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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Lemon Easter “Egg” Cookies

Happy weekend everyone!

After an other taste of spring weather craziness, we are hopefully done with snow until next winter! I am really looking forward to warmer temperatures and some more spring flowers blooming in our garden, for now only crocuses are blooming.

I found these fun “egg” cookies on the chefkoch.de website and just had to give it a try!!

These are so cute:) I really like the lemon curd filling that I found on texanerin.com, it is so refreshing! You could also fill these with apricot jelly.

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My kids are maybe a little to old now for Easter egg hunt and such, but we are never to old for some little treats;)

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Makes about 5 big and 10 small cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters.

 

Lemon Easter Egg Cookies 

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 1 tsp organic lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 75 g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 150 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 75 g cornstarch

-Whisk together butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and lemon zest. Add flour, cornstarch, milk. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

 

Lemon Curd (Paleo) 

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup refined coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup+1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

-Mix together eggs, honey and lemon zest in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat stirring constantly until it thickens, about 5-10 minutes.

-Strain and let cool completely. Store in airtight container (I used a mason jar) in the fridge for up to 1 week.

 

-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

-Roll out the dough 2-3 mm thick, they will rise a bit. Cut out a even amount of egg shape cookies. I had one left over which I baked just like that and then was gobbled up by my daughter for “testing” of course:) Half of the cookies need a small hole, you can do that by taking a small circle cookie cutter or the round part of a piping tip.

-Bake in a 200C/390F preheated oven for about 11 minutes or light brown. Let cool completely.

-Spread lemon curd on half of the cookies. Dust the cookies with the hole with icing sugar or a cookie icing (lemon juice and icing sugar mixed together). Place two cookies together. Store in fridge.

 

–I used 1/4 cup honey for the dough instead the icing sugar–

 

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Enjoy!

 

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Maple Coconut Tarts

Happy weekend everyone!! My kids had a week off from school for Spring (March) Break. Unfortunately the weather did not turn out to be so great…in other words, winter returned! For most of the week it was snowing and cold.

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Anyway I found another way of using Maple Syrup in a recipe…I promise I will stop soon, but it is still the season right!;) These Coconut Tarts were soooooo good! I will definitely make these again soon.

Use with your favorite pastry. Makes enough filling for 7 tarts. I will add the pastry I used.

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Maple Coconut Tarts

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded, unsweetened

 

-Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Grease 7 muffin tins and line with your favorite pastry.

-In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together well. Fill in prepared tart shells only 3/4 full. Bake at 400F/200C for 15 minutes.

 

 

Following recipe is adapted from my 1985 Betty Bossi book “Dessert Traeume”.

Pastry

  • 125 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 3 tbsp honey or sugar
  • 50 g butter, cold, cut in small pieces
  • 50 g coconut, shredded, unsweetened
  • 1 egg

-Mix flour, salt and honey or sugar. Add butter pieces and using your hands rub everything together until it resembles fine crumbs. Mix in coconuts then add the egg and mix everything well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

-On a floured surface roll out dough and cut out circles to fit 7 muffin moulds.

 

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Coconut Dream!!

 

Enjoy!

 

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Brownie Heart Cupcakes

 

Can’t decide if you want to make Brownies or Cupcakes? How about a Brownie Cupcake?!

This is a cute Valentines treat for all those chocolate lovers out there!!

 

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(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart)

 

Brownie Heart Cupcakes

Makes 24

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temp.
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

 

-Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Line a 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

-Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring until chocolate melts.

-Attach bowl to mixer, add sugar and whisk on medium-high speed until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture.

-Divide batter among muffing cups, filling each 2/3 full. Spread remaining batter in square pan. Bake until set but still soft, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins and pan on wire racks.

-Frost cupcakes with buttercream. Cut out 24 hearts from brownie in pan. Top each cupcake with a heart.

 

Basic Buttercream

  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temp.
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

-In a medium bowl sift together confectioners sugar and cocoa powder. Add butter, milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth and free of lumps.

–Buttercream can be stored in refrigerator up to two weeks–

 

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Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Lovely Blog Award

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This has been a week full of surprises! I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Bernadine from Bern Bakes!!!

Thank you very much, I truly appreciate it:) Make sure you check out her amazing blog!!! You’ll find delicious sweets and treats:)

https://bernbakes.wordpress.com

 

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate at most 15 people.
  • Tell your nominees the good news!

 

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I love trying out new recipes from around the world.
  2. Nothing better than the smell of fresh baked bread or other baked goodies:)
  3. I love cook/baking books and magazines (or blogs). I can look through those for hours;)
  4. I make cold process soap that look like cakes and cupcakes.
  5. Another hobby of mine is calligraphy writing and drawing.
  6. I prefer warm over cold temperatures.
  7. I like to make my own natural face masks, salves, etc.

 

My Nominees:

 

Thanks again! And congratulations to the nominees!

 

 

 

 

Real Neat Blog Award

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Happy Saturday everyone! I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Jen Li from GYPSYBUS28 Blog!!!

Thank you very much Jen Li! I truly appreciate it:)

Make sure you check out her amazing blog where she writes about Food, Beauty, Travel and Life.

https://GYPSYBUS28.com 

 

Rules:

  1. Put the Award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blogs, etc.)
  6. Add your own 7 questions for your nominees to answer.

 

Questions by Jen Li:

  1. What is you favorite food? Italian and Greek cuisine. (I like a lot of things…)
  2. What is or was your dream travel? Israel and Kenya were amazing! I have a long list of dream travel: starting with the rest of Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Iceland, Scandinavia, Australia…:)
  3. Random fact about you? I love nature: flowers, plants, landscapes, animals…
  4. Who has been the biggest inspiration in life? I am being inspired by people who follow their heart and dreams. My family, but mostly my father who has been struggling with health problems for many years and just had his second open heart surgery last summer 2016.
  5. Do you have any pets/what kind of pets? We have no pets at the time.
  6. What is the goal you want to achieve in 2017? There are a few things I would like to accomplish in work, home and hobbies and health.
  7. What’s the biggest decision you have made in life? Immigrating to Canada (my family lives in Switzerland)

 

My 7 questions:

  1. What are your favorite spices?
  2. What are your favorite herbs?
  3. What is your favorite dessert?
  4. What City would you like to visit?
  5. What are your hobbies?
  6. What languages do you speak or would like to be able to speak?
  7. Do you have a quote or saying that you use in life?

 

My nominees:

Starr@The Misfit Baker 

The Frugal Hausfrau

Joann’s Food For Thought

Beafree

Baking in Pyjamas

 

Thanks again for nominating me!!

 

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

 

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What a lovely surprise!! I was nominated by Bea from beafreeblog and by Meagan from rufflesandmacarons.

They both have amazing blogs! Go check them out:

https://beafreeblog.wordpress.com  and https://rufflesandmacarons.com

Thank you very much for nominating me:)

 

RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their profile
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created

 

How I started:

I’ve had the idea to start a blog for quiet some time, but did not really know where/how to begin.

I use my blog to share my love of baking.

Advice for new bloggers:

I am still a newbie and have still a LOT to learn. What I have learned so far-Do what your passionate about! -Have fun! -Interact with other bloggers-learn from the pros;) Check out other blogs, like/comment, they will most likely check out your blog as well. I love getting comments on my posts-so much fun:) 🙂

 

I am nominating:

the dutch baker (https://thedutchbaker.wordpress.com)

alldayieat (https://alldayieat.com)

Recipes by chefkreso (https:chefkresorecipes.wordpress.com)

L.E.E. bakers (leebakers.com)

theCookbooklife (https:thecookbooklife.wordpress.com)

ICOOKTHEBLOGS (icooktheblogs.com)

sweetkitchenscience (https://sweetkitchenscience.wordpress.com)

The Jam Jar (https://thejamjar.net)

The Sentient Baker (https://sentientbaker.com)

keralas crative kitchen (keralas.live.)

themarmaladeteapot (https://themarmaladeteapot.wordpress.com)

My gf home bakery (https://gfhomebakery.com)

Cookies&Chemistry (https://cookiesnchem.com)

Emerging Adult Eats (https://emergingadulteats.com)

cookwithlovefordaughter (https://cookwithlovefordaughter.wordpress.com)

 

 

Thanks again for the nomination!!!