Chocolate – Cherry – Cake

If you love traditional flavors of the Christmas season, such as anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamon, and nutmeg you will enjoy the Chocolate – Cherry – Cake. Originally from Germany, the cake is spiced with Lebkuchengewürz (gingerbread spice blend). However, the Chinese Five Spice blend is a perfect substitute.  

German Coconut Macaroons (Kokosmakronen)

Magic happens when fragrant coconut flakes, egg whites, and sugar come together.   With this basic recipe, you will easily succeed in making those crisp and light German Christmas cookies.  

Basic Shortcrust Pastry (sweet)

Carefully prepared, with fresh ingredients, it literally melts in the mouth. A perfect ‘backdrop’ for all kinds of sweet and fruity fillings and ingredients. Well wrapped, the dough lasts up to 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 3 weeks in the freezer. Try it with  my French apple tart (Tarte aux Pommes)  

Advocaat Cake with Poppy Seed

Impress your guests with this simple yet amazing cake. Advocaat is a smooth and creamy Polish egg liqueur with delicate cognac and vanilla accents. However, if you cannot find it, any egg liqueur will do.    

The Best Marbled Kugelhopf

Its delicate texture and rich flavor of dark chocolate truly make this one THE best marbled kugelhopf.                                                                            …

NY Black & White Cookies

A New York classic, these iconic cookies are more like flat cakes coated with chocolate icing on one half and vanilla on the other. They are best eaten within 24 hours of baking when the cake is at its softest. But if you store them in an airtight container at room temperature, they’ll be good…

Blueberry Muffins

This easy blueberry muffins recipe makes eight generously-sized muffins bursting with fresh blueberries and topped with a crunchy, cinnamon-flavored sugar topping.  

The Perfect Lemon Cake

I always bake the cake the day before and let the fresh lemon flavor unfold overnight – the cake tastes particularly lemony then.