Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies

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These cookies are made with pumpkin puree and chocolate chunks. Ideal for a nibble in-between or as a bring-along to a party in autumn.

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Mohnzelten – An Austrian Speciality With Poppy Seed

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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! 🙂

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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

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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
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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.

Salmon Quiche

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„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.

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Green asparagus wrapped in bacon

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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
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  • 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

Wild garlic cheese puffs

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

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Wild garlic tarte with tomatoes and mozzarella

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

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Beigl – a traditional Snack in the fasting period

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

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Carnival Titbits

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

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Austrian Potato Fingers

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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. 🙂

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Mango Kutcha

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

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Olive Tomato Biscuits

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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
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  • 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

Beetroot Cookies

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

What’s behind door number 17?

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Banana Walnut Cookies

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These cookies are ideal to use a ripe banana. They taste really delicious, also for children.
Not only at Christmas time.

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Scones

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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
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  • 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.

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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

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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.)
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  • 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

 

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Beet root Pull-apart bread

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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
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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.

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For the beet root puree:

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

Enjoy baking!
Maggi & Family

Gateaux piment / Mauritian Chilli Fritters

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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
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  • 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.

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