A little Star was baked

This post is not about a new Recipe. March 2014, while visiting my friend in Holland, I prepared them for the first time. Since that day I have made these Breakfast Baskets so many times. Sometimes I changed the Cheese, … Continue reading

An Apple in a Cheesecake and a Bun in the Oven

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In Switzerland we actually don’t have such thing as baby shower (or bridal shower, just the normal showers you take every morning). My best friend is pregnant since 8 months. And while seeing this miracle growing I got aware that we do not at all celebrate our Mothers-to-be enough in this country. As I love hosting parties and didn’t have to reinvent the wheel, this was the perfect moment to throw my Anna and her little Baby Boy a Baby Shower. Time to shower her with love! And of course shower everyone with delicious food, what else!
One of the desserts was my Caramel Apple Cheesecake with Crumble. Click Here to see the Recipe.
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An other oldie but goldie I made, were my Marzipan Poppy Seed Cupcakes. Click Here for the Recipe.
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For the Salty Flavors I made a Pumpkin-Carrot Quiche and the Spinach-Feta Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting I make for almost every Party.
And my newest little fun creation were my Potato Skewers. All you do is you bake the halved Potatoes with some oil and Salt, cool them off and then layer delicious toppings on them.
My Creations were: spicy Guacamole and Shrimp / Garlic Salami and Herbal Cream Cheese / Green Olive Paste and Cherry Tomatoes
It’s also a lovely glutenfree option or if you don’t eat bread for any other reason.
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For the Non- alcoholic drink I made a Ginger – Apple Lemonde. All you do is grade fresh Ginger and cut some more in to slices. Poor some hot Water over it, mix it with Lime Juice and Honey and but it aside. Then you mix it with organic Apple Juice and some bubbly Water. You can serve this Beverage cold or also warm like a Punch.

It was a wonderful afternoon with all these great woman and I can’t wait to finally meet him!

 

I wish you all a great weekend!

Emily

Asparagus and Spring is the best thing!

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Heeeeello Spring! With all your beauty!
It feels so good, sun and freshness and some new old friends in the fruits and vegetable section in the stores. One of my best veggie friends is back too…..Asparagus! Mmmh in every just thinkable way!
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So today I made this simple and colorful Quiche with 3 different colored Carrots and thin Asparagus to celebrate this sunny day and my girlfriends that I invited over.
Happy Spring everyone!
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Find this Recipe Here or go to “Bread&Pies” –> “Spring Quiche”
Butterfly Hugs, Emily

In the Mood for some Party Food

So in addition to my last post and Recipe The Flower Party Breads with delicious Fillings I also wanted to give you the idea of making similar fillings and fill them into puff pastry.
All you need to do is you butter a muffin form, cut scares from the dough and lay it out in the muffin form. Add the filling and fold the pastry endings into the center. Bake them for about 20 minutes by 200C/400F.
It’s a fast made Finger Food and you can prepare the Fillings in the Morning or even the night before.
You can play with different fillings. Here some ideas:
Spinach, Bacon, Potato: Cook the Spinach (I used frozen one), cook the Bacon bits and boil tiny pieces of potatoes. Mix it all together with Gruyere Cheese, Salt and Pepper, then add some cream and an egg.
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Pumpkin, Bacon, Cheese: Grate the Pumpkin, add the cooked Bacon bits, Gruyere Cheese, some Cream and an Egg, spice to taste. (Of course this one works also with Potato or Sweet Potato instead of the Pumpkin)
Salmon Cream: Mix Cantadou Horseradish (or use Cream Cheese and add some fresh Horseradish), some Cream, Parmesan, an Egg, fresh chopped Dill and Salmon pieces, Salt and Pepper.
Eggplant-Goat Cheese-Walnut: I used a Goat Cheese with Brie-conistency. Of course Camembert or Brie work the same. Put 2-3 Soft Cheeses in a Food Processor, with about 15 Wallnuts and some Cream, Parmesan, Salt and Pepper. Cut the Eggplants (about 2) in small pieces and cook them in some Olive Oil until golden brown, lightly salt them. Mix it all together and add an Egg. (Makes about 24 pastry pieces).
Ham and Cheese: Precook the Ham bits with some Onion, Mix it with chopped Chives, Cream, an Egg and your choice of grated Cheese and spice to your taste.
Spanish Tapas: Mix chopped Chorizo, chopped sun dried Tomatoes, chopped green or black Olives, Cream, and Egg and grated Cheese of your choice, spice to your taste.
Chili con Carne Style: Cook the Ground Beef with some Tomatoes and Tomato Puree, add some Chili, Corn and red Beans, some Cream and an Egg, Salt and Pepper
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Spinach-Feta: Cook the spinach and puree it or use frozen one, mix it with Cream, an Egg and crumbled Feta Cheese
Caprese: Chop up Tomatoes and Mozzarella, add some Parmesan, Cream, an Egg and chopped fresh Basil and spice it to your taste.
Broccoli-Almond Bites: Precook the in small pieces cut Broccoli, mix it with Gruyere or other grated Cheese, Salt and Pepper, Cream and an Egg, and mix in Almond pieces and sprinkle some on top when you filled them into the pastry.

And as you can see this list is endless and you can make all the combinations that you love and that come to your mind with the simple adds of some Cream, Cheese and an Egg.

Happy Party Time everyone
Emily

A new Oldie…

Yesterday I had the great opportunity to bake some Filled Flowerbreads for a business christmas party.
This time I used my Zopf Recipe for all the Breads and made different fillings. As they turned out super luscious, I wanted to share them with you. If you go on my Flower Party Bread Page, you can find a link on how to form this bread shape. My Tip: Fill all the breads generously.
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Ground Beef, Onion, Red Bell Peppers, Corn, Sour Cream, Gruyere – Cook the Ground Beef, with the Onion and Bell Pepper, Spice it, then add the Corn , Sour Cream and Cheese and mix it well and fill the bread.
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Cantadou Horseradish (Or Philadelphia and Horseradish mixed), Sour Cream, Salt, Pepper, fresh Dill and pieces of Salmon.
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Pesto as a base, then Chorizo pieces, chopped Olives, chopped sun dried Tomatoes, Parmesan
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Eggplant-Nut-Camembert
Prepare a Cream base in the food Processor: 2 big Camembert or Brie, 15 Walnuts and some Sour Cream, Salt and Pepper. Step 2: 4 Eggplants, small dices cooked with some Olive Oil until golden brown and lightly salted. Mix the eggplant with the Cream base and some Parmesan and fill the Bread.
Sorry for the bad photo quality (Cell phone). One bread I forgot to photograph totally. That one was a base of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, then topped with precooked Bacon bits and lots of Onion, Pepper and some Salt. Finished with some grated Gruyere Cheese and Oregano, then again formed into a Flower and baked for 50 minutes.

I hope you enjoy these Recipes as much as I love them, as they are so easy and great for any Party.

Emily

Filled Party Bread in a Flower Shape

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After being invited to a Party, I wanted to bring a filled Bread that goes well with the salads and BBQ.
So I went to search for “pretty” looking breads and found this youtube video for a flower shaped bread. You can fast-forward to minute 4.30. A very easy way to get some Aaah’s!! and Oooh’s! at the next Party. Promised!
For the dough I use a brown flour base and filled it with Pesto, Sun dried Tomatoes, Olives and Bacon. The great thing about those breads is, that you can fill them the way you want or even make one half different then the other one. Other luscious fillings could be with Onion, Garlic, Nuts, Ricotta, Cream Cheese, Tomato base, Ham, Chorizo, Mushrooms, other Cheeses….and create a bread that for example goes more into the direction Pizza or the Alsace Tarte Flambée.
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The bread turned out great. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Next time I might use the white butter dough from my Braided Bread. Depends if it’s again for a BBQ, where I would recommend the brown flour base, or if it’s for a Buffet.
Find this Recipe Here or go to “Breads&Pies”
A great weekend to everyone!
Emily

A delicious Tomato Quiche Recipe…

Good Monday everyone…
Let’s start the week with a yummie Tomato Quiche with Thyme and Rosemary, tastefull and delicious!
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The different colors of the little cherry tomatoes gave the Quiche a pretty look. Fast and easy made….perfect for a monday.
Find the Recipes under “Bread and Pies”
I wish you a good start into the week! And Bon Appetit!
Love, Emily

Emily’s Autumn Quiche

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-Tasty Broccoli-Pumpkin Quiche with Goat Cheese, Bacon bits and Almonds-
Find this Autumn Quiche Recipe under “Bread&Pies”
If you are not a fan of Goat Cheese, you can also use other hard, salty Cheeses (strong Cheddar, Gruyere or Parmesan) and instead of soft Goat Cheese on top, you can add on some Brie.
Enjoy! Emily L.