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German Spitzbuben

IMG_9136It´s Christmas time again. Which means it´s time to relax, calm down, spend time with your family, drink Glühwein and eat tons of cookies. Or in my case, it means that you are totally stressed out while trying to combine work, university, Christmas shopping and baking all at once. I might need to work on my relaxation technique I guess. But I did manage to bake my favorite Christmas cookies already. I Also made baked apples and Feuerzangenbowle, so you could say my Christmas spirit is rocking!

IMG_9106I of course had to post a Christmas cookie recipe this year. I already introduced you to the wonderful world of German Christmas baking last year when I posted the recipe for my grandmas cinnamon stars. This year I present to you Spitzbuben, a recipe similar to Linzer cookies. Continue reading

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Homemade chocolate bars with nuts, dried fruits and pistachios

IMG_9055It´s that time of the year again. The Christmas lights are up, Christmas markets all over Germany are open and everybody is getting busy baking cookies, or as we call them Plätzchen. I made my first batch of cookies already but this post is more about the difficult situation I am facing each year: what kind of presents should I get for my loved ones? If you are anything like me, you either have an idea right away or you will be stuck thinking about finding something the whole December. And then get busy at the last possible moment and try to get all the presents two days before Christmas. Well, worry no more, because I got an idea for you. How about homemade chocolate bars?

Since I love to cook, bake and most of all eat, I often resort to homemade things when I need to find presents. Chocolate, candy, cookies or jam, I think it’s great to get creative instead of just buying something. I even made my own Nutella one time, which was a huge hit. But for now, we will stick to chocolate. Continue reading

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Homemade granola with vanilla, cranberries and nuts

IMG_8871The last couple of weeks I didn´t really get to blogging, mostly because I just didn´t have the time, due to University, being sick and other things that just piled up. I became really restless during those weeks, I just couldn´t wait to get back in my kitchen and behind my camera again. This week, I finally had some time so I whipped up this batch of homemade granola for you.

Yes, I know that Christmas is around the corner, especially since the first Advent is this Sunday. And I did make the first Christmas cookies already but the recipe for this granola is rather un-christmassy. But then again I thought, a balanced breakfast is the most important start in the day and this is true all year round, so here we are. If you are looking for Christmas cookie inspiration, you can find the world’s best Vanillekipferl recipe here, and my grandmas Zimtsterne and an explanation as to why Germans go crazy during Christmas time here.

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Vanilla-chocolate-marzipan cake

IMG_8668I wouldn´t think of myself as the person who makes the fanciest cakes. I´ve made quite a few in my life which turned out not too bad but the things I am really good at are the good old basics. Like grandmas apple cake. Zwetschgendatschi or muffins in endless variations. I´m not too bad at desserts either. Crème brûlée? Mousse ou chocolat? Panna cotta? No problem. But when it comes to cakes and frosting and decoration, I get a little nervous. Nevertheless, sometimes I feel the urge to get in the kitchen and make one of those fancy-shmancy cakes that gets everybody’s attention. Frosting included!

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The secret to crispy waffles

IMG_8292Waffles!! WAFFLEEES! Are you as excited as I am? If not, wait until you have tried this recipe!

Waffles are the ultimate comfort food for me. This recipe has the advantage that it triggers a lot of childhood memories. The recipe is (once again) from grandma although she used to serve them with cherries and walnut ice cream. Every time I eat those waffles, it´s like I am being little again, sitting at my grandma´s table, desperately wishing to be allowed to jump in the pool after the meal. (Yes, my grandparents had a pool and yes, it was the coolest thing ever) Continue reading

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Pumpkin risotto with goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and parsley

IMG_8426I´m a big fan of the different seasons. It wasn´t always that way or at least I never really noticed it until I spend time in two countries where the weather is mainly hot and sunny. In Costa Rica the temperature is 25°C the whole year round, the only difference is that it rains one half of the year. And it gets a little colder during the winter in Barcelona (at least that´s how the Spanish feel) but it doesn´t snow and if it ever does, the whole city loses it. I´m not complaining about daily sunshine but once I got back from my studies in Spain, I realized how beautiful fall can be. The colors, the weather, the apple-picking and pumpkin carving…Fall is pretty.

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