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The best Canadian Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Have you every heard of Nanaimo bars? These translate to a no-bake bar with a nutty base, which is mixed with graham crackers and melted butter, a vanilla custard in the middle layer, and then topped off with delicious chocolate. I’m telling you, you are going to love this Canadian treat, at least I fell in love with it and I don’t even like coconut that much, but in this nutty base combined with walnuts, it is a dream come true. Ah, just look at this deliciousness!

Nanaimo Bars

I was fortunate enough to spend a gap year in Canada after high school. Don’t ask me why, but Germans LOVE Canada. And there is a lot to love. So much untouched nature, such friendly people, and in general a very wonderful place to be in. Canadians are in general extremely polite and friendly, but if you tell them they are basically the same as Americans, they get offended and will talk about all the differences, such as Tim Hortons (the “Starbuck/Dunkin Donuts” version of Canada), their beloved queen, and, of course, the fact that they have public health insurance.

Be it as it may, conversations you are definitely going to have is about food. Canadians love their food. I don’t think I have ever eaten more salmon than during my gap year in British Columbia, it was sold EVERYWHERE. And the famous maple syrup, yes, I have actually seen Canadian pour it on their bacon, mashed potatos as well as into their coffee. So needless to say that of course I had to try Nanaimo bars. Nanaimo bars are originally from British Columbia, from Victoria Island. The base usually contains coconut flakes, graham crackers and melted butter. Since I live in Germany and pecans are a little harder to find, I went with walnuts, but I believe you can use any nut as a wonderful addition to this mix.

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Mushroom Meringue

Pilze aus Baiser

I have to admit, I love fall, especially if you check the ground of a dark forest, you will find mushrooms, just like the ones I am presenting today. No, I am kidding, you won’t find these mushrooms in the forest, they are actually made from meringue. However, I do find that they do look very much like their original, don’t you think? I am sure these mushrooms are going to be a show-stopper. And the best thing is, they are basically made from two ingredients. You beat egg whites with sugar, which you then pipe into mushroom caps and stems, you glue it all together with chocolate, and then dust them off with cocoa powder, voilá!Pilze aus Baiser Continue Reading…

Colombian Milhojas: Custard Puff Pastry with Whipping Cream

Milhojas aus Kolumbien

Sometimes there are recipes that are particularly dear to me. These milhojas from Colombia are one of those. Reason for posting this recipe is the fact that we managed to eat milhojas when we were in Spain. Among the many delicious things I am still dreaming about are these milhojas. Milhojas consist of puff pastry, which is filled with vanilla custard, whipping cream and dulce de leche. Below you will see a picture of the milhojas we ate in the bakery Panetteria de Tirso in Madrid, Spain:

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Mermaid Pavlova

Meeres-Pavlova mit einer Meerjungfrau

About a year ago I tried a mermaid-themed cake for the first time. Back then I simply piped some meringue circles and stacked them on top of each other. But this time I thought, why not go with pavlova in order to create this mermaid pavlova instead. Why and what this all about, I will explain below.

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Rainbow Color Yellow: Lemon Soufflé inside Lemons

lemon souffle

Nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing lemon soufflé. If you want to get all fancy like me, you can also serve the soufflé inside a lemon. It gives this dish its extra tangy flavor and will definitely be a crowd-stopper.

lemon souffleI created this dish originally for my blog event “Colorful Food”. I basically invite you to bake/cook a dish in one rainbow color, either red, pink, orange, yellow, blue, purple or green. For further details please check here. Today obviously the color is YELLOW!

So far we had

A fruit pizza in all rainbow colors

Strawberry pancakes for red

Mini mango cakes for orange

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Rainbow Color Orange: Mango Mini Cakes (no bake)

mango mini cakes

Today I am introducing you to mango mini cakes, which do not require any baking. I am also presenting these mango mini cakes to you as I am organizing the blog event “Colorful Food”. I invite you to create a recipe in one of the seven rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, or pink. If you would like to learn more, please check this blog post. Want to guess which rainbow color I am taking care of today? Well, mango is ORANGE, so today’s recipe is in the rainbow color orange. For red check these strawberry pancakes, yum!

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Pavlova for Easter with Lemon Curd and Fresh Fruits

Pavlova with lemon curd

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.

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Guest post: German chocolate cookie sandwich (cold dog) from Nina from Törtchen- Made in Berlin

Kalter Hund mit Oreo und Himbeeren-3513

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!

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