Things I Like Today…

… are these granola bars I’ve made today.

They are quite easy to make:

Just melt some butter with a bit of honey and sugar in a pot. Then add different types of chopped nuts, oatmeal (or some Bircher-Muesli) and dried fruits (besides raisins you could take for example dried papaya or mango for the exotic touch).

Stir all ingredients and then spread them on baking paper. Bake the mixture for about 25 minutes until it becomes golden brown.

Finally let it cool before you cut it into bars.

Things I Like Today…

…are these delicious home-made Christmas cookies made out of short pastry.

 

What you need for the dough:

300 g flour
100 g sugar
1 egg
200 g cold butter
a pinch of salt

Mix the flour, the sugar, the egg and flakes of the butter very quickly so that the butter doesn’t get too warm. Let the dough rest in the fridge for about one hour.

Roll the dough flat on your worktop and cut out the shapes of your choice.

The cookies need not more than 10 minutes in the oven (160 degrees).
Then you can dip them into chocolate and decorate them nicely.

Have a nice holiday season!

Things I Like Today…

…are sweet and juicy peaches in a pastry cake.

The recipe is exactly the same like the one for the apricot cake below, only add some poppy seeds to the curd and spread the mixture on the pastry before you put the peach slices on top.

Things I Like Today…

are sweet apricots in a delicious apricot-almond-cream pastry cake!

Isn’t the colour of the fruits beautiful?

 

Here’s the recipe:

For the pastry you need:

300 g flour
200 g butter
100 g sugar
2 eggs
some lemon peel

For the cream you need:

200 g butter
250 g powdered sugar
400 g curd
some lemon peel
250 g finely ground almonds
25 g vanilla pudding powder
500 g apricots (cut into halves)

Mix the flour, butter, sugar, eggs and lemon peel and let the dough rest for half an hour in the fridge. Then roll it out and fit it into a well creased pie tin.

For the cream stir the butter and the powdered sugar, add the curd, some lemon peel, the vanilla powder and the almonds.

Spread the cream on the pastry and arrange the apricots neatly on top. Bake at 170 degrees around half an hour until golden brown (or apricot…).

Lovely…

Celebrating Europe!

Today European member states elect their representatives for the Euroepean Parliament, so why not celebrate our unity and prepare some European food? I decided to make scones because of the fine British tea traditions and Italian gnocchi because I simply love pasta in all variations.

 

Here are the two recipes:

Home-made gnocchi:
250 g potatoes
125 g flour
2 eggs
some salt and pepper

Boil the potatoes until they can be mashed easily with a fork. Mix the mashed potatoes with the flour, the eggs and season with some salt and pepper. Let the dough rest for a quarter of an hour in the fridge. Then form small round gnocchi before you drop them into salted boiling water. When they rise to the top of the bowl they’re ready. Serve them with pesto or just some butter and fresh basil or sage.

Buon appetito!

Scones:
250 g flour
30 g butter
1 egg
150 ml milk
two teaspoons baking powder
50 g sugar
one teaspoon of salt
raisins

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then add flakes of butter, milk and the egg, putting a bit of the yolk aside for later.
Let the dough rest in the fridge for a quarter of an hour before you fill it into muffin forms. Spread some of the yolk on top of the scones. Bake in the oven at 250 degree for a quarter of an hour until they are golden brown.

Enjoy with clotted cream and strawberry jam!

Things I Like Today…

Sunday’s baking time and these chocolate-banana-nut-muffins are really a sweet treat…

They are so easy to make. You just need:

150 g flour
one spoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
60 g brown sugar
125 g mixed nuts
2 ripe bananas
2 spoons melted butter
1 egg

Mix the baking powder, salt, flour, sugar and nuts in a bowl. Take a second bowl and mix the squashed bananas and the butter together with the the stirred egg. Add the butter-sugar-banana mixture to the dry ingredients and put the dough into the muffin forms. Bake the muffins about 20 minutes until they are golden. Yummy!

Things I Like Today

Whenever I travel somewhere I like to take something home from the place I’ve been to, even if it’s only an idea or inspiration. In this case I wanted to try a typical French apple pie or tarte aux pommes. Of course it’s not the same like eating it in an idyllic small restaurant behind Notre Dame but it still is very delicious…

Here’s the recipe:

150 g flour
100 g sugar
150 g butter
 2 egg yolks
100 g ground walnuts
lemon zest of one organic lemon
a pinch of salt
2 apples (russet or Granny Smith)

some apricot jam

Make a dough (short pastry) out of all ingredients except the apples and the apricot jam. Let it rest in the fridge for about half an hour. Heat the oven (about 180 degrees) and cut the apples into very thin slices. Put the dough in a buttered tart mould and arrange the apple wedges nicely on it. Put the pie in the oven for about 40 minutes. Take it out and spread a bit of the apricot jam on the apples. Put the pie back into the oven for 20 minutes. When the pie is golden brown and smells deliciously it’s ready!