Hello there. Long time no see! I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! It’s cruel, how time flies… I was busy with an internship, my thesis (126 pages: O), (dreadful) interviews and my last papers and seminars at uni. Sadly, I cannot promise to be better from now on, because I am still in the middle of graduating. But, I’ll try. Hard.
This post will fill you in on what I have done baking-wise, which was not a lot. At all. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it.
Sometime in September, I made some vegan recipes to challenge myself and, because I tried to be vegan for a month. Baking vegan is actually not too complicated since there are easy substitutes for almost everything. Being vegan however, was just exhausting. I spent hours reading the small prints on packages (the amount of products containing lactose is just too damn high) and if you don’t like to eat processed foods with enormous amounts of palm fat in it, you really have to spend a lot of time preparing food (with all the graduating stress going on, this is something I’d like to avoid).
So, this was the first vegan pie I made. It is “raw” (whatever that means exactly). If you like pumpkin pies, this is definitely worth trying. If you ignore the sugar in it, you could almost say it is healthy. I have no idea, why the whipped coconut cream looks curdly, though. Please tell me if you know why!
The second vegan bake was a chocolate, peanut and pretzel pie. I liked this one very much because of its sweet and salty contrast. It is quite heavy…healthy for the soul.
Two of my friends graduated, so they each got a graduation cupcake. These are raspberry filled white chocolate cupcakes with coconut and a tiny fondant mortarboard. Isn’t it adorable? :)
Congratulations you two!
Birthday Sacher Torte
Sacher Torte can be both dreadful and very delicious. When I was in Vienna, I ate a very dry and tasteless slice at the Sacher Hotel. Maybe the baker had a bad day, because I loved this one (Recipe: Sacher Torte). Even though the glaze did not work at all (I think the original glaze is made with syrup and chocolate) and I had to substitute it with pure chocolate, I really like the recipe. The cake was moist and light and chocolaty.
Delayed Birthday Cake
This birthday cake was given to the birthday-boy after guilt-tripping me into baking one, nine months after his actual birthday. Even though it looks quite nice, I was really unimpressed with the recipe and therefore will not share it. But I promise to keep on searching for the perfect banana, chocolate, cream cake!
Very Sexy Swedish Buns
Oh Jamie, you have never disappointed me! There is no one I trust more when it comes to recipes. I made those buns, just for fun and they turned out perfectly.
The blueberries and cardamom, the very rich dough… I am telling you, bake them. Do it! Now! But please wear gloves… my hands looked terrible afterwards.
PS: eat them when they are warm. hmmmm.
Jamie Oliver’s recipe, again. This bread is fluffy, tastes just a little bit like beer, and is super easy to make. You just need to substitute the water from the basic bread recipe with beer. Next time I will add some caramelized onions to the dough. I think the result will be perfection!