Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Happy First Sunday of Advent!

It is our tradition to light an Advent candle each Sunday leading up to Christmas. Tonight will be our first candle.

We’ve done some decorating today and we had some of these gingerbread cookies for our afternoon treat:) They are so yummy, I’ve used coconut sugar and spelt flour. Needless to say they are almost all gone already! These cookies have a lovely ginger flavor from the freshly grated ginger.

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar

Instructions:

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

-Mix together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.

-In a large bowl cream together the butter and coconut sugar. Beat in the egg, then add the water and molasses.

-Stir in the dry ingredients until well combined.

-Shape the dough into walnut sized balls and roll them in the 4 tablespoons of sugar.

-Place the cookies on prepared cookie sheets, leaving some space between the cookies. You don’t need to flatten them.

-Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Do not overbake. They will harden still a bit while cooling.

-Makes about 25-30 cookies. Store in an airtight container.

Tip: white or brown sugar and all-purpose flour can be used instead of coconut sugar and spelt flour.

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Happy December!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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Streusel Cake with Apple Pie Filling

Hello everyone, happy Wednesday!

I’ve made this lovely and delicious cake with yummy homemade apple pie filling and lots of streusel on top!

And of course I used local apples from Crunican Orchards as well as flour from Arva Flour Mills of London Ontario.

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Streusel Cake with Apple Pie Filling

Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1 cup sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream

Streusel:

  • 40 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 60 g sugar
  • 60 g ground almonds
  • 50 g butter, soft

Apple Pie Filling:

  • 5 small apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • maple syrup to sweeten, if desired

 

For the Apple Pie Filling:

-In a medium saucepan add the chopped apples, lemon juice and cinnamon. Let simmer on low heat until apples are tender. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

For the Streusel:

-Combine all ingredients and mix until crumbly.

For the Cake:

-In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

-In a large bowl, cream butter with sugar until well mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with the sour cream. Fill batter into a 24 cm Springform pan, greased and floured. Spread the apple pie filling evenly on to the batter then top with the streusel.

-Bake in preheated 350F oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and tester inserted into middle comes out clean.

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Happy Baking! Enjoy!

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Swiss Leek Quiche / Lauchwaehe

Quiches are one of my favorite things to eat- sweet or savory.  Now for us the sweet ones are more for dessert, but I grew up having sweet quiches for a meal ; )

We usually make a leek, onion, cheese, spinach, or my kids favorite, a meat quiche. Serve with a tossed salad and you have a lovely meal!

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Leek Quiche

Quick and easy pastry:

  • 250 g spelt flour
  • 2 tbsp canola or olive oil, or 80 g butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 5 – 6 tbsp warm water

-In a medium bowl mix the flour, salt and baking powder, add oil and water, stirring until smooth dough forms, adding water if needed. Chill in refrigerator for 30 min.

Leek filling:

  • 3 large leek stalks, finely sliced
  • 150 g bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • big pinch of nutmeg
  • 100 ml milk or cream
  • 2 eggs

-In a large saucepan fry bacon until crispy, drain excess fat. Add finely cut leek, season with salt and pepper, cover and let cook on low heat for about 30 min, stirring occasionally. Add nutmeg and add more salt and pepper if needed.

-Whisk together milk and eggs and mix under the leek mixture. Remove from heat.

-Grease a 9-inch pie or tart form. Preheat oven to 375 F.

-Roll out dough to fit into the prepared tart form. Prick bottom with a fork. Add the leek filling and bake for about 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

-Enjoy warm or cold.

Tip: Can be made vegan, leaving out the bacon and eggs. Replace spelt flour with all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

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Find more tart recipes here:

Plum Tart / Zwetschgenwaehe

Peach Tart

 

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Cookies

Happy Halloween!

I hope you are all having a fun and not too scary Halloween! Thinking back of those times when my kids were still little and impatiently waiting for this day to come. Such cute memories of my daughter mostly dressing up as a little princess, my son trying out different characters from cowboy to Star Wars Darth Vader 🙂

I’ve made these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin cookies, all dressed up for Halloween, these are the perfect fall or holiday cookie, with a lovely pumpkin and spice flavor. Can be enjoyed with or without icing. I used maple butter as an icing.

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Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups maple syrup
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups white spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

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

-Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt, set aside.

-Cream together the butter, egg and maple syrup. Add pumpkin puree and vanilla, beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls, flatten slightly.

-Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven or until lightly browned. Let cool completely. Drizzle with maple butter or icing.

Tip: -Use 3 teaspoons of pumpkin spice. – Substitute spelt flour with whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour.

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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Thurgauer Apfeltorte

Happy weekend everyone!

It has been a busy but wonderful last few weeks, with my mom and stepdad visiting. It was a special gift for my daughter to be here for her high school commencement, which was a lovely evening full of joy, pride and maybe a few happy tears! We were also able to celebrate my moms birthday, this was the first time in 20 years! We just never visited each other during fall. Living so far apart makes it difficult to see each other for every birthday or other celebrations. It was very special and meant a lot to all of us.

The weather was not always so great, lots of rain and chilly winds and this week humid hot days that now turned into a cold and frosty weekend. Over the last two weeks we could really see how the leaves are changing colour and showcasing a beautiful indian summer. IMG_4752

We made this traditional Swiss apple cake, Thurgauer Apfeltorte, which means it is a recipe from the Canton of Thurgau. A simple but very delicious apple cake made with fresh, local apples.

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Thurgauer Apfeltorte

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 150 ml maple syrup
  • 1 organic lemon, zest and juice
  • pinch salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 g spelt flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored, cut in half
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar

 

-Line the bottom of a 24 cm Springform pan with parchment paper, grease and flour the sides. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-Whisk together the butter, maple syrup, half of the lemon juice, lemon zest and salt. Add eggs one at the time, mixing well.

-Peel apples, cut in half, remove core and cut in thinly but not all the way through. Mix with half of the lemon juice and coconut sugar, set aside.

-Add the flour and baking powder and mix until well combined. Pour into prepared baking pan. Top with the apples and bake for about 45 minutes or until cake is golden brown and tester comes out clean.

-Let cool completely, dust with some icing sugar if desired.

-Tip: Cane sugar can be used instead of the maple syrup and coconut sugar–

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Tart / Zwetschgenwaehe

Love this time of the year with all the peaches, plums and fresh apples locally available. I’ve felt like making a traditional Swiss Plum Tart. Simple way of using any kind of fruits. Flaky, buttery crust, plums, cinnamon and I added a small Canadian touch by using maple syrup-simply delicious!

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Plum Tart / Zwetschgenwaehe

Crust:

  • 150 g white spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 75 g butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 3 – 4 tbsp cold water

Filling:

  • 2 tbsp ground hazelnut or almonds
  • 8 – 9 plums / Zwetschgen, cut into 1/4
  • 100 ml cream
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

 

-In a  medium bowl add the flour and salt. Mix in the butter with your hands until  small crumbs form, add 3 tbs of water, mix until well combined, adding more water if needed. Do not knead to long. Refrigerate for 30 min.

-Grease and flour a 26 cm tart or pie form. Preheat oven to 375 F (convection setting).

-Roll out dough and fit into prepared tart form. Sprinkle evenly with the ground nuts.

-Whisk together the cream, egg, maple syrup and cinnamon.

-Arrange plums and top with the cream.

-Bake in preheated oven for about 30 min.

-Dust with some icing sugar, can be served with whipped cream.

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Simply delicious!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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Peach Cake

Happy Sunday and happy Labour Day Weekend!

I am looking forward to be back blogging after a bit of a longer-than-I-thought-I-would-take summer/blogging break. I’ve also went to Switzerland visiting my family which was really really beautiful.

 

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“Brienzer Rothorn”

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“Lauernsee”

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When I came back it was finally Peach Season! Fresh peaches from the Niagara Region in Ontario.

My daughter came back from a trip to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market with a box full of smaller, but so delicious local peaches. Of course I had to use some to make a cake;)

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Peach Cake 

  • 125 g butter, soft
  • 125 g coconut sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g white spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 organic lemon, zest only
  • 3-4 (small) peaches, sliced

-Line the bottom of a 24 cm round baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-Whisk the butter with the sugar, salt, lemon zest and eggs until foamy. Add the flour and baking powder, mix until well combined.

-Fill into prepared baking pan. Top with the peach slices.

-Bake in preheated oven for 45 min. or until tester comes out clean.

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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