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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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Now that we would need that lake next to us, it’s gone. Also, flooding is over and sun is finally shining here, too. Hope the warm days are here to stay. I mean it’s already June so c’mon!

Piece with a beret

Well, maybe baking summery things helps. Made a classic. Or two of them. And both very popular here in Germany. The first one is a Frankfurter kranz. Delicious, I’ve learned to enjoy using butter cream instead of whipped cream. Don’t know if that’s healthy development, but oh, butter cream has so much more flavor in it.

And my Bosch!

The other classic baking were Florentine biscuits. Made them on a baking pan, so got a whole bunch of them now. Surprisingly inexpensive and simple to make.

Florentine biscuits

So, gotta note both the recipes down for me. And next time I’ll be posting a recipe here, too. Jeez, I’ve become such a cake maker. But sourdough is building up, so soon I’ll be back to some serious bread business. No worries.

Marika~

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Bicycle bicycle bicycle! We rode over 30kms with Tiuku today, without problems. She’s learned to enjoy traveling in her basket, charming people as we pass by. Next time I promise we take a camera with us, too. Should post some pics of this gaga cat.

Pretzels

Had baked some pretzels to take with us. This time a few with cheese as well. Very yummy.

Fancies

And then being inspired by the Great British Bake Off I had to make fondant fancies. Made my own fondant and all, lots of this and that to do with the recipe. But oh, the best part was definitely the sponge. Having so much sugar being baked so long – it smelled like caramel as I took it out of oven. Mmm.. Next I want to give a go making teacakes. Seems like a nice challenge as well.

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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Had visitors from Finland! Made me really happy, and I hope they also enjoyed their time. It’s so good to see some other Finnish creatures than Tiuku for a change, too, not that there’s anything wrong with her either (not that much anyway). Ooh, but it was a lovely weekend. Went hiking into the snowy mountains of Harz, wandered a bit around downtown, played some board games and played a lot with Tiuku, of course.

Ate a lot of yummy things, too. Hopefully enough. Got some cakes for free from my bakery, and cookies as well. Then I baked a cheesecake and we enjoyed some sachertorte from my favorite cakery. Mmm.. And now I’m having an exotic (read: weird) coconut cream -cake with kiwi-banana-passion fruit -decoration.

Something exotic

I also made some oat rolls for breakfast tomorrow. This time with sunflower, sesame, rolled oats and a few raisins. This combination worked as well, tough the dough was quite loose. Added a bit more flour, then.

F-f-f-falling

But that’s it for now. Bedtime once again. Oh, but first I must boast about this: Today was already a t-shirt and tomorrow it’s promised to be 23°C. Sommer, Sonne, Sonnenschein. And let’s still add the picture of the quark-pie from the past:

It was long ago

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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Baguettes time! I never learn, do I? Guess I should use a measuring tape when forming my baguettes. Now I ended up with a rainbow bread. Oh ja, taste is still good. Structure… I never get it as bubbly as I’d like with baguettes. Served them with pesto, mozzarella and homemade kebab. Kebab making was a fun process, just more spices next time. Structure was just like it should be. Yum yum.

Rainbow

Made some cake with caramelized almond topping. We Finns call it toscakakku, tosca cake. So much butter and sugar, huh. Of course it’s delicious, dangerously delicious.

My first

Greetings from Tiuku, too. Taking good care of her, got her a little climbing tree, too. Just 2,6m.
Tiuku

Gotta get some days off to bake more. Or less, depends how you look at it

Marika~

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