Some recipes are so time consuming that they were only made for big events. The Baumstriezel is one of these recipes, something my Transylvanian ancestors would have bake for weddings and christenings. And maybe for a 5th Blog birthday as well?
A traditional Baumstriezel is baked over red hot coal wrapped around a big piece of wood, rotating the cake until the sugar starts to caramelize. Even nowadays it is made rather seldom and so I’m always exited when I could get a piece.
So it seemed the perfect recipe to celebrate the fifth birthday of “Hefe und mehr”. But how to make such a cake without open fire in the kitchen (when setting the kitchen on fire was no opportunity)? I decided wrap the dough around a wooden rolling pin and to use the overhead grilling function of my oven for baking. That means that I had to stay in front of my oven all the time during baking. Every minute I turned the rolling pin a little bit until the sugar caramelized at all sides.
It was quite time consuming but it worked out perfectly. And so I could enjoy some sweet Baumstriezel to honour my Blog Birthday (with ongoing Blogevent).
It is time to celebrate! My “Baby” turns five today! Because I missed the blog birthday last year, this year it was marked red in my calendar!
Five years! Did I expect to be still blogging when I started “Hefe und mehr” 5 years ago? I don’t know but times keeps flying. When I look back I see that I baked 147 different Breads, 85 rolls and 108 different cakes, cookies and pastry. Not to mention 57 other recipes which fit in neither of the other categories. In the beginning I baked mostly recipes I found in books and other blogs, but soon I started creating my own recipes. And when I look back I realize how much I learned about baking and taking photos in the last years. The most exiting thing that happened until now was the Adventskalender I wrote for the Kaufmann-Verlag!
To celebrate the blog birthday I decided to start a small Blogevent! The theme is simple: Bake your favourite bread until 30. November 2013 and blog about it. No post from the archive, please! If you all ready posted your favourite bread, bake it again (maybe with some twist) and write a new post about it. Readers without blog are very welcome, too: I need the picture from the bread and the source (book, website, whatever) from you. For Participants with a postal Adresse in the European Union or Swiss I will give away 1x Adventskalender and 2x a Breadbakingbook (that’s the sneak)!