Nussecken, like the ones from the German bakery, combine three favorite layers: sweet nut mixture, a fine apricot or peach jam and a buttery shortcrust pastry. This Nussecken recipe proves how easy it is to make the pastry yourself. This small Almond pastry is a welcome change as an afternoon snack with your coffee. Continue reading Nussecken, a German Almond pastry
Tarte flambée, as the French call it, is proof that good recipes don’t need tons of ingredients. But good ones! Tarte flambée is always on our table when we don’t really feel like cooking. This is done so quickly, that it does not require a long rise time or the cumbersome preparation of other ingredients. Continue reading Flammkuchen or Tarte Flambée
After four exciting days in Munich, I drove about 90 minutes southwest towards Füssen with a short stop in Murnau (Staffelsee). It has been about 25 years and I was anxious to visit Füssen, which is nestled near a cluster of majestic Bavarian mountains and a view to several castles where King Ludwig II had lived. Continue reading Füssen, a town with the most enchanting castles
As many of my friends know, I love to bake breads, and that in many varieties. Today I baked my Cranberry-Walnut bread with my German no-knead bread basic recipe (below) in the very hot Dutch oven. I just added some dried Cranberries and crushed Walnuts. This bread makes a festive edition to your holiday dinner, may it be Thanksgiving or Christmas. Continue reading Cranberry-Walnut bread, a great addition to your Holiday table
On my Romans in Rhineland fact finding trip I became interested in bread baking like it was done in the antiquity. After some research, I plunged into baking the bread like the Romans did as depicted in paintings, and found as carbonised loafs in ovens of Pompeii. Continue reading Baking Bread of ancient Rome
Whenever in Würzburg I visit my friends, the Schwarzmann girls. The sisters Margarete and Anneliese Schwarzmann and their parents (RIP) have a 100 year history in the hospitality field. They owned the Hotel and Restaurant “Stadt Mainz” in Würzburg where Anneliese has been the chef. Continue reading Anneliese’s scrumptious “Apfelstrudel” or Apple Strudel
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. Continue reading Can Garlic Knots be found anywhere in Italy?
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”. Continue reading Faschingskrapfen – German Carnival Donuts