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March 1st, 2015

Orange powder

Oranenpulver (2) Since quiet some time I want to make Orange powder, which Bushcook published at chefkoch.de. Before I tested the powder I tend to dry orange zest during the winter and grinded them in the mortar when needed. But now I know the orange powder and I have to tell you: Forget about simple dried orange peel. The orange powder is way better. I know that it is more complicated but the flavour so much more intense due to the cooking before drying the zests.

Because we buy mostly organic orange I had a lot of material for tweaking the recipe. Nowadays I do not peel them anymore but use a zester. And if I do not want to make the powder directly I place the zests in the freezer until I have time to proceed. I dry the zests after baking bread on the still warm bread baking stone. This reduces the amount of energy needed for the powder.

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December 27th, 2014

Panettone (pure Sourdough)

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When I bake my Sourdough Pandoro with the special (not sour) sourdough called sweet starter last year I knew already that I would have to make my own Panettone recipe for the following christmas. Similar to the Pandoro recipe I planed to build the dough in some steps so that the yeasts in the sweet starter would get used to sugar and fat which would help to let the dough rise fast. The sweet starter I kept during 2014 alive and baked rather a lot of different breads with him.

On 22. December I refreshed the sweet starter tree times to make him strong and fast rising. He was so strong and fast rising that he only needed two instead if three hours to double his volume when I started the sweet starter for the Panettone at the 23. in the morning. And even the sugar and the butter in the following first and second dough did not slow him down, and tripled its volume in 90 minutes instead of 2 hours. But anyway the third (and last) dough had to take 3 hours for rising because I had to run some errands. Coming home again I formed the Panettone (Susans Tip to grease hands and counter with a lot of butter is really helpful!) and during forming I calculated: I’m now two hours earlier then planned… but it will need about 12 hours at least to proof… and at seven in the morning I’m normally already awake. So there is no problem at all…

Panettone (3)At five o’clock the next morning, on my way to the bathroom, I quickly checked the Panettone in the kitchen. And turned the oven on. Ten hours were what they needed to reach the rim of the form. And who needs sleep?

One hour later the panettone was already hanging between two chairs and I crawled back into bed to have another little nap. Later that day we took some pictures and sliced one cake. And it was so delicious: soft and fluffy, the crumb could be teared into long strands, flavours of orange and vanilla and subtle, but complex notes from the sweet starter. And it keeps fresh for a long time, we eat one with my family on the first christmas day, and had some on second christmas day as well and it still tasted like freshly baked. It is a fussy cake and I could less sleep then normal but it is worth everything! It is the perfect christmas cake!

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July 8th, 2014


Orangenlimonade (2)

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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April 20th, 2014

Colomba pasquale

Colomba (2)When I baked the little Colombinas about five years ago I was already searching for the traditional paper mold for Colomba pasquale. But I had no luck finding one neither in the “real word” nor in german onlineshops. And so I finally give in and bought a silicon mold, ignoring my dislike of this kind of baking molds. And the mold was delivered just in time, so the only thing I had to was to refresh my sweet starter and start baking.

Raisins and candid orange peel would make my beloved one rather unhappy, so I choose semisweet chocolate drops and chopped candid almonds instead. The fits well with my first colomba memory, when some years ago a former colleague brought back a big, chocolate filled colomba after visiting her parents in Italy. The dough for the dove is similar to my pandoro recipe, but this time I kneaded the butter into the dough. The dough was easy in handling and after baking I was able to unmold the colomba without any problems, much to my relief.

After cooling down we cut the dove and the first bite of it was pure delight. The crumb could be torn into long strands and was as light as a feather, and the combination of chocolate and candied almonds is great, too! This colomba is a real dream dove!

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May 9th, 2013

Curd Mousse


I liked to use second part of my oven roasted rhubarb in a delicious way, too. And when I saw the Curd-Mousse, that Micha made, I was instantly in love. Micha found the recipe on Verenas Blog Schlammdackel, and Verena found it at Living at home. In the original recipe, the Mousse was made with sea buckthorn berries, but Micha used strawberries instead. I like strawberries as well but the fact that I’m allergic against them made it necessary to change the recipe.

To cut a long story short: I made the Mousse with oven roasted rhubarb instead of buchthorn berries or strawberries. And that tasted great, too.

I think this Mousse is a great basic for a lot of different fruits. I can not wait to try it with some fresh blueberries, or raspberries, or…


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December 28th, 2011

Orange Swirls


Of course I did not only make a variation of Martins recipe, I although baked the dough with the orginale Orangefilling. I used the same dough as for the Saffron Stars,  again with reduced sugar amount. The Orange swirls are sweet enough with all the sugar in the filling.

The advantages of the long and slowly proofing over night I explained already at the Saffron-Star post, and so I will only speak how great the Orange swirls taste. They taste very intense of Orange, with hints of saffron and caramel. Maybe the saffron is not necessary in this recipe because the orange aroma is the central taste of this sweet pastry. 

In my eyes you can eat it all the time: you can eat it as breakfast, as a snack with a cup of coffee, as lunch, as dinner…

Yes, I like this orange swirls very much!

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December 18th, 2011

Orange flavoured Hot Chocolate Mix

Orangentrinkschokolade A homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is a simple but delicious little Christmas gift. In the cookbook “Süße Geschenke aus der Küche: Leckereien backen und verpacken” I found not only nice recipes like a Hot Chocolate Mix flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom but also great Ideas for beautiful decorated glasses, bags and boxes. After I prepared the “normal” Hot Chocolate Mix, which I liked very much, too, I started to experiment with the recipe to create a orange flavoured mix.

I had this idea because some of my colleagues like an orange flavoured cacao from Quai Sud very much to flavour their coffee with it. But this cacao is expensive and hard to get. So I thought a homemade hot chocolate mix would be a great Christmas gift for them.

The best way to get the orange flavour into the chocolate mix is to grated a lot of orange peel, dry it in the oven and ground it together with sugar in a food processor.

I like the taste of the orange flavoured hot chocolate mix very much – I hope that my colleagues like them, too.

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September 10th, 2011

Raspberry Scones

Himbeer-SconesWe were invited to a Brunch on Saturday. And because I don’t like to go to an invitation without offering to contribute something to eat I asked the hostess if she need something. She told me that something sweet would be nice and so I decided to bake Raspberry Scones.

I saw a recipe for blueberry scones at Seelenwerk and the pictures Mila take were so mouthwatering. The recipe is from” Baking with Leila” from Leila Lindholm and this is a cookbook I own, too! It never tempted me so much but when I read the recipe in the book. Its good that we have blogs, too!

The original recipe asked for grated lemon peel and blueberries but I was in the mood for raspberries and so I decided to replace the blueberries with frozen raspberries and lemon peel with orange peel.

The dough is easy to prepare and the scones are fast to prepare and fast to bake.

It was the first time I bake scones and I am very pleased with the result. A recipe I will bake again for sure!

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December 3rd, 2010

Candied Orange peel

kandierte OrangenschaleWhile last year I need a lot of time to find a recipe for Zorras culinary Advent calendar this year it was very easy for me to decide what to prepare. In October when Zorra asked us to send her the title of our posts I spent some time to find the perfect method to candid orange peel. I needed some tries until the recipe worked for me. And the recipe that results from my tests is surprisingly easy and the candid orange peel are really delicious. And when you coat them with chocolate make them even better, a kind of orange praline.

My recipe is very similar to the recipe I found in the “Schrot und Korn” from December 2009, but I let the peels infuse longer in the sugar syrup and I heat the syrup up to 108°C so the sugar will crystallise while the peels dries. For me this method is better then coating the peels with extra sugar after the process of candy.

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January 24th, 2010

Challah flavoured with Orange liquor

DSC_1395This post is written in german as well as in english. To read this post in english, please scroll down to the tab-bar and click on the tab “English”.

Zorra hat hier ein Brot mit Amaretto gebacken, was sofort meine grauen Zellen angeregte. Amaretto habe ich keinen im Haus, aber selbstgemachten Orangenlikör. Zuerst dachte ich an Brioche mit Orangenaroma, doch dann habe ich mich für ein etwas leichteres Rezept entschieden. Das Rezept ist dieser Challah ähnlich, allerdings habe ich die Ölmenge zu Gunsten des Orangenlikörs reduziert.  Da die Flasche Orangenlikör allerdings fast leer war, habe ich zusätzlich noch etwas selbstgemachtes Orangenöl hinzugefügt. Der Zopf hat durch das Öl und den Likör ein zartes Orangenaroma bekommen. Meiner Meinung nach dürfte es vielleicht ein wenig kräftiger sein, mein Schatz findet das Aroma so genau richtig.

Ein feines Brot, genau richtig für eine Geburtstagsparty. Und die Gastgeberin von Bread Baking Day #26, Jamie von Life’s a feast, hat uns zu ihrer virtuellen Geburtstagsparty eingeladen. Da komme ich doch gerne und bringe diesen Orangenzopf mit.

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