Kärtner Reindling or Carinthian Reindling to you and me

Yes Carinthian – not Corinthian – and yes I had no idea a province of Austria was called Carinthia. Of course it isn’t. In German it is called Kärnten and it is a picture perfect alpine province of Austria which has just got onto our the travel list. This wonderfully swirled cake is the local…

Stollen – A Christmas Delight from Dresden

So many of our Christmas traditions are in fact imports from Germany.  The most notable import is the Christmas Tree which Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s husband for those whose history is a little rusty) introduced in the mid 19th Century.  The Stollen is another more recent addition.  I have been asking around and I think…

Lebkuchen 2 Ways – The Joy of German Gingerbread

Nothing more quintessentially tastes of a German  Christmas than Lebkuchen – gorgeous chewy spicy biscuits covered in water icing or chocolate. The rise of Aldi and Lidl in the UK has made them popular here, but I have loved them since I lived in Germany as a child.  Normally I buy a bag or 2,…

Porcelain Marzipan Buttercream Cake in Dresden

I have been neglecting my blogging duties and services to baking.  We have already been back from “us holidays” for a week  and I completely failed to make a single blog post whilst travelling through Germany.  I also somewhat failed to indulge in the delights of Kuchen.  What went wrong?  Well I put it down to…

Resurrection of the Cardinal

Last weekend we had to recover the house from the latest onslaught of the builders which left little time for baking.  But our neighbours Annie and Stephen wanted a grand tour of the restored residence and popped round for morning coffee on Sunday.  Coffee of course requires cake (actually in Germany this visit would be called…

Wrestling with an Easter Wreath

I can officially say I am now baked out for Easter.  My finale was going  to be a Polish Babka Wielkanocna, a rich bundt cake (12 egg yolks are just the start of its richness)  that caught my eye on Mary Berry’s programme and in the papers, but after making this monster loaf it will…

Lolloping Easter Bunny Brioche

We have been having a very nice week off work at home, though as ever when one staycations, we have done a little too much round the house clearing out the dust from the building work and catching up on the garden.  I may have also taken on a little too much when committing to…

A Lamb at Easter

Unofficially it is still Easter Week, although officially Easter week is the run up to Easter Sunday.  However here in the UK,  because of the long Public Holiday (which we call “Bank” Holidays for some bizarre reason),  many of us take the week after Easter Sunday off.   As part of my Easter tour around Europe I…

Prinzregententorte, a very exacting Bavarian treat

Heinz Georg Erbhäuser must have adored Prince Regent Luitpold when he invented this cake in the Prince’s honour because this was not a straightforward bake. Now I admit fundamentally there is nothing complicated here – a bit of genoise sponge (well 7 layers of sponge), sandwiched between chocolate butter cream and covered in chocolate is…

A quick Poppy Seed Roll and Sourdough Loaf

I obviously need to learn to not take too much on when it comes to baking, but I woke up really early this morning and thought I would do my perfect German Hausfrau impression and whisk up a few Frühstuck Brötchen (breakfast rolls), and a sourdough loaf or two. I should know by now that…

Shall I stay in Germany or head elsewhere

Oh lord, I am in a spin about the challenge this week.  My old friend Iain is visiting for the weekend and I have barely had a chance to think about what to do, never mind the demands of playing Mein Host this weekend.  Bread for breakfast and a pudding for dinner are required, but what…

A Valentine’s Date with the Cardinal Slice

Some stories are best started at the end. One of the issues with baking every weekend is how to consume the produce. If I keep the pace up,  both the husband and I are set to be either very popular at work or get even more portly than we already are, not to mention all…