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Banana Walnut Bead
Cake and Torte
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Banana Walnut Bread

Banana Walnut Bread is a true American recipe that appeared in a Pillsbury recipe book in 1933 (without the nuts). With a follow-up release in the original Chiquita’s Banana’s Recipe Book, the Banana bread gained more acceptance in 1950. So whenever I have over-ripe bananas at home, this cake is the first thing that comes […]

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Swabian dish, Maultaschen on a Plate3
Appetizer
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
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Maultaschen, a typical Swabian Dish

On the way driving south to the Black Forest, we stopped for a couple of days at some friends house near Stuttgart. The next day we were served “Maultaschen” for lunch, which is a type of meat pocket. It instantly reminded me of an oversized Ravioli. Maybe there was an Italien influence? There are different […]

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Yoghurt-Fruit cake slice
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
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Eat a Yoghurt-Fruit Cheese cake without the Guilt

If you miss the German cheese cakes and think it’s not good for your hips, then bake it with Quark, in this case Greek-Yoghurt with Fruit. To make it easy, you can use Graham crackers as a crust. When you reduce the sugar, add the Fruits like Mandarines, Cherries and/or dark Berries. It will complete […]

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Käse-Schinken Stangen, Cheese-Prosciutto Twists, Parmesan twists
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Northern Europe
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Schinken Stangen or Prosciutto twists

One of my favorite puff pastries I buy at my favorite German Bakery. They are called Schinken Stangen, or Prosciutto twists. I can’t wait, so I eat them on the way home while they are still warm. Other fillings for the twists can be just Parmesan, Nutella or a Walnut paste. I did a little […]

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Faschingskrapfen, German Mardi Gras donut
Austria
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
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Faschingskrapfen – German Carnival Donuts

Faschingskrapfen or German Donuts are baked customarily at Fasching which is end of February. It’s the time of Carnival, and similar like Mardi Gras. The fist-sized pastries are not only found all year round in Franconia, but also in South-west Germany, where they are called “Fastnachtsküchle”, and in Germany’s capital Berlin, the “Berliner”. Other names […]

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Sandkuchen, German vanilla pound cake
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
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Sandkuchen, a German Pound Cake

Sandkuchen, as the name says, is a dry version compared to the American pound cake. It’s made with lots of butter and eggs, although the butter can be replaced with oil to make it moist. Another recipe you might like is my French lemon cake (Cake au Citron) The most popular Gugelhupf form can be […]

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Nuss Stangen, Nutty Sticks with Walnuts
Appetizer
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Recipes

Puff Pastry twists with Walnut paste

Surprisingly tasty I find these Puff Pastry twists, or as I call them, Nutty Sticks. They are originally filled with a a Hazelnut paste, but Walnuts will do. You can use a Sugar glaze or not, it’s a personal preference Scroll to bottom for Schinken (Prosciutto) twists with Parmesan cheese Below is a short video […]

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Sacher Torte, Hotel Sacher
Austria
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Northern Europe
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A teenager named Sacher created a famous Torte

A couple years back I had this Torte at the original Sacher Hotel Cafe while in Vienna An interesting history: Prince Metternich of Austria asked his court kitchen to create a special dessert for a reception in 1832. The chef was sick that day, so the 16-year-old apprentice Franz Sacher (1816-1907) dreamed something up: and […]

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Bauernbrot, german Crusty, no knead bread, german Farmers bread
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Northern Europe
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Mein Bauernbrot, a no-knead German crusty Bread

I became a bread baking enthusiast a while back watching a video of a Bakery in NYC. The clip started: “It’s so easy, a four year old can do it”. I had to try, and I am hooked ever since. To enhance the flavor I add 1/2 cup of dark beer and 2 tbsp of vinegar to the flour mixture. Read about another secret ingredient I use to improve the texture in my Blog

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French Liver Pate, fine Liverwurst, Feine Leberwurst mir Cognac
Appetizer
France
Northern Europe
Recipes
Spreads

French Liver Pâté, an exotic spread for your Guests

A great Spread for parties is this decadent French Liver Pâté! Sometimes I have a craving for Liverwurst. I have made the Pfälzer before, this one is different. French Liver Pâté is made with Chicken Liver and a shot of Cognac. Brandy or Sherry cooking wine are alternatives Instead of Creme Fraìche, cream cheese mixed […]

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