Biscuit sponge – the perfect base for a strawberry cake

During strawberry season the tiny red fruits form the base of my food pyramid and this has always been like that. I used to fight over the last strawberries that didn’t make it on the cake with my siblings all the time and the obligatory biscuit sponge with strawberries, glaze and whipped cream was to be found on the cake table every weekend. In Germany cake or pies are not really considered desserts, they are usually served as an afternoon treat together with some coffee around 3-4ish in the afternoon when the family gathers together on the weekend. When I was a kid there were hardly any weekends without afternoon coffee and homemade cake. As you might guess, strawberry cake was one of the families favourites.biscuit sponge with strawberries |

Strawberries are not only delicious, they are low in calories and contain a large amount of vitamins and other minerals. On their own, they make a solid healthy treat, but since life is too short to skip cake, you should allow yourself to indulge every now and then. Continue reading »

Quick Apple Roll – or how to welcome friends for coffee

quick apple roll I’ve been fighting this cold for almost 2 weeks now and I am terribly bored. Being home all day and not being capable of doing anything else than watching tv due to the lack of power is so annoying for me. But luckily my friend offered to come over for a cup of coffee and entertain me for some time on short notice. I wanted to pick up some bread anyway so I made my way to my favourite bakery to buy bread and some quick bite for coffee. Too bad it was Faschingsdienstag and the bakery was closed already and so was the second one I walked up. My bad, should have gone earlier but it was only half an hour to go til my coffee guests arrival. So I figured out it would be a great idea to serve some easy and fast dish perfect for coffee time. All you need are some simple ingredients you can pickup in any supermarket and love.

  • Fresh puff pastry (chilled not frozen)
  • 2 apples (preferrably Boskopp or Breaburn)
  • some raisins
  • some chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • some cinnamon

Unwrap the pastry dough, roll it out, line a baking tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 200°C (with fan). Peel and Dice the apples in small sqaures, mix with raisins, almonds, sugar and cinnamon. Cut the pastry into rectangles and fill with the apple mixture. Roll up the pastry and press the ends on both sides together with fingers or a fork. Transfer to the baking tray and put into the oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm with whip cream and love <3

Quick christmas cookies

I know, it is only october but today is a bank holiday in Germany and we started the day lazy on the couch. Around 3, after the second lazy sunday movie, my boyfriend had a craving for christmas cookies. If supermarkets start to sell christmas stuff in early septermber, why not bake my first own christmas cookies in october?! So I went into the kitchen to see which ingredients I had at hand. After another quick look in my recipe collection I decided to make my grandma’s coconut macaroons.
It is a very simple and quick recipe but soooo delicous!

2 eggs
175-200 g sugar
1 Tablespoon honey
250 g grated coconut

Beat the eggs and the sugar together to a thick and solid cream. This takes around 5-10 minutes. Whisk in the honey and gradually add the grated coconut until it reaches a doughy consistency, but not too soft.
Preheat the oven to 150° C/ 300° F and line two baking trays with parchment paper. Take two teaspoons and spoon the dough onto the parchment paper. My grandma used to put the dough on wafers but I don’t like wafers myself so I do it without them.
Bake them for 15-20 minutes and enjoy already hot from tray 😉