This year for Easter I decided to prepare something dreamy and airy. What better option than to go with pavlova? I went for a pavlova with lemon curd and fresh fruits. Never heard of pavlova? According to my research this dish is seen as the national dish of either Australia or New Zealand, both countries are still fighting about that. In the 1920’s the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited both countries and this dish was invented in her honor. It contains a meringue base, which usually has the shape of a nest and is filled with whipped cream and fresh fruits.
I am so excited today to share this post with you as Nina from the blog Törtchen – Made in Berlin (cupcakes made in Berlin) is sharing a very German recipe with us here. As you can see from my very long blog title, it is close to impossible to translate this treat I ate so often as a child. Literally translated the dish is called “cold dog.” Why this is the case, I haven’t been able to find out other than it is done cold, so with no baking, but what I can assure you is that this is one of my favorite things to eat. I do distinctly remember licking my fingers after getting a piece and being very excited about the high amount of chocolate after each bite. Because, you know, chocolate is always great!
I love meringue, that’s why I have lots of recipes with meringue on my blog, even though my blog is not that old yet. Just to name a few: French macaron, meringue nests, rhubarb pie with meringue topping, and meringue on top of berries. For that reason I was very excited when I learned that Lisha from the blog MainBacken (in German) was going to share a meringue recipe for my blog event. In case you don’t know, I am currently hosting a blog event in which I ask you to make something from scratch and to share it with a coffee invite. For further details check here. The event will be over on March 15, 2018, so you still have time.
But let’s give the floor to Lisha:
I love meringue. I got to love meringue at a very late stage. Maybe because I feel meringue doesn’t play a very important role in the baking industry. But even though it was late love, this meringue topped off with berries and whipped cream is a fairy dream. Easy to prepare (can be prepared easily in advance), wonderful to look at and once you take the first bite, you will be in heaven, melts in your mouth and has a nice tangy aftertaste due to the berries. Really a fairy dream!
Have I ever mentioned that I love desserts that sound complicated, but are easy to prepare? This one is most certainly one of them. Welcome to Pineapple Mini Cakes with Mascarpone Cream, so delicious, yet fairly easy to whip up.
Warning, this is not a quick recipe, this one takes time! Reason is because you need to prepare three different things. But if you don’t mind that (many parts can be prepared in advance), you will be rewarded with the most fluffy, light and airy eclairs, I promise!
If there is a fruit I like to take pictures of, it is apricots! I am a huge fan of its color. The wall in our living room is in apricot color. Such a nice, warm color. So I am excited to present to you apricots turnover. They taste just the way they look: warm, juicy, summerish, and refreshing. I just love apricots. Funnily enough, the plain fruit is fine, but I usually prefer them baked paired with for example cream cheese.
Have you ever been too scared to start anything because it was supposedly super difficult? That’s French macarons for me. They are, at least from what I know, the holy grail of cookie baking. Supposedly. But I figured, OK, I will just give it a shot and see what happens. I mean, I didn’t expect anything, I started watching videos on how to make French macarons and I just figured that I could throw away the first batch in case it didn’t turn out. So I went, I made them, and was surprised that they were as good as they were. I mean, yeah, they still need improvement. I will give you that, but they were much better than I had ever expected them to turn out.
It’s summer! Officially! So I need something fast, something refreshing and also something healthy. That’s why I invented this frozen strawberry cake, which can be done in less than 15 minutes. It is pleasing to the eye and everybody will love it, I promise. It may be one of your new go-to recipes. I at least have it stored as a new favorite. I honestly was surprised. I usually don’t invent cakes. I like to change recipes to me liking, I like to alter them. But start one from scratch? I don’t know what happened, but for some reason I just felt like throwing some strawberries together and hope for the best. I usually don’t mind following a recipe, but this time it was just an impluse reaction, why not mix strawberries with some crunchy almonds? I took quite a risk there, because this cake was a birthday cake for a friend of mine. And since he likes strawberries and since it is summer, I came up with this beauty.
Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover egg whites? Meringue is my new solution for leftover egg whites. Meringue is so versatile and it goes with almost everything because it has a rather subtle flavor. The best part of it is that you only need a litte sugar to create it.