Super easy rum & hazelnut truffles

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Super chocolaty rum truffles with a hint of fruit for Christmas

These rum truffles are amazing for the time right before Christmas and are super easy to make. What I love about them is that they are super chocolaty, but also have an amazing fruitiness from the apricot jam. It’s great, because it gives the truffles you way more complexity. Just try it out – you’ll love it! 🙂  Continue reading

Roast apples with spiced rice & crunchy almonds

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Spiced sweetness for cold & rainy days – a delight for your taste buds 

I met Patricia, one of my good friends, the other day and asked her what my newest recipe for the blog should be. I feel like I’ve been making plenty of sweets recently and was looking for something savory, yet easy and winter-like. She told me to make roast apples, but I thought it was another sweet dish. So jokingly she said: “Well, make savory roast apples then.” And, quite frankly, I thought the idea was brilliant.

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Christmas magic milk chocolate truffles with roast hazelnuts & cinnamon

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A Christmas explosion in your mouth

You are a total chocolate addict and are looking for new chocolate ideas or you are still looking for Christmas presents, nothing comes to your mind and you think just buying a box of chocolates is too impersonal? I have a (very delicious) solution for you! 🙂

Close your eyes and imagine a lightly toasted, crunchy hazelnut, covered my creamy milk chocolate and rolled in cinnamon and cocoa – it’s a Christmas explosion in your mouth!

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Warming dark chocolate & orange banana loaf

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Warming winter deliciousness

Christmas is almost around the corner so I figured it’s time to get out these winter flavors. Do you know the feeling when you’re baking something, your whole apartment smalls of it and you just wander around absorbing the amazing smell and feeling genuinely happy and excited about eating your treat? I’ve been doing that a lot while baking this loaf 🙂

This dark chocolate & orange banana loaf is simply great. It has an intense dark chocolate aroma which is complemented by warming orange and crunchy walnut bits. It’s basically like eating a dark-chocolate&orange truffle. 🙂 Continue reading

Cinnamon panna cotta with cherry & red wine glaze

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A lovely winter dessert

It’s been a while since I posted the last recipe, but as for most people, the time before Christmas is quite busy.
I made this panna cotta last time we had some guests over and since everybody loved it I decided to put it on the blog as well. It’s a perfect dessert for winter and the holiday season, because it incorporates all these great winter flavors. The panna cotta it quite light, because I replaced about 1/3 of the cream with milk, which is a lovely contrast to the boldness of the cherry & red wine glaze.
Since I like lush flavors I used a lot of red wine, but if you prefer the glaze to be a bit lighter or for the cherry to come out a bit more, just reduce the amount of red wine by 1/4 to 1/2.
Before making panna cotta for the first time I though it was quite a difficulat and time-consuming to make, but it is quite easy. Try it and let me know what you think! Continue reading

Plum strudel with orange-vanilla sauce

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Warm, delicious fall treat 

This is perfect if you have some friends over for coffee in the afternoon. The warm flavors from the plums, cinnamon and orange-vanilla sauce work together very nicely. As always, it’s best to use ripe fruit in order to get the most flavor out of it.  Best serve the strudel when it’s still warm with the fresh orange-vanilla sauce – delicious.

Since strudel dough is something mostly used in Austria and Germany (as far as I know), you can use a sheet of puff pastry instead. In step 5, just place the puff pastry on top of the wet dish towel and brush with melted butter and sugar, then move on to step 6. Continue reading

Mixed mushroom quiche with cranberries and parsley

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A pinch of spice, earthy flavors and lovely sweetness 

This is a lovely recipe, perfect for fall. The filling of the quiche is a tiny bit spicy, which works incredibly well with the earthiness of the mushrooms and the sweetness from the dried cranberries.  I used a mix of chanterelles, oyster mushrooms and button mushrooms, however, you can also use other kinds if you like. Just make sure you don’t use the button mushrooms for the topping, because other ones just look nicer. I also recommend serving the quiche with cranberry jam, it’s delicious!  This is a perfect dish for a light fall lunch. Continue reading