Elisen Lebkuchen Authentic German Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Elisen Lebkuchen Authentic German Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Elisen Lebkuchen Authentic German Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
Elisen Lebkuchen Authentic German Cookies

These Elisen lebkuchen are the ultimate Christmas cookie.  They are flourless and butter less but have a wonderful chewy texture are chocked-full of nuts, candied lemon peel, spices, rum extract, and a hint of lemon.  This Christmas cookie is one of my all time favorites, and once you tried it I believe it will be one of your favorites too.  If you like spiced cookies with a chew this is right up your alley. Read more

Morello Cherry Recipe Vanilla Custard Cream Cake With Sour Cherries And Almonds

Morello Cherry Recipe Vanilla Custard Cream Cake With Sour Cherries And Almonds

Do you have a jar of sour cherries?  Well this is THE recipe to use them with.  This morello cherry recipe is the ultimate cherry cake recipe.  It has vanilla cream and a tender yeast dough that goes beautifully with the cherries and cream filling.  The dough is ultra tender thanks to the addition of cheese.  I can’t think of a more perfect combination than cherries and vanilla topped with almonds can you? Like cherry and vanilla ice cream this recipe was made in heaven. Read more

Stollen Recipe With Cheese Authentic German Quarkstollen Rezept

Stollen Recipe With Cheese Authentic German Quarkstollen Rezept

Stollen Recipe With Cheese Authentic German Quarkstollen Rezept
Stollen Recipe With Cheese Authentic German Quarkstollen Rezept

This stollen recipe is an authentic German recipe passed down from my grandmother.  It is called quarkstollen in Germany.  It’s moist and very shelf stable (it does not dry out like a yeast stollen at all).  This recipe features quark, a German farmers cheese.  You can make quark or use substitutes such as cream cheese, ricotta, mascarpone, or crème fraiche.  You can also blend cream cheese and ricotta.  Another benefit of this recipe is that it is fast to make since you use baking powder instead of yeast.  My family always preferred this version for it’s moistness and simplicity to make, a plus when it gets eaten up too quickly like it does in our house! Read more

Zimtsterne German Christmas Cookies Cinnamon Stars Or Zimtberge

Zimtsterne German Christmas Cookies Cinnamon Stars Or Zimtberge

Zimtsterne German Christmas Cookies Cinnamon Stars Or Zimtberge
Zimtsterne German Christmas Cookies Cinnamon Stars Or Zimtberge

Zimtsterne, also known as Cinnamon Stars are one of my beloved Christmas cookies.  But it’s not just loved by me, zimtsterne are also one of the most popular of all German Christmas cookies.  Once you’ve tried them you’ll know why.  They are a cross between a macaroon and a meringue but with more flavor.  Cinnamon and nuts are a perfect, heaven made, combination.  Zimtsterne are the perfect cookies for Christmas time with their warm cinnamon flavor and nutty chew.  Plus these cookies keep well for about 2 weeks in a airtight container, but I guarantee they won’t be sitting around long. Read more

Strawberry Torte Erdbeertorte Recipe

 Strawberry Torte Erdbeertorte Recipe

Strawberry Torte Erdbeertorte Recipe
Strawberry Torte Erdbeertorte Recipe
It’s summertime and what better desert to make during strawberry season than an elegant strawberry torte recipe also known as erdbeertorte rezept in German.  Shortbread, pudding, and strawberries what’s not to love with this strawberry tart recipe.  With a shortbread crust that stays slightly crisp and smooth, creamy vanilla custard topped with fresh strawberries everyone will love this classic dessert.  It’s not as heavy as a cake and perfect for warmer summer weather.  The strawberries in this recipe are bare and that is how I prefer them since the flavor really shines through.  You could glaze them if you wanted to, but it will keep well in the fridge for several days without a glaze.

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Kasekuchen German Quark Cheesecake Recipe

Kasekuchen German Quark Cheesecake Recipe

Kasekuchen German Quark Cheesecake Recipe
Kasekuchen German Quark Cheesecake Recipe

This Kasekuchen or German quark cheesecake recipe is distinctly different from American cheesecakes for several reasons.  Quark, a German farmers cheese, is used instead of cream cheese.  It has a milder less bitter flavor.  German cheesecakes tend to be slightly less sweet, probably due to quark being a milder cheese.  You can make your own quark at home.  I have a recipe for it and it is easier to make than you might think.  Read more

Orange Blossom Cocktail Martini

Orange Blossom Cocktail

Orange Blossom Cocktail
Orange Blossom Cocktail

This cocktail is nothing like the orange blossom invented at the old Waldorf.  This orange blossom cocktail is sweeter and fruitier.  It also has actual orange blossom water and it not just named as such.  Orange blossom water is a popular ingredient  in North African as well as in Middle Eastern cooking.  In Arab variants of baklava orange blossom water is used for flavor.  This floral water has traditionally also been used as aromatizer in many  traditional dessert dishes, such as the pompe A l’huile a Provencal Christmas dessert, in Spain for the King Cake, or the Samsa in Tunisia.  It is also added to coffee in Morocco. Read more