Nov 202014

Cherry crumble cake is a German “Streuselkuchen” with sour cherries. It is extreme easy to make and baking beginners will love it. You need sour cherries and they sell them for example at trader Joe’s and for sure at Aldi. You also can get them online. The recipe asks for starch and in Germany we use Mondamin or Gustin from Dr Oetker a lot for baking as it is starch extra made for baking. If you cannot get Mondamin I would use Maizena. Corn starch is the strongest starch amongst the starch that are made out of corn, potatoes or wheat. Potato starch is the weakest starch. This is  great cake for the holidays. Try it out! Happy Baking!

1x1.trans Cherry Crumble Cake


50 g starch (Mondamin, Gustin or Maizena)
200 g flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
150 g sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp cardamom
1 point of a knife ground cloves
125 g butter
1 jar sour cherries
35 g starch (potato, tapioka)
1/4 liter cherry juice
1 package vanilla sugar Dr Oetker – How to make Vanilla Sugar -
1 tbsp cherry brandy (Kirschwasser) optional
powdered sugar

Baking Instructions
- knead all ingredients for the dough until you get crumbles, this is the best with the hands.
- press  3/4 of the dough into a greased spring form.
- drain sour cherries
- mix starch with some juice; bring remaining juice to a boil and add the vanilla sugar and the starch.
- add sour cherries.
- spread the cherries on top of the dough and add the remaining crumbles on top.
- Bake in pre-heated oven on 200 C or 375 F for 25-35 min.
- when cake has cooled off dust with powdered sugar.


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Nov 182014

Christmas Cocoa Cookies are German Christmas cookies and are very easy to make. Germany is famous for its Christmas cookies. It is a tradition to bake and have Christmas cookies on December 24, the “Heilig Abend” when the “Christkind” brings the gifts. Happy Baking!

1x1.trans Christmas Cocoa Cookies


125 g butter
200 g sugar
2 eggs
50 g cocoa powder (no sugar)
1 package vanilla sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg (you also can use all spice instead of the 3 spices, add to taste)
300 g flour
1/2 package baking powder
flour for the baking board
Glaze: 250 g powdered sugar, 3-4 tbsp lemon juice.

Baking Instructions
You can make a light and a dark dough or just a dark dough with the glaze. The light-dark cookies need double amount of ingrediente, for the light dough you don’t need the  spices but the vanilla sugar and 50g more flour.
- make a light and a dark dough.
- For the light dough mix all ingredients but not cocoa and spices, replace cocoa amount with flour (50 g more and 1 more package vanilla sugar) and knead until dough is smooth.
- For the dark dough mix all ingredients and knead until you get a smooth dough and not sticky. Should it be sticky add a bit more flour.
- wrap the dough in foil and place in fridge for at least 30 min.
- sprinkle flour on a baking board and roll dough about quarter inch thick (0,5 cm).
- With holiday cookie cutters forms cut out the dough.
Use a glass and cut out round cookies, on top place either dark or light holiday cut outs. So you get a nice collection of ark and light cookies.
- Place cookies on baking paper and bake for 12 min on 175 C or 350 F.

When the cookies are baked  you can add a glaze: Mix powdered sugar with lemon juice until you get a thick glaze. Use first a little lemon juice, then add more if needed. The glaze should not be too liquid. The glaze will soften the cookies.
With a brush spread the glaze over cookies and let them dry thoroughly, then place them in tin boxes and store at a cool place.


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Nov 142014

The German Holiday Dessert is the perfect ending for a German Christmas dinner. You need Lebkuchen, sour cherries and quark. Lebkuchen can be made – find the recipe for Lebkuchen here - quark can be made - find the recipe How to make quark – and sour cherries you can find at Trader Joes, Aldi or on Amazon. What is Grand Marnier? It is an orange-flavored cognac liqueur and the original Grand Marnier liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle is called Cordon Rouge. It is consumed neat and is also used in mixed drinks and desserts. Just the right liqueur for this dessert. Happy Cooking

1x1.trans German Holiday Dessert

Ingredients German Holiday Dessert

200 g Lebkuchen
200 g quark
250 g heavy cream
1 pck Sahnesteif (optional) Dr. Oetker Sahnesteif ( Whip Cream Stabilizer ) -5 pack1x1.trans German Holiday Dessert
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp Grand Marnier
1/2 jar sour cherries
125 ml cherry juice
100 g powdered sugar
grated chocolate

1x1.trans German Holiday Dessert Cooking Instructions
- crumble Lebkuchen and soak in Grand Marnier and cherry juice.
- mix quark with sugar and cinnamon.
- make whipped cream (add 1 package of Sahnesteif if you like).
- fold whipped cream with quark.
- in a decorative glass place one layer lebkuchen and one layer quark cream, also add cherries in between the layers.
The last layer should be quark cream.
Sprinkle with grated chocolate.


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Nov 112014
Nussecken English Recipe

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Nov 032014
Turkey with Calvados Apple Filling

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Oct 292014
Griessnockerl Soup

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Oct 222014
German Holiday Kinder Punch

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Oct 222014
Halloween Hot white Chocolate

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 October 22, 2014  Posted by at 12:43 pm Halloween Hot White Chocolate Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »