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Garlic Knots

Can Garlic Knots be found anywhere in Italy?

One must ask, are Garlic Knots truly Italian? I sure have never seen them on the menu when vacationing in Rome or another European country. The word is, these tasty dough knots were invented at a Pizzeria in Queens in 1973. It was their way to reuse scraps from leftover pizza dough. Garlic knots is […]

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Faschingskrapfen, German Mardi Gras donut

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 Southwest Germany, where they are called “Fastnachtsküchle”, and in Germany’s capital Berlin, the “Berliner”. The Krapfen […]

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Pretzel sandwich

Pretzels, almost like from the Bakery

So I’m a little proud. I can’t stop looking at the pictures of my Pretzels. Aren’t they beautiful? And they taste almost like from the bakery. Who would have thought that? Years ago, I tried to bake Pretzels and I failed miserably. Baking Pretzels, or in German “Laugenbrezel” or in Bavaria “Brezn”, seemed so complicated […]

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Croissants aux Amandes, Almond Croissant

Croissants aux Amandes

I ate these decadent Almond Croissants while in Paris at the Les Deux Magots. They are also called croissants aux creme d’amandes or simply croissants fourrés. We arrived at the Parisian district with a special charm, an atmosphere of character and a renowned café name Les Deux Magots! With a patio facing the church, and its waiters in black and white clothes set the tone of Saint-Germain.

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Kaiserschmarrn with berries, Austrian dish

Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian dish

While strolling through the cobblestone streets of Vienna, Austria, we stopped for lunch at Café Central (est. 1876) for some original Austrian food. The waiter highly recommended this Austrian dish Kaiserschmarrn is an original Austrian sweet dish, made from Palatschinken (pancake) dough. It was created for Kaiser Franz Joseph and Elisabeth (Sissi) in 1854. He […]

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German yeast rolls. Eierweck

Eierweck, a German sweet yeast roll

These yeast rolls taste excellent, kind of reminds me a little of brioche. The crust is really thin and tender, the crumb is loose, fluffy-soft and has a buttery aroma. These “Eierweck” sweet bread yeast rolls are also shaped as croissants and can be found in my Franconia Bakery and the region of Würzburg. As […]

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Apple puff pastry roses

Easy, tasty and pretty, Apple Rose Cup Cakes

These Apple Rose Cub Cakes or muffins are beautiful to look at, simply made with store bought puff pastry dough and fresh apples. These cup cakes are not only pretty, they also taste uniquely delicious. The fruity-sweet taste of the apples goes perfectly with the dough. Puff pastry sheets can be bought at the freezer […]

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Easter bread, Osterbrot, sweet yeast bread

Why call it Easter Bread?

Why call it Easter bread if tastes so good you want to eat it all year? You might es well make Eierweck or Eierhörnchen (yeast dough rolls/croissants) with the dough. When making a true braided Easter bread or wreath, you would take several uncooked painted (food paint) eggs and lay them gently on top of the dough wreath towards the middle before baking. Brush some egg wash around the colored eggs, being careful not to touch them. The eggs will be done while baking

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Banana Walnut bread

Banana Walnut Bread

This American banana bread (cake) recipe is for great use when you have over-ripe bananas in the house. Can be made with or without nuts, although Hazelnuts would be a good substitute.

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Käse-Schinken Stangen, Cheese-Prosciutto Twists, Parmesan twists

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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