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How to Make Perfect Arepas from Colombia or Venezuela

Arepas aus Kolumbien oder Venezuela

Finally I am introducing the basic recipe for arepas on my blog! Arepas are a flatbread made from cornmeal. They are most popular in Colombia and Venezuela. As a German I have to say that these countries offer the same kind of varieties of arepas as breads are offered here. I already introduced arepas boyacenses, however, so far the basic recipe was missing. The reason being simple, I just felt I still didn’t know how to make perfect arepas even though it only consists of three ingredients, cornmeal, water, and salt. But now the waiting is finally over, below I am offering many tips. Hopefully they will make you confident enough so that your first arepas turn out great from the start. If making the very basic recipe, arepas are naturally gluten-free and vegan.

Arepas aus Kolumbien oder Venezuela

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Classic Hummingbird Cake with Pineapple Flowers and Hummingbird Cookies

Hummingbird Cake

Today I am introducing the famous hummingbird cake to you. There is a simple reason for that. It has to do with the fact that I love animals and birds in particular. Since I was born in Uruguay in Latin America, I had the privilege of watching these tiny birds close to our house. I find it extremely fascinating how these birds need to constantly eat as otherwise they wouldn’t survive. Every 15 minutes they need to drink nectar. Since these birds are so pretty, I decided that my cake definitely also need hummingbirds on the outside, clearly displayed. So I figured that I would dry some pineapple slices and use them as flowers the hummingbirds would be drinking from. The hummingbirds are made from sugar cookies. So I warn you, if you make my version of this cake, it will require a lot of work. I believe it is so worth it, but you are free to make it without the fancy decorations. Because, who doesn’t like hummingbird cake?

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Coffee Eclairs Dalgona Style

Eclairs mit Kaffeecreme Dalgona-Style

I do have a few eclairs on my blog, today I am introducing eclairs with coffee filling, dalgona stlye. I also have  black forest eclairs, eclairs with peanut butter filling, or eclairs with raspberries on my blog to name only a few. So why the need for another eclair recipe? The reason is two-fold. Reason number 1 is my hubby, who can eat eclairs every single day. His face will light up once I say eclair. We have been to the south of France a few times and he would always either buy eclairs or tartelette au citron in the boulangerie as one of the first actions. And the second reason is because I had to try Dalgona or whipped coffee finally in a recipe.

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Classic Red Riding Hood Cake from Germany

Klassische Rotkäppchentorte

Have you ever heard of the red riding hood cake we have here in Germany? Well, it is a cake with a very red glaze, smooth as glass. Its shiny color reminds you of the red riding hood and hence it got its name from this tale.  The base of this impressive cake is like a marbled cake, which is dotted with cherries. The second layer consists of whipping cream mixed with quark and the third is a glaze made with cherry juice. Welcome to a German fairy tale!

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We Are Celebrating Life: Rich and Creamy Chocolate Cheesecake (No Bake)

Chocolate Cheesecake als kleiner Seelenschmeichler (ohne backen)

Guys, today is a special day for me. Exactly two years ago I had a horrible bike accident. Including hemorrhage. It is a special day for me as I didn’t get any long-term damage. Yeah, it did take a while for me to recover, but I made it back with a clean health bill. And since this is a special day for me, I always make a special cake on this occasion. Last year I made this vegan Oreo cake and the previous year I made one gigantic cookie with the cookie monster on top. Needless to say that I am a huge cookie monster myself. Yes, all of these cakes are very decadent and rich, I am celebrating life and don’t want to hold back. Yes, this year’s cake is decadent as well. This rich and creamy chocolate cheesecake is anything but healthy. In total we have 400 grams of chocolate and 600 grams of heavy cream. I promise you, if you are a chocoholic like I am, you will love this cake. But be warned, you won’t manage to eat more than a small slice. For that reason I made it in a 20cm/8inch cake pan because you really don’t need a lot to satisfy your chocolate craving. And I am saying this as somebody who can eat chocolate all the time, regardless if it is summer or winter. I will never understand why some people say they don’t need chocolate in summer. I definitely do. If you are the same, this cake is for you.

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Vegan Meringue Nests for Easter

Vegane Baisernester zu Ostern

I don’t know about you, but suddenly I am forced to cook all the time. So the other day I made a chickpea curry which lasted a few days and was really delicious. It has taken me a while, but now I know that you shouldn’t throw away the chickpea water, this can be beaten into meringue. Truly delicious meringue. For me this still is such a surprise, every time I beat this weird liquid into meringue, it is like a true miracle. Called aquafaba, I have to say, I am excited each and every time. It truly tastes just the same as meringue made with egg whites. And since I am a huge fan of meringue, I wanted to make a vegan version of it. Hence these vegan meringue nests for Easter were born. Vegane Baisernester zu Ostern

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Birthday Cookies with Sprinkles

Geburtstags-Cookies mit Zuckerstreuseln

Cookies can be eaten any time of the year, at least in my opinion. And for that reason I am presenting today birthday sprinkles cookies, just because. They are so colorful and happy, just the way I like them, with sprinkles. For some reason I never seem to need my sprinkles other than for Christmas, so these are perfect to finally us some of the sprinkles.

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Classic Recipes from Granny: Apple Strudel

Apfelstrudel mit Rahm

Today I am introducing apple cream strudel from Munich. This strudel is a classic from grandma’s time. I am happy that Anna from the German blog Teigliebe agreed to bake together a classic recipe from grandma’s time. We baked together already once, this was during the giveaway from Marc and Andrea, Anna made a super beautiful raspberry rhubarb pie and I made a strawberry pie with roses. I was happy when Anna agreed to bake again with me. I picked the topic “Classic Recipes from Grandma’s Time” due to the fact that my grandma S. passed away recently. At the funeral it was mentioned several times that she was a brilliant baker and cook. Her home was known as a “hotel” even though she did not run any as her food had the standard of a hotel and she loved to host a lot of get-togethers. I distinctly remember her birthdays as the table would be laden down with the weight of oh so many homemade cakes and pies.

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My Nine Favorite Colombian Dishes

Meine neun Lieblingsrezepte aus Kolumbien

Today I will give you my personal favorite nine recipes from Colombia. You will get main courses, snacks, and desserts. I have been married to a Colombian for ten years now and therefore had the chance to try many Colombian recipes. I was also fortunate enough to visit this beautiful country several times. I am often asked what Colombian cuisine is like. The only simple answer is: this depends. Colombia is a country of vast different climates, you don’t have jungle only, but mountain chains and savannas. Apart from the Caribbean you also have a dessert, therefore it is very hard to pin it down to just a few dishes. Colombia has a wealth of potatoes, you will also see many different types of corn. Typically, a lot of dishes do not contain gluten and are prepared either with potatoes, corn or starches from manioc, etc. Many people are surprised when they learn that Colombian cuisine is not spicy at all, cilantro and cumin are often used as well as annatto, which has a vibrant red color and is simply called “color” in Colombia. I don’t claim at all that these nine dishes are the most typical Colombian dishes, these are simply my favorite recipes. If you would like to see a certain dish or would like to comment, please feel free to do so below. But now let’s get started!

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Real Franzbrötchen with Puff Pastry

Echte Franzbrötchen mit Plunderteig

Real Franzbrötchen with puff pastry. I am so excited to introduce this recipe to you today. Think of Franzbrötchen as the answer from Hamburg to the cinnamon-roll craze. I was fortunate enough to live in Hamburg for a couple of years and I can tell you, you will always have the scent of cinnamon present wherever you go. Regardless of whether a kiosk or a bakery, one thing you can definitely be sure of if you are in Hamburg is the fact that Franzbrötchen will be sold everywhere. I already introduced these cinnamon rolls here using a simple yeast dough. The lazy version.

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