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Strawberry Pie with the Cutest Roses

Erdbeer-Pie mit süßen Röschen

Today I brought along the cutest strawberry pie with roses and a little heart. Below you will find step-by-step instructions so that your roses just look the same. This time I thought I would make a simple cake for Mother’s Day. If you want to have something more festive, try this chocolate strawberry layer cake or this strawberry tiramisu cake. But today I thought a very simple pie would be perfect. I mean, simple doesn’t necessarily mean bad, does this? I think I put as much love into this pie as into that layer cake.

Erdbeer-Pie mit süßen RöschenAs you can see from the pictures, this is a pie full of strawberries, in total it contains 800 grams of strawberries. Mind you, after having hulled them. Strawberry pies can be ticky, you don’t want the filling to be mushy. So for that reason I went with tapioca starch, which works better than cornstarch. But in case you don’t have tapioca close by, cornstarch will do.

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Rhubarb Tart with Streusel

Rhabarber-Tarte mit Streuseln

I’ve decided to give a favorite family recipe of ours another twist and introduce a super simple, yet delicious rhubarb tart with streusel to you. Why it is simple you ask? It has a pie crust, rhubarb filling and streusel. That’s it. But if you ask me, the simple and easy recipes are often the best. Do you agree with this statement?

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Cute Hand Pies with Creamy Chicken Filling

Handliche Mini-Pies mit Hähnchenfüllung

Today I introduce you to cute hand pies with creamy chicken filling. These hand pies are perfect for a buffet, as finger food, snack, but can also be served as a main with a salad on the side. The chicken filling is creamy, the pastry dough comes together quickly and is spiced with some herbs. In my opinion the perfect combination when you have company coming over.

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Classic French Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tartin

Tart Tatin, simple, plain, classic. This is what you will get on my blog today. Reason for it was a colleague of mine you gifted me with some home-grown apples. So then I thought, finally I have the chance to actually introduce this classic recipe here, even though I have been making it for a while already. This time I wanted to do it the really old-fashioned way, you know, with an oven-proof skillet, with apples, caramel and a pastry dough. Can you believe that classic tarte tartin actually only contains four ingredients: apples, sugar, butter, and flour?

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Valentine Cherry Hand Pies

Valentine Cherry Hand Pie

Valentine is around the corner and this is a super simple recipe you can make, it has few ingredients you mostly likely have at home. They contain all-purpose flour, sugar, butter, almonds, one egg, vanilla extract, and cherry jam. Happen to have those at home? If so, let’s have a look at this hand pie, which I specifically made for Valentine! These hand pies are perfect to take along as they fit into any plastic box (no hassle dragging a three-tier cake along), they can be prepared in advance, and they are so small that you can share with more than only your Valentine. On top, they simply are cute to look at and they can be frozen easily. These cherry hand pies are the best!

Valentine Cherry Hand Pie

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Apple Cranberry Almond Pie

Apple Cranberry Almond Pie

If you are looking for the perfect pie for Thanksgiving, this is for you. This is the perfect winter/fall pie with lots of juicy apples, fresh cranberries, and a hint of almond. Let me introduce Apple Cranberry Almond Pie to you!

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Easy Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Plums and Pecans

schneller Schokokuchen

What my go-to recipe for chocolate cake is? Definitely this one. I don’t even know when or where I picked it up. It probably was passed down to me from my mom as we spent several years in the U.S. in the 80’s, German recipes are usually a bit more complicated. It has been very popular among my relatives. I love this recipe because it can be whipped up in about five minutes. Literally.

One thing I know for sure is that I have seen this cake around a lot. At a lot of festivities. I mean, what beats a cake you can whip up so quickly and which is so versatile? I love that it is so moist! Originally it was a sheet cake, often served with nuts and frosted with some chocolate frosting. Sometimes it was made with cherries, my sister also used it as a birthday cake for one of her children and used smarties, M&Ms etc. to make it more festive. This recipe can also be the base for a bundt cake.

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Blueberry Hand Pies with a Hint of Lavender

Blueberry Hand Pie

It was so much fun making these Blueberry Hand Pies. In fact, I was wondering why I didn’t make them before. While sipping my cappuccino my beloved husband made for me and eating a hand pie as a second breakfast, I really thought something was wrong with me. They are perfect to take along as they fit into any plastic box (no hassle dragging them along), they can be prepared in advance, and they are so small that many can share. On top, they simply are cute to look at and they can be frozen easily.

Blueberry Hand Pie
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Apricot Turnovers

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.

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Rhubarb Pie in all its Glory

Rhubarb Meringue Pie

Don’t you hate pies that are mushy and have half of their goodness spilling onto your plate while it is being served? I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like that. If you have ever tried a squishy rhubarb pie, you know what I mean. But look no further, I found the perfect solution for this. In is really simple: instant vanilla pudding! If you chill this pie properly, you will have an amazing rhubarb filling (lots of it, almost one kilogram!), which combines nicely with the meringue. Is that a German thing? To put meringue on top of rhubarb? Not sure, but who cares. It is so yummy! You should definitely try it. I really love this nice combination. It looks so impressive and tastes even better.

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