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Pear Brownies

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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…

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Blackberry Curd

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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
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  • 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.

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Stored in fridge lasts about 2 weeks.

Enjoy!
Maggi & Family

Summer Apricot Cake

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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.

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Strawberry Sour Cream Cake

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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
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  • 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.

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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

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We love asparagus – specialy this asparagus salad!!!

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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
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

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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.

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Wild garlic potato fingers

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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!

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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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Napolitaine – Mauritian Treats

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

Heavenly!

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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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Chocolate Kipferl

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The baking of christmas cookies and biscuits in the Advent season is a tradition. So to say pre-christmas attunement, with christmas carols in the background mixed with the scent of typical christmas spices.

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Walnut Apple Cake

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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.

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Poppy Seed Cake

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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!!!

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Apfelschlangerl – An Austrian Apple Cake

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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

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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.

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Poppy seed, plum strudel

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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

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

Elderflower Syrup

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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

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

Rhubarb sour cream cake

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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.

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Mango Kutcha

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

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

Gingerbread House

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Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

 

OUR GINGERBREAD HOUSE

 

 

 

Maggi & Family

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

Peanut Swirl

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What’s behind door number 18. Read more

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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Poppy Seed Biscuits

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What’s behind door number 16? Read more

Hot Caipirinha

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

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Anise Treats

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How time flies! Let’s open number 13!

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Gingerbread

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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!

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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

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

Cat Tongue Biscuits
Gericht: Kekse
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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

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

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Christmas Beetles

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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!

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Chocolate Mandarin

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

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Almond Treats

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5th of December; Let’s open the door:

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Crumble Biscuits

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

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Coconut Sticks

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

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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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Florentine Peanut Biscuits

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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!!!

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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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Tasty apple cake

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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

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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
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  • 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

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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

Cream horns

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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…

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Apricot dumplings

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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.

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