Pecan Cake / Nusstorte

We’ve been having winter like weather here in Ontario, with lots of snow and cold temperatures.  It’s snowing as I’m writing this blog post and there is a snow squall warning in effect.

I made this Pecan Cake for my son’s 17th Birthday. The original recipe uses Hazelnuts but my son really likes Pecan nuts, so I used these instead. It was delicious with a simple whipped cream filling and a few maple caramelized pecans to finish it up.

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Pecan Cake / Nusstorte

  • 220 g coconut sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 300 g ground pecans
  • 1 tbsp spelt flour

-Grease and flour two 9-inch baking forms.

-Whisk together the coconut sugar, egg yolks and the rum.

-In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with the salt and baking powder until stiff peaks form. Add the honey and whisk until combined.

-Mix together the flour and pecan nuts then gently with the egg whites, a little at a time, stir/fold under the egg yolk mix until well combined.

-Fill into prepared baking forms and bake in preheated  350 F oven for 20 minutes then change temperatures to 300 F and finish bake for another 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cakes come out clean.

-Let cool completely.

For the filling: 300 ml 35% cream, 2 tbsp honey

-Whisk the cream until stiff peaks form, add the honey and whisk until combined.

-Fill and decorate as desired, I also used some maple caramelized pecan halves to decorate which was really delicious. You can easily make it yourself. Combine maple syrup and pecan halves in a small saucepan and let simmer until caramelized.

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Have a wonderful week!

Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Happy 1st November!

Time sure has gone by fast since I posted my last recipe here. I hope you’ll forgive my lack of responding and also reading and commenting on blog posts.

We’ve been having a beautiful fall. I just love the colorful leaves and pumpkins and everything pumpkin spice!

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Yields: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • Optional, add raisins, choc chips…
  • Extra topping:
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 2 tbsp ground walnuts

-Preheat oven to 375F

-Mix together butter, milk, eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla and coconut sugar. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and salt. Stir until well combined.

-Fill into 12 muffin tins.

-Mix together the butter, maple syrup, pumpkin spice, flour and ground walnuts.

-Spread the mixture evenly onto the muffins. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 350F and finish bake the muffins for about 20 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of muffins comes out clean.

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Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

Zwetschgenkuchen mit Streusel/Plum cake with Streusel

Happy Labour Day Weekend!!

Summer break is almost over; another new school year starting and because this will be my son’s final year, grade 12; it will be extra special. Time sure goes by too quick sometimes, lol.

I’m loving all the wonderful local fruits we have in season now and I couldn’t resist to make a plum cake. A Streusel-topping was my sons wish:)

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Super yummy, I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Zwetschgenkuchen mit Streusel/Plum cake with Streusel

Ingredients:

  • 250 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 80 ml maple syrup
  • 100 g butter, soft
  • about 18 plums, cut in halves

Streusel:

  • 60 ml maple syrup
  • 100 g butter, cold
  • 150 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

-Flour and grease a 22 cm Springform.

-Whisk  the butter with the egg and maple syrup. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, then add to the butter mix, stir until well combined.

-Roll out about a 1/3 directly onto the bottom of the Springform, I used my hands, then close the form and line the sides with the rest of the dough, about half way up.

-Fill the form with the plums. Combine all the ingredients for the Streusel and spread evenly onto the plums.

-Bake in preheated oven, 350 F / 180 C, for about 55 minutes.

 

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Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Plum Cake

I’m finally back from my vacation! We spent 3 weeks visiting my family in Switzerland! Daily trips and a 3-day trip to Venice left us with many wonderful memories!

I might share some pictures in a separate blog post;))

This yellow plum cake is similar to previous recipes I’ve shared using plums or peaches, but this is the first time I used yellow plums. I was really happy with the result, so yummy!

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Yellow Plum Cake

Ingredients:

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 4 eggs
  • 120 g honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 250 g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 400 g – 500 g yellow plums

-Cut the washed plums into halves and remove pits.

-Grease and flour a 26 cm Springform. Preheat oven to 350 F /180 C.

-Cream the butter with the honey and vanilla extract, then add the eggs one at the time, add a pinch of salt. Mix the baking powder with the flour and add to the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined.

-Fill into prepared Springform or baking dish then arrange the plums on top with cut side up, lightly pushing into dough.

-Bake for about 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

– Let cool completely before removing from baking dish.

Tip: I brushed the top of the cake with some honey.

-Dust with icing sugar if desired.

 

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I hope you’ll give it a try!

Enjoy!

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Cookies

We love everything Coconut and I have been having this idea for making coconut cookies for a while now. And finally I took the time to make some. It turned out really yummy, coco-nutty…they are gluten free and refined sugar free. A yummy, sweet treat that’s easy and quick to make!!

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Coconut Cookies

Yields: 20 big cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, soft
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 pinch salt

-line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F/180C

-whisk the butter with the eggs until creamy, add the maple syrup and vanilla, whisk until well combined. Stir in the coconut, oat flour and salt.

-Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.

(I use quick oats and grind them into flour using my coffee bean grinder.)

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Happy July!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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Strawberry-Tiramisu Cake

This was my Birthday Cake, celebrating my 40th!!

It was so delicious; a creamy Mascarpone filling with strawberries and a touch of liquor, the base simply made with ladyfingers and butter. And the cake is a no-bake recipe, perfect for summer and strawberry season!

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Strawberry-Tiramisu Cake

For the crust:

  • 200g Ladyfingers, finely crushed
  • 100g butter, melted

Filling:

  • 500g Mascarpone
  • 200ml 35% heavy cream
  • 80g + 2tbsp honey
  • 1 1/5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp liquor
  • 400g strawberries, finely cut
  • a few strawberries for decoration

-grease a 22cm Springform.

-mix together the finely crushed ladyfingers with the butter, fill into baking form and press down evenly. Let rest in the fridge while you make the filling.

-in a large mixing bowl, stir together the mascarpone, honey, vanilla and liquor. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form add 2 tbsp of honey, whisk until combined. Gently fold whipped cream under the mascarpone filling, then add the strawberries. Pour the filling into the form. Let cool for at least 6 hours. Top and decorate the cake with some more strawberries.

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Happy June!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

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Carrot Cake Cookies

Hello everyone, I wish you all a Happy Easter and a wonderful weekend!

These carrot cake cookies are super yummy, with a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon and cloves.

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Carrot Cake Cookies 

Yields: 25 large cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt

-Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F.

-Whisk together the butter and maple syrup, add eggs one at a time, add spices and salt.

-Mix in the carrots, then add the flour, baking soda and ground almonds. Stir until well combined.

-Drop by spoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving some space between cookies. The cookies will spread a bit.

-Sprinkle with some coconut sugar if desired.

-Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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(These pretty Easter eggs were made by my late grandmother who was a very talented crafter!)

 

Enjoy!

Ursula