Rhubarb + Berry Crumble Recipe

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Happy Friday evening! Two recipes in one week – can you imagine? Well, I’ve been requested to once again share my recipe of this Rhubarb and Berry Crumple that I had posted on Instagram this past Wednesday.

I know I tend to say that the recipes I do are super easy, but guess what – they really are! This is one of the easiest ones and perfect for when you are in the mood for a little warm, sweet and yet sour snack or if you want to make a little dessert that doesnt take a lot of time.

What you need for the Crumble, for 2 persons, is:

  • 100g thinned oatmeal
  • 100g white flour
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinammon
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • around 250g rhubarb
  • around 150-200g berries (mixed)

Pro TIP: you can use any kind of berries, or only berries, or any other fruit you like – how about some apple crumble instead?

What to do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
  2. To make the actual crumble, add all ingredients (except the fruit) in a large bowl and mix it thoroughly with your hands until the crumbles form.
  3. Cut, clean and put the fruit into 2 small bowls
  4. add the crumble on top and push it down only slightly (you don’t want it to be one big ball of dough on top)
  5. Place the bowl with the fruit and crumble into the oven and leave it for 30 minutes
  6. Let it cool down for roughly 10 minutes and serve whilst still warm!

Second TIP: You can always add some vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream with it – soo good! (also, the soy/ vegan whipped cream is delicious!)

Chewy Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Happy May 6th! Yes, one day late, I know – but either way I wanted to share another recipe with you guys. I had posted a picture of these cookies on Instagram the other days and you guys demanded (mostly via PMs) the recipe. Now, the recipe is super easy and I am super happy to share it! The cookies are perfect for those that wish to eat chewy, rather soft chocolate chip cookies which are not all too sweet!

In case you prefer larger, more American-Style Chocolate Chip cookies with a crunchy outside and soft inside I will only disappint you for a few days! Why you ask? Well, I made another batch of cookies and they too, are perfect! Yet, absolutely different – but I will also share that recipe sometime soon!

Now, back to the soft, chewy cookies!

Here is what you need:

  • 210g white flour
  • 145g unsalted, melted butter (make sure it’s at room temperature before using it)
  • 150g fine, brown sugar
  • 30ml (roughly 2 tablespoons) golden honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30ml milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1 fesh vanilla (or pure vanilla extract – then roughly 2 teaspoons)
  • 220g dark chocolate chunks
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

What to do:

  1. pre-heat the oven to 190°C and line the baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl
  3. In a second bowl, whisk together the all the other ingredients (except the chocolate chips) until you have a nice dough
  4. Now slowly add the flour-salt-baking powder mixture to the dough and mix it until you get a smooth dough
  5. Next, add in the chocolate chips and carefully mix it until they are well spread.
  6. Using your hands, form roughly 24 same sized balls out of the bowl
    (I used a fully loaded tablespoon as a portion helper)
  7. Bake until they slowly turn golden-brown (depending on the size, 12-18 minutes)

Pro TIP: Enjoy them whilst they are warm – it’s the best!

Hackbraten mit Speck & Ei (English version on the bottom)

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Ein frohes neues Jahr wünsche ich Euch allen! Neues Jahr, neues Jahrzehnt, ja, sogar eine “neue” Sprache auf diesem Blog. Ich habe eine kleine Umfrage auf Instagram sowie bei Familienangehörigen und Freunden gemacht – es stellt sich heraus, viele würden meine Texte und Rezepte gerne auf Deutsch lesen. Somit werde ich dieses Jahr versuchen Texte in Englisch und Deutsch für Euch zu schreiben.

Apropos neues Jahr – ich hoffe Ihr seid alle gut in das Jahrzehnt gestartet. Bei mir und meinem Verlobten war es ein ruhiger Rutsch dieses Jahr, genauso wie ich es liebe. Wir haben tagsüber noch die Wohnung umdekoriert und vieles umgestellt und zum Abend hin habe ich dann einen Hackbraten mit Speck und Ei, sowie Kartoffelbrei und eine Bratensosse gemacht. Es war köstlich!

Somit möchte ich Euch auch gar nicht allzu lange auf die Folter spannen, hier geht es direkt zum Rezept:

Für einen Gugelhupf Hackbraten braucht Ihr folgendes:

– 1kg gemischtes Hackfleisch
– 4 Mittelgrosse Zwiebeln
– 10 kleine / medium Eier
– etwas Kokosöl (oder Backspray)
– 6 Scheiben Volkorntoastbrot
– 2 EL Olivenöl
– 300g durchwachsener Speck
– 5 EL mittelscharfer Senf
– Salz & Pfeffer

Schritt 1
Zu erst sollte das Toast in einer Schüssel kaltem Wasser eingeweicht werden und der Ofen auf 180°C Unter-und Oberhitze vorgeheizt werden. 6 von den 10 Eiern könnt Ihr bereits hart kochen (ca. 7 Minuten). Danach werden diese abgeschreckt und gepellt.

Schritt 2
Während die Eier noch kochen, könnt Ihr die Backform mit etwas Kokosöl einfetten. Nun nehmt Ihr die Speckstücke und legt die komplette Backform damit aus. Es sollten keine freien Bereiche mehr zu sehen sein.

Schritt 3
In einer grossen Schüssel, mischt das Hackfleisch, 4 Eier, die Zwiebeln (klein gewürfelt), das Olivenöl, das eingeweichte Toast (klein gezupft und ausgedrückt) und den Senf zusammen – am besten mit den Händen. Gleichzeitig könnt Ihr die Mischung anständig mit Pfeffer und Salz würzen – für diejenigen die es schärfer mögen, etwas Chilli Pulver ist auch willkommen.

Schritt 4
Nun könnt Ihr ca ⅔ des gemischten Hacks in die mit Speck ausgelegte Backform füllen. Ihr solltet das Gemisch ruhig etwas andrücken und es nicht zu locker lassen. Desto mehr Luft dazwischen ist, desto eher kann der Hackbraten später zerfallen. Danach legt Ihr die 6 hartgekochten Eier auf die Fleischmischung und bedeckt diese mit dem restlichen Drittel. Auch hier solltet Ihr schauen, dass das Fleisch gut festgedrückt wird.
Danach kommt der Hackbraten für ca 75 Minuten in den Backofen – am besten auf mittlerer Höhe auf ein Rost. Nach der Backzeit solltet Ihr dem Hackbraten gute 15 Minuten Zeit geben um abzukühlen bevor Ihr diesen stürzt.

Meat Loaf with Bacon & Egg

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had the utmost fantastic start into the new decade. My fiancé and I both took it rather easy, redecorated and reorganised our apartment during the day and in the evening of New Years Eve I decided to make us a good old fashioned meat loaf with bacon and egg – joined by smashed potatoes and a good brown sauce.

Due to several friends, family members and followers (instagram) having requested more German on my social media pages, I have decided to give it a try here on the blog, too. Also, I’ll be honest, I somewhat missed writing in German (although I feel I need some more practice!)

So here comes the recipe!
What you need:

– 1kg minced meat
– 4 medium onions
– 10 small / medium eggs
– a little bit of coconut oil
– 6 pieces of brown toast
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 300g thinly cut bacon
– 5 tablespoons medium spicy mustard
– salt & pepper

Step 1
First of all, make sure to soak the toast in a bowl of cold water. Then, pre-heat the oven to 180°C (heat from above and beyond) and boil 6 of the 10 eggs in hot water until they are hard (approximately 7 minutes). Once the eggs are boiled, you can go ahead and peel these.

Step 2
Whilst the eggs are still boiling, you can already start and oil the inside of the baking dish to make it less sticky later on. Then, line the baking dish with the thinly sliced bacon – making sure there are no spots missed.

Step 3
In a large bowl, mix the minced meat, the onions (cut into small cubes), 4 raw eggs, the mustard, the olive oil and the toast (ripped into small pieces and squeezed out) all together with your hands. Make sure to add a good amount of salt and pepper – and, if you like it spicy, feel free to add chilli flakes.

Step 4
Now you can add around ⅔ of the mixture into the baking dish (laid out with bacon), add the six boiled eggs into it carefully, and then finish off by covering these with the rest of the mixture. Make sure the meat mixture is rather tight in the dish, so that you avoid it breaking later on. Now you can place it into the pre-heated oven and bake it for around 75 minutes. Once it is fully baked, give it around 15 minutes to cool down before turning it over and taking out the meat loaf – ready to serve!

Apple Pie – An easy go-to recipe perfect for an autumn family visit

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the perfect golden apple pie

What a wonderful weekend we had! Samuel and I visited his dad in his hometown and had the most wonderful dinner! I was requested to bring a little cake for the afternoon coffee and as we all know; I love baking! The only the I didn’t enjoy when I received the news that I would baking, was the fact that it was late in the evening and I had to bake the cake and be prepared the next morning. Great. So I searched the internet (Pinterest, to be real) and looked for recipes that had simple ingredients and meant I had to do no grocery shopping (if not really necessary). I also wanted something not too big, as we were only 4 in the afternoon and baking a huge cake would have made no sense.

The above picture is the cake before baking it. I will link the recipe here. Do note though, that the dough was way more than I needed. I was debating to use the rest of the dough for making a grid on top of the apples, though then decided against it – I wanted more apples and less dough. Also, I used like 3 times the amount of cinnamon because well, I L O V E cinnamon! One last change: I used margarine (non diary butter) as I cannot eat diary. The rest is more or less the same as the recipe from Pinterest :)

For all those that want the English recipe, continue reading.

For the dough, you will need:
– 250g all purpose flour
– 5 tablespoons sugar (I used brown sugar)
– 150g cold butter (or diary free)
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 3 ½ teaspoons cold tap water (or cold water in general)

Make sure to mix everything up with your hand until you have a perfect dough that is not too soft. Then place it into the fridge, and wait for at least 30 minutes.
During the waiting time, you can cut the apples (I used 5 medium sized sweet tasing apples, peeled) into thin slices (or cubes, depending on how you want to fill your apple pie). Mix the apple pieces in a large bowl together with 80g of brown sugar and 2 (or more..) teaspoons of cinnamon.

Once the dough is cold enough, roll it out on a table. Make sure to use enough flour so it doesn’t stick to anything. You want the dough roughly 0.5-1cm thick at max. Once rolled out, place it gently into the form you are using. Personally, I used coconut oil to in the pan beforehand to make it non-sticky after baking. Once the dough is laid out, I added the apple slices in a pattern I thought looked best for this rectangular form.

The cake will need to bake at 180°C for 30 minutes. If you want it a little sweeter, add some more brown sugar on top before placing it into the oven. E voila! Your cake is ready to be served. It tastes best when serving it a little warm, perhaps with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cream in general.

I hope you will enjoy the recipe if you do it, too, and make sure to let me know and tag me on your photos (instagram, for example) so I can share it with the rest of the community and be inspired myself!

Baking for the voluntary fire brigade

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Happy Saturday! What a week! There was so much going on I barely had time to work on my personal projects, nor update you guys. The week was full of business and business events after I returned from Malta and only today was a little more relaxed – even though I ended up running errands up until now, too. Today the Voluntary Fire Brigade here in Opfikon opened their doors for everyone to see their machinery, their trucks and cars and to see what they work on and how they go about saving lives and, well, houses. It really is interesting to see, and, I even got to fight a fire myself!

playing with our dog, Luna

As my boyfriend is part of the voluntary fire fighters, I told them I would be more than happy to help in any way I can. And, since I love baking, that is exactly what I did. Not gluten free, not diary free – nope, full on fatty and delicious haha. :) Unfortunately I am not allowed to eat the cake due to the amounts of cream in it but I did try a little bite, and, must admit it is GOOD! It was a chocolate cake with a chocolate cream filling! If anyone is interested in the recipe – do let me know and I am happy to share it! Also, I am quite proud of how it turned out! What do you guys think?

I added the official symbol of the voluntary fire brigade of Opfikon onto the cake! (and added a little fire on the bottom, hehe)

Now I’m off again to the fire brigade with the dogs to pick up my love and then decide whether we will cook at home tonight, go out for dinner or meet my parents for dinner out! So many choices!