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

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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Noerdlingen is built on a crater
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

A German town built on a "Crater"

A couple years ago we did a four day trip down the Romantic Road and stopped in Nördlingen. It is one of the most attractive towns in the central part of the Romantic Road. It has been found that there was a meteorite impact 15 million years ago which formed a crater
The town of Nördlingen is the largest town in the Swabian district of Donau-Ries in Bavaria.

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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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Cochem castle
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Reichsburg Cochem is one of the most admired castles

Only an hour from my home base is the town of Cochem on the Mosel river. We have gone there several times by tour boat or car. This morning I got up early to make another excursion, the Cochem Castle tour. Arriving in Cochem we parked our car at the Pinnerstrasse city parking lot, which […]

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Sacher Torte, Hotel Sacher
Austria
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Northern Europe
Recipes

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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Triberg Waterfalls, Black Forest
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Germany’s highest Waterfall is in the Black Forest

Last Fall I had the pleasure to view a natural spectacle of a special kind, the waterfall in Triberg in the Black Forest. Foaming and roaring, the waters of the Gutach river plunge down 163 meters. On the paths along the waterfall cascades, I experienced this magnificent natural wonder.

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Bauernbrot, german Crusty, no knead bread, german Farmers bread
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

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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Germany New Years lucky charms
Allgemein
Germany
Northern Europe

New Years Lucky Charms

A Chimney sweep, a Pig, a Horseshoe or four leaf Glover. f you want to help your luck in the new year, you can try lucky charms. I’ll reveal how these little helpers achieved their symbolism. For example, the chimney sweep saved houses from a fire. They are also known as messengers of good fortune.

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Life size baby Jesus. Munich Christmas miracle, Baby Jesus, Christkindl
Allgemein
Germany
Travel Destinations

The Munich Christmas miracle

The people of Munich have their very own Christkindl or Christchild. Every year it is displayed for worship from the first day of Christmas until the Three Kings Day early January, in the Bürgersaal Kirche (Church) The daily mass at 5 pm has a long tradition and are the highlight of the Christmas season for […]

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Käsesahne Torte, German cream cakes
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Recipes

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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