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Classic German Bienenstich

Sweet yeast dough, vanilla custard cream and a crunchy honey almond topping - it can only be a Classic German Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake. This most beloved of German cakes is perfect for afternoon tea.
Sweet yeast dough, vanilla custard cream and a crunchy honey almond topping - it can only be a Classic German Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake. This most beloved of German cakes is perfect for afternoon tea.

Almond and Apricot Cantucci

Often known in the English speaking world as ‘biscotti’, Cantucci are a deliciously crunchy Italian treat. My recipe for Almond and Apricot Cantuccini is so easy and perfect for the festive season. Serve with a strong espresso or a glass of Italian vin santo.
Often known in the English speaking world as ‘biscotti’, Cantucci are a deliciously crunchy Italian treat. My recipe for Almond and Apricot Cantucci is so easy and perfect for the festive season.

Vanillekipferl – Vanilla Moons

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Germany without the wonderful tradition of ‘Plätzchen’ - tins of mixed, homemade biscuits, all different and made with exceptional care. Possibly the most beloved of all are Vanillekipferl, crumbly, buttery crescents or moons.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Germany without the wonderful tradition of ‘Plätzchen’ - tins of mixed, homemade biscuits, all different and made with exceptional care. Possibly the most beloved of all are Vanillekipferl, crumbly, buttery crescents or moons.

Zimtsterne / Cinnamon Stars

Zimtsterne Cinnamon Stars

Christmas baking in Germany is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I grew up in the land of Christmas puddings and pavlova, quite frankly, store bought more often than not, delicious, but nothing on the level of care and dedication Germans…

Easy No Yeast Bread

If you’ve run out of yeast you can still make a delicious loaf of bread with common household ingredients. Easy No Yeast Bread uses baking powder to create a beautifully risen loaf of bread in just over an hour.

As November begins with another round of lockdowns and restrictions, we are seeing a repeat of the panic buying of groceries that happened earlier in the year. This sort of shopping (the Germans call it Hamster-Kauf, or Hamster shopping) led…

Fig and Honey Tart

Fig and Honey Tart

Brrrrr! Just when I was enjoying the sunny days of autumn, we have plunged into winter. There is early snow on the alps and Munich is rainy, gusty and grey. As you’ll know if you have been reading along, I…

Deep Dish Apple Pie

Sweet apple filling, lightly spiced with cinnamon, all wrapped in a golden, buttery crust. Deep Dish Apple Pie is a classic American recipe and perfect for all the delicious apples in season in autumn.

On the weekend I love to get up early and spend the morning baking. There are no distractions, my work is mostly done for the week, so it’s the perfect excuse to brew up a big mug of coffee, put…

Black Forest Cherry Cake

Black Forest Cherry Cake

I love reading through old cookbooks. Whenever I’m in a second-hand bookstore I make a beeline for the cookbook section and can spend many happy hours leafing through the foods of yesteryear. It is always amazing to see which recipes…