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Pfannkuchen, Pancakes, Müsli, Porridge und vieles mehr im Zusammenhang mit der ersten Mahlzeit des Tages.

chocolate-chip-muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins

There are so many recipes for chocolate chip muffins available right now on the internet that it is almost oversaturation and unmanageable. Everywhere you can read „the best recipe of the universe“, which is promising the easiest and tastiest chocolate chip muffins, that – on top of that – is exceptionally inventive. Apparently, there isn’t any reason to publish more recipes for chocolate chip muffins, right? I am asking this question because despite the huge range of available recipes, I tried a lot of them and the result didn’t fulfill my expectations at all. The great characteristics of muffins are, that it is possible to prepare them super fast, usually, the dough is very easy to make and there are hundreds of variations possible. Concerning all these things muffins are just unbeatable. Today’s recipe was developed after one of the attempts where I didn’t like the result. It was developed by trial and error, and all experiences I made with the recipes mentioned above were used to get the result I wanted. I will not …

Porridge with Pomegranade, Grapes and Walnuts

By now breakfast is almost my favorite meal. Especially at the weekend, there is enough time to celebrate the beginning of the day with an extensive breakfast. In my case, I love to eat my breakfast in bed, accompanied by a good book. Some time ago I detected something new: porridge. „Something new“ in this context means that I had heard of it before, but somehow never concentrated on making my own porridge. The classic variation is – as far as I know – only made with a few ingredients and is refined with some butter and/or honey. I prefer porridge with some fruit and nuts. As porridge is eaten warm, the aroma of the fruit distributes very well in the porridge and gives it a perfect flavor. Concerning the porridge itself I prefer using oats, but probably other grains (or pseudo grain) work as well. The possibilities to refine your porridge are just endless. My favorite version is the one I’m presenting today, but I also tried apple and cinnamon. Hazelnuts and almonds also …

pancakes with blueberries

American Pancakes with Hot Blueberries and Honey

American pancakes differ from the German pancake variation („Pfannkuchen“). They are smaller than their German cousins but thicker. The German ones are traditionally not eaten at breakfast but are main dish or a dessert (especially in Austria, where they are called „Palatschinken“). You can make them sweet or savory. My grandmothers prepare them with jam and sugar, with wild blueberries (a specialty from the Bavarian Forest), thin apple slices or bacon. Today’s recipe is not dedicated to these Variations, these I will post at another time. Now I will occupy myself with the smaller American ones. American pancakes for a long time were something that I only knew from movies and television series. For example from the movie „Practical Magic“, in which the commissioner prepares cactus-shaped pancakes for the kids of Sandra Bullock. Or O.C. California, where Seth always talks about doing a pancake tour through America like in „On the Road“. So it has been only a couple of years since I tried American pancakes the first time. I experimented with several recipes until …

spelt rolls

Spelt Rolls with Yoghurt

A couple of months ago I started my first attempt to bake bread. Making my own bread was always something I didn’t have enough confidence because I don’t have a bread oven and there are so many theories about using the right flour, etc. Beside that, Germany and all its bakeries provide such a huge amount of different breads, that there wasn’t any urge to bake my own bread. Someday I started to collect bread-recipes on my “Bakery”-board on Pinterest and that was the first time I started to think about baking bread. Since then I tried some different kinds of bread and bread rolls, some came out great, others I have to try again. I still have some difficulties to cope with sourdough, so I mainly rely on recipes based on yeast yet. This post deals with bread rolls I made the last time I visited my parents. They are great because the dough is prepared in the evening, rests overnight and is ready for the oven in the morning before breakfast. In other …

nectarine jam

Jam Session #3 – Nectarine Jam with Cardamom

Welcome to my Jam Session #3! This variation is the most exotic one I ever made. Usually I stick more to middle European fruits like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and currants, but this time I had to try something new as my local supermarket offered nectarines that tasted amazing and were just perfect in colour, shape and ripeness. Like always, I didn’t just cut the fruits into pieces but pureed them with a hand blender to get the desired creamy texture. In this case I added cardamom and cinnamon, but other spices like vanilla might work very well, too. Nectarine Jam with Cardamom and Cinnamon Source: own creation Ingredients 1200 g nectarines, peeled and cut into pieces 400 g preserving sugar (3:1) peel of one lemon 1 tsp grounded cardamom 1 pinch grounded cinnamon Instructions Firstly, prepare some jars, clean them precisely and sterilize with boiling water. Peel the nectarines and cut them into pieces. Put the nectarine pieces in a pan. Puree the fruits until smooth. Boil the fruit pulp, than add the sugar and …

strawberry jam

Jam Session #2 – Strawberry Jam

Welcome to my Jam Session #2! Today’s jam is – in my opinion – THE classic among jams: strawberry jam. This opinion might be caused by my father, who unconditionally only consumes strawberry jam. No matter how many different (homemade) jams are stored in my parents’ basement (my mother is also a busy jam bee), if there is no strawberry jam left, it has to be bought. You don’t need any spices for that jam, strawberries in this case are best used plain, without anything that could distract from the taste. Like I already mentioned in Jam Session #1, I always use preserving sugar 3:1, means for example 1200 g strawberries and 400 g preserving sugar. In Germany it is possible to buy preserving sugar for the relations 3:1, 2:1 and 1:1. I always prefer the first variation, because the result comes out less sweet and there is not too much sugar covering the taste of the fruits. Some years ago I first tried to puree the strawberries in order to get a smoother texture, …

Jam Session #1 – Blueberry Jam with Elderflowers

This is the first of three posts about the different jams I preserved this year. Summer is my preferred season for making jam, as at this time it is possible to use a large selection of different fruits. Of course, nowadays you can buy everything at every time of the year, but I try to use products that are produced as regionally as possible and furthermore I never experienced strawberries in the winter which actually tasted like strawberries. There is only a short period of time in which it is possible to make this variation dependent on the flowering time of the elder, but this ingredient definitely adds a very special flavor. Blueberry Jam with Elderflowers Source: own creation Ingredients 750 g blueberries (fresh or frozen ones can be used) 250 g preserving sugar 3:1 about 8 elderflower umbels, the single blossoms picked off Instructions Firstly, prepare some jars, clean them precisely and sterilize with boiling water. Put the blueberries in a pan. (If frozen blueberries are used, wait until thawed.) Puree the fruits until …