten
  • 280 g flour
  • 20 g cacao powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 250 g butter, softened
  • 140 g sugar
  • 140 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 g chocolate, chopped
  • 100 g coconut chips
Anleitungen
  1. Sieve flour, cacao powder and bicarbonate of soda. Add salt and mix.

  2. Whisk softened butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla essence.

  3. Add an egg mix and then add a second egg and mix. (do not add both eggs at the same time)

  4. Mix in chopped chocolate and coconut chips.

  5. Form little "balls" using two teaspoons and place on backing tray, leaving enough space in between.

  6. Bake in preheated oven at 190° C for 10 minutes.

  7. Remove from oven and let to cool for about 2 minutes. Do not remove cookies immediately from tray. Cookies are still soft.

Enjoy baking!

Maggi & Family

 

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Tasty apple cake

, , , , ,

You can get apple cake in every variation. Here is an easy and quick one.

A quick prepared dough with spelt flour, fresh juicy apples and of course cinnamon. Brown sugar is for the hint of the caramel effect and the almonds to make it crunchy.

Tasty apple cake
Gericht: Cake
Zutaten
  • 1 kg apples
  • 125 ml milk
  • 125 g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 g sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 300 g spelt flour You can also use plain flour.
  • 2 tsp (10g) backing powder
  • cinnamon
  • 75 g brown sugar
  • 75 g flaked almonds
Anleitungen
  1. Peel and cut apples

  2. Bring milk and butter slowly to boil. In the meantime whisk eggs and sugar.

  3. Add milk-butter-mixture, salt and vanilla essenz, constantly mixing.

  4. Add sieved spelt flour and backing powder. Mix thoroughly.

  5. Pour dough on a backing tray with backing sheet, spread evenly. Spread apples, sprinkle cinnamon, brown sugar and flaked almonds.

  6. Bake in preheated oven at 200° C for 30 minutes.

Enjoy baking!
Maggi & Family

Semolina flummery

, , , , ,

We prefer to eat semolina flummery when the temperature falls, autumn and winter. Best with orange sauce, it somehow taste different. In summer preferably with fresh strawberry or raspberry sauce. Easy to prepare!

Semolina flummery
Gericht: Dessert
Zutaten
  • 500 ml milk
  • 75 g sugar
  • 60 g semolina
  • pinch salt
  • orange cest
  • lemon cest
  • 1 egg
  • orange liqueur optional
Anleitungen
  1. Separate the egg. Mix the egg yolk with a little milk.

  2. Put the milk with salt, orange and lemon cest to boil, add half of sugar and semolina. Boil, constantly stirring until mixture thickens.

  3. Mix in the egg yolk-milk-mixture.

  4. Beat egg white with remaining sugar until stiff and fold with the orange liqueur and semolina mixture.

  5. Fill in moulds and cool well for at least 2 hours.

  6. Serve semolina flummery with a fruit sauce. Enjoy!

Enjoy!!

Maggi and Family

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Beet root Pull-apart bread

, , , , , ,

I wanted to try something else using beet roots. I once made beet roots buns and mayonnaise. So it’s now time for beet root pull-apart bread.

A nice and strong color. First I made beet root purée and mixed it in the bread dough, let it rise and rolled it out. Spread melted butter, sprinkled fine chopped chives and cut in to equal squares.
Puting the pieces on top of one another, I then place the whole vertically in a loaf form,  let it rise again and in the oven.

Goes to BBQ. No need for a knife. Looks great. Taste great!!!

Beet root Pull-apart bread
Zutaten
Dough
  • 500 g flour
  • 1,5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ cube fresh yeast or 1 packet (7g) dried yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream or creme fraiche
  • 200 g warm beet root puree
  • 50 ml warm milk
"Filling"
  • 30 g melted butter
  • chives
Anleitungen
  1. Knead all ingredients to a dough. If sticky add some flour, if crumbling add milk.

  2. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour.

  3. Greace loaf form with butter, sprinkle with flour.

  4. Knead shortly on a floured surface and roll out flat.

  5. Spread butter evenly and sprinkle with fine chopped chives.

  6. Cut into equal squares and put pieces on one another and place the whole in loaf form.

  7. Cover and let rise for another half an hour.

    Preheat oven to 200* C.

  8. Bake for 30 minutes. 

    Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from mould. Best serve warm.

Rezept-Anmerkungen

For the beet root puree:

Boil whole beet root in pressure cooker. When cooked puree it.

Enjoy baking!
Maggi & Family

Homemade tomato ketchup

, , , ,

I always make this tomato ketchup in summer, when tomatoes are of abundance – from our garden or from the shop.

Tomato ketchup tastes very good with grilled chicken or turkey. If the weather is bad, we would roast the chicken in the oven and tomato ketchup shouldn’t be missing.

As bring along to BBQ parties.

 

 

 

It is very fruity, slightly sour and sweet in taste. Can not be compared with the normal ketchup in the supermarket. Our children are crazy about it.

I use very ripe tomatoes, gelling agent 3:1, for example…

 

Like jam, homemade ketchup should be stored in a cool, dark room or cellar. Used jars should be kept in the refrigerator.

Merken

Merken

 

Homemade tomato ketchup
This homemade tomato ketchup goes with grilled chicken or turkey best.


Zutaten
  • 1 kg ripe tomatoes
  • 250 g onions
  • 1 apple
  • 300 g sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1,5 Tbsp red pepper powder
  • 1 tsp pepper freshly ground
  • 0,5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 200 ml vinegar
  • 1/2 package gelling agent 3:1
Anleitungen
  1. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and the apples into eight. Put to simmer for about 20 min.

    Strain.

  2. Dice the onions and add to the tomato puree. 

    Add 200g sugar, salt, red pepper powder, pepper, cinnamon, and vinegar. 

    Put the crushed coriander seeds and the bay leaves into a tea bag and put in the pot.

  3. Let simmer for 15 min stirring  occasionally.

  4. Mix sugar and gelling agent 3:1 together and mix well into the ketchup. 

    Simmer further 3 minutes.

  5. Remove the spice bag. 

    Rinse the jars with boiling water and pour in the hot tomato ketchup. 

    Closing the jars immediately tight = vacuum.

 

Strainers I use:

 

Best regards

Maggi & Family

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Our Asian pan

, , , , , ,

We don’t believe there’s a right or wrong way when it comes to cooking. It’s just a matter of taste. The ingredients should somehow fit.

Here is our typical Asian pan, the way we cook it. Really delicious!!!

 

 

 

The chinese vegetable Yu Choy, one of our preferred, which we get in litte chinese shop near our place.

Asian pan
Gericht: Main Course
Zutaten
  • 3-4 pieces chicken thighs
  • 10 g mu-err mushrooms
  • 1 bunch yu choy (chinese green)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1-2 onions
  • 250 g tofu
  • 2 tsp. garlic/ginger paste
  • mung bean sprouts
  • 1 tsp. black bean garlic sauce
  • rice wine for cooking
  • salt
  • pepper
  • coriander sprig
  • oil
Anleitungen
  1. Debone chicken thighs, cut in equal pieces. Spice up with salt, pepper, red pepper powder and some oil.

  2. Soak mu-err mushrooms for around 15 minutes in hot water, drain and cut in thin slices.

  3. Cut yu choy stems in about 4 cm length, and leaves roughly.

  4. Cut carrots in sticks.

    Dice onions.

  5. Crush equal amount of ginger and garlic to paste. 

  6. Wash mung bean sprouts and drain.

  7. Chop coriander roughly.

Let's heat the wok now!! 🙂
  1. In turn slightly roast in a bit of oil: carrots, onions, mung bean sprouts, tofu and yu choy green(starting with stems, adding leaves after a few minutes).

    Spice up with salt and pepper each time. To onions and yu choy green add 2-3 tablespoons of cooking rice wine.


  2. Fry garlic/ginger paste, add marinaded chicken, stir mix well.

    Add black bean garlic sauce and mu-err mushrooms.

    Cover and let to cook for 10 minutes, stirring every now and then.

  3. Add a bit of cooking rice wine, stir well. 

    Add carrots, tofu, onions, yu choy, mung bean sprouts, stirring constantly. Salt to taste, spread coriander.

  4. Serve with rice. We use basmati rice.

Nice week all!!

Maggi and Family

Merken

Merken

Gateaux piment / Mauritian Chilli Fritters

, , , , , ,

Gateaux piment or Gato pima (creol)

In some countries it is bread and butter with jam, in Mauritius it is a hot crunchy baguette with butter and Gateaux piment. My husband is crazy about Gato pima. 🙂

 

You can buy them on almost every street corner, sizzling hot out of the pan.

Much enjoyed as finger-food or in a so called Rougaille (mauritian spicy tomato sauce) to go with rice.

It´s also perfect for party and picnic.

 

Gateaux piment / Chilli fritters
Gericht: Appetizer, Snack
Länder & Regionen: Mauritius
Zutaten
  • 250 g yellow split peas Asia Shop
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbs coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbs peppermint leaves, chopped
  • 2 small green chillies
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 1 sprig spring onion
  • frying oil (eg. sunflower oil)
Anleitungen
  1. Soak yellow split peas overnight or 4 hours prior to preparation. Rinse and drain.

  2. Blend into a rough consistency. Half fine, half rough.

  3. Add chopped coriander, peppermint leaves, chilli, spring ognion, curry leaves, salt and pepper and mix well.

  4. Using a teaspoon as measurement, shape mixture into small balls.

  5. Deep-fry to a gold brown crisp.

    Serve hot.

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Cream horns

, , , , , ,

You will get cream horns on every fair, fancy fair in Austria, in all sizes and taste, with icing sugar, dipped in chocolate or chocolate and coconut flakes.

My cousin sister started making cream horns, since then I can’t remember any party without them. Just the right size. Delicious!!

Once you start eating them, you can’t stop…

Read more

Apricot dumplings

, , , ,

On her last visit my sister brought me a huge amount of apricots from Austria, to my joy! We had to use them soon, since they normally turn bad fast. Of course we started with eating some of them 🙂 . And the Kids had lots of fun throwing the seeds all over our garden.

Read more