Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Chocolate Dipped Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Lovely little cookies! And a breeze to make, even if you don’t have cookie cutters handy. These are one of these aorts where you roll the cookie dough into a log and then slice, after chilling in the fridge for a while. These are so good, I might have to add them to the Christmas Cookie rotation some year (though they are very typically American, so may not meet the criteria of “old world German Christmas Cookies”. We shall see!
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Breakfast/Brunch, Sweet Snacks

Banana Bread Doughnuts with Maple Glaze and Walnuts

Hey, it’s National Doughnut Day! (June 2) and for once I actually thought to have the ingredients to make doughnuts in the house on the correct day. These are “healthy”, if there is such a thing… no refined sugar in the them (yes, in the glaze, but the doughnuts themselves only have maple syrup to sweeten). Super delicious straight out of the oven and my flat smells amazing!
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Dinner, General Reference/Tutorial, Lunch, Sides

How to make Hollandaise

Hollandaise. That lovely creamy buttery addition used to perfect Eggs Benedict, place over white fish or summer veggies. It is pure magic if done correctly, and can be a disastrous mess if it splits on you. This is my technique for making the magic.

And why am I showing you a picture of hollandaise with asparagus, a fried duck egg and serrano ham? Well, in the month of May, Germans are absolutely crazy about their asparagus (the white kind, though white is awful in my parts of the world, as it is old, woody and generally horrible; this lovely green stuff is from the local farmers market and was harvested about 36 hours ago). Holladaise is wonderful with this dish.
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Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Rhubarb Apple Strudel

Whenever I get back from a trip that includes Austria, I have a tendency to want to make strudel. Remember last year? It was the Cherry Chocolate version. This year, I really wanted to make something with rhubarb, but the local strawberries aren’t ripe yet, and they can be a little wet. So I made this Rhubarb Apple version instead. Total deliciousness!
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Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Honey Roasted Peanuts Oatmeal Cookies

Here are some quick and easy cookies that fill that peanut craving and are pretty darn healthy as they are mostly honey sweetened, with just a touch of sugar. I made these mostly because I had leftover Planter’s Honey Roasted Peanuts (yeah, I know, how does one have “leftover peanuts”, but I wanted to finish up a jar to make room in the pantry. Turned out nice with a balance of sweet and salty.
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