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Yuzo Gugelhupf -where east meets west

Today I publish a guest post from Coco:

inspired by the amazing offer in our local fruit and vegetables store I came up with the Idea off creating a citrus Gugelhupf. – not an simple lemon cake but rather more exotic Yuzu flavored one. 

Lemon Gugelhupf 

Yuzu is mainly cultivated in Japan, but also available in New Zealand. Its incredible fragrant and therefore perfect for baking.

fresh organic yogurt and a mixture of coconut sugar and white sugar and Yuzu liqueur and fresh Tahitian  vanilla pods brings out the sweet tangy flavor. 

East meets west. Baked in an hand pottered clay Gugelhupf baking dish I bought in France several years ago for to bake the traditional Gugelhupf.  The Clay allows the heat to penetrate the cake more than any other material and as an result you get an nice crust with an incredible juicy inside. All the flavor  will stay preserved inside for an ultimate citrus experiment. Enjoy.

 

Yuzo Gugelhupf -where east meets west
Ingredients
  • 200g Butter
  • 125g Sugar
  • 125g coconut sugar
  • some fresh Vanilla
  • 3 tsp Yuzo zest
  • 1 tblsp Yuzo juice
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 250g yogurt,
  • 350g all purpose flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp yuzo liquor
  • Some Yuzo juice and icing sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175C , 340F
  2. Cream butter and sugar
  3. Add Yuzo zest, Yuzo juice, liquor and Vanilla and beat more to get a creamy mixture
  4. Add the egg yolks to the cream one after each other. Mix well between before adding the next.
  5. Mix flour with baking powder and add with yogurt to the cream. Add in little junks, alternating flour and yogurt.
  6. Beat egg white with a little bit of salt.
  7. Softly add ⅓ of the egg white to the doug and combine. Add the rest and carefully mix until it is slightly combined.
  8. Spoon into the baking dish and bake for 60 minutes.
  9. Once baked, remove cake from baking dish while hot and use a thin but long wooden stick, like a tooth pick, and prick into the cake.
  10. Drop the juice over the cake so it runs into the little holes.
  11. Dust with icing sugar

 

Classic German Chocolate Cream Gateau

Classic Chocolate Gateau 

Back in the 80-ties an aunty made cakes – big cakes and she made a chocolate gateau as well. A simple chocolate sponge with a chocolate cream. This cake is typical German, not too rich on ingredients, simple to make and just chocolate. 

This cake is inspired by these kind of simple gateau’s I know from the 80-ties, just yummy and I made it in the morning, ready for tea time in the afternoon.

Here some tips for making this cake.

  • If you have time, prepare the sponge, the short pastry layer and the cream the day before you build the cake together.
  • For decoration you can use any chocolate pieces or any other kind of decoration. I kept it simple and just dresses some cream roses on each piece.
  • You can add some flavor to the syrup like some coffee or some alcohol, Irish liquor or rum fit well.
Classic Chocolate Gateau

Sponge cake as it came out of the oven. 

Classic Chocolate Gateau

The shortbread layer before baking.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

the sponge cut in 3 layers.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

The cake with the bottom shortbread layer, the jam and the first sponge layer.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

the cake with the second sponge layer.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

The layers of the cake. If you make more cream you can make the cream layers thicker.

Classic Chocolate Gateau

The cake cut open to show the layers.

 

Classic German Chocolate Cream Gateau

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This is a traditional chocolate cake as you can find it nearly at any party, at least in the 80ties this was the case. It is simple and easy to make and has a nice chocolate flavour.
Ingredients
For the Sponge:
  • 8 medium free range eggs
  • 200 g sugar
  • some vanilla extract
  • 130 g flour, best high grade, but all purpose flour is fine as well
  • 130 g cornstarch
  • 20 g baking powder
  • 40 g cacao powder
For the Cream
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 200 g milk chocolate
  • 800 g cream
For the Sugar Syrup
  • 50 g sugar
  • 50 g water
For the short bread layer
  • 100 g flour
  • 50 g butter
  • 25 g sugar
Others:
  • Some jam, apricot, cherry or the flavor you like.
  • Some chocolate for decoration or any other decoration you like.
Instructions
For the Sponge:
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C / 350 F, top and bottom heat.
  2. Separate the eggs and beat the whites until they are stiff.
  3. Beat the yolks with the sugar and vanilla for 5-8 minutes until it is a thick creamy mass.
  4. In a separate bowl sift the flour, starch, cacao and baking powder.
  5. Add the egg white to the yolk and mix carefully. Add the flour mixture and incorporate slightly, so it is just mixed. Be careful, do not over mix. I always do this by hand not with the machine.
  6. Use a 26cm pan with baking paper and fill in the dough. bake for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Let rest in the pan for 20 minutes before taking out and let cool down on a rack.
  8. If you prepare a day before, wrap in cling wrap once cooled down.
For the short bread
  1. Mix the ingredients until smooth, best with your hand.
  2. Roll out to a 26cm circle.
  3. bake at 175 degree for about 10 minutes until the edges turn slightly brown.
  4. You can prepare this while the sponge is baking and then bake after the sponge is ready.
For the cream:
  1. Bring the cream to a boil.
  2. Put the chocolate in small pieces in a bowl and pour the hot cream over it.
  3. I use a hand blender to ensure the chocolate melts properly and is mixed well.
  4. Cover with some wrap and let cool down. Place in the fridge for minimum 6 hours, best over night.
For the Syrup:
  1. Place water and sugar in a sauce pan and let boil for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Set aside and let cool down.
Build the cake together.
  1. Cut the sponge cake twice so you have 3 equal thick layers.
  2. Beat the chocolate cream in a mixer until it becomes nice creamy and thick. Do not over mix. Put some cream aside for decoration.
  3. Place the shortbread on a cake board and spread the jam on top of it.
  4. Soak the top layer of the sponge from both sides with ⅓ of the syrup. Place with the cut side on the jam.
  5. spread ⅓ of the cream on top of the cake and place the next sponge layer on top of it.
  6. Soak this layer with syrup and repeat with the cream and the top layer.
  7. Take care the layers are centered over each other, or use a cake from to place them over each other.
  8. Spread the rest of the cream over the cake, beginning with the sides.
  9. Place the cake in the fridge and let it cool.
  10. Now you can decorate your cake.
  11. I use a thread to mark 16 pieces on top of the cake, that helps with the decoration.
  12. Let the cake rest in the fridge at least 2 hours before serving.

 

Tiramisu Sponge cake roll

For our Easter tea with friends I made this sponge cake roll. Nothing traditional for Easter but easy to make and a great taste. 

Tiramisu Roll

This roll has 3 components:

The sponge cake, an simple biscuit  cake, rolled up when it comes out of the oven. 

The sponge is soaked with some coffee.

The filling is a mascapone cream with almond flavor.

You can use alcohol like Amaretto or a nut liquor, but as we had some children coming for tea, I made it without alcohol and with decaf coffee.

 The highlight for children were the Amarettini cookies (amaretti biscuits). I got them from the Italian Supermarket.

 Tiramisu Roll 

The cake is baked on a 36×28 cm silicon baking tray. After it comes out of the oven I turned it over on a towel dusted with sugar and rolled up in the towel while hot. You need to let it cool down in the towel and then just before filling unroll it.

Tiramisu Roll

Tiramisu Sponge cake roll

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This Tiramisu Roll is easy to make and tasty. Tiramisu is an Italian dish, but cake rolls like this one are classic German. They are also common everywhere else I think.
Ingredients
Sponge cake:
  • 6 eggs
  • 170g all purpose flour
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 50g amaretti cookies, crunched in small pieces
soaking:
  • 4 tbsp cold coffee
  • 1 tsp almond essence or 2 tbsp liquor
Cream:
  • 400 g Mascapone cheese
  • 400 g cream
  • Vanilla
  • 30 g sugar
  • 9 g gelatin
  • 2 tsp almond essence or 3 tbsp liquor
  • some cocoa for dusting
  • some amaretti cookies
Instructions
For the Sponge:
  1. Preheat your oven with two sided heat. Do not use convection as it will dry out your sponge.
  2. Separate the egg white and the yolk and whip the white until it forms peaks.
  3. Mix the egg yolk with the sugar and whisk until it is creamy.
  4. Add the egg white and the flour and cookie crumble to the creamy egg and slightly mix it until it is incorporated but not to much.
  5. Spread the dough on a flat baking tray, lined with some baking paper.
  6. Bake at 200C / 430 F for 10 minutes.
  7. While it is baking prepare a clean tea towel on a surface and dust some sugar on top of it.
  8. Once the cake is ready turn it over on the sugar surface and remove the baking paper.
  9. Roll up the hot cake with the towel and let it cool down.
For the Filling:
  1. Whisk the cream until it is thick and creamy.
  2. Bloom the gelatin and heat it so it slightly until it is dissolved.
  3. Whisk the Mascapone with the sugar and the vanilla until it is creamy, add the almond essence or liquor, the gelatin and the cream.
  4. Mix all until it a nice smooth cream.
Filling the roll.
  1. Unroll the cake and drizzle the coffe almond mix on the inside of the cake.
  2. Top the cream on it and spread equally. Leafe some cream over for the outside.
  3. Roll the cake to a roll using the towel and pace on a plate.
  4. spread a thin layer of cream over the roll and dust it with some cocoa powder.
  5. Fill rest of the cream in a piping bag and decorate the roll. Put some cookies as decoration on top.

 

 

 

Rhubarb cake with custard cream and crumble

Yesterday on the Saturday Market I got some fresh rhubarb and I thought to make a juicy creamy crumbled cake with it.

Rhubarb

There are so many recipes for rhubarb cakes but I want it to be like my grandmas cake. It was not so sweet, and I like the sourness of the rhubarb. But it was creamy as well with a shortbread like crust. And on the top some tasty vanilla crumbles.
Without having my grandmas recipe I had to start making my own one.

And here it is.

rhubarb cake

 

First I washed the rhubarb and cut it in small pieces, and added sugar to it so it get some juice from it. This took about 3 hours

Then I prepared short pastry but added some baking powder to it. This makes it more crisp and not so hard.

short pastry filled baking tin

While this was pre-baking for 8 minutes, I prepared a custard pudding.

I used the juice from the rhubarb and filled it up with some milk to get the right amount of liquid for my custard. Once this was cooled down I added about 100 gr of yogurt a tablespoon of butter and 2 eggs.

After the pastry cooled down a bit the custard came into the tin and the rhubarb on top.

This I topped with some Almond Vanilla crumble.

The result is very satisfying. Next time I will take some less liquid for my custard, so it is more stiff, just a little bit. The recipe below reflects this already.

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Rhubarb cake

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this is a recipe I redeveloped from mind from one of my grandmas cakes.
Ingredients
For the Fruit filling
  • about 700g fresh rhubarb
  • 50 g sugar
for the short pastry
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 60 g sugar
  • 120 g unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • salt
for the custard
  • all juice from the rhubarb
  • milk to fill up to 400g in total liquid
  • 35 g custard powder or one package vanilla pudding
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g yogurt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
for the crumble
  • 150g plain flour
  • 60 gr ground almonds
  • 2 tsp ground vanilla or 2 vanilla beans
  • 125g butter
  • 100 g sugar
Instructions
Prepare the rhubarb
  1. wash the rhubarb and cut the green top and the white bottom off.
  2. cut in small pieces about ½ cm thick
  3. add sugar and mix well
  4. let rest for some time, about 2-3 hours
Prepare the crust
  1. mix all ingredients in a mixer to a smooth dough.
  2. take a 26cm (10 inch) baking tin and outlay with baking paper
  3. take ⅔ of the dough for the bottom
  4. form a long roll out of the ⅓ of the dough and form the side of the cake out of it.
  5. take a fork and prick the bottom several times
  6. Bake at 175C (347F) for 8-10 minutes. The dough shout rise a bit but should not puff.
For the filling
  1. take all of the rhubarb jiuce and fill up to 400g with milk
  2. heat up 300g of the milk juice mixture
  3. mix the custard powder with the remaining milk-juice and add to the boiling milk.
  4. cook until thick and let cool down
  5. Once cooled down add the yogurt and the eggs. Add some more vanilla flavor if you like.
For the crumble.
  1. add all ingredients to a bowl and mix till combined well and crumble develop.
Now put everything together to the cake.
  1. Take the cooled down crust and add the vanilla cream.
  2. place the drained rhubarb on top
  3. spread the crumble on top of the rhubarb
  4. bake at 175C (347F) for 30 to 40 minutes till the crumble are lightly brown.

 

Pfaelzer Leberwurst – Liver Pate Palatinate style

There are many types of liver pate in Germany. Every region knows it’s own recipe. One of the most popular and most easiest to make is the Pfaelzer Leberwurst, or Palatinate style.

Liver Pate

The main ingredients are pork belly and liver. I prefer chicken liver, but usually you take pork liver as well.
The ratio between meat and liver is 4:1, but you can go up to 3:1, means 1/4 to 1/3 of the meat is liver. Or for 1 kg meat you need 250 to 300 g liver. But before you can measure this out you need to cook the pork belly.

Preparation:
Take the pork belly, and if possible use fat pork belly, and cook with carrots, leak, onions, celery  and some spices, like bay leaves, cloves, marjoram and pepper corns if you like. Do not add salt but enough water to cover the meat.

Cook until the meat falls off the bones.
Cut the skin and any bones or gristle off and place the meat in a bowl. Keep the stock you cooked the meat in, we will need it later.

Now measure the amount of meat you have and specify the amount of liver you need.
For 1kg meat you need 250 to 300 g liver.

Mince all meat and liver using a 2 or 3 mm grinder blade. This will become a very dry mixture once minced.

Now add the spices.

For 1kg mixture you need:
18 – 22g salt , depends on how you like it. Start with 18 and add if you think you need more.
4 g Marjoram
3 g pepper, ground
2 g nutmeg, ground
2 g sugar
1 g cloves, ground

Add the spices to the meat, liver mixture and add some of the stock you cooked the meat in. Take from the top to get as many fat with it as possible and strain it.

Mix well and add from your stock until it became a soft but thick mass.
Fill in glasses and place in a deep baking tray, filled with water. Preserve at 80C /180F in  your oven. For every mm of diameter of your glass it takes 1 minute. A 6cm diameter glass needs an hour.

Let cool down and place then in the fridge for at least 24 hours before tasting.

Quick Sunflower Seed Rolls

Sunflower Seeds Roll

Saturday evening I realized there is no more bread for the Sunday breakfast. My other bread will need until Sunday afternoon, so I new have to find a quick but tasty solution. After some research I found a method that sound to easy to be true and just the right thing when you are in a hurry.

In a larger bowl mix

275 gr rye flour, type 1150
115 g wheat flour T80 or high gluten flour
50 g mature sourdough
5 g yeast (or less if your sourdough is strong on yeast)
270 g water
1 tbsp honey
8 g salt
100 g sunflower seeds roasted in a pan

mix all to a soft dough but do now over knead. Cover with a plastic bag or foil and let rest over night at room temperature.
On the next morning, preheat your oven at 250C / 480F.

Transfer the dough on a floured surface and form an about 8 cm thick roll. Do not knead the dough.

Slice the roll in thumb thick slices and put them on a perforated baking tray.

Let rest for 30 minutes on a warm place.Then put in oven and fume oven with water. Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce to 220C / 430F and bake until brown, about 10-15 minutes.

Bread rolls

 

Quick Sunflower Seed Rolls

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Some simple and easy to make bread rolls.
Ingredients
  • 275 gr rye flour, type 1150
  • 115 g wheat flour T80 or high gluten flour
  • 50 g mature sourdough
  • 5 g yeast (or less if your sourdough is strong on yeast)
  • 270 g water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 8 g salt
  • 100 g sunflower seeds roasted in a pan
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients to a soft dough, but do not knead to much
  2. Let rest at room temperature over night
  3. preheat oven to 205C / 480F
  4. Form roll out of the dough and cut into thick slices
  5. Place slices on a baking tray and let them rest for 30 min.
  6. Bake at 250 C 480 F falling temperature for about 20-30 minutes.

Spreewaldgurken – Gherkins

Spreewald Gurken

In late summer it is time to look out for some gherkins. I got some at the local pick your own and picked a bucket full of them. Now they need to get preserved in jars.
This Recipe is a traditional recipe from the “Spreewald”. Spreewaelder Essiggurken are famous in Germany and much loved.

Gherkins Gherkins

This recipe uses sugar together with salt and vinegar to preserve them. The amount of sugar varies but is essential. This is a recipe with a low amount of sugar, compared to other I have.

For this Recipe you need:
About 3 kg gherkins,
Onions
500 g sugar
65 g salt (as a minimum)
1 liter vinegar (min 10% acid)
5 liter water
some spice like
Mustard seeds
All Spice
Pepper Corn
Bay leaves
you can add Gloves, Dill seeds, Coriander seeds and chili’s as well.
If you have, put some fresh dill in it as well

If you like to have them more sour, increase vinegar and reduce water by the same amount.

This makes about 10 jars – size 1 liter

Bring the liquids, sugar, salt and spices to a boil and let cool down for 1-2 hours.

Put the gherkins in the jars and add onions and bay leaves ( and dill if you get). Fill up with the spice, vinegar mixture and close the jars.

Put in preheated oven at 100 C (212 F) for 20-30 minutes.

The finished jars have to rest for at least a week or two until ready to eat.

Spreewaldgurken - Gherkins

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Spreewald Gherkins are a tradition in Germany. There are many recipes, this is a simple one from the Spreewald region south of Berlin.
Ingredients
  • About 3 kg gherkins,
  • Onions
  • 500 g sugar
  • 65 g salt
  • 1 liter vinegar (min 10% acid)
  • 5 liter water
  • some spice like
  • Mustard seeds
  • All Spice
  • Pepper Corn
  • Bay leaves
  • you can add Gloves, Dill seeds, Coriander seeds and chili’s as well.
  • If you have put some fresh dill in it as well
Instructions
  1. wash the gherkins and put in jars with onions and fresh dill (if you have)
  2. cook the water, vinegar, sugar, salt and all spices and let cool down again.
  3. Fill the jars with the liquid and close them tight.
  4. Preheat oven to 100 C (212 F) an place the cold jars in the oven for 30-45 minutes. (if the jars are warm from the filling, reduce the time to 20-30 min)

 

Classic traditional German Strawberry Cake

Fresh Strawberry Cake

We got some fresh strawberries at the pick your own and so I made this cake.

It is an easy dough, made of

75g butter
60g sugar
vanilla paste
2 eggs
salt
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder

Mix the ingredients, butter sugar and eggs first and then add the flour.
Spread the dough evenly in your tin and bake for about 15 minutes at 175 C / 347 F.

Melt some chocolate and spread on the cake.
Put the strawberries on the cake.

Now you need some “Tortenguss”. I got my one from the Dutch shop. Have a look at your local shops if you get a clear glaze.
It is made out of a mixture of gelatin, agar agar and pectin. There are different types.
You can also use 1tsp gelatin, 1 tbls of potato or tapioca starch (no corn starch) with some sugar or syrup and water / fruit juice. It will not have the same texture but will be fine as well.

Cook the glaze and put on cake while hot. Let cool down.

Serve with some freshly whipped cream.

 

Classic traditional German Strawberry Cake

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Traditional simple fruit cake. You can use any soft fresh fruit, like apricots, strawberries or canned fruits as well.
Ingredients
  • 75g butter
  • 60g sugar
  • vanilla paste
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 package "Tortenguss" - Glaze
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients, butter sugar and eggs first and then add the flour.
  2. Spread the dough evenly in your tin and bake for about 15 minutes at 175 C / 347 F.
  3. Melt some chocolate and spread on the cake.
  4. Put the strawberries on the cake.
  5. Make a glaze and put on the top.

 

Traditional Apple Strudel with stretched dough

It is autumn and we were invited to a pot luck dinner. So what to bring? As it is the season for fresh apples, I thought making a traditional apple strudel.

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In general there are two types of strudel common in Germany. In the northern region strudel is mainly made with puff pastry in the south a stretched dough is more common. This type comes originally from Austria.

As I like this Austrian version more than the puff pastry, I made this type of strudel.

For the dough mix

200g of pastry flour
125g of hand warm water
1 tbsp oil, I take a tasteless oil like rice bran
a pinch of salt

Mix it to a smooth dough and place it in a bowl. Brush the dough with some oil, cover with an other bowl and let rest at a warm place for at least 30 min.

In the meantime peel

1.5kg sour apples and cut in fine slices. Add
some lemon juice sot the apples do not turn brown and
100g sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Vanilla
80g raisins
2 tbsp rum or some rum flavor (you can skip this easily)
Mine looked like this:
Apple for Applestrudel

Next to do is to roast in a pan

150g bread crumbs
80g butter
until golden brown. Set aside to cool down.
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Finally melt 100g of butter and let cool down so it is still molten but not hot anymore.

 

Preheat your oven to 200C  (390F)

Now it’s time to prepare the dough for the strudel.
You need a large table, covered with a table cloth. Place the dough from your bowl on the flowered table cloth. The dough should have a very smooth and soft structure.

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Roll out the dough with some flour on the top. Take care that the dough does not stick to the fabric of the table cloth.
Once it is rolled out about 2 mm thick, brush the dough with some of the melted butter and let rest for 5 minutes. Cover with a cloth.

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Now the dough should be elastic enough to be stretched to a very thin film.
To stretch the dough, go with both hands under the dough and use the back of the hand to stretch it out to the sides of the table. Do this from the middle to the sides of the dough until you have a thin film of dough. When you can read a newspaper through the dough it is thin enough.

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Once you have stretched the dough cut off the thicker edges and place the bread crumbs on 1/3 of the dough.

On top the apples, but take care you do not pot the liquid on it as well. You can drain them before you do this.
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Now start to roll it all up, starting at the side where apples are placed using the table cloth to roll it up.

Fold in the sides of the dough and continue to roll the strudel until all dough is rolled up.
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Place the strudel on a baking tray with some baking paper and remove any access flour if some.
Brush the strudel with some of the butter, but not to much.

Place in the oven and bake for about 40 – 45minutes at 200C / 390F.

Once it is baked, get it out of the oven and brush with plenty of butter. Decorate with some Icing sugar and let cool down a bit until cutting in pieces.

Traditionally this dish is eaten warm with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

 

Traditional Apple Strudel with stretched dough

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This is a traditional strudel baked throughout the year, but best with fresh apples.
Ingredients
For the dough
  • 200g of pastry flour
  • 125g of hand warm water
  • 1 tbsp oil, I take a tasteless oil like rice bran
  • a pinch of salt
for the filling:
  • 1.5kg sour apples and cut in fine slices. Add
  • some lemon juice sot the apples do not turn brown and
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • 80g raisins
  • 2 tbsp rum or some rum flavor (you can skip this easily)
  • 150g bread crumbs
  • 80 gr butter
  • 100 g butter melted for brushing
Instructions
For the dough
  1. Mix it to a smooth dough and place it in a bowl. Brush the dough with some oil, cover with an other bowl and let rest at a warm place for at least 30 min.
for the Filling:
  1. Roast bread crumbs with the butter in a pan
  2. Melt the butter
  3. Peel the apples, slice them and mix with the other incredients
  4. Baking at 200C / 390F for 40-45 minutes

 

Baguette

There are a lot of different Baguette recipes out there. Most recipes take a long time with pre-dough and long resting times. A 2 day process in Baguette making is not unusual.

This is a straight Baguette dough and as such takes not as long as other Baguette methods. This Recipe I found in a Baguette making class by Jeffrey Hamelman.

 

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You need:

1kg all purpose wheat flour
20 g salt
4 g instant yeast
750 g water

and a still lot of time …. (about 5 hours, with breaks)

Mix all ingredients with a spatula, just until no dry flour is left in the bowl. Do not knead the dough. It may look a bit rough, but that is OK.
Cover the dough with a plastic bag and let rest for 30 minutes.
Fold the dough in the bowl 20 times by taking your spatula right under the dough and fold it over the top to the opposite side of the bowl. Turn the bowl a bit and continue for about 20-25 times.

Let the dough rest for another 30 minutes, cover it again with a plastic bag.

Repeat the folding and resting fife more times, so in total 6 times.
So after 3 hours your dough should be soft and stretchy. You can let it rest for a bit longer the last time. Resting the dough helps to develop flavor.

Divide the dough in 6 parts of about 300 g each.
Form a ball out of each part but do not knead the dough. Do not press the air out and
use only little bit of flour on your bench or hands, just to keep it dry.

This should then look like this:

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Let the dough rest for about 25 minutes and then start forming the baguettes by lightly pressing the ball to a flat shape and fold the upper edged to the middle and press it together. Not to much, you need the air in the dough. Turn over and fold again the upper edge over to the lower. Now your dough loos like a baguette already.

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Then use your hand and roll it to the length you would like it to have, or to the length your oven has.

Put it up side down in some baker linen, so the seam is up and let rest for 1 hour.

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Preheat your oven to 250C (480F). I nake my baguette as all my bread on a Pizza Stone. Place a dry iron casting pan below your stone (not on the bottom of your oven). Heat everything up.

Transfer the baguettes on a paper or something you can use to place them in the hot oven and score them.

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Put the Baguette in the oven on your hot stone.Once you have the Baguette in the oven put boiling water in the dish and quickly close the oven.

Bake for 16-24 minutes.

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