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 hours20 minutes
A fresh & fruity aperitif paired with Christmas spices - it will make you want more!
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
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.
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).
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!
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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!
80 g cream
the pulp of half a vanilla pod
150 g white chocolate
storebought chocolates cases + some extra chocolate
200 g white chocolate and a silicone chocolate mould
40 g sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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!
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!
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 hour10 minutes
The scent of freshly baked scones and sweet vanilla is in the air - what a perfect way to start the day!
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
50 ml cream
3-4 tbsp brown sugar
Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
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.
Now add the egg, cream and vanilla extract and mix with your hands until just combined.
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).
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?