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 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!

prune potato dumplings

Ingredients (for 25-28 dumplings)
about 2 pounds of cooked mashed potatoes cold out of the fridge (cook the potatoes the day before), so you need to peel 2.5 pounds of potatoes
6 cups of flour or more depending on how wet the potatoes are
1/2 stick of butter, melted
2 eggs
28 Italian plums
28 cubes of sugar

Cooking Instructions
- Mix the potatoes, flour, butter and eggs until you get a sticky dough.
- Add more flour, if the dough should be too  sticky.
- Let it stand in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Bring water in a big pot to a boil. Wash the plums, drain them.
- Meanwhile slid open the plums, remove the pit, and put one cube of sugar into each plum.
- Reduce the heat to a slow simmer.
- Now take some dough, preferable with cold hands, and flatten it out with your fingers.
- Tip: try to make the dough as thin as possible.
- Put one plum into it and form the dumpling.
- Make sure all seams are closed tightly or they will leak in the cooking process.
- Roll  each dumpling in flour and dust off  the excess.
- Put about 7 dumplings at a time into the pot and cook them for 10 minutes - they should float on top of the water.
-  Place them on a plate and eat them right away with melted butter and a sugar-cinnamon mix.
You can also fry them in a non-stick pan in butter the next day  - sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

You always can make a whole lot and freeze them. Before you freeze them brush each dumpling with melted butter. Then place them on a cookie sheet, put them the next day into freezer bags.

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 …

Jun 082015
German Potato Salad with Cucumber

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! Ingredients (serves 4) 4-5 medium size potatoes( gold, yellow) 1 English cucumber … read more …

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