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

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!

Painting a Still Life

I’ve been painting quite a lot of abstract pieces lately so I decided to try something different. Still life painting is an interesting old genre in my opinion. For inspiration I was flicking through the recipe pages of women’s magazines: