Tag Archives: Dessert

Cantucci: Italian almond biscuits

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Homemade cantucci tastes fantastic! The first time for me to try the homemade ones was in the beautiful Tuscany. The Tuscans love to eat Cantucci as a small dessert after a delicious dinner. These crispy almond biscuits are served along with the wonderful wine “vin santo”. You take a piece of this biscuit and dip it in the sweet wine. Gorgeous!

Do you know this great dessert wine from Tuscany? Vin Santo tastes divinely sweet and is therefore irresistible for every sweet tooth. I, who speaks no Italian, have been told that vin santo literally means “holy wine”. So, could there be a more appropriate name for this divine tasting wine? 😉

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Apple Cider Cake with caramelised Walnuts

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A few days ago it was my hubby’s birthday. This cake was for him. My husband loves Bohemian apple cake. At first, I wanted to bake a traditional one. Then I saw this cider in our cellar, which we brought from French Alsace a week ago. Apple cake and cider, that would be a great couple! My husband loves cider anyway. In addition I decided to go for a crispier dough than the one of the Bohemian apple cake. Continue reading

Norwegian Crisp-Bread

What do I have for you this week?

It is a recipe for the heart. Why do I say so?

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This recipe comes from my time in Oslo. As you’ve probably noticed, I used to live in Norway for almost two years. Those two years were a very special time for me: I won some very valuable friends, harvested more self-knowledge, discovered meditation as THE method to reach the inner peace for myself …

So, as you can see, wonderful years with intense time.
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Thai Ice Tea Macarons

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A few weeks ago I promised you to create a new recipe which should be inspired by my recent trip to Thailand. Tadaaa … here it is: Thai ice tea macarons!

During my round trip in Thailand the Thai ice tea was beside the coconut shakes my favorite drink in such a heat of 40 degrees. Its unique and delicious flavor, pleasant sweetness and the gorgeous orange color… It was just the right refreshment that you need in such a humid and hot climate. Continue reading

Mini Speculoos-Mousse-Cake

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Right before the most important festival of the year I have a recipe for you, if you are still looking for a special dessert for your big Christmas dinner.

Believe me, this dessert will impress any of your guests. 😉

I wish you a very merry Christmas, with lots of yummy treats and a lot of laughs!
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Christstollen – German Christmas Cake

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The Christmas time is my favorite time of the whole year in Germany. I just love this cosy atmosphere: The tempting smells of the caramelized almonds on those crowded christmas markets, people holding a cup of  Gluehwein (hot spiced wine) in their hands and talking and laughing in good mood, the huge variety of christmas pastries in every bakery and café… Continue reading

Pear and Azuki Bean Strudel

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For me, the significant sign of Autumn is the apple strudel: With the crunchy apples from the newest harvest and a very thin crispy crust. A strudel tastes best for me when it comes fresh from the oven and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream… hmmmm… yummy …

For my “East meets West” version, I took the crunchy pears which I freshly bought from the market. I just could not say no to them since they were smiling in a lovely way at me from a fruit stall.

I wanted a creamier consistency for the filling of my strudel, which should provide a contrast to the crispy crust. It did not take a long time for me to get the idea of the azuki bean paste. Continue reading

Passion Fruit Yuzu Tart with Meringue

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Last Saturday was the 70th birthday of my mother-in-law. This lady with her lovely nature is really one of the great treasures which I found on my journey discovering Europe. 😉 Continue reading