• Baking,  Germany

    Plätzchen Plätzchen

    Further to my Advent Advent post, here is the result of our weekend baking activity. Lots of wonderful Christmas biscuits – called Plätzchen in Germany. The word Plätzchen (according to Wiki) comes from either the diminutive of Platz – round flat cake – or from the latin word placenta which means cake. Placenta means CAKE? Why had I never heard of this before? It makes sense though, because in Germany the placenta is called the “Mutterkuchen”. At the beginning of Advent, many families in Germany bake Plätzchen, often using old family recipes. My mother-in-law uses the same recipe for the Xmas Plätzchen as she does for the Easter biscuits, a…

  • Baking

    Lindt Chocolate Cake

    Here is one I prepared earlier. This was baked to take to friends’ going away party. When we arrived at the friends’s house we were surprised to see that there were no cars outside. We walked towards the door, only to see several nappy bags with dirty nappies lying on the doorstep. Before ringing the doorbell, I quickly checked my calendar to find that the party is tomorrow.  Oh, well. Hopefully the cake will still taste good tomorrow. It is very easy to prepare, but be warned it is not exactly light. So put away your scales and weightwatchers books for now and just enjoy. First put the cocoa into…

  • Baking

    How to make (and eat) Hot Cross Buns

    Last week I saw that Dan Lepard (no Def Lepard jokes please, he has heard them all) was due to go on Mumsnet.com to do another webchat with bake-a-long after the success of the previous one. Great, thought I. Then I remembered that I am supposed to be on a diet.  Never mind. The long periods of time between kneading the dough, leaving to rise, then forming the buns and again leaving to rise gave me ample time to fit a run in around my baking. Perfect way to spend a day. Following Dan’s recipe pretty much exactly, I prepared the dough using raisins and mixed spice. I forgot the…