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Huh, I’ve had quite the bake off this week. Gone all crazy, I see it now, looking at the pics of all the things I’ve baked. But I can’t help it, and why should I. Nothing bad about baking a few croissants, two loaves of bread, angel cake, mole cake and a lye-cheese baguette. Oh yes, not to forget these egg custard tarts, inspired by my oh-so-lovely great british bake off. Those actually were an answer to the need of having some cinnamon that I had, for I replaced the nutmeg in the recipe with cinnamon. Served with apple jam and ta-da, had the perfect treat to celebrate the arrival of the autumn.

Egg custard tart

Well, that recipe left me with a bunch of egg whites, and not feeling like meringues, had to find something else to make. So, made a cake I had actually never eaten before, angel food cake. It’s a funny one, like no other cake. The structure is so fluffy and then again it seems so springy when cutting it… But it worked, though I made only half the portion. Otherwise I would have needed 10 egg whites, and that many even I didn’t have left over.

Among others

Then there was one more cake. The mole-cake. I always thought it was called mole cake ’cause the berries in it looked like moles or something, but no. Actually, it’s the surface of the cake that looks like a mole hole, like the dirt around it after all the digging. Well, in my blonde version of the cake the mole has been clearly digging in some sandy beach or something or then we have to go with my first explanation. Hmm, oh but I wanted to make a non-choco one, for in my world chocolate and berries are a no-go. But all in all, this cake is super delicious (still got some, yay!). I used blueberries instead of cherries in mine, for I got some from work, and they go well with banana, too.

Eat dirt!

Huh, wonder what inspires me next week, but I have a bad feeling about it. Something must definitely be baked.

Marika~

Ps. It’s been a while, since I posted a pic of Tiuku, but it seems that today I did. No, didn’t mean the cat hairs on the bakings, there was a bit more than that this time.

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Slowly the autumn is drawing in, slowly. Today it’s finally raining, and can already count a few yellow leaves. Now just waiting for it to cool down a bit more, and then finally, finally, I can say my favorite season has arrived. The fall.

Surprisingly, these last summer days, I’ve been baking. Too much at work, and too much at home. Can’t help it. So, I’ve made different kinds of baguettes…

Pizza time!

These tasted like pizza, and yummy so. Put quite a few spices into the dough; paprika, cayenne, pizza spice mixture, basil, and topped with fine grated hard cheese.

Lye baguette

These I dipped into lye solution, also, lye baguettes they be. Just love lye bakings, so delicious.

Hand painted buns

Then I made hot-dog baguettes! No, kidding you, just basic hot-dog buns, for we ate hot-dogs. Love this rich dough, with butter and milk. It’s good.

Those cookies

I’ve made a few sweet things, too. These cookies, again. This time filled with apple jam and glazed with lemon icing. Powder sugar on top. They are delicious, though, I actually wanted to bake something with apple and cinnamon, and now I didn’t, so that somehow bothers me still. Oh well, sounds like I have to bake something like that next time, also soon, perhaps tomorrow, then.

Marika~

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Been playing all last week with my best friend, Mr. Yeast Fungus. We made all sorts of things together. My boyfriend wanted some melon pan, so he got it. Filled with pudding, though, but there always has to be the surprise element. I mean, that something that lets me try out something new, anyway.

Pudding pan

Then I made a monster bread. Inspired by the famous monkey bread, I made a cute sesame loaf. Love it!

The monster mash

And to make the week even yummier, I made a thin, French, lemon and wheat tart. It’s so gorgeous. And so unhealthy with a ton of sugar and butter. But as it feels so very light in your mouth, one tends to forget that fact. And eats another slice, or the whole half of it, and then the other half.

I love it

Marika~

 

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7 flowers

Happy midsummer! We celebrated by picking up flowers. A small ritual, it’s supposed to work so, that when I collect seven different flowers and place them under my pillow I’ll dream of my future husband. Well, my future husband picked up the flowers for me. And I dreamt of nothing. Guess that works as well.

The thing is, Midsummer is nothing that special here in Germany. What’s more special is the ending of the school year in our region. That means, the summer begins now. Only now?! I guess I skipped the whole summer then, ’cause for me Midsummer has always been somewhat a sign that autumn is on it’s way, too. So, summer begins and ends this weekend, I better enjoy it.

And I have, for the sun is finally burning us, too. Spite spending lots of time outside, I’ve also managed to bake quite an amount of stuff.. I mean, since last week, I’ve made a tosca cake, macarons, 100% sourdough bread, focaccia, cheesecake, chocolate cookies, marshmallow, pizzas and croissants. I guess it’s because of my Bosch, that baking runs even smoother these days. By now it’s abilities have been tested pretty throughout, and I’m very happy with it. Thanks again, mom!

Oh, and here some pictures, that my camera has gathered.

Bosch

Macarons with marzipan filling

Sourdough is alive again

Half with walnuts and herb butter

Think tomorrow I’ll keep a break from baking, gonna take Carlos hiking somewhere.

Marika~

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