chocolate nut knots

chocolate nut knotit’s been quite her for a while – sorry! every once in a while i am not in the mood to write and have to wait until inspiration strikes again. that doesn’t mean though that i haven’t been thinking about what i could share with you. i think about the same time last year there’s also been a short break, seems to be a spring thing. i did make a lot of things (especially bread, more on that in the coming weeks) in the kitchen of course and also got my vegetable plants for the terrace. i can practically watch the tomatoes grow, one of them doubled its size in one week – mother nature is just fascinating! after the frost saints mid of may, before it could still be freezing during the night, i will be planting them in their pots outside.

as you know i love kanelbuller, swedish cinnamon knots. so far i hadn’t found the perfect recipe for me. my tries so far of cinnamon rolls, nutella bun and raspberry mascarpone knots have been good, but especially with the last ones they usually turned out quite flat. the other day i finally was rewarded for my efforts (inspired by dinner with julie) and i got these perfect knots. also the taste was heavenly (based on the chocolate hazelnut brioche from starbucks) 🙂 if you want you can also choose different fillings of course eg a mixture of butter, cinnamon and sugar or also savory with pesto (but then don’t add sugar to the dough, just 1 teaspoon for the yeast). there are plenty of varieties.

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tiramisu todays post is a classic italian dessert – tiramius. probably everyone knows it and has eaten it in differing qualities. on the blog you can already find some versions – the fruity passion fruit tiramisu or a cherry tiramisu and a more winterly gingerbread tiramisu. however i also have to give you the classic.

when i was still a child there was this huge discussion about salmonella and thereupon this classic dessert was frowned upno. the eggs were substituted by eg heavy cream, to still get a fluffy texture. for me eggs have to be a part of the cream, not only for the color but also for the taste, which is distinguishly different. besides the fat content of mascarpone alone is already high enough without adding heavy cream. as long as you’re using really fresh eggs, nothing should happen. i’ve eaten so much raw dough in my life without taking any damage from it. Continue reading

orange chocolate muffins

orange chocolate muffinson the last weekends i always was in the mood for baking, but it had to be something quick, ideally without the use of machinery. and what is more suitable than american sweets? it fits the stereotype: little effort, loads of calories, but really yummy. just thinking about how many ready-mixes there are in an american supermarket – crazy! however at least mostly you don’t have to use a kitchen machine or handmixer, just stir everything together with a wooden spoon. austrian recipes usually can’t do without, just thinking about whipping egg whites into stiff peaks i couldn’t forgo my kitchen machine. also for a fluffy light sponge it is invaluble to use a machine for whisking the eggs until light yellow and creamy.

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macadamia toffees

macadamia caramel chewstoday’s recipe is the last one for my homemade presents from the kitchen that my family got for christmas. besides things like savory cantuccini, chocolate almonds deluxe, tomato spice and winterly pralines i also made macadamia toffees. also known as fudge, this mixture of sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate, butter and suger is not for the faint hearted, however one or two pieces won’t kill you 😉 the salted macadamias give the otherwise creamy candies a nice crunch and sweet and salty taste. so hurry into the kitchen, mix everything together and savour the toffees.

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brownie cherry cheesecake bites

brownie cherry cheesecakei think there mustn’t be said much – the combination of my favorites brownies, cheesecake while also fruit due to the cherries. what more do you want? you can either cut the cake into small bites or in mid-sized pieces (believe me you don’t need more 😉 ). especially with the bite version it looks nice to drizzle the chocolate finish separately on top of every piece. however you can also pour the chocolate cream on top of the whole cake and cut after it firmed up. i use philadelphia as my choice of cream cheese. although i normally buy organic, the organic ones usually are a bit salted and thus don’t give the right flavor. philadelphia seems to be the most neutral one.

since i made those brownies for a birthday party and transporting them bite sized wouldn’t have been such a good idea, i don’t have great pictures. but rest assured, you really should try this recipe!!

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chocolate almonds deluxe

chocolate almonds deluxefor christmas my family, as is a tradition by now, got gift baskets with homemade little somethings from my kitchen. per popular demand i made the tomato pasta spice and the fruit energy balls. besides i also made the winterly pralines and caramelized almonds (which are also in high demand with you guys according to the blog stats). of course i also made some new things like these chocolate almonds deluxe. we used to make them alongside our “normal” christmas cookies – just through some almond slivers in with melted chocolate and form small heaps out of it. for this deluxe version the almonds are first being roasted in the oven, then caramelized with some sugar syrup and then seasond with cinnamon and sea salt. the result is a heavenly small bite from which i just can’t get enough. as usual it doesn’t take much to make them, but is a very nice present from the kitchen.

of course there are quite a few more ideas for presents from the kitchen on the blog if you want to give away homemade joy.

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christmas cookies – simple chocolate walnut cookies

chocolate walnut cookieswe’re slowly approaching the home run to christmas, only 10 more days. if you still want to bake some cookies or your first batch has been eaten up and you desperately need a fresh supply, these simple chocolate walnut cookies are the perfect choice for you. knead the dough and cut the cookies from a roll – done!

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christmas cookies – chocolate cookies with hazelnut

chocolate cookies with hazelnut  another novelty for my cookie plate this year: crumbly chocolate cookies with hazelnut. together with the ginger kisses they were the most laborious cookies. however since the other cookies (cinnamon scroll cookies, chai cookies, …) were only cut from a roll, it is easy to say something requires more effort. anyways they still were rather easy to prepare – roll balls, press hazelnut into it and decorate with some chocolate and hazelnut brittle (in one step with the ginger kisses). the cookies are very crumbly due to the grounded nuts in the dough. the chocolate on top gives it something luscious.

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christmas cookies – ginger kisses

ginger kisses only 3 more weeks until christmas and then a couple more days until the new year! i have no idea where the time has gone this year. so much happened, i’ve seen and experienced so much and the quite time of the year snuck up on me. for that one definitely needs christmas cookies. i love to prepare a plate of all my christmas cookies, sip a hot (chai) cocoa, chai latter or tea and snuggle up on the couch when there is snow outside and it is freezing. this year a made a variety of new cookies and love them all. every year the same christmas cookies is boring, so one has to change it up a bit. today i’m posting the recipe for ginger kisser. i loved that they looked like they have snow on them.

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brownie bites

brownie bites before christmas season starts in earnest, you get one more brownie recipe. for my usual brownies i rely on my standard recipe, because it is just so moist and just how i like it. but for variations some other ideas are allowed and you can find a few on the blog already. usually i don’t bake with sweets (why not?), but it as a grandiose idea. i’ve like toffifee every since i was little and although i don’t eat giotto that often, they are still pretty good. topping off one of these small brownies they just make my day. the mini muffins disappear in one bite in your mouth – it could be that one has to devour more than one. since they are so small and handy, they are perfect for bringing them to a (pre) xmas party or just to the office, much to the delight of your co-workers. rightly anticipating, i made a double batch. astoundingly they didn’t eat all of them, but the colleagues in our main office couldn’t resist the next day 🙂

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