Apfel Wähe or “Öpfel Waie“ in Swissgerman language (from Basel) is a very traditional recipe, every family has its recipe (or better recipes) and all are excellent.
The basic dough I used to make (Crust II) is a variation of the crust recipe form posted in the “Berner Kochbuch”, this is appreciated for the smooth thin and lightly salted dough. The second one is the recipe I adopted lately and I very appreciated for its flakey consistence.
If you are in a hurry, you may but pie crust or puff pastry instead; my family always say that all kind of homemade dough are better! Now I’m used to prepare the dough (even without measuring the ingredientsJ ) myself and in a few minutes the crust is ready. I’m very happy when somebody, usually my husband, helps me in peeling and slicing the apples. In this way this wonderful dessert is ready to be placed in the oven in only about 15 minutes! J Teamwork is always the best! J
Many people use cream instead milk for the filling, I know! I sincerely prefer it with milk not only because it is lighter, but also for the taste.
It’s very easy to prepare a chocolate mousse, but it is also super easy to prepare this decadent, rich, chocolatey fudgy version. The orange totally complements the chocolate, and the whiskey is just a slight nuance that you almost can’t put your finger on. YUMMY!!!
Try this you will not regret it! ….I need to make this again, it was too delicious!
Za’atar is a spices blend use in a lot of countries in the Middle East but probably originated in Egypt . Try this recipe with others Middle Eastern dishes.
This soft and rustic breakfast cake has been my breakfast for many years, but it is perfect for your morning break as well.
The ingredients are very basic, these are the ingredients that my mother has always on hand, but you can add other ingredients as grated orange zest (or chopped candied orange), raisings or even make a marbled cake adding some chocolate powder to part of the batter and mixing it lightly after pouring it into the mold.
My mother adds some maraschino to give the special flavor to it, but you can also add one tablespoon amaretto instead.
My children used to spread some margarine and sugar over the slices and Yum… This is a souvenir in honor of my mother!
Eggs are symbol of New Year, the coming spring and fertility!
The procedure to prepare these eggs is quite simple: hard boiled eggs are lightly crushed and placed again to boil in a colored solution. The color will infuse the eggs surface were by the cracks; that’s it!
You can prepare this with food coloring or follow these two traditional Asian recipes.
Both recipe are delicious, as the spices and tea are used for this procedure! Impress your friends with this!
A cheap and quick homemade mixture for a fast and delicious spiced black tea which is very convenient to keep on hand for when that chai craving hits you..
I got this spice mix recipe in Jodhpur (India) and now I use this mix in my office as ready mix (with non-dairy creamer), where we get hot water, but we don’t have the possibility to cook. This mixture is perfect if you wish hot or iced chai as well.
At home I prefer to boil (5 minutes!) the tea with the spices add some fresh milk and sugar.
For this recipe the quality of the ingredients and the spices is relevant, if possible grind your own yourself!
Mix all the spices and store in tightly closed jars, this will be your base for both methods.
When Santa (Athina was my very generous Santa this year) brings you such adorable coffee mugs and you wish to keep the Christmas spirits in your house, then you know: it’s time to prepare a festive coffee, stop the time machine and keep the magic atmosphere around you.
An easy way to prepare a spiced- infused coffee is add the spices in-between to layer of coffee powder, then brew you coffee slowly.
I used my old coffee machine, but you can use what you find more convenient for you. As sweetener I love brown sugar and milk or cream may be an option for those who are used to this.
This method is quite simple and at once your coffee will fill your house with Christmas spirit. Feel free to try with different spices and flavors! Variations: use all spice, nutmeg, anise, mace, powdered chocolate, cloves….
If you use simple filter papers you can also mix all the ingredients and brew the coffee.
This season mix adds authentic flavor to Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes.
Use for tacos, ground beef, potatoes or BBQ chicken. You can add it to salad dressing too!
Prepare this ahead to have this on hand in my cabinet and prepare some more for gifts!
This is a real festive comforting coffee, perfect for Christmas days or simply to enjoy in front of the chimney while outside its cold and snowy. The inspiration or better the original recipe is called Almond Chocolate Coffee recipe; here Vicki suggests to use dark “creme de cacao” and as I did not have this ingredient I decided to make my own melting dark chocolate with brandy in the microwave. The result was fantastic so I decided to keep this version for the next ones!
This year we served this traditional Greek cake or bread at midnight on New Year’s Eve. This cake to celebrate the life of Saint Basil.and for this reason it is called “Vasilopita”.
I saw many recipes in the web depending on the region and almost every family has its own recipe.
For this occasion I decided to adopt Eugenia’s Vasilopita recipe posted in her wonderful blog. I wondered that this recipe didn’t include eggs!
According the tradition a coin (clean and fatted) is incorporated into the dough.
After cooking the cake is sliced and the person who receives the coin is considered to be especially blessed for the year.
This year I prepared this cake while I was preparing the dinner, I really did not have a lot of time, so I scaled down the original recipe and placed all the ingredients in the food processor and worked this at high speed for about 10 minutes, after spreading the cake in the mold I added a small plastic “Saint Basil” puppet in it. In the procedure I will give you also the traditional way to prepare this.
The cake came out wonderful, smooth and really melted in the mouth.
A happy new year to all of you!
About this tradition:
Coin or bean or something else should be cleaned and greased before adding them to the dough.