Dec 102017

Easy to make German Red wine cake. Mix all ingredients, pour dough into a form, bake, and finally dust it with sugar. It's  agreat cake just with a cup of coffee or for the holidays. Happy Baking

german red wine cake

Ingredients German Red Wine Cake

180 g butter, unsalted
220 g flour
150 g powdered sugar
1 tsp baking powder (Dr Oetker)
2 tbsp cocoa, unsweetened
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla sugar - How to make Vanilla Sugar -
100 g chocolate flakes (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup Red Wine - 125ml
4   eggs, separated
some Confectioner's Sugar or powdered sugar

Baking Instructions German Red Wine Cake

- Separate eggs. Beat egg white until firm. Set aside.
- Combine warm butter and eggs yolks. Mix with hand mixer until creamy.
- Mix flour with baking powder.
- Add flour, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla sugar, powdered sugar (all dry ingredients) to the egg-butter mix, then the red wine and firm egg whites. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Place batter into a greased spring form, or use a pound or Bundt-cake form.
- Bake in pre-heated oven at 150 - 175 C
(300- 350 F ) for about 50 min.

After cake has cooled off dust with the confectioner's sugar or powdered sugar.

Dec 092017

The holidays and winter months is the time for the German mulled wine gluhwein, or as we say in Germany, Glühwein.
It is red wine, spiced with cinnamon, anise and cloves, and enjoyed while it is hot.
Glühwein can be found on every Christmas Market and is is the right drink for these cold temperatures while staying outside and strolling over the market. This is an authentic recipe from Germany. Happy Holidays!

german mulled wine gluhwein

Ingredients German Mulled Wine Gluhwein

2 liter red wine
3/4 l brown rum, 40% -  optional
sugar to taste
2 of each:
organic oranges (blood oranges would work too), organic lemons, cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean
5 cloves and 1 star anise

Cooking Instructions German Mulled Wine Gluhwein

- Heat the wine in a big pot but don't bring it to a boil; heat it on low temperature.
- Remove seeds from lemons and oranges.
- Cut the orange and lemon with the peel in slices or quarters, add them to the wine with the cloves. Keep it on low temperature and let it simmer.
- Cut vanilla bean open and add the seeds to the wine.
- Add 2/3 of the rum - the rum adds a nice taste to the wine but it also makes it stronger, so you can add just a little bit or if you prefer, don't add it at all.
- Let simmer until oranges and lemons are getting very soft- for about 1-1.5 hours. Remove a piece of lemon and check if you can take off the peel. The wine should color the lemon red until to the peel.
- Stir frequently.
- Clean some bottles with hot water.
- Remove fruit and cloves; best is to use a strainer.
- Press remaining juice out of the fruit and add to the wine. If you like your can puree the fruit without the peel and add it to the wine as well, that would make the wine thicker though.
- Heat wine again and add remaining rum and sugar - don't bring it to a boil!
- Fill hot wine in bottles and close them right away, or keep it warm to enjoy it the same day.

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Dec 082017

This easy German apple streusel cake is one of  our favorite cakes (streusel means crumbles). It can be varied with the Damson prunes or apricots. It is the ultimate Kaffee and Kuchen Cake in Germany - a typical coffee cake. The cake is easy to make, even baking beginners can be proud of themselves.  Happy Baking!

easy german apple streusel cake

Ingredients Easy German Apple Streusel Cake

300 g flour
200 g butter
100 g sugar
1 pack vanilla sugar, 0.28oz - How to make Vanilla Sugar -
1 egg
1 dash salt
1 tsp baking powder (pref. Dr Oetker)

5 medium sized apples
cinnamon to taste

For the Streusel (crumbles): 200 g flour, 200 g butter, 200 g sugar

Baking Instructions Easy German Apple Streusel Cake

- Combine all ingredients for the dough, mix until everything is combined well, then knead dough until it has a firm consistency, it should not fall apart. Form to a ball.
- Wrap dough in foil and keep cool for at least 30 min.
- Peel apples, remove core, slice them, mix with cinnamon.
- Layer a baking tray or spring form with parchment paper or grease it thoroughly.
- Gently press the dough into the form or tray about 1 inch thick.
- Place apples on top and for the streusel combine all ingredients, then crumble on apples.
- Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 min on 350 F (175C).

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