Jun 202015

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 heavy baking that day and I never used oil for such a base cake. And what do you say? It tasted more than good! I will use this recipe from now on all the time for a summer fruit cake as we make them in Germany with fresh fruit.

strawberry cake

6 tbsp sunflower oil
6 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp flour
3 eggs
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
fruit of your choice (strawberries, blueberries, bananas, sour cherries, canned mandarins, canned pears or peaches)
1 package red glaze Dr Oetker

Baking Instructions
- mix eggs with sugar and beat until foamy.
- mix flour with baking powder.
- add oil spoon by spoon to the eggs, then sieve flour.
- mix well.
- pour dough into a German spring form for base cake, diameter 11 inches.
- bake in pre-heated oven on 375 F for about 5-10 min. The cake is done when no dough sticks on a tooth pic that has been poked into the dough. It should have a light golden-brown color.
- when cake is done let it cool off, then place it onto a big enough plate (upside down).
- cut the fruit in half or smaller such as strawberries and place it on top of the cake.
- make the glaze per instructions and pour it over the fruit. Let cool off.



Jun 112015

German egg dish with vegetable is a great idea for a brunch or a light supper. In Germany we love light suppers and most of the times we like egg dishes. This egg dish is so easy to make and if you use organic ingredients it is a healthy meal. Happy Cooking

vegetables with eggs

Ingredients (serves 4)
6 spring onions
1/2 red pepper
2 tbsp butter
4-5 tbsp frozen or fresh peas
4 eggs
salt, pepper to taste
2 tbsp chopped parsley

Cooking Instructions
- wash spring onions, slice them.
- cut red pepper in thin stripes.
- heat butter, add onions and pepper and saute until transparent.
- add peas and saute another 2 min.
- beat eggs lightly with a fork, add spices and pour over the vegetable.
- on medium heat let it cook until the egg white is firm, don't stir.
- sprinkle with parsley and serve right away.

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Jun 082015

The German potato salad with cucumber is a Swabian salad and my sister in law makes the best one! I am sure you will like it too. This salad is easy to make and  a great salad for the summer BBQ. Happy Cooking!

potato salad with cucumber

Ingredients (serves 4)
4-5 medium size potatoes( gold, yellow)
1 English cucumber
1 small - med onion
salt, pepper to taste
3-4 tbsp sunflower oil and white wine vinegar
2-3 tbsp chopped parsley

Cooking Instructions
- Boil the potatoes, drain them and let cool off a bit; peel them (stick the potato on a fork and peel it with a sharp knife).
- let potatoes completely cool off, the best is keep them in the fridge and make the salad the next day.
- cut potatoes in fine slices.
- wash and if you like peel cucumber and grate it fine.
- peel onion and cut in fine cubes.
- mix potatoes with oniosn and cucumber.
- add spices, oil and vinegar, and parsley, mix well.
Serve after 10-15 minutes.
The salad should be mushy but not swim in water.

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May 282015
Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade mayonnaise is very easy to make. This mayonnaise is complete natural and so much healthier than the one from the shelf. No additives, no preservatives and high fructose syrup! Actually it is so easy to make that I asked myself: Why did I buy mayonnaise all the times? It gets really easy with a … read more …

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May 282015
Kaiserschmarrn with Aparagus

Kaiserschmarrn with asparagus is a popular asparagus dish and tasted really good with prosciutto or the famous black forest ham (smoked, raw ham). Kaiserschmarrn or in the Swabian region “Kratzede” is basically a pancake dough which will be torn apart with a fork before serving. If you can get white asparagus than this is the … read more …

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May 012015
Fried Green Asparagus

Fried green asparagus is a delicious side dish or a main dish with salmon. In Germany the white asparagus is very popular but the green one has made its way to Germany as well. Try this simple recipe and you will be surpr1sed how good it tastes. Happy Cooking!   Ingredients 1 bunch green asparagus … read more …

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May 012015
German Farmer Stew

  The German farmers stew of “Eintopf” as we call it in German, is a great dish that can be varied with all kinds of seasonal vegetables such as zucchini, squash, broccoli or celery. Or add white or red kidney beans with some cayenne pepper! It becomes a healthy stew when using organic ingredients. Happy … read more …

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Apr 172015
German Gluten Free Almond Cake

  German gluten free almond cake or “Torte” is a German baking specialty for a nice traditional Kaffee and Kuchen afternoon. Torte is not exactly a cake as it is mostly made using a butter cream. If you cannot eat products with flour this cake is a wonderful alternative. Easy to make without needing special … read more …

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 11:14 am German Recipes Tagged with: , , , , , ,  No Responses »