October 31st, 2019

Stollen Baking 2019

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Like every year I don’t have to check the calendar to know  that it is nearly November. A short glance in my blog statistic shows me that from day to day the click number for my Stollen recipe rise strongly. And I knew that you – just like me – started to plan baking stollen now.  And while  since years I’m happily baking my favourite moist Christstollen I posted some recipe variants in the last years, too. To give you a guide to recipes and tips is here a overview where you can find it: Continue reading

October 29th, 2019

Pommerscher Salzkuchen

Pommersche Salzkuchen (3) Since I started to collect regional bread recipes from Germany, I struggle with finding recipe from East-Germany. And so I was so happy, when I stumbled about some recipes in an old Diamalt book from 1939. But to be honest, the term “recipe” is very optimistic for the short description in the book. The dough for the Salzkuchen is described as a “Waterdough” and its form as (and this a orignal quote, too!) as “oooo”.

That left me with some question marks in my head. But after some more research I found some other descriptions and pictures of “orginale Salzkuchen”. And with this in Hand I was able to create my recipe.

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October 6th, 2019

Kneppkuchen

Kneppkuchen-13Is there still someone who is surprised about another traditional sweet bread recipe with rye? The longer I collect the regional recipes, the more sweet recipes with rye flour, raisins and sometimes spices I found. Personally I am only wondering about the fact that these kind of breads somehow did not appear in modern baking.

Todays rolls fit in perfectly in the row of Krintstuut, Onjeschwedde, Berchtesgardener Stuck, Kleenroggen and Westerwälder Neujährchen. The Kneppkuchen is a recipe somewhere between a lean cake and a very rich roll. It is made with rye (of course), raisins, anise seeds and cardamom. Originally the dough is prepared with lard, but for vegetarians and vegans it can be baked with coconut oil instead, too.

In my version, you can find a sourdough for a deeper flavour as well as the fact, that the high amount of fat is mixed to short crust dough before being added to to the dough. This little trick makes kneading in the fat much easier.

When serving you do not need anything but a bit of butter, as their flavour is so deep and rich!

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September 30th, 2019

Mangbrot

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The Mangbrot was a favourite of my grandfather. It is a bread with a long tradition in this corner of germany. The idiom term “Mang” means “Mixed” and referred to the fact that the bread is baked with a mixture of rye and wheat flour. Here, like in other region with cold climate and loamy soil, rye and wheat was planted as mixture. So in good years, the mixture contained more wheat, while in bad years the robust rye prevailed the mixture. I considered this fact and prepared already the sourdough with a mixture of rye and wheat flour. This makes the sourdough a bit milder.

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September 22nd, 2019

Swedish Blackbread with Coffee

In one of my baking course a participant told me about a bread with coffee she ate in Sweden this summer. The idea of swedish breads with coffee are not strange for me. In a Swedish blog I like Sara from Sara Bakar bake already one or two breads with coffee. But I got hooked only now. And so I created a coffee blackbread based on my familiy’s favourite  blackbread. And I have to say, the resulting bread was mindblowing! My dearest, who normally never touch a bread with dried fruits, eats so much of it, that one loaf vanished in a blink.

But one could tell what my secret ingredients was. The coffee adds a incredible round flavour with its roasted notes but is barely recognizable. The amount of molasse is moderate so it is well balanced between sour and sweet. And so the bread is great with Cheese – especially with a young goat cheese. But honey or purists version with only fresh butter is dream as well!

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September 14th, 2019

Weeknight loaf

Feierabend-Kasten (1)I got a bit to optimistic when I tried the first version of this bread. Adding a big portion of  very ripe pâte fermentée was not the best of my ideas, as this brings to much enzymes in the dough and has the same effect like adding sourdough. After 24 hours proofing time the dough was still stable, but the resulting bread lacked volume. A sure sign that the gluten network already started to decline.

And so I put the recipe back on my worktable and sat down to write a better version. This time it is a straight dough which develops its flavour during the long fermenting time. Yoghurt and good portion of whole grain flour adds another aromatic notes to the loaf. In this combination, the dough is stable over the course of 24 hours and the breads have a nice volume. Which can be seen in their crumb, too. It is soft and fluffy and can be toasted very well, too! A perfect bread for breakfasts and lunch boxes!

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September 8th, 2019

Greta-Garbo-Schnitten

Greta-Gabor-Schnitten (1)Sometimes questions of readers are timed just perfectly. So when Jasmin asked for a way to reduce yeast amount in my heirloom recipe of Greta-Garbo-Schnitten I told her I would try it right away, as I was planning to bake them for my upcoming birthday anyway. Baking Greta-Garbo-Schnitten has two advantages: They are a delicious favourite of mine and they taste best when baked a week in advance. And the second point goes well together with the fact that my birthday was at the end of a very busy week.

And I adjusted the recipe carefully. Reducing the yeast and adding a bit of sweet starter as preferment. As the recipe contains no big amount of liquid, adding a preferment was tricky. I had to reduce the amount of sour cream. Instead I used a bit of cream fraiche which higher amount of fat balances the reduced over all amount.

The recipe worked like a charm with this adjustments. And it is still one of the most delicious treats in the world!

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August 6th, 2019

Three Grain Bread (Weeknight version)

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Some time ago a reader asked if my beloved three grain bread recipe could be modified so it would use boiled sourdough and could fit in a busy weeknight schedule. As changing from sourodugh to boiled sourdough meant replacing the soaker as well. This are quite some changes and I decided that were to many chances to give away a recipe variant without testing. Around the same time I got my hands on beautiful big mold glasses from Weck (1050ml) .  They have straight walls and are perfect for baking breads. When the bread is sliced, its slices are perfectly round.  I am totally in love with the new form.

And the bread itself is a delicious as the two other variants. And like always it is a good sign for a favourite bread when I bake a recipe in variants!

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July 26th, 2019

French Toast

Armer Ritter French Toast (2)The last two weeks were busy ones.  My sister is moving and so I spent the beginning of the summer holidays with sorting stuff out, packing boxes, carrying furniture from the third level to the transporter and renovating. My own household tasks were left alone during that time. And so I spend my first “real” day off with cleaning the kitchen thoroughly.

Around lunch time I got hungry and when I spotted some left over braid from the weekend a plan formed in my brain.  I marked Gabis recipe for french toast already some time ago and now was the right time to test it. A peach, already a bit overripe, was sliced and served along.

And I was  very pleased with the “Arme Ritter” (literally “poor knight”) as the dish is called in Germany. A perfect way to use left over bread

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July 23rd, 2019

Potato Burger Buns

Kartoffel Burger Bun (1)When I bake these buns the first time I wrote down “Taste and crumb are perfekt, but the crust shows cracks. Maybe proofing was to short –> Problems with yeast? Try again!”  When baking the buns for a second time with a fresh yeast batch I realized that it was no problem with yeast but the rolls just need their time. And the baker needs patients. And so I elongated proofing time considerably and baked the rolls when fully proofed. And then the rolls are perfect: Fluffy crumb, tender crust and delicous flavour with notes of potato and butter.

I served the rolls once again with my favourite vegan burger patty. I still tend to try new bun recipes but stick with the patty. And so the variety of recipes is quit big. I marked all bun recipes with the tag  Burger (<- click) to make finding more easy.

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