Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Daring Bakers’ December, 2014 Challenge: Dutch sweet bread (Ontbijtkoek)



For the month of December, Andrea from 4pure took us on a trip to the Netherlands. She challenged us to take our taste buds on a joyride through the land of sugar and spice by baking three different types of Dutch sweet bread.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Sourdough Stollen for the Sourdough Surprises



The Sourdough Surprises challenged us to bake a German stollen, a special bread-like cake that is often made around Christmas time with candied and dried fruit, nuts and spices and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Well, I do not know about this having its roots in Germany, as this seems pretty similar to a typical Slovak sweet bread baked around Christmas as well but well, ok :) 

I love baking with my sourdough starter, so why not to try it? Well, maybe the reason for not trying might have been that as soon as I started measuring ingredients for this, my scale did broke. I do not like using "cups" unit for sourdough recipes but what could I do?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Banana-Coconut Bread


Yet another great recipe by Nigella Lawson. And once again it is super easy to make. I think that the simplicity of the Nigella's recipes combined such a tasty results is what draws me to her :) For example, in this case, the bread is very moist and the longer you let it sit, the better it gets. I do not want to exaggerate but I think this is the best cake dough  I have ever eaten. Just look at the ingredients list: banana, coconut, butter - all my favourites.

Nigella use the dried cherries which I didn't have the second time I baked this, thus I replaced cherries by dried apricots. And I have to say, it tasted better, The apricots combined with coconut make really interesting and exotic combination.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gingerbread Muffins with Surprise



As Christmas is here again I decided to experiment a little bit and make a Christmas variation of the basic recipe for muffins. i have to say even I was surprised how yummy these gingerbread muffins are.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Zebra Cake


I have recently found my old notebook in which I began to collect recipes when I was 15. Going through it, I have found this I would say a "Slovak classic". If you like a coconut-chocolate combo, which is so so so very sweet, then you should really try this.