Filling ingredients: – 500g very fresh strawberries – 1.5tbsp sugar Method: 1 Dough 1.1 Combine flour, sugar, vanilla sugar and add chopped butter: mix to crumbles 1.2 Add baking soda & vinegar in the same teaspoon tothe flour-sugar-butter mixture and mix 1.3 Add a small egg and knead the dough 2 Filling 2.1 Wash, dry with a towel and slightly chop strawberries 2.2 Add sugar to strawberries and mix 3 Cake 3.1 Preheat the oven to 190C 3.2 Separate the dough into 2 equal parts 3.3 Put the first part of the dough into 18cm diameter buttered baking form and flatten 3.4 Distribute the strawberry filling over the dough equally 3.5 Grate the remaining part of dough over the filling 🙂 3.6 Bake 30-35 minutes at 190C 3.7 Put the cake in the fridge overnight 3.8 Enjoy the cake in the morning with a cup of strong black coffee ! It would be a great start of a day, believe me 😉
Filling ingredients: – 400g new potatoes (weight unpeeled) – 150g Feta cheese – 1/2 tsp black pepper
Serving/baking ingredients: – 1 tbsp olive oil for brushing the flatbreads before baking – chopped tomatoes for serving Method: 1 Dough 1.1 Crush yeast into warm (30-35C) water, add 1 tbsp sugar: mix well until sugar an yeast are dissolved and leave the mixture for 15 minutes 1.2 Add flour and salt: knead the dough and leave it under cloth for 30 minutes (make the filling meanwhile) 2 Filling 2.1 Peel potatoes and boil until ready: drain extra water 2.2 Combine potatoes with feta and black pepper: mash until smooth 3 Flatbread 3.1 Preheat the oven to 200C 3.2 Separate the dough into 4 equal parts: roll out each part into 16-20cm round 3.3 Put 1-2tbsp filling in the middle of each round 3.4 Lift up ends of each round to the centre and seal them tight with the fingers. Then gently flatten into 15cm round. 3.5 Brush each flatbread both sides with olive oil and put on the baking paper 3.6 Bake for 15-20 minutes at 200C until golden and serve warm! 4 Enjoy with a cup of coffee and a good company 😉
Filling ingredients: – 1 cup dried tomatoes – 250g mozzarella – 1/2 medium zucchini – 50g rucola – 50g pine nuts – 50g grated Grana Padano – 2 tbsps olive oil – salt & pepper if dried tomatoes are unsalted
Serving/baking ingredients: – 1 tbsp olive oil for brushing the flatbreads before baking – fresh dill for serving Method: 1 Dough 1.1 Crush yeast into warm (30-35C) water, add 1 tbsp sugar: mix well until sugar an yeast are dissolved and leave the mixture for 15 minutes 1.2 Add flour and salt: knead the dough and leave it under cloth for 30 minutes (make the filling meanwhile) 2 Filling 2.1 Make tomato pesto: mash in the blender dried tomatoes, pine nuts, olive oil, parmesan (add salt and pepper if dried tomatoes are not spiced) 2.2 Wash and slice 1/2 zucchini 2.3 Wash rucola and let it dry 2.4 Slice mozarella 3 Flatbread 3.1 Preheat the oven to 210C 3.2 Separate the dough into 4 equal parts: roll out each part into 16-20cm round 3.3 Put in the middle of each round: tomato pesto, zucchini, mozzarella, rucola 3.4 Lift up ends of each round to the centre and seal them tight with the fingers. Then gently flatten into 15cm round. 3.5 Brush each flatbread two sides with olive oil and put on the baking paper 3.6 Bake for 15-20 minutes at 200C until golden: let them cool down and serve with a fresh dill 4 Enjoy with a cup of coffee and a good company 😉
“I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit. “No,” said Pooh humbly, “there isn’t. But there was going to be when I began it. It’s just that something happened to it along the way.”
Dough ingredients: – 450g all purpose flour – 200ml 33% cream – 20g fresh yeast – 2 eggs and 1 egg white – 60g sugar – 8g Vanilla sugar – 1 dash of salt – 4g lemon zest – 250g raisins
Beautifying ingredients: – 1 egg yolk – 1 tbsp milk – 20g almond petals Method: 1 Dough 1.1 Pre-heat the 33% cream to 30-34C in a saucepan 1.2 Add to warm 33% cream: crushed fresh yeast and 2 tbsp sugar. Whisk until smooth and let it stay for 15 minutes covered with the cloth 1.3 Add to cream & yeast: 2 eggs and 1 egg white, sugar and Vanilla sugar, salt, lemon zest: whisk until smooth 1.4 Gradually add flour and raisins: knead a dough. Let dough stay in a warm place covered with a cloth for 30 minutes to let it raise 🙂 2 Braided bread 2.1 Separate raised dough into 5 equal parts, then form a 40cm long sausages out of each piece 2.2 Join all the sausages at top firmly with fingers, then braid them taking the left most and putting in the middle, then right most and putting it in the middle: repeat until you braid all the length through 🙂
2.3 Join the sausages in the end firmly. 2.4 Whisk an egg yolk with 1 tbsp milk and brush well the bread-to-be 2.5 Sprinkle the bread-to-be with almond petals 2.6 Let the bread raise for another 15 minutes (no cover now) and meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 180C 2.7 Bake the bread for 25 minutes on the baking paper at 180C 3 Let the bread cool down and serve with butter. Enjoy and Happy Easter!
The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets!
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Ingredients (14-18 bunnies): – 110g all-purpose flour – 50g butter – 40-50g sugar – 50g chopped almond – 1 small egg – several chocolate buttons for baking Method: 1 Pre-heat the oven to 190C 2 Chop almond to 0.2-0.5cm pieces (I used pre-chopped 1cm x 0.3cm almond stripes from the shop) – do not chop too finely to make super-crusty cookies 😉 3 Mix flour, sugar and grated butter until smooth 4 Add an egg and chopped almonds: mix well 5 Roll out the dough to 0.5cm width, cut the cookies with a bunny cookie cutter, put the cookies on the baking paper. Put chocolate buttons – bunnies eyes 6 Bake the cookies for 15 min at 190C 7 Serve with a cup of black coffee and have a wonderful and sunny weekend !
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Ingredients: – 110g all-purpose flour – 50g butter – 40-50g sugar – 50g chopped almond – 1 small egg Method: 1 Pre-heat the oven to 190C 2 Chop almond to 0.2-0.5cm pieces (I used pre-chopped 1cm x 0.3cm almond stripes from the shop) – this is important to chop almonds not too finely to make crusty cookies 🙂 3 Mix flour, sugar and grated butter until smooth 4 Add an egg and chopped almonds: mix well 5 Form cookies out of the dough and put on the baking paper: bake 15 min at 190C 6 Serve with a cup of black coffee and have a wonderful Sunday !
The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured cosiness.
Filling ingredients: – 5 medium apples – 100g chopped walnuts – 3tbsp sugar Method: 1 Dough 1.1 Combine flour, sugar, vanilla sugar and add chopped butter: mix to crumbles 1.2 Add baking soda + vinegar in the same teaspoon and mix in to flour&sugar&butter 1.3 Add an egg and knead the dough 2 Filling 2.1 Wash, peel and grate apples 2.2 Wash, dry and chop walnuts 2.3 Combine grates apples, chopped walnuts and sugar: carefully mix 3 Cake 3.1 Preheat the oven to 190C 3.2 Separate the dough into 2 equal parts 3.3 Put the first of dough into 28cm diameter buttered baking form and flatten 3.4 Distribute the filling over the dough equally 3.5 Grate the remaining part of dough over the filling 🙂 3.6 Bake 35-40 minutes at 190C 3.7 Let the cake cool down and sprinkle with sugar powder 3.8 Enjoy the cake one Sunday morning with your favourite detective movie and a cup of strong black coffee !
But I think happiness springs from another source, a far deeper one that doesn’t depend on will because it comes from love.
Dough ingredients: – 1 cup (1 cup = 250ml) flour – 150g cottage cheese or quark – 80g sugar – 4 tbsp olive oil – 1 egg – 1 pinch salt – 1/2 tsp butter for buttering the baking form
Filling ingredients: – 300g berries mix (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), I used frozen ones – sugar to taste Method: 1 Filling 1.1 Wash (unfreeze) berries and let them dry for 20-30 minutes 1.2 Add 20-40g sugar and mix (I do not add sugar to the filling as the cake is sweet enough without it but one can add some sugar!) 2 Dough and cake 2.1 Preheat the oven to 200C 2.2 Mix dough ingredients and knead the dough 2.3 Separate the dough into 2/3 (for the base part) and 1/3 (for the upper part) 2.4 Roll out 2/3 dough part into 20cm round and put in the buttered form 2.5 Put the berries mixture over the dough 2.6 Roll out 1/3 dough and cut 1cm width stripes out of it. One can also make some decorations with a cookie cutter 🙂 2.7 Put the stripes over the berries mixture 2.8 Bake the cake at 200C 25-35 minutes 2.9 Sprinkle with sugar powder and serve with a cup of green tea !
I wish the world were ending tomorrow. Then I could take the next train, arrive at your doorstep in Vienna, and say: “Come with me, Milena. We are going to love each other without scruples or fear or restraint. Because the world is ending tomorrow.”
Ingredients (for 20-25 cookies): – 50g grated almond – 50g butter – 75g wheat flour – 30g cane sugar – 1 tbsp sour cream – 1 pinch cinnamon – 1 pinch salt – some almond petals for beautifying Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 190C 2 Mix grated butter with sugar until smooth 3 Add grated almond, flour, cinnamon, salt & sour cream: mix until smooth 4 Fatten 1 tsp dough within the cookie cutter on the baking paper for each cookie. Decorate each cookie with almond petals 🙂 5 Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes at 190C until golden 6 Serve the cookies with a cup of black coffee !
Notes: enjoy the cookies with your morning coffee & your favourite book. My book this morning was The Unconsoled 🙂
Method: 1 Cake 1.1 Preheat oven to 180C 1.2 Whisk sugar with eggs for 3-5 minutes 1.3 Slowly add flour to whisked sugar+eggs 1.4 Add baking soda & vinegar in the same teaspoon, cocoa powder: mix well 1.5 Pour the batter on the baking paper in the baking form ~25x35cm 1.6 Bake for 20-25 minutes at 180C 1.7 Let the cake cool down and cut into 1.5cm cubes 2 Mascarpone cream: mix in a bowl Mascarpone with 33% cream and sugar 3 Dessert 3.1 Cut pears into 1cm cubes 3.2 Put in the glass level by level: 3.2.1 cocoa cake cubes 3.2.2 Mascarpone cream 3.2.3 pears cubes and repeat the levels again 🙂 3.3 Put the dessert into the fridge overnight and … enjoy with morning coffee ! Happy New 2021 Year !
If you pressed me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
Michel de Montaigne
Ingredients (for 12 Biscotti): – 130g wheat flour – 78g sugar – 4g Vanilla sugar – 1 egg – 1/2 tsp orange zest – 1/2 tsp rum or Amaretto – 1/2 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp vinegar – 63g almonds Method: 1 Pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2 Wash almonds and dry with paper towels. 3 Combine in a bowl: flour + sugar + Vanilla sugar + egg + orange zest + rum. 4 Add to the dough baking soda in the same teaspoon as vinegar: knead the dough. 5 Mix the almonds in the dough and distribute uniformly. 6 Form ~3cm width & ~30cm length log from the dough and put it on the baking paper. 7 Bake the log for 20min at 180C until golden. 8 Remove the log from the oven and let it cool down for 5 min. Do not turn off the oven. 9 Cut the log with diagonal cuts into 1.5cm width Biscotti. 10 Put Biscotti back on the baking paper and bake for 5-10 minutes. 11 Enjoy Biscotti some nice Sunday morning with a cup of black coffee and your favourite Christmas movie. Would it be this, this, this, this or this movie? 😉
Ingredients (for 6 sandwiches): – 6 Ciabatta slices – 60g Camembert – 30ml cranberry jam – a few miners lettuce leaves Method: 1 Slice 6 pieces of Ciabatta 2 Slice Camembert 3 Put Camembert slices over Ciabatta slices and sprinkle with cranberry jam 4 Serve for breakfast with miners lettuce leaves and a cup of black coffee ! 5 Have a great week !
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 180C 2 Combine flour+sugar+Vanilla sugar+milk+olive oil+salt: mix well 3 Add baking soda+vinegar in the same teaspoon and mix in the dough 4 Add chocolate morsels and carefully mix to not destroy the morsels 🙂 5 Form the round cookies out of the dough and put them on the baking paper 6 Bake the cookies at 180C for 10-12 minutes 7 Enjoy one Sunday morning with a cup of black coffee and… make something nice and kind today ! 🙂
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 220C 2 Combine flour+salt+warm water in a bowl: knead the dough well for 5-6 minutes 3 Make a filling: 3.1 combine chopped spinach & salt: mix well with the hands for 3-4 minutes to get juice from spinach 3.2 add feta & walnuts & oil & pepper to the spinach & salt, mix well 4 Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and form a ball out of each of them 5 Roll out each ball into a 8-10cm diameter circle: put 1 teaspoon of a filling in the centre of each circle 6 Lift up ends of each circle to the centre to form Fatayers with your fingers 7 Put the Fatayers on the baking paper: bake for 15 minutes at 220C 8 Serve with black coffee and lemon slices !
Beatifying ingredients: – 8 strawberries – 12 mint leaves
Method: 1 Sponge cakes: 1.1 Preheat the oven to 190C 1.2 Whisk the eggs + sugar + vanilla sugar for 2-3 minutes 1.3 Stir in flour and finely mix 1.4 Pour the batter into the buttered muffin forms: bake for 25 minutes at 190C 1.5 Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool down 1.6 Cut cooled down cakes into the upper and lower halves 2 Chocolate-strawberry icing: 2.1 Wash and slice the strawberries; wash 12 mint leaves 2.2 Melt chocolate + butter + 33% cream 2.3 Put each top cake half into the melted chocolate butter -> put on a separate plate 2.4 Decorate with strawberries&mint and put the cakes tops for 1 hour in the fridge 🙂 3 Filling cream: 3.1 Keep the butter at room temperature for 40 minutes 3.2 Whisk all the filling ingredients 3.3 Put the filling cream in the fridge for 30 minutes 3.4 Put the cream in between lower and top cakes halves, then join the halves 4 Put the cakes in the fridge overnight and & get prepared for a great coffee-break ! 😉
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 180C 2 Dough: mix all ingredients in a bowl (baking soda+vinegar at the last step) 3 Pour the dough into a buttered muffin form 4 Decorate muffins with oat flakes and bake for 30-35 minutes at 180C 5 Serve with Kefir or black coffee ! 🙂
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 180C 2 Whisk sugar with eggs for 3 minutes 3 Mix in flour and cocoa to whisked sugar&eggs, then add baking soda&vinegar 4 Pour the dough on the baking paper in a large baking form 5 Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes at 180C, remove it from the oven and let it cool down 6 Cut the cake with your favorite cookie cutters 😉 7 Make the Mascarpone cream: whisk 33% cream and sugar & Mascarpone 8 Put Mascarpone cream on the cakes and decorate with raspberries & mint leaves 9 Put the cakes in the fridge overnight 10 Enjoy it next morning with a cup of green tea and have a great day ! 🙂
Now, Watson, there is cocoa ready in the next room. I must beg you to hurry, for we have a great day before us.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ingredients (4 servings): – 1 cup (1cup = 250ml) wholegrain flour – 100g butter – 1/4 cup sugar – 1/4 cup cocoa – 30g orange zest
Method: 1 Preheat the oven to 180C 2 Dough: mix flour, butter, sugar and cocoa 3 Form cookies from the dough & put them on a baking parchment 4 Decorate the cookies with orange zest 5 Bake for 25 minutes at 180C and enjoy with a cup of strong black coffee 😉
Method: 1 Make Mascarpone cream: mix Mascarpone with sugar & 33% cream: don’t make it too liquid ! 🙂 2 Brew a really strong black coffee ! 3 Pour brewed coffee in a plate and let it cool down 4 Now put in the glasses layer by layer (you might use less or more Savoiardi biscuits depending on how high Mascarpone layers you would like to have): 4.1 Savoiardi biscuits dipped each side for 1 second in a coffee-plate 4.2 Mascarpone cream, return to 4.1 if the glass is not full yet 😉 5 Decorate with cocoa on top 6 Put Tiramisu in a fridge overnight 7 Enjoy Tiramisu with a nice old-style black&white movie !
Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and the squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals; everything will pass, but my happiness, dear, my happiness will remain, in the moist reflection of a street lamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.
Vladimir Nabokov, Selected Letters, 1940-1977
Ingredients: – 125g peeled grated parsnip – 200g peeled grated apples – 250g wheat or spelt (spelt flour is tastier for this recipe!) flour – 125g full cane sugar – 1 teaspoon cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon cardamom – 1/2 teaspoon baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon vinegar – 4 tablespoons cocoa – 50g ground hazelnuts – 50ml water – 40 ml olive oil – 1 egg
Topping ingredients: – 2 tablespoons hazelnuts
Hint: Parsnip-cocoa combination gives a really dense and delicious taste: try the cupcakes yourself, the recipe is super-easy !
Method: 1 Preheat an oven to 180C 2 Wash, peel and grate apples and parsnip to a large bowl 3 Add to the grated guys: flour, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, cocoa, ground hazelnuts, water, olive oil and egg: mix them well 4 Add to the bowl baking soda with vinegar and mix well 5 Put the dough in the buttered muffin form and bake cupcakes for 50 minutes at 180C 6 After 30 minutes of baking add 3 halves of hazelnut to the top of each cupcake 7 Serve cupcakes with a cup of green tea and have a great Sunday !