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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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Random cat

Survived the weekend – and our little brave Tiuku had survived as well. Just needs a lot of love now, and talks to us even more than before. Too bad both the people who looked after her realized that they are most probably allergic to cats. Good that they hadn’t agreed Tiuku to sleep over at their place. Would have been a torture. But they are still willing to look after her in the future, in case needed.

Thank you!

Made a little thank you cake for them. Took inspiration from the recipe for King Haakon’s cake, for I’ve been anyway wanting to try it out for a while now. Made also some cookies, so that I don’t forget how to. They seemed happy about them.

Rustical

Today I baked us a bread with some oatmeal. I’m hoping this one to last for a while longer for yesterday’s onion bread has already all been eaten. Turned out quite pretty. It’s so easy to make rustic looking loaves by shaping them with flour, so that the bottom is left unsealed. Then letting them rise shortly with the floury side down, and then just turning loaves around before tucking into oven. Ta-da, the crust cracks so prettily.

Oh, and tonight I gotta remember how to bake for someone else again, think I’ll manage..

Marika~

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Been trying lots of new stuff this week. Stole a cookies recipe from my bakery, and now I finally know how to make piped shortcrust pastry cookies that keep their shape during baking. Yay, love them! Been trying to find a working recipe for these for ages.

Sea of cookies

Then I baked donuts for 1st of May is on it’s way after all. This time I made the cake like ones with baking powder, also not with yeast this year. Used the recipe from here (only in Finnish), and they turned out to be amazingly a lot like donuts. Even Carlos approves. Glazed them with chocolate.

Finally

Since I already was frying the donuts, I fried some meat doughnuts, too. Recipe still works. And I did bake bread too, rolls this time. Plaited them, to give them a nice shape. Turned out to be cute. Think they’d also work well being dipped in lye, for I also took some lye home from work. Yum yum.

Buttons

We also carried out some animal tests this week. We’ve been taking Tiuku out for walks for a while now, after purchasing an 8-meter-flexi it has been going really smooth. The other day we walked altogether 4 kms with her, half of which she walked on her own. And then today we took her biking with us! That worked as well, she was traveling in a basket on front of my bike. She is an amazing creature, gotta love her.

Evening walk

Marika~

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Easter – that’s somewhat a milestone for the Summer on its way, right? Sun was shining today, and today it didn’t snow. It even felt warm in the sunshine, and I’m almost over with my flue. T-shirt weather is gonna be here sooner than I think.. ..or then I’ll catch another flue in believing so. Oh well. Whatever the weather, I’ve baked.

This year the new Easter thing I tried was challah. Guess I was inspired by all the braiding we did in our bakery. You see, I worked the last week like crazy decorating cookies, so I didn’t actually get to braid anything. Had to do it at home then. My challah turned out to be like pulla without sugar. Without a lot of flavor, actually. Carlos liked it. Well me too, once I covered it with delicious cream cheese and ham or fried it on a pan with eggs. Good basis for yummy breakfast, I guess, but not a bread to enjoy as plain.

Made also pasha, as always. Made a chocolate cake, which had nothing to do with Easter. Made garlic bread, and this one I even managed to photograph as you can see below. Tomorrow I’ll make a pie with quark and peaches. Now I’m making an oatmeal bread.

Garlic bread

Hope this sun keeps on shining. The whole of Germany is sick of snow, believe me in that.

Marika~

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