Banana Bread
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!
01 Aug 2013 in Breakfast, Dessert, Sweets, Vegetarian, by
Cookies & Cream Parfait
If you want to make a really delicious but simple desert, you have to try the cookies & cream parfait. It’s creamy and the highlight of every meal you share with family or friends. And the best of all: You can prepare it in advance and keep it in the fridge until needed. As it is a rather heavy desert I recommend it for wintertime, especially around Christmas. Ingredients 500 ml whipping cream (low fat), cold 2 tablespoons sugar 450 g all natural Belgian chocolate pudding, divided use 24 all natural chocolate-vanilla sandwich cookies, crushed into chunky consistency 30 g square semi-sweet chocolate, to shave for garnish Serves 6 Method Whip the cold cream in a bowl using a hand-held mixer. Sprinkle in the sugar and finish whipping when the cold cream starts to set.  Take another bowl and add 2 cups of the chocolate pudding (reserving the remaining pudding) and add the whipped cream by gently folding in to keep a fluffy and light consistency. Once all whipped cream is incorporated, set aside and prepare the glasses. Add crushed cookies to the bottom of each glass (about 3 tablespoons), next a layer of chocolate pudding (about 3 tablespoons), and […]
13 Feb 2013 in Cookies, Dessert, Sweets, by
Blueberry Tarte with White Chocolate Cream
As I am a really big fan of sweets I love baking them myself. And I love trying out new recipies – especially those including chocolate and fruits. For a dinner with friends I was looking for a new delicious desert to bring as gift, and this is what I made.  If you are still hesitating, if this will be the right choice for you: Everyone of our friends loved the tarte and it didn’t survive one single day. Ingredients 150 g flour 50 g grated almonds 100 g sugar 1 dash of salt 1 medium sized egg 125 g butter 1 vanilla bean 50 g white chocolate 300 ml milk 1 pack of pudding powder 250 g whipping cream 300 g blueberries powdered sugar grease and floar for the baking pan baking paper and dried seeds (f.e. sunflower seeds) for blind baking Method Put flour, almonds. 60 g sugar, salt, egg and butter in a bowl and mix it well, than knead a smooth dough. Cover it and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. In the meantime cut the vanilla bean and pull out the pulp. Chop the chocolate. Take 7 spoons of the milk and mix […]
06 Feb 2013 in Dessert, Sweets, by
New York Cheese Cake
When it comes to sweets we normally go for chocolate stuff. One cake without chocolate which always pushes our buttons is the New York Cheese Cake. And: it is one of the easiest recipies you will ever find. Works out everytime – also if you are a beginner. Enjoy! Ingredients: 30 Shortbread cookies, crumbled 80 g Butter, melted 400 g Cream cheese 500 g Curd cheese (low fat) 160 g Sugar 1 Package of vanilla sugar 3 Eggs Method: For the cake bottom mix the crumbled cookies with the melted butter. Put the mixture into a springform pan. Grease the pan beforehand. Put the pan into the preheated oven (170°C), until the topping is ready. For the topping mix cream cheese, curd cheese, sugar, vanilla sugar and eggs until foamy and place the mix on the cake bottom. Bake the cake for 40 minutes at 170° C. Let it cool and take it out of the springform. Tipp: You can serve the Cake with stewed fruit, for example cherries. But if you are purist, as we are, you will cherish the cake without any additional topping.
21 Feb 2012 in Dessert, Sweets, by
Apple Fritters
Apple fritters, or “gebackene Apfelspalten” as they are called in German, are a another fantastic winter season comfort food, that’s quickly made and delicous. Although they are so simple to make there are many different versions of serving them, here’s my variation of the basic recipe and check the tips for some alternatives: Ingredients 2 apples 1 lemon 1 tbs rum 100g flour 100ml wine 1 egg 1 pinch of salt oil confectioners sugar and cinnamon for garnishing Method Peel and seed apples, cutting them in roughly 1 cm thick slices. Sprinkle the slices with lemon juice, rum and sugar and let them rest a little while preparing the dough. For the dough mix flour, wine, a table spoon of oil, egg yolk and a pinch of salt, until smooth. Whisk the egg white with some sugar untill it stiffens and gently fold it into the dough. In a pan heat some oil. Coat the apple slices in batter and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until evenly golden brown. Drain on paper towels and dust with confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm! 🙂 Tips & Tricks Feel free to leave out the wine and rum or change it to cider and […]
27 Dec 2011 in Austrian, Dessert, Sweets, by
Happy Easter Carrot Cupcakes
As the Easter Holidays are approaching I was looking for new recipes to surprise my friends with some sweet edible Easter presents. What I came up with are really delicious, yet easy to make carrot cupcakes. A treat not only limited to Easter. Ingredients 3 eggs (size M) 200 g carrots 190 g almond paste 60 g sugar Dash of salt 1 tablespoon flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon grinded cinnamon 180 g grinded hazel nuts 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 150 g cream cheese (full fat) 1 tablespoon crème fraîche Orange food colouring Makes 12 cupcakes   Method Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius. Separate the egg yolk from the egg white and wash, peel and grate the carrots. Take 40 g of the almond paste and tear it in small pieces, add the egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of hot water and mix it until it gets creamy. Put the egg white, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix until it gets stiff. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and hazelnuts in another bowl. Mix the egg yolk mass with the beaten egg whites and carrots with a scoop and fold in the nut mass. Put paper bun […]
24 Apr 2011 in Dessert, Sweets, by
Caramel Apple Bars
Returning from the USA we not only brought back many unforgettable memories and pictures but also some delicious recipes. We’ll start with a quick and easy to make caramel apple bar, which is the American take on an English apple crumble or a Austrian Apfel-Streuselkuchen. Let’s go: Ingredients 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups oats 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 4 cups thinly sliced and peeled apples (that’s roughly 3 medium apples) 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 350 ml caramel 1 teaspoon cinnamon Serves: roughly 36 bars Method Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Mix the brown sugar and the butter in a large bowl. Stir in the flour, the oats, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Save 2 cups of the mixture and put the remaining mixture in an greased rectangular pan. Toss the sliced apples in the 3 tablespoons of flour and spread over mixture in pan. If necessary melt the caramel over low heat and pour the sauce evenly over the apples. Top with the remaining 2 cups of oat mixture and press lightly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until the topping is golden brown […]
28 Mar 2011 in Dessert, Sweets, Vegetarian, by
Yoghurt Cupcakes With Tangerines
In our house we have a clear separation: Cliff’s the main cook and I’m responsible for sweet dishes, cookies and cakes. As we both love sweets I’m pretty often in the kitchen trying new stuff. During our last holiday I tried these yoghurt cupcakes with tangerines, which are really juicy, sweet and also easy to make. Ingredients 8 tangerines 200 g butter 730 g sugar 2 eggs 250 ml plain yoghurt 300 g flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder Makes 12 cupcakes Method Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Wash 2 of the tangerines with hot water, dry them, grind the peel and pour out the juice.  Put both in a bowl. Add 330 g of sugar and the eggs and stir everything properly. Add the yoghurt, baking powder and flour. Put the dough in small cupcake forms or baking forms. Fill the forms up to 1 cm under the top. Bake the cupcakes for about 45 to 50 minutes, until the tops are golden and the middle of the cakes is soft. Take them out and let them cool for five minutes. In the meantime peel the remaining tangerines and cut them into small pieces. Put the rest of […]
13 Jan 2011 in Dessert, Sweets, by
Veiled Farmers Girl
If you like apples in your dessert you will definitely go for this recipe. We found it when we were planning our Christmas dinner. The veiled farmer’s girl is known in Austria or Germany as Verhülltes or Verschleiertes Bauernmädchen, because the topping looks like a veil, the bread and apple symbolize the farmer’s girl. Anyway, it’s easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups crumbs of white bread or brioche 3 teaspoons powdered sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon / powdered 2 teaspoons butter 300 ml whipped cream 800 g apples 1 cinnamon stick 2 cloves Lemon zest Sugar Serves 4 Method Peel the apples and cut them into quarters, remove the core. Cook them in water with some sugar, the cinnamon stick, cloves and lemon zest until the apples are soft. Remove the spices and purée the apples with an immersion blender. The result should be a creamy but not too liquid apple sauce, so ideally remove all the liquid and add back as needed. Let it cool down. In the meantime take a pan and fry the bread crumbs with butter, sugar and powdered cinnamon. Let these cool as well. Whip the cream. Fill glasses with the ingredients, […]
06 Jan 2011 in Dessert, Sweets, by
Bärentatzen Christmas Cookies (Bear paws)
Since I love chocolate cookies I had to try out a new type of cookie this Christmas. I chose these because of the name and the cute appearance, and because of the chocolate of course. These cookies are really easy to make, even for newcomers in the Christmas cookie business. Ingredients 220 g flour 70 g almond 100 g honey 125 g butter 1 Tablespoon of cocoa 1 dash of cinnamon 1 dash of salt Liquid chocolate for decoration Method Mix all ingredients in a bowl and make a smooth dough. Put it for 1 hour into the fridge. Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius. Roll out the dough in rolls of 2-3 cm diameter. Cut little pieces in about walnut size and roll them to small balls. Put them on the tray covered with baking paper and make little paws by using a fork. Press it into one side of the ball. Let the cookies bake in middle rack of the oven  for about 14 minutes. Cool the cookies and then cover the paws with chocolate. Tips & Tricks You can vary the paws by using white and dark chocolate or using dark flour instead of white one. If […]
08 Dec 2010 in Cookies, Dessert, Sweets, by
Shortcrust Christmas Cookies
The most delicious dough for cookies is shortcrust. It isn’t difficult to make but you need a little patience. Because it takes some time till the dough gets smooth and stops to crumble.  If you are making different types of cookies you should start with this dough, because it has to rest for about 2-3 hours in the fridge. Ingredients 390 g flour 260 g butter 130 g powdered sugar The peel of 1/2 of lemon, grated 1 egg yolk 1 package vanilla sugar 1 dash of salt Method Mix all ingredients in a bowl and make the dough. Put it into the fridge for 2 – 3 hours, covered by plastic wrap. Preheat the oven to 170° Celsius. Roll out the dough until it is 2-3 mm thick. Try not to add too much flour when rolling out the dough. Cut out cookies in any form you like. Put the cookies on a baking tray covered with a baking paper. Let them bake in the oven for about 12 minutes. Tips & Tricks Many people like the cookies best without decoration. I prefer chocolate decoration; you can also use food colouring to make them look more special.
01 Dec 2010 in Cookies, Dessert, Sweets, by
Linzer Augen Christmas Cookies
Christmas season isn’t complete without Christmas cookies, so when winter hits it’s time to start baking. Over the last years I’ve constantly improved my cookie baking skill and this year’s batch of biscuits not only tastes delicious but looks professional as well. As I was born in Linz, in upper Austria, the Linzer Augen have to be part of my Christmas cookie repertoire. Ingredients 300 g flour 200 g butter 100 g powdered sugar 1 package vanilla sugar 2 egg yolk 100 g ground almonds 1 dash of cinnamon Grated lemon zest of half an lemon Redcurrant jam Method Mix the flour with butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, egg yolk, almond, cinnamon and lemon to make the dough. Put it for 20 – 30 minutes into the fridge. Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius. Roll out the dough until it’s 2-3 mm thick and cut out disks with 5 cm diameter. Half of the disks need three small holes cut out, these will be the tops. Lay out the disks on a baking tray covered with baking paper and put the tray in the oven on middle height. Bake the cookies for 10 – 12 minutes. Take them out and let […]
28 Nov 2010 in Austrian, Cookies, Dessert, Sweets, by