Finally I got to make one iconic dish from the US, cinnamon rolls or cinnamon buns. Yes, I have made them before, but not the classic and traditional version with cream cheese frosting. But finally I got round to it and made the full deal, no extras, but also no substitutions. These are very moist and fluffy cinnamon rolls, we will need to make a tangzhong, which means boiling flour, water and milk, so that the flour can gelatinize. This will help for the rolls to stay extra fresh. Yes, you will add five more minutes of work, but I believe it is so worth it.
Banana pudding from the south is a layer dessert, you will have vanilla wafers (basically vanilla cookies), custard, bananas, and meringue on top. Usually this dessert is served in a casserole. However, since it is only the two of us and because I had never made this dessert before, I decided to serve this pudding in dessert glasses. I also reduced the amount and ended up liking a recipe for only four dessert glasses. If you like a creamy dessert with bananas, this is a recipe you should try. Of course we are going to make the custard ourselves, it is really not as hard as you may think.
Old-fashioned rhubarb pie! Guys, I am ashamed to say, but this pie was polished within two days and it is only th two of us! If you love rhubarb, this pie is for you. It is a very simple, very plain pie, a buttery pie crust holds together: rhubarb. Yeah, duh, I decided to go for no further adornments, no additional spices, no egg, no custard, no nothing, just loads and loads of rhubarb. It is sweetened with sugar and tapioca starch will serve as the binder, but that’s it. I enjoyed mine with a dollop of whipping cream. Feel free to serve with ice cream or just eat plain!
I actually don’t think I have taken pictures of anything this fast. I believe I gave this eggnog three minutes on my balcony. It was about -3 and during the shot it was snowing heavily. But then, when I could get inside and enjoy a nice cup of eggnog, it was all worth it. Eggnpg is a mix of cream and/or milk, alcohol, eggs, and spices. This eggnog is prepared with raw eggs, so be sure that they are fresh. It is aged over time, thus you will not need to heat anything. With age it matures in flavor. The original recipe says to start two to weeks prior consumption, so this is the perfect time if you want to enjoy it for Christmas.
After a long break I am going to do another “how to” tutorial. This is geared towards German people and non-Americans because I am going to talk about pie. What exactly is a pie? The most traditional pie has a dough base (pie crust) and a filling, it may have a second pie crust it is covered with. It was already popular among the American pioneers as it didn’t contain any leavener and could all be done by hand. It usually contains few ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter, egg, and milk and/or fruit or meats and has reached popularity also outside of the U.S. The most traditional pie is probably the apple pie, pumpkin pie or pecan pie is another classic you will find everywhere for Thanksgiving. In Germany pie is not that popular, even though the Europeans brought their different pies and tarts to the U.S. in the first place before it became so popular in the U.S.
It is impossible to find a proper pie form in Germany, I searched high and low, I used a springform (you can see a few pictures below with a springform), I used a tart form, until I finally gave up and simply ordered one online. The one I currently use (I have two) is this one and it serves me well. What I do like about a proper pie form is that it chamfered, meaning that you will get more filling than in a tart form or springform. Below I will introduce you to many pie recipes and will give you tips on how to make sure that you are doing a proper American pie.
I do already have a few apple pie recipes on my blog, but none contains alcohol yet. I find it pretty difficult baking with alcohol. You have to add so much and most of it evaporates during the baking process. But today I thought I would give this famous dessert a little twist and give it a try. So let me introduce you to this apple pie with a hint of whisky!
Guys, I have not introduced a classic apple pie yet. What a shame! As October is the months of apples and apple picking, I decided to introduce it now. Apple pie is something almost everybody loves, even though pie crust can be a little intimidating. If you would like to learn how to deal with pie crust, I recommed this blog post. But let’s give the floor to apple pie!
Today we have American (key) lime pie. This pie is traditionally from Floriday and hence uses the limes from the keys in Florida. Key limes are smaller and sweeter in flavor than regular limes. However, since I am located in Germany and can’t get hold of key limes, we are going to use regular limes for this lime pie. I personally love serving a citrus dish in winter. I love this tart and refreshing flavor on a winter day. You don’t even need to make whipping cream, you can also enjoy this pie in its very pure and simple form. I like it best on day 3.
Snickerdoodles are America’s answer to German cinnamon stars! I love snickerdoodles and I find it super exciting every time a German tries one and declares it the new favorite cookie. Snickerdoodles are easy to prepare and are similar to how sugar cookies are created. You will need cream of tartar for these beauties to stay soft and puffy. The recipe does not require any chilling.
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?