When I was a little kid we used to have an American neighbor that used to bring us goodies she baked. One of my favorite was banana bread, something I haven't had for over 20 years now since it is not well known or common in Austria. This weekend, seeing a bunch of overripe bananas in our fruit bowl, I had the sudden urge to bake some banana bread and it tasted just as good as I remember it!
There is nothing better for breakfast than fresh, crunchy bread full of delicious healthy grains. Buying organic full grain bread in bakeries or the supermarket can be expensive. Visiting my parents some weeks ago my mother showed me how to prepare your own bread. And it’s really simple, fast and cheap.
Sometimes when you wake up after a hard weekend you just need an energy boost to get you back on track. This blueberry-cranberry smoothie always does the trick. Quick and easy it can also be prepared hungover: Ingredients 175 g blueberries 150 ml cranberry juice 150 g yogurt 2-4 tbs honey as desired Method Add blueberries and the cranberry juice in a mixer and give them a good whirl. Add yogurt and honey as desired and mix it once more. Serve straight away! Tips & Tricks Add a drop of milk or a couple of ice cubes if you prefer it a little more liquid. Feel free to use froozen berries for this one, works just as well.
Muffins are great sweets! No matter, what time of day – they always taste great! And if you are invited to a party and are supposed to bring something, muffins are the ideal gift! And so easy to make; even for people who are not really experienced in the kitchen. Ingredients 6 tablespoons butter 160 g dark chocolate 200 g sugar 400 g wheat flour 2 packages of vanilla sugar 4 teaspoons cocoa 5 teaspoons baking powder 4 eggs A dash of salt 300 ml milk Grease for the form (or muffin paper forms) Powdered sugar for coating Makes 16 muffins Method Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius. Put the muffin paper forms in the muffin form (or grease the muffin form). Cut the chocolate in small pieces. Melt the butter. Mix the flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, cocoa, baking powder and a dash of salt. Mix eggs, milk and butter in a second bowl. Then put both masses together. Fold in the chocolate. Fill the dough in the greased muffin form or in muffin forms laid out with paper forms. Put it into the oven and bake it for 20 – 25 minutes at 180° Celsius. Tips & Tricks You […]
A breakfast worth getting up for. French toast is simply delicious and yet so quick and simple to make. By the way, French toast was not created in France. In France it is know as “pain perdu” which literally means “lost bread”, referring to this dishes humble beginnings. In mediaeval times stale bread was not thrown away, but rather recycled by dipping it in milk and frying it. The exact origins of the recipe are not know, but a variation first appears in a 4th century Roman cookbook. Enough history, time for breakfast! Ingredients 4 eggs 1 teaspoon sugar 1 pinch of salt 1 cup milk 10 to 12 slices white bread butter maple syrup, chocolate cream or jam for topping Serves 4 Method Beat eggs in a wide and shallow bowl with a fork or egg whisk. Stir in sugar, salt, and milk. Place the bread slices, one at a time, into the bowl, letting slices soak up egg mixture for a few seconds, then turn and coat the other side. Brown the toast slices on both sides in butter in a medium hot pan. Tips & Tricks French toast tastes lovely by itself with a slight sprinkling of […]
Hummus is a wonderful middle-eastern appetizer and/or side-dish made from chickpeas. There are many, many variations of it but below is more or less the basic recipe everyone can agree upon. It’s quick and painless to make and can be prepared the evening before as it keeps well for a couple of days if refrigerated. Ingredients 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2/3 cup of tahini 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon of salt Parsley (chopped) for garnish Serves 4 as side-dish Method In a mixer, combine the mashed garlic, Chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, 1/2 cup water, and olive oil. Process until smooth. Add salt, to taste. Spoon into serving dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Tips & Tricks Serve with pita bread or raw dip vegetables such as carrots or celery. You can cut the pita bread into thin triangles, brush with olive oil and toast for 10 minutes at 180 degrees in the oven to make pita chips with which to serve the hummus. The trick for a good hummus is to only use fresh ingredients (i.e.. no lemon concentrate, […]