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!

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!

Linzertorte – Daddy’s Birthday Cake Recipe

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Happy belated Birthday via this blog, dad!

Last week was my dads birthday. Since seemingly forever, one of his all-time favorite cakes is the so-called Linzertorte. My mom used to bake it for him every year at least once for his birthday; sometimes just in-between during the winter season. It’s also a traditional Christmas season cake in Germany. This year my dad was in Zurich for his birthday – mom joined, too. Because they arrived the night before his birthday, I decided to bake the cake a day before and surprised him in the morning with it and a lit candle.

Even though I am not the biggest fan of the cake, I must say it did go pretty well. The only thing I would note down for next time – the jam: it was too sweet for my taste. It really is important to find a good jam too add to the layer – or, make one yourself. Perhaps something I can do the next time around. For now, however, I wanted to share the recipe with you.

What you need

250 g soft butter / I used plant-based margarine
200 g brown sugar
2 medium-sized eggs
1 egg yolk
200 g grounded almonds
200 g flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
knife tip of clove powder
250 g of your favorite jam (I used raspberry – the traditional receipe idea)
more flour
coconut oil 

What to do

1) In a large bowl, mix the butter with the eggs and sugar until nice and soft
2) add in the almonds, 200g of flour, cinnamon and clove powder – keep mixing
3) heat up the oven to 180°C 
4) spread coconut oil (best to use a cooking paintbrush) all over the baking tin (diameter around 26 cm)
5) add ⅔ of the dough into the tin, spread it equally and add jam on top of it (leave 2 cm free towards the edge)
6) add in more flour to the ⅓ of dough – so much, until you have a thicker cookie-dough like mixture
7) spread this dough onto transparent film, roughly 0.5 cm high – and place it min. 45min into the fridge
8) once fully cooled down, take out the dough and cut it into long strips, around 1cm wide
9) you’re ready to now place them onto the jam in any weaving-style you want
10) once done, whisk up the egg yolk and brush it onto the dough (this prevents the cake from burning and turning too dark)
11) now off into the oven – 40 min straight baking

E voila – there you have it! You’re (perhaps) first Linzertorte! Actually easier than it looks on the photo, I swear!

Note: I was inspired by the German-written recipe on the Betty Bossi website (though slimmed-down the recipe slightly) – though feel free to check out this one, too!

Guilt-free desserts

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There is something so sweet about it. Something that warms up your soul and satisfies every cell of your body. Yes, I am talking about chocolate. Recently, I have become obsessed with the taste of chocolate and the feeling of satisfaction it leaves you with. Of course, next to snacking on the unhealthier version from time to time (normal chocolate, or worse, M&Ms), I try reaching for the rather guilt-free and healthy version whenever possible. On Saturday I had a friend over for dinner (salad) and made him this tasty guilt-free chocolate mousse for dessert. He wouldn’t believe me when I told him it was mainly avocado and bananas he was eating right then and there. I’ve shared the recipe before, so I will link it again here for you. The salad was absolutely amazing as well – I paired it with some avocado, egg, chicken, and mango; which really gave it that last fresh kick it needed. Especially now that summer is coming (slowly but surely I hope!) I love mixing in fresh fruit and especially berries into my meals. It’s just so satisfying and refreshing. Tomorrow I will have another friend over for dinner before we head out for some drinks and then come back in (a sleep-over; yay!). I will most likely make that chocolate mousse again because 1) I love it and 2) she is the biggest chocolate lover I have ever met in my life (typical Swiss hehe). So it will be interesting to see whether she enjoys the healthy version or whether she needs the real chocolate one to satisfy her cravings. I am still unsure what to make for dinner as such – and am thinking of going for a salad again – but do you have any ideas? I’ve become quite boring with my food choices lately. :)