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My Fifteen Favorite Recipes with Strawberries

Is there anybody on this earth who doesn’t like strawberries? At least in some kind of form? I decided to give you my fifteen favorite recipes with strawberries. You will find cake, pie, macarons, breakfast, even a cocktail, because strawberries are so versatile. Finally, you will also find locally grown strawberries here in Germany, so I figured this is the right time for a round-up. Which one is your favorite recipe with strawberries?

#1 Strawberry tiramisu with no raw egg or alcohol

#2 Moist strawberry chocolate cake

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Blog Summary of 2019

Letter Cake mit Biskuit und Zitronen-Minzcreme

Today is the last day of 2019. Seriously? When did this actually happen? I really feel like time flies, and somehow this year extra fast. One reason most definitely is the fact that we moved from the north of Germany from Hamburg to the south to Munich. But regardless, it feels like yesterday when I was cleaning the apartment in Hamburg for handover. For that reason I wanted to participate in the blog summary event of Feedmeupbeforeyougogo (in German) to answer a few questions of what actually happened in 2019. But before I do, I wanted to say, I am grateful for my blog year 2019, more than 150% visitors, published more than 70 recipes, regardless of the move, this was a busy year. But let’s get started with the questions.

#1 Which was your most sucessful blog article in 2019?

Schokoladenküchlein mit flüssigem KernDefinitely these lava cakes. Consisting on five ingredients, you will be surprised how easy they are to make. Many readers have told me that they made them sucessfully, which I love to hear. I will give you one secret tip in the article how to be sure you can have success with them, too.

#2 Which three blog articles of 2019 mean the most to you?

First I have to mention my cookie week with Uruguayan cookie recipes. It was so much fun doing research and finding Uruguayan recipes. It definitely is not as common in Latin America to bake as it is in Germany. For that reason it was quite a challenge to even find proper recipes. I learned a lot about the country I was born in and somehow I really enjoyed watching old Youtube videos showing usually moms in their homes making cookies without any proper measurements, let alone a kitchen scale. I guess this is a challenge for me who likes to measure everything as this is the best way to ensure consistent results. I have had to test a lot of the recipes several times to get to anything good. My favorite recipe from this week is currently the chocolate salami, which in my opinion truely resembles a real salami.

My second favorite recipe are the Colombian pandebonos. When I made them first, I had beginner’s luck and they turned out great. However, don’t ask me how many times I had to try over again before they finally tasted great again. Of course I will give you the secret in the blog post how to be sure they are perfect the first time around. Maybe this is the perfect party snack for New Year’s? They are completely gluten free.

Kolumbianische Käsebrötchen namens pandebonosAnd lastly I truely enjoy this pumpkin layer cake, which I prepared for our Friendsgiving.

Pumpkin Layer Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream for Thanksgiving

#3 Which other three blogs inspired you the most?

This would be Emmas Lieblingsstücke (in German) who does the most beautiful cakes. I had the chance to meet Emma personally and I just love her easy-going personality.

Patrick Rosenthal (in German) inspired me with his food photography. Of course I had to bake his oatmeal cookies (delicious by the way!).

And lastly I will never understand how Tieghan from the blog Half baked harvest even has the energy to publish as many recipes as she does every single week. She is such a workaholic. Definitely an inspiration.

#4 Which of the recipes you published have you baked/cooked the most and why?

Grundrezept für oberleckeren PorridgeThis would be the  basic recipe for porridge. Especially in winter I love to eat warm breakfast. I don’t mind getting up a few minutes early and I love preparing some warming porridge for my husband and me. Currently I love it with some apple slices browned in some butter and with some cinnamon.

#5 Which baking problem did you encounter in 2019 and how did you solve it?

Due to our move from Hamburg to Munich I haven’t had the chance to offer baking classes as I had planned to do in 2019. Regardless, I am sure this is going to happen in 2020.

#6 What was a culinary discovery in 2019?

Selbstgemachte dulce de lecheIt was not a new discovery per se. However, I have to say, I love how much the caramel cream dulce de leche is used in Latin American cuisine. I feel it does add some new flavor to anything. If you are into regular caramel, for sure you will love dulce de leche, which is made of sweetened condense milk. In this blog article I offer an easy way how to make it and also several recipes to incorporate it in.

#7 What was the best or funniest search term which visitors used to come to your site?

I don’t have anything that funny to offer. However, one thing I really don’t like and which many search terms did contain was the word Columbia. My dear friends, it may be British Columbia, the university may also be Columbia University, but if you talk about the country, please spell it with two O’s, it is Colombia. If you want to see all my Latin American recipes, check this link.

#8 What do you wish for your blog in 2020?

I am so very happy that I get emails, comments and the like for my recipes. Many are positive, a few negative and each time somebody sends a picture or provides some feedback, it fills me with joy. The reason for my blog is that people actually make the recipes, so whether you want to use Facebook, Instagram, or would like to ask me via email info at jennyisbaking dot com, I am always happy to hear back and if you have an earnest baking question, I will do my very best to answer it.

To 2020! (the featured picture shows my number cake recipe)!

Best of 2018

Best of 2018

Today on the first day of 2019 I thought it would make sense to do a best of 2018. From your point of view. For that I am going to introduce your ten favorite recipes here, the ones you click and commented the most. As some recipes got featured in MSN and Yahoo in December, I had to patiently wait until the last day to actually have a look at the final result. I have to say, this was also very interesting for me, you know checking and realizing what you actually enjoy. But let’s get started:

#10 No-bake lime cheese cake

Lime CheesecakeThis no-bake lime cheese cake is completely gluten free and needs no baking at all. You may want to give it a try during the cold season as well. Especially if you have any limes left over after your New Year’s celebration 😉

#9 Colombian sweet bread or roscónes

rosconThis is a sweet yeast dough filled with guava paste. In my opinion the best sweet bread from Colombia, hands down.

#8 One-pot vegetable lasagna

one-pot vegetable lasagnaYes, you will find savory dishes on my blog occassionally. Apparently you like this dish a lot. What I like about this recipe is that it comes together so quickly, all you need is a good skillet. The recipe can also be made vegan and is perfect for a healthy dinner.

#7 Colombian cheese balls or buñuelos

Kolumbianische buñuelos aka frittierte Käse-Teigbällchen (glutenfrei)I am very excited that this recipe made it into the top ten, considering that I only published it in December. The best part? They are deep-fried and gluten free, the best snack on earth!

#6 Plum tart with cinnamon streusel

Pflaumentarte mit ZimtstreuselnThis recipe has been passed down and been circled around friends and family. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally introduce it here. No wonder you loved it, too.

#5 Vegan Oreo chocolate cake

vegan Oreo CakeI am excited that this guest post from Ramona from the blog somegreenlife made it to number 4. And in case you didn’t know, yes, Oreos are vegan and this cake tastes like a gigantic Oreo cake!

#4 Colombian corn bread with cheese filling or arepa boyacense

Colombian corn bread arepa boyacenseYes, these are gluten free (do you start seeing the pattern?) and they are filled with mozzarella. I love this as a snack, no wonder you loved this recipe as much as I do!

#3 Chocolate lava cake

Schokoladenküchlein mit flüssigem KernYou will need only few ingredients to make this happen. I provide tips on how to be sure for the center to actually be lava.

#2 Heidesand cookies

Heidesand-PlätzchenThese cookies have very few ingredients and are the most tender and buttery cookie you can possibly imagine. The best cookie for vanilla shortbread lovers. No wonder it is in the top three.

#1 Letter cake with raspberry cream

Letter CakeI made the famous letter or number cake with sponge cake and filled it with raspberry cream. Apparently you love this fluffy cake with macaron decoration, too! For that reason I made another number cake, this time I filled it with lemon cream and a touch of mint, you know after all that heavy Christmas food 😉 Feel free to check out the recipe here.

I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s celeberation and that 2019 has a lot in store for you!