I grew up in Silesia, a part of Poland, which – due to its turbulent history and geography – is a melting pot of Slavic and Germanic traditions. A Sunday dinner in our house was literally unthinkable without kluski. Made with cooked potatoes they are chewy and gummy in texture and unlike any other type […]
Category: Cooking Techniques
It is quite amazing how the French create a variety of breads with only flour, yeast, water and their famous art of folding and shaping – called „le faconnage“ – which gives each bread its unique texture and taste. My basic recipe for a traditional French bread is very easy to make. If you want […]
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)
Use them for decorating a variety of desserts and for serving with ice cream.
Do you have leftover bread? Make croutons!
Mayonnaise is versatile and goes especially well with fish and seafood. It is also the basis for many other dips and sauces. With only four ingredients that you already have in your pantry and 10 minutes of your time, you can make the best homemade mayonnaise.
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 […]
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 […]
The French name: brioche à tête refers to its shape (tête means head). The classic brioche is baked in a traditional round, fluted mold with a small “head” on top. It’s often simply called Brioche Parisienne. For best results please use European style butter, like Plugrá, Finlandia or Kerrygold.
Baking with sourdough is considered the King’s Discipline of bread baking. Sourdough begins with a combination of flour and liquid and can range from the classic starter made entirely with rye flour and water (like the one I’m sharing here with you) to a liquid batter of milk and cornmeal – with many variations in […]