Black Forest (Cherry) Gateau – a much maligned German classic

It was back to the 1970’s this weekend with this German classic, the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, better known in English as the Black Forest Gateau.  As we had friends for dinner, the beloved decided to embrace the theme so we preceded it  with Prawn Cocktail (with an Asian twist) and Duck a L’Orange – more 1970’s Berni Inn you…

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…

Trdlnik – a delicious Czech tonguetwister

  Hooray! We are on “us travels” as the beloved likes to say when he is trying to return to his northern roots. The house and garden have been submitted to the tender loving care of my little brother and his family for their holidays (I suspect my adorable nieces will be heartily sick of…

A Seedy Sourdough

We have my big brother and his brood visiting for the bank holiday so we are in for a houseful for a couple of days. The first port of call for getting ready for any visitors is baking bread for our breakfast toast and I decided it was time to break away from my staple mill…

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…