Delicious Christmas baking (with baking plan)

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starts for me on the 1st of november with the delicious silesian gingerbread cookies. In German speaking countries such as Austria and Germany the Christmas baking is one of the most popular Christmas traditions for young and old. Until the mid-19th century, however, the ingredients for preparing cookies were so expensive that the enjoyment of … Continue reading Delicious Christmas baking (with baking plan)

Nürnberger Elisen Lebkuchen – soft german gingerbread

The Elisen Lebkuchen of Nuremberg are my great Christmas favourites! I love them to the point that a couple of years ago, when in England we did not yet find almost all European products, I asked my family to send them by post! The difference between the Lebkuchen and the Elisen Lebkuchen is that Elisen … Continue reading Nürnberger Elisen Lebkuchen – soft german gingerbread

Vanillekipferl – Austrian vanilla crescent cookies

Vanillekipferl, or vanilla crescents, are very delicate buttery, crispy and nutty biscuits, traditionally served during the Christmas season in Austria. These cookies look great on a plate and are sure to seduce your guests. The crescent-shaped cookies come from Vienna, Austria, where they are a popular traditional Christmas cookie. Legend has it that their shape … Continue reading Vanillekipferl – Austrian vanilla crescent cookies

Windringerl – Austrian Meringue Christmas tree decoration

Hardly any other symbol is associated with Christmas today as much as the festively decorated and enlightened Christmas tree. The first Christmas trees are laid for the 16th century as part of the guild traditions of the guilds. Following the example of the tree of paradise, these trees were decorated with apples and sweets and … Continue reading Windringerl – Austrian Meringue Christmas tree decoration

Lebkuchen as tree decoration or for making gingerbread houses

Lebkuchen is a traditional German gingerbread. According to Wikipedia, Lebkuchen was invented by monks in Franconia in the 13th century. In the 14th century in Nuremberg and Ulm bakers already produced this type of pastry. Oh this smell of Lebkuchen mixed with the fresh pine  In the olden days Lebkuchen was used among other things … Continue reading Lebkuchen as tree decoration or for making gingerbread houses

German quark stollen

As in many countries around the world, the Germans are used to celebrate Christmas as a family around a hearty meal. It is not the Christmas pudding that closes the feast, but the stollen. This elongated cake would represent the baby Jesus wrapped in his swaddling clothes! It is found on all German Christmas markets, … Continue reading German quark stollen

Austrian Linzer Auger or Linzer eyes

The Linzer Augen, or the ‘eyes of Linz’, are an essential part of the traditional Austrian Christmas pastry! Cookies that melt on your tongue and contain this little fruity touch that make their popularity! The Austrian pastry is very dainty and elegant . Therefore the secret of these cookies is to make them small and … Continue reading Austrian Linzer Auger or Linzer eyes

Chocolat-yoghurt-raspberry Torte

One of the quintessential Austrian cakes made by the village women is this kind of cake, with a soft sponge base, a cool yoghurt cream filling and a fruit mirror on top. It is incredibly fresh and light to eat and melts on your tongue. The best part is you can even have this freshness … Continue reading Chocolat-yoghurt-raspberry Torte

Silesian Gingerbread Cookies

Every year on the 31st of October I have an important mission. This mission is to make make the dough for a special kind of cookies that has been made in my family for generations. These cookies are called Pfefferkuchen. They are from Silesia, which is nowadays a part of Poland but which was German … Continue reading Silesian Gingerbread Cookies

Butter Cookies

Just a very simple recipe today but it is a favourite with my boys! The buttercookies are very simple to make and are perfect to entertain little ones, before and after! Recipe butter cookies 100 g sugar200 g butter300 g flour1 eggorange zest (optional)1 egg for brushing on the cookies before placing them into the oven Mix all the … Continue reading Butter Cookies