[fruity summer greetings] Windbeutel with mascarpone filling and berries

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No idea what to bake this afternoon? Here ist the perfect last minute recipe for hot and lazy summer days: Windbeutel! There are made in a very short time and you can actually fill them with anything you like! My family goes crazy when I am baking these sweeties because everyone can add their favourite ingredient, such as nutella (for my brother), chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, brittle, cookie crumbles, fruit (banana, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries…).

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The correct translation would be ‘cream puff’. This comes because in detail it is a very fluffy dough (choux pastry) which is baked at high temperature! The basic filling is heavy cream combined with any kind of fruit. Because I am addicted to mascarpone (especially in combination with strawberries) my filling had to include it! But of course you can as well add curd cheese, yoghurt or even ricotta (but you have to keep an eye on the consistence, better use a package of stabilizer for whipping cream!). When you don’t have anything of these ingredients at home you can just use ice cream instead!!

I think there are no more words needed to describe this fantastic treat for hot and sunny afternoons! Time to grab it and go outside to enjoy the sun! 🙂

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Windbeutel with mascarpone filling

Ingredients:
375 g water
0,5 tablespoon salt
100 g butter
200 g flour (sifted)
5 eggs

filling:
250 g mascapone
250 g heavy cream
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. vanilla sugar
confectioner’s sugar

Directions:

  1. In a heavy and wide saucepan, stir together the water, butter and salt and let it boil while stiring it the whole time. Remove from heat and add the sifted flour with wooden spoon until no flour can be seen anymore and it turns into a white clump. Transfer into another bowl.
  2. Now add the eggs one after another (!!) and stir very well with an electric mixture until the eggs are incorporated and mixture is clump again.
  3. Preheat oven to 220°C and prepare baking sheets. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag. Now pipe dough in small piles (or any size you prefer.
  4. Bake for 20-28 minutes (depends on your oven and the size of the Windbeutel!). Then remove from oven and tranfer them to a wire rack. Let them cool completely.
  5. Prepare filling: Beat mascapone together with the vanilla extract and vanilla sugar until creamy. In another bowl beat heavy cream until its smooth. Now combine both creams. Cut the fruit into smaller chunks as you prefer.Slice the Windbeutel and fill with the filling and fruit. Decorate with confectioner’s sugar.

 

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Have fun baking!

xxx

Caprice

[The Danish answer to Cinnamon buns] Kanelsnegl

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After I spent the last couple of months with working, studying and traveling, now it’s finally time for the next recipe + travel review! Maybe you already saw some pictures on my Instagram account about my travels to Argentina, Brasil, Dubai and Copenhagen. Today I am starting with my travel review about my short but first trip to Denmark! Of course I brought you a recipe form Copenhagen for the most delicious Danish cinnamon buns ever! But before I present you the recipe, I will share with you my favourite spots in Copenhagen!

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Nyhavn

You can pretty much get me with every city which is located at the waterfront! Not surprisingly, this was my favourite spot in Copenhagen. Actually the city offers some great waterfront spots, but this is one of the best ones. To give you a short historical insight: In 1671 King Frederik the Third connected the Kongens Nytorv and the harbor through a canal, to facilitate the transport of goods. The houses besides the canal were inhabited by the merchants, who then had their ships right on the doorstep. The word Nyhavn means “new harbour”. Nowadays you can find restaurants, cafes and pubs here all lined up. This was the place were we couldn’t miss out the insanely good waffles (with soft ice and sprinkles on top!). I could have spent hours here looking at the colorful houses, the blue sky and pretty ships, with a waffle in the hand – Loved it!

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Tivoli

Tivoli is one of the happiest places in Denmark or rather the largest amusement park in the country! Since 1843 Tivoli offers a wide range of attractions for all ages. There are the traditional rides like carousels and bumper cars, but as well  rollercoasters. There are live events such as concerts. We were lucky, because every saturday there is a  live band playing blues and jazz music. In addition, there are of course hundreds of options to eat and drink. Such as a little China Town, a french place or cute little cafés. All in all, the hours we spend there, felt like being in a dreamland, comparable to Disneyland, but pretty much smaller!

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Little Mermaid

When I came back from my trip the first question of my friends was “Did you see the Little Mermaid? Isn’t she small?”. Yes, I saw her and yes she is much smaller than I thought. I had the same situation when I saw the “Mona Lisa” in Louvre for the first time: Such a small masterpiece and lots of people around it! Déjá-vue! First we couldn’t really see her, because it was so crowded! The Little Mermaid is based on the fairy tale of Hans Christian Anderson. After my trip I had to read the fairy tale, becauseHans Christian Anderson is such a famous writer and it is an important part of the Danish culture. Basically the fairy tale is about a young mermaid, who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. I won’t reveal the end of the story, but it of course contains romance.

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More places to go…

  • Visit Sostrene Grene: Here, you can get everyting like wine, marmelade, kitchen stuff, soaps, stationary, candy, decoration… – Perfect place to buy some great gifts and souvenirs!
  • Magasin du Nord: This is the oldest department store in Scandinavia and offers eyerything in a ympathic ambiente
  • Illums Bolighus: Huge department store which offers exquisite nordic design (just window shopping for us)
  • Danish Design Museum: about architecure and the special danish design aspects
  • Torvehallerne: Beautiful street market with delicious food and drinks (and flowers, fruit and so on!) Worth a visit!!

Food

I promise you: You won’t starve in Denmark! I was greatly impressed by the range of food and especially of the fact that Danish people are crazy about healthy food. One night we returned from an Irish Pub and it was about 4 or 5 in the morning and we entered a 7 Eleven to get something to eat. Instead of food like pizza or chocolate, we found a variety of different whole-grained breads, ginger shots, superfood and paleo salats. Hats off, Copenhagen!

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Besides the healthy aspects there are typical specialities like Smorrebrod (= open-faced sandwiches with everything you want on it, such as cheese, ham, fish etc.), waffles, soft ice (with a thinn layer of chocolate!), hot dogs and of course cinnamon buns! The cinnamon buns really got me! There are less sweeter than the american ones and more fluffy and have a taste of caramel because of the brown sugar! My person heaven, therefore I will show you my recipe for homemade Kanelsnegl!

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Kanelsnegl [cinnamon buns]

Ingredients:
500 g flour
250 ml milk
42g fresh yeast
pinch of salt
80 g sugar
80 butter

filling:
100 g butter
80 g brown sugar
40 g white sugar
2 tbsp. cinnamon

glazing:
100 g confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl crumble yeast and mix with 5 tbsp. of the warm milk and one tbsp. of the white sugar. Let the yeast work for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In another bowl whisk together flour and the rest oft the sugar and salt. Then add the yeast mix, the rest of the milk and the melted butter. Knead until a smooth dough comes out. Now cover with a cotton dish towel and put it at a warm place and let the dough work again for 60 minutes.
  3. Roll out on a floured surface into a rectangle.
  4. For the filling: Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Beginning at the bottom side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 1 -2 cm slices.
  5. Preheat oven to 175°C and prepare a baking tray by layering with baking paper. Place cinnamon buns onto the prepared baking tray.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. For the glazing: Combine confectioner’s sugar and water and sprinkle over the buns. Best served  warm!

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Enjoy!

xxx

Caprice

 

 

[Scotland vibes] Peanut Butter Fudge topped with caramelized salted peanuts

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A few weeks ago I was talking to my very best friend Anna about the upcoming weekends, so that we could plan ahead our next meetings. Along the way we realized that our last trip (remember my recipe for Sacher Torte?) was already 2 years ago! It was time for our next adventure. Inspired by an article about ‘the best city weekends‘ I read a couple of days before, we decided spontanously to visit one of the top 30 cities: Edinburgh! It was our first time in Scotland! All I heard about Scotland was bagpipes and kilts, red haired people, a heavy Scottish accent and food like ‘haggy’.(= pudding made of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, onions, oatmeal, suet and spices). Time to check these assumptions!

When we arrived at the airport, we were positively surprised how clearly arranged and well-organized eyerything was. Within 30 minutes we passed the beautiful landscape (like a sneek peek of the beautiful Highlands!) and reached the Old Town city center. Now we were ready to discover the city. The big advantage is that you can reach everything within walking distance, which is for me the best way to get to know the city! The disadvantage is the weather, very rainy and VERY windy (I do not understate!).

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Our hotel was located in the Old Town surrounded by so many great restaurants and cafés. In general the whole city offers many possibilities to take a rest from sightseeing. I would like to share with you our highlights of the trip.

Calton Hill: Definitely worth the very windy and rainy walk up! In the 19th century it was planned to build a Scottish Acropolis on top of the hill to manifest the reputation as “The Athens of the North! But after 3 years of construction they had to stop because of lack of money. Nowadays, you can admire disconnected but magnificent pieces all over the Hill . From here you have a brilliant panoramic view. When you spin around you can see the harbor, the beautiful Old and New Town and in the background you can adumbrate already some planted hills. Located directly on the opposite point you can see the Edinburgh Castle.

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Victoria Street and Grassmarket: This district combines a great shopping experience with stunning architecture. Bascially you can find any store in this area like wine and other spirits (for whiskey visit the ‘Bow Bar’), jewelry, antiques, secondhand shops and many galleries (do not miss the Red door Gallery!). Most of the buildings are built in a british style but individualized by many different colors which embellished the cityscape so much! Below you can see the beautiful Victoria Street. 

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Royal Mile: This “royal street” is located in the Old Town and subdivided into Lawnmarket, Castlehill, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand. Here you can admire many charming houses and the first skyscraper of the world (at that time 15 floors!). In this area you can find many restaurants, souvenir shops and small ‘closes’ with backyards (= alley).

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New Town: Whereas in the past the Old Town was home for over 80 000 people at the same time, it was small, narrow and dirty. Nowadays the Old Town is very charming, but the completely opposite to the New Town. Everything is bigger and more elegant in this area. Many glorious Gregorian streets, boulevards are framing townhouses and private gardens. The shopping street is called Princes Street, where you will find every famous shop. At one end is the 5-star Balmoral Hotel situated and at the other end the St. John’s church.

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National Galleries of Scotland: Absolutely worth a visit! The National Galleries are divided into the National Gallery, Portrait Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. There are shuttles between the different galleries and best about it: The entry is free! My favourite room was defintely the one with paintings from renaissance and post impressionism such as Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot and Sir William Quiller Orchardson.

Time to talk about the food. Like I said before haggy is indeed a sort of delicacy and something you can eat nearly everywhere. To get to the point we haven’t tried it, we stuck to fish and chips and more important the sweet things! To be honest I never thought about Scottish pastry! All I had in mind was something like shortbread or scones (i know its british!). We were enthusiastic when we discovered that Scotland is not only the home of whiskey, but also of FUDGE, which is by far one of the best culinary discoveries ever! In addition you can have cupcakes, blondies and brownies and slices everywhere. I haven’t heard about slices before, but basically they are made of chocolate, cookies, dried fruits and any great ingredients such as Oreos, Malteser or Nutella. To die for really! Therefore, when I thought about this week’s recipes the choice wasn’t that hard: FUDGE.

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As many of you know I am a huge peanut butter fan (you can find PB always in my fridge!). For this reason it was overdue to create a peanut butter explosion for you. And finally here it is: Tenderly melting peanut butter fudge with a creamy layer of dark and milk chocolate and peanut butter and topped with salted caramelized peanuts. No more words needed. ENJOY.

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Peanut Butter Fudge topped with caramelized salted peanuts

Ingredients:
For the fudge:
120 g butter
120 ml milk
450 g brown sugar
220 g peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
300 g confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Peanut butter chocolate layer:
60 g creamy peanut butter
150 g milk chocolate
70 g dark chocolate

Topping:
100 g roasted salted peanuts
100 g white sugar

Directions:

  1. Prepare a baking pan (20cm x 20cm) by layering with plastic wrap.
  2. For the Fudge: At medium heat melt butter in a saucepan, then add brown sugar and milk and mix until combined. Then bring the mixture to boil without stirring it anymore, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat and add the peanut butter. Add the hot mixture and mix until fully incorporated. In another bowl combine confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract until a smooth caramel comes out.
  4. Pour into the prepared baking pan and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Then put in the fridge for another 30 minutes.
  5. For the peanut butter chocolate layer: Over a waterbath melt both of the chocolates together with the peanut butter. When completely melted pour over the peanut butter fudge.
  6. For the topping: Prepare a tray by layering it with baking paper. Cut peanuts into smaller chunks. In a saucepan caramelize white sugar until completely dissolved, when it turns light brown deglaze with some water (about 40ml). Add the peanuts and stir until all peanuts are covered with caramel. Spread on the prepared baking paper. Let it cool.
  7. When topping is cooled completely break/cut into smaller chunks. Spread over the chocolate layer and cut fudge into smaller pieces.

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Have a great day,

xxx

Caprice