Karamell und Kranz

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Vanilla, caramel, walnuts, softness, that’s the crown of the party, the Kranz.
Largely inspired by Frankfurter Kranz (Frankfurt crown cake). The original seems to contain large amounts of butter, and this one is butter free, so the crown is lighter to wear. It’s still decadent. I doubt any German cake can ever become diet food.

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A very vanilla chiffon cake with lots of vanilla powder added to blond cane sugar.

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The cake is very fluffy. A real chiffon, so let’s garnish delicately :

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The frosting is simply coconut cream (chilled) with a little dark rum, no sugar. There is enough sweetness from the biscuit, the raspberry jam and caramelized walnuts.

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I’ve added water to the caramel left in the bottom of pan for the walnuts, and when that was cooled, poured on the cake just before serving.

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Eat while it’s cold…

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… with hot coffee.

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Autumn colors (2) : carob pancakes

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Mix 50% flour and 50% carob powder, add some baking powder, a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk. Pour in coconut milk, enough to obtain a creamy batter. Let 10 minutes.

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Heat a pan, pass a little oil. On medium heat, pour batter to get 2 mm of thickness. Cover. When the lid is hot, pass on low heat.

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Done !

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One side has lots of holes.

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With a coconut milk café au lait.

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They are delicious with a little raspberry jam, and coconut cream.

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Golden sweet potato waffles

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Simple waffles with 2 yellow twists.

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You can see these bits in them. They are cubes of baked sweet potato.

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Kurikogane potato (more here)

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The second ray of sunlight is a generous teaspoon of turmeric in the batter. Mix. Heat the waffle-maker. Cook. Prepare coffee.

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Hot red choc’ chili

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A warm sprouted azuki chili with a few twists.

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These ingredients give the mood…

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I have followed the recipe of bean chili with dark chocolate and walnut, using sprouted azuki I had cooked and frozen. So it’s quick to mix and let simmer.

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Sides : A home-made wheat tortilla, toasted. And stir-fried white parts of romaine salad.

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Then use the tortilla as a spoon and enjoy :

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Fruity cardamom waffles


Today’s brunch : apple waffles, and kiwis.

Simple batter, flour, baking powder, black sugar, water. I’ve added seeds of cardamom and small dices of apple.

With fresh slices of kiwi.

Simple and delicious.

BUZZ in 2012

Here are the most popular of the past year, some Japanese, some French, some that try to be delicious and healthy. And you like original bread too…

Bonne fin d’année !
Yoi o toshi o !
Enjoy the last hours of the year and party well into next one !

So maybe that would be the ideal party dinner :
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JAPANESE
Casual, classic, rare and daily…


Osaka’s famous takoyaki.

Perfect Japanese rice in your cast iron pot
Awabi to kimo, abalone in buttered soy sauce
Kabocha salad, a bento lunch box hit

FRENCH
Classics…

Boeuf bourguignon
Fleischnacka, Alsace’s meat snails
Pommes soufflées (puffed potatoes)

HEALTHY FUNNY EXOTIC

Kabocha and carrot kibbeh
Korean style Taisho kintoki beans
Kuzukiri crystal noodles in creamy coriander sauce
Simple 10 minute falafels
Colorslaw

SPECIAL BREADS

Tiger bread
Black rice bread
sprouted hemp seed bread
Rice-cooker steamed black sesame bread
Buckwheat soda bread

HEALTHY TREATS

Tofu pumpkin jewel cake
Black sesame waffle and carob mousse
Red lentil crackers, two flavors

DESSERT AND TEA

Osaka yoghurt cake
Scones for tea…
Black sata andagi (Okinawan donuts)
Rising Sun melon-pan

COFFEE

Love ducks, a yin yang drink
Café au lait, so visited…
Nama choco.

Baked matcha donuts with silky mocha


Sweet time. In Winter in Spain, they serve their churros with a thick chocolate. That was the idea. My drink is a mocha, with coffee in it. And I baked matcha green tea donuts. Both are very quick and simple to make, vegan, dairy free and more important : warm and yummy !

Matcha baked donuts :
A cup of flour, baking powder, 2 tbs of sweetened green tea powder, a generous drip of olive oil, water… Baked at 120 degrees C, till they get firm on the top. They stay very soft

You see them naked on the right. On the left, when warm, I painted them with olive oil and shook in a bag with a ts of tea powder.

A real donut texture, rich, moist, soft, sweet. The green teea sweetness is very pleasant and a perfect companion for dark chocolate.

Silky mocha. Coffee, lots of pure cocoa powder, potato starch, a few seconds in the micro-wave… It gets silky. Creamy. Well I nearly had pudding.

Let’s dip in the donuts…