Maple Walnut Croissants

On a wintry day like today, all you like to do is cozy up under a fuzzy blanket and sip on a hot tea and take a bite into one of these oh so delicious filled croissants! Yes it is actually snowing again since yesterday and I prefer watching the snowflakes from my cozy and warm spot inside. At least we had some sunny breaks this afternoon but otherwise I am officially ready for spring, it is April after all:)

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Vegan sweet yeast dough made with spelt flour and filled with walnuts and maple syrup.

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We call these “Nussgipfeli” in Switzerland

The recipe is adapted from my Almond Croissants recipe. Usually I would use ground nuts but I used finely chopped walnuts in this recipe, I really liked the texture!

I love walnuts! They are a great source of protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E and most of all are rich in Omega-3 fats and antioxidants.

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Maple Walnut Croissants

Yields: 8

Sweet yeast dough:

  • 300 g white spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp instant quick yeast
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cashew milk or other plant milk

-In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, yeast and maple syrup.

-In a small saucepan warm/melt the coconut oil with the milk.

-Add warm milk to the flour mix and combine well. If dough is to dry add some more milk. On a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and shiny dough forms. Place back into bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel, let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Maple Walnut Filling:

  • 150 g finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cashew milk or other plant milk

-Mix all ingredients together. The filling should be moist, but not wet.

Extra:

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam or jelly, or use another fruit

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C (convection setting). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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

-Cut into 8 wedges, then spread thinly with the jam.

-Divide filling equally.

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-Roll dough up starting on the outside.

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-Place on prepared baking sheet and let rise for another 15 minutes. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

-Brush hot croissants with maple syrup for some shine!

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Happy baking!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Ursula

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Lemon Blueberry Cookies

Happy weekend everyone! Today was the first day of March Break for my kids. Nothing interesting happening so far, just relaxing a bit at home. It is still snowing and cold, just a little jealous of those heading somewhere south;)

Having some kind of snack around while the kids are at at home this week is always a good idea. I was craving something with lemon flavor and why not add some blueberries. These cookies are so delicious, soft, lemony…

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Sweetened with honey and I used white spelt flour.

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Lemon Blueberry Cookies 

Yields: 34 large cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, soft
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 organic lemons, zest and juice
  • 2 x 3/4 cups honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 cups white spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 cups blueberries, frozen or fresh

-In a large bowl mix together the butter, eggs, lemon juice and zest, honey and vanilla extract.

-Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mix well. Gently fold in the frozen or fresh blueberries. Let dough chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or longer.

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

-Using a tablespoon, place rounded balls of dough, leaving some space in between cookies, on prepared cookie sheets.

-Bake for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Tip: This recipe makes a lot of cookies, you can easily divide it by two. Also feel free to make smaller sized cookies. I brushed the baked cookies with a mix of lemon juice and honey.

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Happy March Break!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

Apple Rose Tart

Happy Family Day!

So nice to have an extra day off! Family day is a statutory holiday in Ontario and other provinces in Canada. It has been a sunny weekend, unfortunately it is raining and foggy today. Perfect for relaxing at home, I’ve had an earache for most of last week, but I think it is starting to get better now.

I finely took the time to make an apple rose cake, it is so pretty and it was really delicious with the walnut and maple crust. It would also be delicious with hazelnut or almonds.

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Apple Rose Tart

Walnut Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups ground walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp butter, soft
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Filling:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar

Apple roses:

  • 4 medium red and/or yellow apples, thinly sliced

 

-Line a 9-inch tart/pie form with parchment paper, grease the sides.

-Whisk together the butter, egg and maple syrup, add vanilla and a pinch of salt. Fold in the nuts and spelt flour until well combined. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

-Place the thinly sliced apples in a medium saucepan, cover with water and lemon juice and let simmer for a few minutes until pliable.

-Roll dough out directly on tart form, if you have a removable bottom. Cover sides evenly by hand.

-For the filling: whisk together all ingredients and pour into tart form.

-For the roses: on a large plate or cutting board take a few, five for example, apple slices and lay them slightly overlapping in a straight line, then from the opposite side start rolling up tightly. Place into tart form. The more apple slices you take, the bigger the roses get. Have fun making different sizes, as you like.

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Bake for about 30 minutes.

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Enjoy! Have a great week!

Ursula

 

 

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Alsatian Kugelhopf/Elsaesser Gugelhopf

Happy Friday!

I was thinking of making a Gugelhopf for quiet a while, one with a yeast dough and only raisins in it. I used the recipe for a Alsatian Kugelhopf from my Betty Bossi’s Backstube book. Even though Gugelhopf has its origin in Austria, this seems to be a very traditional cake in Alsace, France. One small village even has a festival each summer to celebrate the Kugelhopf:)

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I slightly adapted the recipe, using instant yeast, because I can not find fresh yeast here. And I sweetened it with honey.

 

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Alsatian Kugelhopf / Elsaesser Gugelhopf

Ingredients:

  • 500 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp instant yeast
  • 120 g honey or sugar
  • 180 ml milk (200 ml if using sugar)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 200 g butter, soft, cut in small pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g raisins
  • 2 tbsp Rum or Kirsch

-In a small bowl, mix together the raisins and the Rum. Set aside.

-In a large bowl mix together the flour, yeast and salt.

-In a small saucepan heat up the milk on medium/low heat, do not boil. Remove from heat. Stir in the honey. Making sure the milk is only lukewarm before adding to the flour. Add the butter. Whisk the eggs before adding to the flour mixture. Knead until soft dough forms.

-Cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, for about an hour.

-Grease and flour a 2 l bundt/Gugelhopf form.

-Incorporate the raisins, knead the dough again, then fill into the prepared bundt form. Let rise again. The dough should “spill” slightly over the top.

-Bake in a 350F/180C preheated oven for about 45 minutes. Let cool before taking out of form.

-Dust with icing sugar.

-Serve freshly baked, but also tastes amazing the following days!

 

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This would make a perfect treat for Sunday brunch or afternoon tea!

Enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend!

Ursula

 

 

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Caramel Apple Sticky Buns

I got the inspiration for these sticky buns from the October 2017 edition of the Canadian Living magazine. I’ve been waiting impatiently to try them. A pretty sticky bun situation, with an apple and pecan filling and sticky caramel made with apple juice and sugar.

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As always I’ve made these completely refined sugar free, but I will write down the original ingredients as well. These are best enjoyed freshly baked and still warm.

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Caramel Apple Sticky Buns

Yields: 12 buns

Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, I used white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar, I used honey
  • 11/2 tsp quick-rising (instant) dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Glaze and Filling:

  • 4 apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar, I used coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup apple butter*
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

To make the dough:

-In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, add milk and heat until warm, (not hot). Pour milk mixture into flour mixture, add egg. Stir until combined. Turn onto floured work surface and knead dough until soft and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over then cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.

Glaze and Filling: Line a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

-Meanwhile (optional peel) grate apples to measure 4 cups; strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing on solids with back of spoon to extract juice. Reserve grated apple.

-In a small saucepan, bring apple juice and brown sugar to boil over medium-high heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add butter; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Reserving 3 tbsp, spread remaining glaze evenly over bottom of prepared pan; sprinkle with 1 cup of the pecans, In a bowl stir together apple butter, reserved 3 tbsp glaze, cinnamon and ginger.

Assembly:

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-On a slightly floured surface roll out dough to a 16-x 12-inch rectangle. Leaving 1/2-inch border on 1 long edge, spread apple butter mixture evenly over dough; sprinkle reserved apple and pecans over top. Starting at the long edge opposite border, tightly roll up dough, pinching seams to seal.

-With a serrated knife, cut into 12 buns; arrange, cut side up, in prepared pan. Cover with a damp tea towel; let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

-Bake until golden brown and buns sound hollow when gently tapped, 30-35 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before serving.

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*I’ve made these without the apple butter, because I did not have any at the time.

-Also I found the sticky buns were not really sticky after baking, maybe it depends how much juice you’ll get from the apples. I’ve made an additional simple maple glaze: In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of maple syrup and 1 tsp cinnamon to a boil, then reduce to low heat, stirring until slightly thickens; add the butter, stir until melted, remove from heat and pour over baked buns.

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Enjoy!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apfel Puddingteilchen/Apple Pudding Danish

Pastry filled with vanilla pudding or custard then topped optional with fruit of choice I stayed with autumnal fruits like our local apples, really simple but oh so yummy treat that you could find in any German bakery. Again I had some trouble figuring out how to call this in English, did not have much luck so I am just calling it a danish.

There are so many delicious apple dessert that I would like to make, but it would just be to much to eat;) I am glad to be able to get back into baking and also eating normal again, after being sick for the last two weeks. Strong stomach pain kept my in bed or on the washroom for most of the time. I am feeling much better now, trying to get back into normal eating without getting stomach pain can be challenging. Also hope to get back to posting a recipe per week again.

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Recipe is adapted from Chefkoch.de

Apple Pudding Danish

Pastry Dough:

  • 300 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 80 g honey or sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pkg vanilla sugar or 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g quark or greek yogurt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 6 tbsp oil, canola or coconut oil

Filling:

  • 1 pkg vanilla pudding powder, Dr. Oetker
  • 500 ml milk
  • 40 g honey or sugar, or more

Apple Topping:

  • 2 1/2 medium apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or more
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

For Eggwash:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp milk

-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

-Prepare vanilla pudding according to package a few hours ahead, it needs to cool down and set.

-Mix apples with the maple syrup, lemon juice and cinnamon and let simmer on medium/low heat for about 10 minutes.

-In a medium bowl mix together quark, milk, oil, honey, vanilla extract and salt. Sift flour and baking powder into the wet ingredients and mix it well until holds together, it will be a soft dough.

-On a floured surface roll out the dough into a rectangle, then cut into 10-12 pieces. Transfer pieces onto baking sheet and fold edges in slightly. You can keep a rectangle shape or make it more round or traditionally into a pretzel shape.

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-Add 2-3 tbsp of vanilla pudding into the center of the pastry then top with the apples.

-Brush pastry with the egg wash, sprinkle with some slivered almonds if you like

-Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven for 20-25 minutes or golden brown.

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I hope you give this recipe a try, it is so good, perfect for your afternoon tea or coffee!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ursula

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Babka

This is just a simple sweet yeastbread filled with pumpkin and spices and glazed generously with spiced maple syrup. I just love the smell and taste of this. I usually make babkas (Nussstriezel) filled with ground hazelnuts or almonds, I was surprised how good it was with a pumpkin filling.

Nothing complicated for the filling, just pumpkin puree sweetened with coconut sugar, spiced it up with cinnamon and pumpkin spice mix. For the dough I used my sweet yeastbread recipe that you can find here: Almond Croissants just changed the flour ingredients to 200 g unbleached all-purpose flour and 100 g spelt flour and spiced it up a bit by adding 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp cinnamon:)

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Pumpkin Spice Babka

Dough:

 

Pumpkin Spice filling:

  • 200 g pumpkin puree, (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix

Spiced Maple Syrup Glaze

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix

-Prepare dough in advance, it needs at least 1 hour to rise. In the meanwhile prepare your pumpkin filling by mixing together pumpkin puree, coconut sugar and spices.

-Whisk together maple syrup, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice mix, set aside.

-Line a loaf pan or a baking sheet with parchment paper

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-When doubled in size, roll out dough into a rectangular shape. Then spread pumpkin filling evenly all over. Start rolling dough up from the longest side, like you would for a cinnamon bun and gently pinch ends together. Cut log lengthwise in half so filling is exposed, pinch one end. Twist both pieces, pinch the other end to secure.

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-Place in prepared loaf pan or baking sheet. Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.

-Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven for 40 minutes.

-About 25 minute into baking brush some of the syrup onto babka. Bake until golden brown. Remove from stove and brush with remaining syrup. Let cool before cutting.

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–Make sure your spice mixes are not old, it looses its flavor over time.–

 

Wishing everyone a happy weekend and to all my Canadian friends a happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy!

Ursula