Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lemon Loaf Cake [TWD]

I didn't participate in the last two "Tuesdays with Dorie" recipes, because the Irish Soda bread just didn't appeal to me and the Pizza Rustica sounded good, but it's a savory dish and I want to keep this blog sweet. I am sure I will bake it some day. So, I was more than happy when I saw this weeks recipe, as I really like to bake with lemon.

The Lemon Loaf Cake was really good, had a great lemon taste and was moist for several days. I also added some lemon juice to the recipe, since the recipe only asked for the zest. I read later that the lemon juice would prevent the cake from rising, but I had no problems.

You can find the recipe on the websites of our weekly hosts, which are Truc of Treatsand Michelle of The Beauty of Life.

On a side-note Jen of "The Caffeinated Kitchen" rewarded me with the "Liebster Blog Award". I am very happy for that and am sending a big thank you to Jen. She also bakes along with "Tuesdays with Dorie", and you should check out her beautiful lemon cake.

The conditions for the acceptance of this award are as follows:
  1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
  2. Post the award to your blog.
  3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value. (It's a great way to get the word out there about other blogs!)
  4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have received this award.

I am gonna pass the award on to five fellow TWD bakers, which all made beautiful lemon loafs today:
  1. Peggy the Baker
  2. Cher Rockwell
  3. Soup Addict
  4. Oven Chaos
  5. My Culinary Mission
Please have a look at their blogs and give them some nice comments for their good work.

Enjoy and Guten Appetit!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

White Chocolate Coconut Cheesecakes with Passionfruit Glaze

We had beautiful Easter weather today and a lovely day spend with my family. My niece was hunting for Easter eggs outside as we had a beautiful brunch with quiche, my brioche bunnies, colored eggs, carrot muffins and much more. This was followed by a long walk in the blooming forest and a lovely advocaat-chocolate cake from my aunt in the afternoon. As this wouldn't already have been enough we then had an amazing dinner with beef tenderloin, fresh spring carrots and potato gratin. So, we are very happily stuffed right now.

I still wanted to show you these mini-cheesecakes I made two days ago. They are flavored with coconut and have a beautiful passion fruit glaze. When I look at them they just scream sunshine.

If you cannot find quark you should really try to make some yourself. It's really easy and also tastes very good. You can put it on top of baked potatoes or even spread it on your sandwich, and of course make all kinds of German cheesecakes with it. Meeta has a great and simple recipe on her blog which I used often, when I was still living in Canada.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope you found lots of chocolate eggs!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Triple Coconut Cupcakes

I have been noticing that coconut cupcakes seem to be awfully popular around Easter. I don't know why, but I guess it's probably because coconut shavings make very cute Easter egg nests. So I am going to give this idea a try.

I call this Triple Coconut Cupcakes, because they are not only coconut cupcakes with coconut buttercream, they also hold a little surprise inside. I put some Raffaellos inside each of them, those really addictive coconut confections.

You can decorate them for Easter with some jelly eggs with matching cupcake liners, or just with coconut shaving all year round. They are very rich and a real treat for coconut lovers, like my husband.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Brioche Easter Bunnies

Easter is just around the corner, so it's time to bake some Easter treats. Baking some kind of sweet yeast bread for Easter brunch is a very common tradition in Germany. Usually it comes in the form of a braid or wreath. It can be plain and enjoyed with butter and jam or filled with nuts or dried fruits.

I wanted to make some different shape this year so I made some Easter Bunnies. But you can use the same dough for making a braid or wreath as well. The dough is great to work with and tastes really good.

If you are like me you probably don't want to get up really early on Easter morning to prepare your baked goods. You don't have to. You can prepare the dough the night before and let it rest in the fridge overnight. Then you just have to shape and bake the bunnies in the morning. I made a note in the recipe, at what point you can interrupt the process.

My little bunnies were so well liked that I am gonna make at least two more batches until Easter. I hope you will like them too.

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