“Bienenstich” is a traditional german cake and its name literally means “bee sting”. For me it is a classical cake to serve on Sundays together with some coffee. When my parents visited us last sunday, I decided to make some muffin sized little Bienstich. Their dough is a “sibling” of my actual favourite braid, but in contrast to the original recipe it contains more cream and no butter. For a relaxed baking I let them proof overnight in a muffinpan in the fridge. And due to the fact that my kitchen machine kneads much better when using 500g flour, I doubled the amount of dough and made a little braid for breakfast with the second half.
The only little disadvantage is the height of the muffin which makes it challenging to eat it. The easiest way is to split it in two halves. Then it is very easy to enjoy this delicious cake!
Its more then a year since we had the last PhD-Party. Thats more than enough time to collect new ideas for the Doctor cake. And its nearly one year ago that I saw this beautiful muffins with graduation cap decoration at Tastespotting.
And at this time I made a note for myself that for the next disputation I would bake this kind of muffins. And this week one of our colleagues got her PhD and it was time for party and and for graduation cap muffins.
I made some changes and decided to use small waffle cookies to create the caps. And preparing the caps was really simple. I dipped the round cookie in some molten chocolate, place it on the flat and square one, let dry a little bit, then turn them around and place some liquorice and a small chocolate lentils on the top. I prepare all of the caps at the weekend and stored them in the cookie jar (I also threaten the boyfriend that something really mean would happen to him if he eat one of them 😉 ). The evening before the party I bake the muffins using this recipe. After they cooled down I top them with some molten chocolate and place the caps on then. For transporting them to the lab I stored them in some tin jars and luckily all of them survived travelling with train fine. Continue reading
Hedonistin of low budget cooking asked to bake cakes that are “with chocolate, healthy or completely different” for her event “Kleine Kuchen” (“small cakes”). A carrot cake sounds very healthy but if you take a look on the ingredients list you will recognize that this cake belongs in the category “with chocolate”. You can’t taste the carrots but they make the cake wonderful moist.
For my cousins birthday I bake the dough in the muffin pans and top the little cakes with chocolate cream.
The recipe is from “Handbuch für das tägliches Backen” from Pfeifer & Langen in which I wrote the amount of the ingredients for a small springform next to the recipe years ago. Continue reading
I bake them rather seldom but this fluffy muffins are a nice snack for a long travel or a delicious treat to share with co-workers. And what I like most about this recipe is the fact that I have to only one dough to get two different kinds of muffins. I would just change one thing next time: I would add some chopped chocolate to the dark muffin variation to make them even more delicious.
I found in the recipe in “Advanced Bread and Pastry”. Continue reading