Apricot And Root Veggies Cake With Honey Curd Frosting

A delicious cake with unusual ingredients.

One of my favourite childhood desserts was “Ruebli Torte” which is Schwitzerdütsch (=Swiss German) for carrot cake. My mum was born in a small city near Zürich -Aarau- which is famous for its yellow and orange carrots. And as everyone in my family loves cake but not veggies she smuggled them into this nutty and juicy very traditional cake. Sometimes we had a zucchini cake or pumpkin pie too, therefore the veggie and sweet pairing was never new to me. Years ago I’ve also baked a beetroot chocolate cake which even my very sceptical brother loved and since I first ate a parsnip cake at London Borough Market I wanted to reproduce this taste. As I discovered a mixed root veggies cake in an old Jamie Oliver paper magazine, I decided to make this as a dessert for a Magic The Gathering evening with our friend Alexa.

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Mailänderli

Three generations of Christmas cookie-baking.

Our regular readers know that we are alternating a recipe and a fitness-related article every week but for Christmas we decided to give you one more recipe to have one more batch fresh cookies before Christmas. It is also a perfect match to the last week’s Hazelnut Kisses as you need only the yolks for this very traditonal Swiss recipe.

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Hazelnut Kisses

Christmas cookies and childhood memories.

Like every year, it starts with a list. What christmas cookies are we going to bake? The choice is tough: family classics, personal favorites and something new to try out have all to make it to the list. After browsing books for recipes, we settle for a handful of cookies to bake. And this year I smuggled in one of my personal favorites: hazelnut kisses! An easy recipe, passed down to me by my mum, a treasure, almost a heirloom. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Poppy Crumble

A delicious Halloween-ish pudding.

If you did not already know it, I am half Italian (and half Suisse) and even if the Italian cuisine is fantastic, there is something we do not have. And that is warm puddings. I LOVE hot desserts and -besides Stefan – it did definitely play a role to choose Austria as my new homecountry 15 years ago 😉 . Kaiserschmarrn, Milchrahmstrudel, Scheiterhaufen…comfy, calorie-dense winter soulfood you can enjoy in some old-fashioned Viennese caffee and you should definitely indulge on it if you visit Austria. English speaking countries have also a nice variety of warm puddings and one of them turned to be easy to make and very customizable: crumble. We experimented a lot with it: rhubarb, strawberries, apples…and then it was pumpkin season and I rescued a lot of crushed poppy seeds from a local grocery store where the best before date was exceeded. We love pumpkin and we love poppy seeds. The Pumpkin Poppy Crumble was born.

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Ruby Red Rhubarb Compote

An easy recipe turning a childhood nightmare into something delicious.

Rhubarb has always been one of the few things I refused to eat. In my kindergarden I was forced to eat the sour, tangy, completely overcooked mensa rhubarb compote full of stringy bits. This horrid dish was my early childhood nightmare. But now I am over it and I love rhubarb, especially in the following diet friendly dessert. Let me explain how I fell in love with rhubarb in my sweet and sour recipe.

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Happy Pancake Day!

Two Pancake Recipes

Pancake day is a very Anglo-Saxon/American tradition, which corresponds to our “mardi-gras” (martedí grasso, Faschingsdienstag). It’s the last day before the Lenten season (quaresima, Fastenzeit) starts and as a good Christian you should eat everything up in your pantry that you are not allowed to eat during that time, like sweets and meat. We are rather good strength trainees than good Christians and to be honest, I do not think you should wait until Pancake Day to have pancakes. Nevertheless, it’s a good excuse to post a bonus blog post with two pancake recipes: a very cut friendly one and the “real stuff”. Continue reading “Happy Pancake Day!”

Chestnut Shortbread

Crumbly goodness and a bonus version.

We have been quite busy during the last month: I had jaw surgery in order to get rid of my baby teeth and give my permanent teeth the chance to come out; there were lot of exciting things going on in Krems including our first chemistry practical course and of course Christmas is on its way. Stefan has been supporting me as his best, but we did not manage to keep writing articles twice a week: sorry for that! Nevertheless, we would like to keep you inspired and developed a quick cookie recipe since Christmas is per definition baking time especially in German speaking countries. Inspired by the Japanese love for chestnut, I am proud to present you our chestnut shortbread cookies. They are neither low calories nor protein packed but if you manage your calories wisely, you could have one or two with a good cup of tea 🙂 Long story short, here is the recipe.

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