Category: Sweets

Best Oat Cookies

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115 g softened butter, 125 g light brown sugar, 1 large egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 95 g all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon table salt, 120 g rolled oats, 120 g dried fruit (apricots/raisins/cranberries/…)

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It’s once again the time of the year when I am on a healthy trip, counting calories, doing loads of pilates, trying to eat healthy. But I can’t do without something sweet from time to time and this hunger must be satisfied responsibly. So I found the recipe for these cookies that are realtively low-calorie (around 110/cookie), I made them and they totally surprised me. They are amazingly delicious! You have to try these!

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You can find the recipe here.

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Perfect Bakewell Tart

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For the pastry: 140g plain flour, 85g cold butter, pinch of salt, ice cold water. For the frangipane: 110g butter, 110g caster sugar, 2 eggs, 110g ground almonds, 25g plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, zest of half a lemon. 100g raspberry jam.

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I have been promising a cake to one of my colleagues for a long time now and a bakewell tart was what he wanted…  I had no choice but to spend half a day making this masterpiece!

I’m not going to lie, this is probably one of my all time best deserts and the whole thing was gone in one day. The recipe I used is fantastic and the pastry was perfect (if I do say so myself) I don’t know anyone who would turn down a slice of this (apart from Phine who is allergic to almonds!) so give it a go. Its slightly time consuming but well worth the effort.

You can find the recipe here (the perfect series from the Guardian is absolutely brilliant, I always turn to it first for any classics I want to try)

Mini Victoria Sponge

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Sponge: 225 g self-raising flour, 4 eggs, 225 g caster sugar, 225 margarine, 1 tsp vanilla extract

Buttercream: 250 g icing sugar, 65 g butter, 1 tbsp milk

Jam (I just used the jam we had in the fridge): 450 strawberries (chopped), 300 g sugar

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So Alice and I are huge fans of food TV (surprise!). Name any show, we’re watching it.

When I first arrived in England, I especially loved The Great British Bake Off , because the contestants are british amateur bakers baking british cakes. That’s when I first saw the Vitoria Sponge, so british. Since then, I wanted to try to bake my own  and last week I stumbled across a recipe for the mini version.

Again, really easy to do. But let me tell you, if you don’t like super-sweet-sugar-coma stuff, don’t do it. Good thing Alice loves exactly that kind of stuff (I couldn’t eat more than one per day).

You can find the recipe here.

Comforting Rice Pudding


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30 g butter, 95 g rice, 350 ml milk, 120 ml cream, 50 g sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, cinnamon

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Ok, this is my ultimate comfort food. I remember my mum cooking this on lazy winter sundays in a huge pan and then we kids would eat the leftovers for days. I have never made this before but I was missing my childhood a little, so I just gave it a try and it turned out very comforting.  Heavenly sweet and milky thickness. Perfect.

Again, this is very easy, you only need a little time. You can find the recipe  here.

Spring Time = Smoothie Time

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lots of berries, 2 tbsp greek yoghurt, 5 tbsp soy milk (or just milk),  4 ice cubes (either plain water or coconut water)

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Today is a sunny day! Spring is coming! I truely believe in it. And spring is such a great time to have fresh and fruity smoothies. That’s why I want to show you one of the best smoothies ever. Of course it’s full of berries, I love berries. I even have a berry-habbit studiying at home (what I’m trying to do 24/7 at the moment). I have a small bowl with frozen raspberries (my absolute favourite) next to me and the computer and have them as a snack. It always makes me feel really happy (just feels like summer) while actually getting work done and keeps me from eating chocolate…

The secret of the smoothie is to toss everything together, blend and enjoy it. That’s it.

Rich Chocolate Mousse

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175 g dark chocolate, 110 g butter (cut into cubes), 3 eggs, 2 tbsp of rum/brandy/espresso coffee (according to preference)

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Another sweet recipe, I must look like I’m eating only sugery stuff. I don’t. I promise. I just can’t resist chocolate, especially chocolate mousse and this one is so easy to make. Just try it, you will be rewarded in the sweetest way!

You can find the recipe here.

Hot Cross Buns

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2,5 tsp active dry yeast, 180 ml warm milk, 400 g flour, 50 g + 1 tsp sugar, 2 tsp ground spices (for example, 1/2 tsp cardamom, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp nutmeg), 1 tsp salt, 60 g butter, 2 eggs (room temperature), 100 g raisins, 2 tsp grated orange zest (I used lemon zest…)

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So it is Easter and I thought I should  challenge myself with some proper traditional british Easter baking (at least I think it is proper british, as it is everywhere right now, and we don’t have that in Germany, so it must be british). I want to think I ‘ve done pretty well.

But then again, it is not too hard, to make Hot Cross Buns, it’s just really time consuming. You should give yourself at least 4 hours for these cuties, it is totally worth it!

You can find the recipe here.

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