[December 1st] A little Cookie House

Let’s get it starteeeeeeed!

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Welcome on board – this is where the zebratastic Advent Calendar will take place.

I hope you’re ready?! Okay… let’s open the first door:

 

A snowy little house made of cookies and other sweets!

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There are no signs of snow outside that means we have to move our Winter Wonder Land indoors so we can dream of long walks in the freshly fallen snow and all the shiny ice crystals falling from the sky.

I guess we should hurry up – we have loads to do today!

Cookie House

makes 1 house

  • 250g flour
  • 75g very finely grated hazelnuts
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 125g butter
  • 15 blue hard candies (without fillings)
  • 1 egg white
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • Shredded coconut
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Marshmallows
  • Raffaelo
  • Fondant or marzipan
  • Powdered sugar

Mix flour, hazelnuts, sugar, salt & vanilla sugar. Add egg and butter and knead until a smooth dough forms. Wrap in foil and refigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Unwrap the hard candy and grind it until you have a fine powder. Set aside.

Roll out the dough on a well floured surface, then use this template (Kekshäuschen Schnittmuster) to cut out all the parts. Carefully transfer them to a baking tray lined with waxpaper. Now you can cut out windows depending on how many you want to have. Then put a littlle of the powdered candy into the window holes. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Check after about 5 minutes if you need to add a little more candy to fill some little holes.

Repeat this process until you have all the parts & let all the cookies cool completely.

Beat the egg whites untill they’re stiff, then add the powdered sugar to make the icing. Put the icing in a piping bag and cut off a little tip. Start with the outer walls and let them dry for a couple of minutes after you glued them together. While you’re waiting mix a little icing with a bit of water to thin it. Brush it on the roof parts, sprinkle them with shredded coconut and let it dry.

Once those parts are dry you can glue them on top of the walls. Please notice that you have to be a bit patient here because it takes a while for the icing to set and hold the roof. Then you can assemble the chimney and put it on the roof.

Carefully cut the pretzel sticks in half and put them on the windows as frames. You can also add a little icing beneath the windows as snowbanks. Use scissors to cut the edges of a marshmallow, gently pull it in the shape of a cloud and slightly brown it with a bunsen burner for the kitchen. Put on top of the chimney.

If you still have some patience left you can build fences out of pretzel sticks and use little balls of fondant to make them stand around the house. Or how about building a snowman out of Raffaelos?

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The decoration is all up to you and your fantasy! So get creative!

Once you built the house you can put an electric light in there and it will look like a cozy fire burning in the fireplace.

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How would you decorate your cookie house? Don’t you think it would be fun to make one?

 

Enjoy the recipe & HAPPY BAKING!

xo Kristin

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Homemade Pasta with Roasted Peppers

Hello my sweethearts!

There are two kinds of food I could never live without:

1. Coffee

2. Pasta

A morning without coffee wouldn’t only be pure torture but also impossible. And it’s similar with pasta – just that I don’t have it for breakfast (well, officially 😀 ).

Most of the time when I’m cooking pasta at home I use the storebought kind. It’s quick and easy. But I think it’s about time to show you an easy way to make pasta from scratch. Give it a try and you will be rewarded with absolutely fabulous taste!

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And since the pasta itself tastes a lot more intense you don’t even need a fancy sauce – some roasted peppers with honey and herbs are totally enough…

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Pasta with Roasted Peppers

for 2-3 persons

  • 200g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp oliveoil
  • 1pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp lukewarm water
  • 2 peppers (red & yellow)
  • 2 tbsp oliveoil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • salt & pepper
  • herbs

Mix flour and salt in a medium sized bowl. Make a little well, add the eggs, oliveoil and water. Mix roughly with an fork, then use your hand to knead the dough until everything’s combined. You might have to add a little more water or flour depending on the consistency of the dough – it’s ready when it doesn’t stick to your hands anymore. Wrap it in cling wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 30-60 minutes.

Wash and dice the peppers. Put them into an heatproof dish and mix them with oliveoil, honey, salt & pepper and herbs to your taste. Let it rest until the dough is ready. Preheat your oven to 390°F.

Once the dough is ready you can put the peppers into the oven and let them roast for 25-30 minutes. Bring a big pot with salted water to a boil. In that time divide the dough into 3 portions and roll it out on a lightly floured countertop. It should be as thin as possible and you should be able to see the colour of the countertop shimmering through. Dust the dough with flour and use a knife or pizza cutter to make thin strips of pasta. Put it immediately in the boiling water (only small bits at a time) and cook until the pasta floats to the top (1-2 minutes). Remove the pasta from the water, keep it warm in a covered bowl and repeat the process until all the dough is used up.

Mix the cooked pasta and the roasted peppers in a big bowl and serve!

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This is heaven for a pasta lover like me! And it’s also perfect when you’re in search of a yummy, meatfree dish.

 

Have a great weekend & HAPPY COOKING!

xo Kristin

#quickmonday | Plum Pancakes

Yippieeeee! Finally no more babyfood for me!

I got my wisdom teeth removed last friday and since then my food choices were limited to mush, soup and really soft rolls. But it’s finally getting better! My cheeks are almost back to normal and the rainbow of colours is slowly disappearing from my face.

But still, today’s #quickmonday recipe is very easy to chew – I’m sure you understand 😉

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Plum Pancakes with Cinnamon Caramel Topping

males 10-15 pancakes

  • 100g plum
  • 1 egg
  • 50g yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 50g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • butter
  • 75g sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp caramel sauce

 

Wash, pit and finely dice the plums. Beat egg until white and creamy, add yoghurt, sugar and oil. Mix flour, baking powder and salt and fold into egg mix. Add plum pieces.

Melt a little bit of butter in a pan and heat on medium-low heat. Scoop teaspoons of batter onto the hot surface and cook from both sides until golden brown.

For the topping mix sour cream, cinnamon and powdered sugar. Swirl in the caramel sauce.

Serve with pancakes and some fresh plum.

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To me this recipe is pure late summer bliss ❤

Today the weather here is also really, really beautiful and I’m thinking about going for a little walk to get my circulation going.

 

Have a lovely week  & HAPPY COOKING!

xo Kristin