Spiced pumpkin, cranberry & goat cheese tarte flambée

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Delicious & easy fall food as a starter to share or a 1-person dinner

I just love to make tarte flambée. I swear, I could make & eat it almost every single night, because it’s quick and easy to make and simply delicious.

It’s (almost) pizza, has an amazingly crispy bottom that only takes 3 minutes to prepare, you can top it with anything you like and baking time is 10 minutes, which makes it incredibly quick.

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Oh-so-good brainfood muffins with carrot, lemon-lime drizzle & pumpkin seeds

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Oh-so-healthy & delicious fall-flavored carrot muffins

Soooooo I tried did a little experiment with this recipe. My intention was to create muffins without any butter or sugar and to replace these two by healthier, more nourishing ingredients. And for the dough, this wasn’t a problem at all, because I just used avocado instead of butter and dates instead of sugar. I’m really impressed with the result: super moist, carrot cake spiced muffins with a little twang from the lemon-lime drizzle. Continue reading

15-minute recipe: rye bread 2.0 with a crunchy crust

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Fool proof delicious recipe for a fresh & healthy bread with incredible crust

About a year ago I posted a super quick & easy rye bread recipe here for the first time. This bread takes it all to the next level. Soft texture, beautifully scented with the bread spices and a crust to kneel down for. It’s amazing! And the best thing is that it only takes 15 minutes to prepare (+ baking time, that is).

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Sunday morning lavender & honey spelt plait

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Sunday morning brunch perfection

Close your eyes and imagine the sun shining in through the windows and your whole apartment or house is filled with the smell of fresh bread. Amazing, isn’t it? For me, this is the picture of Sunday morning. Add a good cup of coffee and we’re right at perfection.

This plait is heavenly, because it’s texture is so soft and fluffy, it’s fantastic. I added some lavender and lemon zest, which gives the plait and amazing delicate flavor. It’s perfect for a lazy Sunday morning brunch with family and friends.

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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

A hint of gingerbread buns with almonds & raisins

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Delicious winter treat for a day cuddling on the couch

Hmmmmm these buns are just super awesome! They are so warming and delicious, perfect for a day when it’s cold and grey outside and you just want to cuddle up on your couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. The great thing? They are also healthy 🙂

I used spelt and rye flour, so these treats are very wholesome. Also, cinnamon, apple and honey in combination with the sweetness of the raisins and the distinct rye flavor remind me a lot of ginger bread – perfect for the season! Crunchy almonds complement the whole ginger bread idea perfectly. Additionally, they are high in protein, provide healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and, just like raisins, are high in minerals and bring a lovely sweetness. Cinnamon gets your metabolism going and last but not least apple provides vitamins and fiber. Not to forget that cinnamon-apple-raisin combos are simply to die for 🙂

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Ultimately satisfying, quick, super seedy rye bread with carrot

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Super healthy, super quick, super delicious

So it’s been pretty busy at work lately which is why I didn’t manage to post any new recipes in the past weeks (that doesn’t mean I didn’t keep on trying new recipe ideas of course!).

I went to see a friend one weekend and her mum was talking about a super quick and easy bread baking recipe which didn’t require sourdough nor time for proving, which got me interested in the first place, because while I like baking and making food from scratch, baking bread always seemed like something for which you need a whole afternoon or so, which was quite deterrent. Also, when looking at the ingredient list on store-bought bread I always wondered why so many stabilizers, colorants etc. had to go into it. I admit to being a bit overly concerned in this respect, but I don’t want any of that stuff in my food.

This bread is the solution! It’s no-frills, just clean and good-for-you ingredients. Flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds provide plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and nutrients, like magnesium, manganese,  copper etc. while carrot (well hello, vitamin A and friends) also ensures that the bread doesn’t dry out. It tastes absolutely delicious, will last for a week or maybe even longer and, that’s the best part, it’s so satisfying that you won’t have the desire to eat anything more for the next few hours (at least that’s how I feel).

I’m sure you can tell I’m really into this bread recipe and I’ve been baking it around once a week lately. If you don’t need the whole loaf at once, just slice the bread, freeze it and just toast it until crispy when needed 🙂

The greatest thing: it takes you only 15 minutes to prepare the dough, no proving or similar required.

Now that I’ve finished my hymn of praise for the bread, let’s go in medias res 🙂

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Fresh springtime wild garlic & goat cheese tart

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Fresh and intense spring flavors

It’s getting warmer and everything is starting to bloom around here, which is really lovely. This also means it’s wild garlic season: wild garlic is quite popular in Austria and this time of the year you can get virtually anything with wild garlic. Personally, I’m much a fan of tartes / quiches, because I just love buttery shortcrust pastry 🙂 Therefore, I thought it would be nice to have a wild garlic tart. I added goat cheese, which goes very well with wild garlic and cheddar and some potatoes at the bottom to add additional texture. The wild garlic custard is really creamy, so you’re in for an awesome springtime dish.

There are two options for the shortcrust pastry: either follow the recipe below and make it yourself or just use store bought one if you have little time. If you use store bought dough, just skip the first step and go straight to 2. Regarding the goat cheese: depending on your preference choose the intensity of the cheese. However, I recommend you use a stronger one.

Now imagine scrumptuous, buttery shortcrust pastry, creamy goat cheese, a hint of fresh lemon and intense wild garlic. Sounds good, right? So get ready for an incredibly delicious (and unfortunately, very smelly 😉 ) springtime treat! Continue reading

The chocolate heart attack (or chocolate glazed triple dark chocolate brownie cake)

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Pure chocolate decadence

It was my sister’s birthday last week and since she loves chocolate I thought it would be nice to make her a chocolaty birthday surprise.
The challenge: how to get the most chocolate into one cake.
I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, but I think I succeeded! Now, if you eat a whole piece of this treat and manage not to fall off your chair, you are sure to have earned my respect (and type II diabetes 😉 )

Basically, this cake features three different layers of brownies: dark chocolate-nuts, dark chocolate-sour cherry and dark-chocolate-espresso and contains a ridiculous amount of chocolate. Anyhow, it’s really nice to have these different flavors, because you never know what’s next and it’s also a perfect way to find out which kind of brownie you like best. Of course you can also leave out / replace the nuts or cherries by coconut or other dried fruit if you prefer that or simply leave out one brownie layer.

What I love about this cake is that it’s really easy to make and tastes delicious, so if you have a chocolate loving family or friends you should definitely try this! Continue reading