Jan 192015

The German potato dish Pillekuchen or Pillekooken, Pillekauken, Pinnekuchen, Pinnekeskuchen or Leinewebers Pfannkuchen, is a German potato specialty from the region Nord-Rhine Westfalia (Nordrheinwestfalen) around Leverkusen, Wuppertal, Remscheid and Solingen and the Rhineland. It is a very inexpensive dish and you won’t find it in the restaurants. It is related to the Swiss dish Roesti and the Spanish Tortilla. Practically every ingredient from left overs can be used for this dish, such as pasta, vegetable, sausages, with or without meat such as the combination potatoes and spinach. The potatoes are baked with a pancake mix in the oven. Serve with a salad of mache (Feldsalat), lettuce or mixed greens. Happy Cooking!

1x1.trans German Potato Dish Pillekuchen

100 g flour
1 egg
250 ml milk
salt, pepper, nutmeg, fresh herbs such as parsley, chives
1 kg potatoes (boiled in skin or raw)
3 onions
50 g ham and 50 g bacon
caraway seeds (optional)
2 tbsp clarified butter

Cooking Instructions
- make a dough out of flour, egg, milk, spices and fresh chopped herbs. It should be a thin pancake dough. It it is too thick add some more milk.
- let dough at least 30 min rest.
- cut ham and bacon into small cubes; chop onions fine.
If you use raw potatoes: wash and peel them, cut in thin slices.
- melt  2 tbsp clarified butter in a skillet, add bacon and fry it, then onions.
- add potatoes and fry until they are crunchy.
- after about 5 min add the ham and fry it too.
- Spice to taste with salt, pepper and if you like add also caraway seeds.
If you use boiled potatoes: boil the potatoes the day before, peel them after they are done and use them the next day.
- Cut potatoes in slices.
- melt clarified butter  in a skillet and fry the bacon, add potatoes and with onions and ham and fry until the potatoes are crunchy. The cooking time is less if you use boiled potatoes.
- Spice to taste.

Preheat oven to 350 F (don’t preheat if it is a convection oven).
Grease a fire proof form with butter, add the potatoes and pour the pancake mix over it.
Bake for about 30 min.

- When you boil the potatoes add some caraway seeds to the water instead of adding them directly to the dish.
- Use any left overs: meat, turkey, chicken, sausages or vegetable.
- Add some cheese over the pancake dough before you bake it.
- vegetarian: use spinach with the potatoes or any vegetable only (no meat, bacon).
- Spice it with cayenne pepper or use curry and turmeric for an Indian taste.



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Jan 172015

Semolina soup from Baden or “Badische Griessuppe” is a delicious soup specialty from Baden-Würtemberg, from the region Baden. If you cannot get semolina, you can use polenta instead. Durum semolina is from wheat and binds the soup nicely and it is used in Germany for many soups, cakes and desserts as well. Polenta is from corn and could be used as well. Happy Cooking!

1x1.trans Semolina Soup from Baden

5 spring onions
30 g butter
3 tbsp Grieß or alternatively polenta
750 ml broth, vegetable, instant
100 g Crème fraîche
1 egg yolk
4 tbsp chopped parsley
salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste

Cooking Instructions
- cut onions and carrots in very small cubes.
- melt butter in a pan, add semolina and roast until golden.
- add carrots and onions, saute for 2-3 minutes, fill up with broth.
- Let simmer for 5-10 min while stirring.
- mix creme fraiche with egg yolk and add to soup which should not be boiling hot. Don’t bring it to  a boil.
- spice to taste.
- add chopped parsley.

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Jan 162015

The Chocolate pear cake is an original German cake and is very easy to bake. If you don’t have the packaged vanilla sugar you can make it yourself - Go to Recipe Vanilla sugar home made-  The recipe is also using egg liquor which you can get in the USA but not everywhere. There is a recipe on  - How to make Egg liqueur.
Happy Baking!

1x1.trans Chocolate Pear Cake

600 g ripe pears
4 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
100 g chocolate semi sweet
160 g butter (room temperature)
3 eggs (medium size)
110 g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar Dr Oetker
15 g unsweetened cocoa
240 g flour
1 package baking powder Dr Oetker
80 ml heavy cream or milk
70 ml egg liqueur (optional)
3 tbsp apricot jam

Baking Instructions
-peel pears, cut in quarters, remove cores. Then cut the quarters again.
- Mix lemon juice with maple syrup and pour over pears.
- let pears soak for 30 min, covered in the fridge.
- chop chocolate coarse and with double boiler let it melt on low heat. Let cool off a bit.
- mix soft butter with sugar and vanilla sugar until you get a cream, then add one egg after the other, mix well, then add the warm chocolate (it should not be hot!). Mix until you have a thick cream.
- mix flour with baking powder and cocoa, sieve it, then add alternating with heavy cream/milk and egg liqueur to the chocolate cream; use a wooden spoon.
- grease a spring form (26cm) and layer it with parchment paper. press the paper against the walls of the spring from. It will stick as the form is greasy.
- place dough into spring form and spread even.
- place the pears in the dough.
- bake in pre-heated oven  for about 50 min (convection) on 160 C or 320 F (time can vary depending on the oven; do the test by poking the cake with a tooth pic or skewer to find out if it is done. It is done when there is no dough sticking on the skewer).
- warm jam on medium heat and when the cake is done, spread over hot cake.
- let cake cool off in the form.
- serve the cake with whipped cream that is sweetened with some maple syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon.


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Jan 062015
Mixed Salad with Schnitzel Stripes

The Mixed salad with Schnitzel stripes is a fabulous German salad. It can be one complete meal but you can also use it as the first course for a festive menu. In Germany mixed salads are very popular and of course Schnitzel too. I love this combination because I can choose if I want the … read more …

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Dec 182014
Riesling Soup

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Dec 112014
Butter Cookies from Scratch

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