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Easy Peach and/or Berry Cobbler

I was introduced to this Cobbler recipe about thirty years ago in the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains, only weeks after arriving to America. Being used to elaborate cakes and tortes, my first thought was that this was too simple. To my surprise, it tasted delightful. Ingredients are one cup of each: flour, sugar and […]

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Gugelhupf, Bundt cake, Guglhupf
Austria
Cake and Torte
Germany
Northern Europe
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A Kaiser, his mistress and a Gugelhupf

One wonders if you have a genuine “Kaisergugelhupf” (Emperor bundt cake) on your plate at the Café. Only bakers and baking enthusiasts, who do a little research would be familiar with the true consistency of the dough. After all, we know there are many different variations on the internet, and there is very large collections […]

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Apple puff pastry roses
Breads and Pastry
Cake and Torte
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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
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
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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
Breads and Pastry
Cake and Torte
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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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Yoghurt-Fruit cheese cake with blueberry and raspberry
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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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
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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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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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Käsesahne Torte, German cream cakes
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
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Käsesahne Torte, or Cream Cake

One of my favorite Cakes or Tortes when sitting at a street cafe in Germany. It’s a little challenging for a beginner, but it’s worthwhile and tastes great! Best to start planning and preparing the cake 2 to 3 days before. The Cake bottom needs to be baked the day ahead and Cream topping should rest in the refrigerator approximately 12 hours to get firm

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