[21] Iced Chocolates

Hey friends,

Still looking for a small gift idea? Then these Iced Chocolates might be just right: Fast & easy to make and therefore the perfect last minute present ❤ And they’re super delicious, too!

Iced Chocolates

Yield: makes about 20
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Super fast to make & melt-in-your-mouth delicious - the perfect last minute gift!

Ingredients

  • 50 g coconut fat
  • 50 g milk chocolate
  • 50 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • a little vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut fat in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate in small chunks and let it melt while stirring.
  2. Then add the powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla and stir until it's creamy and smooth.
  3. Pour into a praline mould and let it solidify in the freezer for one hour. Remove from the moulds and then store in a cool place.

I can’t get enough of them! Prepare to make more than one batch of them because they will disappear in no time!

Stay sweet & HAPPY CHOCOLATE MAKING!

xx Kristin

[19] Mini Yule Logs

Hey friends,

Today’s recipe will be sweet, chocolaty and very christmassy. Especially in the UK (and also in France) it is a Christmas tradition to bake sweet sponge and buttercream tree trunks and serve them as Yule Log (or Bûche de Noël respectively).

This version is closer to the British recipe, but instead of making one big log I decided to go for many many small ones. That way each of your guests can get their own and additionally, I think they are pretty adorable, don’t you think so?

Mini Yule Logs

Yield: makes 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Turn the classic 'Yule Log' into miniatures and you have the perfect sweet treat for Christmas.

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 3 large eggs
  • 75 g sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves

For the buttercream

  • 60 g chocolate
  • 100 g softened butter
  • 150 g powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

For the ganache

  • 115 ml cream
  • 150 g chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C and line a baking tray (25 × 35 cm) with baking paper and lightly grease it.
  2. Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and 25 g sugar until stiff and set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, whisk the egg yolk and 50 g of sugar until light and creamy. Combine cocoa, cinnamon, ginger and cloves and sift onto the egg mixture. Stir in gently, then gradually fold in the egg whites.
  4. .Pour onto the prepared baking tray, spread evenly and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove it from the oven and place a second, likewise greased piece of baking paper on top. Now turn tha tray over onto the work surface and carefully remove the upper baking paper. If it keeps sticking, it helps to put a wet cloth on the paper for a while.
  6. For the buttercream, beat the butter until creamy and melt the chocolate. Stir together, then add powdered sugar and milk until a thick cream is formed. Spread evenly on the cooled sponge cake.
  7. Now divide the spone into 8 rectangles (Cut 1 x lengthwise and 4 x crosswise). Roll up the rectangles from the short side and place them on a large plate. Put in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes.
  8. In the meantime prepare the ganache, chop the chocolate and place it in a bowl. Heat the cream until it almost boils, then pour it over the chocolate and let it stand for about a minute. Now stir well and cover the tree trunks with it.
  9. Allow to set briefly, then use a fork or a toothpick to add a 'bark pattern' to the chocolate and lightly dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Aren’t they cute? Really great to go with your Christmas coffee or maybe even as a dessert – it’s up to you! Have you ever tried Yule Logs or Bûche de Noël?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

[16] Spiced Apple Sorbet with Apple Champagne + Giveaway | #ad

Hey friends,

I hope you’ll have a happy 3rd Sunday of Advent! Slowly but surely things are getting serious – Christmas is coming! Time for a little checklist:

  • Christmas tree 👉 done (we actually did that 2 weeks ago already)
  • Organise gifts 👉 I think I’m on a good way, quite a bit earlier than usual so I feel prepared
  • Planning Christmas dinner 👉 here I’m still a bit undecided, but at least the aperitif is sorted

Before dinner starts, I will serve utterly delicious spiced apple sorbet topped with fantastic apple champagne to my guests! Only a few weeks ago I came across this apple champagne and absolutely totally fell for it – love at first sip. So of course it had to be part of my Christmas menue this year.

Anyway, the cocktail is a wonderful starter: fruity & fresh with slight Christmas flavours. It doesn’t need much preparation, just a bit of time for the sorbet to freeze in peace – sounds easy? Is really is and therefore perfect for Christmas!

Spiced Apple Sorbet with Apple Champagne

Yield: makes 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Freezing Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 20 minutes
A fresh & fruity aperitif paired with Christmas spices - it will make you want more!

Ingredients

  • 4 apples
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • 300 ml apple juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground star anise
  • a little vanilla
  • some lime juice
  • 1 bottle apple champagne

Instructions

  1. For the sorbet, wash the apples, remove the core and cut them unpeeled into small chunks. Put them into a saucepan together with the brown sugar, apple juice, spices and a dash of lime juice. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and purée thoroughly. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve and pour it into a shallow plastic bowl. Close and freeze for at least 12 hours (preferably overnight).
  3. Take the sorbet from the freezer about 15-30 minutes before serving. Put one scoop of sorbet in a glass, pour the apple champagne on top and serve immediately!

Fast, easy and delicious! Also really unique and probably not something you’d serve every day. But to be honest: the apple champagne is so good – I could definitely drink it every day.

This amazing drink is made by Johannes from Adams Apfel. His dream: bottles filled with a delicious drink that will never empty. And as long as that doesn’t work yet, he lovingly produces a steady supply of his Apple Champagne. And speaking of bottles – have a look at the lovely label! ♥ It makes my little design heart beats a bit faster!

The Apple Champagne is available in two varieties: dry and semi-dry and both taste very delicious! To give you the chance to taste it yourself, I will give away 4 x 1 bottle to you!

HOW TO ENTER:

You can participate by commenting on this post, via Facebook and on Instagram – you can thus secure 1 entry on each platform (that a maximum of 3 entries per participant). My question is the same everywhere: Which is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Giveaway Rules:

  • The raffle starts on 16.12.2018 at 10:00 and ends on 19.12.2018 at 23:59 (CET).
  • Eligible are readers from Germany, who are at least 18 years old.
  • Participation is via the submission of a comment on the blog and under the corresponding on Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • The raffle is not affiliated with Facebook / Instagram and is not sponsored or organized by Facebook / Instagram in any way.

So I wish you the best of luck and until then…

Stay sweet & HAPPY SORBET MAKING!

xx Kristin

[13] Crème Brûlée Chocolates

Hey friends,

Christmas is approaching fast and therefore I would like to give you some nice gift ideas in the next few days.

In our family we (at least the adults) agreed to only gift eachother small presents, preferably homemade. So last year, I put together a box of handmade chocolate for everyone – from salted caramel to berry cream and spicy marshmallows, it had everything your heart could desire. It also included the pralines that I want to share with you today: Delicious Crème Brûlée chocolates with a crunchy caramel crust and sweet white chocolate.

Crème Brûlée Chocolates

Yield: makes about 15
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Just as tasty as the dessert classic & a great homemade gift idea from the kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 80 g cream
  • the pulp of half a vanilla pod
  • 150 g white chocolate
  • storebought chocolates cases + some extra chocolate
  • or
  • 200 g white chocolate and a silicone chocolate mould
  • 40 g sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Put cream, vanilla and the chopped white chocolate into a small saucepan, heat on medium temperature and allow to melt until it's smooth. Remove from heat and let it cool at room temperature.
  2. In the meantime prepare the chocolate shells. To do this, chop the second part of white chocolate and melt in a water bath and (ideally) temper the chocolate. Put some chocolate into the silicone moulds, distribute well and then turn over so that the excess chocolate can drip out. Scrape off the excess and then let the chocolate set in the refrigerator.
  3. Now fill the hollow chocolates (either the homemade or storebought ones) with the cooled vanilla creme, leaving a small gap at the top. Place in the fridge for half an hour, then top with the remaining white chocolate, level and scrape off the excess to seal the chocolates. Let them set for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
  4. In the meantime, make the Honey Comb. Heat the sugar and honey in a small saucepan and simmer on a medium flame until it turns into a light caramel. Now stir in the baking soda (be careful, it will foam up!) and pour the mass directly onto a sheet of baking paper. Even out a bit and let it cool down. The mass will turn very hard and then can be broken into small chunks.
  5. Remove the chocolates from the mould and grind some of the honey comb with a mortar and pestle. Lightly melt the surface of the chocolates with a lighter or flambé burner and dip into the caramel powder. Lastly, caramelise the top lightly with the flambé burner, allow to cool and the chocolates are ready to serve.

Did you make chocolates by yourself before? If so, which is your favourite recipe?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CHOCOLATE MAKING!

xx Kristin

[8] Gingerbread Trifle + Giveaway | #ad

Hey friends,

In my opinion there are certain flavours that are inextricably linked to experiences, memories or moments. Cinema tastes like popcorn, my children’s birthday tastes like Käse-Sahne-Torte and afternoons after school have the taste of ‘Anna & Kristin’s special pasta’ (maybe I’ll pubish the recipe on here one day 😉).

And Christmas? For me personally, the Christmas season tastes most of all like gingerbread – maybe with a hint of Vanillekipferl (crescent shaped vanilla shortbread) and speculoos. Without gingerbread it just wouldn’t be the same. The nuts, the spices and the chocolate in there ♥ That’s the concentrated flavour of Christmas to me.

Mostly gingerbread just get’s eaten on it’s own, but today I’ll show you a way how to turn gingerbread into a lovely Christmas dessert: piled up layer by layer with a whipped sour cream and fruity cherries to create a marvellous Gingerbread Trifle – here’s the recipe:

Gingerbread Trifle

Yield: makes about 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
The taste of Christmas: flavourful gingerbread, sweet cherries and rich vanilla creme.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of preserved cherries (680g)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 400 g sour cream
  • 200 g cream
  • 50 g vanilla sugar
  • 3-4 large gingerbread with chocolate glaze (ideally German-Style Lebkuchen)

Instructions

  1. Drain the jar of cherries, collecting the cherry juice in a saucepan. Remove about 4 tablespoons of the juice, pour it into a small bowl and stir together with the starch until smooth. Bring the remaining juice to a boil together with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir the starch mixture into the boiling juice, simmer briefly until it thickens and then remove from heat. Finally, add cherries back in and let everything cool well.
  2. Meanwhile, put sour cream, cream and vanilla sugar in a large bowl and whip up with a hand mixer until it's thick and creamy.
  3. Finely chop the gingerbread. Now alternately put a layer of gingerbread in a dessert glass, then some sour cream, next some cherries and then again a layer of sour cream. Finally top with gingerbread and serve.

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY:

Today you can win 1 packet of gingerbread from Pfeffer & Frost – the finest Elisenlebkuchen that come in a really pretty box!

Pfeffer & Frost is a young start-up from Nuremberg: the two founders behind it, Jannik & Tillman, are real gingerbread fans and came up with the idea to create a modern packaging for the old-established Elisenlebkuchen – and they succeeded! Sturdy cardboard and a biodegradable foil protect and keep the gingerbread fresh; the colourful and lovingly illustrated design by  London artist Alec Doherty makes the box a real collector’s item! The edition is limited and next year they will come in a whole new look.

The content of the box is just as amazing! Baked by hand in a traditional Nuremberg bakery and brimming with good ingredients: fine almonds, sweet marzipan and delicious hazelnuts – this turns the gingerbread into a real taste experience!

The great design of the boxes is something you can see in the photos, the taste you can unfortunately only imagine … but that can change, because I’m going give one of them to a lucky winner!

HOW TO ENTER:

You can participate by commenting on this post, via Facebook and on Instagram – you can thus secure 1 entry on each platform (that a maximum of 3 entries per participant). My question is the same everywhere: Which is your favourite Lebkuchen style – chocolate glazed, with icing or au naturelle?

Giveaway Rules:

  • The raffle starts on 08.12.2018 at 8:00 and ends on 12.12.2018 at 23:59 (CET).
  • Eligible are readers from Germany, who are at least 18 years old.
  • Participation is via the submission of a comment on the blog and under the corresponding on Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • The raffle is not affiliated with Facebook / Instagram and is not sponsored or organized by Facebook / Instagram in any way.

So I wish you the best of luck and until then…

Stay sweet & HAPPY DESSERT MAKING!

xx Kristin

[6] Pan di Stelle

Hey friends,

It’s miserable outside, so I prefer to hide in my flat and daydream about our last vacation. This year went on a road trip around Italy. Except for the first stop it was completely unplanned, we simply drove to the places we wanted to see that day, hastily searched for campsites while drving and then set up our camp for the night.

We had pretty great weather although it was fairly late in the year. And in addition to all the great food that we have crushed on the spot, I have also stocked up my personal supply: Pasta, flour, olive oil, tomato sauce, … and also my very favorite Italian biscuits: Pan di Stelle! Those sweet chocolate biscuits with stars on them have stolen my foodie heart but unfortunately my supply is long gone. That’s why I decided to bake some for myself and the recipe is now available for you too!

Pan di Stelle

Yield: makes about 50
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
When sweet cocoa biscuits meet a shower of stars, the most delicious Italian cookies are made!

Ingredients

  • 30 g ground hazelnuts
  • 100 g butter
  • 60 g margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 30 g dark chocolate
  • 400 g flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • white sugar star sprinkles
  • sugar glitter

Instructions

  1. Put the ground hazelnuts together with 2 tbsp of powdered sugar in a food processor and grind finely.
  2. Melt the chocolate, then cream the butter together with margarine and 1 egg. Now stir in the honey and the chocolate.
  3. Mix the ground hazelnuts with flour, cocoa, baking powder, the remaining powdered sugar and salt. Form a well in the middle and add the butter-chocolate mix. Gradiually add the milk and knead everything until a smooth dough forms. Wrap in foil and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface and cut out small circles (about 5 cm in diameter). Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180° C and line several baking trays with baking paper.
  5. Put white sugar stars on the biscuits and sprinkle them with a little glitter sugar. Then bake for about 10 minutes, allow to cool well and serve!

Do you know these delicious biscuits or do you maybe have a different favourite from your vacations?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

[4] Stollen in a Jar

Hey friends,

especially in the run up to Christmas it is nice to meet up with friends and acquaintances for coffee and spend some nice hours together. Talk about what’s new, reminisce on old memories or exchange ideas about this years Christmas presents. The latter I always find fascinating, because it is so interesting to see how other people gift. One person might be more of the last-minute type while another is a crafter and creator. Maybe they will even have tips for you for particularly great gifts – who knows?

For these occasions, I always find it nice to bring the host a little something. A nice thing to bring is, for example, small Stollen (German fruit bread) in a jar! It is quick to prepare and gets baked directly in small screw top jars, so after baking you just put on the lid, let it seal and this way preserve it for a few weeks.

Stollen in a Jar

Yield: makes 5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
An ideal small present for your Christmas host but also great to prepare and then just eat by yourself!

Ingredients

  • 150 g margarine
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 quark
  • 500 g flour
  • 1 packet baking soda (~2 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp milk (or if you like the flavour: rum)
  • 125 g dried cranberries
  • 100 g chopped almonds
  • powdered sugar
  • 5 small screw top jars à 230 ml

Instructions

  1. Grease the small jars, dust them with bread crumbs and preheat the oven to 175° C.
  2. Beat margarine, sugar and eggs together until creamy, then stir in the quark. Mix flour and baking powder and add it to wet ingredients together with some milk. Knead until combined, then add the cranberries and almonds and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Divide the dough and fill the jars about 2/3 full, then press down the dough lightly. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Immediately sprinkle the hot cake in the jars with plenty of powdered sugar, then screw on the lid immediately and allow to cool completely.
  4. Stored in a cool and dry place, the Stollen will keep fresh for 2-3 weeks.

What do you like to gift your host when you’re invited somewhere?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

[2] Matchstick Cookies + Giveaway | #Ad

Hey friends,

time is moving so incredibly fast! Yesterday evening, I was still desperate to finish my advent wreath at the last minute – and managed a few times to nearly hot glue my fingers to the greens in the midst of all this hecticness. Pretty painful, don’t try it at home! But the little gem made of eucalyptus is now all done and ready for lighting the first candle.

The first candle also means it’s the first Advent Sunday – which in turn means it’s a good time for our first giveaway. I’ll tell you what it’s all about further below.

Now to the reeeeally important things in the run-up to Christmas: cookies! Without those sweet treats in all shapes and flavours, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same, right? A super simple recipe I would like to introduce you today are Matchstick Cookies: Delicious crispy butter cookies with one end dipped in red glaze and sprinkled with some berry powder – soooo delicious and fast to make!

Matchstick Cookies

Yield: makes about 60
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
They look like wee matches but taste much, much better: buttery, vanilla-y and with a hint of berries!

Ingredients

  • 250 g flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50 g almond meal
  • 125 g powdered sugar
  • 150 g cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 g pink candy melts
  • red food colouring
  • fruit powder (e.g., blackberry)

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour with salt, almonds and powdered sugar. Then add the butter in cubes, the egg and the vanilla and quickly process everything with your hands to make a smooth dough. Wrap in foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 175° C (150° C convection). Roll out the dough on a floured work surface. Use a knife to cut it into 1 cm x 7 cm strips and place them on baking sheets lined with baking paper. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, then let cool completely.
  3. Melt the Candy Melts for the glaze and use a little red food colouring if you want a brighter shade. Dip one end of the sticks into the glaze, let the excess drip off and leave to dry. Sprinkle the still moist glaze with some fruit powder, then let it set and they are ready to serve!

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY!

Today you can win 5 wonderful books from the EMF publishing house:

1 x New York Bakery by Clara Hansemann (German language)

This is actually where I got today’s recipe from and it’s perfect for people who are interested in biscuits, cookies & little anecdotes from the wintery New York!

1 x Slow Christmas by Ina Mielkau (German language)

The perfect companion for the holiday season because it contains decoration and gift ideas as well as instructions and tips for relaxed holidays!

3 x EINFACH…(Weihnachtsbäckerei/Weihnachtsrezepte/Weihnachtsrezepte vegetarisch) by Gabriele Gugetzer & Rose Marie Donhauser (German language)

Small booklets with great content: All recipes are limited to 2-6 ingredients and make Christmas cooking super easy!

HOW TO ENTER:

You can participate by commenting on this post, via Facebook and on Instagram – you can thus secure 1 entry on each platform (that a maximum of 3 entries per participant). My question is the same everywhere: Which is YOUR favorite cookie recipe and why?

Giveaway Rules:

  • The raffle starts on 02.12.2018 at 8:00 and ends on 06.12.2018 at 23:59 (MEZ).
  • Eligible are readers from Germany, who are at least 18 years old.
  • Participation is via the submission of a comment on the blog and under the corresponding on Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • The raffle is not affiliated with Facebook / Instagram and is not sponsored or organized by Facebook / Instagram in any way.

So I wish you the best of luck and until then…

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

[1] Pomegranate Scones with Vanilla | #ad

Hi friends,

the time has come! So long in the planning and finally I can share with you, the best readers of the world, what I have been working on in the last few weeks: Fräulein Zebra’s Advent Calendar 2018!

In the next weeks I would like to accompany you through the holiday season and give you some inspiration for the (undoubtedly) best time of the year. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Christmas recipes
  • Craft ideas
  • Table decoration
  • Big & small homemade presents

In addition, I have worked really hard and organised quite a few for you. The focus this year is on regional companies, because Franconia has so much to offer! All too often, those regional gems get lost in the bulk of our consumption and we miss out on the best things. That’s what I’m trying to change and together with my wonderful sponsors have put together some great prizes for you!

So now I want to briefly introduce you to my wonderful Christmas elves & sponsors, then we’ll continue straight to the recipe – I promise!

ATTENTION – IF YOU DON’T WANT ANY HINTS ON WHAT’S IN THE CALENDAR, YOU SHOULD SKIP THIS BIT!

Pfeffer & Frost

Nice on the outside, yummy on the inside – the perfect combination for a unique present for foodies. The two founders Jannik & Tilman put delicious Nuremberg gingerbread into a limited (and really pretty!) cardboard box, designed by London based artist Alec Doherty!

Adam’s Apfel

Fruity, tangy and something very special – for more than ten years, Johannes has been working on his sparkling apple wine and you can really taste this love and attention to detail in his products!

EMF publishing house

Innovative and extraordinary books for ‘makers’ – they offer something for all creative people, whether you’re interested in cooking, sewing, gardening, painting or knitting!

Komplizinnen

In search of the perfect bracelet Grete and Heidi became accomplices and now produce lovingly handcrafted & very beautiful brass jewelery with personalised lettering!

I don’t want to reveal much more, there should be at least a bit of surprise, so I guess it’s time for something to eat:

ALL CLEAR – NO MORE SPOILERS😉

The first weekend of advent is just around the corner and I think we should all take this as an opportunity to slow down a bit. Just deliberately take some time, even if you’re pretty busy, and spend it with the people you care about. And what better way to spend some quality time with your loved ones than with a wonderful breakfast? The plan: Sneak into the kitchen in the morning and by the time you’re ready for your sedcond coffee the scent of freshly made scones will spread through the kitchen … mmmmh, I can already smell it, how about you? These Pomegranate Scones with Vanilla are not difficult to make and make for such a lovely breakfast with butter and jam or try it as an afternoon treat, properly authentic with clotted cream – you should make it right away!

Pomegranate Scones with Vanilla

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
The scent of freshly baked scones and sweet vanilla is in the air - what a perfect way to start the day!

Ingredients

  • 150 g flour
  • 20 g ground almonds
  • 25 g sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 60 g cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50 g pomegranate seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 50 ml cream
  • some milk
  • 3-4 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, almonds, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the cold butter and rub it briefly with your fingers into the dry ingredients - there should still be a few small bits of butter visible. Then stir in the pomegranate seeds.
  3. Now add the egg, cream and vanilla extract and mix with your hands until just combined.
  4. Turn onto a floured work surface and form the dough into a 3-4 cm thick circle (about 15-20 cm in diameter). Use a sharp knife to cut it into sixths. Put dough triangles in the fridge for half an hour. In the meantime preheat the oven to 200° C (180° C fan forced).
  5. Place the scones on the baking tray leaving some space in between and brush them with milk. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar and bake in a hot oven for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve while still a bit warm!

So sweet and fruity – I can’t get enough of it. Have you ever baked scones yourself? And what are your plans for this first weekend of Advent?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

Speculoos Brownies

Hey friends,

as promised, from today on we’ll be preparing for Christmas with culinary delights here on the blog! Outside, it is getting really frosty and everywhere in the shops and on Instagram you can see beautiful advent decorations and Christmas gift ideas. Here in my city, the Christmas market has opened its gates last weekend, meaning the time of great feasting can officially begin <3

I’m really trying not to go completely nuts this year again and bake a trillion different types of cookies – as my schedule is pretty packed right now, I’ll probably cut down my baking sessions and limit myself to a few classics instead. One of those ‘all-time favorites’ is speculoos!I found a nice mold for it a few weeks ago and can’t wair to try it soon.

The speculoos in these delicious brownies is not self-made but self-bought – and that works just as well 😉. The batter is ultra chocolaty and the little biscuit pieces in it make for a bit of crunch. And if you want to be extra decadent you drizzle some melted Cookie Butter or even speculoos spread on top ♥

Speculoos Brownies

Yield: about 16 pieces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Chocolatey, crunchy and really nice for Christmas - these sweet speculoos brownies will make all your wishes come true!

Ingredients

  • 75 g flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • 200 g softened butter
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 250 g milk chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g speculoos
  • 2-3 tbsp cookie butter / speculoos spread

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C, grease a small baking pan (about 25x25 cm) and lightly dust with cocoa powder. Roughly chop and melt the chocolate in a waterbath, then set aside.
  2. Mix the butter with the sugar and salt. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat until creamy. Add the flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and the melted chocolate and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Crumble the speculoos roughly with your hands and fold it into the batter. Pour into the mold, spread evenly and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Let it cool well and if you like, you can heat up some cookie butter and drizzle over the brownies and top it with some speculoos crumb. Cut into pieces and serve!

Have you already heated up the oven for your Christmas bakery? And made it onto your to-bake-list for this year?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin