July 19th, 2014

Frühstücksbrötchen

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My Dearest like the crusty rolls from the bakery which have a very soft and fluffy crumb. Such a crumb can not be archived without the use of at least some lecithin in the dough. But I do not want to use isolated lecithin and so I decided to use natural sources. Egg yolk and butter milk have both a high content of lecithin and the butter milk adds a good flavour as well.

The dough is made in the evening and rise overnight in the fridge. The next morning the rolls only has to be formed and baked. In about one and a half hour you have delicious warm rolls for breakfast!

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July 13th, 2014

Quark Blueberry Pastry

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It’s berry season! After we spent the last weeks with cooking red currant, raspberry and strawberry jam we turned our attention to the blueberries. Beside of cooking jam I set some aside to use them for a little weekend treat. Together with some quark I baked quark blueberry pastries.

For the dough I used my sweet starter which was just freshly feed. But like for this Sonntagszopf you can use Lievito madre or a biga instead. What ever you choose as a preferment, it will be delicious!

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July 8th, 2014

Orangeade

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Simone from the S-Küche asked us to bring “refresments” for the 100. Blogevent in the Kochtopf. And even me, who prefer sparkling water as summer refreshment, likes sometimes a refreshing change. But bought lemonades are never tempting, even the expensive organic orangeade is to sweet and intense for me. And so I decided to make my own orangeade.

In my version the border between spritzer and orangeade becomes  blurred, because the orange syrup makes it only slightly sweet and is balanced from freshly pressed Orange and lime juice. For some colour in the glass I added pieces of the peel. I borrowed this idea from a restaurant we visit some time ago.

It is a refreshing drink at its sweetness can be easily adjusted to your personal taste by the amount of syrup used!

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July 6th, 2014

Johannisbeer-Schokoladenbiskuit-Schnitten

Johannisbeer-Schokoladenbiskuit-SchnitteThis year is a great year for berries. In my parents garden the red currants bushes bent down under the load of ripe berries. Two weeks ago I picked enough berries to cook enough red currant jelly for the coming year and it you could hardly see that I take any fruits. And so I picked another 2 kilogramm berries in betweeen two thunderstorms last Friday afternoon. The most of the currants are cleaned and froozen, the rest I used for baking a cake.

I found the recipe at Chili & Ciabatta, but due to the leftover in my baking drawer I changed the dough already a lot, adding grounded almonds and chocolate. And the for the vanilla creme I go for a different recipe because I do not use gelatine.

And even if the recipe is a different one in the end, the cake tastes fantastic. A sweet vanillacreme is balanced by the tarte red currants and with chocolate you can never do wronge!

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July 5th, 2014

Sunday braid with sweet starter

 

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I like to eat some “Zopf” (or Challah or  some other kind of soft braided bread), especially for breakfast on sunday. In the last year I often baked Schwiss  Butterbraid. I like it very much but for the most people who grow up in Germany this kind of bread has to be sweet while the swiss version is not sweet. And for those with a sweet tooth I baked this sunday braid. It is so delicious, that I baked it for the goodbye breakfast of a colleague again. And each time I bake it I’m thrilled because of its buttery, sweet flavour and the soft crumb.

A big portion of cream makes the crumb incredible soft and fluffy. And the advantage of cream instead of butter is that the dough (or the shaped bread) rise well in the fridge. With higher butter amounts I made the experience that the butter hardens in the cold and so hinder the dough to rise proberly. And for forming the dough ít is necessary to keep it in the fridge for at least one hour. But then braiding will be easy.

For a good flavour and good oven spring I included my sweet starter in the recipe. If you don’t have one, you can use instead some Lievito madre or a Biga, which rise overnight in the fridge.

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June 27th, 2014

Light Spelt Bread

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With the new oven I had to bake a bread immediately. I didn’t have a pure spelt bread for some time and so I decided that spelt bread should be the first bread baked in the new oven! With some sourdough and poolish for a good, complex flavour and a hot soaker to keep it moist.

But really existing was the moment when I placed the bread in the oven. I turned the oven to “Hydrobake”, which is the oven programm that traps the steam inside and throw some ice cubes inside to create some more steam. And then I sat in front of the oven and watch the bread rise the same way like other people would watch a thriller. The oven spring was indeed nicer then in my old oven. But the most impressing thing is the great colour and shine of the crumb which shows the importance of steam for a the maillard reaction.

I’m really happy with the new oven. And I’m happy with the bread as well. It tastes great, has a nice open crumb and a very crisp crust! It tastes so good, that I had no change to freeze one loaf because we it so fastly!

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June 24th, 2014

Sesame Flowers

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Some month ago, my colleagues had the idea that I should asked the editorial stuff of our coworker journal if they would like to publish one of my recipes. After some very nice mails I started to develop a recipe.  And because I’m working in the botanical institute I decided to bake rolls in form of flowers.

The dough follows my favourite principles: a little bit yeast and a long fermentation in the fridge, which helps to build a great flavour.

And for all who do not read the “Mituns” (which should be most of you), here is the recipe which is printed in the current issue:

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June 22nd, 2014

A new oven

 

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When my dearest and I move together eight years ago we did it on budget. I was about to start my diploma thesis and he just startet at university. It was not the time to buy our dream kitchen. And so we started with my old second handed stand alone oven which broke some month later. By that our kitchen layout was for a stand alone oven and so we replaced it with a similar cheap oven. And this oven worked well all the time.

But I got more and more frustrated by the fact that spills would flow between kitchen cabinet and oven and were hard to clean. And after finishing my Ph.d. I started to dream about a new build-in oven. But I do not choose easily when it comes to investing some money. I needed about a year to decided which oven I wanted. I read a lot and decided at the end to buy an oven with hydrobake function from Siemens, together with an induction stove (Siemens EQ861EV01R ). The hydrobake function keep steam inside the oven instead of letting the steam coming out during baking.

Last week the oven was delivered and we used the elongated weekend to partly deconstruct the kitchen and build it up with the new oven once again. Here are my before/after pictures and some steps in between:

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June 19th, 2014

Little Peach Tortes with a red heart

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When I looked through my freezer two weeks ago I found some red currants from last year and some peaches, which seems to hide themselves when I was baking peache torte in February. Looking on the the berries and peaches I decided to bake some little mousse tortes.

For the Sponge I used a recipe from Matthias Ludwigs . He whips the egg white together with starch to soft peaks. I could not believe that it should work but it did! It helps to fold in the flour, starch and egg white in the dough without loosing its volume. For the filling I created once again my own recipe.

Because pentecost was a really warm day, I froze the tortes for four hours. And even then the 15 minute ride in the hot car was enough to defrost them. At my parents place, we enjoyed them together with iced coffee, ginger basil lemonade and an elder flower lemonade in the shadow on their veranda. There is no better way to spend a summer sunday!

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June 13th, 2014

Günther Webers White Bread

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Micha praised  Günther Webers book, Lutz like it, too and now I’m joining the chorus: The recipes are great! And yes, the book contains only few recipes, but they are worth every cent! A good example is this gorgeous white bread.

The bread is simple to make and follows my favourite method: the dough rise over night on the kitchen counter. The trick which made the bread so irresistible, is adding a tiny bit of sourdough. This builds a complex, very aromatic flavour. The warm temperature speeded up the fermentation and after 8 hours the dough had already tripled. But it was no problem for me because I’m an early bird. And so I form the bread before the first coffee. And I had the already the feeling that 90 minutes for proofing would be way to much for my lively dough. And so I heated my baking stone directly. And I was right. Already after 40 min the loaves has risen a lot. And after 50 minutes the loaves could not wait any longer and I placed them in the oven. Luckily they had still enough power for a good oven spring.

And the bread I took from the oven was – as mentioned before – just gorgeous: a soft crumb, crisp crust and then an overwhelming flavour. This bread is a new favourite! And I will play around with new overnight recipes with a little bit of sourdough!

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