Black Cherry Cinnamon Buns

Happy weekend everyone!

Have I ever mentioned that I love cinnamon buns?! Well, there is just something about it, I can’t help it. In Switzerland we make cinnamon buns with a hazelnut filling, which is amazingly good;) Checking online you can find cinnamon buns with all kinds of fillings and crazy toppings! It is certainly a treat to be indulged once in a while only-wright?

My husband and I have some trouble digesting wheat products. I personally had to cut back on eating bread (sniff) and pasta. We seem to have less problems mixing white or whole wheat flour with a greater amount of spelt flour, especially for breads and quiches.

Summer is such a great time for many reasons but also for all the berries that are growing. We have strawberries, raspberries, red currants, black currants, gooseberries, cherries, plums and apples in our garden. For now everything is growing great, except the black currants, plums and cherries, (well, there is one cherry growing! LOL) because of frost.

These cherry cinnamon buns were so good. It definitely makes it easier and quicker using frozen pitted cherries. Soft dough and sweet fruity cherry filling-yum!

 

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You can find the sweet yeast dough recipe here: Almond Croissants I just changed the flour ingredients to 100g spelt flour and 200g unbleached all-purpose flour.

 

Black Cherry Cinnamon Buns

Yields: about 8

Sweet yeast dough:

Almond Croissants

 

Black Cherry Filling:

  • 300 g frozen black cherries
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

-In a small saucepan mix all ingredients together and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.

-Remove from heat. Let cool completely.

 

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease a baking dish or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

-On a floured surface roll out dough into a rectangle. Spread cherry filling evenly, leaving a 2 cm space from the outside. Roll up gently, this might get a bit messy, and cut into even rolls. Carefully place onto prepared dish or sheet. Cover and let rise again.

-Bake for about 30 minutes or golden brown.

-I glazed the still warm buns with a mix of honey and milk. You could use icing sugar mixed with milk. Use a traditional cinnamon bun icing if desired.

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Recipe by: a little Swiss, a little Canadian

 

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

You can find me on Instagram: @littleswisslittlecanadian

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Shortcake Cups

This has been a bit of a crazy week. My teenage son injured himself on his hip during a track and field race at school. Brought to the emergency by ambulance was his first and hopefully last time…Lucky he does not need surgery for his torn tendon and small broken piece of bone. Takes about 6-8 weeks to heal. But I have to say, he is taking it very bravely and is making the best out of it! So proud:)

For Fathersday my daughter made some strawberry cream cheese cookies, (so good!), and I made these Strawberry Shortcake Cups. These are so simple to make and taste amazing!

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Ontario Strawberries

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I’ve made the cake dairy free and refined sugar free and used the thick part of the coconut milk instead of whipped cream. That was not planned but I ran out of real cream and I usually have coconut milk at home, so…it was really good:)

 

Strawberry Shortcake Cups

Yields: about 8

Cake:

  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or butter), melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk (or dairy)

 

-about 200 ml (for 4 cups) coconut cream or whipped cream

-Strawberries

 

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-Cream together sugar, egg and coconut oil. Mix in vanilla and salt. Mix together flour and baking powder and add, alternating with the milk, to the egg mixture. Do not overmix.

-Fill in greased baking dish. Bake for about 30 minutes or until tester inserted in middle comes out clean. Let cool completely.

-To assemble: Layer cups with cake pieces, strawberry slices and whipped cream, to your liking.

–There will be cake left. I’ve made only 4 cups, but I think I would have been able to make another 4 cups.–

 

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

You can find me on Instagram @littleswisslittlecanadian

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry-Coconut-Cake

June is usually the month when we get the first Ontario Strawberries, depending on where you live of course. We also have some plants in our garden, which are full of flowers this year, and I’ve seen some green unripe berries. I can’t wait to taste the first berries:)

June is also the month of my birthday:) June 2nd. I’ve made this amazing tasting strawberry coconut cake. Imagine coconut cake with a creamy mascarpone filling and strawberry puree! It is perfect for the month of strawberries;) or as other summer fruits come along I am sure it would taste great with cherries or other berries and so on.

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Our strawberry plants.

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Strawberry-Coconut-Cake/Erdbeer-Kokos-Torte

Coconut cake:

  • 3 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 coconut sugar, or sugar
  • 75 g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 40 g coconut, shredded unsweetened
  • 30 g butter, melted

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line the bottom of a 22 cm round Springform baking pan with parchment paper.

-Mix eggs, salt and coconut sugar well for a few minutes. Mix flour and baking powder and sift it into the bowl with the egg mixture. Gently mix. Add coconut and melted butter only until combined. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until tester inserted in middle comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Strawberry layer:

  • 1/2 organic lemon, zest and juice
  • 250 g strawberries
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water

-Puree strawberries, lemon juice and zest. Mix together well cornstarch and water, add to strawberry puree. Over medium heat bring puree to a boil, and let cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool down, then put in fridge.

Coconut Mascarpone Cream:

  • 500 g mascarpone
  • 150 ml coconut cream
  • 100 ml honey, plus 2 tbsp
  • 350 ml whipped cream
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 2 pouches unflavored gelatin
  • 75 g coconut, shredded unsweetened

-Mix together mascarpone, coconut cream and honey, add shredded coconut. Prepare gelatin as directed. Add a few tablespoons of the mascarpone cream to the gelatin and mix, then add it to the rest of the cream. Whip whipping cream until stiff, add 2 tbsp honey or sugar, whisk again then fold gently under the mascarpone cream. Cover and leave in fridge until cake has completely cooled down.

Extras and Decoration: 

  • Coconut liquor, Rum, Kirsch Schnapps…(optional, leave out if you have little kids eating)
  • 100 ml whipped cream
  • 250 g strawberries

-Place cake on a plate or cake stand. Drizzle some liquor on top. Place and close cake ring back around the cake. Spoon some of the strawberry puree into middle leaving a 2 cm space around. Cover with 2/3 of the mascarpone cream, spread evenly. Mix rest of puree with remaining mascarpone cream. Spoon onto cake then gently swirl, not going to deep until you have a desired look, kind of like a marbled look. Let set in refrigerator overnight.

-Carefully remove cake ring. I used a hot knive to go around first, to loosen it a bit.

-Decorate with whipped cream, strawberries and some shredded coconut if desired, to your liking:)

–you can use regular sugar to replace the coconut sugar and the honey–

 

Recipe by Ursula, A little Swiss a little Canadian

 

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I wish you all a great weekend! Happy long weekend for those in Europe (Pfingsten)!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

You can find me on Instagram @littleswisslittlecanadian

 

Lemon Cake

We`ve been having very nice and warm days, with some thunderstorms in between, but overall we can`t complain. I really enjoy the warmer weather!!

I truly love lemons; in my morning water, in desserts, and just the bright yellow color:) I have made this refreshing, lemony cake many times before, it is so yummy!

 

The lemon balm is from my herb garden, which I have been passionately taken care of for many years now:) I love smelling and using all the different herbs;)

Recipe is adapted from: the best of milk calendar recipes, Desserts&Entertaining

 Lemon Cake

  • 1 ⁄ 2 cup butter
  • 2 1 ⁄ 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ⁄4 cup plain yogurt
  • grated rind of 2 medium organic lemons
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ⁄ 2 cup fresh lemon juice

-Preheat oven to 350F ⁄180C. Grease and flour a 10-inch (3 L) Bundt pan or 13X9-inch (3 L) cake pan.

-In a large bowl, using electric mixer, beat butter with 2 cups of the sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, yogurt and lemon rind.

-In a separate bowl, stir flour with baking powder. Stir into egg mixture alternating with milk.

-Spoon into prepared pan. Bake for 50 min. or until tester inserted in center comes out clean.

-Stir remaining sugar with the lemon juice until dissolved. Invert cake onto rimmed plate then, using a toothpick, poke 1-inch deep holes in top. Drizzle lemon mixture over cake. Let cool.

 

— I did use coconut sugar for the cake batter and a lemon and honey mixture to drizzle. Decorate with fresh lemon balm and lemons.–

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Enjoy!

 

Ursula

 

 

You can find me on Instagram: @littleswisslittecanadian

 

 

 

Bee Sting Cake/Bienenstich

Hi there, I am finally back! I’ve had a wonderful trip to Switzerland-visiting my family, I really really enjoyed it:)

I thought you might like to see some photos I took:

 

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Lake Thun

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Eiger, Moench, Jungfraujoch

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Beatenbucht, Lake Thun

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Schloss/Castle Schoenau

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Spitzbub Cookie

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Nussgipfel

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Bienenstich/Bee Sting Cake

Seeing all the yummy stuff over there, I thought of making Bienenstich, Bee Sting Cake. A famous German Cake.

 

Bienenstich

Yeast Dough

  • 250 g all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 50 g soft butter
  • 1 tbsp quick instant yeast
  • 200 ml milk, warm
  • 1 egg

For the topping:

  • 50 g butter
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 100 g almond shavings

Vanilla Pastry Cream:

  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 400 ml milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 vanilla pod

For the dough: In a bowl mix together flour, salt, sugar, add butter and mix well. Add Yeast, milk and egg. Knead dough well until smooth dough forms. Cover bowl with a plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size.

For the Almond topping: In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together butter, honey, milk and almonds until warm, remove from heat.

For the pastry cream: In a medium saucepan mix together, and bring the milk, corn starch, sugar, egg and vanilla pod to a boil, while whisking. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl, cover with a plastic wrap touching the cream to prevent a “skin” forming on top. Let cool down a bit then put in the fridge until set.

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C. You can use a round cake pan or a square pan.  Line with parchment paper.

-Roll out dough to fit the pan, let rise again. Cover with almond topping and bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.

-Cut cake in half. Spread pastry cream on bottom then cover with top. Cut in desired slices. Store in Refrigerator.

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

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Almond Croissants

These lovelies, called “Nussgipfeli”, are one of my favorite pastries to eat when I am in Switzerland. Usually made with a hazelnut filling, either using a puff pastry or a yeast dough, is so good. One of the most iconic Swiss treats.

Here usually you can find almond croissants. These are really yummy too. It is actually pretty easy to make. You can use a puff pastry or make a sweet yeast dough like I did.

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I am very excited because I am going to visit my family in Switzerland for the next two weeks:)!! Looking forward to see everyone, but mostly my dad who did turn 70 this April. He was very sick last year, undergoing a major heart surgery and we are just happy and thankful to be able to celebrate this special birthday.

On the other side I have to admit I am also looking forward to all the good food;)

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Almond Croissants 

Yields: 8

Sweet yeast dough:

  • 300 g unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp honey or sugar
  • 60 g butter
  • 100 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast

-In a medium bowl mix together flour, salt, yeast and honey.

-In a saucepan warm/melt butter with the milk.

-Add butter and milk to the dry ingredients and mix well. Knead dough well until smooth ball forms. Place back into bowl then cover with plastic foil. Let rise until doubled in size.

Almond filling:

  • 150 g almonds or hazelnuts, finely ground
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar, or 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4-6 tbsp milk or cream

-Mix all ingredients together. The filling should be moist.

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
  • almond slices

-Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

-On a floured surface roll out dough into a circle.

-Spread thinly with apricot jam then cut into 8 wedges.

-Spread filling onto wedges. Roll dough up into a croissant. Let rise for another 15 minutes.

-Brush with some egg wash then bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

-Brush warm croissants with some icing: 100g powdered sugar, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice mixed together. Sprinkle with almond slices.

–I brushed it with honey;)–

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

You can find me on Instagram @littleswisslittlecanadian

 

 

 

Swiss Carrot Cake

I hope you all had a happy Easter! And we certainly can not complain about the longer weekend;) Here in Canada our kids do not have spring vacation like my nephew and niece have in Switzerland. So we take the extra two days off of course! Also the weather was pretty nice and warm on Easter Sunday.

We have been making a few treats, like these carrot cookies!

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I will definitely make these again, these cookies were so soft and just yummy!! I used coconut sugar for sweetening. I might be posting the recipe another time.

This year I colored our eggs traditionally with onion peels.

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But the grand dessert was our carrot cake. Now a European carrot cake is a bit different than a North American carrot cake. So once in a while I like to make it the way I grew up eating it. Also in Switzerland you decorate a carrot cake with Marzipan carrots and I made some “grass” also using Marzipan. Now here in Canada, because you can not buy the finished product, you will have to make your own “carrots” using plain Marzipan and food coloring. I was lucky that my mom brought those when she was visiting:) This is not the original recipe I have in my 1982 Betty Bossi book: Kuchen, Cakes & Torten, rather a bit of a lighter version with less butter and flour. I admit, I did use coconut sugar, which turned out beautiful. We really, really liked it! And it is a keeper all year long! Make it a day or two in advance, it will taste even better:)

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Swiss Carrot Cake

  • 240 g almonds, ground
  • 300 g carrots, shredded
  • 90 g butter, unsalted, melted
  • 6 eggs, egg whites separated
  • 230 g sugar
  • 1 organic lemon, zest
  • dash salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp clove
  • 60 g unbleached flour

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line the bottom of a 8-inch round baking pan with parchment paper. Grease and flour the sides.

-Cream together 100 g sugar and egg yolks. Add lemon zest, salt, cinnamon and clove. Mix in carrots, flour and nuts.

-In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff. Slowly add 130 g sugar then whisk again until shiny.

-Add 1/3 of the egg whites to the first batter and carefully mix under. Then add the rest. Mix in melted butter just until combined.

-Fill in prepared baking pan and bake for about 45-50 min, or until tester inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Decoration:

  • almond shavings (around 50g)
  • apricot jelly, or jam warmed and then strained through a sieve. Spread around cake then sprinkle the almond shavings on.
  • Marzipan carrots
  • green Marzipan (around 200g), roll out, in between plastic wrap, to cover the top. Then make some “grass”.
  • or plain marzipan and orange and green food coloring and some pistachios for the “carrot top”.
  • using a garlic press to make the “grass”
  • Some chocolate eggs

 

-You can also simply dust the cake with icing sugar.

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If you never had a European style carrot cake you might want to give this a try;) just saying…!!

 

Enjoy!

Ursula