[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

[maybe the best breakfast ever… do it the canadian way!] Pancakes with maple syrup and caramelized bacon chips

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OH YEES! These are the only words that cross my mind when I am thinking of this enormous batch of fluffy buttermilk pancakes accompanied by golden maple syrup and crispy caramlized bacon chips.

Of course there is a story behind this bombastic and maybe curious breakfast idea…

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Two weeks ago I was in Canada to see my brother and to travel around with him. On our trip through the provinces of New Brunswik, Quebec and Ontario along the Saint Lawrence River we not only experienced a snowy and ice cold Canada (up to -25°C!), met nice and open-minded people, we tried as well some new food! During our journey we got to know some new sweet and salty treats.

For example we tried sweet ‘Beaver Tails’ in Ottawa (some fried pastry served with heavy cream, maple syrup, cookie crumbles, bananas…), had the famous smoked meat in Montreal and I really loved the maple leaf shaped cookies we bought in Toronto (crispy cookies with a delicious and creamy maple syrup filling)! And of course we were forced to try ‘poutine’ which is offered throughout all the cities we visited, and can be best described as a layering of french fries, cheese and gravy. Moreover we ate amazings burgers (my favorite one was with caramlized onions and bacon), fantastic pancakes (… Canadian maple syrup rocks!) and mouthwatering sweet potato fries with homemade dips during our trip!

Here are some cold impressions of Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa for you!

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In the end I left Canada with a suitcase full of cookies, maple syrup and souvenirs and my mind full of new impressions and recipe ideas! I definitely gonna come back soon (and I really wanna see the Canadian summer some time)!

Inspired by all these goodies I thought about creating an all-in-one recipe which best combined all different flavors in a delicious way… And here it is my interpretation of the canadian way of breakfast:

Pancakes with maple syrup and caramelized bacon chips

Ingredients:
220 g buttermilk
125 g flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
3 eggs
2-3 tbsp. butter for baking

for the bacon:
4 slices of thin bacon
4-5 tbsp. brown sugar
0,5 tbsp. cinnamon

200 g blueberries for decoration
Maple syrup

Directions:

  1. For the bacon: Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a baking sheet with foil and set an oiled wire rack on top. Whisk the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Take a bacon slice and dip into the mix, coating both sides and place it on the rack. Bake for about 18 minutes until the bacon looks caramelized and light brown.
  2. In a bowl separate eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff. In another bowl whisk together flour, salt, buttermilk and egg yolks. Carefully mix in the stiff egg whites into the other mix. Mix until just combined (do not overmix!).
  3. Set a frying pan or large skillet over medium heat. Put a little butter and wait until it’s melted and bubbly. Pour some batter in the pan. Cook until surface of pancake has some bubbles then flip with a spatula and cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides.
  4. Serve together with blueberries, maple syrup and caramelized bacon.

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Do it the Canadian way!

xxx

Caprice