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My very first gingerbread house

So busy again as usual around Christmas.
I had full internship week, and also working at 2 jobs.

At my internship we made about roughly 200~300 dessertcakes of 1 sort.
Two days I was assigned to something specific like crème and chocolate whipped cream. (and made that like 7 times or more in huge volumes)

But for the first time I finally got time to experiment again. 😀
And I experimented with a gingerbread recipe.

This is what I made:

It says happy holidays!

It looks a bit amateurish and I don’t know if I got the right recipe at all.
But it tastes great and it is also somewhat sticky/chewy.

Found the recipe on some german site and then followed half of the instructions and added some other things here and there.
(And besides coming short of certain ingredients I just guessed the oven temperature and time :P)

But it looks like a real gingerbread house at least, even though I never tasted one, saw one in real life or have even seen it made before.
My recipe:

  • 180 gram flour
  • 120 honey
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 coffeespoon cacao powder
  • a little bit of cinnamon
  • 1 ground up clove
  • a little bit of ginger and nutmeg

Add it all into a bowl and mix until you got a ball, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Next day roll it out to 3 mm (it will rise in the oven) and cut out the desired shapes. (Do make the roof a bit longer since mine was way to short.)
Bake it at 150 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.

If you have a better recipe, please let me know ^^ thank you!
Have a merry Christmas!!


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A nice dinner

So Thursday I cooked for someone. .. 😛
And unexpectedly tasted way better then I had in mind.
But I went home with a bit of a headache because I was really hyperhappy at some point.

He took some pics of it for me so I could post it here.

First was fresh made soup: vegetables, small meatballs and bouillon slowly simmered.
Second we tried to make pasta ourselves but that failed so we took premade, but made the sauce ourselves.
The sauce cointained minced meat, red peper, zucchini, italian herbs and peeled tomatoes from a can. (and a bit salt and pepper)
As last we had the tiramisu with chocolate drops and selfmade marzipan roses.
I kinda thought it would be nice on top of the dessert and it fit perfectly. (after pushing the stem into it 😛 )
He couldn’t get it out anymore even though he wanted to eat it last… he seriously ate around the marzipan!

It was fun to do and for him his first time cooking for his parents.
They were really glad we made a bit too much soup.
The bouillon we did not made, but the vegetables and meat made a lot of difference.
Maybe the carrot, zucchini, red peper and leek made the most difference.

I do know one thing besides the fact they are full untill the next day is, it tasted great!
And that is what I like to hear the most when I help/cook.


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Red pears

Pears are red? No!
Then why are these red? Well I cooked them like that.
These pears used to be very sturdy and inedible because of that unless you like dense pears.
So these types are actually used to make a dessert.
Sometimes my mom used to bring some from the grocer and most of the time my dad had eaten them before I could since these are very tasty.

Now my problem was… what is the real recipe!
Some use a fruity red wine and some berry syrup and others use different wines and or only use wine or only use syrup etc.
The possibilities were kinda endless for me but I was kinda short on money… so I cheated on this one.

Here in the supermarket you can buy “Perenrood” (translation: Pear red) which is sugar with added colour so that you can get the distinct red pears (sort of )
Here’s how mine looked like…

So I tried them to make them myself and don’t believe those products they sell in the shop they may give a colour but the actual red pear taste isn’t there since these are…

Normally they are more deep red. (because of the wine and berry syrup)
But a good first attempt since all I added was some syrup (really a tiny little bit) and cinnamon.
Cinnamon really tastes good with this for some reason, but I put a bit too much in it even though it was less than half a spoon on a whole liter.
I should search this one out and experiment some more since my dad plucked a whole bucket full of these pears.

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No butter, milk and icing but I still want to bake!

Today I received a diploma so I was happy and when I am happy I want to bake something.
BUT with a lot of sweet recipes you kinda need butter, milk or some kind of icing for the decoration.
I did not have it here.  TT-TT

I realised I still had biscuit-mix wich did not need any butter or milk.
So I made cinnamon cake. 
That  wasn’t quite satisfying, so I wanted to take a try at making cakepop’s.
But of course I did not have icing.
So I searched the refrigerator and saw creme fraîche.
After some searching on the internet and tasting pure creme fraîche and creme fraîche with sugar I made the next.

I start to like the taste of cinnamon in cakes so when I tasted the finished product I did not stop at 1.
The creme fraîche gives a fresh taste to it when combined with sugar. (without it,  it is quite bitter)
Tried to make a shape as well but that did not go so well when trying it to give it a coat. (this was done with milk chocolate)

I need to level up my coating skills.  :S
But for a first try it was good enough for me. 😛

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