How to make your own vanilla sugar

Alongside saffron, vanilla is probably the world’s most expensive spice. This is mostly due to the elaborate cultivation and maturing process of vanilla and also to its undisputed popularity. The fragrant aroma of fresh vanilla enhances and refines many desserts and sweet dishes. But what to do with the scraped pod? It’s too good to throw…

How to make your own applesauce (recipe without sugar)

Applesauce can be a delicious addition to a variety of dishes; the German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) with applesauce come to mind immediately as the most famous mélange. But you can also mix it with plain yogurt or granola, spread it on a slice of crispy bread or enjoy it pure and simple.   To make…

Gingerbread Cookies

I didn’t plan to bake any Christmas cookies this year since we are spending Christmas abroad, but my kids just wouldn’t stop talking about baking gingerbread and kids can be VERY persistent.    

Slice and Bake Butter Cookies

These basic cookies are a perfect dessert that can be prepared ahead of time and kept on hand for surprise guests. They can be frozen, thawed and baked and still retain the delicate buttery mouthfeel.

Wiśniówka (Polish Cherry Liqueur)

Wiśniówka is a Polish nalewka – an aged cordial. The most common types are made with fruit and either vodka or rectified spirits. This recipe for cherry nalewka or wiśniówka is traditionally made with Morello cherries, a sour type of cherry. If Morello cherries aren’t available in your area, you can use other sour or sweet…

Marzipankartoffeln (Marzipan Potatoes)

Marzipankartoffeln is little round or potato-shaped candy (hence the name) sold in Germany especially around the Christmas time. I still had some leftover marzipan from my Christmas baking so I decided to make those chewy and tender bonbons for my little marzipan connoisseurs (I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree 😉 ) Tip:…

Liquore di ciliegie fatto in casa (Italian Cherry Liqueur)

Bookmark this recipe now and start your own cherry liqueur next summer. By the time Christmas is here you will enjoy the sweet and warm reward of your labour (and patience 🙂 ) Also consider, that a homemade cherry liqueur can be a wonderful Christmas party gift.