Today I am introducing you to a German treat with a Latin American twist: tree cake with the caramel dulce de leche. You may wonder why it is called tree cake. All the layers are supposed to represent the rings you see when you cut through the stem of a tree. If you buy this cake at a fair, the layers are not shown horizontally, but vertically. This makes it look even more like the real tree rings and hence the name. However, since you need a special construction with the cake roating on it to bake layer after layer, I decided to go for a simple version you can prepare with your oven at home.
I am so excited to finally be sharing this recipe for Colombian buñuelos! Colombian buñuelos are, at least in my opinion, so much better than Mexican buñuelos, they are gluten free as they are prepared with cornstarch and tapioca flour and they do contain cheese, lots of cheese. Do I need to say anything more?
Finally, I have been waiting patiently for today. Finally I can announce the Food Advent Calendar “Spice It Up!”, which I decided to organize. A Food Advent Calendar, you ask? Have you ever heard of the tradition of the advent calendar? The basic idea is that waiting for Christmas is made more bearable. Advent calendars are sold in Germany as calendars with little doors to open on every day. Usually chocolate is hidden behind each door, so you are officially allowed to eat a little piece of chocolate between December 1 to 24. Sounds great, doesn’t it? At least for me as a big chocolate lover I have always loved that idea.
I decided to organize an Advent Calendar of my own kind. I asked 24 bloggers from all around the world to join me and each present a new recipe on their blog as their little treat. The Food Advent Calendar is called “Spice It Up” because I wanted everybody to use a typical spice of the season in their freshly created recipes.
So every day as of tomorrow until Christmas we will visit blogs which freshly invented recipes. And see which spice they used. And be excited. At least I am very excited. I have the honor of posting the first recipe tomorrow. Just to give you a sneak peek:
As our world is a very visual place, I decided to create a visual representation of the Advent Calendar, if you click on the “doors” below, you will find the recipes contributed. However, as in real life, you are only allowed to see one door per day, so tomorrow only door number 1 will lead to a new recipe. Please be sure to return to check out all recipes. After December 24 all 24 recipes will remain available.
People who are participating are as follows:
December 1, I will feature tonka bean in a sweet bread tomorrow on this blog
December 2, Rachel from Dishing Up Dinner will feature nutmeg in a cookie
December 3, Jyoti from The Hungry Belly will feature saffron in a dessert
December 4, Natalie from Natalie Journeys will feature nutmeg in a drink
December 5, Renea from Inspire A Creation will feature peppermint in a dessert
December 6, Samira from Samira’s Recipe Diary will feature cardamom in a dessert
December 7, Markus from Earth Food and Fire will feature cloves in a side dish
December 8, Candi from Make Ahead Meal Mom will feature nutmeg in a main dish
December 9, Rachael from Coloured Plates will feature star anise in a condiment
December 10, Kori from I Rok the Kitchen will feature ginger in a cookie
December 11, Megan from Life on Paradise Drive will feature pumpkin pie spice in a dessert
December 12, Leslie from Deliciously Plated will feature cardamom in a beverage
December 13, Tanya from Food Forage will feature ginger in a dessert
December 14, Ali from Fix Me a Little Lunch will feature bay leaves in a cocktail
December 15, Daniela from Dani’s Cookings will feature cinnamon in a cake
December 16, Neha from Witty Mushroom will feature cardamom in a dessert
December 17, Lizet from Chipa by the Dozen will feature aniseed in a cookie
December 18, Jillian from Simple Sassy Scrumptious will feature cinnamon and cloves in a cookie
December 19, Renea from Inspire a Creation will feature almond in a dessert
December 20, Angela from Bake It with Love will feature nutmeg in a dessert
December 21, Kaveri from Pretty Little Things will feature ginger in a dessert
December 22, Nataliya from The Friendly Gourmand will feature clove in a side dish
December 23, Myriam from Milly’s Melting Pot will feature vanilla in a cookie
December 24, I will do a roundup on this blog