Dec 182014

The Riesling Soup is an authentic German soup that becomes a festive holiday soup with a hint of cinnamon. If you can get a bottle of German Riesling this soup will be the perfect starter for your holiday menu. Happy Cooking!

1x1.trans Riesling Soup

Ingredients Riesling Soup
1 onion (small-medium)
1 tbsp butter
1/8 liter Riesling (brut)
3/4 liter vegetable broth (make it instant)
4 tbsp creme fraiche
2 tbsp (flat) flour
150 ml heavy cream
1-2 tsp parsley, chopped
salt, white pepper to taste
3 slices white toast bread
3 tbsp safflower oil
some ground cinnamon and ground ginger (optional)

Cooking Instructions
- chop onion fine and saute in butter until transparent, then add wine and let simmer for about 1 min.
- add broth, bring to a boil.
- mix the flour with the creme fraiche and add to soup.
- let soup simmer for 10-15 min, stir couple of times.
- add heavy cream and let simmer for another 10 min.
- cut out of the bread stars and fry them in hot oil until they are crunchy.
- place stars on kitchen paper (takes of the oil); sprinkle them very lightly with cinnamon and ginger (if you like); it adds a tiny touch of ginger/cinnamon which is actually harmonizing very well with the other ingredients.
- spice soup with salt and white pepper to taste and puree with a stick mixer.
- add chopped parsley.
- serve with the cinnamon stars

The soup should be thick. If the soup is too thin let it simmer longer so it will be thickening.
You can use 1/2 l Riesling and less vegetable broth (stronger wine taste).

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Dec 112014

Butter cookies from scratch are not only great for Christmas! You can enjoy them at any time of the year. For Valentines Day use heart shaped cookie cutters and sprinkle the top with red cookie decorations.
What to do with the egg yolks when baking Christmas cookies? If you make the German hazelnut or coconut macaroons you will have plenty of egg yolk left over as  we are using only the egg white for the macaroons.  I found a recipe that you will like and you can use your egg yolks instead of making scrambled egg or throw them away. Don’t do that, there are many ways to use egg yolks! Happy Baking!

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375 soft butter
190 g sugar
5 egg yolks
500 g flour
some egg yolk and heavy cream to spread on top

Baking Instructions
- knead all ingredients on a baking board until you have a smooth dough.
- form a ball and wrap in foil; keep in fridge for at least 30 min but ideal over night.
- roll dough on a wooden baking board that is sprinkled with flour not too thin ( maybe 1/2 inch) and cut cookies.
- mix  egg yolk with some cream and with a baking brush spread it on every cookie.
- bake on 350 F for 10-12 min but watch it as they should not get brown.

Let cool off on a baking grid.

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Dec 052014

Mache Salad or Feldsalat in German is in my opinion the best green salad. It is also called lamb’s ear or corn salad. It is hard to find here in the USA as not every supermarket will carry it. I am lucky to get at our local supermarket Gelsons from The Organic Girl. You always can get the seeds and grow your own Feldsalat. Mache has a sweet and nutty taste and is the best with a light oil-vinegar dressing. You can mix it with other greens as well such as spinach or lettuce. In Switzerland they add chopped hard boiled eggs to the salad which is really nice. That’s how I make it and this is the recipe for  the dressing. Happy Cooking!

1x1.trans Mache Salad Dressing

Ingredients (serves 4) Mache Salad Dressing
100 g or 3.9 oz mache salad, washed and clean
3 tbsp sunflower oil
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 hard boiled egg
2 tsp finely chopped onions or charlotte onions
hint of nut meg
salt, fresh grated pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions
- mix all ingredients well in a bowl.
- boil egg, place it for 30 sec in cold water, peel it and chop very fine.
- place mache salad in a bowl.
- add chopped egg on top of salad.
- before serving the salad mix with dressing.
Don’t mix the salad earlier otherwise it will get mushy.

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Dec 022014
Spitzbuben Cookies

Spitzbuben cookies are a traditional German Christmas cookie and some call them “Johannes Taler” or “Hildabrötle” or “Linzer Augen”. The name might come from the 30 year war from 1618-1648 when the people did not have much to eat. The baker Johannnes von Redsburg created a sweet bread which he spread with jam and gave it to … read more …

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Dec 022014
German Cinnamon Cookies

German cinnamon cookies are great cookies for the holidays and Christmas. Germany is the country of Christmas traditions and baking before Christmas is very popular. Of course you can get all these nice Christmas cookies in the bakeries, still it is fun to bake your own Christmas cookies. The cinnamon cookies should be kept in … read more …

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Nov 202014
Cherry Crumble Cake

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 … read more …

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Nov 182014
Christmas Cocoa Cookies

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! Ingredients 125 g butter 200 g sugar 2 eggs 50 g cocoa … read more …

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Nov 142014
German Holiday Dessert

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 … read more …

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