Sep 172015

The German Coffee Honey Cake is easy to make and tastes wonderful when you spread butter on the slices. That's the way Germans enjoy the Dutch honey cake which is a similiar cake. TIP: If you turn the raisins in flour before you add them to the dough they will not sink down to the bottom of the cake. Happy Baking!

german coffee honey cake

40 g raisins
2 tbsp chopped orangeat (candied orange peel)
2 Tbsp dark rum
350 g flour
3 tsp instant coffee
2 tsp instant cocoa powder
3 tbsp sun flower oil (or any taste neutral oil)
150 g liquid honey
3 eggs
75 g sugar
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp backing powder Dr Oetker
1/4 tsp natron (baking soda)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 point of a knife ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
almond slices (blanched)
butter and natural, un-spiced bread crumbs for the form

Baking Instructions
- drip rum on raisins and let them soak for 30 min.
- separate eggs; beat egg yolks until foamy.
- boil 1 tbsp water, mix it with instant coffee and cocoa, add oil, honey, sugar and lemon zest.
- mix flour with baking powder, natron and all spices, sieve it and add to the dough. Mix well. Then add raisins and orangat.
- Beat egg white until firm and gently mix it with dough.
- grease a pound cake form and sprinkle with bread crumbs.
- fill in dough and sprinkle with almond slices.
- Bake in pre-heated oven for 75 min on 375 F.
when done let cool off briefly then place it on a baking grid.


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Aug 312015

The German Pear Cake with saffron is an original German recipe. Saffron makes it look golden and it is a wonderful cake to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.  The pears should be ripe and sweet. If you cannot get fresh ones the ones from the jar might be serve as well but if they are sweetened you need to use less sugar. Happy Baking!

pear cake with saffron

250 g butter, room temperature
250 g sugar
250 g raw marzipan for baking
5 eggs
2 strings saffron
1 pinch salt
500 g flour
1 tsp baking powder (pref. Dr Oetker)
4 pears
50 g raisins
(optional some dark rum)
20 g grated almonds
Glaze: 1 egg white, 200 g powdered sugar, 2 strings saffron, some butter to grease the form

Baking Instructions
- cut marzipan in very small pieces.
- mix soft butter with sugar and marzipan until foamy (if butter is not soft, nuke it for some seconds in the micro wave).
- mix eggs with saffron and salt, add to dough.
- mix flour with baking powder, sieve it and add to dough.
- place the dough into a greased spring form (diameter 28 cm or 11 inches).
- peel pears, remove core and cut in quarters, then cut them again; squeeze them gently into the dough. If you peel the pears earlier, drip them with lemon juice so they won't get brown.
- Bake in pre-heated oven on 180 C or 355 F for 45-50 minutes.
- when done place the cake on a baking grid and let cool off a bit.
- mix all ingredients for the glaze and with a baking brush spread it all over the cake. Soak raisins in rum for 5 minutes and sprinkle them all over the cake, the rum is optional. Let the cake dry before you serve it.


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Aug 262015

Mushroom pancakes or in German "Pilzpuffer" are great for breakfast or brunch German style. This is an original German recipe which I found in a booklet "Kochen mit Ei" (cooking with eggs). Important is that you grind the mushrooms and onion ( such as in a food processor) or grate them very fine to get a smooth dough. Happy Cooking!

mushroom pancakes
Ingredients (serves 2)
3 tbsp chopped parsley
1 small onion
250 g white mushrooms
2 eggs
1 tbsp sour cream
3 tbsp bread crumbs
salt, white pepper, butter

Cooking Instructions
- chop parsley; peel onions and chop fine
- wash mushrooms and chop very fine (the best is to mash them with the onion in a grinder)
- add eggs, spices, sour cream, bread crumbs to the onion-mushroom mix.
- melt some butter in a skillet, add half of the dough and with a wet spoon spread even.
- bake on each side for 3-4 min until the pancakes are brown and crunchy.
Serve with a salad such as lettuce or tomatoes.

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Aug 132015
Authentic German Potato Plum Dumplings

Authentic German dumplings are a traditional dish of Germany. This recipe requires potatoes for the dumpling; there is another recipe on the website which is requiring quark as main ingredient. The best plums to make the dumplings are the Italian plums. This recipe is from the owner of – Happy Cooking! Ingredients (for 25-28 … read more …

Aug 042015
German Strawberry Ice Cream Cup

Ingredients 200 g  strawberries 200 ml heavy cream, whipped juice of 1  lemon sugar to taste 2 cl (or more) vermouth such as Martini 2 scoops vanilla ice cream 2 scoops strawberry ice cream mint leaves and some strawberries for decoration Cooking Instructions – wash and clean strawberries, cut into quarters. – mix them in … read more …

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Jun 202015
Super Easy German Fruit Cake

Here is a super easy German fruit cake that can be made within minutes. We call it in German a Tortenboden or belegter Obstkuchen. You don’t have to be a master baker – it is really that easy. I found this recipe and thought I have to try this one because I was not into … read more …